Track Shorts 2015: Lap 7

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.


A weekend with results truly coming in from north, south, east and west. The meets all are called “Relays” but AB’ers produced a bunch of quality individual performances. The bulk of the action was at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays (Mt. SAC for short) just outside of LA, but the Michael Johnson Invitational (Texas Relays), the Kansas Relays, and the Oregon Relays also feature some great early season efforts. And, there was road work in Boston.

Brittany, Brittany, Britney…and Riley

AB javelin throwers Riley Dolezal and Brittany Borman had good days at Mt. SAC. Riley won the men’s event with a toss of 79.69/261-05; Brittany was 3rd in the women’s event, going 57.13/187-05. Another Brittany – Smith – took 2nd in the shot with a toss of 60-09.25. In the hammer throw, Britney (not to be confused with Brittany or Brittany) Henry opened strong with a 3rd place throw of 71.08/233-02, which has her in the world top ten right now.


Britney’s big throw; watch on YouTube

Miles – road or track or metric

A trio of ABers competed in the Boston Athletic Association Invitational Mile. Heather Kampf, “Queen of the Road Mile,” took second in 4:37.0 behind Dawit Seyaum’s 4:35.4. Rachel Schneider, in her first road mile, was 4th in 4:40.8 and Gabe Grunewald was 5th in 4:43.4.


Dawit Seyaum takes the BAA mile ahead of Heather Kampf and Morgan Uceny; Photo: Jane Monti/Race Results Weekly


Trackside, Sarah Brown made it clear that she’s ready for a great season with a fast 1500 win at Mt. SAC in 4:08. Looks like that early week prep work she tweeted about really paid off.


Jumping Around

In Kansas, Jack Whitt and Jordan Scott went 1-2 in the pole vault, both clearing 5.50m (18-0.5). Amy Acuff‘s leap of 1.88m (6-2) was good for first at the Michael Johnson Invitational.  At Mt. SAC, Amanda Smock and Blessing Ufodiami were first and third in the triple jump. Smock has got to be pleased with her winning jump which exceeds her best from 2014 at 13.87/45-6.25.    





“I’m still here to play”

Bridget Franek’s quote after returning to the competitive arena with a dominating 9:51 steeple win at Eugene could also apply to a couple other fine distance running performances by AB’ers. At Mt. SAC, comebacking Neely Gracey pushed the pace the whole way and finished in 15:34 for third in the 5k and the ageless legend (and AB board member) Deena Kastor continued her good spring with a win at the MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon in 1:12.49.


Bridget’s teammates Kimber Mattox and Juli Accurso also delivered a nice 1-2 in the 5K at OregonRelays in 16:12.05 and 16:15.32.


As for Monday’s big event, the Boston Marathon, the USA was well represented at the tape. Your top 5 Men and Women finishers (source):

Overall Place Name Time
7th Dathan Ritzenhein 2:11:20
8th Meb Keflezighi 2:12:42
11th Matt Tegenkamp 2:13:52
12th Jeffrey Eggleston 2:14:17
14th Nicholas Arciniaga 2:18:02


Overall Place Name Time
4th Desiree Linden 2:25:39
9th Shalane Flanagan 2:27:47
13th Adriana Nelson 2:38:47
15th Hilary Dionne 2:40:42
16th Lauren Philbrook 2:41:17

Shorter Speedier Stuff

At the shorter end of the spectrum, Brenda Martinez gave notice by adding to the surge of fast early season fast 800s by USA women with her Mt. SAC win in 2:00.83. Also at Mt. SAC, Erik Sowinski was 3rd in the men’s 800, clocking 1:47.03. Not a real active weekend for AB sprinters, but Patrick Feeney rocked the last straightaway to win the 400 at Mt. SAC with a time of 45.69 (earning a spot in the USA Relay pool at Penn) and Sanya shook out her legs with a 51.49 in Texas.


We’ll be back next week with results from two of the bigger relay carnivals – Drake and Penn.

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