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Friday, 17 April 2015 15:09

Solomon Set for Mt. SAC Tomorrow

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WALNUT (USA): US top 800 m runner Duane Solomon is planning to attack a fast time in the 600m at 57th MtSAC Relays on Saturday. The World all-time best is held by his coach Johnny Gray (1:12.81 in 1986). In the 800 m entered are Erik Sowinski and Colombian record holder Rafith Rodriguez. Women's 800m could also see a fast time with Brenda Martinez and Maggie Vessey. In college 800m on Friday former World champion in the hurdles Lashinda Demus should compete. Canadian record holder in pole vault Shawn Barber is to jump on Friday. English Gardener vs Muna Lee is the 100m clash, Nigerian Olympic medalist Blessing Okagbare is entered in the 400m with Alysia Montano among others. Current World leader Aleec Harris is scheduled for the hurdles against World medalist Ryan Wilson. 
Friday, 17 April 2015 14:46

The World is Coming to Track Town!

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In a surprise decision during the afternoon session of the second day of IAAF Council meeting in Beijing, the world governing body awarded Eugene the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in the USA. The decision followed a presentation to the IAAF in recent months by Eugene, USA. The candidature of the city from the state of Oregon and USATF, who mounted a failed bid last November for the 2019 edition of the championships, uniquely combined the commitment of the funding by the governor of Oregon with the financial support of the United States Olympic Committee and the guarantee of NBC to produce and broadcast in cooperation with Universal Sports the championships live across America. 

Last year, Peter Abraham, writing for RunBlogRun noted that the Oxy Performance Classic, now the HOKA ONE ONE MIddle Distance Classic, could become one of the best meets in America. Over the past three years, the performances and the duels have captured fans of middle distance running. 
 
With HOKA ONE ONE coming on board, the investment in the meet will be upped and the performances, with the World Champs later this season, should be spectacular! Stay tuned on May 14 for this fine event! 
 
 
 
American athletes running at the 2015 HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic will compete in a meet with elevated visibility and a more than threefold increase in prize money during the critical 2015 World Championship season, USATF announced Wednesday.
 
Set for Thursday, May 14, at Occidental College in Los Angeles, the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic annually brings together hundreds of the country's top middle-distance runners early in the competitive season, providing an opportunity to post World Championship and Olympic-qualifying times.
 
With HOKA ONE ONE coming on board as title sponsor in 2015, the meet will be elevated to become part of the USATF Championship Series and will be webcast live on USATF.org. Formerly a USATF high performance developmental event, the meet has seen virtually every top American middle-distance runner compete in the last two years, including Olympic or World Championships medal winners Leo Manzano, Galen Rupp, Jenny Simpson, Matt Centrowitz, Brenda Martinez, 
Sunday, 05 April 2015 17:19

Harris Beats Richardson, Oliver at Florida Relays

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The Florida Relays in Gainesville (April 3) brought World leading marks in six events. Great high hurdles on the men's side as Aleec Harris in 13.23 (+0.6) beat two World champions, Jason Richardson (13.24) and David Oliver (13.25). Both women's sprints produced top results of 2015. In the 100 m Trinidad´s Michell-Lee Ahye 10.97 (-2.5) over Jamaican NCAA Champion Remona Burchell (11.04) and Tiffany Townsend (11.11). In the 200 m brought the first competition of the year for Tori Bowie after injury in the second half of the season last year: 22.61 (-0.3). Deanna Hill, still a junior, improved to 22.88 (+1.6) when winning another heat. In the 400 m, World leads for Kyra Jefferson and second Shakima Wimbley with both clocking 51.50 (also PBs for both). Interesting to note in other races hurdler Georganne Moline posted 52.08 PB and British sprinting talent Desiree Henry posted 53.13 PB. Chanelle Price with 2:00.62 in the 800 m is also a new World leader. In other race Jamaican Natoya Goule ran 2:01.63. And another WL for Kendra Harrison in 400 m hurdles at 54.94. In the 100 m hurdles, Bridgette Owens windy 12.75 (+2.1) over Jamaican Danielle Williams 12.91. In other race Jamaican 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Melaine Walker clocked 13.37 (+0.9) win. Interesting improvement for St. Lucia high jumper Jeanelle Scheper when clearing 195. 

Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:20

Liu Xiang to Announce Retirement

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2004 Olympic 110 m hurdles champion Liu Xiang will announce his retirement next week, according to reports in Chinese media. The 31 year old has not competed since the 2012 Olympics, where he ruptured his Achilles tendon. His coach, Sun Haiping, confirmed to Peng Pai newspaper that his star athlete would announce the end of his career with Tuesday the reported date of the announcement.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:47

More Top Athletes Set to Compete at Drake Relays

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The 106th Drake Relays to be held in Des Moines at the end of April has announced the second wave of top names for this year. In women's hurdles, Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete 

The City of Portland will play host to the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, March 11-12, USA Track & Field announced Monday.

 

The Team USA roster for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships will be chosen on the same track on which they will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, one week later. The 2016 World Indoor Championships are slated for March 18-20 at the Oregon Convention Center.

 

The indoor track stadium at the OCC will feature a new, 200-meter IAAF-certified track and will be configured to accommodate more than 7,000 spectators for the event.

 

“Having our USATF Indoor Championships in Portland will enable everyone, from athletes to local organizers, timers and event staff to have a test run for World Indoors,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “We are looking forward to hosting the best that the U.S., and the world, have to offer as we kick off the 2016 Olympic year.”

