BizBuzz: USA Hammer Throwing ?, Gray Winning with HOKA, and More

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 Gwen Berry reclaims the hammer throw American Record. Just six days after Deanna Price pushed the record to 254-9 (77.65m) at the Iron Wood Throws meet, Gwen stepped into the ring and launched one for 255-2 (77.78m) at a meet in Chorzow, Poland. In addition to the giant throw, Berry bested Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Anita Wlodarcyzk on the day. Fun fact, Deanna Price and Gwen Berry both attended Southern Illinois University. We cannot wait to see this friendly competition keep moving through the season, as 2018 is certainly turning into the year of the hammer!

 In the final meet, in the final event, on the final day before Hayward Field’s renovation, Southern Cal’s women’s 4×4 gave us one last memorable moment. And boy was it a big one. “One of track’s simple pleasures — one runner slowing, another gaining — was playing out at Hayward Field one last time. One did not need to watch the finish to know the outcome; listening to the crowd, its screams picking up with every step Ellis took and crescendoing as she powered by a flailing Mitchell, was enough to know Ellis and USC had done it.” Read the full feature USC Women Bring the Curtain Down on Hayward Field By Clinching the National Title in Dramatic 4×400 Relay on LetsRun. Watch the race:

 Traveling and winning, that’s what Sandi Morris does. “Sandi Morris has had a good week. She won the Diamond League Pole Vault in Oslo on Thursday with 4.81. Then three days later she won the promotional Pole Vault competition in Stockholm with 4.86…Well to be precise, her week has ended better than it began as Air France lost her luggage on the way to Oslo.” Of competing twice in four days, she explained: “Sometimes I find it hard but fortunately in Oslo I didn’t have to take too many jumps because I shut down after I’d won knowing that I needed to have energy to jump today. I think I just had seven jumps in Oslo were sometimes you can have 14. Also the wind was a problem in Oslo. Seeing what happened today I think it was a good plan.” Agreed. Read the full article 2018 Bauhaus Galan Diary: Sandi Morris’ excellent week on RunBlogRun

 Juan Miguel Echevarria nearly jumped out of the pit in Stockholm. The 19-year old Cuban long jumper recorded a leap of 8.83m (nearly 29 feet), which will unfortunately not hit the record books due to the 2.1 meters/second tailwind (.1 m/s too windy to be recorded). Still, that does not stop this jump from being one of the longest of all-time under any condition.


 The siblings Gregg showed up in force for the Bellin Run. “[Brendan] Gregg finished the 42nd annual 10-kilometer race through Green Bay and Allouez in an impressive 29 minutes, 52 seconds. Meb Keflezighi, the 2016 Bellin winner, finished second with a time of 31:06. Jared Ward, at 31:19, was third for the second straight year. Risper Gesabwa won a record sixth women’s elite division title, finishing in 33:24; 2017 champ Kaitlin Goodman — Gregg’s sister — was second at 33:30.” Read the full article Bellin Run attracts over 12,000 runners for 42nd annual 10K on Green Bay Press. For Kaitlin, this effort comes just weeks after completing a Master’s in Public Health from Brown…wow ?


 Joseph Gray signs with HOKA ONE ONE. “I’ve really been wanting to align with a brand that values diversity in athletics and makes footwear that allows someone like myself to chase challenges across multiple genres of distance running. Hoka One One has a shoe for any adventure I have planned, so signing with them was the most logical decision.” Read the full release Hoka One One Signs Ashley Brasovan & Joe Gray on Competitor. In his first competition in the HOKA kit, Joseph took the podium at the GoPro Mountain Games. Not a bad start!

Click here to check out the shoe Joseph wore when crossing the finish line in Vail, the HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz on Running Warehouse

 Chelsea Sodaro cemented herself as a force in the world of elite triathlon with her first World Cup win

 Nick Symmonds is travelling to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. You can follow along with his daily journal entries and cybercasts on the Run Gum site.

 ZAP Fitness had a solid weekend racing on the East Coast. Andrew Colley and Joanna Thompson ran the Lawyers Have Heart 10K in DC, taking 1st and 9th respectively, and Tyler Pennel finished 2nd with teammate Johnny Crain coming in 4th at the Litchfield Hills Road Race in Connecticut. After the race, Pennel spoke about the importance of having Litchfield on his schedule, “It’s one of those races — my coach is from Connecticut — he was second here years ago. I beat his time, but I didn’t beat his place. He talks about it all the time. Bill Rodgers won this race, and Joanie [Samuelson]. There’s been a lot of great runners who have run it. Steve Jones. It has a historic past. It’s a little of a lower-key race to start the season.”

Happy Birthday

 Lianne Farber‘s birthday is June 12. Send her good vibes @LiFarber92

 Heather Wilson‘s birthday is June 13. Send her your best @heathawilson

 Katie Nageotte‘s birthday is June 13. Send her high-flying thoughts @ktnago13

 Tara Welling‘s birthday is June 14. Give her a virtual high-five @Tara_Welling

 Shannon Osika‘s birthday is June 15. Send her speedy thoughts @OsikaShannon

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