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

A Big Weekend on Tap from 100 to Marathon

Apr 13th, 2012
7:29 am PST

Typically the weekend of the Penn Relays marks the coming out of the majority of those athletes not yet seen in a given season as sprinters, hurdlers,  and even  milers find their way on “USA v the World” relay squads. And while that most certainly will be true again this year – that we see many of the worlds' best athletes participating at Penn – this weekend could actually begin the process early with several meets showcasing elite athletes Read More...

Women’s 1500 Trials Should be Fierce

Apr 12th, 2012
5:28 pm PST

I want to talk a bit about the false start rule, as well as some of the weekend’s upcoming meets, and Monday’s marathon – and I’m going to do that tomorrow as we head into the weekend. After putting together my early Trials favorites list however, I couldn’t help but take another look at the women’s 1500 because just like the men’s 110 hurdles, we have one of the best fields ever in US Trials history shaping up Read More...

My EARLY Trials Favorites

Apr 10th, 2012
7:25 pm PST

It’s going to be a busy week and there will be lots to talk about. We’ve got the Boston Marathon going off a week from yesterday, and I want to take a look at the field and that course – I mean how many WINDY distance races can you find? The Mt SAC Relays are in a week and it looks like they are going to have some outstanding athletes in attendance Read More...

A Crowd is Starting to Form in the Hurdles

Apr 9th, 2012
12:14 pm PST

It’s early in the season, and few of the top athletes have made it to the track yet, but the 110 hurdlers are doing what they do – compete! I love the hurdlers. For starters it’s one of the most exciting events on the track. There’s speed. The technique of the hurdles. The ebb and flow of the race Read More...

More Weekend Highlights

Apr 8th, 2012
9:50 am PST

Day one of the Florida Relays was a hard act to follow, but the rest of the weekend managed to hold it’s own starting with Day Two in Florida. Focused on relay events the men’s 4x1 and the women’s 4x4 produced some outstanding times. In the 4x1 a Pure Athletics team of Mookie Salaam, Keston Bledman, Travis Padgett, and Nickel Ashmead went 38 Read More...

Florida Relays Day One – Sizzling

Apr 6th, 2012
9:09 pm PST

Usually I wait through the weekend to talk about the highlights, but they were running so fast in Florida that Day One was just a repeat highlight reel. Tiffany Porter (GBR) started the afternoon off with a nice 12.96 (-0.5) – fastest time this side of last week’s blazer in Tuscon, and of course Sally Pearson (AUS) Read More...

Big Weekend of Invitational/Relay Meets Online

Apr 5th, 2012
10:37 am PST

Now that we're outdoors expect this year to go whizzing by. June will be Championships month - NCAA, High Schools and assorted National Olympic Trials. July will be European Circuit month replete with the heart of the Diamond League. Then finally August will be Olympics month, dominated of course by the London Games Read More...

Will Marvin Bracy Be the Next Olympic Prep?

Apr 3rd, 2012
10:09 am PST

It’s rare that high school athletes are able to compete in the Olympic Trials, let alone the Olympic Games. While the Games in it’s infancy was able to produce a Bob Mathias – high school decathlon gold medalist in London (1948). Today’s Olympics are a “professional” affair dominated by athletes that train year round and get paid to do so Read More...

Richards Ross Highlights Weekend of Speed

Apr 2nd, 2012
9:22 am PST

Speed was on display this past weekend and nowhere was it more prominent than the speedy state of Texas and the annual Texas Relays. The first sign that things were going to be fast came in the qualifying rounds of the University 4x1 when Auburn scorched the track for a 38.95 in their heat. That’s the kind of time one expects to see collegiate teams run in the semis or final of the NCAA Championships, not an opening round of the Texas Relays – one of the first runs for college teams of the season Read More...