BizBuzz: Houston Rocked, the Spence Streak Continues, and Sandi’s New Favorite Socks

Molly Huddle photo via @FloTrack/Twitter, Steve Spence photo via SHIP Raiders/YouTube, Sandi Morris Socks photo via @sandicheekspv/Twitter

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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

Related: Chasing Grace, by Sanya Richards-Ross

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!


 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’

? made the wall! Love this new mural at the @umichtrack #thosewhostay #GoBlue

A post shared by Amanda Eccleston (@amandaeccleston1500) on

 Garrett Heath finished 6th overall (2nd American) at the Great Edinburgh XC Challenge. Coach Danny Mackey said in a Tweet, “Getting back on track after a rough 2017, nice work G$!”

 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


 Jeremy Taiwo‘s birthday is Monday, January 15. Let him know that you agree House Gryffindor is best @JeremyATaiwo

 Barbara Nwaba‘s birthday is Thursday, January 18. Wish her the best @TrackBarbie7

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