Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Round-Up: Unpacking Our Bags from Eugene

Since DtB is in the process of getting itself reorganized after the return trip from Eugene for the USA Championships -- we got home at 1:15 a.m.! -- allow us to quickly post a few interesting items we've noticed since returning from the meet.

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-- The New York Times featured Duluth native Kara Goucher in THIS story on elite athletes starting families while still in the middle of the their competitive careers. Goucher finished runner-up in the 10,000-meters in Eugene, earning a spot on the USA's World Championships team for the meet in Daegu, South Korea in August.

Goucher's son Colt turned 9-months-old during the meet.

-- Will Leer, who missed a spot on the Daegu sqaud team by just 1/100th of a second, was frustrated by the slow pace his men's 1500m final. Initially, HERE, Leer put the blame mainly on runner-up Bernard Lagat who, he thought, slowed the pace unnecessarily.

A day later, HERE, the Minnetonka High School alumnus apologized to Lagat. Leer, who was 5th at Eugene, is the alternate for the squad after Lagat said he would not run the 1500m at Worlds.

--Finally, we wanted to make sure we noted that USATF-Minnesota recently posted a large gallery of MSHSL State Meet photos taken by Dennis Hahn. You can find the photos HERE.

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