Friday, July 31, 2015

Andy Jacobs Wins USATF Junior Olympics 16-17 Women's Pole Vault; Carolyn Nye 9th.

Rochester Century's Andriana Jacobs, a senior, won the USATF Junior Olympics Championships 16-17 Women's Pole Vault, clearing 13'7.25"/4.15m, 2.5" from the national record. Highest jump ever for a Minnesota high school female pole vaulter.  Carolyn Nye finished ninth.

Result is HERE.

Heather Kampf and Gabe Grunewald Go One, Two in Liberty Mile

Result is HERE.

Jon Peterson 11th, John Simons 13th in Men's Liberty Mile

Jon Peterson eleventh, John Simons thirteenth in Men's Liberty Mile
Result is HERE

Payton Otterdahl Wins Pan Am Juniors Discus

Result is HERE

Science: Quantifying the Placebo Effect

Profile of the Voyaguer's Trail Race

The Future of Shoes: Custom 3D Printed Footwear?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Conquering Mt. Humphreys

2013 Medtronic Twin Cities men's Marathon champion Nick Arciniaga conquers Mt. Humphreys HERE.

Barbora Špotáková Wins Javelin at Stockholm Diamond League Meet

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková wins Javelin at Stockholm Diamond League Meet. Result is HERE.

Kids of Steel Summer Camp Visitors

Some Opinions on Youth Sports from John O'Sullivan

Info on coach/author and founder of the Changing the Game Project John O'Sullivan HERE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Science: Heart Health and "Extreme Training"

Science: more on the issue of  the impact on heart health of "extreme" levels of training HERE

Emma Bates Voted Mountain West Female AOY

Strib on JO Sprinters; Updated as it's now Online

Strib feature on Minnesota girl sprinters Jedah Caldwell, Brieasha Hunter, and Maggie Gourley, who will be running in the AAU Junior Olympics this weekend, is HERE.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vote for MN HS AOY

Vote for Minnesota High School Athletes of the Year.

Boys' ballot is HERE.

Girls' is HERE

TCTC All Comers Meet #4 Wednesday

Liberty Mile Pick the Winner Contest

Monday, July 27, 2015

Patrick Smyth Interview post US Mountain Running Championships Win

Former Team USA Minnesota athlete Patrick Smyth won this weekend's men's US Mountain Running Championship.  Story and interview HERE

Feature on Wayzata's Ruby Stauber

Emma Bates Joins the B.A.A. High Performance Team

Emma Bates.
 Photo courtesy of  B.A.A.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More on the Appalachian Trail, Records, and the Wilderness Running Experience

For those of you who haven't read it yet, Jennifer Pharr Davis, whose record Scott Jurek broke, gives her views on the experience and what it means to her HERE.

The "Love of the Sport Clause"

IAAF Summary of Saturday's Pan Am Competition; Quotes from Heather Miller-Koch

IAAF Summary of Saturday's Pan Am Competition HERE Quotes from Heather Miller-Koch and other US athletes HERE.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Heather Miller-Koch Second in Pan American Games Heptathlon; Garrett Heath 4th in 5K

Heather Miller-Koch second in the Pan American Games heptathlon.  Result is HERE.

Garrett Heath finishes fourth in the Pan American Games 5K.  Result is HERE.

Liz Podominick Bounces Back

USATF Masters Outdoor Track Championship Results

Tom Langenfeld won the 80-85 high jump.  Result is HERE. It was the third highest jump of all the 70 and over men.
Susan Loyd was third in the 50-59 400. Result is HERE.  Fourth in the 55-59 800. Result is HERE  Fifth in the 55-59 100.  Result is HEREFifth in the 200.  Result  is HEREEighth in the 55-59 1500.  Result is HERE.
Jim Schoffman was fourth in the 60-64 400.  Result is HERE.  Seventh in the 60-64 800. Result is HERE.

James Brown was 17th in the 50-54  200.  Result is HERE.

Heather Kampf Wins Ryan Shay Mile for the Fourth Time

Jon Peterson Finishes 13th in Bix 7.

 Results are HERE

Barbora Špotáková 2nd in London Anniversary Games Javelin; Ben Blankenship 5th in Emsley Carr Mile

Barbora Špotáková finished second in the javelin by the slimmest of margins.  Result is HERE.

