Sometimes the news is the news ...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse -- better known for scrutinizing the activities of professional sports franchises and, of course, his annual Turkey Awards -- was spotted at a local, small-college track meet over the weekend. Reusse confirmed the sighting himself with this story about the Carleton Relays. If story subject Bill Huyck intrigues you, check out the this documentary about him.
In 1990, it should be noted, I saw Sid Hartman at an Olympic Festival track session at the University of Minnesota.
In other weekend news ... Dan Carlson, who we featured ahead of the the Carleton Relays, finished second in his return to the 10,000 meters there. After leading during the middle miles of the event he won in 1984, Carlson was caught and passed by Hamline sophomore Dan Steinbrecher.
Bob Kempainen and Dick Beardsley each dropped a notch on the U.S. all-time list in the marathon over the weekend. Ryan Hall's 2:08:24 in London on Sunday dropped Kempainen to 3rd and Beardsley to 5th on the list.
U.S. Men's All-Time Marathon Top 10 Performers
2:05:38 Khalid Khannouchi
2:08:24 Ryan Hall
2:08:47a Bob Kempainen
2:08:52a Alberto Salazar
2:08:54a Dick Beardsley
2:08:56 Abdi Abdirahman
2:09:00a Greg Meyer
2:09:28a Bill Rodgers
2:09:32 David Morris
2:09:32a Ron Tabb
(a = point-to-point course which could be aided by slope and/or tailwind; not eligible for U.S. record)
At the Oregon Invitational, Minnesota natives Kara Goucher and Cack Ferrell won the 5000m and 10,000m respectively. Goucher clocked 15:16.86; Ferrell ran 33:31.42. Former Stillwater star Sean Graham was 6th in the 5000m in 13:39.97; Team USA Minnesota's Andrew Carlson was 13th in 13:57.60. Adam Steele, who we chatted with last week, finished 13th in the 800 in 1:51.79
MSHSL Class AA 100m champ Garrett Cora was featured recently in this Duluth News-Tribune story.
Statistics courtesy of Running USA.