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

Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid?

Mar 31st, 2011
9:18 am PST

That’s the question that has been placed on the table this week, and one that has been bantered around now for decades. After all, while “student athletes” are expected to live a completely “amateur” lifestyle – i.e. accept nothing from anyone – several of the sports they participate in are huge money making endeavors for their schools Read More...

The Apprentice Master Flip Flop

Mar 30th, 2011
8:21 am PST

Track and field can be an unforgiving sport. One minute you are on top of the world, the next you can be fighting for respect. A WR holder can succumb to illness (Wilson Kipketer), an Olympic champion to shame (Ben Johnson). Staying on top can be a challenge, which is why my list of the Greatest of All Time is filled with those that did just that over the long haul Read More...

Florida Relays –This Year’s Debut Meet

Mar 29th, 2011
5:37 am PST

If accepted entries lists and tweets mean anything, then this year’s Florida Relays should be the meet for seasonal outdoor debuts. A fixture on the US track and field scene for 72 years, the Florida Relays has traditionally drawn strong sprint and hurdle fields and this year is no different. Last year there was an appearance from Tyson Gay in the open 400 meters – and Gay burned the track for a 44 Read More...

Van Zyl 44.86 Leads Weekend Activity

Mar 28th, 2011
9:30 am PST

With Kirani James heading outdoors this last weekend I felt that there would be a new WL in the 400 before the weekend was out. I was right – except it wasn’t by James. The head turning performance of the weekend was the 44.86 by hurdler L.J. Van Zyl in Germiston South Africa. L.J. Van Zyl (RSA) is THE hot athlete of the early season Read More...

Relay Season Kicks Into Gear This Weekend

Mar 25th, 2011
8:53 am PST

The outdoor season should kick into gear with several relay meets being held this weekend. The list of domestic meets includes: Florida State Relays Tallahassee, FL Texas/Arkansas/UCLA Tri Austin, TX Arizona State Invitational Tempe, AZ Lopez Bayou Classic Houston, TX LSU Tiger Relays Baton Rouge, LA Raleigh Relays Raleigh, NC Stanford Invitational Stanford, CA Yellowjacket Invitational Atlanta, GA Alabama Relays Tuscaloosa, AL Baskin Relays Columbia, SC Big 10/SEC Challenge Starkville, MS Springtime Invitational El Paso, TX I’m looking forward to the results of the Texas/Arkansas/UCLA Triangular Read More...

$ 1 Billion for Brazil Yet We Lack a Facility

Mar 23rd, 2011
4:32 pm PST

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time then you know that I feel a high priority for the sport here in the U.S. is to host the World Championships – as well as serve as host to another Olympics. To this point one of the key obstacles that we’ve faced outside of a lack of leadership, has been the lack of a facility capable of hosting such an event! Imagine that here in the United States with sports the huge past time that it is, and this country (one of the wealthiest on the planet) lacks a creditable track and field facility when locations such as Istanbul, Daegu, and Doha can readily apply for host duty Read More...

Nellum May Bear Watching This Year

Mar 22nd, 2011
10:50 am PST

It’s not often that I get excited about a 20.81 deuce. Typically not unless it’s run by an up and coming prep star. But perusing the results from this past weekend’s activity, I came across a 20.81 that I do find a bit exciting as Bryshon Nellum won the Brown Invitational 200 at 20.81 (0.6). That time, at this time of year, after all that Bryson has been through makes me think he may be ready to realize that potential that we all saw just a few years ago Read More...

Which Sprinters Will Challenge the Big Three?

Mar 19th, 2011
7:39 am PST

Now that the indoor season is officially behind us, it’s time to start taking a closer look at the outdoor season. Roughly 3 months until various national championships, and then a couple more until Daegu. It’s really not that far away. The star of the last World Championships was Usain Bolt (Jam) with his double sprint win in double record breaking time Read More...

A Return to Collegiate Dual/Triangulars!

Mar 18th, 2011
5:39 am PST

Reading through the news a couple days ago, I came across this article referencing UCLA’s return to a dual/triangular meet schedule as opposed to running primarily in “invitational” meets. I am hoping that this is successful for UCLA and it’s track program, and that the result will see other prominent programs follow Read More...

Collegiate Indoor Athletes of the Year

Mar 15th, 2011
4:30 pm PST

The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their choices for Collegiate Indoor Athletes of the Year. Their choices: Men Track Miles Batty Mile BYU Men Field Derek Drouin High Jump Indiana Women Track Jordan Hasay Mile/3000 Oregon Women Field Brianne Theisen Pentathlon Oregon All had outstanding Indoor seasons, but it seems to me that the voting was weighted heavily on the results of the National Championship meet – where all won titles Read More...