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

Should the USOC be Overseeing USATF?

Sep 28th, 2010
5:48 pm PST

I ask this question in the aftermath of the Doug Logan firing, as word out of Colorado Springs is that the USOC is “monitoring” the selection process for a new CEO. This was the second time in the past couple of weeks that I had read about the USOC’s interest in the process. And it came on the heels of learning that the USOC may have had a hand in the selection of Logan back in 2008 Read More...

Top Breakthrough Americans of 2010

Sep 27th, 2010
11:14 am PST

At the end of every season, the awards start pouring out. Typically everyone identifies their Athletes of the Year, and Performances of the Year. There are also awards for Collegiate Athletes (Bowerman) and lists of the top athletes. Between now and the end of the calendar year I will also be taking a look at the various top athletes of 2010 Read More...

The Tribe Has Spoken – You’ve Been Voted Off the Island…

Sep 24th, 2010
5:22 am PST

  One of my favorite TV shows is the reality show Survivor. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s where 18 to 20 people are put together in a remote location – usually an island. They are there for approximately 40 days and every 3 days someone gets “voted off the island” by the tribe Read More...

Why Are The Commonwealth Games, and Other “Games” Being Held?…

Sep 23rd, 2010
5:54 am PST

All year long there have been questions raised about the staging of the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Everything from questions regarding whether or not the facilities would be ready in time, to complaints this week from England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Australia and Canada over the condition of the team accommodations – said to be unsafe and uninhabitable Read More...

The Diamond League – I Was Hoping for Bigger and Better…

Sep 20th, 2010
4:58 pm PST

When the concept of the Diamond League was presented in 2009, I found myself anticipating the 2010 season like an anxious child awaiting Christmas. After all there was much to look forward to based on the “previews”. Gone was the “winner take all” concept of only undefeated athletes being eligible for the pot of gold at the end of the season – which meant that after the first meet only a handful of individuals were eligible for prize money Read More...

ABC’s of the 2010 Season

Sep 15th, 2010
8:59 am PST

A – Ashton Eaton emerged as a major player in the decathlonB – Bershawn Jackson, back to form and dominant in the 400 hurdlesC – Chris, as in Chris Solinsky and Christian Cantwell both looking good heading into 2011D – David, as in Rudisha and Oliver, the two most dominating athletes in 2010E – European Championships, the biggest event of the yearF – Florida Relays site of Tyson Gay’s 44 Read More...

Who Should Replace Doug Logan?

Sep 14th, 2010
1:02 pm PST

I’ve been asked a lot over the past 24 hours who I think should replace Doug Logan as head of USA Track and Field. That’s a very tough question. I feel that it should be someone that has a strong knowledge of track and field. That broad catch all could include former athletes, former agents, or someone formerly or currently in the employ of a shoe company (upper management) Read More...

Doug Logan Released Following Weekend Meeting

Sep 13th, 2010
12:46 pm PST

The word out this morning is that Doug Logan has been released as CEO of USA Track and Field. Given that in late July he was given 30 days to make significant improvements in his performance, I don’t think this is much of a surprise. After all, I’m not sure what could have been done in a month’s time to significantly alter his performance or the perception of him by those performing his evaluation Read More...

US Getting Back in the Game Above 400 Meters

Sep 10th, 2010
4:33 pm PST

The season is winding down quickly, with the Commonwealth Games the biggest competition remaining – and it’s restricted to a select few nations. For all intents and purposes US athletes are done, with a bit of rest on the docket before resuming training for the upcoming World Championships season Read More...

My Version of the US 4×1

Sep 8th, 2010
2:55 pm PST

Yes I know that the 2010 season isn’t quite done yet. But for my money it’s never too early to put a relay team together. Because one of the most important aspects of relay running is continuity and team togetherness – and that’s difficult to achieve when team members are practically making introductions prior to stepping on the track to compete! That’s why I think it’s time to start thinking about creating “national relay squads” that are selected and run together during the course of a couple of seasons or so – health and injuries permitting – as opposed to our antiquated system of selecting the first few men that cross the finish line at our national championships each year Read More...