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

Who Wins the London 100?

Aug 2nd, 2017
7:46 pm PST

Personally I think the men's 400 presents the matchup of the meet. For the millions watching this year's World Championships however, most will be tuned in on Saturday to see if Usain Bolt can win one final 100 title before exiting, stage left. Entering the stadium, this is a very interesting race. For starters, Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin - who between them have won every Olympic title in the new millennium except '00 - have both been sub par this season Read More...

Can the US Return After a Decade?

Jul 15th, 2017
2:39 pm PST

Ten years. A decade. A lot can happen in 10 years. Ten years ago, the iPhone made its debut - now no one can remember how we lived WITHOUT smartphones. Blackberry and Nokia ruled the cell phone world, and if you were really cool you owned a Razr! Young people today can't remember either of those names with a market dominated by iPhones and Galaxy's Read More...

Team USA v.2017

Jun 26th, 2017
5:31 pm PST

Team USA, the athletes that will be attending the World Championships in London, was selected this past weekend. After nearly a week of some of the toughest competition on the planet, how does the squad that emerged from Sacramento look? Well, going in it looked like we were headed for a transition, with several old stars looking vulnerable Read More...

USATF Match Ups

Jun 21st, 2017
1:18 pm PST

The NCAA's are in the books, and it was exciting as usual. There's something about the combination of great head to head match ups; team scoring; and relays that makes track and field everything it's supposed to be. At its core; it's why the Olympics are so exciting and well watched. Pay attention USATF and IAAF - especially Sebastian Coe Read More...

Track at the Half

Jun 5th, 2017
3:38 pm PST

There has been SO much negative happening within the sport this winter and spring. It's been akin to the rain here in California. In track we typically wish for more to be written - just as we here in Cali have wanted more rain. Yet here in California we were deluged with rain this spring to the point of near floods in some areas Read More...

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...