Does this describe you?: “I love the sport but it’s too damn hard to follow.” Maybe this brief regular column by AthleteBiz Board Member, Steve Fillebrown is your answer.
As we suspected, the athletes did not take the week off so neither will we. Like last week, the range of venues is trans-continental, including Asia, Africa, Europe and North America; we are not aware of any competitions in Antarctica. And, again like last week, the action is on the track, on the roads, and on the trails.
FIELD EVENTS FESTIVAL
A Thursday-Saturday setup at the Tucson Elite Classic gave competitors a chance for two bites at the apple. Hammer thrower Kibwe Johnson was game and took first on Thursday with a toss of 249-03 (#1 US, #13 World) and followed with a 246-02 on Saturday that was good for second. Likewise, Liz Podominick won the DT on Thursday with a throw of 195-06 and came back with 188-02 for second on Saturday. ABers were out in force. Winners included Whitney Ashley (193-09 DT) and Brittany Borman (198-02 JT). Other notable efforts came from Britney Henry (2nd in HT at 229-01), Riley Dolezal’s seasonal best 266-03 JT toss for 2nd, and Tia Brooks (3rd in SP at 60-5.25). Sharon Day-Monroe took advantage of the meet format to fashion her own “half” heptathlon.
RACKING UP FREQUENT FLYER MILES…AND GREAT PERFORMANCES
Five World Challenge meets in seven days on three continents. The Beijing event saw season bests from Erik Sowinski (3rd in 1:45.82 – top 20 World list), Lashinda Demus (3rd in 400H at 55.86 – 9th US list) and Gwen Berry (4th in HT with a toss of 237-1 – 2nd US list). Gwen must have gotten a plane shortly thereafter as she was in Dakar a few days later, winning this time with a throw of 228-0. Also in Senegal, Patrick Feeney just continued to roll on, winning again and dipping under 46 again in the 400 (45.88). Down in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Rachel Schneider won the 1500, getting a PR of 4:08.46.
#PonceGrandPrix puts on an amazing meet! Happy to run away with a 2-second personal best, #PonceGP meet record (apparently second fastest time on #PuertoRico soil behind Mary Slaney!), and secure the USA standard last night! Beyond grateful for all the support from @underarmour, @totalsportsus, and family & friends all over the U.S.!! Just the beginning! #Iwill #erasealldoubt #teamUA #UArun
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Also on the World Challenge schedule was the Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic. Though the weather was not inviting, Patrick Feeney seemed to enjoy himself running 32.97 in a rarely run outdoor 300. After competing in Beijing, Amanda Bingson flew 15 hours to Ostrava, taking 6th in the hammer with a throw of 232-9. The fifth World Challenge meet of the week was in Hengolo, Holland but ABers had apparently done enough travelling.
— Patrick Feeney (@Mr_FEENEY) May 26, 2015
This Just In
Jasmin Stowers did not set a PR this week. Full disclosure – she didn’t race.
Back to the Roads
Biggest race on the calendar was the Bolder Boulder 10k – nothing like a distance race at altitude. There were over 52,000 participants that were sent out in 99 wave starts; 46,542 finished. Three of those were ABers. Neely Spence Gracey got a top ten finish (7th) with her 34:36.19; Amy Van Alstine was 18th in 36:22.55. On the men’s side, Jeffrey Eggleston snuck into the top 20 (19th) with a 31:37.89. Also on the roads, Sarah Cummings, who represents the NYAC, got her reward for training all winter in the Northeast with a 28:03 win at the Spring Lake (NJ) Five Miler.
Back to the Off Roads
When we last saw Maria Dalzot, she was “Hurtin in Helena,” doing a 30k run in Montana. This week found her competing in the 100 mile, seven leg Ski to Sea relay, which includes a trail run, road run, road bike, canoe, XC bike, kayak and mountain bike. Don’t know the distance but Maria was only out there on the trail run for 24:37 so it must have felt like a sprint to her; she handed off in first place for the women, and 14th overall. Afterwards, she tweeted:
— Maria Dalzot RD (@mariadalzotRD) May 24, 2015
A lighter weekend ahead but with the Pre Classic on Friday and Saturday, we’ll still have plenty to talk about. Also rapidly approaching is the adidas Grand Prix in NYC on June 13th.