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The Payton Jordan Invitational is a day and night of fast races, where many open their seasons. For the elite, it is a perfect place to get a qualifier for the Olympic or World Champs. For the college athlete, it is a good place to get a mark or a race in before the conferences start.
 
I am here for many reasons. For me, the Payton Jordan invitational is about seeing many of my athlete friends for the beginning of the season. But the big reason I go?
 
I have the funniest, most cerebral crowd of any meet in the world. Sitting down about the 100 meter start is the place to be. For nearly two decades, the ASICS Aggies have made this meet their opening of the season and a time to laugh, tell stories, snack and, did I say, tell stories?
 
The ASICS Aggies are a club that could only have been born in Northern California. Starting out at UC Davis, the club includes road racers, tracksters, and runners of all shape and sizes. It has always been about racing hard, training hard and having lots of fun.
 
The ASICS Aggies are a colorful club, yes, but they are also a club with great traditions and a ton of championships at regional, state and national championships, especially in cross country.
 
At the Payton Jordan, it is always about having fun, enjoying the competition and giving respect (which means standing up, applauding fine performances) to some of the races and competitors on the track.
 
Truth is, most of the Aggies have been where the athletes on the track are. Most of us stay through the first 10,000 meter sections for men and women, which means you are watching track from as early at 10 AM until, well, for example, right now, I am watching the last heat of the 10,000 meters for women.
 
Tonight, the most fun was the men's 10,000 meters as Bernard Lagat was making his debut. The bemedaled, well loved and respected 41 year old was hoping to see how he would fare over twenty-five laps of a 400 meter track.
 
Running 67-68 second laps, and hitting the 5000 meters in 14:03, Lagat was part of a front pack that included Sam Chelanga, and Sugaru Osaku. For Bernard, whose muscle memory goes back nearly thirty years, it was about breaking Sugaru Osaku over the last 800 meters, and using a fine 57.04 to win the race with a last lap that had all of the speed in the last 200 meters.
 
"2016 will be my last year at the elite level" a smiling Lagat told the media. I congratulated him, knowing full well that I picked Bernard with the Aggies picking winners 20 minutes into the race. Lead by a character indigenous to Aggie happenings known as "Tuna", the boisterous comments had us laughing to the point of crying, and the race was just an example of the to and fro that this crowd provides at a meet.
 
The meet is named in honor of the late Payton Jordan, long time coach for Stanford Track & Field, after he competed here. Payton Jordan was dear to me, as he wrote us letters of congratulations when we started American Atheltics in 1989 and again, in 1998, when we relaunched Cal Track & Running News.
 
It is also a meet, each year, where my brother, Brian shows up, and we get to relax and watch a track meet together. We cover about thirty meets and road races live each year, and this one is different.
 
Sara Lahti, of Global Sport, (Sweden) has her own crowd, as well as a top runner from Mexico being cheered in Spanish. It is all part of this night of athletics. The cool clear night makes Stanford, for this night each year, a place where runners from dozens of countrys attend, to chase fast times. For Sarah Lahti, in the section 2, she runs a fine 31:54.87, as she charged around the track for the last 3200 meters, all by her lonesome! Sarah ran 71.4 on her last lap, setting a new Swedish record! Sara Slattery was third in 32:13.03.
 
One can read all of the results tomorrow, on the website. Right now, I am enjoying the sounds of Swedish behind me, watching Sara Slattery leading the final race of the night, the 10,000 meters, as the exhausted announcers provide lap by lap announcements after fourteen hours of track and field!
Oh, what a wonderful night.
 
Off to Doha tomorrow, your athletic pilgrim starts his journeys for 2016, as always, searching for the perfect athletics meet, athletics crowd and athletics eatery.

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 28, 2016 – NBCSN presents live coverage of “USA vs. the World” at the Penn Relays this Saturday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the Drake Relays presented by HyVee at 3 p.m. ET. The Penn Relays and Drake Relays are part of the USA Track & Field Championship Series.

