Jenny Barringer after NCAA Cross Country Championships
Jenny B talks to us about her experience at yesterday's NCAA Cross Country Championship. Jenny Barringer collapsed after the 3k mark and ended up finishing 163rd in the race. To many of us out there, it was very hard to watch the best woman ever to come through the NCAA go down and fade back into the masses. There was a buildup of many pressures and emotions that all seem to hit mid-way through the race and we witnessed the result. Jenny is doing well though and has a great outlook on the future.
This interview is lengthy at 24 minutes, but Jenny talks about the week leading up to the race, the race itself, her coach, turning professional/signing with an agent, and the support she received during the race from the women in the field. Thanks for sharing with the community Jenny, everyone appreciates how open you are in good times and bad!
(We did this online as I am in Maine and Jenny was in Indy, so sorry the quality isn't top-notch and that the phone went off in the background!)
Top 5 College Recruiting Classes
Here are the top 5 NCAA recruiting classes for the class of '09. These are the men, and coming soon will be the women. There were a lot of good classes this year, we'll see which one is the most successful over the next few years.
The Pushup Challenge Begins...
My friend told me she did 100 pushup in 2:47. I remember I used to rock out pushups, 4x30 pretty regularly, back in the college days when I was in shape. I thought I had some man power that would carry me to the glory days so I took the challenge. It was not as easy as I had expected. I need to get in shape!
This is kinda fun to try, but can also be very painful. If you want to try throw up the video under the comments here. But don't tell your coach it was my fault if you are sore for the next week!! ;)
Sarah Bowman on 2009 and as a pro
Sarah Bowman had a dream indoor season her final year at Tennessee. The outdoor season started off on the same foot with dominance at the Penn Relays. However as the season went on, Bowman did not find the success that she had in the winter months. After graduation and competing again at the US Championships, Bowman decided to take a short trip to Europe for some races. She bounced back, setting a PB in the 1500 while in Athens and found herself with a contract from New Balance (and also sponsored by Oakley). She talks about some of her frustrations during the spring and looks ahead to a new chapter in her career come 2010.
Keith Kelly recalls XC '00
Keith Kelly may be one of the best "true" cross country runners I have met. In 2000 during his senior year at Providence, Keith had what most would consider a dream season. The Providence men were undefeated until nationals winning Big East Conference and Northeast Regional Titles. At the NCAA Championships, considered one of the coldest ever, Keith went on to win the individual crown while leading his team to a third place finish behind Arkansas and Colorado (not bad company). Since his college days he has battle injury after injury including multiple stress fractures. This past winter after only a short stink of health and consistent training, Keith won the Irish Cross Country Championships. Afterwards, the same day of the race, he suffered another stress fracture and has not been able to train much since. If you know Keith then you know he thrives off of people, running, and don't forget Radiohead. We wish Keith all the best and hope to see him back at it again soon.
Check out Keith's blog to check out his training (he bikes a ton when he can't run), life, and music advice....great stuff all around. kelrock.blogspot.com
Maggie Vessey back in the US and A
After the longest and most successful season of her career, Maggie Vessey has returned back to the States. Its been a roller coaster ride starting back in late March, ending with the World Athletic Final and resulting in the second fastest time of the year (1:57). We got to catch up with Maggie to talk about the year, what she's taken from it and where she wants to go from here. She's become part of a strong group of American mid-distance women that have really made it exciting to be a fan of track and field in the US. We look forward to more from Ms. Vessey in 2010.
A Night in Boston: Fenway Park Adventure
I was passing through Boston on my way to Providence and was lucky enough to bump into some friends with an extra Red Sox ticket! I was in good company with James Carney, Sarah Bowman, and Maggie Vessey....even Bob Kennedy made a little cameo! Fortunately for me, I've lived in Boston and have experience a live Sox game but for the others it was there first time at Fenway.
Parker Stinson off to Oregon
One of the top recruits out of Texas, Parker Stinson, has made his decision and will be heading out to Eugene next fall. Parker talks about his recruiting experience, the stress and relief of making a choice along with some advice for other high school recruits. His choice was made after narrowing it down to Texas and Oregon. Congrats to Parker and good luck to the rest of the recruits out there making their choices!
A look back: 2009 PreNats Highlights
As we enter into the Regional Championship Weekend, teams will find their final chance to make it to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute. Today we look back at the biggest player in the point system up to this point, the 2009 Brooks ISU PreNationals. Most of the best teams mixed it up there in Terre Haute and soon enough we'll be seeing them again. The Kolas Calculator Show will be LIVE on Saturday to present the 31 teams on both the men's and women's sides to make the 2009 NCAA XC Championships!
