Vin Lananna's changes at Oregon and answers to USATF CEO questions
Track and field is heading in the right direction. As the president of Track Town USA, Vin Lananna's job is to look at the big goals for track and field. Although it's based in Eugene, Track Town isn't a geographic location, but an organization that is looking to move the sport forward. In his first ever Skype interview, Lananna clears the air about the USATF position, recalls his favorite moments as a coach, and explains the purpose of Track Town. Hayward Field is always packed, so you have to make sure that you get your seat. You can purchase tickets for the NCAA Championships, the Prefontaine Classic, or season tickets HERE. Ticket Prices for 4 day ticket package as follows: Reserved seating $90 Adult GA seating $70 Students GA $40 with student ID
Chris Derrick gives inside look at joining Schumacher Clan
Less than 8 weeks ago Chris Derrick, the fastest American distance runner to never win an NCAA title, signed a contract with Nike and made the move to Portland, Oregon to train with the nation's deepest training group under coach Jerry Schumacher. Derrick gives insight on his decision to go with Schumacher, the dynamics of the team and new training system, and also where we will see him running in 2013. It should be noted that Derrick now lives in the fastest distance house in the America with Elliot Heath, Evan Jager and German Fernandez.....which is also discussed in this video.
Alan Webb talks training changes with Jerry & OTC
You asked and we delivered! After yesterday's interview with Alan Webb many were left wondering what his new training situation was like with Jerry and the OTC crew? We spoke with Alan about the changes in his training and what it has been like to be with possibly one of the most historic groups in US distance running history.
San Quentin 1000 Mile Club
Behind the walls of the San Quentin State Prison, there's something special happening. Jail is all about reform - going in one man and coming out another. For some, that means bible study. For others, there's classes. For the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club, there's running. Join coach Frank Ruona as he works with the San Quentin inmates.
Dan Huling, unexpected new member of Schumacher clan
If you were asked "who do you think will join Schumacher's OTC group in 2013," one name you probably wouldn't have thought of is that of steepler Dan Huling. Huling, the fastest steeple in the US in 2009 & 2010 (8:13PR), has confirmed his move to Portland with Jerry and the boys. Huling will now be training with Steeple American Record Holder, Evan Jager. In this interview Dan talks about the switch, a back up plan of retirement and taking responsibility for past failures. Btw....the guy at the end of the line in the picture on the homepage is Stuart Eagan. Made you look ;)
Alan Webb looks back to move forward
In a 15 minute sit down with Alan Webb, Flotrack talks to the American record holder in the mile about where he's at. He just made some big changes moving back to Portland, Oregon after the birth of his daughter while making another coaching change. Alan gives reasons for the changes and also looks at realizations he made after his 2012 season which was a frustrating one for him. Goals have changed, his focus has change, but the one thing that still remains is his love for the sport. In part two of the interview, Alan talks about training changes with joining Jerry Schumacher & the OTC crew.
David Torrence is fine tuning his kick in preparation for 2013
No other American distance runner has the performance range of David Torrence. With lifetime bests of 1:45, 3:34, 3:52, and 13:16, his combination of speed and endurance is unmatched in US history. The missing piece of Torrence's resume is a high placing at a championship meet. This winter Torrence addressed the issue of his finishing speed by attending a speed camp in Florida with the rest of Team Cook. In this video, Torrence talks about what he is working on to finish faster.
Sheila Reid reflects on bumpiest season of career
Over a span of two years from November 2009 to November 2011, Sheila Reid brought home 7 national titles to Villanova (2x NCAA XC Champ, 2x NCAA XC Team Champs, NCAA Indoor DMR, NCAA Outdoor 1500 & 5k). Heading into her final outdoor season in 2012 there we big expectations after having so much success, however she did not experience a fairy tale ending. Reid finished 10th in the 5k final at the NCAA Outdoor and was visibly devastated to finish her collegiate career in such a manner. After a bumpy road she went on to make her first Olympic team for Canada in the 5000 meters. Later this week we will have part 2 with Sheila talking about her coaching and training changes this fall.
