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

Final Thoughts Before the Gun Goes Off

Jun 21st, 2011
7:57 am PDT

Roughly 48 hours until it all begins – the selection process for our World Championships team. I’ve tried to cover as many events as possible over the last week, but there are still more stories to tell. Here are a few other events that I plan to keep an eye on this weekend.   Men’s Triple Jump This is an event that we once dominated with jumpers like Willie Banks, Mike Conley, Charles Simpkins and Kenny Harrison Read More...

Nationals Preview – The Hurdles

Jun 20th, 2011
7:43 am PDT

The hurdles are perhaps the area where we have some of our strongest contenders for gold medals in Daegu. They also have some of our top young up and coming talent. Here is how I see the hurdles playing out in Eugene. Men’s 110 Hurdles Calling the winner in this event is pretty easy given that David Oliver is the current AR holder; has been rock solid; and is a threat to run under 13 Read More...

Nationals Preview – The Long Sprints

Jun 19th, 2011
8:52 am PDT

The 100 meters gets the headlines, but there are stars aplenty in the long sprints too. Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Jeremy Wariner, Wallace Spearmon and a host of new young talent make their homes here in the sprints above 100 meters. So let’s take a look at how these star filled events should play themselves out Read More...

Nationals Preview – Men & Women’s 1500

Jun 18th, 2011
8:24 am PDT

This is an event that always drives me NUTS. Track events are pretty simple – the fastest man/woman wins. And in events up through the half mile, that’s pretty much the way the events are run – the gun goes off and everyone takes off in an attempt to reach the finish line first. Except in the mile/1500 meters, which often become “let’s see who can run slowest yet get to the line first” events! I will never understand the “wait and kick” philosophy of milers – especially those that don’t have a kick, yet wait anyway Read More...

Nationals Preview – Men & Women’s 800

Jun 17th, 2011
11:37 am PDT

The middle distance events have become very exciting over the last couple of seasons as we’ve had an emergence of talent over both 800 and 1500 meters. This influx of youth has brought us back to being competitive on the world stage on the women’s side and back to respectability on the men’s side Read More...

Nationals Preview – Women’s 100, US & Jamaica…

Jun 16th, 2011
3:50 pm PDT

It’s time to take a look at the female speed demons. Interestingly just as with the men, two dominant women have emerged – one from the US, one from Jamaica. As right now Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell Brown have emerged as the two Alpha Females of the drag racers! The events are also similar in that a youth movement is on the way Read More...

Nationals Preview – Men’s 100, US & Jamaica…

Jun 15th, 2011
4:05 pm PDT

In about one week’s time we start the process of putting together our team for the World Championships. Four days of intense competition that will determine who gets to go to South Korea and who gets to go back to the drawing board. Perhaps the most intense and difficult of the squads to make, is the 100 meter dash team where it is common for Read More...

Mid Distance Watch

Jun 14th, 2011
3:19 pm PDT

In keeping with yesterday’s post on the speed events, here is a corresponding chart on our middle distance runners. This group has been very quiet leading up to this point in the season, and may be even harder to predict than the sprinters. But here is a snap shot of the season to date. Before I start trying to make sense of all the numbers for both the sprinters and middle distance runners as we head into Nationals and determining the team for Daegu Read More...

Time to Start Looking Forward to Nationals

Jun 13th, 2011
6:01 pm PDT

After a week that left me wondering what the heck is going on, it’s time to start to attempt to look at some of the National Trials that are coming up to try and gauge what Daegu is going to look like. And after Des Moines and New York that may not be easy at all! I’ve already talked in depth about what happened in Des Moines – a lot of bad weather and a lot of Texas A&M in the end Read More...

Texas A&M Double NCAA Champions Again!

Jun 11th, 2011
11:19 am PDT

The meet started with the 4x1's and a pair of upsets. The women started it off with LSU passing as they always seem to do with something on the line. They came to the anchor leg with Kymberlyn Duncan right there with Texas A&M and it was a wrap as she ran away from Ashley Collier for a big 42.64 to 42 Read More...