The CHill Zone of T&F: Conway's View From the Finish Line

Florida’s Dukes Up at Florida Relays

Apr 12th, 2014
12:26 pm PDT

PlaceholderTwo weeks ago, the sprint world got to see young Trayvon Bromwell, come ever so close to the 10 second barrier with sizzling runs of 10.02 and 10.01 at the Texas Relays. In the process becoming the first "breakout" sprinter of the young season.

If the question on the table was "Who’s next",  it was rapidly answered by the host Gators at last weekend’s Florida Relays, as their sprint corps put their "Dukes" up and delivered an answering blow to the early season sprint wars. Florida had already threatened to be a force with relay marks of 38.29 and 3:01.26. at the Texas Relays

Florida has consistently produced to level sprinters. John Capel, Bernard Williams, Keron Clement, Calvin Smith Jr., and Gino Hall being the most recent to represent the US in Olympic/World Championship competition. At home in Gainseville last weekend junior Dedric Dukes emerged as a threat to become the next international representative for Florida.

Dukes started out with a PR 10.27 in the 100. Not especially notable except it came INTO a -1.8mps wind. The real fireworks came when he took the track in the deuce and rolled to a 19.97 clocking into a -0.3! Dukes took over the world lead, and became the twelfth collegian ever to run under 20.00. That was only part of his weekend however, as he ran a leg on the Gators 38.55 4×1 early in the meet before Dukes (44.6) teamed up with Najee Glass (45.8), Hugh Graham Jr (45.3) and Gino Hall (43.9) to win the 4×4 in a world leading 2:59.73 – second fastest ever in collegiate history!

Running sub 20 moves Dukes into truly elite status and could give us another youngster to potentially battle at World’s where sub 20 is now a requirement to to in any medal conversation – almost to be a finalist. Splitting sub 45 in the relay, means he has the speed endurance to repeat it. That’s huge. Definitely one to watch. I’ll be adding him to my current "Sprinters Watch List" of:

YOUNG SPRINTERS WATCH LIST

Tyreek Hill
Trayvon Bromwell
Marvin Bracy
Charles Silmon
Dentarius Locke
Bryshon Nellum
Diondre Batson
Armon Hall
Levonte Whitfielfd
Michael Cherry
Dedric Dukes

Young Sprinters Starting to Step Up

Mar 30th, 2014
10:07 am PDT

The indoor season got started with records falling week after week. As hot a start to a new year as I can remember. Then like a snowstorm it got very quiet. The World Indoor Championships were missing the electric performers and performances of the early season. And while the team competition at the NCAA meet gave some excitement to the end of the indoor season, January was much more exciting Read More...

USATF Champs (The Guard is Changing)

Feb 28th, 2014
7:25 pm PDT

We're getting close to the debut of the outdoor season. As entertaining as indoors has been so far, it's merely the prelims for the real show outdoors. That said we still have a few weeks of indoor action left - what should be the most exciting part of all, championships. Last weekend's USATF meet, set the stage for  collegiate conferences, the NCAA's themselves, and the World Indoor Championships Read More...

You Know It’s an Off Season When …

Feb 17th, 2014
5:28 pm PDT

Track and Field exists in its own alternate universe where semi finals consist of THREE heats, and the focus on promoting the sport is NOT on the competition, but  individual performances! In that same vein, it's the rare sport where its most outstanding performances tend to occur outside of  championship settings and in seasons where there is no major championships at all - the Off Season Read More...

USATF Should Be Split

Jan 15th, 2014
9:32 am PDT

As the year ended I reflected on the sport as I see it. I continue to look at a sport that many say is dying, and continue to see a sport that I feel just needs tweaking.  Not the sport itself. The full slate of events should be contested - and on the track, not down the middle of the street. No, I think the tweaking needs to occur within its administration Read More...

We Need MORE Track Towns, Not Just One

Dec 29th, 2013
9:19 am PDT

In my last post, I mentioned several things that I would like to see happen in 2014 - and I will address all ten of them during the early part of the new year. Reading the news yesterday morning, however, I decided to close out the year with something I don't want to see happen. The establishment of permanent sites for major championship meets in the United States Read More...

Out With the Old, in With Something New?

Dec 15th, 2013
10:12 am PDT

We've got about a week and a half  until Christmas, then another week until the calendar turns to 2014. Somehow it seems like a long way back to Moscow and it feels like it's been a very long year in general. I've not posted in a couple weeks or so because I've been reflecting back on the season, trying to figure out just what I wanted to say, because to be honest it hasn't been my favorite season ever Read More...

Year Round Sports Are Depleting US Track

Nov 20th, 2013
5:22 pm PDT

As we've watched the world catch up to us in the speed events – sprints, hurdles, relays – we've often complained about other sports stealing talent away from track and field. Especially when speed burners like Trindon Holliday, Jeff Demps, and Tyreek Hill come along and opt to focus their considerable talents on football Read More...

Mary Cain to Go Pro

Nov 17th, 2013
8:19 am PDT

It had to happen sooner or later, a high school phenomenon turning pro. After all, we've seen world class high schoolers in the past. Certainly several WAY back during the early days of track and field when youngsters like Bob Mathias were dominant internationally. Even during what I consider the modern era of the sport – The 1960's forward, athletes like, Houston McTear, Mary Decker, Dwayne Evans, and Gerry Lindgren among others were among the top world class level athletes Read More...

PED’s a Decade After BALCO

Nov 5th, 2013
6:46 am PDT

BALCO.  The biggest doping scandal in sports history. From Barry Bonds to Marion Jones, some of the biggest names in sport came tumbling down. Victor Conte became a household name. Everyone became familiar with the phrase "performance enhancing drugs".Baseball's greatest era of home run hitters was labeled "The Drug Era" and American athletes - specifically sprinters - drew the stigma of dopers! Not a pretty sight!  Doping issues in the sport were grabbing headlines weekly Read More...