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Freshman Expectations vs. Reality

Every year, the same story. Who will be the top freshman in the NCAA? Taking a glance at the women’s side, Elise Cranny and Sarah Baxter appear to be obvious choices. We've got Cranny ranked #17 in our Saucony Flo50, and have yet to place Baxter in the top 25 because of her outdoor season injury. Predicting freshman success is fun, but their success requires a delicate balance. Last year, Flotrack ranked the Duke women preseason #1 partially because of their recruiting class featuring Hannah and Haley Meier, and Wesley Frazier (who ...

Unsung Heroes: Third, Fourth, and Fifth Runners

By: Scott Olberding Mo Ahmed.  Girma Mecheso.  Brett Vaughn.  Simon Bairu.  All share the unique distinction of leading their respective teams to an NCAA Cross Country title.  Sure, everyone gets fired up over the individual champion, and rightfully so.  They’re in the lead pack, strategizing, and ultimately pull away, cementing their space in history.  It’s a wonderful feeling I’ve been told.  Plus you’d be first in line for the banana and water table, which is nice.    ...

Rowbury to race with Serena Williams

Tennis players are getting into running. On Nov. 2, Caroline Wozniacki will run the TCS New York City marathon after finishing second at the 2014 U.S. Open in early September. The World's No. 1 Tennis Player, Serena Williams, opts for a shorter distance and will host a 5K on Dec. 14 in Miami. Two-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury of the Nike Oregon Project is slated to join the race, according to Runner's World.  The Serena Williams Ultimate Run will have a 5K, Quarter Marathon race of 6.55 miles and separate race for children.  This is n...

USTFCCCA D3 National Coaches Polls: Week 3

NEW ORLEANS—Yesterday’s regional rankings showed the New England Region to be the stubbornly runny cheese in an otherwise solidifying NCAA Division III pie.  The National Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), proved half of that analogy true. New England’s signature dairy product is indeed unsettled—the NE was responsible for the biggest changes— but the rest of the country is still a bit too hot to eat as well. National Coa...

USTFCCCA D3 Regional Rankings: Week 3

USTFCCCA D3 Regional Rankings: Week 3

Flo Track

September 30, 2014, 12:37pm

NEW ORLEANS—Imagine the eight regions of NCAA Division III cross country as a cheese pizza that defies all laws of heat and physics. Seven of the eight slices are beginning to congeal, but the cheese on the eighth slice remains boiling hot, sliding off the bread and just generally rejecting all attempts at containment. That eighth slice is the New England Region. The Regional Team Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association, saw minimal movement and the same No. 1 teams in 14 of 16 regions inclu...

Q&A with Nick Symmonds On His New Book

By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom (c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved (29-Sep) -- Last week, Race Results Weekly spent some time speaking with two-time Olympian and 2013 IAAF World Championships silver medalist Nick Symmonds. Speaking by phone from Yosemite National Park, Symmonds discussed his new book "Life Outside the Oval Office: The Track Less Traveled," which will come out next month. The book, published by Cool Titles, is a first-person account of Nick's career, taking readers from his days as a high schooler in Idaho, throu...

USTFCCCA D2 Regional Rankings: Week 2

USTFCCCA D2 Regional Rankings: Week 2

Flo Track

September 30, 2014, 12:03pm

NEW ORLEANS – All is quiet on the regional front in NCAA Division II Cross Country. For the most part, at least. In the second regular season edition of the Regional Team Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), only one of 16 regions – eight for men and eight for women – saw movement among their top three teams. Regional Rankings Summary PDF | DII XC Rankings Central QUICK LINKS: Men’s Regions | Women’s Regions The lone top-thre...

USTFCCCA D1 National Coaches Polls: Week 3

NEW ORLEANS—National polling archives for NCAA Division I Cross Country date back to 1998 for men and ’95 for women. During that time, never have two schools from one state claimed the top two ranks in either sex’s national poll. Not until today, at least. The women of No. 1 Michigan and new No. 2 Michigan State made history in the week three edition of the National Coaches Polls released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as the Spartans moved past now-No. 3 Oregon with a deci...

Dennis Kimetto snags FloRunner of the Week

The former subsistence farmer from Eldoret, Kenya blazed his way to a marathon world record of 2:02:57 Sunday in Berlin, which took 26 seconds off of Wilson Kipsang’s previous world record. Kimetto finished ahead of fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, who ran 2:03:13, also taking down the previous world record mark on the historic course. Kimetto was only running four miles a day when he ran into New York City and Boston marathon record-holder Geoffrey Mutai in 2010. Mutai convinced Kimetto to join his training group, which eventually led to th...

Future Stars: Sophomore Girls

Future Stars: Sophomore Girls

Lincoln Shryack

September 30, 2014, 10:16am

By Brandon Miles Future stars do not have to wait until the future to battle as saw last weekend at the adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina between Libby Davidson of E.C. Glass (VA) and Sara Platek of Ragsdale (NC). Davidson was able to pull away in the final mile for a 17:16 PR 5K win by the 4-time Virginia state champ. Each month, MileSplit will be selecting 21 sophomore girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One One building into the end of season team to be finalized in early December. Check out the top soph...

 
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