Ben Blankenship takes fifth in the Emsley Carr Mile.  Result is HERE.
Gabe Grunewald paced the women's 5K. Result is HERE.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Heather Miller-Koch 3rd after Day 1 of the Pan American Games Heptathlon; Erin Teschuk 4th in Steeplechase

Heather Miller-Koch third after Day 1 of the Pan American Games Heptathlon. Scores are HERE.

Erin Teschuk finishes fourth in the steeplechase. Result is HERE.

Scott Jurek's "Reflections on the Appalachian Trail"

Scott Jurek's "Reflections on the Appalachian Trail" blog post is HERE.

John Simons Blogs on His Progression in Recovering from an Achilles Injury

John Simons blogs on his recovery from an Achilles Injury HERE.

Gabe Grunewald Second in London Diamond League Meet 1500

Team USA Minnesota's Gabe Grunewald finished second in the 1500 in the London Anniversary Meet in a blanket finish in 4:06.35.  Result is HERE.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jamie Cheever Closes Euro 2015 Tour

Jamie Cheever's last two races of her 2015 Euro tour were a PR and a win in the 1500 at the Savo Games in Finland on July 19.  Result is HERE.  Third in the steeplechase at the Joensuu Games on July 23.  Results are HERE.

Christy Cazzola Flys South

Christy Cazzola gives some perspective on the life of an aspiring elite middle distance runner.  The challenges,.the commitment. The risks, and the rewards HERE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LF Torchlight/USATF 5K Championships Results

Lifetime Fitness Torchlight/USATF Minnesota 5K Championship results are HERE.

Four MIAC Track Athletes Receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

John Simons' Sir Walter Miler Profile

St. Olaf's Paul Escher USTFCCCA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Track Male Scholar Athlete of the Year; UW-LaCrosse Sweeps Team Honors

U of M Researchers Looking for Study Participants

Subject: University of Minnesota study looking for active, slightly overweight subjects(BMI >25 kg/m2.) to see how exercise benefits metabolism, the TrainMeUp MN study.

Active people (Age 18-40) who run regularly (>45 minutes running, 5 days per week) and who are otherwise good health. We are interested in how your body has adapted to exercise.

The study will involve 2 outpatient visits to the University of Minnesota. The study will take about 2 months after enrollment, depending on your schedule.

At your first visit, we will measure your fitness by having you run on a treadmill to measure your VO2max. At your second visit, we will draw blood, measure your body composition by using a noninvasive Dual Energy X-ray Absorptometry (DXA) machine, have you run on a treadmill at 90 minutes (speed will be tailored given your VO2 max level) and repeat the blood and body composition after the prolonged run. We are interested in how a prolonged run can change your blood and body composition.

Compensation will be provided.
If interested, please email

Info on Services for Roy Griak

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gwen Jorgensen's Win Streak Continues in Hamburg

Jon Peterson PRs at Huesden; Heather Kampf 18th in 1500

Heather Kampf finished 18th in the 1500.  Result is HERE.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Park Point 5-Mile Results

Park Point 5-Mile results are HERE

Bios for the Roy Griak Invitational HOF Inductees

Press release for the inaugral class to be inducted into the Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame HERE.

Garrett Heath 5th, Ben Blankenship 6th in Monaco Diamond League 3K; World and American records in the Women's 1500

Garrett Heath fifth, Ben Blankenship sixth in Monaco Diamond League 3K. Result is HERE.

Women's 1500 video HERE.

Not Everyone was Happy with Scott Jurek's Record Run

Scott Jurek and his crew were ticketed by Park Ranger after celebrating his record run on the Appalachian Trail HERE

Thursday, July 16, 2015

What Science Tells Us About Heat and Hydration

What Science Tells Us About Heat and Hydration HERE.

