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

The Best of 202One

Nov 30th, 2021
2:01 pm PST

We had to wait two years for 202One. The athletes had to adjust to what amounted to the craziest circumstances ever faced in an Olympic build up. After all was said and done however, and the Olympic season was one of the best ever! ! Hats off to the athletes who performed most admirably. Literally every week of the season produced performances that could stand on their own in any year of competition Read More...

Tokyo Recap

Aug 14th, 2021
11:53 am PDT

I have to admit, I didn’t realize just how tough it would be to watch the Olympics live! Here on the West Coast, that meant getting up at 3:00am. Watching the Games. Then a full day of work. Then more track and field. Then bed long enough to get some rest before repeating - for a week and a half. Literally track and field Nirvana Read More...

It’s Prediction Time – US Trials Relays…

May 30th, 2021
6:06 pm PDT

This season has been moving along so quickly, that it's been too fast to keep up with - pun intended. Literally every few days something extraordinary has occurred. Athing Mu, Trayvon Bromell, Allyson Felix, Kenny Bednarek, Gabby Thomas, Terrance Laird, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! It's now mere weeks from the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Trials - and time to start to spec out who's going to be taking that trip to Tokyo Read More...

Doha Review

Oct 13th, 2019
2:30 pm PDT

The 2019 World Championships just concluded. And I have to look at it from two perspectives. From the perspective of location, it was an abject failure. Temperature wise it was so hot that the only time to go out comfortably was midnight. Prompting the walks and marathons to be held - at midnight Read More...

Doha Will Be Remembered for the Four

Sep 3rd, 2019
9:04 am PDT

World Championships are the highlight of the sport. They showcase the best that track and field has to offer. During each one, the absolute best of the best rises to the top to create the meet’s most lasting memories. The inaugural championships in 1983 was the debut of Carl Lewis to the world. The followup in ’87 was the debut of Been Johnson Read More...

Marketing the Face of Track and Field

Aug 6th, 2019
4:37 pm PDT

Between 2008 and 2017 many people considered Usain Bolt to be the face of track and field. The athlete that the IAAF built their promotion around. The sprinter they proclaimed to be the “clean” representation of track and field, because the IAAF felt that such a representation was needed.  When Bolt said that it was time to retire, Seb Coe basically said, “woe is me whatever will we do Read More...

USATF Championships Review

Jul 31st, 2019
1:57 pm PDT

For four days America's best track and field athletes got together in Des Moines Iowa to decide who would represent the US at the World Championships. Lots to say, some good, some bad, so let's start with the bad. I'm not sure what the selection process is for championship sites, and I understand that this meet is going to be held in the summer, but how many times have I seen this meet affected by rain? So on Championship Sunday we're hit by rain yet again Read More...

USATF Preview

Jul 16th, 2019
11:10 am PDT

We're a little over a week from the USATF Championships. No more competitions to watch. The time has finally arrived. And after months of meets - we still don't know much! With Worlds being so late, some athletes have been very cautious. Then there are the collegiate kids that have already peaked for a championship Read More...

Ten Predictions for 2019

Dec 31st, 2018
8:55 am PST

I'm going to start the new year right. One, I'll be posting more. Not as much as I used to because I'm coaching. But a lot more than I have since my illnesses/surgeries. That said, I'm going to start with my predictions for 2019 - the first being that it's going to be a fun year for track and field. We've got a whole lot of new talent all over the track (& field) and many will be competing in their first World Championships Read More...

Future NOW

Jul 7th, 2018
1:23 pm PDT

The US sprint corp has been aging for some time now. The world has been mourning the retirement of Usain Bolt, but the truth is that America's best for more than a decade are right behind him. Consider that our top sprinter last year, World Champion Justin Gatlin, was 25 years old. Remarkably his title came 13 years after his Olympic title in Athens! Our global medal hopes have been in the hands of Gatlin, Allyson Felix, Tyson Gay, LaShawn Merritt, Sanya Richards Ross, Wallace Spearmon, and a few others for well over a decade Read More...