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The Adrian Martinez Classic is here! So, watch The Rome DL this afternoon, and then, watch the Adrian Martinez, as they have some exciting fields! See you there!

Thursday, 02 June 2016 01:06

Cerritos, Mt. SAC Repeat as CCCAA T&F Champs 2016

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By Fred Baer, 5CTCA Associate Member Rep


SAN DIEGO -- Cerritos College and Mt. San Antonio College repeated as CCCAA Track & Field team champions at the 2016 state meet held at San Diego Mesa College, May 20-21. Both teams wrapped up the titles early, compared to their 1-point wins in 2015.


Cerritos scored 92 points, clinching the win after the 200 meters, and finishing ahead of Riverside (80) and College of the Sequoias (75 1/3). Mt. SAC scored 148 points in the men’s competition with Riverside (99) second. Modesto (63) won a tight third placed battle ahead of Sequoias (62), and American River (61).


Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:45

HOKA ONE ONE Olympic Trials, NCAA Activities

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Well, it all begins!


Please find our flyer for the Hoka One One Endurance Crossroads Clinic. We have a fine group of speakers and if you could help us get the word out that would be fantastic!


My next note to you will be on the Multitude of Activities Hoka One One has planned for the Trials and the NCAAs! They will include the following:


• “Rock the Blockæ Take Over of Villard St. with Hoka One One occupying the WDC footprint, the Growler USA footprint, and the Hoka One One Sky Box!


• Ross and RunnerSpace working with me on the "Last Round Lounge" presentation at the WDC Post Meet! Especially on the HOKA Nights (July 1st, 4th and 9th).


• 4 FREE “Power Hour Coaching AM Coaching Clinics” supported by Coaches Choice and Accusplit. Refreshments will be included (Health Warrior, SOS Hydration, etc.) and we’ll feature the ICONS of USA T&F. Coaches contacted include Harry Marra, Lance Harter, Jeremy Fisher, Ralph Lindemann, and Mike Holman. Dates scheduled are: July 2, 3, 7, & 8.


• Olympic Legends Night will be July 4 with Reynaldo Brown, John Carlos, Ed Caruthers, plus many others!


• Hoka One One Retail Store in Glass Room next to WDC footprint.


• Front Sidewalk covered with Mondo Super X product.


The Wild Duck will also be providing a Free Bottle of Champagne to any Olympic Trial Winner who shows up at the WDC!


I’ll detail this out for you for release next week, and periodically until July 9!


Working together, we will make this happen Bigger and Better than ever (which is saying something!!)


Hoka One One- Time to Fly … to Rio!



Yours Through the Spirit of Track and Field,


“Peanut” Harms


Ambassador of Fun, Excitement,

and Enjoyment at Track Meets in Eugene.