Roy Griak Invitational HOF Charter Members

US Pan Am Team Roster's Announced

Heather Miller-Koch in the Heptathlon.  Garrett Heath in the 5K.  Ruby Stauber running the Junior Pan Am's 800.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Heather Kampf Takes a Tumble in Liege 1500

Results are HERE

Remembering Roy Griak

One of the many Roy Griak stories that illustrate what Griak gave to the sport and the people in it is HERE
The author of the Griak story is Ken Popejoy, who had a distinguished running career, as illustrated in the old, faded b&w photo below.  It's from a mile race in 1973 at the LA Coliseum.

The guy in the Bowling Green uniform is Dave Wottle, 1972
Olympic champion at 800 meters.  The guy in front is Popejoy.
 On the right with USA on his singlet is Marty Liquori. Photo
by Jim Ferstle

Olympic Summer and Winter Olympic Medallist Clara Hughes, Provides Another Glimpse of the Appalachian Trail Experience

Olympian Clara Hughes provides another view on the Appalachian Trail experience HERE

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

USATF MN Summer League Meet #3 Complete Results

USATF MN Summer League Meet #3 complete results are HERE

USATF MN Summer League Meet #3 Live Results

USATF MN Summer League Meet #3 Live Results HERE

Gabe Grunewald 9th in Lucerne 800; Blankenship 7th, Leer 9th in 3K

Gabe Grunewald ninth in Lucerne 800.  Result is HERE

Ben Blankenship finished seventh and Will Leer ninth in the 3K. Results are HERE.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hasz Sisters Ranked 11th and 12th in XC Preseason Poll

Alexandria's Bethany Hasz is ranked eleventh and Megan Hasz twelveth or Girl's in preseason poll HERE

Jaret Carpenter ranked 9th in preseason XC Poll

Wayzata's Jaret Carpenter ranked ninth in preseason boy's poll HERE

Jamie Cheever's Euro Journal

Jamie Cheever's Euro Journal: Ireland HERE

Roy Griak Interview

If you didn't know Roy Griak, this is a good place to start.  An interview with Roy on the Mary Hanson show is HERE

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Liz Podominick Second in Chicago

Liz Podominick finishes second in Women's Discus Elite competition in the Chicago Throws Meet.  Results are HERE.

Hassan Mead getting ready for Beijing

Scott Jurek Finishes Appalachian Trail Run in Record Time

Scott Jurek Finishes Appalachian Trail Run in Record Time HERE

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Live Results from the Outdoor Track USATF Club Championships

Live Results from the Outdoor Track USATF Club Championships are HERE

Heather Kampf Wins the Fast Heat of the Guldensporen 1500

Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf wns the fast heat of the Flanders Cup Guldensporen meeting 1500. Result is HERE

More Memories of Roy Griak

Obit is HERE

Photos from Letterkenny

Friday, July 10, 2015

Outside Magazine Story on Scott Jurek's Attempt to Break the Appalachan Trail Course Record

Outside magazine story on Scott Jurek's attempt to break the Appalachan Trail course record HERE

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková Picked as IAAF WC Javelin Gold Medal Favorite

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková picked as IAAF WC Gold Medal favorite in the woman's javelin by T&F News  HERE

Jamie Cheever Wins Steeple, Jon Peterson the Mile in Letterkenny

Roy Griak: Memories in Pictures

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Roy Griak, Gone But Not Forgotten

St Paul Pioneer Press remembrance HERE

National Senior Games

Pioneer Press photo montage from the National Senior Games HERE

Garrett Heath 4th in Barcelona 1500

The publicity from the meet in Barcelona on Wednesday featured Genzebe Dibaba's 3:54.11 1500 in the women's race.  In the men's race, Winona native Garrett Heath was fourth in 3:36.62.  Results are HERE.

Training: the Benefits of Running on Soft Surfaces

Training: the Benefits of Running on Soft Surfaces HERE

Gabe Grunewald 9th in 1500; Hassan Mead 13th in 5K in Lausanne Diamond League Meet

Gabe Grunewald ninth in the women's 1500.   Result is HERE.  Hassan Mead finished thirteenth in the 5K.  Result is HERE.

Gopher's Agnes Rachel Esser 11th in Universaide Women's Discus

Gopher's  Agnes Rachel Esser finishes eleventh in the Gwangju Universiade Women's Discus.  Result is HERE.  Gopher summary is HERE

Roy Griak

Heather Sees Hawking.

