Best of 2010 - Best Workout Wednesday
A lot of great workouts have graced the front page this year from national champs in high school, to NCAA Champs in college, to some of the pro athletes in the world. Which one takes top honors? Well, this year is goes to Galen Rupp and Coach Alberto Salazar, because, well.....it is sweet! Ryan met up with them in Stockholm for a great European Workout!
Goal marks - 1:27, 58, 42, 26
Rest after each - 1:15, 1:00, :45
Rest between sets - 1:30
JoeFlo - Ohio
Jet Horns - Jungle Hit Machete
Motion Potion - Cantinabomb (MoPo's 2010 ReBoot)
Jet Horns - Halls With Pitfalls
Best of 2010 - Kick of the Year
Andy Wheating proved this year that he was one of the best collegiate middle distance runners in a long time. A 2008 Olympian and the 2009 Outdoor NCAA Champ at 800m, he seemed unbeatable in his final indoor campaign with the ducks. Victory seemed like it was going to be his with 100 meters to go, that is, unless you had seen high school 1k and 800m record holder and Virginia frosh Robby Andrews switch gears before. Last through half the race, the freshman ran a patient race and was in position with a lap to go, but only a kick like his could come out on top and shock everyone (except maybe Vig).
Best of 2010 - Athlete to Watch in 2011
In 2010, after winning two outdoor NCAA title, Andrew Wheating burst on the professional scene in a big way! Wheating, who finished in the top 5 at four Diamond League meets, set PRs in the 800 (1:44.56), 1500 (3:30.90) and mile (3:51.74). Wheating answered questions as to how good he could be....VERY GOOD! And there looks to be more to come for this former Oregon Duck. With the 2011 World Championships right around the corner and finishing 2010 ranked #4 in the world at 1500s, Wheating not only looks to be a favorite to make the US team but also has a shot on that medal stand. We're all looking forward to the next few years with this guy...
800 - 1:44.56 (2010 London Diamond League)
1500 - 3:30.90 (2010 Monaco Diamond League)
Mile - 3:51.74 (2010 Prefontaine Diamond League)
Best of 2010 - Best Coverage
Not only is it one of the largest, oldest, and well known track meets in the World, the Penn Relays Carnival is also one of the most exciting! Every year it manages to provide a great balance of amazingly stacked races from high school to college to pro. If you have ever been to the meet, you know the atmosphere is what keeps the longstanding meet alive.
Best of 2010 - Tastiest Race of the Year
Was there a doubt in your mind to what this might be?
The Payton Jordan Invite never fails to be a buffet of tastiness each year, but this time, one race out was so tasty that people are still coming back for more days later! You all know what we're talking about. 2 under the American Record, a Canadian Record, 20 seconds off the NCAA Record, and the first non-African under 27:00 for 10,000m! We'll even throw in the #3 All-Time Brit! On top of that, a good portion of the field ran huge lifetime bests. But in the race up front, Chris Solinsky's winning time of 26:59.60 gives him the 4th fastest 10k debut in history! (also the 29th fastest man all-time) How many times have you seen it already? It's always good for another taste.
Watch the full race of Chris Solinsky's American Record 10k run here.
Best of 2010 - Jaw Dropping Moment
After following Haile up to his first New York City Marathon, the race went and Haile dropped out at mile 16. Unexpected to everyone, the man who's focus had been the 2012 Olympic Marathon suddenly announced his retirement in a post-race press conference. We were there front and center with our jaws dropping just like yours...
Best of 2010 - Best Euro Adventure
In this Euro trip excursion we mix a little fun and a little business. The athletes of Team Cook head into Amsterdam for some massage work at Wallace Spearmon's place. Take an inside look at one of the best mid-distance training groups in the world as they get a little supplementary work in as they train to race in Europe.
Best of 2010 - Breakout Athlete of the Year
What a year Molly Huddle had in 2010! She started strong with a 15:20 solo effort at the UW Invite and rolled on from there. She fought hard with Shalane Flanagan at USA XC Champs in Spokane and finished 2nd, making team USA. At World's in Poland, she finished top 20 and helped the Women's team medal with a 3rd place finish. In the outdoor season she really broke out, running here first sub-15 5ks, but after 2 of those, she showed she wasn't done yet and ran 14:44 to break Shalane Flanagan's American 5k record in Brussels!
Best of 2010 - Best 3 Minute Tour
Have less than 4 minutes to spare? How about a Campus Tour? Not just any campus, but check out the Best 3 Minute Tour from 2010...Ohio State? Why does it top our list this year? Well, guides Jeff See and Dan White were the most entertaining and funny guides we have ever had here on a Flotrack 3 Minute Tour!
