Podcast: Brynn Brown, the return of the Major Marathons, everyone is an All-American, bus-only NCAA XC and track and field’s Grand Slams

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By Robert Johnson
May 20, 2020

In this week’s podcast (subscribe here), we propose a simple plan that should result in the major big-city marathons returning to action this fall. We also talk about Brynn Brown‘s amazing 9:39 3,200 meter run, get you ready for this weekend’s high school sub-4 mile attempt, and rip the NCAA coaches for declaring every one who qualified for NCAAs at the DIII level an All-American. Along the way, we talk about Ben Rosario‘s idea to create 4 Grand Slams for track and field and wonder how the NCAA xc season will look if teams only travel by bus.

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Show notes:

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[3:40] Brynn Brown has run 9:39 for 3,200
[10:10] Caster Semenya has declared herself to be supernatural
[13:41] Covid-19 talk during which Robert Johnson offers his simple plan to bring back the major city marathons – Test everyone before the race.
[25:49] Some high school boys will be attempting to break 4:00 in the mile in the Quarantine Classico
[29:22] Weldon Johnson joins the show and talks about week 2 as a parent and he quickly goes off on a Covid-19 rant
[43:45 ] Is the dream that Jenny Simpson return to the steeplechase officially dead?
[46:20] Everyone gets a medal. The coaches association has determined everyone who qualified for NCAA indoors should be declared an All-American at the DIII level. What a joke.
[52:33] We share a couple of emails of the week. One calls us scum for interviewing Jim Ryun another praises us for sending out the best-emailed newsletter in history. We use the email as an excuse to talk more about Jim Ryun’s silver medal run in 1968.
[61:14] HOKA NAZ Elite coach Ben Rosario wants to create 4 Majors for track and field. Will this idea save the sport?
[70:40 ] If NCAA xc is held in the fall with limited bus-only travel, how will the season look.

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