Sunday, November 29, 2015
The takeaway theme from the Symposium was that concentrating on technique is currently believed to be the way to achieve the best results in the event. That brings up a story 1976 Olympic champion in the discus, Mac Wilkins told last year at the Minnesota track coaches clinic. We had been talking about his early career and Mac noted that he started as a javelin thrower.
More accurately, the javelin appeared to be his best event. When he got to Oregon, it looked like his future would be in the javelin. The javelin was his "natural" event, said Wilkins, and is the toughest field event in terms of what it requires from your body. Javelin throwers put their entire body to work in launching the spear. It was Wilkins' technique, or should I say, defects in that technique, that ended his "spear chucking" career.
His sophomore year, he was out throwing with his coach, Bill Bowerman, observing when his elbow "blew." There was no "Tommy John surgery"/repair back then in the early '70s, said Wilkins, so, instead of being Olympic champion in the javelin, Mac continued his career as a discus thrower and shot putter. He won national championships in both events, but the discus was where he had the most success. He began beating the top discus throwers in the world.
One of them, Sweden's Ricky Bruch, invited Mac to come to Europe and throw on the circuit. Bruch figured that an American competing with the Europeans would increase the visibility of the event and that both he and Wilkins could get more money from the meet promoters.
On May 1, 1976, Mac broke the world record for the event three times. He went on to defeat his friend and rival, the GDR's Wolfgang Schmidt, in Montreal for the Olympic gold medal. Not bad for spear chucker.
List of At Large teams HERE.Wayzata Boys XC club receive at-large #NXN Team invite - 7th team appearance in 9 years at XC national Championship pic.twitter.com/3NyBGjIMPH— Wayzata Track&Field (@WayzataTrack) November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Results are HERE
At least one issue with the results. The number worn by Joe Klecker(1294) is listed as third place, but the name associated with the number is "Bridger Pavelka," and the photos show Klecker finishing second. A Joseph Klecker, who is listed with race #1293, is credited with 25th place overall and a time of 17:13.
Second place finisher with the name Javier Escobado was a Masters runner in the area in 2013 who was not fast enough to run the time listed. And this year's Javier Escobado lists a California adddress. In short, there are some issues with the accuracy of the results posted.
Full Race Results are HERE
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
By Chris Celichowski
Thirty autumns ago, Monday, November 25, 1985, a slate grey sky hung over Dretzka Park in Milwaukee. As it had many cold November days before, nearby Lake Michigan pumped icy, moist air through skin into bone. For Minnesotan Bonnie Sons, the weather foreshadowed a tragedy whose memory three decades later still casts a melancholy pall over her heart.
Seven cross country runners from Iowa State University had just conquered the elements, their opponents, and their own limitations to earn second place at the 1985 NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. But runners Sheryl Maas, Julie Rose and Sue Baxter, coaches Ron Renko and Pat Moynihan, and student trainer Stephanie Streit could not outrun Fate. Hours after living out their dreams, they died before creating new visions, victims of a tragic plane crash.
|ISU’s 1985 NCAA CC Championship runner-up team.
Front row, from left, Tami Prescott (Colby) and Julie Rose.
Back row, Charlene Elyea (Lentzring), Sheryl Maas, Bonnie Sons,
Sue Baxter and Jill Winter (Slettedahl). (Photo Geraldine Sons).
For Bonnie Sons and the remaining members of the Cyclone women’s cross country team, 30 years have scarcely dulled the sharp pain of that day. Sons, the 1983 Class A two-mile champion from Central High in Norwood, was a junior at Iowa State and the Cyclones’ top finisher at the national meet. She now lives in Shorewood, Minnesota, and runs for Team Run ‘N Fun in local and regional road races. Three decades later, details of the race have become a blur, yet the crash remains a vivid specter.
"When I eulogized Ron [Renko] at the ISU memorial service, I called it ‘A day of triumph and tragedy.’ I guess that’s the way I’ll always remember it," Sons said.
The second-place finish at the Division I meet capped a tremendous year for Sons and her ISU teammates. With "Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride" as the team anthem, the Cyclone lady harriers won ISU’s fourth Big Eight CC Championship in Renko’s seven seasons. They captured their fourth consecutive NCAA Region V title. Although Renko coached ISU to an AIAW national title in 1981, the team’s finish in the ‘85 NCAA meet marked the school’s best finish in that meet. He did it with only one all-American finisher (Sons) and a pack of strong, determined young women, including: Tami Prescott (Colby), Charlene Elyea (Lentzring), Julie Rose, Sue Baxter, Cheryl Maas, and Jill Winter (Slettedahl).
