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

Does Track and Field Need to Change?

Sep 18th, 2016
3:06 pm PST

Recently I saw an article asking whether or not we need to delete events from track and field - and if so which ones. The author said that we have to do this to increase the popularity of the sport. Among the reasons given was the attention span of the general public, and that meets are too long. An example that was given was the fact that track and field during the Olympics takes a little over a week to run!  It's not the first article I've seen on the subject - all with similar reasons given Read More...

Post Rio Notes

Aug 26th, 2016
6:07 am PST

The Rio Olympics are in the books. In spite of all the "worries" heading into the meet, it was the competition that ultimately (always does) stood out! Such is the nature of track and field - when we get our best together, the sport shines brightly. I've commented on most of the events during the course of the meet Read More...

My Position on Justin Gatlin

Aug 16th, 2016
12:05 pm PST

Can someone, anyone, explain to me why Justin Gatlin is made out to be the devil of track and field? People are booing him in Rio. Sebastian Coe is praying he doesn't win. Why? And the American media is the worst constantly bringing up his past - erroneously I might add. Funny, I haven't heard ANYONE bringing up the fact that Michael Phelps was a dope smoking fiend that had to leave swimming for a while! No one, including Coe who is holier than thou when it comes to "doping and suspensions" has booed, wished ill of, or said that Shelley Ann Fraser Pryce, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, or Veronica Campbell Brown don't belong in the Olympics - and every one has tested positive and served suspensions! But they still get PRAISED for their accomplishments! As a matter of fact, everyone is talking about Bolt attempting the "Triple, Triple" except the leadoff man on each of the previous Olympic 4x1's was Nesta Carter - currently serving a ban for retested samples from Beijing! So, not really a Triple Triple - especially if it is later discovered that he was also doping elsewhere! No Read More...

Rio Opening Weekend – 43.03 WR!

Aug 15th, 2016
1:22 pm PST

Finally, we got Olympic track and field! And despite all the negatives coming in, the athletes didn't disappoint. Proving my constant point - there's NOTHING that needs to be changed about track and field other than getting the best athletes on the track (and field). THAT is the challenge of the sport’s leaders – not trying to reinvent meets! With only three days in the books we've already seen two World Records and a plethora of national records Read More...

How Will London’s Defending Champions Fare?

Aug 2nd, 2016
6:49 pm PST

Heading into Rio will be several individuals that closed the deal and won gold in London. It's been four long years since the national anthem played for these individuals. They will come to Rio 26th dreams of repeating that success. Who will be able to close the deal again four years later? Here's my guess at how these London champions will do in Rio Read More...

Let The Games Begin!

Jul 27th, 2016
7:49 pm PST

The Trials were just over, yet here we are with the Games literally days to count down! These Games already feel different. Maybe it's the fact that venues are STILL under construction. Maybe it's the Zika virus that has so many afraid to go. Perhaps even the status of injured athletes like Christian Taylor, Allyson Felix, and Usain Bolt - what level will they be ready for in a few short weeks? Whatever it is, somehow CHANGE seems to be in the air! Expect the unexpected Read More...

Olympic Trials Part 2 – Tough on Vets 

Jul 14th, 2016
2:27 pm PST

This was one tough meet! Youngsters had a great time - perhaps too young to realize they should be nervous or afraid. Here it was veterans and favorites that fell prey to injury, nerves, bad luck, and age. I knew going in that this was going to be a transition meet - a changing of the guard. But some of those that fell were certainly unexpected Read More...

Pre Trials Status Check

Jun 22nd, 2016
9:52 pm PST

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...

Prefontaine & NCAA Regionals – WOW

May 30th, 2016
5:27 pm PST

The Pre Classic is the best meet on US soil annually - if not one of the best period outside of a major championship. This year was no different as we saw two American records, among outstanding performance after outstanding performance. And while the Regionals lacked the depth and excitement of a big meet, there was much to learn on the way to Rio Read More...

A Month From the Trials

May 23rd, 2016
7:03 am PST

We're about a month away from the Trials and the crystal ball is still pretty murky! Usually I have a pretty good idea how the Trials are going to go by now, but so many elites have been quiet - especially the distance crowd. This may be one of the most surprising Trials in awhile. The colleges have yet to have their Regionals and Nationals - those will take place in the next two weeks Read More...