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

Prefontaine – Post Meet Thoughts

Jun 2nd, 2013
11:18 am PST

Ok people, like Christmas the Prefontaine Classic has come and gone - and just like Christmas I find myself the day after trying to figure out how it compares to meets past. It's not a question of whether or not I liked the meet. It was track and field, of course I liked it. The question is to what degree was my appetite for the sport satiated? Perhaps because of the discussion about the sport in general over the past week I may be a bit more "critical" than usual, but I found the meet to be "just ok" for me Read More...

Trials Day 3 – Redemption Sunday

Jun 25th, 2012
8:06 am PST

Today's agenda was short but sweet - 8 events, 7 finals and 1 semi. But when the names involved include Cantwell, Hoffa, Gay, Gatlin, Richards Ross, Merritt, Wariner, and Suhr you're talking about one high powered afternoon. Not to mention a lot of athletes looking for redemption - and most got just that Read More...

Trials Day 2 – Ashton Eaton, 9039 WR

Jun 24th, 2012
7:51 am PST

Excitement and drama. That's standard when talking about the Olympic Trials. And while there were only three finals, Day Two just might be one of the most exciting and dramatic Trials days ever! Let's start with the decathlon, since it did start the day off. Ashton Eaton entered the day with a score of 4728 pts, putting him on WR pace as he, Trey Hardee, and Bryan Clay looked to be on their way to sending the greatest trio of decathletes ever to the Games Read More...

Trials Preview – Men’s 100 Meters

Jun 16th, 2012
8:22 am PST

The very nature of the Trials makes this meet exciting - the best in the country come together with only three competitors per event moving on to the Olympic Games. That alone puts a spotlight on every event - and I will be keeping an eye on them all. But some events carry even more intrigue and drama Read More...

The Pieces are Coming Together

Apr 29th, 2012
9:42 am PST

The great thing about the Penn Relays is that it's the first time we get a large gathering of top athletes together at the same meet. The tough part is that they aren't competing head to head and they're not competing in individual events - so "evaluating" where they are can be a bit more difficult Read More...

8 Must See Trials Events

Apr 28th, 2012
7:58 am PST

I'm getting antsy, it's Friday night and no big results can be found - everything major will be happening Saturday. So my mind is wandering in the direction of the Trials. After all, once the smoke clears everything comes down to two meets this year - National Trials and the Olympic Games.In some countries the Trials may be the years most important meet, beside if you don't get past the Trials you'll never see the Games - at least not from the stadium in London Read More...

2012 Outdoor Preview – Sprints

Mar 22nd, 2012
11:32 am PST

Now that we’re completely done with the indoor season, it’s time to start taking a look at how this outdoor season might possibly shape up. More importantly, at how the Games might shape up. So as I go through the various events on the Olympic slate, I’m going to try and Identify those individuals that I feel as of today ill be in the mix – the contenders and potential contenders Read More...

Has the U.S. Lost Its Sprint Mojo?

Jan 31st, 2012
10:11 am PST

Talking with a neighbor who is a fan, but not an “uber” fan, of the sport after this weekend’s U.S. Open, I was asked “what’s wrong with the U.S. sprinters?” When I asked what he meant, he basically said that we didn’t win either sprint (won by Asafa Powell & Veronica Campbell). I responded that many of our best weren’t at the meet, and his follow up was that we didn’t win the World Championships, or the one before that, or the Olympic Games either Read More...

Will 2012 be the Year of the Double?

Jan 18th, 2012
5:21 pm PST

I was reviewing the Marathon Trials finish last night and wondering how well Shalane Flanagan will do doubling in the 10,000/Marathon, when it hit me: we may have more legitimate “doublers” heading into London than ever before! In Beijing we had 5000/10000 double victories turned in by Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba; and a sprint double (100/200) by Usain Bolt Read More...

Bolt Wants Four London Golds – But are Any Certain?…

Nov 14th, 2011
10:17 am PST

Usain Bolt stated recentlythat he now wants to add the 4x4 relay to his repertoire in an attempt to go for four gold medals at the London Olympic Games. The last time we saw a four medal haul at the Olympic Games was by Carl Lewis in 1984 – before that it was Jesse Owens in 1936. So it is indeed a very rare occurrence – one that requires both dominance over one’s opponents as well as a bit of luck and good fortune Read More...