After the meet, Sons and her excited teammates returned to the hotel, dressed, packed and left immediately for the airport.
"Normally, we would eat after we showered, then return to Ames. But that day, Ron decided we would have a dinner celebration when we got back to Ames," Sons recalled. "We never got to celebrate."
Iowa State owned three seven-seat Rockwell AeroCommanders, operated by university pilots. The Cyclone basketball team needed the planes the same day. The men’s cross country team got on one plane, and a few remaining members of the men’s team got on the second plane. Sons boarded the third plane with Maas, Rose, Baxter, Renko, Moynihan, Streit and pilot Burt Watkins. Elyea and Winter drove home to Iowa and Minnesota, respectively, with their parents. After Sons placed her bag on the third plane and took her seat, the pilot of the second plane, Bill Brock, asked Sons, who earned her license during her first two years of college, if she wanted to ride in the co-pilot’s seat of the second plane. She accepted the invitation and took her bag to the second plane. Brock, needing to fill his plane, also asked Tami Prescott to join them. She left her bag on the third plane. Brock’s invitations saved, and forever changed, Sons’ and Prescott’s lives.
When the three planes left Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, the pilots knew a wall of bad weather stood between them and Ames. As they cruised above the clouds in pristine stillness, weather forecasters from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told them the wall contained a mixture of sleet, ice and snow. They advised the ISU planes to divert from landing at the small municipal airport in Ames and land in Des Moines, a larger airport equipped with an Instrument Landing System which would aid the pilots’ landing in bad weather.
As they approached the Des Moines airport, the three planes were in frequent contact with the tower and each other. The first plane landed. Sons’ plane, the second one, began its approach. The third plane followed them about 10 or 15 minutes behind.
"I’ve never been so terrified in my life," Sons recalls. Outside, the mixture of precipitation made visibility nearly impossible and the sky’s ceiling was too close to the ground. "I was gripping the front dash of the plane. Bill asked me to look out the front window and guide him. When I finally saw the landing lights, I told him we were already over the runway and not too far off the ground. We landed long on the runway, but safely. When we got out of the plane, the ground was like a skating rink."
They went to a nearby fixed base operator (FBO), joined the occupants of the first plane, and waited for the third plane. Ten minutes passed, then 15. As they waited, they could not hear the exchange between Burton Watkins, the pilot of the third plane, and the Des Moines tower:
Watkins: OK, we’re cleared to land. [Other radio traffic.] Des Moines. Five eight nine. I seem to have some real trouble here...ah, I’m, ah...I’m in severe turbulence.
Tower: Commander five eight niner, Roger, ah, can you climb and maintain three thousand feet?
Watkins: I’m trying, but I’m not doing very well.
Tower: Commander five eight niner, Roger, ah, fly heading three six zero, if able climb and maintain three thousand feet. [Delay.] He’s losing it.
Approach: What’s the problem?
Tower: He’s getting severe turbulence.
Watkins: I can’t do anything. I’m in the trees now.
Tower: Commander five eight niner, Des Moines. [Delay.] AeroCommander five eight niner, Des Moines! [Delay.] I think he crashed.
After 25 minutes, a nervous pilot Bill Brock called the tower to check on the status of the third plane. When he returned to the FBO, the waiting runners and coaches saw Brock’s ashen face and learned the third plane went down. It had crashed in a sparsely wooded residential area, slamming into a homeowner’s front lawn on Country Club Boulevard, less than three miles from the airport. Maas, Rose, Baxter, Renko, Moynihan, Streit and pilot Watkins died immediately. So did a part of each remaining member of the Cyclone women’s cross country team.
The crash occurred while Sons’ parents, Tom and Geraldine, drove from Milwaukee to their farm in rural Norwood, Minnesota. They stopped for dinner and Tom Sons called his son, Greg, to check on the farm. Fortunately, Bonnie called Greg soon after she found out about the crash. He told his parents about the crash and told them Bonnie was okay. When they got in the car after supper, they turned on WCCO. Details of the crash led the news.
"I still don’t know what made me get off that plane..." Sons said softly. "It scares me to this day--’Why did I get off that plane?’" After a moment lost in thought, her suddenly empty expression disappeared and she continued. "It’s made me realize you better enjoy each day you have, because you don’t know when..." Words failed, but her emotion completed the sentence.
