Quote Of The Day

– 4 words used to describe the NCAA Outdoor Championships by Oregon coach Robert Johnson on Tuesday at the pre-meet press conference. The meet begins Wednesday as the Ducks search for their first NCAA outdoor crown in nearly 30 years.

2014 NCAAs Start Wed. In Eugene *Men’s Start Lists *Women’s Start Lists *Schedule *TV/Streaming Info *TFN’s Men’s Picks *TFN’s Women’s Picks*Event-By-Event “Info Sheets”

LRC 8 Takeaways From The Pre-Meet Press Conference At NCAAs The leading coaches tell you why the NCAA meet is special, Oregon’s Robert Johnson tells you why the Ducks had to disappoint the Oregon faithful and not running super-frosh Edward Cheserek much at home, and Pat Henry tries not to think too much about last year’s 4 x 400: “You drop the ball in the end zone, you have to let it go and get back into the game.”

LRC Men’s Long Distance Preview: Cheserek Aims For NCAA Titles #4 And #5; Can Seniors Kithuka And Lalang Stop Him? Edward Cheserek has never lost at an NCAA championship, but if the frosh phenom wants two more NCAA titles, he will have to take down two titans in Kennedy Kithuka and the fastest man in NCAA history, Lawi Lalang.

LRC Men’s Mid-D/Steeple Preview: Mac Fleet And Anthony Rotich Look To Repeat; Indoor Champ Brandon McBride Favored In 800 Oregon’s Mac Fleet is looking to become the first NCAA 1,500 repeat champ since Seneca Lassiter in 1998 but last year’s 10,000 champ Lawi Lalang wants to end his storied NCAA career with yet a 1,500 crown. In the steeple and 800, Anthony Rotich and Brandon McBride want to continue winning.

3 Great Distance Athlete Profiles:
*Register-Guard: Edward Chesrek Anchors Oregon’s NCAA Title Hopes Profile piece that follows Cheserek from when he was a boy in Kenya who had to once run 60 miles to take his final exams to get a scholarship to go to school in the US.
*Shelby Houlihan Aiming To Become First ASU 1,500 Champ Houlihan deals with a hereditary blood disorder and says having constant trips to the hospital when she was younger gave her her mental strength and “toughness” now.
*Idaho Statesman: Emma Bates’ Coach, Cory Ihmels, Says She’s “Starting To Believe She’s Really Good” Bates has been putting in 80-90 mile weeks and her “big goal” is to win the 10K.

*Mac Fleet Eying 1,500 Repeat At NCAAs “I’m definitely not going out to get second or third.”
*Providence Sophomore Julian Oakley, Who Just Ran 3:58 Last Week And Beat Manzano, Only Started Running At Age 16 Somehow he was only 33rd in the East regional and isn’t at NCAA finals.

 From Over The Pond 


Sunday Distance Action: Lagat And Brenda Martinez At FBK Games, Mo Aman Wins Again And Josh McDougal Races For First Time Since 2009

Kenya Names Its Commonwealth Games Team: No Kiprop Or Kiplagat

Article/Interview With Galen Rupp From Norwegian Newspaper (In Norweigian) “Galen Rupp has killed the myth that you have to be African to run fast at medium to long range. But he slept in altitude tent since he was 14 years old.”

Running Times Looks At The Top Running Meccas In The US: Flagstaff, Boulder And Eugene Top Their List These 12 cities are popular with elites for their great trails and running communities.

LRCWhy Galen Rupp WILL/WON'T Get The American Record

We first tell you WHY and then WHY NOT Galen Rupp will break Bernard Lagat's 12:53.60 AR in Oslo on Wednesday. What do you think?
MB: Totally Stacked 2014 DL 5k Oslo - Hagos, Dejen, Caleb and Galen - Will Rupp get the American Record? *Official Rupp DL Oslo 5k Prediction Thread 

LRCWhy Evan Jager WILL/WON'T Get The American Record

Could an American record and the first-ever win by an American in a steeple on the DL circuit be in store for Jager?
*MB: Jager in Bislett steeple

2014 NCAAs Start Wed. In Eugene *Men’s Start Lists *Women’s Start Lists *Schedule *TV/Streaming Info *Event-By-Event “Info Sheets”

LRC Women’s Mid-D/Steeple Preview: Laura Roesler & Shalaya Kipp Heavily Favored; Can Emily Lipari Finish Out Perfect 2014? Is there any way Roesler or Kipp lose or will they just totally dominate? Can Lipari stay hot in the 1,500? We break it down for you.

