RUN JUNKIE: Jock Jam Hotties, Glue Gobbling, Twittersphere & NCAAs
Episode 31: There is so much action going in the world of Track and Field that we can hardly fit into one junkie dosage. Get your fix of mind blowing performances and also gossip with a nice side of NCAA and adidas Grand Prix Preview! Girl carries competitor over finish line NCAA Heat Sheets Dream Entries Pre Races and Interviews NCAA Coverage Page Dream 100/Mile Races Masters Mile World Record 3:58
The Great White North, Syrup Chug a lug, Trials Invasion! RJ-132
Get out of the way because we start this weeks episode off with 1200 calories of Canadian Inspiration. Here comes an NCAA round up, lots of outlandish video clips and a near diabetic coma. NO One Can Beat Cam Hometown Hero Flood Interview adidas Dream Races KD is like Dalai Lama NTL Race Preivew
Cam Levins wins first NCAA title and apologizes to Derrick at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
In a highly anticipated first final on the track of the NCAA Championships the question was who would win their first NCAA title....Cam Levins, Chris Derrick, or Stephen Sambu. The players were all in mix with a chance as the bell sounded but doubts set in for anyone not named Cam Levins. Levins, with less than 200 meters to go, unleashed his newly found kick of disaster to pull away from the competition to answer the fan's question and win his first NCAA title. Cam ran 58 over the final 400/4:14 last mile to cap off a 28:07 performance and break a 32 year old stadium record (only 6 seconds off Suleiman Nyambui 33 year old meet record). In the interview Cam talks about changes in the mental game after beating Lawi at Mt. SAC and apologies for taking a title away from Chris Derrick.
Chris Derrick 3rd in his final collegiate race 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Chris Derrick is arguably the greatest collegiate distance runner to have never won an NCAA title. In his final race as a Stanford Cardinal, he held on to the bitter end in the 10k final at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, but ended up 3rd. In this post-race interview, Chris shares his thoughts on the race and where he is headed next.
Cam Levins, did anyone really have a chance at NCAAs?
In a very short time, Cam Levins became the most dominant runner in the NCAA and one of the fastest distance runners in NCAA history. After solid indoor and cross country seasons things really started to click as Cam ran major PRs at 5k and 10k distances (both Olympic A standards which punched his ticket to London for Canada) and developed the deadliest kick among the collegiate ranks. With the success and his training methods that included high mileage of 150+ miles a week, Cam has been the talk of the town. We sat down with Cam after the NCAA Championships and asked, "Was there any way you could have lost?" Cam also talks about his next steps as he takes off the Southern Utah jersey and looks towards a professional career.
German Fernandez talks about final and rough road since freshman year at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
German Fernandez has traveled a difficult path since winning the NCAA 1500 meter title as a freshman in 2009 with persistent achilles tendon injuries and trouble learning how to deal with the pressure of being the best. The issues cause German to even lose his love for the sport and push him to the verge of giving up this past January. German talks about these issues here along with making his last 1500 final and not having the gears to go after only running a short time. With graduation now behind him Fernandez will pursue a post-collegiate career outside of Oklahoma State. Things seem to be coming around for German and we are excited for the next phase in his career as he moves ahead healthy and positive. He'll next look to run an Olympic Games B standard in the 1500 (3:38.0) in the coming weeks.
Cam Levins grabs another NCAA title in the 5k at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Cameron Levins has been knocking on the door of college elite status throughout his senior campaign, but this week in Des Moines he has cemented himself as the undisputed distance king with NCAA titles in both the 10k and 5k. His intensive training regiment has produced incredible strength with a brutal kick that no one seems to have an answer to in the college ranks. Here Cam talks about his feelings on his 5k win, how he got here and where he is going.
Sheila Reid after 10th place finish in final NCAA race at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Sheila Reid, defending champion in the 5000 meters, struggled in her final NCAA race to finish 10th on a hot day in Des Moines. The outdoor season has been a struggle for Reid but she is looking to turn things around in the weeks to come at the Canadian Olympic Trials and beyond.
Andy Bayer after dramatic first NCAA title in 1500 at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Andy Bayer emerged as the victor in a wide open 1500 meter field. After sitting behind early leader German Fernandez, Bayer reacted when Miles Batty took the lead with 200 meters to go and ran Batty down on the final homestretch, just edging his opponent by one-hundredth of a second. Tell ESPN to feature the Bayer-Batty duo on SportsCenter's top 10! Retweet the following tweet: https://twitter.com/IUTrackXC/status/211558883402072065
Jordan Hasay after getting nipped for 3rd in 1500 at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Jordan Hasay finished third in a loaded 1500 meter final and scored a big six points for Oregon's team competition. Jordan talks about waiting to 200 meters remaining to make her move and coming away from a championship race on a positive note.
