Track & Field (335)
Long Jump: Gators Leap to History
By RJ Chavez
The last time two teammates finished one-two in the long jump event at the NCAA Track and Field Championships was in 1987.
Thirty years later, at the 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field, the dynamic duo from the University of Florida, KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway, rewrote the history books.
“It’s not about how you start, but how you finish.” said Holloway. “And KeAndre came out with a wonderful jump on his last one.”
In the last round of the long jump final, Bates leaped for what would end up being a winning jump of 26 feet, 5 inches. Two inches behind Bates was Holloway.
“A loss is a loss in my book,” said Holloway. “But best for it to be against another Gator.”
By Kim Holm
Tulsa 10,000-meter runner Marc Scott was out Monday morning in Eugene with his trainer, and he was four miles into his 10-mile run when he had what he called a mini-seizure. He said he was too far from his car to turn around and go back. So he just finished his six miles and went back to the car.
So he then went to the hospital, where they kept him for 24 hours. Doctors gave him a CT scan and checked out his heart, and everything came back inconclusive. They don't know what caused it. But they cleared him Tuesday afternoon to compete on Wednesday, and Scott said he wasn't worried about it at all.
Wednesday at Hayward Field, two days later, Scott won the NCAA title at 10,000 meters with a time of 29 minutes, 1.54 seconds. It was his first national title in five years at Tulsa, including his redshirt year.
“I didn't know how it would affect me after I was released,” Scott said. “The lack of sleep was the biggest issue.”
Kenya’s crème de la crème of distance-running talents were in action on the first of the two-day Kenyan World Championships Trials in Nairobi on Friday (23).
SACRAMENTO, California -- The 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships kicked off at Sacramento State University with upset heats and riveting finals, as top USATF athletes began battling for spots on Team USATF at the IAAF World Championships
Thirty-five podium finishers from Rio, including 11 gold medallists, and 10 world champions will compete at the Müller Anniversary Games on 9 July in what could be their final IAAF Diamond League appearance before the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in the same stadium one month later.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- Thursday’s schedule for the USATF Outdoor & Junior Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium has been adjusted due to high temperatures.
Olympic champions Wayde van Niekerk and Sandra Perkovic produced the key performances at the 22nd edition of the International Athletics Meeting in Velenje, Slovenia, on Tuesday (20).
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!
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.