For Sons, losing Renko and her teammates marked the end of a chapter in her running career and her life. "We [Sons and her surviving teammates] tried to put it behind us, but it was very hard," she said. "For certain, the crash affected our track season the following spring." Even today, she finds it hard to talk about the experience.
"There was and will always be a void there. It was like losing my family. At school they were my family. When I got to Ames I knew nobody. Then all of a sudden we lost two coaches and three teammates." The mother of four knows the loss experienced by the parents of the three runners and two coaches was worse than the loss she and her teammates experienced. She reflected, "To have them snatched in the prime of their lives must have been very hard to take."
Sons remembers Anoka native Renko as an outgoing, intelligent and intense coach who knew how to motivate his charges. "Ron could convince you that you could do anything. He convinced me, this skinny, little farm girl from Norwood, Minnesota, that I could run with the best--that I could be one of them."
When Dickens wrote the immortal beginning lines of "A Tale of Two Cities," "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," he could have been writing about November 25, 1985. It was a day of triumph and tragedy. A day when Fate stilled seven Cyclones.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Here's the press conference from today's CC Nat'l meet. Watch Coach Schwamberger of @blugoldCC starting at 5:37: https://t.co/voelWEa0j7— UWEC Athletics (@UWECblugolds) November 22, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Luther's Tyler Broadwell 82nd.Welcome home the 2015 @uwecCC NATIONAL CHAMPIONS tonight at 8:45 at McPhee! @UWEauClaire pic.twitter.com/drnYjM3wc9— UWEC Athletics (@UWECblugolds) November 22, 2015
Full results are HERE.
Full results are HERE
SDSU's Trent Lusignan 24th. Michigan's Mason Ferlic 67th.
"It was a tough day for Mason," Michigan coach Kevin Sullivan explained. "His goal coming in was to be a top-10 performer today and the pace was really, really hot from the gun. He made an effort to go with the leaders and really only faded in the last half mile, otherwise we would have seen another All-American performance. This was a testament to his season though, he wanted to be top 10, and he had to put everything out there in order to be there and he came up a little short. But I think after reflecting on the disappointment of not finishing where you want to, it was better for him to try and be in that positon than to settle for 30th or 40th place."
Results are HERE
]It's officially 18th place for the #Gophers at #NCAAXC behind @LizBERK's 44th place finish! https://t.co/KUQFk7xRDp pic.twitter.com/YkurLKVjxB— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) November 21, 2015
These crazies holding up their old coach! Couldn't be more proud of the efforts all season!!! #18th pic.twitter.com/HA7sFzdZAw— Sarah Hopkins (@MNXCCoachHop) November 21, 2015
Maria Hauger 176th. Hauger's stats HERE.Take another look at the #Gophers' 18th place finish at the #NCAAXC Championship today. https://t.co/KUQFk7xRDp pic.twitter.com/kcQoBkBVE6— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) November 22, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
They generate conversation and are often used as motivation. The ranking that matters will come in the form of the finish placings at the NXN Championships next month. Barney Klecker, the father of the Klecker clan, said during a conversation at the Griak Meet this year that he told this year's Hopkins team that the top five needed to run sub 16 minutes for the 5K distance to have a shot at winning the title. They did it at the Heartland Region meet, and will have to give the same sort of effort at the NXN Championships to have a chance to back up their number one ranking with a number one spot on the podium.
1, 2 ... 3, 4, 5 | MN runners took 5 of the 10 individual qualifier spots for NXN. Look out world! → @jaret_carpenter @mjm0424 @grace.e.ping @bethanyhasz @emma_benner → #nikexc #nxn #nikerunning #flotrack #milesplit #runnerspace #thankslanceelliott #wayzataxc #highlandpark #twincitiestrackclub #bowermantc #winonacotter #alexandriamn #forestlakemn
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Carleton's Ruth Steinke--Central Region Woman's Athlete of the YearCongratulations to all of our NCAA Division III Regional Award Winners in Cross Country! https://t.co/JHysrSB65g pic.twitter.com/eq5hPpoz9l— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) November 18, 2015
St. Olaf's Phil Lundin--Central Region Men's Coach of the Year
St. Thomas' Joe Sweeney--Central Region Woman's Coach of the Year
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Run Michigan post Great Lakes Regional race interview with Ferlic HERE..@masonferlic, @ksully330 recognized with Great Lakes Region honors. Release » https://t.co/IZP6UkhDLQ #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/vS4YduALtU— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) November 17, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Hopkins(71) wins boy's title. Edina(135) 2nd. Wayzata 3rd(139). Mpls Washburn(169) 4th.
Girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE.
Emma Bates finishes 10th in women's race. Team USA's Meghan Peyton 22nd. Jon Grey 9th in men's race.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
NCU's Annalise Schroeder second in individual race.
NCU men's team second. Kaleb Gunderson third in individual race.
St. Thomas, Carleton, St. Olaf 1-2-3 in women's race. Carleton's Ruth Steinke wins individual title.
St. Olaf wins men's team title.
Augsburg men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.
Bethel men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.
Carleton women's summary is HERE. Men HERE.
Gustavus men's summary is HERE. Women's HERE.
Hamline men's summary is HERE. Women HERE
Macalester men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.
St. Ben's summary is HERE.
St. Kate's summary is HERE.
St. John's summary is HERE.
St. Mary's summary is HERE.
St. Olaf's men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.
St. Thomas women's summary is HERE. Men HERE.
Still waiting on Concordia Moorhead summaries...
The No. 21 #Gophers are officially headed back to the @NCAA Championship! https://t.co/pGso3CJzuM pic.twitter.com/5uDP89HAHn— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) November 14, 2015
It's OFFICIAL! Here are your qualifiers to the #NCAAD1 XC National Championships! MORE: https://t.co/bEnmUErd2I pic.twitter.com/wAzfJpbplO— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) November 14, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Recap: #Gophers Finish Second at #D1Midwest, Advance to NCAA Championships | https://t.co/Hj0MmMrVHj pic.twitter.com/Cjt1VO23r4— Minnesota M CC/TF (@GopherMCCTF) November 13, 2015
Gopher women's summary is HERE.When the whole squad shows up to the party at the same time. pic.twitter.com/D6dGbIO8M2— christian conrad (@CCskaret) November 14, 2015
Men's and women's results HERE
Top-5 Team Points #D1GreatLakes 1 Michigan 67 2 Michigan State 88 3 Eastern Michigan 102 4 Notre Dame 127 5 Indiana 141— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) November 13, 2015
Results HEREIf the UNOFFICIAL results stand both our Women and Men will earn an automatic bid to the @NCAA championships later this month. #GoBlue— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) November 13, 2015
That's a lot of Maize, a lot of Blue and a lot of Gold. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/1tNr04oFjt— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Another 4 new #Gophers are official! Welcome, @maddie_gourley, Bethany Hasz, Megan Hasz & Natalie Manders! pic.twitter.com/OSEIixDMn6— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) November 12, 2015
Minnesota Gopher Recruits:Two more #Gophers signees are official. Welcome to the family, Brieasha Hunter & Carissa Dock! pic.twitter.com/e0tXxeoYHL— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) November 11, 2015
Megan and Bethany Hasz, Alexandria
Brieasha Hunter, Cretin Derham Hall
Natalie Manders, Eastview
Maddie Gourley, Eagan
Kieran McKeag, Apple Valley
Carissa Dock, Waconia
Lucas Trapp, Elk River
Jedah Caldwell, Chanhassen
Andrianna Jacobs, Rochester Century
Jackie Turner, Marshall
Connor Schank, Howard Lake-Waverly
Concordia, St. Paul:
Hannah Gustafson, South St. Paul
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 09, 2015
The veil has been lifted to reveal the shortcomings of a worldwide effort to control the plague of doping in sport. For the better part of a day the world has absorbed the findings of a WADA investigation into an anti-doping system that has been touted as the solution to the seamy underbelly of a festering cancer afflicting the Olympic sports community. Instead the story being told is that of corrupt sports officials and administrators using sport for their own financial gain?
The 323 page report of the WADA Commission charged with examining the details of the latest sports doping scandal graphically reveals the fact the the anti-doping apparatus put in place to deter doping in Olympic sports is not working, some would say it has failed.. Rather than being controlled, doping in sport has been refined into a corrupt money making enterprise that is being tapped by the sports officials who were hired to attempt to stamp out doping in sports.
Sadly this is not a surprise to anyone who has followed the proliferation of the doping culture within all sports. The question hovering over sports now is can anything be done to reverse this trend? Are we in a downward spiral, a transformation of sport as a celebration of athletic excellence to a technological, scientific experiment among nations to see who can develop the most effective incubator for developing champion athletes? Is there the will and the resources to preserve the Olympic ideal of sport as a showcase of human athletic excellence? Or are we sliding back to the days of the gladiators where physical prowess is put on display for the amusement of audiences of spectators?
