photo courtesy USA Today--One of the perks of attending a large university with an illustrious list of alumni, is the ability to hear a legend speak. In the late 1990’s, I had the privilege of attending a rare speaking engagement on campus featuring Olympic star Billy Mills.
The Pepsi Florida Relays is annually one of the best early season outdoor meets in the United States. Not only do scores of the top collegiate stars head to Gainesville to square off, but many of the top sprint and hurdle pros use the event as their outdoor season launching point. This year's edition is no different, with stacked races and big stars across the board. Here are a few of the top events and athletes to keep an eye on
In eighth grade, Nadia Eke decided to teach herself how to triple jump.
“I thought it would probably be the easiest thing, since I didn’t actually want to do track,” the Columbia senior said.
Cole Christman of Wenatchee (WA) had a breakthrough race to defeat 2014 NXN champ Tanner Anderson (North Central WA) with a personal best time of 4:09.94 to take over as US #1 in the 1600 and knock 3 seconds off his previous PR. (Photo by Gary Paulson)
A 400m runner will work hard on extremely painful training sessions to develop their lactic system, both the efficiency, the time it takes before the lactic system breaks down and their pain threshold to run through the fatigue.
Lee Emanuel, who won 3000m silver at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, is one of athletics’ running missionaries. The Albuquerque-based Brit tells SPIKES how his American adventure nearly pushed him away from the sport, but ultimately led him to success. Moving to America was something of an impulsive decision for Lee Emanuel.
It’s a given that runners—no matter their ability or age–have to be tough. Let’s face it: this beloved sport of ours is a demanding one that requires Herculean levels of determination and just pure grit in order to keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K, has added an elite team competition for the first time, with an American team taking on three all-star lineups from around the world on July 4.
The team competition, called the Peachtree Cup, will feature four entries: Team USA, Team Africa, Team Asia, and Team Europe. Each roster will consist of six athletes, three men and three women. The team members' individual finish times will be added together to determine the fastest cumulative time and the winner of the Cup.
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Portland will host also US Champs
PORTLAND (USA): The City of Portland will play host to the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, March 11-12, USA Track & Field announced Monday. The Team USA roster for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships will be chosen on the same track on which they will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, one week later. The 2016 World Indoor Championships are slated for March 18-20 at the Oregon Convention Center. The indoor track stadium at the OCC will feature a new, 200-meter IAAF-certified track and will be configured to accommodate more than 7,000 spectators for the event.
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.
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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.
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