Galen looks back on NCAA experience
Galen Rupp had one of the most succesful collegiate distance careers of all time. A XC champ, and multiple time track champ, Galen talks about the NCAA system and how he had to balance the long collegiate season with trying to run on the international stage in the summer. Could have Galen gone Pro early? Probably, but Galen dosent regret any of his time at UO and so far his decision seems to be working out pretty well.
Kyle Merber American collegiate record holder does not advance to 1500 final at 2012 NCAA D1 Outdoor Champs
Kyle Merber set the American Collegiate Record a few weeks ago running 3:35.59 at a quiet meet in Philadelphia after experiencing a year of injury. Although on the surface many would have thought the year must be going unbelievable for the Columbia senior, Merber says it was been far from that. Merber has not had the smoothest road during his comeback years with ups and downs from small struggles in training and in the NCAA semi it showed. Merber missed making the 1500 meter final after many thought he was a lock. Merber talks about the experiences this year and takes a positive mindset away from the disappointment as he is healthy and moving in the right direction.
Natosha Rogers Texas A&M 10k Champion at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Natosha Rogers, not a name you would have predicted at the beginning of the year for a national title, takes down the women's 10k field with a 4:56 last mile to win her first NCAA Champiionship and bring an unfamiliar gold to the Texas A&M Aggies!
Running Warehouse NCAA 1500 Prediction Contest
The Running Warehouse and Soleus is giving you 2 chances to win a Soleus GPS Watch! Winning your Soleus GPS watch is easy as 1-2-3-4....here's what you have to do: 1) Login to Flotrack 2) Predict the winner of both the men's & women's 1500m finals by commenting below this video 3) Also include prediction for the winning time of each event to the nearest hundredth (x:xx.xx). 4) Have your predictions in by 11:15am Central Time on Saturday. Check out our darkhorse picks here.
Genevieve LaCaze Florida takes 2nd in Steeple at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
After her semi-final interview Genevieve LaCaze said that she was going to after Shalaya Kipp for the NCAA title and Olympic A standard. Although she missed the standard, we give huge props to Genevieve for not only telling the field her plan but then delivering on her promise. LaCaze fought through the final barrier to give Shalaya Kipp her toughest race of the season. LaCaze closes out her career as a Gator with her highest runner-up honor at the NCAA Championships and a PR.
Katie Flood takes the 1500 title in front of home crowd at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
All the favorites were in the mix down the final homestretch but in the end it was Des Moines native Katie Flood who pulled off her first individual NCAA title.
Genevieve LaCaze looking for big race and A standard in steeple final at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
For Aussie Genevieve Lacaze her career a Florida has been filled with some up and down seasons, but not in 2012. Between indoors and outdoors this year Lacaze has PRed in every event from 800 up to 5k. While times are coming, her most impressive accomplishment was winning the 1500, steeple and 5k at the SEC Championships where she became the first SEC woman to ever complete the successful triple. Now with one race left and only 4 days to get the Olympic A standard to make the Australian steeplechase team, Lacaze is hoping to save the best for last. She'll be looking to run a 12 second PB (9:43, the A standard) and push Shalaya Kipp for her first NCAA title.
Southern Utah coach Eric Houle after Cam Levins wins first national title at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
Southern Utah head coach Eric Houle discusses the transformation of Cam Levins from a 4:18 high school miler to a NCAA champion. He also address Cam's training load and his recommendation for training after he's done at Southern Utah.
Jordan Hasay ready to erase bad Des Moines memories at 2012 NCAA D1 Outdoor Champs
Jordan Hasay won double titles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile and 3k but come outdoors she left Des Moines with double disappointment. At NCAAs last year Jordan was unable to beat competitor Sheila Reid and finished 4th and 8th in the 5k and 1500 respectively. Jordan left feeling defeated and has been working all year on getting the confidence back and a pep in her step. Over the past few weeks Jordan has found the spark and is excited for her chance to erase the bad memories from Des Moines.
German Fernandez Qualifies for the 1500 Final 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champs
With tactics that have been unseen with German Fernandez for sometime, the Oklahoma State senior qualifies for the NCAA 1500 final. Fernandez took the lead from the gun and led until the last 150 meters to run 3:40, one second off his PR, to lead his first NCAA Championship race since his freshman year outdoor campaign where he won the NCAA 1500m title. Fernandez doubts his finishing speed at the moment, but we have seen him improve with ever race this season. The road has been bumpy for German but it's hard to not think that everyone would love to see something special happen for this guy come Saturday.
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