Mystical Running Cult Guidance Counselor 

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 22:40

Sierra Gold Masters Track Meet

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 20:31

Giving Back at Big Bear Track Club

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By Mark Winitz
U.S. track and field middle distance standout Brenda Martinez was always club oriented. Despite her parents' instructions not to, even before she entered elementary school, the precocious youngster would run down the streets of Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California to visit her friends. So, when Martinez was five years old her parents put her in a youth track club, the West Coast Gazelles, to keep her off the roads, on track, and safely occupied after school. The Gazelles ran their workouts on the oval at Rancho Cucamonga High School, which Martinez subsequently attended. And, to this day the 2013 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 800 meters maintains her passion for running with a club.
The sub four minute mile has been one of our sport's holy grails. The 1300 men who have broken the mark are most respected in the U.S. and GBR. At Oregon, Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger developed many. Lindsay Rossmiller, writing for RunBlogRun, wrote about the Sub 4 Reunion held on Friday night, May 28. Here's her story.
Prior to the only U.S. stop on the IAAF Diamond League in the western hemisphere, a group of former athletes familiar with Hayward Field met a block away from the Prefontaine Classic. Nine men who ran sub-four minute miles from 1956-1970 for the University of Oregon had a reunion and the Oregon Track Club invited the public to attend.
Jm Bailey (3:58.6, 1956), Keith Forman (3:58.3, 1962), Jim Grelle (3:59.9-1962), Archie San Romani (3:57.6, 1964), Roscoe Divine (3:59.1, 1966), Wade Bell (5:39.8, 1966), Arne Kvalheim (3:59.4, 1967), Dave Wilson (3:56.2, 1967) and Steve Savage (3:58.2, 1970) all broke the four minute mile barrier under famed Oregon coach Bill Bowerman. Eleven of his runners would break the barrier, including Dyrol Burleson (3:58.6, 1960) who couldn't attend for health reasons, and Steve Prefontaine (3:57.4, 1970).
On Friday, friends, families, teammates, and the community were in attendance to hear their stories and see for themselves men who belong to a club more exclusive than those who have climbed Mount Everest. They greeted old teammates, signed autographs, and generally reveled in the occasion while the first floor of the Jaqua Center on the University of Oregon campus was full of people asking questions and asking for autographs.
When the time came for the program and not everyone could see, organizers suggested the idea of moving the men to the second level of the open air lobby, but it was quickly met by protests that some could no longer climb the stairs.
Current Oregon Track Club Elite members Andrew Wheating and Tom Farrell emceed and prompted each with questions. They told stories, shared memories, and still included some ribbing amongst each other.
"I thought [Jim Grelle] would do it before I did. I'm surprised it took him so long," said Keith Forman. (Grelle broke it April 28, 1962. Forman was May 26, 1962.)
Wade Bell described having a photo on his wall of Dyrol Burleson defeating Stanford's Ernie Cunliffe in the first sub-four mile at Hayward Field. He explained that, "the reason I even came here was to run a sub-four minute mile." Bell said he still has that photo.
Wilborn agreed that the ultimate goal and reason for milers to attend Oregon was to break that barrier. Two sets of them set world records in the 4xMile relay and six were eventual Olympians.
"I had some of the best milers in the world as my teammates," said Wilborn.
Arne Kvalheim was the best in Northern Europe before coming to the U.S.. The Norwegian joked about coming to Oregon only to find he had at least three teammates that were better than him.
Jim Bailey, the oldest of the group and will turn 87 this week, still has his Australian accent. He admits, "I had a lot of attention at University, and then went on into oblivion." Bailey was the first person to run below four minutes on American soil and the crowd appreciated his description of exactly what happened during his race when no one expected him to beat his countryman, John Landy.
To be part of this group, is something special. Over the years, they have stayed in touch and periodically gathered as a full group. All together in a group, they still act like teammates. They have stayed connected and know each other's families.
Connor Divine, Roscoe Divine's son, said, "It's nice to see the guys." He's grown up with them and even refers to Kvalheim like an uncle.
And while they come from different eras, they are still connected by their achievements, their coach and their alma matter.
"I feel a connection to anyone who's ever come to Oregon and run for Oregon," said Wilborn speaking to Wheating, a 2010 alum and also a sub-four miler.
Steve Savage explained, "[the sub-four mile] is something you have on your resumé for the rest of your life.
By Larry Eder,
In a race that portends Rio, but also shows the continuing growth of our sport, Mo Farah was challenged by William Sitonik Malel with 250 meters to go, and won, going away, over the last 75 meters, in 26:53.71, the second best time ever by a British athlete. It also should be noted that Mr. Farah owns the first best time by a Briton as well!
The 10,000 meters, is, I believe, the cruelest race on the track. Twenty-five laps of running close to one's limit, and then, a final, bone crushing kick to the finish, where one can win, or loose by mere hundredths of a second.
Mo Farah has run three 10,000 meter races at the Pre classic. Seventy-five laps around Hayward Field, and he has won all three events. He has intimate knowledge of this track surface and intense confidence in his ability to run any tactic and race anyone in the world.
The race began, as it ended: fast and furious. A first lap of 63.4, lead by German Fernandez of the US, had Fernandez leading through 1600 meters in 4:18.2. The first kilometer was passed in 2:43, and the second, in 2:42, with the kilometer time at two clicks coming in at 5:25.
Mo Farah was in second, just taking a survey of the runners and his world. Three kilometers was hit in 8:01, and nothing really changed, except that there were twelve men in the top pack and all capable of running 27:20 or faster.
Two miles passed in 8:35.5 and the pack was running fast. Mo Farah was running second, but between three kilometers and five kilometers, the pacer took the field through 2:42-2:43 kilometer pace, hitting 5000m in 13:23.2 (a bit off the late Steve Prefontaine's last time here in 1975).
The pack up front looked like one of those centipedes run by the Aggies at the SF Bay to Breakers. Everyone running in unison, arms pumping, legs lifting as they ran 63-64 second pace each lap!
Mo Farah seemed to take a nap after 5000 meters, dropping to seventh, then, moving back up to second. I think, after having watched him in ALL of his twenty-five–lappers, Mr. Farah takea bit of a mental break just before the race gets tiresome.
And there were many runners trying to dethrone Mo Farah. Nichol Kosembei tried to build up a bit of a lead after six kilometers, passed in , passsed in 16:08.3. Kosembei lead as long as the pack wanted him too, and they swallowed him up.
8000 meters was passed in 21:25, and the pack was at nine. Mo Farah looked great, and he was trying to save, in this writer's mind, movement and energy. Lots of energy being wasted as various Kenyans, Ethiopians tried to move on Mo Farah, and quite frankly, they could not.
As the race got to the three laps to go mark, Mo Farah was restless. So was Kosimbei, who made a monster move, only to fall back and finish seventh.
It came down from Tola, Sitonik, Sambu and Farah. The pretenders to the throne and the king, battle to the end.
Mo began to string the field out with about 600 meters to go, and it looked like the Mo Farah playbook. But William Sitonik Malel had another idea.
With 250 meters to go, Malel took the lead from Mo Farah, Malel's white uniform in stark contrast to Mo's blue uniform. William Sitonik Malel looked like the real thing as he passed 9800 meters, and still leading at 9900 meters.
But that only motivates Mr. Farah.
Coming off the turn, using the muscle memory he has developed over the past years, Mo Farah charged by William Sitonik Malel, as if standing still, to win in 26:53.71, with Mr. Malel in 26:54.66.
Then came the procession.
Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia in 26:57.33, and Stephen Sambu in 26:58.25.
All in all, eight men under 27 minutes, nineteen under 28 minutes, and another example of why Mo Farah is the finest distance racer of his generation.
Mo Farah realizes that, in the blink of an eye, he can go from first to second. And he does not like that second place feeling.
Now, it’s on the road to Rio for Mo Farah and his challengers.

