Like a runner who has let the lead pack get away from him, we're playing a little catch-up today at DtB -- listing a bunch of links to items we haven't had a chance to get to yet this week.
USA 100K -- According to the Running USA form-chart for the event, the USA 100K Championship held in conjunction with the Mad City 100K this weekend could be a battle of Minnesotans. Duluth native Scott Jurek (who currently resides in Seattle) and Pat Russell (who we featured earlier this week) are listed among the race favorites. Jurek, the seven-time winner of the Western States 100 Mile Race, is coming down in his typical distance for Mad City.
Kleiminhagen to Race Webb -- Team USA Minnesota reports that miler Ryan Kleiminghagen will toe the starting line in the mile at the Furman Invitational on Saturday against Alan Webb. Event officials hope the winner will run the first sub-four-minute mile on South Carolina soil in the event. Kleimenhagen clocked 3:59.00 indoors last year.
Athletes of the Week (This and Last) -- The college conferences are minting athletes of the week again. Jenny Hoese, Katelin Rains, and Jim Dilling, all of Minnesota State - Mankato, earned the distinction last week. This week, Heidi Evans of UND and Lindsey Schultz of Augustana, and James Martinsen of UMD earned the weekly honors. The MIAC just got back into the AOW game this week noting the performances of Travis Bristow of Hamline, Katie Theisen of St. Thomas, and Amanda Weinmann of St. Mary's. In the NSIC, Emily King of Winona State was the only athlete with Minnesota ties to earn that conference's honors.
Roehrig Leads Nation, Big-10 -- Gopher heptathlete Liz Roehrig currently leads the nation in her event after her school-record 5621 point performance at Texas-Arlington last weekend. Roehrig was named a Big-10 Athlete of the Week for the performance. Last year, Roehrig ranked 17th in the nation in the event with a 5498 score.
Mounds View Boys Open Strongly -- Defending boys State True Team and MSHSL Class AA champs Mounds View is off to a strong start in 2007. The Mustangs won the the Minnesota/ROTC meet by a whopping 54.8 to 23 over Minneapolis South last weekend. Defending MSHSL champs Quinn Evans (400) and Sean Duling (hurdles) won events at the meet, as did Tommy McNamara (TJ & LJ), and the 4 x400.
It's Cold Outside (Duh!) -- Hamline University has cancelled the Hamline Invitational originally scheduled for Friday due to the cold weather.