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

Goodbye 2010 – The Year of David

Dec 29th, 2010
5:53 am PST

Most track seasons are defined by a championship. Every four years it’s the Olympic Games. For the years directly before and after the Olympics it’s the World Championships. Everyone’s focus is on those meets, and it is typically the performances produced in the Major that create the most lasting impressions – and define a season Read More...

USATF CEO Search – What Do They Want to Accomplish?…

Dec 27th, 2010
1:15 pm PST

A couple of weeks ago USATF posted the job description for the incoming CEO. At least it’s the job description that they are using in their search to fill the position. While it’s nice to know that the organization is looking for someone that is: A passionate leader Innovative marketing and sales professional Supporter of athletics and volunteers, and a Skilled team builder As I read the document I’m more interested in exactly what they want this person to do – as I’m sure whomever is hired is going to want to know as well Read More...

Final X-mas List Item – A World Champs Bid

Dec 23rd, 2010
8:08 pm PST

Christmas is nearing the final countdown, so time for only one more request from Track Santa. After much thought I decided to put in a request for a U.S. bid to host the World Championships.After all we are LONG LONG overdue. Not a single bid in the 27 years that the event has been in existence. I don’t know what’s worse, that we haven’t seen Bolt & Gay head to head in the deuce since ‘07 or that the U Read More...

X-mas List Item #4 – Transparency & Fairness in Doping…

Dec 21st, 2010
8:27 am PST

There are some crucial areas of this sport that are in need of repair if we are to move forward and become all that we can be. One of the most critical being the perception of this sport when it comes to doping. Just this past week came news that Laverne Jones Ferrette – World Indoor 60 silver medalist and the first woman to run under 7 Read More...

X-mas List Item #3 – New Uniforms

Dec 19th, 2010
12:28 pm PST

A staple under most Christmas trees are good old clothes. Sweaters, pajamas, socks, and scarves will be opened up on Christmas morning in homes around the world. On my list this year, I’m asking Track Santa to put some clothing underneath the USATF Christmas tree, because I think it’s time that our national squad got some new uniforms Read More...

X-mas List Item #2 – Free Live Streaming

Dec 16th, 2010
5:01 pm PST

If Track Santa is kind enough to give me some exciting matchups this coming season, I’d love to be able to actually watch them as they occur. Don’t get me wrong, I love YouTube – because everything ends up on YouTube sooner or later. But there is something to be said for watching something happen when it happens, as opposed to reading about it first and then watching it Read More...

Best Ever – My Favorite Heated Rivalries

Dec 13th, 2010
10:18 am PST

As I stated previously, one of the things that has been missing from the sport are high level rivalries. We have some of the best athletes the sport has ever seen, but getting them to compete against each other with anything remotely resembling regularity seems to be nearly impossible as issues such as contract disputes, injuries, and simply not enough money to go around, leaves us with many meets where the field consists of a star vs Read More...

Top of My Xmas Wish List–Hot Rivalries

Dec 10th, 2010
7:29 am PST

This is the time of year when you submit your wish list to Santa Claus in hopes that come Christmas morning you will find something special beneath the tree. While that list has already been sent off, I do have another list that I’m hoping the “Santa” of track and field will fill. And that list is headed by the establishment of some real hot rivalries in the sport Read More...

U.S. Could Benefit From a Cold War Mentality

Dec 4th, 2010
10:06 am PST

Within the past fourteen months we’ve seen the U.S. defeated in two bids for major global competitions. Last year losing out to Rio in the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, and this past week losing out to Qatar in the bid for the 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup. And track and field sits in the stands without even submitting bids for the World Championships Read More...

Four Who Just Missed the Cut

Dec 1st, 2010
4:15 pm PST

As discussion has shown, selecting the “Greatest Of All Time” is a rather daunting task. This sport has been blessed to have a plethora of outstanding athletes – and sorting out their careers is difficult at best. As I went through the process there were four areas that I deemed as important. 1) Head to head competition against one’s peers Read More...