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

Grant Holloway – How Many Subs?

Jan 29th, 2019
6:45 am PST

There are a LOT of exciting young  track and field stars today. Sydney McLaughlin, Noah Lyles, Mondo Duplantis, Gabby Thomas, and Michael Norman to start a list. After watching this past weekends activities however, it hit me that perhaps the most talented athlete out there may be sliding under the radar! 

I remember when Carl Lewis first emerged. Sprinter AND jumper at the elite level. He evoked images of Jesse Owns for many, which meant, legend in the making. Well, what if Carl had learned to hurdle? And run a better quarter. You know, kicked it up a notch. If he had, he would’ve been Grant Holloway, because that’s exactly who /what Holloway is right now!

The Florida junior entered the season as a 27 foot long jumper and 13.15 hurdler – #2 in collegiate history to none other than Renaldo Nehemiah! He’s a fixture on Florida’s 38.49 4×1 and split 44.0 on the 4×4! So, how does he start this indoor season? Well, two weeks ago he runs the deuce and goes 20.69. Then this past weekend he jumps in the 60 and runs a  6.59 heat, before obliterating the field with a 6.51!  Now I could be wrong, but I’d bet money that this kid can run sub-10 and sub-20. And sub-13. And split sub-44. Probably run sub-45. All of which makes him possibly the most versatile athlete on the planet right now in any sport!

Imagine a combination of Carl Lewis and Renaldo Nehemiah! That’s what this kid is. Not only athletically, but his personality as well. He’s got the exuberance of Noah Lyles to go with his athleticism. Another potential spokesman/ambassador for track and field. This is what I’ve been waiting for. Not a savior for the sport, but a sport full of athletes that can evoke excitement and interest in the sport! And THAT is what has been emerging these past couple of seasons. Grant Holloway clearly being among the best of the lot.

I can’t wait to see what else Holloway does this year. Especially with Doha coming later. We’ll get to see him at NC’S indoors and out. US Nationals and, I’m assuming, Worlds. With it being a long year, I’m hoping to see him mix it up a bit, which could mean a deuce or 100 outdoors. At least one can hope. Regardless, this thing man is one of the best in the sport. It’ll be fun watching him whatever he and his coach decide to do.

How About a Real World Championships?

Jan 23rd, 2019
11:32 am PST

It's funny that one of the first things written about the sport in 2019 is about the addition of mixed relays to the World Relays event and to the World Championships. Funny, ha ha, in that they are being added ostensibly to make the events more interesting for "fans".  How about we make the World Championships really interesting by having it be about THE BEST track and field athletes in the world? My point being that it's time to have a true world event and not the knock off of the Olympics that we've been running since 1983 Read More...

CAS Needs to Get This Right

Jan 5th, 2019
7:45 am PST

Perhaps the most important decision for the sport this year, will be made in March when the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) makes a ruling on the Caster Semenya case.  This matter has been ongoing for the better part of the 20-teens, with the IAAF ruling Semenya ineligible to compete because of testosterone levels much higher than those of women Read More...

Ten Predictions for 2019

Dec 31st, 2018
8:55 am PST

I'm going to start the new year right. One, I'll be posting more. Not as much as I used to because I'm coaching. But a lot more than I have since my illnesses/surgeries. That said, I'm going to start with my predictions for 2019 - the first being that it's going to be a fun year for track and field. We've got a whole lot of new talent all over the track (& field) and many will be competing in their first World Championships Read More...

Six Matchups I’m Looking Forward To in 2019

Nov 24th, 2018
3:32 pm PST

  Ok. The 2018 track season is well behind us now as cross country and marathons dominate the landscape. As a matter of fact, the indoor season is right around the corner, which means that many athletes are already back grinding in preparation for the first of the upcoming three Championships ahead in this next major cycle Read More...

Bring Back the 100

Aug 19th, 2018
3:27 pm PST

Two of the sports most exciting events are the "mile" and the 100. I put the mile in quotation marks because there are two versions of the mile. In addition to the actual mile, there is the 1500 meters, often called the metric mile. That's actually kinda cool, because it provides some flexibility when meets are being put together Read More...

Pulling Up the Last Leg of 2018

Aug 10th, 2018
7:21 pm PST

This has been a very interesting season. We knew that it would be, given that it's an off year and off seasons are usually marked by change - and 2018 has seen lots. As a matter of fact, we're looking at a nearly wholesale revamping on the men's side. I can't remember this great a reboot since BALCO laid waste to the landscape back just after the turn of the century Read More...

The Sprints New World Order

Jul 22nd, 2018
2:53 pm PST

The "Old Guard" is officially gone. It took a long time as athletes have longer careers than in the past, but it still happens. The athletes that have dominated the world stage since 2004 have finally given way to the new generation of sprinters and hurdlers. When the next championship cycle begins in 2019, there will be a slew of new young athletes taking the podium Read More...

Future NOW

Jul 7th, 2018
1:23 pm PST

The US sprint corp has been aging for some time now. The world has been mourning the retirement of Usain Bolt, but the truth is that America's best for more than a decade are right behind him. Consider that our top sprinter last year, World Champion Justin Gatlin, was 25 years old. Remarkably his title came 13 years after his Olympic title in Athens! Our global medal hopes have been in the hands of Gatlin, Allyson Felix, Tyson Gay, LaShawn Merritt, Sanya Richards Ross, Wallace Spearmon, and a few others for well over a decade Read More...

Is Coleman the Heir Apparent?

Mar 14th, 2018
7:50 am PST

Christian Coleman has had a blazing indoor season. He opened with a WR 60 meters of 6.37 that had no chance of rectification because electronic blocks weren't used. He then proceeded to cruise 6.4s, on his way to the US Championships. There he shut down on 6.47 and 6.43 heat and semi before crushing the WR with a 6 Read More...