Get info on all this weekend's regional action at Flotrack's NCAA Regional Central Page.
2009 Dellinger Invite Men's Race
Quick video I shot of the men's race at the Dellinger Invite. Music Jupiter One- Moon Won't Turn
Iowa's Layne Anderson takes on the Pushup Challenge
After seeing Ryan's pushup challenge, University of Iowa Head Women's Coach Layne Anderson thought he would have a go at it. With his goals set high, Layne embarked on a journey that only few can fathom...100 pushups in under 2:47.
Not only did Layne attempt the record, but afterwards he went as far as to raise the challenge to NCAA coaches around the country. This weekend at the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, lets see who will step up to the challenge...
Shannon Rowbury - battling for a medal
Shannon Rowbury earned a rare distance medal at a championship event in bringing home the bronze in Berlin. In this segment Shannon talks about her medal and the difficult challenges she faced in 2009. Shannon also gives her thoughts on why racing etiquette among US runners may be different than international competitors.
Shannon's lifetime bests:
800 - 2.00.94
1500 - 4:00.33
Mile - 4:20.34
3000 - 8.55.19i
5000 - 15:12.95
Parker Stinson of Cedar Park High School
Last week the Cedar Park High School boys XC team was ranked #1 in the US. They are led by Texas state champ and one of the top returning runners in the country, Parker Stinson. Parker's XC season last year was not as successful as he had hoped. He talks about his frustrations last fall and how he battle through them to have a very successful spring which included becoming state champ, running sub-9, beating his #1 competitor, and running at the Pan-Am Games.
Brandon Bethke before NCAA XC Champs
Possibly one of the most underrated guys heading into the NCAA meet this weekend, Brandon Bethke of Arizona State has really made his mark this year. Brandon finished 6th in a stacked race at PreNats, 2nd in arguably the toughest conference in the PAC-10, and also finished 7th at the regional. The road hasn't be the smoothest though as he transferred from Wisconsin in the summer of 2008 and was forced to sit out. Starting last spring, Bethke has been a force and is now a sub 13:30 guy thats going to be challenging for a top 10 spot, possibly a top 5 spot, at the NCAA Championships.
Field Goals in Chapel Hill
This video was actually from last fall but was lost in the archives. Since its college football season and a big college football Saturday we thought it was a great way to continue "kicking off" the early XC season. I don't think Pete or Ryan will quit their day jobs, but Mr. Smith is another story....
Head Coach Timo Sheard of Cedar Park
Coach Timo Sheard has been at Cedar Park from the beginning of the school's short life span. In a short time Timo has been able to create a tradition of success at Cedar Park and has even put in an XC course. Timo also talks about being ranked #1 for the first time ever.
Flotrack XC Season is Here: off to Memphis
It feels like we were just watching Bolt run a mediocre 19.19 in Berlin. But we are here, after a short break, getting ready for the XC season to get underway. This weekend marks the start of Flotrack's 4th XC season and we're ready to get moving! I'm off to Memphis for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. Shortly after, I'll be heading to New Haven, CT for the USA 20k Road Champs. And airing today at 2pm EST is the last IAAF Golden League Meeting of the 2009 season in Brussels. So to all the track & field and XC fans, you'll have a little of everything this weekend....track, trails, and roads! Enjoy the weekend and good luck to those opening up there seasons, we look forward to seeing you at an XC meet soon....
Today: Brussels Golden League Meeting (LIVE from 2-4pm EST), Delayed TV footage from 5-7pm on Universal
Tomorrow Night: Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic
Monday: USA 20k Road Championships, New Haven
Galactic "Go Go"
Kari Hardt before NCAA XC Champs
Jerry Drever sits down with Arizona State's Kari Hardt before the NCAA Championships. Kari talks about PAC-10s, Regionals, and coming back from her injuries.
Sarah's new job at Flotrack
Sarah B decided to test her magic behind the camera and Maggie decided hoop earnings were a good idea for me. Sarah may take my job so be on the lookout for a new interviewer on Flotrack.
Evan Watchempino and Adam Cunningham of UNC
Last week at the ACC Cross Country Championships Evan Watchempino and Adam Cunningham became the first All- ACC cross performers at UNC in the past 7 years when the finished 11th and 12th respectively. At the same meet a year ago they were 34th and 35th. They also led their Tarheel squad to a 6th place team finish, which is the highest placing since before 2002. With the season winding down, Evan and Adam will be aiming their efforts towards the Regional Championships in Louisville, KY next weekend where they will be running for two at-large individual berths to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute.