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

Oliver & Spearmon End Nationals with a Bang

Jun 28th, 2010
6:35 am PST

This year’s US Championships has been a nice display of both old and new talent, but Sunday’s closing day definitely belonged to the veterans. As time and time again familiar faces stepped up to bat and hit it out of the park. The best of these was David Oliver who sped to a world leading 12.93 in the 110 hurdles Read More...

Patterson Leads Charge as Nationals Finally Heats Up…

Jun 27th, 2010
7:07 am PST

The first couple of days was eerily quiet with this year’s National Championships suffering from the “off season” blues. With no Olympic or World Championship berths on the line, many of our top stars have deserted this meet like the plague for various reasons. No Tyson Gay, Darvis Patton, Carmelita Jeter, Muna Lee, or Lauryn Williams in the sprints Read More...

Sprinters, Now is Your Time

Jun 23rd, 2010
6:57 am PST

Once upon a time (a long time ago) when I took typing in high school, there was a practice phrase that we used that said, “now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country”. That phrase could be well suited to American sprinters as we seem to be a bit short on top of the line sprinters these days Read More...

US Nationals – Keep an Eye on the Collegians

Jun 21st, 2010
12:32 pm PST

Without a World Championships or Olympic Games berth on the line, this year’s national championships could see a number of individuals choose to focus on things like making money, letting nagging injuries heal, or simply train through nationals while focusing on meets later in the season. If so we could see several top level athletes choose to skip the national championships with the only real gain being the title of “National Champion” Read More...

US Track & Field Needs to Regain it’s Swagger…

Jun 18th, 2010
6:36 am PST

The latest volley between the leadership of US Track & Field  and our coaches focused on the “embarrassment” that some coaches have brought upon the sport in this country – at least from the point of view of USATF. The one thing that they got right is that we should be embarrassed here in the United States – but not because of the actions of any particular coaches or athletes Read More...

Coaches Registry Latest Misstep of USATF Leadership…

Jun 16th, 2010
6:43 am PST

When discussing “Leadership” from a management perspective, it is often defined as the ability to motivate a group of people towards a common goal. Once again USATF management has shown that it is sorely lacking in this skill set. The latest drama emanating from the head office is the “’Coaches Registry” that has been dropped in the laps of America’s coaches Read More...

Weekend Wrap Up – NC’s & DL

Jun 14th, 2010
10:30 am PST

Texas A&M Double Champs Once AgainCongrats to Pat Henry and the Aggies of Texas A&M as once again they pull off the double team championship! In a meet where rivals Florida and Oregon had the big time performers – Eaton, Taylor, Theisen, Demps, Wheating, et al, the Aggies ground it out and their athletes got points when they needed to Read More...

NCAA Championships – Final Day Preview

Jun 12th, 2010
5:26 am PST

First the action that got us to the final day – Friday’s finals. I said at the start of the meet that the one lap races would be critical and among the meet’s best events, and Friday they were. All those that were supposed to be involved, were, with one common theme – discipline prevailed! There was no rain on Friday, but with tailwinds on the finishing straight and headwinds on the backstretch, one by one those that went out hard early gave way to those a bit more patient Read More...

NCAA Championships – Day Three Preview

Jun 11th, 2010
7:02 am PST

The second day of semi finals went off without a hitch – though the men looked a bit sluggish in their qualifying heats of the 200. Still, Texas A&M moved two men into the final – Curtis Mitchell & Gerald Phiri – and Mitchell and Rondell Sorrillo (Kentucky) appear to be the men to beat at this point Read More...

NCAA Championships – Day Two Preview

Jun 10th, 2010
6:53 am PST

Day one went pretty much according to script, with the weather providing the most drama with rain coming and going throughout the first day. On the track most of those expected to qualify moved through to the finals. The huge notable exception was Ahmad Rashad’s false start DQ in heat 2 of the men’s 100 Read More...