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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- June 2nd

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

The second day of the Prefontaine Classic gets going at noon (PST) today on NBC.  Last night was an all distance affair.

Wilson Kiprop won the Kenyan Olympic Trials men’s 10,000 in an exciting stretch run over Moses MasaiBitan Karoki was third.  Although this race has been promoted as the trials race for Athletics Kenya, I would hardly say those names are set in stone.  As Joe Battaglia said on our podcast this week (and wrote about extensively), the controversy and inconsistency of the Kenyan marathon selection process leaves little to be confident about.  Even in the days prior to the 10,000, it was difficult to get a definitive answer on whether selectors would choose the first two or the first three from Friday’s race.

So congrats, Wilson Kiprop, Moses Masai and Bitan Karoki on making the Kenyan Olympic team!!!*

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The hyped International Mile fizzled when the pace lagged a bit behind the rabbits.  With one lap to go rabbit Jordan McNamara was visibly urging the pack behind him to pick up the pace.  Nobody really responded and Kenya’s James Magut won the race.  No “A” standards were achieved despite the effort of placing a second photo finish camera at the 1500 mark.  I hope they can get their money back for the camera.

Last season’s bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz made his outdoor debut and finished 8th in 3:57.44, his first race since the Millrose Games in February.  Last year, in his lead up to his surprise win at the U.S. Championships; he raced ten times between March and June.  This year, only once.

Prediciting the women’s 1500 at the Olympic Trials became a bit more difficult after Alice Schmidt held off Jenny Simpson for a 4:05.64 win.  Schimdt, who made the American team last year at 800 meters, also beat Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury and Gabrielle Anderson.  The American 1500 team looked very strong last year, with Simpson taking the gold and Morgan Uceny winning the Diamond League.  This year, the depth remains, but the task is much tougher.  Three women, two Ethiopian and one Kenyan, have already broken four minutes this season.  Nobody went under four in all of 2011.

Alysia Montano channeled the namesake of the meet and ran away with the women’s 800.  Montano ran an aggressive first lap of 55 seconds and then passed the rabbit en route to a 1:57.37.  This was her first race of the season and it puts her in the company of recent Diamond League winners Pamela Jelimo and Fantu Magiso.

It was closer than expected, but Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s 10,000 in 30:24.39.  Kenyan marathoner Florence Kiplagat was just behind in 30:24.85.  This race was billed as the de facto Ethiopian Olympic Trials.  If that is the case, then Beleynesh Oljira and Werknesh Kidane will join Dibaba in London.

Full results of all races.

The Oregonian the Eugene Register-Guard recap day one.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 2nd

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

Sanya Richards-Ross, Marvin Bracy and Jeff Demps all ran fast in wind-aided 100s at the Texas Relays in Austin.  Full results.

Richards-Ross went 10.89 and still had time to throw up the ‘hook em.’ 

High-schooler Bracy ran 10.06 and shouldn’t really be racing with high school kids anymore.  He is looking more and more like a potential Olympic Trials finalist.

Demps went 10.01.

Jeremy Wariner’s 44.58 split in the 4 x 400 relay is a promising sign after spending much of 2011 injured.

Performance of the meet was the Auburn men’s 4 x 100 relay team that ran 38.30, good for fourth best college performance ever.   It is also the fastest time in the world this year if you are the type of person that is concerned with who has the fastest 4 x 100 in April.

University of Texas football player and U.S long jump champion, Marquis Goodwin, did not compete in his specialty at the Texas Relays citing an injury.  The injury does not seem major as his coach believes he will be back in time for the Big 12 Championship.  Nonetheless, advantage football.

In the Carlsbad 5000 Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel won the men’s race, while Tirunesh Dibaba took the women’s.  Toni Reavis breaks down both races.  Video of men’s and women’s races featuring commentary by House of Run guest, Kevin Liao.

New Zealand’s shot put phenom Jacko Gill will not compete in the London Olympics, opting to concentrate on defending his World Junior Championship title.  The article also details Gill’s seven goals, which unfortunately do not include making more training videos lifting animals or dunking shot puts.

A high school girl that most people did not know (but probably should have) qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 10,000Cayla Hatton, remember the name.

Also, remember the name of Delano Williams, who won the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Champs meet in Kingston.  Williams is from the Turks and Caicos and thus, could actually end up representing Great Britain in London.

In other Champs action, Shauna Helps won the girls 100 in 11.50.  She is 15.

Kenenisa Bekele and Vivian Cheruiyot will headline the year’s first Diamond League meet in Doha on May 15thAbubaker Kaki reportedly will run the 1500, instead of the 800 where he won a silver medal last year.  Switching to the 1500 in 2012 is a smart move for Kaki.  His speed would work well in a tactical race and he could avoid David Rudisha, which is probably the reason why most people will just drop the 800 this year.

The head of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, says the relationship between the company and Usain Bolt has not always been great and there has been some “rough times.”  Like that one time when he became the most profitable and marketable track athlete of all-time and made the company millions of dollars.

-Kevin