LANDOVER, Maryland -- On the final day of USATF Hershey Youth Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning complex Sunday, there were 31 meet records on the track and five set in field events, producing a weekend total of 66 new meet records.
In the 200 meters for 8 & Under girls, Payton Payne (Lanham, Maryland) crossed the finish line in first place and set a new record. Her time on 30.50 beat the previous record of 31.58.
With the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, just two days away, Illinois senior Stephanie Richartz is trying to accomplish something that has never been done at Illinois — win a pole vault national championship. Richartz, Illinois only representative at Nationals, will go up against 15 of the country’s best vaulters.
On Friday and Saturday, the NCAA’s best runners will face off in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the NCAA indoor championships.
The full slate of men’s races should be exhilarating. Here are a few things to keep an eye on:
• Will Oregon’s super sophomore Edward Cheserek claim another pair of individual indoor titles? Will Cheserek lead the Ducks to the DMR win?
• With five entrants in the field, just how many points will Oregon pick up in the 3,000m?
• Will the Arkansas duo of Kemoy Campbell and Stanley Kebeni pick up significant points for the home team in the 3,000m?
• Can Florida dethrone the defending champion Oregon Ducks? Or will Oregon’s distance runners carry the day?
photo courtesy, Thomas Boyd, the Oregonian
EUGENE - Jasmine Todd's body is in one piece again, which is a good thing for the Oregon Ducks as they head into the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Ducks are working on a streak of five consecutive women's NCAA Indoor titles. Todd, entered in the 60 meters and the long jump, will be a big part of Oregon's bid for No. 6.
6th March 2015 – Nelson Mandela once said that “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” I think that’s an important quote to remember as an athlete, as sometimes it takes time for goals to come to fruition. I often get emails on my webpage, asking how to get through a period of non-improvement when it seems as though it is impossible to reach one’s goals.
Mary Cain stood near the starting line with 31 other high-school girls at a track in Greensboro, N.C., in June 2011, waiting to run in the national championships of the 4 x 800 meter relay. With their long ponytails and soft bodies, racing numbers pinned to their hips, none of the girls looked like much — but Cain, a freshman, looked like less. She wore hot pink shorts and a black sports bra, and her shoulders slumped with the impatient awkwardness of being 15.
On the day that tickets for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix have gone on general sale, Olympic 800m champion and world record-holder David Rudisha has confirmed that he will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 7 June. Rudisha created one of the defining moments of the London 2012 Olympics as he won the 800m in incredible fashion, leading from the front and setting a world record of 1:40.91, and the Kenyan is relishing the chance to rediscover similar form when he returns to British soil in June.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympian Shannon Rowbury has been awarded USATF Athlete of the Week after her rare double at the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston.
Rowbury (Portland, Oregon) won the mile Saturday and the two mile Sunday with her times of 4:34.40 and 9:43.95, respectively. Her mile victory was her first USATF title since winning the 1,500m at 2009 USATF Outdoors, and it was her first USATF Indoors title since 2008. Even battling a cold, Rowbury’s indoor season ended on a successful note.
photo courtesy USATF
Olympic silver medalist and three-time USATF Champion Erik Kynard has already made a name for himself on the world stage. After taking home silver in London at just 21 years old as a college junior, the high jumper has made three U.S. teams in his young but illustrious career. For an athlete who is just in his second full year as a professional, the Ohio native is rarely satisfied.
BOSTON -- Sharon Day-Monroe made history by winning her fourth consecutive national indoor title to kick off the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships Friday.
Day-Monroe (Los Angeles) became the most decorated American since the addition of the outdoor heptathlon in 1981, winning her fourth consecutive indoor title to accompany her three outdoor titles. Day-Monroe is the first athlete in USATF history to win four consecutive indoor pentathlon crowns.
That was the chant that rang throughout the Gordon Indoor Track, as the Harvard women’s track and field co-captains Erika Veidis and Ashley Collinsworth brought back the team’s winning trophy for the third year in a row.Competing at home in front of a packed building, the women were able to defend their title for the second year in a row and claim the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the fifth time in program history. The Crimson finished with a program record 125 points, 18 points ahead of second place Columbia.
Here is a nice piece by the RunBlogger's Pete Larson
I just read an article over on the Natural Running Center website titled “Why Minimalism Went Flat.” The article, written by Jim Hixson, provides his take on the reasons behind the rise in maximal footwear and the decline in minimal footwear. Since I’m mentioned in the opening paragraph, I thought I’d share some thoughts on the article and the topic in general.
Hixson’s opening paragraph references my 2014 reader survey, emphasizing the point that four “maximally” cushioned shoes appear among the top 20 models. He then asks the following question “What happened with runners that made “fat and flat” shoes so popular, and in the process, push aside minimalism like some beefy schoolyard bully?
A.G. Kruger, Men’s Weight Throw winner
“I finally stopped thinking and went in and threw. I’ve thrown countless times over the years. Just let it happen. That’s the biggest thing. Early on, I was thinking too much, doing too much. Screw it, just let it happen. That’s when the big stuff comes. You’ve done all your thinking and training. Let it go and see what happens in the end. I eked it out barely, but I’ve done that a couple times before and I’ll take the win.”
Bolt competed twice
KINGSTON (JAM, Feb 28): The 39th Gibson McCook Relays saw twice running in his 2015 debut fastest man ever Usain Bolt at the National Stadium. First in heats in the morning his team Racers Lions won their race in 39.26 (Forsythe, Frater, Weir, Bolt timed with flying 9.7), but warning came from UTech team beeing faster 38.87 in another race.
GENEVA, Ohio - The Penn State women's track & field team finished day one of the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships in a tie for fourth place (23 points) at the SPIRE Institute. Tori Gerlach (Perkasie, Pa.) posted a podium finish in the 3,000-meter run.
"Day one ended with a flurry, I tell you it was a lot of fun," head coach and director of Penn State track & field John Gondak said. "We scored a lot of points at the end of the day on both sides of the team."
The 3,000-meter run highlighted the day for the Nittany Lion women. Out of the gate, Gerlach and freshman Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) along with Michigan State's Rachele Schulist and Wisconsin's Sarah Disanza broke away from the 15 other runners early.
Photo courtesy Runners World. July 20, 2014, 4:15 a.m. I pop up like a catapult, and turn off the alarm on my iPhone with ninja-like speed and accuracy. I slip out of bed and put on my racing uniform, leaving husband Jesse deep asleep. I bypass use of the bathroom, where we've stored Jude in his Pack 'n Play. I quietly shut the front door of our retrograde "suite" and walk into the cold, too-early morning air.
The athletes of the SEC are converging in Lexington, Kentucky this weekend for the conference championship. The Kentucky Wildcats’ 300m track will host some fast time and exciting races, but if you don’t have time to watch them all here are some suggestions.
photo courtesy Mike Bennet. There are freshman moments for University of Notre Dame middle distance runner Jessica Harris, to be sure.
At Saturday's Alex Wilson Invitational, Harris was caught off guard by the jostling and bumping that was part of the 1,200-meter leg of the distance medley relay.
Usain Bolt was at the heart of a spectacular stunt in New York last night to launch PUMA IGNITE, a running shoe that provides maximum energy return. In the energy hub of the city that never sleeps, runners powered away on treadmills in Times Square throughout the day with the energy from their IGNITE shoes being collected and stored.
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