BizBuzz: Saxer’s Big Announcements, Franklin’s Big Jumps, & Crouch’s Big Race

Photos: Mary Saxer (@marysaxer on IG) | Tori Franklin (Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports) | Sarah Crouch (@sarahcrouch1989 on IG)

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 Mary Saxer had a big weekend of announcements. On Saturday she announced her retirement from full-time competition in a heartfelt message on Facebook and Instagram, stating, “This decision took a LOT of thought. Still being very competitive & knowing how much I’ll miss defying gravity made this tough. But I listened to my heart & recognized I am so excited for what’s next!” You can read her full announcement here. As for her first “what’s next,” on Sunday, Mother’s Day, she announced that she, with spouse Justin, will be welcoming their first child in November

 Gabriele Grunewald‘s Brave Like Gabe 1224 Campaign reached their participation goal, but there is still time to be part of the event! In a post by Brave Like Gabe on Instagram, she said, “We reached our participation goal through both virtual and in-person registrants for our St. Paul event on Sunday, May 20th but we wanted to let you know that there is still a way to join the cause and run for research! We would like to extend an invite to those of you in Minnesota to come run or walk with us, our ‘expansion team’ beyond the 1224.” With the lift from the ‘expansion team’ Brave Like Gabe is seeking to maximize their research fund grant to the ACCRF, with an ultimate goal of $50,000 brought in through registrations, plus matching funds up to that amount from a generous, anonymous donor

 Sarah Crouch finished 3rd at the USA 25K Championships in a breakout performance. Throughout the event, she maintained a pace that would have been near her PR’s for respective shorter distances from 5K to Half-Marathon. After the race she said in a post on Instagram, “Today was the race I’ve been waiting for, for 4 years. I’m not done. I’m not even close to done.” Aliphine Tuliamuk of NAZ Elite notched her third straight 25K title and Emma Bates finished in the runner-up position.

 Team USA Women win team bronze at the Trail World Championships in Spain. Led by efforts from Clare Gallagher, Kaytlyn Gerbin, and Sabrina Little, who finished 8-10-12 respectively, this is the US women’s team’s first podium finish at the event, finishing third in a race that saw teams representing 50 countries across the 85K course. On the men’s side, Mario Mendoza finished as first American and 6th overall, followed close by Zach Miller who finished 8th overall, leading the way to a 4th place team finish. Read a full recap of the event, along with athlete quotes and reactions, U.S. Women’s Team Takes Bronze at the Trail World Championships on ATRA

 Tori Franklin set a new American Record for the triple jump. An article on FloTrack discussed the feat by stating, “Amid an incredible series that contained five personal-best efforts over 14.50m, Franklin broke the American record in the triple jump and set a new 2018 world lead with a massive 14.84-meter leap at the Meeting Athlétisme Guadeloupe.” Oiselle really nailed it by connecting with Tori as their first sponsored jumper, giving new meaning to their motto “fly style”

Photo by Kirby Lee | USA Today Sports


 Sydney McLaughlin ran 52.75 for the 400mH, setting a new junior world record with the 9th fastest time ever. Remember when everyone kidded how it wasn’t a fair fight between Sydney and high schoolers? Well apparently it’s unfair to college runners too

 Polina Carlson has connected with sponsor 361 Degrees. In a post to Instagram, she said, “SUPER excited to take the journey representing [361 Degrees] in Hawaii, the mainland and beyond!”

 Brad Walker has put up some pretty impressive coaching stats. The American Record Holder in the pole vault is no longer doing the jumping himself, but that has not stopped him from leading others to doing big things

 Have you seen the videos put together by ROKA Eyewear and Brooks BeastsCheck out the team video here and click the individual athlete names below for their spotlights


Happy Birthday!

 Daniella Hill‘s birthday is May 16. Send her your best @daniella_hill33

 Erin Taylor-Talcott‘s birthday is May 20. Send her good vibes @RacewalkErin

 Emily Grove‘s birthday is May 21. Send her a virtual high-five @emilyygrove

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