LRC Women’s Long Distance Preview: Freshman Phenom Erin Finn Vs. 25-Year-Old Elinor Kirk In 10k; Can Abbey D’Agostino Close Out NCAA Career With Title #8? Senior Abbey D is the heavy favorite for NCAA title #8 in the 5,000, but who will win the wide-open 10k? Does super frosh Erin Finn have a chance? Or will veterans Emma Bates, Elinor Kirk or 2012 champ Juliet Bottorff come through?

*TFN’s Final Women’s Form Chart: Epic 3-Way Clash – Texas 70, Oregon 67, Texas A&M 66
*Oregon Has Been Waiting All Season For NCAA Outdoors Under Robert Johnson, the focus is on winning titles, not building Tracktown USA. Hard to believe, but the Ducks haven’t won a men’s outdoor title since 1984 and women’s since 1985.

 Farah Will Do 2 Events At Glasgow 2014 

Non-NCAA Weekend Action: adidas GP, NBNO, NY Mini 10K

 Josh McDougal On The Comeback Trail 

Josh McDougalRecommended Read: Josh McDougal Blogs About His Comeback From 7 Years Of Injury, Which Got Going Sunday Night With A 4:10 Mile At The Music City Distance Carnival “… We felt there was no better way to start back than jumping in head first. Would it be pretty? … Probably not! But all new stories have to begin somewhere.”
*MB: Josh McDougal comeback? Coach Steve Magness?

 Powell Back? 

Reports In That Asafa Powell’s 18-Month Ban Has Officially Reduced To 11 By WADA And The IAAF This would make him eligible to compete immediately, but he’s apparently still waiting on JADCO to approve the ban reduction and put through the proper paperwork.

 Nike Oregon Project News 

 More Saturday Results 

 Bolt Still Not Back 

Usain Bolt Will Miss Ostrava Golden Spike And Paris DL Meet This Month As He’s Not In Shape To Race He’s been coming back from a foot injury and says while he is 100% healthy and training, he is behind where he normally is.

Houston Leg Of American Track League Series Was Friday And Asafa Powell Almost Competed

IAAF Looks At The Rise Of US Sprinter Tori Bowie, Who Is Having A Breakthrough Year, Winning The Pre 200 And Rome 100 She was an underdog in both races, which included Olympic champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and at Pre was given lane 1. She was actually mostly considered a LJer before this year.
MB:  Who is this girl Tori Bowie?

 How Much Do The Non-Runners Of The Sporting World Run? 

We’re Not Making This Up

 Other Weekend Results 

 Updates From South Africa 

Adrian Martinez Classic *LRC Photos *Results

LRCHow Seven Olympians And 55 Other Pros Ended Up Racing At A High School Track Next To A Playground

A vision, cause and nearly $20,000 from Hoka One One go a long way in attracting stars.

LRCLeo Manzano Upset In Mile; Wins For Cas Loxsom, Dana Mecke, Violah Lagat And Amy Hastings At 2014 Adrian Martinez Classic

Talk about an upset. Eric Finan had a 4:04 PR coming in (including his converted 1,500 best) but chopped off 6 seconds and took down Manzano in the process. Plus Morgan Uceny came up just short of getting the outdoor world lead in the women's mile.

LRCMassachusetts High Schooler Garrett O'Toole Runs U.S. #1 4:01.89 Mile

The Princeton-bound O’Toole, a LetsRun.com message board poster, ran 58 over the last lap to move into the top 15 all-time in the HS ranks and come close to sub-4 on the 50th anniversary of Jim Ryun‘s first sub-4. We caught up with him after the race.
*MB: HSer Garrett O’toole runs 4:01.89

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