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Spearmon suspended after positive test

Three-time national champion Wallace Spearmon has been suspended for three months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the corticosteroid Methylprednisolone. Track and Field News reported the positive test findings after a string of odd tweets by Spearmon in the last few weeks. "I was not trying to cheat, I made a mistake,” Spearmon told Track and Field News.  The positive sample came from a test at the Edmonton International Classic on July 6. Spearmon finished 3rd in 20.42 for 200-meters. Spearmon’s susp...

Welcome Taylor Dutch to Flotrack!

Welcome Taylor Dutch to Flotrack!

Taylor Dutch

September 19, 2014, 12:20pm

We are excited to announce the hiring of our newest site editor Taylor Dutch! Taylor graduated from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013 with a degree in media studies.While competing on the track and cross country team at Cal she met the Flo guys and got to work as a Flotrack intern during the summer of 2012. Since graduating, Taylor has worked as a site editor for Pac-12 Networks and as a freelance writer for Running Times, Bleacher Report and Competitor. She is known to accept ridiculous eating challenges, including the Fenton’s 5k, a ra...

Goucher, Kastor lead American charge at Philly Half

The Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, site of five world records and five American records, will host a star-studded women’s cast Sunday with U.S. Masters record-holder Deena Kastor and the long-awaited return of Kara Goucher. The men’s race will feature the debut of four-time Carlsbad 5K champion Dejen Gebremeskel and a pack of sub-60 half-marathoners.  Kastor is making her return to the historic course for the first time since 2005 when she shattered Joan Benoit Samuelson’s 21-year-old American reco...

Huddle Right At Home for USA 5k Championships

On Sunday, the streets in downtown Providence, RI will play host to the USA National 5k Championships, a staple on the American road racing calendar. Defending champion Molly Huddle returns looking to add another road racing crown to her already illustrious resume. Huddle has been outstanding in 2014, most notably in the 5k at Monaco, where she broke her previous American record by running 14:42.64 in July. 2013 men’s champion Andrew Bumbalough had been slated to defend his title, but he withdrew this week after a brutal showing at the C...

Mary Cain Found Her Calling With Alberto Salazar

.post-content img { padding: 10px; } NEW YORK -- The clock was still far from ushering in the bewitching hour one early-October evening two years ago when the phone rang in the Cain household tucked in an affluent village in Westchester County. Mary, a precocious middle-distance running talent for the local high school in Bronxville, was already tucked in bed at the time. The caller ID registered an unrecognizable Oregon number. Fully anticipating it to be one of those annoying telemarketers, the call went unanswered and straight to the answer...

Simons and Colley join ZAP Fitness

Simons joins the ZAP team for his first practice on Thursday. (Photo via @ZAPFitness) Minnesota stand-out John Simons has joined Reebok's ZAP Fitness training group in North Carolina.  In 2014, Simons set a personal best of 3:40.56 for 1,500-meters at the NCAA West Regional Championship. He went on to finish 7th in the 1,500-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June.  At the 2014 Payton Jordan Invitational, Simons ran the 5,000-meter run in a personal best of 13:39.11.  Flotrack has learned North Caro...

Friday Focus: Brenda Martinez

Friday Focus: Brenda Martinez

Giovanni Reyes

September 18, 2014, 8:00am

In our weekly Q&A segment we asked Brenda Martinez a few questions about life on and off the track. We caught up with her before she took off to New York to race the 5th Ave. Mile. Describe your childhood dream. I started running at a very young age (5 years old) so I would say that I wanted to excel in running and go to college and be the first in my family to graduate. I did just that and 21 years later I still want to excel and improve, even if it's microscopic. Describe your fondest race memory. My fondest race memory has to be from last y...

Ole Miss Pole Vaulter Goes Pro

Ole Miss pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has elected to forego any remaining NCAA eligibility to pursue a professional career in track and field. Kendricks was the 2014 U.S. national champion after clearing a season-best height of 18-10.25 at the USA Championships in Sacramento, California. "This is a hard decision and the timing of it has been difficult for me," Kendricks said in a university press release. "I believe this is the best decision for my family, and I've gotten their full support in many ways. I love being an Ole Miss Rebel." Kendrick...

Future Stars Spotlight: Aubrey Argyle

She has been knocking on the door of a US top 25 national ranking in the early stages of this cross country season. No need to rush as Davis (UT) High School sophomore Audrey Argyle still has lot of high school left to move up in that group as one of the sport's future stars nationally. The #1 runner for the US #15 ranked Davis girls, Argyle was an immediate impactful freshmen last year as part of a team that finished 3rd at NXN. The 2013 Utah state runner-up in cross country and also running a 10:49 3200 in the spring as a 9th grade...

Sleeper Alert!: Middle Tennessee State

Just like pre-season in the NFL, early season results in NCAA cross country often come with a grain of salt. Lesser known schools may compete at full strength against higher ranked squads resting their starters, making any results recorded during this time inconsequential. Just as well, top teams may wish to run as a pack to practice team tactics, generally not providing results indicative of true fitness. There’s a reason why the Kolas calculator doesn’t count meets until the end of September, as training takes precedence over rac...

 
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