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The Morning Run: January 28th

-Remember at the end of Without Limits when it says that at the time of Steve Prefontaine’s death, he held every American record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters? After running 3:50.92 for the mile indoors on Saturday, Galen Rupp is reaching that level of American dominance.

-Mary Cain continues her record book reconstruction tour and easily takes down the high school mile record at the New Balance Games.

-In Glasgow, Duane Solomon set the American record in the 600, Bernard Lagat won the 3,000 and an unknown defeated Carmelita Jeter in the 60.  You can find all of the videos here.  In the team competition, Russia and the United States tied with 58 points. Run-off or coin flip?  Neither?  Boo.

-Mo Farah will run the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in February.  Sure he beat the Bekele brothers, but how will he fare against 9 guys racing in Mardi Gras costumes? 

-First, Dayron Robles was sitting out 2013.  Then, he was retiring.  Now it sounds like he may just be doing some sort of NBA/NFL style holdout and plans on returning in 2014 for a new country. If Cuba is looking for a trade, it is definitely a buyer’s market for hurdlers right now.

-Jesse Squire highlights two overlooked performances of the weekend, Lawi Lalang in the 3,000 and Cas Loxsom in the 600, in his Weekly College Awards. 

The Morning Run: January 18th

Because you can’t spend all your time reading about Manti Te’o….

-Jim McDannald of Track Focus reports that the Pac-12 is currently blocking Flotrack, Runnerspace and any other outside enterprise from streaming or archiving meets that are hosted by a Pac-12 school.  This decision gets even more puzzling when you consider that the Pac-12 may not even broadest these meets themselves.  This was the case at last Saturday’s University of Washington Indoor Preview.  Because of the large amount of college/professional meets that Pac-12 schools host, this policy would blackout fans from watching several marquee meets that have been previously available for viewing.

The development of propriety conference networks, and the huge amount of money that follows, is often cited as the savior of non-revenue sports.   It is interesting that these same networks could play a role in limiting the publicity of their schools and their athletes.

-Mo Farah will run one, and only one, indoor race this season.  Meanwhile, training partner Galen Rupp will race for the second time in 2013 at next Saturday’s BU Terrier Invite.

-Tirunesh Dibaba and Matt Centrowitz are the latest entries to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

-Ken Goe’s Thursday links include a look at the relationship between Oregon’s football and track and field programs.

-Jesse Squire presents his College Notes.

-Our podcast from Wednesday where we discuss Mary Cain, the Boston Marathon field, Andy Murray’s acceleration and much more.

The Morning Run: January 14th

Because USATF’s tiebreaking procedure is easier to understand than Jodie Foster’s speech at the Golden Globes.

-Sixteen-year-old Mary Cain ripped apart the American high school 3,000-meter record at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Saturday.  Cain, who lives in New York but is coached by Alberto Salazar, ran 9:02.10 beating the existing outdoor record by over six seconds.  When considering conversions, she also bested all the existing high school records for the 3,200-meter and 2-mile.  The record itself isn’t a shock.  She already holds the 1,500-meter American high school record and held her own in the 800-meters at the Olympic Trials this past summer.   What is surprising is how fast she is running this early in the season.

Assuming that Salazar is using the same cautious and methodical approach that he has taken with Galen Rupp, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Cain can run much faster.  With modest improvements, she would be an immediate contender outdoors in the United States, especially in the 5,000, which currently lacks depth.  But before we get too far, let us remember all the phenoms in track and field who ran their best races and times before they reached the drinking age and were never heard from again.  Cain appears to be an exception.  Her talent surpasses anything we have ever seen in the United States and she has the best distance running coach in the world to provide guidance. Salazar deservedly received much credit for guiding Rupp over a 12-year period from a high school freshman to an Olympic silver medalist.  If he can get Cain anywhere close to that level while avoiding the injuries, burnouts and breakdowns that often fell such a talent, it would be an even greater coaching achievement

-Also in Seattle, the aforementioned Galen Rupp opened his 2013 season with a 3:57 mile and an easy win.

