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).
Dibaba's coach and agent told her they were comfortable with her pacing because they knew she was comfortable front running.
"... 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."
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."
Ashley Higginson and Bridget Franek are in the steeple. Mike Rodgers and English Gardner are in the 100s. Full fields can be found here.
Among the athletes getting $7,000 are Alysia Montano, Morgan Uceny, and Chanelle Price. Maggie Vessey and others are getting $4,000. Of the $374,000, $170,000 was announced separately yesterday for throwers.
Chanelle Price runs twice a day, lifts weights, works a job, and volunteers each day. She says survives on $25 Subway cards her parents send her in the mail - someone get her an endorsement deal with Subway.
Rupp will face a deep field including Leonard Komon, Sam Chelanga, World bronze medalist Paul Tanui, Olympic 5th placer Bedan Karoki, and sub-27 men Kenneth Kipkemboi, Emmanuel Bett. It was also announced that Mary Cain will race the 800 against Chanelle Price and Maggie Vessey. The men's "B" 800 has Erik Sowinski, Tyler Mulder, Charles Jock, Elijah Greer and Michael Rutt.
Team captains Will Leer and Chanelle Price accepted the award. Jamaica was 2nd in the team standings, Kenya 3rd.
"Anything under 4:35 is awesome for me. The mile is a little long for me."
It's amazing to think last summer Price bombed in the semis of USAs: “I remember lying in the hotel room thinking: I have to stop. I can’t do this anymore.”
*MB: Last summer Chanelle Price wanted to quit, now thanks to God (and more mileage?) Chanelle Price is a world champion