Torrence loved board games, wanted to be the first person to run a sub-4 mile barefoot on grass, did plyos and pushups at the track at 11PM after winning the Long Island Mile and was quite obviously an amazing person and friend.
The team of Chanelle Price, Chrishuna Williams, Laura Roesler and Charlene Lipsey got a comfortable 3+ second win over Belarus, although their 8:16 winning time wouldn't have been fast enough to even podium at the last two World Relays.
Her advice for HSers: "Do not dwell on your high school achievements. College is a different animal. You’re going to have ups and downs, but remain positive and focused. You’re breakthrough is going to happen."
A solid men's 800 has Nijel Amos, Mo Aman, Adam Kszczot and Taoufik Makhloufi. Bernard Lagat, Isiah Koech, Augustine Choge, Hassan Mead, Diego Estrada, Andy Vernon in the 5000. World champ Marina Arzamsova vs Shannon Rowbury, Caster Semenya, Chanelle Price and Lynsey Sharp in the women's 800.
*IAAF Preview: Five World Champions Set For Berlin Renaud Lavillenie will try and get revenge on World champ Shawn Barber in the PV. Dawn Harper Nelson tries to get redemption in the 100H as she faces silver medalist Cindy Roleder and Euro champ Tiffany Porter.
Ryan Martin and Clayton Murphy were 1-2 in the 800 as Chanelle Price (800) and Kellyn Taylor (5000) also got gold. Overall, Team USA took home 47 medals (27 gold).
Clayton Murphy and Ryan Martin both won their 800 heats as did Chanelle Price.
*Throwers win gold during first Morning Session at NACAC Lolo Jones had the fastest time in the heats of the 100mH.
*Team USA prepares for NACAC Champs Andrew Wheating in the 1500, Lopez Lomong in the 5000, Shelby Houlihan and Rachel Schneider (1500), Ashley Higginson and Shalaya Kipp (steeple), Andy Bayer and Stanley Kebenei (steeple).
With the Kenyan World Champs Trials this weekend, the mid-d/distance fields aren't quite as strong, but that opens the door for a slew of Americans. In the 1,500, Ayanleh Souleiman and Matthew Centrowitz will battle as Robby Andrews makes a rare DL appearance. Brenda Martinez, Molly Ludlow and Chanelle Price are all in the 800 and is there any way Andy Bayer can win the steeple?
Dibaba's coach and agent told her they were comfortable with her pacing because they knew she was comfortable front running.
Huddle was the only one to go with the rabbit and was still in contention with 100 to go, but lost out to the world silver medalist Cherono. In the steeple there was a fierce battle between Conseslus Kiopruto and Jarius Birech, Eunice Sum dominated the 800 and Nijel Amos and David Rudisdha finished only .10-seconds apart while Boris Berian went for it. In non-distance action, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6-meters, Valerie Adams lost again and South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk blew the 400 field away. We recap it all here.
"... My agent approached me at dinner in Switzerland after the meet and said, 'Hey, the meet director in Monaco gave me a call and was wondering if you would be willing to rabbit the 1500.' And first I was like, 'Eh, I’m kind of tired.' And then he said, 'It’s going to be a world record attempt by Dibaba,' and I was immediately like, 'Oh, absolutely, I would love to be a part of that.' She’s one of my idols, so I said yes. And I was headed to Monaco the next day."
"To see her in person, it was quite the show. I was cheering her on, and I wanted her to get [the world record] so bad. And so when she did, I just ran across the track and I picked her up. She’s probably only 90, 95 pounds [laughs]. We gave each other a big hug, and it just really meant a lot to help someone else achieve their goal."
The men's 800 (Rudisha vs. Amos Rematch + Berian and Loxsom) and mile (Kiprop vs. Souleiman as Centro, Leo and Blankenship try to go sub-3:50) are the crown jewels of the Saturday action. Other action includes Molly Huddle vs. Mercy Cherono in the 5,000, Eunice Sum vs. Brenda Martinez in the 800 and an African showdown between Isaac Makwala (#5 all-time) and Wayde van Niekerk (#11 all-time) in the 400.
Dibaba talks about all the changes she's made to break the streak of disappointing outdoor seasons following stellar indoor ones. She also mentions the cold shoulder she got from Almaz Ayana after the Paris 5000 and compliments Chanelle Price's pacing. "The pacer did a really good job and I was confident in her. In Barcelona I was alone from early on in the race, but here the pacer took me through to 800m. She did such a good job that I knew I had to keep pushing. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity."
On indoors vs outdoors: “Usually, it is not difficult to change from indoors to outdoors. I find outdoors easier than indoors but I am more interested in indoor athletics. I prefer it because it is hotter indoors and I like the shorter laps."
Lomong got the win in 7:42.19 to Lagat's 7:42.75. Andy Bayer was 6th (7:48.49). Switzerland's Selina Buchel took the 800 in 1:59.21, beating Chanelle Price by .03.