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Jeff Benjamin wrote this piece about the upcoming Tracktown Summer Series, being held in Palo Alto (June 29), Portland (July 2) and finally, New York (July 6). Here's Jeff's story about the series in 2017. We encourage you to attend the meets!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 02:21

Sandi Morris: The View From 5.00 Meters

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By Dave Hunter

 

When Sandi Morris sailed over 5.00 meters/16’5” in last year’s Diamond League pole vault final in Brussels, she became only the third woman in history to conquer that mythical height. It was a clearance that clinched for Morris Track & Field News’ #1 world pole vault ranking and was the perfect capper for Morris’ 2016 breakout year. It was quite a year indeed for the young South Carolina native who just four years earlier was a bundle of unharnessed potential utilizing unrefined technique to clear 4.15 meters/13’ 7¼”.

By Dave Hunter

 

Clayton Murphy’s proven middle distance range combined with his unparalleled progression over the past 4 years has sparked much speculation over which event he would elect to race in this month’s upcoming USATF outdoor track & field championships. Would he run the 800 meters where his 1:43.60 clocking earlier this April is the #1 world-ranked performance this year? Or might he step up to the 1500 meters where he has demonstrated great potential and his 3:51.99 in the Bowerman Mile two weeks ago is the American leader and is tied for #5 on the world leader board? 

By Dave Hunter

 

On the eve of the 2017 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA and Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon, was relaxed and smiling as he watched scores of hopeful athletes get their final warmups in at Hayward Field. Fueling his upbeat spirits is Lananna’s optimism about the present state and likely trajectory of American track & field. The architect of so many the sport’s advancements is comfortable reflecting on the evolution of the NCAA championship gathering. “I grew up in a period of time when you had a men’s program only. So when [the NCAA first recognized women’s track & field in 1985] and combined the championships, I looked at it from a practical perspective. As I was coaching just men, I knew the guys would get more rest,” recalls Lananna. “But I also remember being really intrigued and enthralled by the fact that the women athletes were really good. And with the events developing – the pole vault, the triple jump, the steeplechase, and the hammer, events that women didn’t do – the progression was terrific.”

Andre De Grasse took advantage of a huge following wind in Stockholm at the sixth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season to run a faster 100m than he has ever previously managed, his 9.69 comfortably topping this year’s world list, albeit annulled for record purposes by the 4.8m/s of wind assistance at his back, way in excess of the allowable limit of 2.00m/s.

Will the Bislett Stadium witness its first 2.40m high jump? Can home athletes Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karsten Warholm make the most of events showcasing their rising talents? Will Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya maintain her now customary dominance over two laps? All will become clear at the Oslo Bislett Games on Thursday (15), the fifth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season.

ISTAF presents a glittering array of stars including Renaud Lavillenie, Christoph Harting and Innovation for the Fans - Two great stars of track and field have confirmed that they will be competing in this year's ISTAF on August 27 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium: Renaud Lavillenie of France, world record holder in the pole vault, and Berlin's very own Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting will be aiming for honours in the most prestigious German athletics meeting of the year. The ISTAF organisers will also be providing an innovative feature for the fans with a stage constructed above one of the bends as the athletes run underneath, creating the effect of going through a tunnel.

RunBlogRun asked Paul Halford to write a blog each week. This is his first column. We will call it UK Athletics Diary. Paul was a long time contributor to Athletics Weekly and will provide us with an inside view on the birthplace of modern athletics.

This is an exclusive interview with Clayton Murphy with David Hunter. David Hunter has written several pieces on Clayton Murphy on RunBlogRun. We look forward to watching Clayton Murphy race at the USATF Champs in Sacramento.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nine USATF athletes will enter the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento with a leg up on the competition as wildcard selections for the IAAF World Championships.

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