DQ? You Make the Call
Hey, indoor racing can be tight, you got to hold your ground, and maybe they had it coming, but the Gophers made a dicey move into the final leg of the 4x4.
Elise Cranny stuns everyone (including herself) after 4:40 mile at NBIN
No one saw it coming. At the New Balance Indoor National mile, Elise Cranny's plan was to simply hang with leaders for as long as possible. She stuck with the two-time defending champion, Hannah Meier, until about 50m to go. Cranny didn't fall off pace, but took the lead and broke the tape in 4:40.62 (#5 all-time). She had run some good workouts, but this one was a stunner. Earlier this indoor season, Cranny had posted a new personal best of 4:58, but that was run at altitude. Dropping down to sea level, Cranny shocked the crowd in NYC, posted an 18-second personal best, and ran straight into the record books.
A Massive Boulder Can't Stop Jane Larson
Jane Larson is a 12-time DII All American out of Seattle Pacific and her running resume is very solid. In the summer of 2012, she missed on making the Olympic Trials in the 1500 after having a good spring of racing. Then a near-fatal rock climbing accident left her with crushed bones held together by plates and screws. This video shows one of Jane's challenging workouts on her road to recovery.
"The most fit I've ever been"
Andrews is back in Jersey and by the sound of it, he is killing it. In part 1 our 3 part interview, Robby gives us insight into current fitness and opening this season with a bang.
Donn Cabral takes on professional running in his first post-collegiate season
We've seen pictures from all the Nike training groups, but where's Donn Cabral been?! Well, he's up in Bellingham, WA and things have been going pretty well. This indoor season will be pretty short for Cabral as he's gearing up to return to the steeple in the spring. In his first year out of college, The Donn has been learning some little idiosyncrasies that comes with being a professional runner.
A Bit of a Whirlwind: Lee Emanuel
This video is an interview with Lee Emanuel. In it, he talks about where he comes from and where he is going. Emanuel, at graduate from the University of New Mexico, was the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Indoor Mile Champion. He holds PRs of 3:37-1500, 3:57-mile, 7:56-3k and 13:31-5k. The video was a final project for my CJ 269 class taught by Lillian Kelly at the University of New Mexico. The other two members of my group were Tania Martinez and Veronica Deeds.
M 800 (Cas Loxsom sets PSU/facility 800 record - 2013 Nittany Lion Challenge)
Cas Loxsom ran 1:46.98 for 800-meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge, setting facility, school, and meet records. Loxsom's time is also the NCAA leader for 2013! In second place was Penn State frosh Brannon Kidder who also ran under the old meet record with his time of 1:48.17. Event 11 Men 800 Meter Run ================================================================ Facility: F 1:47.36 2011 Casimir Loxsom, P S U PSU: P 1:47.32 2010 Ryan Foster Meet: M 1:50.48 2012 Owen Dawson, Unattached Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Loxsom, Casimir SR P S U 1:46.98P 2 Kidder, Brannon FR P S U 1:48.17M 3 Dawson, Owen U N A 1:50.87 4 Crawford, Matt FR Cornell 1:56.91 5 Pirnie, Andrew SO Albany 1:57.53 6 Damiani, Tom FR P S U 1:57.83 7 Baker, Colin JR P S U 1:57.96 8 Washington, Wesley SR Pittsburgh 1:57.98 9 McCuiston, David SR Cornell 1:58.21 10 Fuller, Mark SR P S U 1:58.37 11 Lowry, Dylan JR Albany 1:58.92 12 Castelli, Tyler FR Pittsburgh 2:01.38 13 Mattera, Nicholas JR Albany 2:02.29 -- Fuller, Kevin U N A DNF -- Negley, Samuel JR Pittsburgh DNF
Hoosier Open Men's 5,000m Invitational - Hill 13:43.52
Zach Mayhew finished second in an elite 5,000m race, clocking a time of 13:51.79. All six finishers in the race were faster than the collegiate leader entering the weekend, putting Mayhew second on the national list in the young season. Mayhew's time is a two-second improvement on his career best and ranks fifth in IU history. NC State's Ryan Hill took the win in 13:43.52. Full Results
Jacob Hernandez annouces retirement from track and field
After taking a long look at what drives him everyday, Jacob Hernandez has decided that he's going to step away from track and field. The three-time NCAA champion feels that it's his time to move on. He's been through the highs and lows that the sport has to offer and like anyone who's passionate about something, it's tough to look back and say, "Do I have any regrets?"
