JACKSONVILLE -- Thousands of young athletes from across the country will be descending on Jacksonville, Florida for the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week, July 27-August 2. Athletes ranging from 7 to 18 will be competing in the full range of events at Hodges Stadium and 1,080 track clubs will also be represented.
TORONTO -- Kendall Baisden and Shakima Wimbley went 1-2 in the women’s 400 meters and Clayton Murphy and Ryan Martin went 1-3 in the 800m as Team USA picked up eight more medals, three of them gold, Thursday night at the Pan American Games at CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium. The U.S. remains atop the medals table with 25, already surpassing the 17 medals won in 2011 and the 24 earned in 2007.
The 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track and Field teams are coordinated by Fred Baer, the founder of Track and Field Writers of America. Girls selections are made by Mike Kennedy, the high school editor of Track and Field News.
The pressure on high school athletes today is intense. Many of these teenagers face increased competition to earn a spot on the team and try to live up to the expectations of their parents and coaches.
Jamaica struck gold at the World University Games (WUG) in Gwanju, South Korea yesterday.
The big winner was national 100-metre hurdles champion Danielle Williams who won the event in 12.78 seconds ahead of Russia's Nina Marozova (12.83) and Australia's Michelle Jenneke (12.94).
Greatness won't come overnight
“In the world of track and field I think it helps to commit and know you are in it for the long haul. To me that is a key to being great. That mindset has allowed me never to get too down if I miss a whole season through a horrible injury, because I know it is just a season and I am in the sport for the long haul."
Mo Farah is set to contest the 3000m on the first day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London later this month. The double Olympic, world and European champion says his training is going well and that racing that distance at the Diamond League meeting on July 24 will be “the best possible preparation” ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing where he will hope to successfully defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Sandi Morris faces the first un-American Fourth of July of her life.
The South Carolina native and now graduated University of Arkansas All-American pole vaulter debuts internationally today at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris.
"She has never jumped in Europe," Arkansas women's pole vault coach Bryan Compton said. "I think maybe she jumped in the Pan-Am games but never in Europe.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The best youth athletes in the country travel to Lisle, Illinois, this week for USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships. The week-long event, hosted June 30-July 5 at Laughlin Track on the campus of Benedictine University, will begin with World Youth Trials June 30 and July 1.
EUGENE — The United States has never produced a 5,000-meter runner as fast as Molly Huddle, nor a 10,000-meter runner as enduring as Shalane Flanagan. But when the 5K's unstoppable force and the 10K's immovable object raced against one another throughout their careers, it was Flanagan who owned America's distinction as distance royalty.
EUGENE, Oregon -- The USATF Championship Series rolls to a final stop in Eugene, as TrackTown USA plays host to the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships, June 25-28, at Historic Hayward Field. Hundreds of athletes will live out their dreams to make Team USA and earn a spot to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China this August.
Tyson Gay never realised how harmful stress could be until the American sprinter returned from a doping ban last year. "It was so stressful, my hair started thinning," Gay told Reuters via phone as he prepared for this week's U.S. world championships trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Within the first seconds of the boys mile championship at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Deep Run’s Matthew Novak surged to the inside of the track as the frontrunner. Just over four minutes later, he closed his eyes, pumped his arms and emerged across the finish line as a national champion.
“I feel great about the victory because training is going really really good,” said Sharika Nelvis in her post-race interview. Sharika, the former NCAA champion, won the women’s 100m hurdles title in 12.65 seconds (-1.7 mps) at the 2015 Adidas Grand Prix Meet (New York Diamond League) held last Saturday, June 13 at Icahn Stadium on Randall Island. Sharika finished ahead of Britain’s Tiffany Porter (12.81), Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (12.89) and American Lolo Jones (12.95).
With a triple-gear burst of speed on the last lap, Grant Fisher of Michigan, who became the seventh prep to run sub-4:00 mile on June 4, repeated as adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile champion on June 13 in New York. Saying that the aura of the IAAF Diamond League meet made him feel like a professional, Fisher, a Stanford-bound senior, ran flawlessly in 4:01.73 on a warm and windy day at Icahn Stadium. Fisher extended his two-year undefeated streak in high school competition with one more scholastic race left: the two mile in this Saturday’s Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. After that, Fisher will run the 1500 meters at the junior national championships, June 25-27, in Eugene, Oregon.
The Hoosiers fell short at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships this weekend, as all three athletes failed to qualify for final heats and top-eight positions in Eugene, Ore.
Chiaraviglio 570, Bravo 45.26
LIMA (PER, Jun 12): The 49th South American Championships started in Lima with Brazilian javelin record 81.22 by Julio Miranda de Oliveira during first day. Second Argentinian Braian Toledo 79.34. Another top mark in pole vault 570 by German Chiaraviglio of Argentina, just 1 cm under his national record back from 2006. Fast 400 m was won by Albert Bravo of Venezuela 45.26 (missed his national record from altitude only by 0.05). Second Hederson Alves from Brazil 45.57 and third another Venezuela runner Freddy Mezones 45.67. Good distances by women, Muriel Coneo of Colombia 4:10.14 in the 1500 m and Peru´s Ines Melchor 32:28.87 in the 10 000 m ahead of Maria Pastuna of Ecuador 32:51.33. Geisa Coutinho was the favorite women 400 m winner in 53.07.
Earlier this week, before what would be their first appearance together on camera for a site known as TrackTown Live, Demi Payne sent a Facebook message to Sandi Morris. “Well, we’re about to go on camera,” Payne wrote to her ostensible NCAA pole vault rival. “How should we act?”
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