Best of 2010 - Best New Event
In the 1960's, 3 high school boys ran sub-4 minutes for the mile during a 4 year period. Since then only one American prep, Alan Webb, has gone under the barrier. Many felt that there have been athletes in that time with the potential to break 4, but did not have the opportunity. This lead adidas to create the Jim Ryun Dream Mile. A dozen of the top high school boy and girl middle distance runners were flow to New York to compete in a High School only race during the NYC Grand Prix, a Diamond League meet. In its first year, we did not see a sub-4, but we saw super fast times on both sides. The top of the national leader boards were filled with the times run during the Dream Mile which is why this earns the Best New Event Award for 2010. We can't wait to see what the 2011 race has to bring, as both the 2010 Champs were underclassmen.
Best of 2010 - Most Dominant Athlete
The only hurdler to break the 13 second barrier in 2010, David Oliver did it 5 times! Oliver took down the former World Record holder, the current World Record holder and Olympic Champ, and the 2009 World Champ. So who'd he loose to?? NO ONE! Oliver hammered through the year leaving everyone in his wake and putting his name a top the list for hurdlers to beat in 2011. He set a new American Record in Paris with a 12.89, only .02 off the World Record. With three men that have run 12.87 (Robles), 12.88 (Xiang) and 12.89 all back for the Daegu World Championships, the hurdles are shaping up to be one of the most exciting events this coming year!
Best of 2010 - Athlete of the Year
As we close out our look back at the Best of 2010 we honor the Flotrack Athlete of the Year. From that beautiful night in Palo Alto, California and on through the season, Chris Solinsky never seemed to disappoint. After setting the 10k American Record in May by nearly 14 seconds, Solinsky went on to run the #2 fastest time by an American in the 5k and #4 in the 3k. He ranked in the top 10 in the World in all three events and was also only one of two athletes world-wide to break 12:57 for 5k three times. He also finished in the top six of all his races including three Diamond League meetings, with the exception one, showing some major consistency! Chris has turned a corner at a good time with the World Championships coming up this year and not to far after, the Olympic Games. He has showed us he is a contender and is not afraid to battle with the world's best. Looking forward to more from this guy in 2011!
Best of 2010 - Best Bounce Back
Coming off a fantastic 2007 where Alysia Johnson broke 2 minutes, won the NCAA 800 title and took the US title in the same event to qualify for the World Champs, Johnson struggled with injury, rehab, and getting back to top form. 2010, however, she came back with a vengeance! She started it off by grabbing the Bronze Medal at the World Indoor Championships in her signature event. Outdoors she kept rolling, winning the US 800m title, running the World's fastest 800 for 2010 with a 1:57.34, and taking home victories in numerous European meets, including a dominating performance at the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco. With such a strong bounce back year in 2010, we can only wait and see what happens in 2011!
Best of 2010 - Record Breaker
To break a world record once is amazing, but to break is twice within one week is ridiculous! That is just what Kenya's David Rudisha did in 2010 over 800 meters. The record formerly held by Wilson Kipketer was thought to be one of the toughest records out there.
In his first time, David Rudisha broke the 800 meter World Record in Berlin with a 1:41.09. A week later in Rieti, Italy Rudisha went at it again and this time just missed breaking the huge barrier of 1:41 with his 1:41.01! That was Rudisha's third time running sub-1:42 in 2010. Only Kipketer had run under 1:42 multiple times before this season.
Best of 2010 - Coach of the Year
Even if you have the talent of these names- Chris Solinsky, Shalane Flanagan, Matt Tegenkamp, Simon Bairu, Evan Jager and Tim Nelson- you still have to be able to coach them at a level to compete with the best in the World. In 2010, Jerry Shumacher did just that. In the men's 10,000, Schumacher had three of the top 21 ranked athletes in the World. He coach the first US woman in 20 years to a second place finish at one of the biggest marathons in the world. Jerry has continued to raise the standard over the past few years as we really saw big strides made in 2009 with the three members of the US 5k team all from his group. As we round the turn and come into World Championship and Olympic years, Schumacher gives us something to look forward to when we think about US athletes competing for some medals!
Best of 2010 - Relay Team of the Year
As impressive as it is to sweep the great Penn Relays, its even more impressive to do it back to back years. Thats just what the Tennessee women accomplished in 2010. Throw in a repeat NCAA Indoor DMR title and the fact that all this was done after losing their national champ miler from the year before, it shows you how special this team was. As we wait for 2011 relays get under, we give congrats to the Lady Vols!
Best of 2010 - Double Take
The double take performance of 2010 is none other than Ajee Wilson. If you weren't paying attention, even at the meet, you may have missed this one.... The sophomore leads her Sprint Medley team at New Balance Nationals to one of the fastest times ever of 3:52, just off the record of 3:51. Wilson split one of the fastest high school times ever of 2:00.59, a time that is close to the national record (2:00.07). Wilson's splits were 60-60!
Check out the whole race here