Jessica Tebo couldn't bring herself to watch Olympic Trials
In 2012 Jessica Tebo, formerly Jessica Pixler, was the top seed in the NCAA and one of about only six women who had run the 5k Olympic A standard (sub-15:20). With the Olympic Trials in site and a realistic shot at making the London squad, Tebo suffered a broken foot at the NCAA Championships that sidelined her for the rest of the year. Tebo couldn't bring herself to even watch the Olympic Trials 5k and afterwards contemplated never running again. After regrouping and signing with new sponsor, Brooks, Tebo is getting healthy and looking ready to make a team in 2013!
600m WR holder Johnny Gray talks about the off-distance event
Johnny Gray holds the outdoor world record for 600 meters (1:12.81), coaches a professional group that includes Duane Solomon, and is the middle distance coach at UCLA. In this interview Johnny talks about Duane Solomon's outlook for 2013, a season that started with a 600 meter indoor American record in January. Johnny also talks about what could have been at 600 meters: Gray vs. Michael Johnson.
The New King of Cross - Chris Derrick
After seven months away from racing, Chris Derrick's professional debut was a victorious one last weekend in St. Louis. He now moves on to the World XC Championships in Poland where he will lead one of the strongest US teams ever assembled. Healthy and training hard, Chris also discusses the role coaches play in motivating and inspiring him in preparation for major events.
Kim Conley focuses on details in preparation for 2013
"Thirsty For More" is the best way to describe 2012 Olympian Kim Conley's approach to the 2013 season. This winter she is pouring energy into speed and strength development. While a London berth and 15:14 lifetime best capped a great 2012 season, missing the final at the Games left Kim feeling incomplete. In this interview, Kim discusses her off season work as she gets ready for the Campaccio XC race in Italy on January 6.
Aries Merritt's secret to success for Olympic Gold
Aries Merritt had a breakthrough year in 2012. The most sub-13 second 110H in a season, won the World Indoor 60H title, won the Diamond League, brought home the Olympic Gold Medal and capped it all off by setting the world record (12.80). So what's the deal? What changed in 2012 to set Aries to the next level? He tells you here...
Meet Matt Maldonado, the best miler you don't know
Matt Maldonado was a 4:12 high school miler that ran to Jamba Juice for practice, but started taking things more serious after his junior XC season. He got to college and showed steady improvement, but after a 3:44 sophomore season he became anemic and missed his junior track track season. He came back in 2012 strong than before as he made the NCAA indoor meet with his first sub 4:00 mile (3:59.08) and followed it up with a redshirt performance in the 1500 of 3:37. Matt talks about his progression and where he'd like to go in 2013, his final collegiate season. The Flotrack twitter community asked Matt a couple questions, check out his responses here.
Montage: Best of Last Chance Weekend
Clutch - that's what you have to be to make this montage of last chance performances. A Capella Goodness - On the Rocks (University of Oregon)
Duane Solomon's relationship with Nick Symmonds
Two different styles, but close friends. Initially, Duane Solomon had a tough time holding off Nick Symmonds in the final 100m, but he's started to figure out what works. That kind of racing is a real treat for the fans because they get to see two very different strategies: A frontrunner and a kicker. There will always be nail biting drama in the final straightaway with these guys. Even though they're fierce competitors, Duane and Nick are still friendly with one another. But at the end of the day, someone has to cross that line in first.
