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

Events I’ll Be Watching at US Nationals

Jun 25th, 2014
7:41 pm PST

Typically Nationals is one of the two hottest meets of the year behind only the World Championships or Olympics. This is an "off season" however, that once every four years non championship season. So the full complement of elites looking to make a global team is a bit lighter than usual. My biggest disappointment in this regards is the Men's 100 which is missing Justin Gatlin and the new kid on the block Trayvon Bromell,  as neither of the year's two fastest Americans is entered in the competition Read More...

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

May 11th, 2013
5:29 pm PST

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 PST

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...

Where are the Jump Stars?

Jan 30th, 2013
12:31 pm PST

This time of year my mind runs continuously to thoughts of how we can better market the sport. What can track and field do so that others can see the sport that I see when I sit and watch a meet? More often than not, I keep coming back to the fact that we live in a society that is obsessed with stars! With 24 hour news; highlights on ESPN; and social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram, an outstanding performance or two and a Colin Kaepernic can become a global sensation virtually overnight! Track too has had it's overnight sensations – a total of 700 meters in Beijing made Usain Bolt a household name Read More...

What are the Sport’s Best Rivalries (pt2)

Sep 20th, 2012
10:37 am PST

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...

London Olympics – The US Finds Its Stride

Aug 8th, 2012
7:39 pm PST

We're roughly half way through with the track and field portion of the Games and though there has been a medal here and there,US troops haven't really gotten untracked - until today. The team that's expected to leave with the most medals in t&f, had struggled a bit to this point, as several athletes didn't quite hit the mark Read More...

Trials Final Weekend

Jul 2nd, 2012
11:21 am PST

After over a week of action, the Trials wrapped things up in nice style this weekend. There were only 2 finals on the track on Saturday, but 5 on Sunday. With 2 field finals each day. One would almost think they could have had single day “finale” and did it up right for the fans. Still there was some great action over the final two days Read More...

Mt. SAC Leads Weekend Full of Highlights

Apr 22nd, 2012
10:27 am PST

The 2012 Olympic season shifted into high gear this weekend with highlights galore popping up all over. What the Kansas Relays got started with their “downtown” events, Mt SAC multiplied with one of the best meets they’ve had in a while as performance after performance heated up the track AND the field Read More...

Multi’s WRs Lead HOT World Championships

Mar 11th, 2012
12:10 pm PST

It’s a bit ironic that today is “Selection Sunday” for the NCAA basketball tournament, because this weekend of track and field had the kind of wall to wall action associated with the NCAA Tournament. Between the NCAA & World Indoor Championships; Internet feeds; major time zone differences; and early outdoor track meets; I’ve been watching almost non-stop track and field from Friday afternoon until just a bit ago here on Sunday morning! Friday afternoon NCAA feed; late night/very early morning Worlds feed; out Saturday to a local high school meet; back in early evening in time to catch the NCAA feed; then very early morning to finish up with the Worlds feed Read More...

Potential 2012 Match Ups to Watch For

Jan 3rd, 2012
5:33 pm PST

Things should start heating up pretty quickly now. The U.S. Marathon Trials are in less than two weeks, and the indoor season will be going strong by the end of the month. So we’ll be full gear into the buildup for London in just a few weeks. Of course one of the big questions in any Olympic year is: who will the major players Read More...