-Brianna Rollins of Clemson set the collegiate record in the 60-meter hurdles running 7.78.  That time is only .06 seconds from Lolo Jones’s American record of 7.72.

-Houston Marathon recap

Weather: Bad

Meb: Sick (DNS)

½ Marathon Winners: Feyisa Lelisa (1:01:52) and Mamitu Deska (1:09:51)

World record: Not close

Americans:  Shadrack Biwott (1:02:23) and Lisa Uhl (1:13:28)

Marathon Winners: Bazu Worku (2:10:17) and Merima Mohammed (2:23:37)

Americans: Andrew Carlson (2:17:16) and Tera Moody (2:39:10)

-Dayron Robles will apparently sit out 2013 in protest over treatment by officials in Cuba.

-Prep Erin Finn is feeling better after running a 10:18 3200 in a workout.

-A judge found Ashley Gill-Webb guilty of throwing a bottle onto the track before the men’s Olympic 100-meter final.  It doesn’t look like jail time is likely but he will have to live with the name “Olympic bottle thrower” the rest of his life.

-Jesse Squire’s Weekly College Awards feature Cas Loxsom and his 1:46 800.

The Morning Run: January 11th

The Morning Run is a compilation of links, news and commentary.

Tennis player Andy Murray became the latest athlete to have his bipedal locomotion mentioned in the same sentence as Usain Bolt.  In this occasion it was Murray’s trainer, Jez Green, comparing his pupil’s acceleration to the fastest man on earth.

He’s been clocked at moving at 10 metres per second over very short intervals, maybe even as short as a single step, which is as fast as Usain Bolt. I’m not saying that he is that fast over 100 metres but he has great acceleration when he is chasing down a drop shot.

It appears that neither Murray nor Green is aware of the Curse of Bolt, otherwise they would have steered clear, especially right before the Australian Open.  Green also said that Murray could run a 400 in 53 seconds, which doesn’t seem too unreasonable.

Jesse Squire previews the weekend’s best matchups.  There are lots of them.

Dan Rather Reports profiles the Kenyan Scholar Athlete Program.

Toni Reavis reflects on a conversation he had with the retiring Felix Limo.

The Bowerman released their women’s preseason watch list.

The Morning Run: September 28th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

-This week’s podcast featuring Ryan Fenton of Flotrack.

-Two strange doping stories.  Athletics Kenya is investigating drug suspicions raised by a German journalist and the Independent Observer reports that many Olympic athletes missed blood tests in London and were not penalized.  Both stories could be nothing or they could be something.  Hope that answers your questions.

-Jesse Squire created a useful chart listing which NCAA cross country teams are competing where this weekend.

-NPR’s story about when Uwe Horn threw the javelin too far.

-British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye will not pursue opportunities in rugby or the NFL and will instead focus on throwing.  Another Okoye (who also had a history of throwing) was pretty successful on the gridiron.

-A photo of Liu Xiang crashing into the first hurdle at the Olympics is being used in a Chinese hospital’s flyer about men’s sexual disorders.  I thought they had censorship for things like this.

-Geoffrey Mutai will be looking for the world record in the marathon in Berlin on Sunday.  Even if he runs 2:02, I doubt Athletics Kenya will be impressed.

-ESPN2 will broadcast the New York City Marathon live on November 4th.

-This pile up from a cross country race in Alaska is phenomenal.

-Kevin

The Morning Run: September 4th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

Oscar Pistorius angered, confused and disappointed many in the sporting world with his comments about fellow Paralympic athlete, Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira.  Now there is a discussion about how the fallout will impact his brand.

Want to take more than an hour off your marathon time?  Try the Paul Ryan Time Calculator.

Jeff Demps has been placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots.  No more football for him this year.  If only there were another sport he could turn to……

Over the weekend in Berlin, Aries Merritt broke 13 seconds in the 110 hurdles for the seventh time this season.

