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

Sizzling 400’s Highlight Exciting Weekend

Feb 28th, 2011
1:31 pm PDT

Now THAT was an exciting weekend of track and field! Hot races, hot team competitions and of course some stellar marks being put down by several athletes. But easily the best of the best on this weekend were a pair of 400 meter runs – a WJR for Kirani James and a National record for L.J. Van Zyl.   Kirani James – 44 Read More...

US Indoor Champs – Look for Emerging Athletes

Feb 25th, 2011
1:56 pm PDT

We’re accustomed to hearing “US Nationals” and immediately thinking Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix, Christian Cantwell, David Oliver and a host of other US “stars” of the sport. Such is rarely the case these days however when the word “nationals” is preceded by the word “indoor”. Most global track and field stars use this time of year to establish their base training, and avoid the indoor season with a vengeance Read More...

Conference Weekend Will Spotlight Big Three

Feb 23rd, 2011
9:44 am PDT

For the collegiate athletes the conference weekend is the beginning of their real indoor season – conference followed by national titles. So the best of the collegiates will be on display. That means the Big 12 Conference, the Pac 10 Conference, and the SEC. The sports’ “Big Three” collegiate conferences when it comes to track and field and the sports “Big Three” teams – Texas A&M, Oregon, and Florida!These are the conferences and teams that have emerged over the past decade as the cream of the crop in collegiate track and field – the teams that are always right there in the thick of the national championship battle Read More...

Tamgho WR Highlights Weekend Activity

Feb 21st, 2011
12:53 pm PDT

Teddy Tamgho (FRA) is at it again. Last year he set the World Indoor Record in the triple jump with a leap of 17.90m (58’ 8.75”). This weekend in Aubiere, France he went one centimeter better with a new record of 17.91m (58’ 9.25”) – increasing his previous world lead from 17.64m (57’ 10 Read More...

Should the Olympics Adopt the IAAF Sprint Changes?

Feb 17th, 2011
11:22 am PDT

I ask that question because over the past few days I’ve read many, many complaints about sprinters receiving a “bye” from the first round of the Olympics – based upon the changes to be instituted at this year’s World Championships in Daegu. I raise the question not because I am opposed to the scheduling change as it will apply in Daegu, because I stated in my previous post that I am definitely in favor of that change Read More...

The Daegu Schedule

Feb 15th, 2011
10:46 am PDT

The World Championships schedule is out and is quite different from schedules we’ve seen in the past. The IAAF Competition Committee’s attempt at “modernizing” the schedule. While  “change” for the sake of change can become a negative rather than a positive – something done with regularity in this sport – this schedule is actually a step in the right direction in my humble opinion Read More...

Solinsky 3:54.52 and Myers 22’ 6” in Weekend Action…

Feb 14th, 2011
4:51 pm PDT

Lots and lots of high level action this weekend! Let’s start with Chris Solinsky. He opened eyes last year with his outdoor opener in the 100000 where he turned in a new AR becoming the first American under 27 minutes. In his indoor opener in Seattle this weekend he turned in a world leading 3:54 Read More...

Fayetteville & Karlsruhe on Tap for Weekend

Feb 11th, 2011
9:40 am PDT

Two facilities with tracks and meets that have reputations for producing top level marks are on tap for this weekend. The Tyson Invitational kicks things off today with action in Fayetteville Arkansas. If you want a sneak peak at the NCAA Indoor meet, look no further as many of the nations top collegiate programs will have squads competing here Read More...

Has Alan Webb’s Window Closed?

Feb 9th, 2011
9:19 am PDT

My how time flies. It was 10 years ago now – a decade. The indoor season of 2001. Alan Webb was a senior in high school as he became the first high schooler to break the four minute barrier indoors in the mile with his 3:59.86 at the New Balance Indoor Games – a meet where just a few days ago he failed to break four minutes Read More...

Another Solid Weekend of Action

Feb 7th, 2011
5:13 pm PDT

Last week was a very quiet week. Not much new to really talk about. I was hoping that the weekend would change that – and while somewhat quiet the weekend did have its moments.  Thank you to the New Balance Indoor meet, which was televised – it served as my lead in to the Super Bowl. Aside from Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel’s stirring 3000 meter win (7:35 Read More...