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

World Championships Review, Individuals Pt 2

Sep 5th, 2013
9:46 am PDT

Time to finish up my thoughts on the individual performances from the World Championships. As this was not one of my favorite Worlds, for reasons already discussed, there were more performances that I was disappointed in than those I was ecstatic about. So many that as I started writing this I had to edit down to a reasonable number Read More...

World Championships Review–Individuals Pt1

Aug 27th, 2013
9:22 pm PDT

Now for the fun part, looking at individual performances - and there were certainly some very good ones. First however, let's get a bit of perspective by taking a look at medal counts. The double digit medal earners: United States 25 total, 6 gold, 14 silver, 5 bronze. Russia 17 total, 7 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze Kenya 12 total, 5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze Ethiopia 10 total, 3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze As expected Russians performed well at home Read More...

Prefontaine – Post Meet Thoughts

Jun 2nd, 2013
11:18 am PDT

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...

Kirani James’ 44.02 Highlights Shanghai DL

May 18th, 2013
9:33 am PDT

Perhaps Doha raised the bar a bit high, but I didn't come away from Shanghai with the same WOW factor that I had following the Diamond League opener. A nice set of marks were turned in, but that special something was missing in most of the events on the track. One running event that hit on all cylinders however, was the men's 400 as both LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James showed up to compete Read More...

Shanghai Preview

May 16th, 2013
10:25 am PDT

It's time for the second installment of the Diamond League, and if Doha was any indication of how the year is going to go then Shanghai should be a real humdinger! Looking at the start lists, things should once again be exiting from start to finish. As usual however, there are some events that I am especially looking forward to:   Men's 110 Hurdles Aries Merritt, David Oliver, Jason Richardson This is one of those wonderful events where the best compete head to head quite often - and the anticipation never drops 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...

Drizzle Fizzle and Sizzle in Zurich

Aug 30th, 2012
9:21 pm PDT

Zurich has traditionally been one of my favorite meets over the years. Mostly because, even before there was a Diamond League (or Golden League) Zurich has always attracted the world's top sprinters - and this year was no exception. Don't get me wrong, Zurich is annually one of the world's best meets overall with high level fields in all of their events, but the sprints have always been special in Zurich Read More...