Also in Berlin, former Oklahoma State star German Fernandez, ran a lifetime best in the 1500Jesse Squire breaks it down.

The preliminary start lists for the Brussels Diamond League meet have been posted.  As expected, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will not be racing one another.  Here is an extended post on the non-reasons why they aren’t facing off.

Matt Tegenkamp and Renee Baillie won the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race and the US 20K title in the process.

If you had the American women and the Eritrean men winning the World Mountain Running Championships, then I have great news for you.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 14th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

The second iteration of the Kenyan Olympic marathon controversy includes Patrick Makau’s agent releasing email contradicting the statements made by Athletics Kenya.

Joe Battaglia argues that conducting an Olympic Trials race for Kenya is the ultimate solution.  I second that.

Jesse Squire writes that the individual entities in track and field need to find common goals and USATF could use a communications manager.

Flotrack tours the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.  If you ever wondered where the next great American archer would be found, this video will answer some questions.

Pat Price asks America’s favorite rabbit, Matt Scherer, five questions.

The Jamaican Gleaner reveals their men’s picks for the Jamaican National Championships.  Including their controversial discus selection.

Ron Bellamy of the Eugene Register-Guard writes that Russell Brown is busy on and off the track.

The Indianapolis Star on Ashley Spencer not running in the Olympic Trials.  This story still continues to confuse me for a number of reasons.  If she does end up making the team for London, her season would only be two weeks longer then it will be if she makes it to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships.  That seems like a reasonable trade-off for the Olympic experience.

Second, the 400 is an event that is frequently dominated by athletes under the age of 20.  Sanya Richards-Ross finished 6th in Athens in 2004 when she was 19.  In those same Olympics, a 20 year-old Jeremy Wariner won gold.  Last year, Kirani James was 18 when he won the world title in Daegu. In “400 years,” Spencer actually isn’t that young and there is no guarantee she will be at this level again in 2016 or 2020.  That said, she is going to crush in Barcelona.

ESPNHS is folding.  This includes the popular high school running website, Dyestat.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 12th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.  – June 12th

Moses Mosop withdrew from the Kenyan Olympic marathon team yesterday due to injury.  He will be replaced by MutaiEmmanuel Mutai.  Not Geoffrey Mutai the guy that crushed Emmanuel in New York about 7 months ago and who has the course records in New York and Boston.  Patrick Makau, the world record holder was also not chosen.  It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to predict the decisions made by Athletics Kenya.  You take what is reasonable, logical and objective and then go with the complete opposite.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was on The Tonight Show last week.  These come courtesy of listener/reader Sam.  Incredible stuff, thanks Sam!

Track and Field News released their updated men’s and women’s  Olympic Trials form charts.

Mariya Savinova’s 1:57.95 800 was the headline from the Moscow World Challenge meet.

Fox Sports recounts the anguish and frustration of Wallace Spearmon after he was disqualified from the 200 in the Beijing.

Days after the end of 2012 campaign, Jesse Squire previews the 2013 NCAA track and field season.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard looks at the Oregon Ducks who have Olympic Trials plans.

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks to Joe Battaglia about the 2008 Olympics.  On Skype nonetheless.

Bernard Lagat does some race visualization for NBC Olympics.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 11th SPEED Rankings

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

A few links before the updated SPEED Rankings:

Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Kingston on Sunday.  There were no injuries reported.

Yesterday in Vancouver, Andrew Wheating won the 1500 in 3:35.89, while Matt Centrowitz finishsed fourth in 3:37.22.

A final look back at the NCAA Championships from Jesse Squire.

Andrew Riley’s historic 100/110 hurdles double was the highlight of the meet, but what does his future hold?

On the Guardian’s US sports blog, I wrote about Tyson Gay’s first race in almost a year.

Joe Battaglia writes about the David Rudisha’s jaw dropper and whether drawing a more favorable lane can lead Oscar Pistorius to London.

Now for the rankings…..

