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*** update read whole post *** It breaks my heart to say but overnight Gabriele’s status worsened with worsening liver function causing confusion. Wanting to do her no harm we have made the difficult decision to move her to comfort cares this afternoon. I wanted to let you all know while she is still alive so you can send her one last message here or on her wall or on her phone before she heads up to heaven. I wrote this to her a couple years ago below and wanted to share what she means to me. Dear Gabriele, First, thank you. Thank you so much for showing me what it's like to be and feel alive. It's easy to pass through life day to day and punch a time card wishing away the hours. Currently although I don't always show it, I cherish every second. Whether we are out running, binging on a new Netflix series, or just lying in bed being lazy. Nothing beats the feeling I get when I see your smiling face. I know life is scary and I know we have won the lottery of uncertainty, and it's not fair, but I still choose our life of uncertainly and at times fear, over any alternative option I could think of. I have so much fun with you and have learned more from having you as my best friend and wife than I learned in the rest of my life combined. I know you have been given the heaviest of tasks in life. The task of being brave despite feeling enormous amounts of fear. The task of smiling when your throat wells up with pain and eyes want to fill with tears, but I don't think you were chosen by random chance, and again I know that's not fair but you are so amazing at being you and that's why I feel bravelikegabe is so special. Because there isn't a word in the dictionary for what you do or who you are. Brave flails in comparison to what you are to me and to so many people out there facing the simplest and silliest of struggles in day to day life. At the end of the day people won't remember the PRs run or the teams qualified for but they will remember that hard period in their life where they were losing hope but they found inspiration in a young lady who refuses to give up. I love you ❤️ #bravelikegabe #runningonhope

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Post-NCAA Stuff

Caster Semenya On SA World Squad

Don’t Count Your Chickens: Caster Semenya Named In South Africa’s Preliminary Squad For World Championships Whether she can compete or not will depend on the results of her appeal to Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court. She is currently free to compete (without hormone treatment) until June 25th.

Non-NCAA US Results

US 10k Champs

LRC  Sara Hall Wins New York Mini USA 10K Title In Sprint Finish Over Stephanie Bruce Hall now has USATF titles at the mile, 5k, 10k, 20k, and marathon. She’s only missing half and 25k. Video interviews with Hall, Bruce, Sally Kipyego and Jordan Hasay (and Jordan’s dad).

RRW: Sara Hall Outkicks Stephanie Bruce To Win US 10k Champs In 32:27 Hall put 5 seconds on Bruce over the final 200m while Sally Kipyego took 3rd in 32:35 and Emma Bates was 4th. *RRW Preview

Day 3 Distance Recaps

800 LRC 19 For 19: Bryce Hoppel Remains Perfect And Wins 2019 NCAA Men’s 800-Meter Title Hoppel won his 2nd NCAA title of the year with style as he PR’d (1:44.41).

1,500 LRC Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse Snatches NCAA Men’s 1,500 Title At Line From Michigan State’s Justine Kiprotich The men’s 1,500 was decided by three one-thousandths of a second.

Steeple LRC Steven Fahy Of Stanford Survives Fall, Wins Men’s Steeplechase Final At 2019 NCAA Championships The final 30 seconds of the men’s steeplechase were wild as both leaders went down.

5k LRC Morgan McDonald Outkicks Grant Fisher (Again) To Win Men’s 5,000 Title At 2019 NCAA Outdoors McDonald closed in 52.91 seconds, truly world-class stuff, to become the sixth man to win an NCAA XC, indoor and outdoor title in the same academic year.

NCAA Day 3 Message Board Talk

Day 2 At NCAAs

LRC Weini Kelati Turns Back Carmela Cardama Baez Over The Final 100 Meters To Win An Epic NCAA 10K Final What a finish. Yesterday, Ed Eyestone called the 10,000 meters “the most exciting event in track & field” – albeit after a 24-lap setup. Tonight, we saw why.

LRC 2019 NCAA Women’s Distance Prelims: NCAA Champs Danae Rivers & Karisa Nelson Go Home; Allie O Impresses Nelson has battled health issues this spring, while Rivers ran a tactically poor race and wound up boxed in with nowhere to go in the home straight. Ostrander’s 9:44 was the fastest time ever in an NCAA prelim.

Outside Coverage: 

Corruption (Incompetence?) And Doping

Pre-NCAA News

LRC NCAA Track And Field Preview Podcast: Texas, “Ballsyness,” Bill Simmons On Matthew Boling, Praise For IAAF & Gabe Grunewald We preview NCAAs, discuss guns in Texas, get sidetracked with more gender/sex talk, and discuss Bill Simmons’ take on Matthew Boling aka “The Blond Bomber.”

LRC $200,019 LRC Running Warehouse NCAA Outdoor Prediction Contest The NCAAs start Wednesday. It’s time to get down to business. Get your picks in.