 

USATF worked with its Athletes Advisory Committee leadership on finalizing the date and location for the USATF indoor meet, which will enable athletes to remain in Portland between the two championship events if they choose to do so.

 

“TrackTown USA and the city of Portland are looking forward to an amazing two weeks of indoor track and field,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. “Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city, and Oregon is a state that loves sport, and our citizens will provide a warm and welcoming environment for both meets.”

 

Six World leading marks highlighted the final day of NCAA Championships first division as the university indoor season concluded on a high note in Fayetteville. Very special 20.19 by Trayvon Bromell in the 200m as he tied the fifth-fastest performance ever and confirmed his position #3 performer of all-time—and he's the youngest on top. Behind him, Canadian Andre de Grasse set a new national indoor record of 20.26 and ties for 5th-best performer ever. It was another World lead for Marquis Dendy, who after the long jump topped also the triple with an excellent 17.37, his overall personal best. Jamaican Omar McLeod tied the World lead of Cuban Ortega when winning the 60m hurdles in 7.45, also a national record. 

Women produced World leads in the 400m by Courtney Okolo with a 51.12 PB ahead of Taylor Ellis-Watson 51.52 PB, and Ashley Spencer who won her final in

World leading times in the 200 m heats highlighted the first day of NCAA Championships Division I champs in Fayetteville, Ark. After being disqualified in 60m heats, the World junior record holder Trayvon Bromell clocked huge 20.23 in the 200m heats WL (3rd best performer ever, 7th best performance ever). Also to note Canadian Andre De Grasse 20.55 PB (he was also dq in 60m heats). Jalen Miller with 6.54 PB was the fastest in 60m heats ahead of Jamaican Senoy-Jay Givans and Ronnie Baker, both 6.57. Also World leader in women 200m heats 22.52 PB by Jenna Prandini, with Kyra Jefferson 22.64 PB and Dezerea Bryant 22.74 also pretty fast.

Bryant was fastest in 60m heats 7.15 with Prandini also 7.15 PB, Jamaican Remona Burchell 7.16 and Jasmine Todd 7.17. In the hurdles heats fastest Jamaican Omar McLeod 7.55 and Bridgette Owens 7.94 PB with US Dior Hall 8.01 new World junior indoor record. Top action also in jumps Shawn Barber again improved the Canadian and college record to 591 in the pole vault ahead of Jake Blankenship 580 PB, great duel in long jump Marquis Dendy 828 (equaled his PB) over Jarrion Lawson 827. As expected, Michael Lihrman won the weight throw in 24.64 over Conor McCollough 24.48 PB and Chukwu Enekwechi 24.18. 

Jenna Prandini also won the long jump 665 (her third PB of the day after 60m and 200m), Cyprean Leontia Kallenou the high jump 193 national record and Kearsten Peoples weight throw 22.71 ahead of Ida Storm of Sweden 22.56 NR. Long distance winners were Eric Jenkins 13:48.36 and Emily Sisson 15:32.15 over 5000m. In the 400m heats fastest Bralon Taplin of Grenada 45.64 and Courtney Okolo 51.89. In the 800 m fastest heats Kenyan Edward Kemboi 1:48.04 and Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:02.77. Fastest in mile heats Cristian Soratos 3:57.94 and Leah O´Connor 4:34.17. German Luca Wieland is heptathlon over night leader with excellent 3472 points.

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World leading times in the 200 m heats highlighted the first day of NCAA Championships Division I champs in Fayetteville, Ark. After being disqualified in 60m heats, the World junior record holder Trayvon Bromell clocked huge 20.23 in the 200m heats WL (3rd best performer ever, 7th best performance ever). Also to note Canadian Andre De Grasse 20.55 PB (he was also dq in 60m heats). Jalen Miller with 6.54 PB was the fastest in 60m heats ahead of Jamaican Senoy-Jay Givans and Ronnie Baker, both 6.57. Also World leader in women 200m heats 22.52 PB by Jenna Prandini, with Kyra Jefferson 22.64 PB and Dezerea Bryant 22.74 also pretty fast.

Bryant was fastest in 60m heats 7.15 with Prandini also 7.15 PB, Jamaican Remona Burchell 7.16 and Jasmine Todd 7.17. In the hurdles heats fastest Jamaican Omar McLeod 7.55 and Bridgette Owens 7.94 PB with US Dior Hall 8.01 new World junior indoor record. Top action also in jumps Shawn Barber again improved the Canadian and college record to 591 in the pole vault ahead of Jake Blankenship 580 PB, great duel in long jump Marquis Dendy 828 (equaled his PB) over Jarrion Lawson 827. As expected, Michael Lihrman won the weight throw in 24.64 over Conor McCollough 24.48 PB and Chukwu Enekwechi 24.18. 

Jenna Prandini also won the long jump 665 (her third PB of the day after 60m and 200m), Cyprean Leontia Kallenou the high jump 193 national record and Kearsten Peoples weight throw 22.71 ahead of Ida Storm of Sweden 22.56 NR. Long distance winners were Eric Jenkins 13:48.36 and Emily Sisson 15:32.15 over 5000m. In the 400m heats fastest Bralon Taplin of Grenada 45.64 and Courtney Okolo 51.89. In the 800 m fastest heats Kenyan Edward Kemboi 1:48.04 and Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:02.77. Fastest in mile heats Cristian Soratos 3:57.94 and Leah O´Connor 4:34.17. German Luca Wieland is heptathlon over night leader with excellent 3472 points.

Courtesy EME News