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

IOC Retest Catches 3 Track and Field Athletes – but did they catch th…

Apr 29th, 2009
3:49 pm PDT

The buzz today is that three track and field athletes have been identified as having tested positive for the blood boosting drug CERA as a result of the IOC's retest of samples submitted by athletes in Beijing. On the one hand this is good news. WADA was so excited that it gave the following statement,  "WADA commends the IOC, once again, for its approach Read More...

Jeter to Compete in Guadaloupe

Apr 28th, 2009
11:31 am PDT

Speaking with a friend earlier today, I was informed that current world sprint leader Carmelita Jeter, will be running a sprint double in Guadaloupe this weekend. Jeter currently leads the world in both short sprints with marks of 10.96 and 22.59. While not a "major" competition, Guadaloupe has often been a site for sprinters to go and get a good start to their seasons Read More...

Osaka Grand Prix Start Lists Are Up

Apr 28th, 2009
5:40 am PDT

Thanks to reader Yvette Graf I have the start list for the Osaka Grand Prix. If you click on the link at the right under "Major Meet Links" you will be taken to the site. It is partly in English, partly in Japanese, but you will be able to see who will be competing and results will be available during the meet Read More...

Where’s the Information?

Apr 27th, 2009
5:06 pm PDT

With the end of the relay carnival portion of the season, excitement turns to what I call the "pre-European" invitationals. That series of meets leading up to National Championships that includes meets like New York, Carson, Eugene, Doha, Osaka, Kingston and others. The meets are always hot, with good to great competition and serve to really get fans hyped leading into the various National Championships Read More...

Weekend Wrap Up

Apr 27th, 2009
9:51 am PDT

The BIG noise was made at Penn in the USA vs the World races as they sat center stage and had the attention of the world. But there were other top level marks turned in at Penn in some of the collegiate races as well. Texas AM won both men's and women's 4x1 AND 4x2 events to serve notice that their relay teams On the men's side their 38 Read More...

Tyson Gay Opens Season In Arizona

Apr 26th, 2009
5:57 am PDT

While most of our top sprinters were running relays at Penn, Tyson Gay got his 2009 campaign going at the low key Sun Devil Invitational in Tempe Arizona. Last month the Adidas Running camp revealed that Tyson Gay's fall and winter training were delayed due to a knee injury. Judging from yesterday's result Tyson has gotten back on track as he won the 400 meters in 46 Read More...

Penn Relays – US vs The World

Apr 25th, 2009
5:57 pm PDT

It's April. Teams for this year's World Championships won't be chosen until June. The World championships themselves won't be held until the end of August in Berlin Germany. But this year's Penn Relays was billed as a series of rematches between the US and Jamaica! There has been much hype about Jamaica taking over as the world's sprint power since they won the Men's 100, 200 and 4x1 and the Women's 100 and 200 in Beijing Read More...

Early Weekend News

Apr 25th, 2009
9:24 am PDT

Relay running takes center stage at Drake and Penn, but distance runners made some noise on Friday at a couple of meets here on the West Coast. In Oregon, Colorado steeplechaser Jenny Barringer opened up her season in the 1500 meters and won in a world leading time of 4:08.38. The 1500 seemed to be a good race to run in Oregon as half miler Andrew Weating moved up in distance and won in 3:40 Read More...

Fat Cats and Revolutions

Apr 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm PDT

As I've scanned the news on the sport this week a couple of "economy" related discussions have caught my eye. The first was USATF CEO Doug Logan's most recent entry to his blog, he stated that he believes that the current economic downturn will benefit the sport of track and field. How? Well apparently he feels that sports have gotten to be too excessive and catering to the "Fat Cats", and that the fall of these "Fat Cats" opens the door for sports fans to start moving towards track and field - because we are better suited to the "hard hat", "lunch bucket" crowd Read More...

Weekend Wrap Up

Apr 20th, 2009
3:44 pm PDT

This weekend saw some pretty good performances, but the best of the bunch had to be at Mt SAC as Carmelita Jeter took the world lead and set a new PR of 10.96 (+0.9) in the women's 100 meters. Jeter came out of nowhere in '07 to win the bronze medal in the event in Osaka with a then PR of 11.02. Last year she ran 10 Read More...