The Beauty of US Olympic Marathon Trials is in Jeopardy

LRC Rich Kenah, Head of Atlanta Track Club (Host of Olympic Marathon Trails) on New Olympic Qualifying: “…reconsider the damage this will do to the Olympic movement” Kenah is worried the simplicity and dream of the US Marathon Tials wil be lost by the new qualifying sytem. The new qualifying system treats the US Olympic Marathon Trials equal to the national marathon champs of Andorra.

World XC Champs Are March 30th

Non-NCAA Weekend US Results

LRC American Record Holder Athing Mu Gets Beaten By High School Freshman Roisin Willis, Who Sets National Freshman Record For 800 Two weeks after running faster than any American ever at 600m indoors, 16-year-old sensation Athing Mu got beaten by a high school freshman at 800m. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s what happens when you go for sub-2 and tie up.
*Loudoun Valley Sweeps Men’s Distance Relay With 2 National Records

Shadrack Kipchirchir And Unknown Erika Kemp Win USATF 15km Titles At Gate River Run $12,000 for the winners.
*Top 10 Results
*MB: Erika Kemp, Relative Unknown, wins Gate River Run

Jordan Hasay Runs 71:06 At Rome Half The race was won in 66:40 by Lonah Salpeter Chemtai. Guye Adola won the men’s race in 60:17. *IAAF Recap

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The Inside Scoop From The NCAA Press Conference

LRC Grant Holloway Is Too Fast For His Own Good; Now He’s Attempting An Audacious NCAA Indoor Quadruple This weekend will Grant Holloway explode from NCAA megastar into a full-blown legend like Jesse OwensMike Holloway hopes so: “If Grant’s not in shape to run a couple of 60s and take four to six long jumps, then I haven’t done my job.”

LRC Answers To The Big Questions At 2019 NCAA Indoors: How To Build An NCAA Program, How To Win NCAAs, & Why Mondo Duplantis Didn’t Turn Pro Texas Tech coach Wes Kittley shares the secrets of how he’s built a national title contender from scratch and Florida coach Mike Holloway tells you how to actually win it all, ” You win championships with quality, not quantity. … Just because you have 100 kids at the meet doesn’t mean that you have 100 kids that can score.”

LRC Team Preview: Can Wisconsin Win NCAAs With A Two-Man Team? And Can Anyone Stop The Arkansas Women? We don’t think Wisco will win and instead are projecting Texas Tech to win the first NCAA title in any men’s sport in school history.

Outside LRC Pre-NCAA Coverage

The Sport Is Changing, But For The Better?

LRC Paul Chelimo Pushes Back Against Recent IAAF Decisions & Explains Why He’s Making His Half Marathon Debut In New York This Weekend Paul Chelimo isn’t a fan of the IAAF killing of the 5,000 in the Diamond League: “I don’t know if they’re trying to kill distance running or what.” And it may cause him to move up to 26.2 sooner than he expected, “I know I’m going to be a great marathoner.”
*MB: Paul Chelimo on IAAF rule changes: “I don’t know if they’re trying to kill distance running or what.”

LRC Did The IAAF Just Kill Off Some Of The Significance Of The Olympic Trials? IAAF Announces New Qualifying System & Entry Standards For 2020 Olympics We’re not opposed to change but we have a lot of questions about the qualification system that will be used for the 2020 Olympics. For example, the men’s marathon standard is now 2:11:30 – what does that mean for the US Trials?
*MB: New 2020 Olympic Standards Posted – They Are WAY Tougher – Will US Olympic Trials take a hit

MB: BREAKING: IAAF Guts The Diamond League? Bans 5,000 And Reduces TV Times From 2 Hours To 90 Minutes If changing the Olympic qualifying wasn’t enough change for you, the IAAF has doubled down and totally altered the Diamond League starting in 2020. The longest event allowed will be the 3,000.

The NYC Half Is Sunday *Live Streaming Info, Starts 7:10AM ET *Full Entry Lists

This Coming Weekend: RRW: Desi Linden, Paul Chelimo Ready For United Airlines NYC Half On Sunday Linden faces a deep women’s field with WR holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, two-time world marathon champ Edna Kiplagat and defending champ Buze Diriba. The men’s race has USA marathon champ Brogan Austin and Cam Levins.