The track and field world goes relatively dark for the next couple of week.   These will be the last rankings until July 2nd- when the “trials” season is over.  Remember, the rankings are subjective and completely unscientific.

Men

100

1)    Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Justin Gatlin

4)   Asafa Powell

5)   Tyson Gay

In just one race (and a B race at that) Gay has put himself back on the map.  I don’t see any signs yet that Bolt is beatable this year, but Gay is in the thick of the silver medal discussion.  His 10.00 on Saturday was actually faster than Blake’s 9.90 when adjusted for wind.

200

1)   Usain Bolt

2)   Yohan Blake

3)   Wallace Spearmon

4)   Churandy Martina

5)   Nickel Ashmeade

Ashmeade and Martina both went under 20 seconds in New York.  As was the case in 2011, this event is starting slowly.

400

1)   Lashawn Merritt

2)   Kirani James

3)   Luguelin Santos

4)   Tony McQuay

5)   Mike Berry

Santos won in New York, but McQuay had the best weekend.  He posted two of the top four times this year at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines.  Also, he anchored Florida to the win in the 4 x 400 in a low 44 split.

800

1)   David Rudisha

2)   Abubaker Kaki

3)   Mohammed Aman

4)   Leonard Kosencha

5)   Nick Symmonds

Rudisha put significant space between himself and the rest of the world in New York.  His time of 1:41.74 was .73 off the world record and was enough to win the race by a preposterous margin- almost 3 seconds.

1500

1)   Asbel Kiprop

2)   Nixon Chepseba

3)   Ayanleh Souleiman

4)   Silas Kiplagat

5)   Caleb Ndiku

Kiprop ran a world leading time in the mile of 3:49.22 at the Bislett Games and held the lead from far out.  Ndiku, who posted good results indoors, was 2nd.  Bernard Lagat beat Ayanleh Souleiman in New York, but since Lagat doesn’t plan on racing much at 1500 I left him off.

5000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Bernard Lagat

3)   Isiah Koech

4)   Galen Rupp

5)   Dejen Gebremeskel

The race in Oslo had a heavy Ethiopian presence and three men were able to go under 13 minutes.  Gebremeskel was first in 12:58.92 and will get the rotating 5th spot this week.  Kenenisa Bekele ran a season’s best, but was only 5th.

10000

1)   Mo Farah

2)   Kenenisa Bekele

3)   Tariku Bekele

4)   Wilson Kiprop

5)   Moses Masai

No reason to change anything here.  You could make an argument that Bekele should drop by virtue of is 5,000 showings, but I think at this point in his career he will fare much better at 10,000.

110 Hurdles

1)  Liu Xiang

2)   Dayron Robles

3)   Aries Merritt

4)   Jason Richardson

5)   David Oliver

It was a false start party in New York.  After the fourth attempt, Richardson won the race.  By that time, Merritt had been disqualified and everyone else looked completely out of sync.

 400 Hurdles

1)  Javier Culson

2)   Angelo Taylor

3)   Bershawn Jackson

4)   Jehue Gordon

5)   Jeshua Anderson

Culson won again in Oslo and has the three fastest times in the world this year.  Gordon was 2nd and now makes his SPEED Rankings debut.

3000 Steeplechase

1)   Paul Koech

2)   Richard Mateelong

3)   Abel Mutai

4)   Ezekiel Kemboi

5)   Roba Gari

No steeples this week=no changes.

Women

100

1)   Carmelita Jeter

2)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

3)   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4)   Tianna Madison

5)    Murielle Ahoure

Much more movement with this event than I anticipated. Fraser-Pryce won in New York ahead of Madison, Jeter and Allyson Felix.  Is this the last we see of Felix in this event in 2012?  What do we make of Jeter?  After a great start in Kingston, two sub-par races in the United States.  Last year she timed her peak perfectly, so she gets the benefit of the doubt for now.

