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The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half were this weekend, and as usual, it did not disappoint. Molly Huddle had her eye on women’s half-marathon American Record from the gun, besting Deena Kastor‘s 2006 mark by 9 seconds, finishing in 1:07:25. En route to the half-marathon record, she also broke the record for 10 miles (50:52) and 20K (1:03:48). Huddle placed 7th overall in the race with Jordan Hasay in 8th as the top two American finishers. On the men’s side of the half, Sam Chalenga finished as first American, 6th overall, with a time of 1:00:37. In the full 26.2, Sarah Crouch (2:35:22) and Polina Carlson (2:39:43) finished as 1st and 2nd Americans, with 7th and 10th place overall finishes, respectively, each earning their qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon
Related: Molly Huddle Breaks American Record At 2018 Aramco Houston Half Marathon on FloTrack
Steve Spence, 1992 Olympic Trials Marathon winner and father to Neely Gracey, continued his amazing sub-5 minute mile streak to 43 years. “Spence achieved the feat at dusk on the Shippensburg University track. He completed his mile in 4:56. Members of the SU cross country team served as pacesetters.” Watch his January 12 run here, and read the full article, Steve Spence ’85 Extends His Sub-5:00 Mile Streak to 43 Years on the Shippensburg University Raiders site
Sanya Richards-Ross shares her style picks and a look into what she has been up to since hanging up the spikes. Following a 13 year track career, three Olympiads, 4 Olympic gold medals, and a reality show, Sanya recently added the title of ‘mom’ to her résumé. In a feature with Austin Monthly, she shares, “When I was younger, my dad always told me, ‘You never want to be one-dimensional.” Read the full feature, Sanya Richards-Ross’ Favorite Things
Trust the Process; Trust the Socks
Donald Scott opened his season with an indoor PR of 56′ (17.06m). In a post on Instagram, he wrote, “This was a good practice meet. There is more to fix from this full approach jump. I’ve been training from a short approach the whole preseason and decided to go from a full the last three. Trust the process and keep building.” Watch the jump on Instagram here
Sandi Morris jumped an incredible 16′ 3/4″ (4.90m) at the Reno Pole Vault Summit. Watch the video of her jump here. Afterward on Twitter, Sandi gave us a look at the hero of her uniform…lucky socks and chalk!
I vaulted 16 feet for the first time wearing these socks in 2016... hadn’t worn them since until the 2018 PV Summit... and I jumped over 16’ again for the first time in over a year! And yes, I put chalk on my socks to prevent any slipping in the spike lol pic.twitter.com/6hz413LcML— Sandi Morris (@sandicheekspv) January 14, 2018
Dana Mecke opened up 2018 with a second place finish at the KPMG Bermuda Front Street Mile. Dana missed first by 100th of a second, saying in a post on Instagram, “Started my kick a little too late. Always fun racing in Bermuda and thankful for the opportunity! Time to put my head back down and keep grinding.”
Amanda Eccleston ‘made the wall’
Shannon Osika (4:28.30) paired with Nicole Sifuentes (4:27.69) to run the fastest indoor miles in the history of the state of Michigan
Amanda Rego‘s next step in returning to the track
When you put on track spikes for the first time in like...4 years! pic.twitter.com/aEi8uMEOr4— Amanda Winslow-Rego (@RegoRunner) January 12, 2018
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