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

Robles & Campbell Brown Now Lead World

May 31st, 2011
5:11 pm PDT

It was a very long weekend for track and field. The NCAA regionals, and lower divisions started mid week. Rome was on Thursday. The NCAA meets continued through the weekend. Then following a three day Memorial Day weekend, Ostrava started the week. One would think that with SO much action that we would have seen more brilliant performances Read More...

Bolt, Felix & Van Zyl Pass Tests in Rome

May 27th, 2011
6:19 am PDT

If this year’s World Championships is the ultimate “Final” test of the season, then meets such as yesterday’s Golden Gala in Rome are a series of minor tests and pop quizzes. Several athletes were taking early tests in Rome – Usain Bolt (his season debut), Allyson Felix (a look at the double), and L Read More...

USATF CEO Search – Another Bobble

May 26th, 2011
5:47 am PDT

USATF – USA Track and Field. The governing body of the sport in the United States of America. Outside of the IAAF, the body that should be the most powerful in the sport – in charge of the deepest strongest team on the planet. We produced Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Edwin Moses, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and Evelyn Ashford Read More...

Wheating Picks Up Where He Left Off

May 24th, 2011
10:00 am PDT

Last summer Andrew Wheating emerged as possibly the brightest face in men’s middle distance running in the U.S.. This past weekend he opened his season with a 1500 meter run at the USATF High Performance meet in Southern California. The result was a 3:36.46 win – the #2 time of his career. Not a bad way to start the season Read More...

Mullings 9.89 WL – Log Jam in Jamaican 100

May 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm PDT

Steve Mullings, already the world leader at over 100 meters at 9.90, improved his best to 9.89 (+2.0) at the NTC Classic in Florida. The mark is important because it shows consistency for Mullings at this new level of performance. It’s also important because it shows just how much of a log jam Jamaica is going to have in it’s 100 meter final in one month’s time Read More...

NCAA Championship Favorites

May 18th, 2011
10:33 am PDT

The conferences are done. Only two meets left for the collegiate season – the Regional meets and the NCAA Championships. So it’s time to look at who will be this year’s NCAA Champions. Last year’s meet was perhaps the best meet of the year in terms of overall excitement. I expect this year’s meet to follow suit Read More...

My Thoughts on Street Races

May 17th, 2011
10:44 am PDT

I've been having a very interesting conversation the past couple of days with a good friend who took umbrage with my comment that I do not think that street races are the way to build this sport. His position, without all the details, is that street races, vaults, jumps, etc. are an asset to the sport because they bring out crowds of people - and therefore help to build the base of the sport Read More...

W.O.W. – What O’ Weekend !

May 15th, 2011
7:29 pm PDT

Collegiate conferences, Diamond League action, a secondary meet in an off location. If you’re a true fan of track and field, this weekend had some of everything. There are links to results to the right, my impression of some of the happenings of the weekend follow. Shanghai Diamond League – Great Head to HeadsAnother very early morning (4am) to catch this meet online! Not the first meet of the weekend, but the one that finally gave us a couple of star level head to heads – and they did not disappoint Read More...

Oliver (13.14) & Felix (22.38) in Daegu

May 12th, 2011
6:24 am PDT

The Colorful Daegu meet is already over. I had forgotten how early things are in that part of the world compared to here in the US. Suddenly I remember the Seoul Olympics and the huge difference in time. Watching Worlds this year is going to be a middle of the night (online), time delayed (TV) nightmare! Today’s meet had some decent fields, but after the slew of marks turned in this past weekend, jet lag must surely have had an effect on many of today’s participants Read More...

Demus, Robles, Wariner, Howe / Weekend Wrap

May 10th, 2011
11:27 am PDT

This was a very big weekend for track and field at this early stage of the season. The Diamond League opened in Doha on Friday. Saturday we had a sprint fest in Kingston. Late Saturday saw more big names taking to the track in Guadaloupe. And Sunday we got another surprise in the sprints. In what was reportedly rainy weather in Guadaloupe, Lashinda Demus (USA) took her first run over the 400 hurdles this year and finished in a world leading 54 Read More...