Quote Of The Day

-Olympic 1500m champ Matthew Centrowitz after running 3:33.41 to defeat Olympic 5000m champion Mo Farah for the first time, last night at the USATF Distance Classic at Oxy College in LA.

It was a great night for the Nike Oregon Project on the track but that quickly turned into a horrible morning as the NY Times has published a 2,400 expose on Alberto Salazar’s controversial coaching methods under the title, ‘This Doesn’t Sound Legal’: Inside Nike’s Oregon Project. They call Salazar “a medicine chest whose door swung open for the world-class athletes on Nike’s payroll.”

*MB: NY Times Article on Nike Oregon Project implicates Ritz and Farah 

2017 Oxy USATF Distance Classic *Results

Centro, O'Hare, and Farah battling on final turnLRC Matthew Centrowitz Takes Down Mo Farah, Brenda Martinez Impresses – 2017 Oxy USATF Distance Classic Recap The Olympic 1500m champ took down the Olympic 5000m champ. Other highlights: Sheila Reid upset Shannon Rowbury in the 1500m, Laura Weightman and Natosha Rogers had breakthroughs in the 5k, Eric Jenkins and Cristian Soratos battled in the second 1500m heat, Olympian Hillary Bor looked great in the steeple, and his Olympic teammate Shadrack Kipchirchir came up short of the Worlds qualifying time.

Oxy on the Boards:   Official 2017 Oxy Live Discussion Thread
*What’s up with Centrowitz?
*Can Centro Challenge The Men’s 1500M WR?

*The Oregonian‘s Ken Goe Won’t Be Shelling Out 70 Bucks For NBC Sports Gold Track And Field Past Goe writes, “I find this to be disastrous to any hope elite track and field will grow its audience.”

 Non-Oxy Mid-Week Results 

Pre Is Next Week Men’s 5000 at Pre is going to be LOADED More than half the field has a global medal. It includes Farah, Geoffrey Kamworor, Conseslus Kipruto, Yomif Kejelcha, Paul Tanui, and Americans Paul Chelimo, Ryan Hill, Ben True and Eric Jenkins.

Women’s 200 will also be loaded Field includes Elaine Thompson, Dafne Schippers, Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, and Tori Bowie.


This Saturday’s Action

TrackTown Summer Series Draft 2.0 Is Friday *Watch It Live At 7pm ET

LRC Watch The TrackTown Summer Series Draft Live On LetsRun.com At 7 PM ET On Friday

Symmonds_NickFV1-USAout15LRC “GM” Nick Symmonds, Hoping To Make USAs One Final Time, Is In 1:50 Shape Right Now, Ready For Friday’s Tracktown Summer Series Draft This is Symmonds’ final season on the track and he’s hoping to qualify for USAs and see what happens. Meanwhile, as GM of team San Francisco, he’s getting ready for Friday’s Tracktown Summer Series draft, and also getting ready for life after being a pro track runner.

More Upcoming Action

It Was A Great Night For The NOP On The Track But A Horrible Morning Off The Track

salazar-nytimes-nopNY Times Publishes 2,400 World Expose on The Nike Oregon Project: “This Doesn’t Sound Legal” – Ritz Testifies Under Oath The Times has secured access to the 269-page report that the USADA has written about the NOP. Dathan Ritzenhein testified under oath that he felt compelled to take an L-Carnitine injection that he thought didn’t “sound legal” as Nike was reducing his payments. Ritz also said Alberto Salazar had him take thyroid medication to rev up his endocrine system for a race “instead just whatever was best for my health.” The report also indicates Tara Welling lied to investigators about ever being a patient of Dr. Brown and that Dr. Brown sent investigators altered medical records. When pressed about what sort of treatment she received from Dr. Brown, Welling cried and said, “I don’t know if Alberto did something to me.”
*MB: NY Times Article on Nike Oregon Project implicates Ritz and Farah 

Links That We Found Interesting


1956 Olympic 10,000 bronze medallist and Houston coaching legend Al Lawrence has died
*MB: RIP Al Lawrence — 1956 Bronze Medalist 

Toni Reavis remembers the great Grete Waitz 6 years after her passing

This Saturday’s Action

Doping Updates

A Friendly Debate – A Noted Sub-2 Optimist And Pessimist Share Their Thoughts On What Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 Means

IMG_7729LRC Was Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 A Monumental Step Forward In Marathoning? No, It Was Not – We Still Are 20+ Years Away From A Legitimate Sub-2 Marathon LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson said four years ago that are nowhere close to a sub-2 in a legitimate race and he’s not backing down.

Pace carLRC Guest Column By Dr. Michael Joyner: Kipchoge’s Run & What Might (Or Might Not) Happen Next What does the man who famously predicted way back in 1991 that a human could run a marathon in 1:57:58 think of Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 run? Find out here.

MB: Dr. Michael Joyner and LetsRun’s Robert Johnson share their thoughts on what Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 means.

Sprint Stuff

Weekly Recap

Finn was an All-American two years ago as a freshmanLRC WTW: Molly Seidel And Erin Finn Are Both MIA, Devin Dixon Arrives, Mark Wetmore Produces An 800 Champ, And A Simple Rule Change Guaranteed To Make Track & Field More Popular This week we tell the NCAA of simple rule change that needs to be made immediately, take a look at the Colorado men’s first 800 champ in 28 years, and more.

Hosting / Bidding News

 From The IAAF 

News Worth Noting

NCAA Studs

Screenshot 2017-05-15 at 14.00.03LRC Top 10 Greatest Performers From NCAA Conference Weekend: Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley, Deajah Stevens, Grant Fisher, Dani Jones And More Shine Just another ho-hum NCAA weekend with a 9.97/19.98 double, 44.09 in the 400m, 11.05/22.09 double, 51.8-second lap in a 1,500m. Plus there was some great distance action. From Grant Fisher‘s domination of the PAC-12 1,500 to the arrival of Texas A&M’s true freshman Devin Dixon as an NCAA star (1:45 win at SECs), we’ve got the top performances from last week covered.

 Fast Monday 1,500 At Swarthmore 

MB: Johnny Gregorek Wins Swarthmore 1,500 In 3:36.61 Over Jordy Willamsz (3:36.87) Robby Andrews was 6th (3:38.42) but how about the Ivy League with 3 guys under 3:40, led by Yale’s James Randon at 3:37.93. *Video *Full Meet Results

IAAF Publishes Qualifying Standards For 2018 World Indoors The standards didn’t change by much from 2016 World Indoors except the women’s 3,000, which got significantly faster from 9:00 indoors/8:36 outdoors to 8:50 indoors and 8:28 outdoors.

PA Sports Writer Bashes High School Track And Field; Gets Ripped Apart By Track Community, Including Ato Boldon In reaction to the writer calling track “as intense and high pressure as frisbee golf,” Ato Boldon wrote in the comments section, “Mike Gross, kindly return whatever sum you were paid to write this.”