Trey Hardee's non-Olympic year and beating Ashton Eaton
Trey Hardee is coming of an Olympic silver medal year after elbow surgery in 2011. After winning back to back decathlon gold medals at the World Championships in '09 and '11, Hardee was surpassed by Ashton Eaton as the world's best athlete as Eaton went on to break the world record and win Olympic gold. Hardee looks at his motivations in a non-Olympic year and his expectations when it comes to competing against Eaton.
Brie Felnagle finding her old self in 2013
It's all starting to be familiar. Brie Felnagle recently joined a new training group in Seattle and she's already enjoying it. After some injuries in the fall, Felnagle started her year with a 3k at UW and then USA XC. Now that she's healthy and has one more year of racing on the pro circuit, Felnagle is looking to get back to being competitive and racing. Definitely racing.
Bernard Lagat just misses the American 3000m Record
Courtesy of Euro Sport Live WORLD RECORD 7:24.90 Daniel Komen KEN 6th February 1998 World Lead 7:42.79 Lawi Lalang KEN 26th January 2013 MEETING RECORD 7:26:15 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 25th January 1998 Results - Men's 3000m Rank Athlete Nation Result 1 Lagat, Bernard USA WL 7:34.71 2 ALAMIREW, Yenew ETH 7:38:57 3 Ibrahimov, Hayle AZE NO, EL 7:41:46 4 KOWAL, Yoann FRA 7:46.72 5 Choge, Augustine Kiprono KEN 7:48.64 6 Higuero, Juan Carlos ESP 7:49:55 7 Haldane, Abdellah ITA 7:55.86 8 ATNAFU, Yitayal ETH 7:57:54 9 OBRUBANSKY, Maksym ITA PB 7:58:21 Mahmoudi, Abdelkader FRA aufg. SEUREI, Benson BRN aufg. Intermediate times 1000m Mahmoudi, Abdelkader (FRA) 2:31:40 2000m Lagat, Bernard (USA) 5:06:43
Steve Sisson "Believing in the Belief" of Rogue Athletic Club
It's the fourth year of the Rogue Athletic Club and a lot has changed. Rogue started back in 2008 and has evolved into a competitive post-collegiate group for the developing athlete. Coach Steve Sisson, also the Texas women's distance coach, knows how hard it is to keep a group like this running, but you gotta believe the in the belief. Post-collegiate running is about going for it for a few years because you'll never get another chance.
Scott MacPherson finding the right mix
Scotty Mac answers the question that every runner asks, "What's the perfect balance between life and running?" The last two years, the former Razorback has learned a lot about training and the kind of lifestyle that works for him. We'll cut the fluff, plus there's some advice that we don't think we can even type out here. Let the 2:18 marathon man give you the real deal honest answers about how he balanced his life. Plus a special guest appearance at the end.
M 800 (Robby Andrews 800m, 2013 opener - NYRR College Night at the Armory)
Men 800 Meter Run 1 Andrews, Robby Unattached X1:51.41 2 Parker, Christopher Lafayette 1:53.40 10 3 Williams, Michael Princeton 1:53.64 8 4 Paternostro, Bradley Princeton 1:53.75 6 5 Perrier, Gregory Manhattan 1:53.99 5 6 Bekelja, Mato PENN 1:56.16 4 7 Guiod, Matt Lock Haven 1:56.62 3 8 Owusu-Mensah, Prince Virginia Sta 1:56.72 2 9 Pittman, Justin Virginia Sta 1:57.49 1 10 Merdan, Mohamed St. Peter's 1:57.87 11 Poirier, Brian Princeton 1:58.02 12 Hargwood, Derrick Lafayette 1:58.58 13 McMurray, Matt Lafayette 1:59.36 14 Felt, Jack Lock Haven 2:00.06 15 Elchynski, Justin Lock Haven 2:00.52 16 Wentworth, Conor TCNJ 2:03.52 17 Taylor, LeMontre Virginia Sta 2:04.27 18 Saul, Compton St. Francis 2:10.19
What I learned from Webb and what not to do
Robby Andrews says he benefitted a lot more training with Webb than in the reverse. Day in day out, the American record holder put the work in. That's the mentality that Andrews carries with him this season. He's learned a lot since the Trials and comes into his sophomore more prepared. He's fit, he's prepped, and he's ready to roll.
