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

Mary Cain to Go Pro

Nov 17th, 2013
8:19 am PDT

It had to happen sooner or later, a high school phenomenon turning pro. After all, we've seen world class high schoolers in the past. Certainly several WAY back during the early days of track and field when youngsters like Bob Mathias were dominant internationally. Even during what I consider the modern era of the sport – The 1960's forward, athletes like, Houston McTear, Mary Decker, Dwayne Evans, and Gerry Lindgren among others were among the top world class level athletes Read More...

Upsets in Rome While Collegians Sizzle

Jun 6th, 2013
11:08 pm PDT

If you're a true fan of the sport then you are in Heaven like me, because we have wall to wall track and field –highlighted by the NCAA Division I Championships and today's Golden Gala in Rome. So far both have been full of surprises, for different reasons. I'll start with Rome, the fourth entry in the Diamond League Read More...

Reese 7.25m/23’9” in Highlight Filled Doha…

May 11th, 2013
5:29 pm PDT

With the Diamond League starting in Doha yesterday it was expected, at least from me, that the yearly lists would get some revision. After all, this would be the first real gathering of the elites outdoors in 2013 – and indeed the yearly lists took a beating. What wasn’t quite expected however, was the extremely high level of performances that were turned in, as several events had results that looked like they were made in August, not early May Read More...

Doha DL, Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

May 8th, 2013
11:04 pm PDT

OK, now that we've had our first sub10 of the year, it finally feels like track season. And right on time we get the first of the Diamond League meets in Doha on Friday, which means a lot more elite athletes should be competing. While I have many issues with the way the DL has been set up - chief among them the lack of promised head to heads with the upper tier elite sprinters - this series of meets does run through some of the sport’s best venues Read More...

2012 200 Meter Rankings–men/women

Dec 22nd, 2012
5:01 pm PDT

The 200 meters belongs to the United States and Jamaica. That's the conclusion one must come to when looking at this year's results on both the men's and women's sides. Yes, others are on the track, and even occasionally make an appearance in the 3rd or 4th position, but reality is that in spite of the lack of focus on the event outside of major championships, this event is undergoing major change and only two nations are keeping pace Read More...

2012 100m Rankings for 2012 – Men/Women

Dec 12th, 2012
11:28 am PDT

I’m going to try something different this year, in that I’m going to go five deep for events as I rank them and present both the men & women simultaneously. Five Deep because in general that’s really where the top athletes are in any given event. After that things usually get rather fuzzy. And since the lists will only be five deep, it should make for more interesting reading to include both genders at the same time – essentially presenting a top ten athletes for each event Read More...

What are the Sport’s Best Rivalries (pt2)

Sep 20th, 2012
10:37 am PDT

The last time around I took a look at some rivalries on the men's side of things that l think would be a good sell to build the sport from a marketing perspective. Today I want to broaden that to include the women (and a hybrid) - who actually tend to compete against reach other on a more regular basis than the men Read More...

The Top Performances of 2012

Sep 10th, 2012
10:01 am PDT

It's time to start looking back on what turned out to be a pretty awesome season. I figure the best place to start reviewing is with the top performances, since that will certainly lead into discussion about the top athletes. This year there was no dearth of outstanding performances, even more than usual in an Olympic year Read More...

Best Ever Women’s 4×4 Splits

Aug 15th, 2012
4:41 pm PDT

Trying to get caught up with the Games just closing, so have been extremely busy. Still a lot more to address - I think I will take a closer look at either the sprints or middle distances next. To add to it all the next Diamond League meet is up in a day and a half in Stockholm! Wow. Before I get more in depth with the sprints, I did want to take a look at women’s 4x4 splits Read More...

London Olympics – US 4×1, 40.82 WR

Aug 10th, 2012
7:03 pm PDT

Busy busy day. Watched the Games online then had to head out to get real life business taken care of. Almost waited until tomorrow to close out the last two days of the Games, because I missed much of the field events, and I need another look at that UGLY women’s 1500 meters. I’ll get to see that later tonight, and will include it with tomorrow’s discussion Read More...