BizBuzz: Deanna’s Huge Throws, Hudgins’s AM Shakeout, & Michta-Coffey Goes Big 4-0

Photos: Deanna Price (@Juice_Lambert on Twitter) | Brandon Hudgins (@bhudgnasty on Instagram) | Maria Michta-Coffey (Nick Christie on Facebook)

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News & Notes

 Deanna Price launched a huge throw, setting a new American Record for the Hammer. “DeAnna Price had every reason to believe she was going to do something special when she stepped into the hammer ring at the Iron Wood Throws meet Saturday, but she still managed to put herself in a spot where she could be surprised by the American Record 254-9 (77.65) that came on her second throw.” Price is quietly having a huge season, having already thrown twice over 77 meters, besting the previous mark of 76.77m set by Gwen Berry in May of last year. Read the full article American Record Hammer By DeAnna Price on Track & Field News

 Nesta Carter’s appeal to reinstate gold medals to his 2008 Jamaican Olympic relay teammates, including Usain Bolt, was denied. This decision comes after the 2016 analysis of Carter’s sample from those Games by the IOC, testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine, which stripped the 4×100 team of their medals. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it, “could not accept any of the arguments raised by Nesta Carter contending that the test results should be ignored or the IOC (disciplinary) decision should otherwise be overturned for certain alleged failures.” An article on the AP states, “The verdict was expected, and spoils Bolt’s perfect Olympic career of three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 at three consecutive games in 2008, 2012 and 2016.” Read in full, CAS ruling in Olympic doping case takes Bolt’s 9th medal on AP News

 Brandon Hudgins connected with Mario Fraioli on the morning shakeout podcast. “In this episode we dive into Hudgins’ story and how he got into running, learn what vasculitis is and how he’s adapted to living with it, speculate on what he thinks he could have run if he weren’t dealing with the disease, talk about how he’s worked through periods of anxiety and depression related to his illness, discuss who is exciting him in running today and what’s upsetting him about the sport, and much, much more.” Listen to Episode 16 with Brandon Hudgins on the morning shakeout

Related: Going the Distance, by Brandon Hudgins

 Reid Buchanan and Craig Lutz ran really fast miles. Both finishing with a time of 3:54 with hundredths of a second between them, they finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in a group of 11 runners to go sub-4 at the Santa Barbara State Street Mile. The event, which has benefited the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program since 2000, was started in 1983, “as a grassroots race organized by local runners seeking the thrill of running a downhill mile through Santa Barbara’s scenic downtown corridor.” Read more at State Street Mile Racers Make Short Work of Santa Barbara’s Annual Downhill Run on Noozhawk

 May 30 was the 43rd anniversary of the passing of Steve Prefontaine. Galen Rupp connected with Getty Images Foto to reflect on the life and legacy of Pre. “Pre did so much to elevate the sport of track and field, and he captured the imagination of so many people around the world. But he also had a special, intimate relationship with the Eugene community.” See the vivid imagery with Rupp’s comments in the feature Steve Prefontaine, Through the Eyes of Olympian Galen Rupp

Related: My Letter from Pre, by Jack Wickens


 Maria Michta-Coffey continues to blow the doors off USA racewalking, earning her 40th (WHAT?!) National Title.

 Christian Taylor ran a really fast 400. At the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Hengelo, Taylor, who is world-renowned for his triple jump, finished 4th in the 400 meters, running a personal best of 45.07.

 Karnell Vickers crushed the George Relays

 The Book Club Track Club released their fourth episode on June 1, a discussion of Deena Kastor’s book Let Your Mind Run. Listen here

Related: The Hardest Run of My Life; excerpt from Let Your Mind Run, by Deena Kastor

 Sandi Morris released an inside look at her life as an athlete in the short docu-bio Be More

Reasons to Celebrate

 Kendra Chambers completed her Masters Degree of Education in Sports Management. “I worked on assignments during track meets (with the help of WiFi) all over the country and world & in between a move across the country, hard practices & terrible travel days.” Well earned, congratulations Kendra!

Graduation 2018 Ms. Chambers, M.Ed. - Last week I completed my last course and in August I’ll accept my Masters Degree of Education in sports management! I took a few grad shots for family and friends & thought I’d share my story! - My masters degree was such a hard decision for me to commit to. I’ll be honest at the end of 2016 I was so focused on running but I knew my career path wasn’t what I wanted it to be off the track and I had to put it on hold to continue running. But in reality I was panicking I had always had school or a job so I felt uneasy and felt like I wasted a lot of TIME. I needed to be challenged and I craved purpose and security! You decide what you do everyday with your time and resources. I had to stop waiting for someone to tell me what’s next. I worked on assignments during track meets (with the help of WiFi) all over the country and world & in between a move across the country, hard practices & terrible travel days. - Somehow I got it done and I’m thankful that my school allowed me the flexibility to do so with my online graduate program. Thankful for those who helped me get through some tough times and gave me amazing jobs, internships and recommendations along the way. It wasn’t easy but so worth it! @northcentral_u

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 Mary Saxer‘s next big announcementIT’S A BOY!

 Amber Campbell‘s birthday is June 5. Send her a virtual high-five @USAHammerHottie

 Jeff See‘s birthday is June 6. Give him your best @jeffsee_

 Tynita Butts‘s birthday is June 10. Send her good vibes @FlyinStallion

 Lianne Farber‘s birthday is June 12. Send her well-wishes @LiFarber92

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