Friday, September 26, 2008

Notes: NYC, WR, USATF-Mn, RM, etc.

Before DtB gets swamped with this weekend's results, coverage of the Griak Invitational, and then next week's countdown to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, we need to clear the news desk of some accumulated items.

Kara Goucher's & Katie McGregor's Competition ... at the New York City Marathon is beginning to shape up. The New York Road Runners announced this week that Ethiopian stars Gete Wami and Dire Tune, Russian Lyubov Morgunova, Britain's Hayley Haining, and marathon debutante Kim Smith of Zealand will be fellow members of the ING New York City Marathon field on November 2.

Minnesota's World Record Holder ... Czech javelin thrower Barbora Spotakova -- okay, she only attended the U of M for a year, but we'll continue to claim her unless we're told otherwise -- said the following of her recently completed season which included an Olympic gold medal and a World Record a few weeks back at the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany:

“It has been a dream season. I can't believe I have broken the world record at the end of the season. I have been healthy and I feel like I am just getting better and better," the former Gopher all-American told the U of M media staff.

Local Athletes Profiled ... We've come across two nice profiles of local runners. Chad Austin just published THIS interview with master distance running star Jared Mondry on his Running Minnesota blog. About a week ago, the Pioneer Press ran THIS feature on the running Docherty family.

Want to Be an Official? ... USA Track and Field Minnesota will be hosting an track and field officials certification clinic on Saturday, October 18. The USATF-Mn blurb on the clinic can be found HERE. For further details, contact Merrill Fischbein at: Fischbein AT earthlink DOT net.

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