Track Shorts 2015: Lap 21

September is a great time of year for our sport. Track season is winding down but there are still some notable meets. The weather’s a bit more hospitable so the road racing circuit gets much more active. And, the cross country season gets under way. Even with the World Championships in the rear view mirror, the first two weeks of September were quite busy.

A Cool Quarter Million

Well, $270,500 to be exact. That’s how much ABers took home in prize money for the Diamond League season, which wrapped up with meets in Zurich and Brussels. You can see everybody’s numbers here. The Swiss meet felt a little like a hangover from the World Champs – didn’t seem like most were at their best. Notable performances from ABers included a third for Tori Bowie in the 100 which also put her in third place for the season; her DL earnings for the year were $30k. Brittany Smith took fourth in the shot; she finished fifth overall in the DL. Tia Brooks in the shot and Cassandra Tate at 400H got a pair of fifths; Tia was fourth overall while Cassandra ended up fifth in the Diamond League races.

A little more than a week later, the other half of the Diamond League finals were held in Brussels. Going into the women’s 100H final, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Sharika Nelvis and Jasmin Stowers were tied with 10 points each. The snapshot below catches the race just before the finish line, with Harper-Nelson edging out Nelvis, with Stowers in third at 12.76; so Stowers ended up third for the season, taking home $34,500 in DL prize money. Stephanie Garcia ran her second fastest ever in the steeple with a 9:25.20 to take 7th. And speaking of PRs, Ryan Hill notched a big one with a 13:05.69 in the 5K, lowering his best by nine seconds.

We’ve Been Having Fun All Summer Long

Apparently no one wants to come home from Europe. We count at least seven other meets on the continent in early September with a chance to add names like Berlin, Paris, Rieti, Rovereto (Italy), Zagreb and Newcastle to your itinerary. ABers scored their share of wins at these events.  Amber Campbell took first in the HT at Rovereto, having placed second two days earlier in Berlin. Katie Mackey (1500) and Donn Cabral (steeple) got very satisfying late season wins in Paris; a few days earlier Mackey had run a decent 8:56.54 3K in Zagreb. Cassandra Tate continued her fine season with a 55.16 win in the 400H in Zagreb. Though not W’s, some other fine performances included another sub 2:00 from Chanelle Price in Berlin; her 1:59.99 shows why they time in hundredths! She stayed for another week and got a second in Paris. Erik Sowinski clocked a 1:46.91 for 3rd in the 800 in Rovereto, then added a 1:00.80 for 2nd at 500 meters in the Great North City Games in Newcastle. Also in Newcastle, Jasmin Stowers picked up a second in the 100H. Shot putter Tia Brooks hung out in Germany and got a third in Berlin and a second in Bad Kostritz (sorry, don’t have the font to faithfully reproduce the characters to accurately spell that name).

Miling Capital of the East Coast?

Check out the picture below of the home straight at the Hoka One One Long Island Mile. Yeah, I wish I had been there too. Meet director (and competitor and ABer) Kyle Merber put together some fine elite fields, a slew of community races and some extracurricular activities to create a great evening of track and field in the quiet town of Huntingdon Station, Long Island.

On the men’s side, you see David Torrence closing out the win with a fine 3:53.91; that’s ABer Garrett Heath in close pursuit – he got second in 3:54.51. Proving the event was not rigged, Merber himself was third in 3:58.38 and fellow ABer Riley Masters also broke 4:00 with a 3:59.64. In the women’s race, Amanda Eccleston narrowly beat Kerry Gallagher with a 4:29.99 (again, this is why they time in hundredths). The AB Heathers – Kampf and Wilson – were 3rd and 5th respectively.

More Miles

This time on the road. A scant four days later, the Heathers were back competing in the 5th Avenue Mile. Kampf was 4th (not a typo, she did not win this road mile, probably recovering from Hoka One One event) in 4:30.2 while Wilson was 5th in 4:31.7. Also coming back on short rest to compete in NYC were ABers Heath (8th), Merber (9th) and Masters (14th).

On the same day, the Minnesota Mile went off in Duluth. ABer Gabe Grunewald was the winner with a 4:38.0.

Road Racing

Amidst all this other action, we had the USATF 20K Championships in New Haven, CT. Jared Ward was the winner with a 59:24, edging out Sam Chelenga by a second. Just 11 seconds back in 5th was Tyler Pennel, in what was clearly a tight finish. That was Ward’s third straight USATF road title, having already taken the marathon and 25K championships this year. Neely Spence-Gracey also had a good day, running 1:08.02 for 4th in the women’s race.

Across the pond, Sara Hall competed in the Great North Run (half marathon) in Newcastle. Her 1:15.45 was good for 7th.

Not Missing a Decimal

Saturday was the International Association of Ultrarunners 100K World Championships. No decimal place, it’s 100k or 62 miles. And ABer Camille Herron is the champion, looking pretty fresh as she crosses the line in 7:08 to win by over 12 minutes. Her time is the fourth fastest ever and second all-time for an American. A former marathoner sporting a 2:37 best, she told a reporter afterwards, “I’m warming up to the idea of calling myself an ultrarunner.” Just in time I guess to be world champion.

Camille Herron wins the IAU 100K World Championships, which took place in the Netherlands on Saturday.Photo by Meijco van Velzen

Camille Herron wins the IAU 100K World Championships, which took place in the Netherlands on Saturday. hoto by Meijco van Velzen

Forward Calendar

There’s the World Mountain Running Championship in Wales this Saturday, and fall road racing and marathon season are coming up.

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