Coverage from the Penn Relays at Franklin Field includes the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay. Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin leads Team USA in the men’s competition, with four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross headlining the women’s team along with Olympic gold medalist Carmelita Jeter

NBCSN’s coverage of the Drake Relays includes the men’s 400m featuring Olympic gold medalists LaShawn Merritt of the U.S., and Kirani James of Grenada. Additional events include:

  • Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Aries Merritt facing 2013 World Champion David Oliver in the men’s 110m hurdles 
  • 2013 World Champion Brianna Rollins facing off against 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson in the women’s 100m hurdles
  • Olympic silver medalist Will Claye in the men’s triple jump
  • 2011 World Champion Jenny Simpson in women’s 1500m
  • 2016 World Indoor Champion Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL QB Randall Cunningham, in the women’s high jump

Paul Swangard hosts coverage of the Penn Relays, joined by Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien, three-time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams and Carolyn Manno at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Penn

Tim Hutchings handles the call for the Drake Relays from Des Moines, Iowa, joined by four-time Olympic medalist Ato BoldonLewis Johnson, and Todd Harris.

NBC Sports Live Extra

NBCSN’s coverage of the USA Track and Field Penn Relays and Drake Relays will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all matches via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

Monday, 25 April 2016 18:39

‘Street Meet’ to Debut in Heart of Boston

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World Record-holders to Highlight adidas Boost Boston Games June 17-18 BOSTON, Mass. (April 25, 2016)—The adidas Boost Boston Games, a two-day festival featuring a fan-friendly track event and the city’s first-ever “street meet,” will debut on June 17-18, organizers announced today.

Friday, 22 April 2016 16:30

HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic on May 20!

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The Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic will take place again on 20 May at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles, informs USATF. Standout early entrants include Morgan Uceny in the 1500m and Cam Levins, who's on the entry-list for the 1500m and 5000m. The event will be aired on USATF.tv. Meet details available HERE.

 

The HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic is a very important event. In the early 1990s, when the Santa Monica Distance Classic was running, Stan Mavis, then at Pearl Izumi, and I began conversations about a series of meets around the country like Oxy. I stayed up all night to watch it from Doha last year! —Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com

Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:09

Boris Berian: How Did Nobody Catch Me?

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Last month Boris Berian struck world indoor 800m gold with a classic front-running display. The American tells us how he went from flipping burgers to the top of the world.

Sister act

Born and raised in Colorado Springs to an Afro-American dad and German mother, Boris Berian was inspired to run by his older sister, Leslie. A nine-time state champion, his 400m sprinting sibling left a lasting impression on kid brother.

“It was my sister that made me decide I wanted to run,” admits Berian, who began his own athletics journey aged 12. “I went to lots of her meets and I loved watching her run.”

4 X freak out

He started out as a 100m and 200m sprinter, but in high school he stepped up to the 400m. It proved an inspired decision as he secured state titles, topping out with a blistering 46.9 in his senior year. Yet, his head had already been turned by this thing, this thing called the 800m.

“My coach randomly threw me in a 4x800m relay race in my junior years,” explains Berian. “I definitely ran a slow time, but I actually enjoyed it. People think I’m crazy to like the 800m more than the 400m, but I feel like it is easier than the 400m.

“I got way more nervous [running the 400m]. Mentally, the 400m freaks me out. It was a painful race for me.”

School’s out

Berian’s star potential became immediately apparent when still a freshman (first year) student at Adams State University, where he won both the indoor and outdoor 800m NCAA Division II titles in 2012.

Yet, a glittering college career did not materialise. After struggling to adapt to the academic rigors of his college he opted to quit school in the spring of 2014.

“I never really liked school,” he says. “It wasn’t for me. I never took it seriously.”

But Berian’s track ambitions never wavered. He took a job at McDonalds and began training alone on a track made of dirt. He barely competed the whole year.

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Monday, 11 April 2016 18:52

How Fast Will Kendra Harrison Go?

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How Fast Will Kendra Harrison Go?

 

Kendra Harrison had a rough race in the 60m hurdle final in Portland at the World Champs.

 

What a difference 40 meters and a month make.

 

Running at the Spec Townes Invitational, Kendra Harrison ran 12.36, not only a world leader, but the fastest time ever for a hurdler in her yearly debut!

 

I tweeted Kendra and congratulated her on the race. I asked her one question, how did she feel? did she know she was running fast?

 

Kendra told me that she hit two hurdles and still ran that fast! Think about that! In the one of the most competitive events in track & field, Kendra Harrison has started off her 2016 season in a screamingly fast fashion.

 

Successful hurdle racing requires two different skills, sprinting and hurdling. Mastering them takes years for some. The U.S. has, for 2016, six of the top ten in the world. Who will make it through Eugene? That waits to be seen, but know this, Kendra Harrison is on her way to some very fast times for 2016.