Are Olympic sports doomed to be just marketing tools for large corporations? Can they retain the objectives/values on which they were founded? Are the governments, the IOC committed to the fight against doping or will the continuing stream of doping scandals push these groups toward those who argue that the battle for drug free sport is a lost cause and it should be abandoned for a more "realistic" approach to professional sports where whether or not the athletes dope is not an issue?
Is this WADA report the turning point in the fight against doping? If so, which way is it turning?
The 323 page Commission report is HERE
Sunday, November 08, 2015
|Bethany Hasz(1st), Megan Hasz(2nd), and Claire Boersma(3rd)|
Photo by Gene Niemi
Alexandria's Bethany Hasz won her second State Title in 17:32.2 with sister Megan(the champion in 2013) the runner up in 17:38.9. It was a bittersweet experience, the twins said, as it was their last MSHSL XC championship. But they're not leaving the State as both will be running for the University of Minnesota next Fall, both intending to pursue degrees in kinesiology and physical therapy.
Megan has had more experience with physical therapy as she has spent more time cross training than running since last spring. She had a stress reaction in her leg during the 2014 track season and wasn't able to compete in the MSHSL track meet. She had one race early in the cross country season and the leg injury flared up again, causing her to do rehab/cross training through Sectionals where she was second to her twin sister and qualified for State.
This year's MSHSL championships was the first time the girls ran 5K, but the added distance didn't alter the twins strategy. They broke away early from the rest of the field and were never threatened. By virtue of the new course for the new distance, Bethany's time becomes the new State AA course record.
|The lead pack early in the race: Jaret Carpenter(15), Como Park's Innocent |
Murwanashyaka(6), Eli Krahn(311), Owen Hoeft(green head band),
Micah Mather(435) and Andrew Sell(361). Photo by Gene Niemi
|Nobody in sight as Ping crosses the finish line. Photo by Gene Niemi|
|The Ping family shows their support. Photo by Gene Niemi|
|Zack Emery(751) leads the pack. Connor Schank, Michael Schwinghamer(834),|
and Carl Kozlowski(76)
Mora's coach Chris Goebel told the team he wanted them to go out fast, to pack up front. His rationale being that his top runners had been able to stay close to the number one ranked Class A runner in the State, Connor Schank. If they could get close to the best meant that they could achieve what he was asking. It wasn't going to be easy. "I told them this would be the hardest thing they could do," Goebel said. But the reward was worth the effort.
Perham coach Jeff Morris had his team on the opposite strategy. Go out conservatively and get faster as the race progressed. The strategy worked for the Perham girls achieving an objective Morris had set as a major goal for the Perham program. While Perham had won many boy's titles, the girls had not. Until now. It wasn't a lonely celebration as Morris' phone was filled with text and voice messages from Perham alumni, he said, calling to congratulate the team on their achievement.
A fitting way to end a beautiful day.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Augustana summary is HERE.
UMD women's summary HERE. Men HERE
MSU Moorhead summary HERE.
U-Mary women's summary HERE. Men HERE.
Southwest Minnesota State summary is HERE.
St Cloud State women's summary HERE. Men's HERE.
Winona State women's summary HERE. Men's HERE.
MSU Mankato men's summary HERE. Women HERE.
Concordia St. Paul summary is HERE.
Bemidji State summary is HERE.
Friday, November 06, 2015
St John's Summary HERE.
St. Ben's Summary is HERE.
Hamline women's summary HERE. Men HERERecap: OLSON GIVES `U' FOURTH-STRAIGHT FALL FINALE TITLE | https://t.co/aSnQywSjbK pic.twitter.com/bpBEniH7WG— Minnesota M CC/TF (@GopherMCCTF) November 7, 201
University of Minnesota Morris summary HERE.
Martin Luther men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.
North Central, Bethel not available
USTFCCCA NCAA DII Region previews HERE..@AugustanaTrack set to race at the NCAA Regional Championship | https://t.co/Wut7MidaZm pic.twitter.com/MKPtRcZFGp— Augustana Vikings (@GoAugie) November 5, 2015
USTFCCCA NCAA DII Region previews HERE.Just posted a photo @ Missouri Southern State University https://t.co/6SmrA0YH4E— UMARY XC/ T&F (@UMaryXCTF) November 6, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
What a thrill having Wilson Kipsang at the store this evening. Quite the Q and A, and lots of great quotes.— GEAR Running Store (@gearrunning) November 5, 2015
Kipsang and Team USA Minnesota's Dennis Barker will be a part of clinics sponsored by Warrior Edge Athletics on Saturday and Sunday. Information HERE