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

Pre Trials Status Check

Jun 22nd, 2016
9:52 pm PDT

With the Olympic Trials less than two weeks away, I thought I would take a quick look at where we're at. First a word on doping which once again seems to lead the discussion. Doping This sport just CAN'T seem to get away from the issue of doping! Ben Johnson (1988) opened the door to sub 9.80 in the 100, and to an open conversation on doping! It took until 2002 and BALCO before that conversation became loud - though many wanted to pretend it was an American problem - despite all evidence to the contrary Read More...

Wow, I Agree with Carl Lewis

Mar 9th, 2016
12:11 pm PDT

It's been the rare occasion that I've been in agreement with Carl Lewis. He's been "controversial" during much of his association with the sport of track and field going back to the 1980s. But as I read this article I found myself nodding my head in agreement. While I've been trying my best to just enjoy the competition this indoor season, DOPING continues to dominate the headlines Read More...

Better Track Reporting

May 24th, 2015
10:04 pm PDT

2014 was an off season in the world of track and field. There was no major championship of any kind at the elite level, and that translated into rest and time off for many of the sports major stars. It also translated into time off from writing for me, as I focused more on coaching my high school athletes (state runner up in the 300H); watching the sport and keeping my opinions to myself; and dealing with a major health issue (had an aneurysm in January) Read More...

PED’s a Decade After BALCO

Nov 5th, 2013
6:46 am PDT

BALCO.  The biggest doping scandal in sports history. From Barry Bonds to Marion Jones, some of the biggest names in sport came tumbling down. Victor Conte became a household name. Everyone became familiar with the phrase "performance enhancing drugs".Baseball's greatest era of home run hitters was labeled "The Drug Era" and American athletes - specifically sprinters - drew the stigma of dopers! Not a pretty sight!  Doping issues in the sport were grabbing headlines weekly Read More...

Moscow and the Sport in Flames

Jul 14th, 2013
11:21 pm PDT

If you're a fan of the sport, you're already aware of the news. Tyson Gay a positive "A" sample and out of Moscow. Jamaica, FIVE positives! Asafa Powell, and Sherone Simpson confirmed. Nests Carter said to be. Two as yet unnamed. Perhaps THE worst day ever for the sport! Yet there are those pointing fingers of glee, as most of the world points at America saying, "there they go again" Read More...

News Ahead of the Start of the Games

Jul 26th, 2012
2:26 pm PDT

I’ve been very very busy outside of track and field the past couple of days. Doctor’s appointment; kids to the fair; trying to catch up on non track work/stuff. Have to clear my plate so I can focus on the Games with the opening ceremonies TOMORROW! Yet as I step away for a couple of days, the news/happenings of the sport seem to increase in volume Read More...

Dai Greene and the Drug Issue

Mar 6th, 2012
4:44 pm PDT

It’s “Championship Week” for the indoor season, and I’m going to spend the rest of the week talking about the upcoming NCAA and World Championships. But I feel compelled today to comment on an issue that continues to destroy our sport – DRUGS – because one of the potential headliners in London has brought this topic to the forefront in a not so flattering light Read More...

Time to Talk Doping

Jan 27th, 2012
12:56 pm PDT

At least that’s the impression I’m getting as I scan the news, as doping has been a very prominent topic this winter. Of course it is an Olympic year, and while on one hand there is the anticipation of watching the world’s best athletes produce stunning performances, the specter of  “drugs” and just how “natural” those performances may be seems to be on everyone’s mind, as evidenced by the plethora of articles there are on the topic Read More...