In a media "scrum" outside a hotel. It's Stephen Hawking...

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile Results

Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile Results are HERE

Men HERE.  Women HERE.

A Beautiful Midsummer Night for the Midsummer Mile

Gopher's Agnes Esser Qualifies for Finals in the Gwangju Universiade Discus

Results are HERE

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

TCTC Kids City XC League Registration Open

Duluth Ranked #1

Updated with comments: Kampf Wins 800; Peterson 7th in 3K; Cheever 8th in 3K at Cork City Sports International Meet

At the Heather Kampf wins the 800.  Result is HERE. Jon Peterson seventh in the 3K.  Result is HERE  Jamie Cheeever eighth in 3K.  Result is HERE

BBC Primer on the "Cat and Mouse Game" of Doping in Sport

BBC Primer on the "Cat and Mouse Game" of Doping in Sport is HERE

Gopher Women's XC Team Captains

US Pan American Team

Garrett Heath and Heather Miller-Koch on US team for the Pan American Games in Toronto HERE

Science: Fatty Acid Oxidation in Muscle

Minnesotans in County Cork

Event livestream is HERE

Monday, July 06, 2015

TCIM's Virginia Brophy Achman Elected Again to Running USA BOD

TCIM's Virginia Brophy Achman elected again to Running USA Board of Directors HERE

Leslie Brost USATF Photo

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Leslie Brost on Approach
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Team USA Minnesota's Gina Valgoli 3rd Woman in Fifth Season 8K

Team USA Minnesota's Gina Valgoi finished third in the woman's race at the Fifth Season 8K inCedar Rapids, IA on the 4thof July.   Women's results are HERE.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Scott Jurek Appalachian Trail Run Update

Scott Jurek Appalachian Trail Run Update  HERE

LaCrosse Barge Vault

Street vault.  Mall vault.  Pub vault. Now there's a Barge Vault  HERE. What's next?

Friday, July 03, 2015

Peachtree 10K, World's Largest 10K, Hosts International Team Championships

It's not a new idea, Bolder Boulder 10K pioneered the concept years ago, this time the Atlanta Track Club has picked up the idea and this year's team  race will be for the Peachtree Cup HERE  Medtronic Twin Cities Marthon 2014 champ Tyler Pennel is the men's captain and Shalane Flanagan the women's.  The race will be streamed on USATF TV, Atlanta local TV and NBC.  Coverage details are HERE.

Story on ATC's ambitious agenda is HERE.

Harun Abda's Roller Coaster Ride Season

Harun Abda's Roller Coaster Ride HERE

Jon Peterson Enjoys His Irish Breakfast

The"luxury life" of the travelling runner.  Team USA Minnesota's Jon Peterson chronicles an Irish breakfast and a 3.5 hour bus ride HERE

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Nicole Sifuentes Wins Women's 5K at Canadian T&F Championships; Books Her Trip to Beijing

2013 Medtronic TC Mile runner-up Nicole Sifuentes wins Women's 5K at Canadian Ttack & Field  Championships. Results are  HERE.

Robby Andrews gets the A Standard, Books Ticket to Beijing

Robby Andrews gets the A Standard in the 1500 at Portland Twilight Meet. Books Ticket to Beijing. Result is HERE. Story HERE

Jedah Caldwell 6th in the 200 at USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials; Natalie Manders 10th in Shot

Jedah Caldwell sixth in the 200 at USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials. Result is HERE

Natalie Manders finished tenth in the shot put.  Result is HERE

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Gabe Grunewald Talks About Building Character

"Winning" Is Not Just for the Swift: Bryan Naykki's Story

Liz Podominick "Getting Back on the Horse"

List of US IAAF World Championship Qualifiers

List of US IAAF World Championship qualifiers HERE.

USATF MN Summer League Meet #2 Results

USATF Minnesota Summer League Meet #2 Results are HERE

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fastest of Them All?

Jedah Caldwell 13th in 100 and 7th in the 200 Prelims at USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials; Natalie Manders 6th in Discus

Jedah Caldwell 13th in 100 prelims and seventh in the 200 prelims at USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials  100 results HERE.  200 results HERE.

Natalie Manders finished sixth in the discus. Results HERE.