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.
Geez, don’t these people ever rest? Another week of international and domestic track meets plus some more off road action. A few bumps in the road, so to speak, for some of the athletes but also some fine performances.
Diamond League Points
No DL points for ABers in Rome but several scored in Birmingham. Mary Saxer vaulted a season best 15-1.75 in windy conditions; that was good for a second place tie and two points. Cassandra Tate followed up on a decent effort in Rome with a 54.73 in the 400H for second place and two more points; she’s currently second in the standings. In the shot, Tia Brooks hit 61-3 for third, giving her another point, and Brittany Smith took 5th.
Though he got no DL points, Jeff Porter‘s consistency was noteworthy; he got third in both meets running 13.32 in Rome and 13.27 in Birmingham. Also in Birmingham, Heather Kampf showed she’s much more than a road miler with a 4:04.50 1500, notching both a PR and an Olympic qualifier. Queen Harrison ran a quick 12.71 100H, missing out on a DL point by just .06.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
No less than four domestic meets (five if we count Vancouver) provided plenty of opportunities for some good stuff. In Nashville, Molly Beckwith-Ludlow continued her awesome season with a sub-2 (1:59.81) in easily winning at the Music City Distance Carnival; the effort puts her into the top 10 worldwide and # 3 in the US. She wasn’t the only ABer to win in Nashville. Jamie Cheever survived a headfirst dive in the water jump to take the steeple in 9:54.96 (video below) and Nicole DiMercurio won the 5k with a time of 16:17.68.
Lots of action at the Jim Bush (Hall of Fame UCLA and US international coach) Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College in Southern California. AB winners included DeeDee Trotter (52.07 400), Britney Henry (222-10 hammer toss) and Melinda Withrow (14-05.25 PV). Kind Butler ran 45.64 for 2nd in the 400 and Turquoise Thompson clocked a 57.03 for 3rd in the 400H. And in the TJ, Blessing Ufodiami took 2nd, jumping over 43 feet.
Staying in the US, the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, MA was a PR fest for ABers. Kaitlin Gregg-Goodman (15:39.27 5k), Rachel Schneider (4:31.8 mile) and Heather Wilson (4:32.7 mile) all came home with personal bests. Also under 16 minutes in the 5k were Meghan Peyton (15:56.12) and Amy Van Alstine (15:58.59). Kendra Chambers ran well in the 800, taking 4th with a 2:04.85 and Jon Peterson was again agonizingly close to running sub4 in the mile.
Liz Podominick had her best series of discus throws in her career and a new PR of 209’5″.
Today I threw the best series of my career and ended up with a new #personalbest of 63.87m (209'5"). I know I didn't do it alone and #thankful for everyone that has helped me along the way. Not done yet, there's room for improvement, but I'm on the right path!!! #forhisglory #Rio2016 #discus #NAIUSA #happy #moretocome #PR #fieldandtrack
Wait, we’re not done yet…
Crossing the border we travel to Vancouver for the Harry Jerome (Canadian Olympian at 100 and 200 meters) International Track Classic. Big throws from Riley Dolezal as he puts two over 264 feet; he’s one of just four in US to hit that distance this year. Sarah Brown delivered another win with a 4:07.67 1500. Steeplechasers Donnie Cowart (an impressive 8:27.86) and Kimber Mattox (10:02.97) both stayed dry and came away with 2nds. Brittany Borman grabbed a 2nd in the javelin with a throw of 191-11.
The title of Tyler Pennel‘s recent blogpost says it all. At the Festival of Miles in St. Louis, Tyler got his sub 4, eclipsing his PR by nearly three seconds with a 3:58.99. In the post, he notes that most casual fans will ask “Have you run a marathon and what is your mile time?” So in the last eight months, Tyler has run a marathon (2:13 debut!) and his mile time is 3:58.99. That’ll work.
We Are Still in Kansas
So they had this pole vault competition in Wichita. Eligibility was limited to Big 12 Champions or All-Americans. Seven vaulters competed in ideal conditions, which included a helping tail wind. Jack Whitt won with an outdoor best for him of 18’7″. For Jordan Scott it wasn’t so much how high he jumped (17’7”) but that he did so pain free for the first time in awhile.
Run Two of These and Call Me in the Morning
Moving off the track, and off the roads for that matter, we find Joe Gray attempting an interesting double. First up was the Vail Pass Half Marathon – he took second in that. Next was the 10K Spring Runoff – he won that in course record time. You can read his post on the events here.
Also eschewing the easy path was Maria Dalzot, who was in Pennsylvania for the Rothrock Trail Challenge. With the World Mountain Running Championships a few weeks away, she tried to take it easy; despite a few falls and ankle twists, she made it sound like her third place finish wasn’t overly taxing. Check out her account of the event in her post here.
Diamond League Comes to the East Coast
Saturday is the adidas Grand Prix on Randall’s Island in New York. At least a dozen ABers are listed as entries for the meet, which you can watch on NBC from 1-3 pm. But even before that is the Bislett Games in Oslo, airing on beIN Sports at 2 pm on Thursday, which will also feature a number of ABers.
Also, thinking ahead to the US Championships later this month, here are the Track & Field News links to men’s and women’s form charts by event: