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

Sprinting – Track and Field’s "Fringe" Area – P…

Sep 29th, 2009
7:14 pm PDT

As we closed out the seasons of 2006 and 2007, sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay had taken the standards of greats Carl Lewis, Donovan Bailey, Maurice Greene, Frankie Fredericks, and Michael Johnson and cranked it up a notch making 9.8 more common place, 19.7 a winning time in a Major once more, and sub 20 something to look for when the best stepped on the track Read More...

Sprinting – Track and Field’s "Fringe" Area – P…

Sep 24th, 2009
7:02 pm PDT

Sci Fi fans will be familiar the Fox show "Fringe". A show about a group of FBI agents that use "fringe" science to investigate unexplained phenomena occurring all over the world. Strange occurrences that boggle the mind that the Fringe Team finds a way to make sense of by the end of the show's hour Read More...

100′s Sizzle in Shanghai – Gay 9.69, Jeter 10.64…

Sep 20th, 2009
4:36 pm PDT

The season is supposed to be winding down, but a couple of sprinters that didn't have the success they had hoped for in Berlin seem to be trying to make a point lately.The promoters of the Shanghai Grand Prix wanted desperately to have Usain Bolt compete in this meet. But with sterling runs by Tyson Gay and Carmelita Jeter that put both solidly in the #2 position all time in the men's and women's 100 Shanghai had no problem turning out awesome sprint performance without Bolt Read More...

Post Berlin Review – US Middle Distance

Sep 18th, 2009
9:32 am PDT

Post Berlin Review - US Middle DistanceFor years, actually a couple of decades now, the US hopes in Majors has rested on the shoulders of the sprints, hurdles, and relays. In Berlin, we still garnered the majority of our medals from the speed events. But for the first time in a very long time our middle and long distance corps showed signs of life - of promise for the future Read More...

World Athletics Final – Day Two

Sep 14th, 2009
3:23 pm PDT

Every once in a while you get something unexpected at a meet like this, and in Greece it came in the form of Carmelita Jeter's 10.67 dash down the track. How good was Jeter's run? Well, for starters, it was the 5th fastest time in history. Only Marion Jones (once) and FloJo (three times) ever ran faster Read More...

World Athletic Final – Day One

Sep 12th, 2009
8:43 pm PDT

It's been a long season and it's starting to show, as times and marks on the first day of the World Athletic Final were generally a notch below what we saw at the World Championships in Berlin. While the marks were a bit off however, the competition itself was as good as it gets, as the world's best went toe to toe and continued to push each other to the line in Thesseloniki Greece Read More...

Athletics Final will see last gathering of top athletes…

Sep 10th, 2009
5:57 am PDT

There will be other meets to close out the season, but none will attract the number of top athletes that this weekend's World Athletics Final will host.With only the top athletes in each event invited to participate in a single final, the Athletics Final is much closer to what a real World Championships should be like - just the best against the best Read More...

Golden League comes to an end with Triple winners

Sep 7th, 2009
2:42 pm PDT

Friday's Golden League meet in Brussels marked the end of the Golden League which next year will morph into the new bigger Diamond League. This year's version had three winners: Sanya Richards, Yelena Isinbayeva, and Kenenisa Bekele. Each punctuated their winning a share of the million dollar jackpot with sterling wins Read More...

World Champs Review – US Sprint Relays

Sep 3rd, 2009
6:15 am PDT

Two dropped batons in Beijing lead to the categorization of the US efforts in China as a disaster and panic ensued! Not enough medals were won. The Relay Program was a waste of money and scrapped. Meetings were held. "Project 30" was written. New positions created and hires made.Then we went to Berlin and neither sprint team made the final - and adding insult to injury we won one fewer medal than in Beijing!But THIS time we're told we're on the right track! No worries, just misfortune on the relay front Read More...

Post Berlin – Zurich and Gateshead

Sep 1st, 2009
5:20 am PDT

With the season winding down, we have just a handful of meets left to the season. The best of the past few days have been Zurich and Gateshead. And clearly the level of competition in Berlin has taken a toll on the athletes as the level of results has dropped dramatically.All save for one Yelena Isinbayeva who clearly had something to prove after her performance in Berlin Read More...