For the third year in a row, the very elite of American distance runners are descending on Concord, Massachusetts for the Adrian Martinez Classic, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. High Performance races in the 800m, 5000m and Mile are part of a unique track event that also offers community mile races for all ages, as well as two races featuring local unified track athletes. The eighth edition of the Martinez Classic, scheduled for Thursday June 2nd at Emerson Field in Concord, will truly live up to its billing as a meet with races for all ages and abilities and, as the Boston Globe headlined in its 2015 report, "A track meet like no other."

LOS ANGELES (5/20/16, USATF)-- Meet records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase fell Friday night as 64 athletes met the Olympic Trials standard in middle distance events ranging from 800 to 5,000 meters at the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic. All races are available for free, on-demand viewing on USATF.TV.  The weather was perfect for top times across the board, along with a packed Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College, as American record holder Evan Jager highlighted the night’s top performances.

Meet Wrap-Up by Fred Baer


American River College and College of the Sequoias won respective men’s and women’s titles at the Northern California Track & Field Championships Saturday (May 14), which determined finalists for the 2016 California Community College Athletic Association Championships at San Diego Mesa College, May 20-21.



American River won the men’s championship with 180 1/2 points, ahead of College of the Sequoias (103), Modesto JC (100), Hartnell (53 1/2), and Santa Rosa JC (44 1/2).



Although College of the Sequoias came into the meet as the USA community college leader in the 4 x 100 meter relay, Modesto JC won in 40.72 seconds, with Diablo Valley second (41.21) and COS third (41.41). 


Isiah Johnson of Sequoias was an upset winner in the 400 meters in 47.83 as his state leading teammate Ohdel James ran with a taped quad and managed just fifth in 48.57. James has run 46.56 (No. 2 nationally) and Johnson is No. 7 at 46.97 this year. Johnson ran a 47.1 anchor on the COS winning 4 x 400 meter relay (3:12.88)


The distance races had close finishes. Conor Wells of American River won the 1,500 meters in 3:55.02 by a hair over Tyler Daugherty (3:55.11) of Merritt. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Joseph Esparza of Redwoods ran 9:44.29 to edge Donald Plazola (9:44.41) of American River. ARC’s Abdul Hamid took the 5,000 meters in 15:11.24, ahead of Jason Intravala (15:16.17) of Chabot. Hamid is the state season leader in both the 5K (14:31.13) and 10K (30:48.11) -- and won the NorCal title at the longer distance the previous weekend.


In the 110 meter hurdles, James Traylor of CCSF won a duel with Leroy Elliott of Chabot over the last two hurdles, improving his state No. 3 ranking time to 14.39, while No. 4 ranked Elliott also improved to 14.51.


Donovan Wallace of Modesto JC doubled in the 100 meters (10.34) and 200 meters (20.63), beating Holland Cabara of Sequoias in both races. Wallace ranks second in the state in both sprints, 10.27 in the 100 and now 20.63 in the 200.


In the 800 meters, Gerardo Castro of CCSF, ranked No. 2 nationally at 1:50.19, led all the way to win in 1:51.95. Chabot’s Conner Mckinnon ran 1:52.60 to just nip American River’s Steven Hill (1:52.69) for second.


Treshon Woods of American River improved his best in the 400 meter hurdles by more than two seconds to win in a state season best 52.11 over early race leader Chris Green of Sequoias (52.94), who hit the ninth hurdle and settled for second place.