LRC Get Ready For Holloway Vs. Roberts & Mondo Vs. Nilsen As The World’s Best Clash At 2019 NCAAs World #1 vs. World #2 in 110 hurdles and pole vault.

LRC Women’s Distance Preview: Dani Jones Goes For 5K Glory, A Repeat Bid For Jessica Hull & 3-Peat Bid For Allie Ostrander Some big names will be looking to win their 4th NCAA titles later this week in Austin.

LRC Men’s Distance Preview: A Classic 5K, Wide-Open 1,500 & 10K, & Bryce Hoppel Chases The Perfect Season Can Morgan McDonald become a legend? Will Grant Fisher go out a winner or loser? We tell you here.
*MB: 2019 NCAA men’s distance preview: Will Hoppel remain undefeated? Who will go out a winner – McDonald or Fisher? We tell you here

And The Greatest Ultras And Ultra Runners Are … (Ultramarathon Exploration Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC The Greatest Ultramarathons In The World: The “Triple Crown Of Ultras”: Comrades, Western States, UTMB There are a ton of great ultras in the world, but after a month plus of debate we’ve come up with a big 3.

LRC The G.O.A.T. Of The Ultramarathon Is … We can’t give it away as we want you to read the article. On the women’s side, our winner is an American.

2019 NCAAs *Schedule, Start Lists, Results *Women’s Distance Preview *Men’s Distance Preview *TV & Streaming *LRC Free Post-Race Interviews

LRC 10.75! LSU Freshman Sha’Carri Richardson Arrives As A Star With Insane Collegiate 100m Record The men’s sprints at NCAAs were insane, but Richardson’s run today was even better. She broke the 30-year-old collegiate record, clocked the fastest time in the world in two years, and moved to =#9 on the all time list. All while celebrating early. And she’s only 19.

Weekend International Action *Comrades Results *Hengelo Results

More 2019 Comrades *Results

Gerda Steyn Breaks 6-Hour Barrier, Wins 1st Comrades Title In 5:58:53! Steyn took more than 10 minutes off the women’s old up CR of 6:09:24. 2017 champ Camille Herron DNFed.

Edward Mothibi Guns Down 2-Time Defending Camp Bongmusa Mthembu And Wins Comrades By 25 Seconds In 5:31:33 100k WR holder Nao Kazami of Japan was third in 5:39.16. Sage Canaday was the top American in 21st.
*MB: Sage Canaday under/over? 

IAAF Overturned Athletics South Africa Decision To Ban Russian Amateur Runners From Competing In Comrades Marathon The IAAF made the decision after it was found the athletes were amateurs and not affiliated with the Russian Athletics Federation.

Non-NCAA Distance Action – FBK Games On Sunday

Day 1 At NCAAs

LRC Clayton Young And BYU Earn Redemption, Young Sprints To 2019 NCAA 10K Title A year ago, BYU runners took the last 3 spots in the NCAA men’s 10,000. Tonight, they took 3 of the top 4, led by Clayton Young‘s national title.

LRC Mondo Duplantis Is BEATEN At 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Champs, Chris Nilsen Wins By Breaking His Own Meet Record LSU’s Duplantis, the #2 outdoor jumper of all time and 2019 world leader at 6.00m, was beaten as South Dakota’s Nilsen got PRs at 5.90 and 5.95 to score the upset – and break his own meet record.

LRC 2019 NCAA Men’s Distance Prelims: Bryce Hoppel Gets A PR, A Terrific 1,500 Final Is Set, & The Heat Claims Some Victims In The Steeple What we know after day 1: Hand the men’s 800 NCAA title to Bryce Hoppel.

IAAF Responds To Swiss Court

Day 4 Distance Coverage

1,500 LRC Sinclaire Johnson Of Oklahoma State Becomes 2nd-Fastest Collegian Ever, Wins Thrilling NCAA 1,500 Duel With Jessica Hull The #2 and #4 times in NCAA history got the mid-d and distance action underway in Austin on Saturday.

Steeple LRC Allie Ostrander Makes History And 3-Peats As NCAA Women’s Steeplechase Winner Ostrander became the first woman to win three straight NCAA steeplechase crowns and she did in style, with a new PR as she remained undefeated in the event.

800 LRC Texas A&M’s Jazmine Fray Wins Coveted 1st NCAA Title In Her Last Race, Goes Wire-To-Wire And Wins 800 In 2:01:31 After many disappointing performances at NCAAs, the NCAA indoor record holder finally got it all right as a senior.

5,000 LRC Colorado’s Dani Jones Kicks To Another NCAA Title, Wins 5,000 In 15:50.64 Dani Jones has only been running on land since mid-April. That proved to be enough for another NCAA title tonight in Austin.

NCAA Post-Race Videos: More Here

News From The IAAF – Name Change/Russia Still Banned


Long Distance Running News