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

Can the US Return After a Decade?

Jul 15th, 2017
2:39 pm PDT

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...

Post Rio Notes

Aug 26th, 2016
6:07 am PDT

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...

How to Win the 4×1 in Rio!

Feb 8th, 2016
11:27 am PDT

It's one thing to be dominated in the sprints by an athlete like Usain Bolt, but during the same time span we've seen a comedy of horrors take place in what was also an American staple - the 4x1 relay. The American men haven't won a 4x1 in a major since 2007 - approaching nearly a decade! This is tragic, and the first step to righting this ship in my opinion, is to admit FAILURE and move on Read More...

My Thoughts on the World Relay Championships

Jun 21st, 2014
4:21 pm PDT

Focusing on coaching my high school kids, I missed discussing the early season to date, primarily the Diamond League and the World Relays Championship. That's a lot of action/discussion, so will tackle one then the other and will start with the World Relays Championships since the subject has already come up Read More...

My National Relay Plan

Sep 23rd, 2012
8:55 am PDT

I was catching up with a friend a couple days ago and since it had been a while we began to review the Olympics. Bolt's double, Felix' exploits, Mo Farah, David Rudisha. I had almost forgotten just how outstanding the London Games were. Being old relay teammates however, we talked a lot about the relays - the 4x1s Read More...

Relay Chatter – The 4×1’s

Jul 10th, 2012
3:29 pm PDT

Relays are fun, exciting and frankly if it were up to me we would have more than just four of them in the Olympics - or Worlds. We need some sort of global world relay gathering. Maybe replace the outdated World Cup with such an event. Something more exciting that would get the world’s best together in a different and exciting fashion – and I’m talking about the field events as well Read More...

Worlds Day 9 – Bolt & Taylor Close Out in Style…

Sep 4th, 2011
4:50 am PDT

Following the semis for the men and women’s 4x1’s, the finals got underway with the men’s 5000 meters. It became yet another championship race – which means they spent some 4200 meters warming up for a showdown between kickers. What made the race exciting is that this time it was not a set up for a showdown between Kenya and Ethiopia, because the U Read More...

Worlds Day Eight – Pearson & Bolt Shine

Sep 3rd, 2011
4:54 am PDT

Friday it was the field events that were sizzling. Today that heat went back to the track as we had some stellar track performances headed by Sally Pearson and Usain Bolt who put down some outstanding times in a meet that has been devoid of fast times.  It got started with the men’s 1500 meters Read More...

Worlds Day Seven – The Field Stars

Sep 2nd, 2011
6:10 am PDT

There were a couple of great races on the track but the real action took place on the field today. In the women’s javelin, Maria Abakumova (RUS) heaved a tremendous 71.25m/233’ 9” in the 2nd round to take a stranglehold on the competition. The mark took over the yearly lead, was a national record, and improved her #3 all time position Read More...