College of San Mateo’s Alvin Sung was a big winner with a javelin throw of 194 feet, ahead of Haile Filmon (179-7) of San Jose. Sung took over the state lead among active athletes headed to the state finals.


Daniel Roberts of Modesto won both the discus throw, 179-0, and the hammer throw, 208-3. He leads the state in both events this season with respective marks of 183-7 and 209-3. Ryan Donnahoe of Yuba won the shot put at 52-10 3/4 – where he is the state season leader at 58-2 1/2.


The long jump had the closest field contest. American River teammates Austin Collier and James Dudley both reached 23-11 1/2 but Collier getting the win with the better second effort. Bryce Huggins of Sequoias was a half inch back in third place. Tristan Meye of De Anza took the triple jump at 48-0 3/4, ahead of Modesto’s Donovan Wallace (47-11 3/4).


The two remaining field events had dominant victors -- Domunique Stewart of Shasta in the high jump at 6-10 1/4 (No. 2 in the state this year) and Michael Fancey of San Joaquin Delta in the pole vault at 15-5 3/4. Fancey ranks second in California with his season best 15-9 3/4.



Sequoias won the team championship with 131 points, followed by Fresno (89), American River (84), Modesto (78), and De Anza (63).



Strangenae Campbell of Diablo Valley upset USA community college 100 meter leader Moesha Davidson of Fresno by .01 in 11.60 seconds. Davidson has run 11.36 this year and Campbell ranks second at 11.42. In the 200, Campbell led all the way to win in 23.69, best in California this year and No. 4 nationally.


Meleni Rodney of Sequoias, national leader in the 400 meters at 53.89, won that event easily in 55.49 ahead of Mariama Hilburn (57.38) of Laney and also anchored the COS 4 x 400 meter relay that won in 3:57.90. Diablo Valley, anchored by Campbell, was second in 3:58.39.


The top three finishers in the 1,500 meters beat the previous state season best of 4:38.85. Malena Grover of Hartnell won the sprint to the finish in 4:35.47, ahead of Santa Rosa’s Erica Ruiz (4:36.25) and former state leader Micayla Rennick of American River (4:37.47).


Cicelya Beard of San Joaquin Delta took the 800 meters in 2:17.17, just edging Rennick (2:17.95). Rennick ranks No. 2 in the state this year at 2:14.69 and Beard is No. 5 at 2:16.46.


Jenica Dodge of American River added the 5,000 meters title (17:35.57) to the 10K crown she had won the previous week. Grover was second in 17:46.32. Dodge and Grover rank 1-2 in the state and 2-3 nationally in both long races.


Michele Perez-Lopez of De Anza took the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:41.07.  She is the state leader at 11:25.22 and ranks No. 3 nationally.


Deshaunda Morrison of Sequoias won the 100 meter hurdles in 13.53, just .01 off her former national leading mark of 13.52 (which was bettered last week in 13.43 by Danielle Riggins of Iowa Central CC). Morrison improved her state leading time in the 400 hurdles to win in 62.75 over Santa Rosa’s Stephanie Fernandez (63.84).


Sequoias won both the 4 x 100 relay (45.75) and 4 x 400 relay (3:57.90). The 4 x 100 time improves the Giants state lead and ranks No. 4 nationally.

--Morrison ran the third leg on the 4 x 100 relay and also placed second in the long jump (18-7 3/4).



Moesha Davidson of Fresno was a double winner in the long jump (19-2 1/2) and triple jump (38-8 1/4).


Melody Harris of Fresno improved her own state leading and No. 2 national mark in the javelin throw to 154 feet, 3 inches to beat Santa Rosa’s Julia Grimm (137-7), who moved up to No. 4 in the U.S. rankings.


Brandy Williams of Diablo Valley took the shot put at 45-11 1/4, improving upon her state No. 2 ranking. Anya Tonga of De Anza won the discus throw at 142-4 and ranks second in the state with her season best of 148-9.


In the high jump, Julia Grimm of Santa Rosa got the win over Petrice Beattie of Diablo Valley, clearing 5-3 1/4 on her first attempt, while Beattie needed a second try.


The pole vault was even closer, with three clearing 10-9 1/2 -- but Alexandria Clausen of Fresno getting the win on a second attempt clearance. The other two needed a third try. Amber Flores of Modesto placed second and Alexis Babbes of American River third (based upon a further countback).


Imani Bierly of Yuba took the hammer throw at 159-3.


Winners of the Northern California track and field athletes of the year in voting by coaches:

Women’s Track Athlete: Strangenae Campbell, Diablo Valley College

Women’s Field Athlete: Moesha Davidson, Fresno CC

Men’s Track Athlete: Donovan Wallace, Modesto JC

Men’s Field Athlete: Daniel Roberts, Modesto JC


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