Bitting on our first medal of the season alina_mjohnson @ MB Johnson Park https://t.co/gdSU4SAEZu— Nadir Yusuf (@RUNSLIFEnadir) September 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
West Central Tribune report on the Schocky Strand Invitational HERE.
St. Cloud Times summary HERE.Wayzata XC results from Apollo Early Bird. Varsity:http://t.co/nroYfjSDIa JV: http://t.co/ArN2BISM4I and 9th grade: http://t.co/TW3it3L6F1— Wayzata Track&Field (@WayzataTrack) September 1, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
Miracles, comebacks and return of the champs - we look at the best of #Beijing2015 http://t.co/oTdjGVmYQr pic.twitter.com/rwIkWC2Nou— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 31, 2015
West Central Tribune look at the rankings for area HS XC teams HERE.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
When Scott Jurek set a new record for completing the Appalachian Trail, he also got some unwelcome attention from Trail officials. The town of Baxter, where the trail ends is not happy with the behavior of some of the hikers, who, they say, openly flout the rules. The actions of these hikers has caused the town officials to contemplate ending the hospitality of the town as the trail's endpoint HERE
RUNNERS! This is worth the read: http://t.co/7HkV0TujAO Such a well articulated article about our sometimes crazy, always beautiful sport.— Heather Kampf (@HeatherRaeKampf) August 30, 2015
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Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková finishes ninth in the women's Javelin at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. She didn't make the top eight in her first three throws, so she didn't have a chance to move up in the standings in the final. Results are HERE.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Results are HERE.Congrats @serena_burla (10th) and @estherb86 (24th) at the World Champs Marathon for the USA!! Way to go ladies!!!— Ben Rosario (@BenRosario1) August 30, 2015
The latest in mental training is tagged as "Emotional Intelligence," which is being championed by German researcher Sylvain Laborde. Could also be labelled the power of positive thinking. HERE.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Research indicates that the IT band is more than a "stabilizer" and potential injury site. It also stores energy, one of the unexplored areas of what role connective tissue plays in running HERE.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/34071233Friends forever? Cameraman makes amends with his new best bud: http://t.co/zjWAuwlOeW #Beijing2015 pic.twitter.com/1hCQd0Xmbq— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 28, 2015
More on the Good vs. Evil hype HERE.
BBC prematurely writing the final stages of Bolt's career HERE.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
MDRA Office Manger Heidi Miler is retiring after 25 years! Read the announcement here: http://t.co/eLWr4MKfu8— RunMDRA (@RunMDRA) August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Jim Ferstle
Under different circumstances Sunday's IAAF Championships men's 100 would have been hyped as a potential race of the century. Multi Olympic and World champion, Usain Bolt, against his recently unbeaten challenger, Justin Gatlin, also an Olympic and World champion. Both had run world records in the 100 meters. One represented the US, the other Jamaica, two of the world's top producers of elite Olympic sprinters.
Alas, Gatlin had flunked two drug tests. Been banned during his prime, but was coming back and dominating the sport. Hadn't lost a race in two years. Bolt had never lost an Olympics or World title aside from in 2011 when he false started. Yes, he had been hindered by injuries for the past two years, but he still is Usain Bolt, world recordholder, the dominant sprinter in the World since 2008. Bolt emerged that year in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, site of this year's IAAF Championships as well as the the 2008 Olympics. Three gold medals. Three world records.
Gatlin had won double gold for the US in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships. His only blemish then was a doping ban when he was a collegiate runner for a stimulant that was also a medication that Gatlin had taken when being treated for Attention Deficit Disorder. He was the Bolt of his time, but in 2006 he was banned again, this time for testosterone. In Gatlin's absence, Bolt ascended to the throne. Ran eye-popping World Records in both the 100 and 200 and anchored Jamaica's 4 by 100 relay team to the World Record.
Bolt became the face of track & field, Athletics, worldwide. For the last seven years he's been at the top of his events on the track, but also has been the consummate entertainer. Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden summed up a typical Bolt championship season as spending the early season flying around the world promoting his sponsors, running some mediocre early season race times, then dominating the big stage, whether that be World Championships or the Olympics. The last two years Bolt has added to the drama because of injuries and less than perfect preparation for the end of season big shows.
Another element that changed during that time was Gatlin. Determined to attempt to take back what had been his, Gatlin slowly demonstrated that he was a legitimate contender to the titles both men wanted. Gatlin had lost what perhaps would have been his prime years as a sprinter. The chance to get closer to the dazzling times Bolt had posted at Olympic and World Championships. In response to those who questioned his PRs this year, Gatlin said that the years he was not competing because of the second doping ban gave his body less stress, more reserves.
He was fresher than he would have been had he been competing during the four years he was on the sidelines. Another take on that time was that he might have run even faster than he has now. He might have run 9.6 or even challenged Bolt's 9.58 World Record in the 100. He would have had Bolt to compete against. The duo might have had epic battles at the 2008 Games and again in 2012. Instead their epic encounter had to wait until this year in Beijing. Instead of being portrayed in the media as the Hollywood good guy vs bad guy match up, it would have been the two best sprinters in the world going mano a mano.
Gatlin would not have had to wear the pejorative "drugs cheat" moniker attached to him in the hype surrounding this year's match up. The pre race stories would not be feeding off the coverage of the multiple doping scandals that dominated the news about Athletics leading up to this year's championships. Instead the talk would be about a mere footrace. Who is the fastest? In an era of sensationalism instead of journalism, however, we have the "white hat" against the "black hat." The hero vs the villain. The champion vs the cheat. Why talk about a mere footrace, when you can have all that tabloid drama?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
It could be merely be a matter of the words used, or more importantly those not used, but there is confusion over the status of Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova. While the reduction in her ban announced yesterday by WADA is correct in saying she is “eligible” to compete now, she has not met all of the conditions necessary before she can be fully cleared to compete, at least in any event sanctioned by the IAAF.
The IAAF rules require repayment of the ill gotten gains(prize and appearance money paid to her during the time covered by her ban—2009 to 2012). She also has to have been drug tested according to the rules set out for return to competition testing before she can compete. Both conditions need to be met before Shobukhova can race again in IAAF competition. Since the IAAF controls who can or cannot compete in major international competitions, such as the Olympics, that also means that Shobukhova cannot run in the Olympics in
Rio unless she completes the
Monday, August 24, 2015
Teschuk finished tenth in her qualifying heat with a personal best of 9:40.07 and did not qualify for the finals.Great photos of Erin Teschuk at the World Championships in Beijing, courtesy of our friends @AthleticsCanada pic.twitter.com/ii1lWE5fKu— NDSU Track & Field (@NDSUTrackField) August 24, 2015
Result is HERE.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Interview with Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Peyton is HERE.