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

Pre Trials Status Check

Jun 22nd, 2016
9:52 pm PDT

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 was HOT!

Jun 1st, 2015
6:34 am PDT

Once again Pre was as good a meet as any on the planet. Which begs the question, why can't we do this more often? It's a rhetorical question of course, because the simple answer is MONEY! It takes a boat load of money to put on a quality meet these days, and who has that kind of money laying around? Yes, Eugene touts itself as "Track Town USA", but let's be real - it's in Nike's back yard! Nuff said 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...

World Championships Review–Individuals Pt1

Aug 27th, 2013
9:22 pm PDT

Now for the fun part, looking at individual performances - and there were certainly some very good ones. First however, let's get a bit of perspective by taking a look at medal counts. The double digit medal earners: United States 25 total, 6 gold, 14 silver, 5 bronze. Russia 17 total, 7 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze Kenya 12 total, 5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze Ethiopia 10 total, 3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze As expected Russians performed well at home Read More...

Rollins’ 12.26 Leads Weekend at Nationals

Jun 24th, 2013
7:56 am PDT

As I thought prior, this was one of the hottest National Championships in a long time - and it was lead by women and youth. Don't get me wrong, the men got the job done and we're sending a nice male squad to Moscow. But the women were doing spectacular things everywhere you turned - and none were any more spectacular than Brianna Rollins Read More...

The Pieces are Coming Together

Apr 29th, 2012
9:42 am PDT

The great thing about the Penn Relays is that it's the first time we get a large gathering of top athletes together at the same meet. The tough part is that they aren't competing head to head and they're not competing in individual events - so "evaluating" where they are can be a bit more difficult Read More...

2012 Outdoor Preview – Hurdles

Mar 28th, 2012
3:37 pm PDT

  If you like speed and competition then you must like the hurdles. Unlike the pure sprinters, who seem to avoid each other as much as possible until forced to toe the line for championships, the hurdlers compete often and face each other with regularity. The sprinters tend to get more publicity but of the four hurdle events three of them have legitimate shots at having WR’s broken – two by more than one individual Read More...