The Morning Run- April 9th

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

Saturday marked the unofficial beginning to the outdoor season, at least in terms of elite distance races.  At the Stanford Invitational, pros Jackie Areson and Dathan Ritzenhein starred in the 5,000 and 10,000. Ritzenhein ran, and won, his first on the track since 2009 and Areson achieved the Olympic “A” standard with a fast last lap.

The race of the meet was Stanford’s Chris Derrick edging Arizona’s Lawi Lalang in the 1500.

Good sprint and hurdle results from the Florida Relays in Gainesville. 19 men broke 21 seconds in the 200.

Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton caught up with David Oliver after his hurdle race.

Prep Marvin Bracy false started and was disqualified in the 100, but provided a great sound bite when he told Flotrack his goal for the Olympic Trials was not just to gain experience, but to “actually go and beat every single last one of them” (1:40 in the video).  The presence, and success, of Bracy (and Jeff Demps) at the Trials would certainly add story lines and firepower to a 100 meter field that is lacking intrigue and mainstream appeal.  The downside? The ensuing onslaught of football fans who insist that ever member of the NFL could break 10 seconds if they actually trained for it would be quite insufferable.

Ken Goe’s story on the Pepsi Team Invitational where the Oregon men and women won the team titles.

The Eugene Register-Guard’s George Schroeder wrote about Duck sprinter English Gardner.  Sorry about the overload of Oregon stories on The Morning Run, but their beat writers and columnists actually cover track and field.

The second part of Alberto Salazar interview with Runner’s World.

Hammer thrower (and House of Run’s Chief Throws Correspondent) Martin Bingisser says there are positives and negatives to hosting the Olympic Trials hammer competition in Portland.  I say mostly negative, but Martin knows more about these things than I do (and is also much, much stronger).

Profile of Kenyan Florence Kiplagat, who will be racing the London Marathon.

 

 

 

One response to “The Morning Run- April 9th

  1. Let’s face it, the hammer was likely not going to get much TV coverage even if it were during the main meet in Eugene. The big advantage there is that people who might not have otherwise watched it could have stumbled upon it and fellow athletes would be able to watch their friends compete. The Portland idea has potential. The turnout may be big if lots of Nike employees show up. And we get the chance to be the first track and field athletes named to the Olympic team. But there has to be more of a media push in order for it to benefit us. And that will also benefit the main event since it will wake up Portland to the fact the Trials are just a short drive away (or at least get them to tune in on TV).