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.
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
— Sarah Brown (@SarahMB15) April 15, 2015
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.
Cool shot from @vaultermagazine at the Texas Relays. Hopefully we get some good weather at Kansas this weekend. #polevault #polevaulting #nike A photo posted by Jack Whitt (@jackwhittpv) on
“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.
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):
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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