More Non-NCAA International News

Mo Farah Retains Vitality Big Half Title In 3-Way Sprint In 61:15, Says He’s Confident About London “I’m definitely confident … I’m definitely a better athlete than I was last year in my opinion.” Charlotte Purdue (70:38) also defended her title in the women’s race.
*Farah Says He Misses Track After Half Marathon Win: “Deep down, I miss the track. I look at my fellow athletes and I think ‘woah’ and I just get excited.”
*MB: Farah is DONE – 1:01:15 in the London Half 

38-Year-Old Helalia Johannes Of Namibia Runs Massive 3:44 PR Of 2:22:25 To Win Nagoya Marathon As 15 Women Break 2:27 And 2 National Records Fall Two-time Olympic 5,000 champ Meseret Defar improved her PR from 2:27:25 to 2:23:33 to finish 3rd.
*Rachel Cliff Breaks Canada’s National Marathon Record With 2:26:56 In Nagoya The old record was 2:28:00 (Lanni Marchant). Cliff also has the half NR at 1:10:08. 7 Japanese women beat her in the race.

2019 NCAA Indoor Individual Previews

LRC 3k/5K Previews: Can Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald & Alicia Monson Sweep All Four Distance Races? Or Will Grant Fisher, Jessica Hull, Or Someone Else Play Spoiler? We break down the longest individual races at NCAAs for you.

LRC 2019 NCAA DMR Preview: Why Every Men’s Team Won’t Win The DMR (& Why The Oregon Women Will) We break down the DMRs for the upcoming NCAA indoor champs by starting by telling you why each team won’t win.
*MB: Rojo claims “several” NCAA footballers can split 46 for 400m in a DMR. Is that true?

LRC 800 Preview: Devin Dixon & Danae Rivers Try To Cap Stellar Seasons With Their First NCAA Titles We think Texas A&M’s Devin Dixon, who set the American collegiate record of 1:45.27 this year, and NCAA women’s 1,000m record holder, Penn State’s Danae Rivers, will be tough to beat in the 800s at NCAAs.

LRC Mile Preview: Ollie Hoare Favored To Win Men’s Title; Can Hannah Meier Complete A Comeback For The Ages In Wide-Open Women’s Race? Prior to this year, Michigan’s sixth-year senior Hannah Meier hadn’t PRed since high school. Yet she enters the NCAA mile as the #1 seed. Can she win it?

LRC Weekly Exclusives

LRC Podcast Kejelcha Is King, Gregorek Joins Sub-3:50 Club, 2019 Euro Indoors, Tokyo, Wife Audio, Transgender Sport And “Scalping” We’ve got a big show for you this week which includes audio from Wejo’s wife as she watches the Tokyo marathon.

LRC WTW: Racing And Time Trialing Are Very Different, Laura Muir Is Dominant, And The Olympic Marathon Trials Will Be Hilly If you thought Kejelcha’s world record was all that happened last week, think again.

2019 NCAA Indoors *Results *Post-Race Interviews *Broadcast Info

LRC Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald And Oregon’s Jessica Hull Cross Finish Line 1st Yet Again In 3,000s At 2019 NCAA Indoors The men’s race came down to McDonald vs. Fisher as we hoped it would. Monson vs. Hull never materialized in the women’s race.

LRC Penn State’s Danae Rivers (Narrowly) And Kansas’ Bryce Hoppel (Convincingly) Win 2019 NCAA Indoor 800 Titles Danae Rivers was just 5th coming off the final turn but somehow she got the win over Penn’s Nia Akins at the line. In the men’s race, Kansas’ Bryce Hoppel was clearly the best.

LRC Ohio State’s Julia Rizk And NAU’s Geordie Beamish Pull Off Upsets To Win 2019 NCAA Indoor Mile Titles Two runners who had never even been in an NCAA final before won the mile titles tonight in Birmingham. Men’s winner Geordie Beamish only has a 4:06 PR.
MB: Dude with 4:06 mile PB – Geordie Beamish – just won the 2019 NCAA indoor mile title

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Women In Sport News

Day 1 At NCAAs *LRC Previews: 800s, Miles, 3ks/5ks, Team *D2 Schedule *Free D2 Stream *D3 Schedule *Free D3 Stream *All LRC Coverage

LRC On, Wisconsin! Badgers Morgan McDonald & Alicia Monson Sweep 2019 NCAA 5Ks The only debate we have is which Badger was more dominant?

LRC Notre Dame Men And Yared Nuguse Edge Stanford & Grant Fisher (3:54 Anchor) For 2019 NCAA DMR Title; Oregon Women Repeat Iowa State had a massive 6+ second lead heading into the anchor in the men’s race but it didn’t matter as Yared Nuguse got the job done with a 3:56 split.
*MB: Grant MF Fisher splits 3:54.24 and loses!!! 

LRC 2019 NCAA Mile Semis: Top 7 Seeds All Move On To Tomorrow’s Mile Final; 800 Semis Produce A Little More Drama Includes post-race interviews with Sam Worley, William Paulson, and Karisa NelsonUpdated with 800 interviews: Danae Rivers, Devin Dixon, and Marco Arop.

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