Quote Of The Day

– US HS sensation Grant Fisher, one of five underclassmen winners of the Foot Locker HS XC champs, talking about his beginnings in the sport. Fisher still plays soccer year round but does come from great running stock – his grandpa was fourth in the NCAA 5k for Wash. State.

Week That Was

2014 NCAA XC Individual Race

LRC Top 10 Women’s Individual Preview: Abbey’s Gone So Who Takes Over? The top returner is Emma Bates but she will be challenged by Aisling CuffeKate Avery and Shelby Houlihan up front. Can Cuffe break the Foot Locker curse? Can a freshman (Elise Cranny or Sarah Baxter) crack the top five for the first time since 2009? We sort through a wide-open women’s field as just 6 of the top 16 from NCAAs last year are back in 2014.

LRC Top 10 Men’s Individual Preview: King Ches And Then Who? Edward Cheserek is the heavy favorite but who can pull off the big upset like he did last year? Remember in recent years, people thought Lawi Lalang and Kennedy Kithuka would never lose a college XC race. Our top 10 has 5 Americans and 5 foreigners in it. Could Stanford really have three in the top 10?

Geat North Run Is Sunday:

Distance News: Nick Symmonds Update, Meb Looks Back, Alexi Pappas’ Movie

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Pure Entertainment

2014 Memorial van Damme – Brussels DL Is Fri *Schedule / Start Lists *TV / Streaming (2pm ET) *LRC Fan Poll Results

LRC Preview What A Way To End The DL Season: Drama And Grudge Matches Galore Brussels will be special as there is a winner-take-all 1,500 with Kiplagat, Kiprop and Souleiman, plus an American grudge match between Rupp and Leo. There’s another American grudge match in the 3,000 between Rowbury and Simpson which also features Dibaba, Cherono and Ayana. Plus Jager, Birech and MMB in the steeple. In non-distance action, the men’s high jump (Bohdan BondarenkoMutaz Essa Barshim) and 100 (Justin GatlinKemar Bailey-Cole) should also be exciting.

US Distance News

 Sprint Stuff 

Jenny Simpson Talks After Her DL Win

LRC Exclusive Q&A With DL Champion Jenny Simpson After Her Win In Zürich: “I pulled off what seemed at times was impossible odds.” Over the weekend, LetsRun.com caught up with Simpson as she prepares to race the 3,000 at the second Diamond League Final in Brussels on Friday. Simpson talked about the contact at the finish line with Shannon Rowbury in Zurich, why she’s been so successful on the circuit this year and how she’s been inspired by runners such as Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan.

Tuesday Action In Europe

NCAA XC Team Previews

LRC Notes On The Team Races: Great Lakes Women And PAC-12 Men Lead The Way We’re done counting down the top 10 men’s and women’s teams in America, but we’ve still got some thoughts on the team races at NCAAs this year that didn’t make it into our previews. We re-score 2013 NCAAs minus seniors, tell you why the PAC-12 (men) and Great Lakes (women) are loaded and explain how women’s collegiate running is deeper than it’s ever been.

In case you missed our countdown due to Labor Day …
Women:  #2 Michigan State, #1 Michigan *#4 Arkansas & #3 Georgetown *#6 Florida State & #5 Butler *#8 Stanford, #7 Oregon *#10 Iowa State & #9 Colorado

Men: #2 Stanford & #1 Colorado *#4 Oregon & #3 Northern Arizona *#6 Portland & #5 Oklahoma State *#8 Wisconsin & #7 Indiana *#10 Villanova & #9 Iona