Andrew Benford has regained the passion
When you graduate, everyone has to answer the big question of, "What do I do now?" Richmond alumnus Andrew Benford spent a year as the volunteer assistant the University of Richmond, but it didn't totally fill the void. Something was amiss. Now, he's found the right group to train with, he's overcome some tough injuries, and he's rekindled his passion for running. If you're a HS 9:30 two-miler / 4:20 miler or a recent college grad and you're trying to figure out if running is worth it, consider Benford's advice.
Last Chance Whiteboard Battle
Its the final qualifier weekend and yes the sweet 16 will be shook up. But what events are going to get the craziest? Join the debate!
LSU coach Dennis Shaver responds to stripped titles
LSU's goal is to always have an NCAA champion caliber team. So when it comes down to conference championships, the Tigers will have some tough competition in the SEC with the addition of Texas A&M. But looking back to last outdoor season, there's no name on the NCAA Championship trophy. Due to a positive test from sprinter Semoy Hackett, LSU was forced to vacate their title. How does that affect the athletes who return this year? "That experience can never be taken away from our student athletes."
Alan Webb answers your facebook and twitter questions
Flotrack asked the community what they wanted to know from Alan Webb, the American record holder in the mile, and here's what he had to say...
Katie Mackey emotional after toughest year of her life
After her second year as a pro and making the US 1500m final (8th in 2011, 9th in 2012), Katie Mackey looks back on 2012 as one of the craziest years in her personal life that she's ever had. Having gotten married, moving four times across the country and learning how to deal with change, Mackey is more confident ever before. Overcome with emotion, Follett has a greater appreciation for her support team than she ever has had in her career.
University of California Athletic Performance Center Tour
Flotrack got a an inside look at Cal's Student Athlete High Performance Center (SAHPC) courtesy of tour guides Taylor Dutch and Deborah Maier. This facility, which is connected to the university's football stadium, was surrounded by controversy during its construction. In 2008 protesters famously camped high in the trees that were scheduled for removal so the center could be built. Now the facility is open and serves all teams in Cal's athletic department.
Coaches falling left and right, Clemson Head Coach resigns!
Its been a crazy last week for some of the best teams in the country. Today it was announced that Clemson Head Coach Lawrence Johnson has resigned. The news comes on the same day pre-season indoor track and field rankings were released that had Clemson #1 in the country on the women's side. Over the week Texas women's head coach Bev Kearney also resigned after admitting to a relationship she had with one of her athletes about ten years about. The Texas women are currently ranked #14 in the country.
Ryan Hill accepts 2013 Challenge
Who are we betting on? NC State's Ryan Hill, he is the biggest American threat to an NCAA Distance title. With a 5th place finish at the trials 5k, an unofficial 3k record and a nasty final kick, who better to put pur stock in?
