Alberto and Galen were notably absent but the stars were out in full force at the Portland Track Festival with Shannon Rowbury, Steve Magness, the Gouchers, Alan Webb, Kevin Hanson, Desi Davila, Mark Wetmore, Shalane Flanagan, Evan Jager, Chris Solinsky, and many more in attendance. Employee 1.0 is back to recount the surreal scene in light of the Nike Oregon Project Doping investigation.
With the race mere hours away, we pass on what we learned this afternoon.
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.
Both Colorado and Iowa State have been consistent top-15 programs for several years. Both teams lost their top 2 from last year's meet, but still have a chance of being top 10 in 2014. Well tell you how.
As usual, Stanford is loaded on paper with the Rosa brothers, Sean McGorty and grad student Maksim Korolev, but that still may not be enough to topple defending champion Colorado, which returns its entire top seven plus its top runner from 2012, Jake Hurysz (13:38 5k PR).
Wetmore gave his star steepler splits to hit 9:19 and that's what she did. The expected PR came with an unexpected bonus - victory. Plus what is Jenny Simpson focusing on? And what will Ben Saarel run at NCAAs?