2019 Tokyo Is This Weekend (7:10 PM ET Saturday) *TV & Streaming

RR Storylines and Subplots at the 2019 Tokyo Marathon A fantastic read from Brett Larner. After 12 years, the women’s race in Tokyo is finally on par (actually superior) to the men in Tokyo + Japan will likely celebrate its 100th man breaking 2:10:00 on Sunday.

LRC 2019 Tokyo Marathon Men’s Preview: Can Japanese Record Holder Suguru Osako Earn A Massive Win On Home Soil? Going strictly by time, Japanese male marathoners accomplished almost as much in 2018 as the United States has in its entire history, but a victory at home in Tokyo would be a whole new level.
*MB: Official 2019 Tokyo Marathon Discussion Thread 

LRC 2019 Tokyo Marathon Women’s Preview: Can Ruti Aga Finally Break Through After 3 Straight Runner-Up Finishes in Majors? The women’s field in Tokyo is tougher than the men’s field so victory for Aga is by no means guaranteed.

Kenya’s Daily Nation: Florence Kiplagat Out To Conquer The Tokyo Marathon After she was only 4th place in Chicago last year, she is trying to put up a good performance so she can be selected for Kenya’s Olympic marathon team next year.

A Crisis For Women’s Sports

Meet Future Current Star Athing Mu

LRC Podcast: Athing Mu & Donavan Brazier 600m Greatness, Drew Hunter From Slow Heat, NOP Lovefest, TV Blunders, Kejelcha Mile Preview A look back at USAs and a look ahead to another WR attempt in the mile + some broadcast blunders.

LRC 16-Year-Old Athing Mu Has Ribbons In Her Hair, Braces In Her Mouth … And An American Record On The Track Learn about the high schooler who shocked the world at Toyota USA Indoors.

2019 Toyota USA Indoors *Results *Post-Race Video Interviews

LRC A Star Is Born: 16-Year-Old Athing Mu Breaks American Record, Just Misses WR To Win 600 At 2019 USA Indoors In 1:23.57 Less than 24 hours after breaking the HS record, Mu ran a nearly 3-second PR to break the senior American record and miss the WR by .13.

Brazier celebrates his world record (Phil Bond photo)LRC Donavan Brazier Crushes World Record*, Runs 1:13.77 To Win 2019 USA Indoor 600m Title Brazier shrugged off running faster than any person ever before for 600m indoors and has his sights on trying to get in the 1:43s indoors.

Rest Of Distances: Shelby Houlihan Starts A New Streak, Engels Gets USA Title #1, Clayton Murphy And Ajee Wilson Each Get Another Title The NOP swept the men’s distance races.

Weekend Road / XC

  • Amos Kirui Stuns Geoffrey Kamworor To Win Kenyan XC Championships The former world U20 steeple champ sprinted away from the field to win by a comfortable seven seconds over Evans Keitany. Two-time world XC champ Kamworor was only 5th, 13 seconds back from Kirui. Olympic 5,000 silver medalist Hellen Obiri won the women’s race by 10 seconds ahead of 2016 African XC bronze medalist Beatrice Mutai.

Caster Semenya Case Updates

Oops – We Forgot To Enter The Meet

LRC Air Force Forgot To Enter Its Distance Runners For Mountain West Conference Meet, Colorado State Won Team Title As A Result Talk about every coaching staff’s biggest nightmare. The Air Force coaching staff forgot to enter their distance runners for the 2019 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships and it ended up costing their men the team title.
*MB: Did you hear about the craziness at Mountain West Champs? Air Force forgot to enter their entire squad of distance runners 

Another Interesting Story From Conference Weekend

Harvard’s Kieran Tuntivate Gets Washington Post Q&A After Running 2,600 Meters Of Ivy League 3k Barefoot For good measure, he came back and won the 5k the next day in his trainers even though his foot was destroyed (WARNING: There is a gruesome pic of his foot if you click through).

Yet Another Road Race Cheat Caught On LRC?

LRC Is Johnny Manziel’s Wife The Latest To Be Exposed As A Road Race Cheat? Yes, We Think She Is Bre Tiesi-Manziel claims to have run a half marathon with no prep in exactly two hours. The problem for her is her chip didn’t record an 11-mile split and for her to finish with that time, she’d have had to run the final 6.7 miles at 4-minute mile pace.
*MB: Johnny Manziel’s wife says she ran a 2 hour half with no prep.

LRC’s Story Has Gone Viral: Deadspin *Daily Mail *NY Post, Busted Coverage, TheSpun.com. *USA Today The deadspin article is the best as it includes Strava data and concludes she likely only did one loop instead of two. Sadly, most but not all of them are even giving credit to us.

Kemoy Campbell Update

Good News: Kemoy Campbell Leaves Hospital Two Weeks After His Millrose Games Collapse Doctors were not able to determine the cause of Campbell’s heart stopping, so he had to have an internal defibrillator implanted in case it ever happens again.

Lopez And Peter Lomong Were On HBO Real Sports On Tuesday (Details Here)

Post-Race USATF Interviews *More Here

MB: Cheserek 13:08, Marielle Hall 15:07 @ BU Last Chance 5k The top 3 men and the top 4 women got under the IAAF Worlds qualifying standard.

NCAA Indoor Conference Champs Weekend *USTFCCCA Conference Champs Central

  • MPSF: *Meet Home/Info *Full Results
  • Team Effort Earns BYU Men MPSF Title By 17 Points Over UCLA Distance wins went to USC’s Isaiah Jewett in the 800 (1:47.20), Arizona State’s William Paulson in the mile (3:58.07) over CU’s Joe Klecker (3:58.51) and UCLA’s Robert Brandt in the 3,000 (7:50.27 to BYU’s Conner Mantz‘s 7:50.90). A Stanford DMR team with Grant Fisher won in 9:31.39.
  • USC Women WIn Their 5th MPSF Title In 6 Years They dominated the meet with Stanford and Oregon a distant 2nd and 3rd. BYU’s Erica Birk took the mile in 4:34.59 and Stanford’s Fiona O’Keeffe won the 3,000 in 8:58.58. The Oregon women put up the 7th-fastest time in the NCAA this year with a 10:57.87 DMR win.

Other Distance News

Q&A With One Of America’s Biggest High School Studs

LRC Q&A with 2018 NXN Champion Liam Anderson: On His Steady Improvement, Indoor FOMO, & Why Centro Is His Favorite Runner The Stanford-bound Anderson was very guarded about sharing his mileage totals and goals for the spring but did reveal that Matthew Centrowitz is his favorite pro as Anderson likes how he isn’t guarded and is very open on social media.
*MB: Q&A with 2018 NXN Liam Anderson who reveals Centro is his favorite pro 

Big News From The IAAF

Saturday USATF Indoors

LRC Drew Hunter Wins USATF Title #1 In Epic Fashion – From “Slow” Heat In Meet Record Time In a finish that only track & field could deliver, Hunter won his first national title while standing by the side as he watched the “fast” section fail to run faster than the 8:25.29 he had put up 3 hours earlier.

LRC Colleen Quigley Wins National Title #1, Stops Shelby Houlihan’s Streak Of USATF Titles At Eight Houlihan is one of the best in the world, but her teammate Quigley pulled the upset to get her first USATF title.

LRC 600/1,000 Prelims: Athing Mu Smashes HS 600 Record (1:26.23) To Set Up Showdown With Raevyn Rogers

Drew Hunter After His Race Before He Knew He Won USAs *To Listen To Drew After He Found Out He Won The Title, Click Here