200

1)   Veronica Campbell-Brown

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Jeneba Tarmoh

4)   Kimberlyn Duncan

5)   Sanya Richards-Ross

Richards-Ross ran the fastest time in the world on Saturday, unfortunately the cameras stopped rolling at that point for American viewers.  As expected, Duncan easily won the NCAA 200.

400

1)   Sanya Richards-Ross

2)   Allyson Felix

3)   Amantle Montsho

4)   Francena McCorory

5)   Novelene Williams-Mills

Montsho had an easy win in Oslo and McCorory just edged Williams-Mills in New York.  How sharp is Richards-Ross right now?  See above.

800

1)   Fantu Magiso

2)   Pamela Jelimo

3)   Alysia Johnson

4)   Janeth Jepkosgei

5)   Mariya Savinova

Magiso won in routine fashion in New York.  None of the others in the top five raced.

1500

1)   Abeba Aregawi

2)   Genzebe Dibaba

3)   Hellen Obiri

4)   Btissam Lakhouad

5)   Morgan Uceny

Aregawi won again, so I did her the honor of actually spelling her name correctly this week.  Dibaba was a closer second in Rome.  Another steady performance for Uceny with a 4:05 for sixth.

5000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Viola Kibiwot

The baby-faced destroyer keeps inching closer back to her destroying form of old.  She won in New York over Defar with a punishing last two laps to finish in 14:50.

10000

1)   Vivian Cheruiyot

2)   Tirunesh Dibaba

3)   Meseret Defar

4)   Sally Kipyego

5)   Florence Kiplagat

No changes.  Very interested to see how the Kenyan trials shake out in Nairobi.

100 Hurdles

1) Sally Pearson

2)   Dawn Harper

3)   Kellie Wells

4)   Brigitte Foster-Hylton

5)   Kristi Castlin

Pearson was brilliant in Oslo with a world-leading 12.49.  Castlin made it closer than expected running a lifetime best of 12.56.  The American trials in this event will be fun to watch.

400 Hurdles

1) Kaliese Spencer

2)   Lashinda Demus

3)   Vania Stambolova

4)   Irina Davydova

5)   Ti’erra Brown

This event has been all over the place in 2012.  Brown upset Spencer in New York.  The week prior Spencer looked very good beating Demus in Rome.

3000 Steeplechase

1)  Milcah Chemos

2)   Yuliya Zaripova

3)   Habiba Ghribi

4)   Sofia Assefa

5)   Hiwot Ayalew

Chemos won again and broke all sorts of records in the process.  Her time of 9:07.14 was the fifth fastest ever.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- May 16th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary

Yesterday, we posted our podcast recapping the Doha Diamond League and previewing the upcoming meets in Shanghai and Occidental.  Jason also mourns the loss of his Chicago Bulls.

The 2012 House of Run fantasy track and field league kicks off this weekend.  If you would like to participate, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Any and all are welcome.

Ahead of Saturday’s meet in Shanghaimany of the world’s fastest ran in Daegu on Wednesday.

A year removed from his death, ESPN revisits the life of Sammy Wanjiru.

NBC’s “visualization” videos feature Lolo Jones, Bershawn Jackson and Dwight Phillips. I would make a joke about viewers needing to visualize live Olympic coverage too, but NBC is ditching the tape delay this year.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the carefree Abdi Abdirahman.

Dai Greene says he never disrespected the American 400 hurdlers, but stands by his statements about Lashawn Merritt.

Speaking of Merritt, he decided to wade into the Oscar Pistorius issue.

Flotrack interviews Santa Monica Track Club founder Joe Douglas about the importance of communications, and even acting classes, for track and field athletes to appeal to the general public.  So if you were wondering where Carl Lewis got the idea he could act from………

The popular “30 for 30” series on ESPN will return and produce a documentary on a steroid user in track and field.  Completely uncharted territory for them.

What happens when a group of ultra-marathoners run down a really steep hill?  Some of them fall, but one of them sets a world record.

Jesse Squire distributes his college athlete of the week awards.

-Kevin