Kennedy Kithuka 13:26.65 solo effort - Tyson Invitational Men's 5k
Men 5000 M Invite ================================================================ Randal Tyson: 13:17.89 2/13/2009 Bekana Daba, adidas Meet: 13:17.89 2009 Bekana Daba, ETH Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Kennedy Kithuka SR Texas Tech 13:26.65 2 Dan Quigley Unattached 14:26.69 3 Jordan Valle SO Wayland Baptist 14:28.63 4 Brandon Reed SR Baylor 14:50.65 5 Matt Galvin FR Baylor 14:52.11 6 Bradley Miles JR Baylor 14:58.92 7 Colin Jokisch SR Kansas 15:01.25 8 Blake Niccum SR Baylor 15:02.96 9 Wyatt Landrum FR Wayland Baptist 15:15.48 -- Edward Taragon SR Wayland Baptist DNF
Cal's Deborah Maier lessons learned and wanting titles in 2013
Cal's Deborah Maier had a breakthrough year in 2012 finishing runner up in both the indoor 3k and 5k. Outdoors Maier ran the fastest 10k in the NCAA (32:14) before experiencing injury set backs after Payton Jordan. She battled back in a short amount of time to finish 3rd in the NCAA 10k and followed it up with her first appearance at the Olympic Trials. This year she is taking the lessons she learned and putting her efforts on winning an NCAA title!
Jacob Hernandez advice to athletes looking for reason
It wasn't like Jacob Hernandez woke up one morning and decided to call it quits. Sometimes runners become so enveloped in the sport that they don't really think about life outside of running. Hernandez plans to take that energy that he put into training and transfer it to something else in his life. When one door closes, another opens.
Erik Kynard on how an elite high jumper trains
You don't become an Olympic silver medalist overnight. Erik Kynard's training philosophy is to "make the same dish, but use different ingredients." The goal is always the same, but it's necessary to always improve on your weaknesses. How does an elite high jumper schedule his workouts on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis?
New face at the dinner table: Meet Lane Werley
After a so-so freshmen XC season in 2011, Lane had a killer fall where he took 5th at the West Regional, lead the UCLA Bruins to a 3rd place finish overall, and then finished 25th at NCAAs. The RS freshman popped an early season 14:01 at the Hoosier Open, but he has bigger goals for the rest of the season. Oh - he's also 6'5" and looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Alissa McKaig and the the mental game of distance running
At any point during a race, someone might have a mental moment of weakness. Alissa McKaig explains that she's been working on that aspect for the past few years by thinking about "wanting the ball." How does this basketball analogy work for running? It's all about putting yourself in the position to do well, instead of passing away the ball.
Brianna Rollins fueled by last year, breaks NCAA record
Personal best, Clemson University school record, NCAA record, and the 13th fastest mark in the 60mH in history. Brianna Rollins sure didn't waste any time picking up right where she left off last year. The redshirt junior, whose previous best was 7.93 at last year's NCAA Championships, broke the previous NCAA record of 7.84 set by Ginnie Powell in 2006. The record came as a result of hard work fueled by motivation. Last year, Rollins was second at NCAA indoors, second at NCAA outdoors, and sixth at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She has the fastest time in NCAA history... is this the year that Rollins grabs gold?
Kimberlyn Duncan's likes and frights in the sprints
Staying healthy in the sprints is tough - race after race, heats after heats. When Kimberlyn Duncan is asked to run so many races throughout the season, it's important to keep her body in tune. Whether it's her bread and butter (200m), an event she's learning (100m), or an event that's still a little scary (400m), she has to toe the line in tip-top shape.
Indiana runs #2 DMR in NCAA 9:33.42 at Hoosier Hills (Bayer 3:58 anchor)
The IU DMR team of Rorey Hunter, Nick Stoner, Lance Roller and Andy Bayer clocked a time of 9:33.43. The time ranks second in Division I this season and eighth in IU history. Hunter opened with a time of 2:55.7 over 1,200 meters, Stoner clocked a 48.2 split on the 400m leg, Roller ran 1:50.7 on the 800m leg, and Bayer closed out in 3:58.5 over 1,600m. IU's B-relay in the race clocked a time of 9:40.43 for third, which ranks sixth in Division I this season.
M Mile (3 sub-4 - Poore 3:58.85, Turner 3:59.17, Hubers 3:59.83 - Indiana Relays)
At the Indiana Relays, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Ben Hubers, all 2012 Indiana grads, ran under four-minutes in the men's mile invitational. Poore and Hubers each accomplished the milestone for the first time in their careers. Poore is the seventh native-Hoosier all-time to run sub-four in the mile.
