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

Is It Time to Change Our Selection Process?

Jun 30th, 2011
11:02 am PST

Sanya Richards Ross just brought up an age old issue when it comes to the U.S. Trials system – that it should be changed to ensure we send our best to major competitions. In some ways the sport has already been in agreement. After all, the IAAF went to the bye for World champions because of Michael Johnson’s injury status in 1997 Read More...

100 Silver Still Cursed?

Jun 30th, 2011
7:32 am PST

I know I said I was going to recap the field events from Nationals, but I think I will do that in a Preview to Worlds. Mostly because I’m hoping we get a few more athletes in better position, as right now we have a lot of “B” qualifiers and athletes without qualifying marks. And today we are getting back on track, so to speak, with the next stage of the Diamond League – Lausanne Read More...

Nationals Recap – Middle/Long Distances

Jun 29th, 2011
12:21 pm PST

The pickings have been very slim in our medal hunt in events above 400 meters. While the relative drought goes back even further, since the start of the New Millennium we’ve only had four individuals pick up hardware in a Major – Goucher (‘07, 10,000), Flanagan (‘08, 10,000), Rowbury (‘09, 1500), and Lagat (‘09, 1500/5000) Read More...

Nationals Recap – Hurdles

Jun 29th, 2011
7:23 am PST

Before I start my recap of the hurdle events, let me say that the U.S. sprint hopes got a potential boost with the announcement yesterday that Lashawn Merritt will be allowed to use his bye to the World Championships. This move was sorely needed in my opinion, both to show that USATF is actually trying to work towards accomplishing something in Daegu, as much as to simply indicate that it is capable of doing the right thing for our athletes Read More...

Nationals Recap – Sprints

Jun 28th, 2011
7:34 am PST

The National Championships ended a couple of days ago now and I’ve been running it back over in my mind, and the DVR, a few times.  Upon further review it was one of the most interesting meets we’ve had in a while. So much so that I’m going to recap it in parts – because there was a lot that went on Read More...

Nationals – Day Four Notes

Jun 27th, 2011
8:09 am PST

Only about an hours worth of action on the track on the final day, but a pretty exciting hour! And a few surprises.   Anderson In a Photo I knew that the men’s 400 hurdles was going to be close – and was it ever. Jeshua Anderson showed just how strong he was as he got his first sub48 to go with the win – BARELY Read More...

Nationals – Day Three Notes

Jun 25th, 2011
8:34 pm PST

A great day of finals. A couple of favorites did their thing. A couple of youngsters turned the tables. And one of the gutsiest races I’ve seen in the last twenty three years!   McQuay Comes of Age They say that things happen for a reason. Tony McQuay was injured at the NCAA Indoor Championships Read More...

Nationals Day Two Notes

Jun 25th, 2011
5:37 am PST

Not a good day. Not on the track. Not on the ‘net. Not on the TV. Just not a good day overall for US track and field. I’ll start with the good but there was a lot of bad. It was like someone pulled the plug on my meet! Black Friday.   Jeter v Myers = Excitement This was indeed what it was supposed to be – sort of Read More...

Nationals – Day One Notes

Jun 24th, 2011
6:22 am PST

Usually the first day of Nationals is fairly quiet. But I found yesterday actually somewhat exciting. Lots of action for a first day, and I actually learned something new!   Who is Kibwe Johnson? I try to be up on as many events as possible, but I have to admit that I knew absolutely nothing about Kibwe before yesterday! I know who he is now Read More...

Some Interesting First Round Match Ups

Jun 22nd, 2011
11:42 am PST

The real action in a meet like the National Championships is supposed to occur in the finals. The preliminary rounds are supposed to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Sometimes, however, the early rounds aren’t as “balanced” as they perhaps should be. The result is that you get some very interesting combinations early on Read More...