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

Verena Sailer wins Euro 100 – It’s Been a Long Time Coming for Germany…

Jul 30th, 2010
7:53 am PST

Yesterday Germany's Verena Sailer won the women’s 100 meter title in a PR 11.10. Not big headline news when you consider that seven women have run under 11.00 so far this season, and four of them have run under 10.90! Makes Sailer’s win seem rather pedestrian in comparison. But when you take a look at the history of Global sprinting, European sprinting in particular, the win was rather huge Read More...

Borzov, Mennea, Wells, LEMAITRE !!

Jul 29th, 2010
6:28 am PST

Much has been made of the fact that Christophe Lemaitre became the first white sprinter to crack the sub 10 barrier when he blitzed to a 9.98 clocking at the French championships earlier this month. More impressive to me however, was yesterday’s 100 meter victory at the European Championships. Because as I watched him through the rounds and into the final, what I saw was a young man that is more than fast – he is a competitor!The field that he took on was a veteran field that contained some of the best that Europe has had to offer, not just currently but over the past decade Read More...

Does USA Track & Field Need a New CEO?

Jul 27th, 2010
6:10 am PST

That seems to be the question on the table amid reports that two years into the position, USATF CEO Doug Logan is being evaluated and is possibly facing dismissal pending improvement by mid August. The word that he is being evaluated doesn’t come as a surprise as most employees within organizations are given annual performance reviews – and Logan is an employee of the organization Read More...

World Jr. Championships Review

Jul 26th, 2010
8:02 am PST

Watching the World Jr Championships this weekend I had very mixed feelings. On the one hand, the next generation of World and Olympic champions seems to be developing quite nicely. So nice in fact, that it will not be easy for us (the US) to hit that magical 30 medal mark in major championship competition as the rest of the world continues to progress Read More...

Middle Distance Runners Continue to Shine in Monaco…

Jul 23rd, 2010
5:47 am PST

With no major championship on the docket this season, I keep looking at results as to what they may mean for our chances in Daegu, London and Moscow. From that perspective Monaco was one awesome meet, because everywhere I looked US performers were turning in outstanding performances. And nowhere more so than watching our middle distance runners Read More...

Money is Killing Track & Field

Jul 22nd, 2010
7:14 am PST

  I never thought I would utter those words about any sport, let alone track and field. Not after growing up wishing that athletes could run track just like they played football or basketball – full time and making a living at it. Yet, here we are in the New Millennium and I now understand the meaning of the phrase: “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”! Because what I’m getting now are fewer opportunities to see the best athletes perform Read More...

Preview – Monaco Diamond League

Jul 21st, 2010
2:15 pm PST

Since we reached the half way point of the Diamond League things have really kicked into gear. Performances have begun to pick up and we are seeing more and more solid head to head match ups. Tomorrow we head to Monaco for a meet that promises to be hot from start to finish. My picks for hot match ups Read More...

US 800 Meter Explosion in Italy

Jul 19th, 2010
3:27 pm PST

This time of year everyone is focused on the big competitions – Rome, Paris, Zurich, Oslo, New York, Lausanne, London, etc. It’s those locations that have the big budgets and the ability to bring in the big names and provide the ticket buyer with the splashy results. Every once in a while, however, the little out of the way meets attract enough athletes looking for an extra meet, or a tune up prior to a “big” meet, to get some pretty good results Read More...

Some Overlooked Results

Jul 18th, 2010
7:25 am PST

Over the past week or so results have been flying in so fast and deep that there have a few things that I have overlooked mentioning as I’ve tried to comment on various competitions. One of the biggest was the results of the NACAC Under 23 competition held last weekend – a regional (North and Central America) meet highlighting the areas youngsters Read More...

David Oliver – 12.89 in Paris

Jul 17th, 2010
6:01 am PST

David Oliver is beginning to remind me of Sergei Bubka. You know how Bubka would improve a centimeter at a time as he raised the World Record. Now Oliver is taking his PR – which is now the American Record – down a notch at a time. In Eugene he ran 12.93 to get in reach of the AR. In Lausanne he tied it at 12 Read More...