BizBuzz: Alexi Finds Balance, the Bowerman Award, and Jack Whitt Hangs Up His Poles

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 Alexi Pappas penned a feature sharing how she maintains balance in her life. “The first thing I learned about balance is that it’s very mental—the feeling of two activities being compatible (or not) can be more powerful than the actual time or physical demands of the activities themselves. Once I started feeling like my running and my filmmaking were in direct competition with one another, nothing I did ever felt good enough…But I knew I couldn’t give up—making it to the Rio Olympics and finishing my movie were too important to me. So I accepted that balance often requires teamwork.” Read the article, Alexi Pappas Takes Napping Seriously on Outside Online

 Raevyn Rogers and  Christian Coleman win the 2017 Bowerman Award. On Raevyn’s award, “After winning the indoor half-mile title and helping the Ducks to a collegiate indoor record in the distance medley relay earlier in the season, Rogers earned the collegiate record she coveted in the narrowest way possible. Rogers clocked a time of 1:59.10 in the outdoor 800 at the Mt. SAC Relays, which squeaked past the old mark of 1:59.11 set by Suzy Favor in 1990.” Read the announcements, Raevyn Rogers Wins the Bowerman in 2017 and Christian Coleman Wins the Bowerman in 2017 from USTFCCCA

Related: Watch the 2017 Bowerman Presentation

Images from USTFCCCA

 Jack Whitt has accepted a position with the Edmond Fire Department and has officially retired from full-time pole vault competition. “Over 500 people applied for this position, with only 12 available. I am honored and feel blessed for the opportunity to begin a life long career as a firefighter. With this opportunity I have made the decision to put my focus on my new career and will no longer be pole vaulting. I would like to say thank you to all those that have supported and followed me throughout my high school, collegiate and professional career.” From Jack on Instagram



 Riley Dolezal‘s achilles ruptured in October. Now after 2 months, he is officially out of the boot!

 Tianna Bartoletta and  Brittney Reese share a little long-jumper love

 Gabe Grunewald continues to define new ways to be Brave Like Gabe

 Jasmin Stowers gives back to her alma mater

Reasons to Celebrate

 Jeff Porter is officially Dr. Porter after earning his PhD from Eastern Michigan University

 Melissa Gergel has completed her first quarter of PA school

 Erik Sowinski‘s birthday is on December 21. Send him well-wishes @esowinski

 Tyler Pennel‘s birthday is also on December 21. Send good vibes to @tylerpennel

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