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

USATF Athletes of the Year

Oct 30th, 2016
2:06 pm PDT

Given the recent articles in the news regarding Max Siegel and his elaborate lifestyle while USATF stagnates, I've held off saying anything at all about US track - though I have written a few things that I will begin to post. Today after seeing the choices for male and female athlete of the year, I feel that I should speak my mind, and begin voicing my opinions again Read More...

My Position on Justin Gatlin

Aug 16th, 2016
12:05 pm PDT

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...

Events I’ll Be Watching at US Nationals

Jun 25th, 2014
7:41 pm PDT

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...

Saturday, A Day of Track and Field

Apr 28th, 2014
10:39 am PDT

In the year 2014 we finally got what I've always known TV could give us -  a full day of track & field! The thought of watching track all day on television has been a dream of mine forever.There is an old saying however, be careful what you ask for, you might it. and my day of sitting in the comfort of my home watching track and field had it's moments Read More...

Gay (9.75) & Gardener (10.85) Lead US Champs

Jun 22nd, 2013
7:40 am PDT

We're halfway through the US Trials and those gusts of wind that have been howling through the stadium seem to be the winds of change as veterans have been dropping like flies in Des Moines. Jeremy Wariner out in the first round. Ditto Angelo Taylor. Walter Dix a semifinal casualty. Doc Patton a DNS Read More...

USATF Plot Lines

Jun 17th, 2013
9:06 am PDT

The World Championships are in August, and this week we select the athletes that will be representing the good old Red, White, and Blue. In spite of the fact that many say the sport is dead, the US Trials are annually one of the greatest meets on the planet - trumped in depth only by the Games and World Championships themselves Read More...

NCAA to USATF Who Will Perform Best?

Jun 14th, 2013
11:38 am PDT

With the NCAA Championships behind them the collegiate stars are at one of the toughest parts of the season -  trying to be even better in an attempt to make the World Championships team. After weeks of conference, regional and of course the NCAA Championships, they must try to hit yet another peak against the best the US has to offer Read More...

No Excuse for What Happened to Tarmoh

Jul 6th, 2012
9:28 am PDT

I've hesitated on saying anything about "Dead Heat Gate" not because I don't have an opinion but because I've felt there were far to many opinions out there already. But the more I read, the more I'm angered that the villain in all this comes back to Tarmoh. Don't get me wrong, personally I say a warrior competes Read More...

NBC Has a New Sports Channel

Jan 9th, 2012
6:11 pm PDT

I sat down a little bit ago to put together my thoughts on this weekend’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. While I was going through the event website I was struck by the fact that there will be no coverage of the Trials – no television, no internet streaming. I found that very disappointing. Especially given that there is a new sports channel that would seem to be perfect for running/track and field Read More...

Why Not Allow Advertising?

Oct 5th, 2011
9:31 am PDT

I just finished reading Nick Symmonds’ post on Flo Track, “I’m Tired of USATF and IAAF Crippling Our Sport”. I’m in total agreement with Nick. As a matter of fact I have wondered for YEARS why track and field has not allowed its athletes to pursue advertising in the same way that NASCAR has allowed its drivers to do so Read More...