Dani Stack: 1 stride from the podium
Justin Britton sits down with Dani Stack, a 5th year at Iowa State University who has been getting her feet wet in the National competitions but hasn't cemented herself on a podium yet. We sit down with Dani as she explains that she hasn't reached all of her goals yet and we're going to see more and more of her as the year rolls on!
Charlene Lipsey gunning for win in NCAA 800 with training changes
Last year, she was oh-so-close to a national title after she took 2nd in the 800m. This year, Charlene Lipsey is working on some of the stuff she was lacking towards the end of the season. Although the first and third place finishers from nationals last year are gone, there's still someone that Lipsey is keeping her eye on... What did Lipsey run for her opener? Results from the Razorback Invitational
Ryan Hill answers your Twitter questions fully clothed
Arkansas Final Qualifier - (Momoh, Squella - 1:46)
Thanks to Bryan Casillas for the video! At the 2013 Arkansas Final Qualifier both Leoman Momoh and Tomas Squella ran times good enough to qualify for the National Championship. Momoh ran a PR of 1:46.07, and Squella ran 1:46.76 claiming the Chilean Record from his father, Pablo Squella (1:47.78, 1989).
Aries Merritt new expectations after fairy tale season
NOTE: This Interview took place in January before Aries' new Nike sponsorship. 2012 Aries Merritt ran more sub-13 second 110m hurdle races in one seasson than anyone else in history, he won the Olympic Gold medal and he went on to break the world record....becoming the fastest hurdle of all-time. Pretty good season, but whats next?? Most recently Aries announced he will now be sponsored by Nike. He had previously been sponsored by Reebok which had been his only sponsor since he graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Scott Roth 3rd at Olympic Trials but misses the dream competition
Scott Roth left Eugene with mixed feelings. The three-time NCAA champion finished 3rd at the Olympic Trials, but didn't go to London because he was missing the "A" standard. Roth had actually cleared the standard, but before the window opened. The steady rain at the Trials hampered his three attempts at the height and he left Eugene full of "what ifs?" In the end, Roth wants to walk away not with specific goals, but coming away knowing that it was all worth it.
Aaron Ernest trying to win NCAA titles after successful freshman year
In his first time leaving the country, Aaron Ernest took two silver medals and one gold at the World Junior Championships. Entering his sophomore season at LSU, Ernest is eyeing an NCAA title. He was just happy to make the finals last year, but his mindset is totally different in 2013. One year can make a big difference.
Michael Tinsley no longer the first guy out after Silver medal season
After finishing 4th at in the 2009 and 2011 USA World Team Trials and not making it out of the first round of the 2008 Olympic Trials, Mike Tinsley left no question to be asked in 2012. Tinsley became in the US star in the 400 meter hurdles, a deep event in the country, as he won the Olympic Trials and went on to take Silver at the London Olympic Games. Tinsley is no longer the first guy out and is looking forward to more in 2013.
Derek Drouin 7'7.25" is #4 HJ in the World
Derek Drouin took over the collegiate lead in the high jump with the fourth-best mark in the world in 2013. Drouin cleared 2.32m (7-7.25) for the win in the high jump, taking over sole possession of the lead in Division I this season and putting himself fourth on the world list. In his final meet as a Hoosier in Gladstein Fieldhouse, Drouin broke a 25 year old facility record, held by Mark Reed at 2.31m (7-7). Drouin's clearance marks the first time he has cleared a height greater than 7-7 since injuring his foot on March 26, 2011. Drouin took three attempts at 2.35m (7-8.5), which would've ranked second all-time in the indoor collegiate high jump. Drouin's career best is 2.33m (7-7.75), which he cleared at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2011.
Matt Maldonado answers your Twitter questions
After we interviewed Matt, he took some questions from the Flotrack community. Check out what he had to say and where we'll see him race first this season!
Andreas Behm, from manager to Olympic Gold