 

Some have suggested that the WR of 12.21 could be in danger. One thing is clear to me, if Kendra Harrison can get those last two hurdles in control, she should go very, very fast.

 

Stay tuned.

 

—Larry Eder

 

Will Claye is one of our most versatile athletes. His medals in the LJ and TJ in 2012 was the first time since 1932 that an American had done such a feat. Claye is a thoughtful, spiritual man who speaks with his athleticism and his positive attitude.

 

Hy-Vee is doing a great thing by their support of the Drake Relays. We salute them for supporting one of the most important meets in the country. Their Rio Previews are brilliant, and the support that they are putting into Drake is one of the largest investments in our sport in North America. If you are a track fan, make it a point of purchasing products at Hy-Vee: they are doing good things for our community. —Larry Eder

 

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Announces Men's Triple Jump Field

DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee director Brian Brown has unveiled the field for the Rio Olympic Game Preview men's triple jump for the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.

 

The event will feature nine jumpers taking off along the homestretch of the Blue Oval including two Olympic medalists and the Bahamian national record holder.

 

Headlining the field is American Will Claye, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the triple jump and bronze medalist in the long jump. Claye is also a two-time World Championships bronze medalist and finished the 2015 season ranked No. 7 in the world. He has been ranked as one of the top seven jumpers in the world for five-straight seasons.

 

A fellow 2012 Olympian and the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Leevan Sands, will challenge Claye in the event. Sands, a native of the Bahamas, holds the country's record in the event at 57-8.5 and has consistently been one of the top jumpers in the world.

 

American Marquis Dendy finished the 2015 season ranked No. 8 in the world will also travel to Des Moines as the reigning U.S. Indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump.

 

The two-time U.S. Indoor triple jump champion Chris Carter is also in the field as one of five competitors that have jumped past 17 meters in the event.

 

Completing the field of talented jumpers are Alphonso Jordan, Josh Honeycutt, Iowa product Troy Doris, Chris Benard and Donald Scott.

 

All nine jumpers will also take part in the 'Leap For The Loot' as part of the triple jump with an additional $1,500 being awarded to the top jumper in each of the event's six rounds. 

 

Combined with the existing purse money, $15,000 in total money is now up for grabs in the men's triple jump.

 

The event and 'Leap For The Loot' are scheduled for the final day of the Relays on April 30 at 2:45 p.m. inside Drake Stadium.

-DRAKE-

The 42nd Prefontaine Classic, a member of the IAAF Diamond League of elite international track & field meets, will be held May 27-28 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

 

American record holder Christian Taylor's road to a second Olympic gold medal in the triple jump faces a major test at the Prefontaine Classic, which features a unique clash of five gold medalists and a reunion with three college alumni.

 

The Pre Classic's triple jump runway will see four former University of Florida jumpers fuel an intense rivalryall have been world ranked No. 3 or better by Track & Field News in the last two years. It will also be the first meeting on U.S. soil of the four triple jumpers who own the nine longest efforts at Hayward Field, home of the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

Christian Taylor, 25, is at the top of all but one major triple jump list. His best of 59-9 (18.21) earned a second World Championships gold medal in Beijing last summer and was just 3¼ inches from Jonathan Edwards' 20-year-old world record of 60-¼ (18.29). Taylor finished the season with his fourth T&FN No. 1 world ranking and fourth IAAF Diamond League trophy - all in the last five years.

 

Omar Craddock, 24, led a 1-2-3 finish of Florida triple jumpers in last year's U.S. championships at Hayward Field with a lifetime best of 57-6¼ (17.53). It was his third U.S. triple jump title, the most by a Florida jumper. He was in line for a bronze medal at last year's World Championships until the final round, settling for 4th. Craddock finished the season ranked No. 3 in the world by T&FN.

 

Will Claye, 24, owns the Hayward Field record with his 57-11¼ (17.66) victory at the 2014 Pre Classic. He already can claim the most Olympic medals of anyone in the field with his triple jump silver and long jump bronze from London in 2012. Claye has the most wind-legal 57-foot jumps at Hayward Field (6) and has not finished lower than second (long jump or triple jump) on this runway since 2013.

 

Marquis Dendy, 23, is set for his Pre Classic debut, but he already has had incredible success on this runway - winning all of his five outdoor NCAA or U.S. titles at Hayward Field, including his wind-legal best of 57-5 (17.50). He was ranked No. 2 in the world in the long jump by T&FN last year and won The Bowerman Award as the nation's top collegiate male athlete. His 2016 campaign already includes a long jump gold medal at the World Indoor Championships with the year's longest jump.

 

France's Teddy Tamgho, 26, is the indoor World Record holder and won the 2013 World Championships gold medal at 59-2¼ (18.04), making him one of history's five members of the 59-foot club. Twice ranked No. 1 in the world by T&FN (2010 & '13), he also won gold at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

 

Benjamin Compaore, 28, is also from France and preceded Tamgho as World Junior gold medalist in 2006 (Tamgho won in 2008). Compaore is the reigning European champion and his best of 57-4¼ (17.48) to win the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup is his country's best since Tamgho's 2013 effort.

 

China's Bin Dong, 27, is the newly-crowned World Indoor champion and has a best of 57-1½ (17.41). His gold-medal jump of 56-10¼ (17.33) at Portland is the best by a Chinese jumper outside of his homeland.

 

Alexis Copello, 30, of Cuba is set to make his U.S. debut. He earned bronze at the 2009 World Championships and has ranked as high as No. 2 in the world by T&FN (2010).

 

Men's Triple Jump

Personal Best

Christian Taylor (USA)

59-9

(18.21)

Teddy Tamgho (France)

59-2¼

(18.04)

Will Claye (USA)

58-3

(17.75)

Alexis Copello (Cuba)

58-¼

(17.68)

Omar Craddock (USA)

57-6¼

(17.53)

Marquis Dendy (USA)

57-5

(17.50)

Benjamin Compaore (France)

57-4¼

(17.48)

Bin Dong (China)

57-1½

(17.41)

 

Fans can follow the event lineups on eugene.diamondleague.com. The direct link to current start/entry lists is posted HERE and will include updates to all announced fields. Additional news, photos, and videos may be found on PreClassic.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  

 

Tickets for the 42nd annual edition of the Prefontaine Classic, to be held May 27–28 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., are available now at www.GoDucks.com as well as from 1-800-WEBFOOT.

 

The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running outdoor invitational track & field meet in America and is part of the elite IAAF Diamond League of meets held worldwide annually. The Pre Classic's results score has rated No. 1 or No. 2 in the world in each of the last five years by All-Athletics.com, the official data partner of the Diamond League. Sponsored by NIKE continuously since 1984, the Prefontaine Classic will be shown live to an international audience and by NBC and NBC Sports Network.

 

Steve Prefontaine is a legend in the sport of track & field and is the most inspirational distance runner in American history. He set a national high school 2-mile record (8:41.5) while at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, that is the fastest ever in a National Federation-sanctioned race. While competing for the University of Oregon, he won national cross country championships (3) and outdoor track 3-Mile/5000-meter championships (4), and never lost a collegiate track race at any distance. As a collegiate junior, he made the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team and nearly won an Olympic medal, finishing 4th in the 5K at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at age 21. After finishing college in 1973 and preparing for a return to the Olympics in 1976, he continued to improve, setting many American records. His life ended tragically on May 30, 1975, the result of an auto accident, at age 24. The Pre Classic began that year and has been held every year since.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:21

Matt Centrowitz - IAAF WIC Portland 2016 - Day 4

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Matthew Centrowitz won an exciting race on Sunday, March 20 at the 2016 World Indoors. Nick Willis made an amazing move with 500 meters to go and held the lead until the last thirty meters! Matt Centrowtiz went by Willis just as European Indoor Champ Jakub Halousa grabbed the silver and Robbie Andrews finished fourth! Here is an interview, filmed by Tim Jeffries for the Shoe Addicts, of Matthew Centrowitz after his fine race! SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:14

Shannon Rowbury - IAAF WIC Portland 2016 - Day 4

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Shannon Rowbury ran an interesting race in the 3000 meters. With Genzebe Dibaba going out hard after 1k, and Meseret Defar guarding her silver medal, Shannon Rowbury ran a smart, tactical race, running for a medal and keeping the bronze medal in the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Here is her post-event interview, filmed by Tim Jeffries, after the 3000 meters on Sunday, March 20.  (Scroll down)

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