Matthew Elliott Full-Time Teacher Gets 4th at USAs Watch this Interview!
Matthew Elliott's 2013 season was one that inspired the track community with hope. At the beginning of the USA final in Des Moines, everyone in the stands looked across the start line and said "who is that guy in the Brooks top?" But by the end the dialogue changed to a resounding "who the hell is Matthew Elliott!?" After finishing 4th, the dream season forged on. Elliott chased for a standard, with a glimmer of hope that maybe the full time teacher from South Carolina could represent Team USA in Moscow. We followed Elliot to Europe and watched him PR and live the dream that he once thought might never come true.
Jordan Hasay Tara Erdmann Stun Field by Working Together
Highlight Reel from USA Champs
A blood-pumping, heart pulsating, action-packed highlight reel of the USA Championships. Full Interview with the full-time teacher, Matthew Elliot seen here: http://flo.mx/15vNY0U
The Cool Down - Hasay thanks Alex, Mitch eats his words
Everyone's cooling down on the infield, but the boys are still full of piss and vinegar from all the action from day one. Especially Alex. What happened to the 400m Olympians? Why did every 100m sprinter DNS? Craziness in the men's 1500m after the heat sheets were changed this morning. Oh, and the 10k. Photobomb credit: Jordan Hasay and Tara Erdmann.
Galen Rupp 2nd in Shockingly Slow 5k
Abbey D'Agostino Needs to work on her block starts.
There have only been five women in history to win the national title in the outdoor 5k back to back years, and Abbey D is one of them. Although she is one of the most accomplished distance runners in NCAA history with four individual titles to her name, by her own admission, she has one of the worst starts. Maybe nailing down a good start is the trick to making the World Champs team. Keep an eye on Abbey's start as she toes the line for USAs in one week.
The Cool Down - Yes We Cain and Don't Doubt Leo
We join Centro and Mary for a cool down. The 1500m was everything we hoped for and more. Did we say that there would be an AR in the 100mH or what? Also, can you guess the full-time teacher (4:42 in high school miler) who got fourth in the 1500m? The prediction race is tied! Both Alex and Mitch have a 67% success rate. It'll all come down the final day...
Kara Goucher Doesn't Feel Like She Deserves to Make The Team
Ryan Hill Did I Really Get Third?
Maverick Darling, Joe Stilin, & Mick Byrne Make 5k Statements
Ben True Locked & Loaded For US 10K Team
Ben True has been on a roll this year, with outstanding performances in major U.S. events. After returning to Dartmouth and coach Mark Coogan from a stint of training in Eugene, he's been making himself a household name. He'll be gunning for the 10K at the USA Track & Field Championships, an event where he hasn't had the best success in on the track. It'll only be his 4th 10K ever and he says he's had bad experiences in 2 out of the 3 that he's run. In his recent workout that we posted, he mentioned that as he closes on that final straightaway, he envisions the likes of Lagat and others on his heels that he hopes to out kick True is a man on a mission, determined to make the team for Moscow.
Let Them Run! Men's 5k Drama
Fairness in the process. That's all we really want. So when we get word that maybe 12 of the original 18 entrants in the men's 5k will run this afternoon, we assume that theyâll make up for the lost spots. Right? Wrong. USATF will apparently stick to their guns and keep the original field. Or whatâs left of it. Unofficially, the scratches include Dathan Ritzenhein, Evan Jager, Will Leer, Chris Derrick, and Dan Huling. There may be more, but no updated list can be found on meetâs official website. Weâre perfectly fine with those athletes not running the 5k. They entered the race as a precautionary measure in case something unfortunate happened in their primary event. We should be trying to send our best athletes to the IAAF World Championships. However, it's the little guys that lose out. Former collegians like Maverick Darling (Wisconsin), Andy Bayer (Indiana), and Joe Stilin (Princeton/Texas) will have to watch the race from the stands. Hope they can find a seat on the filled-to-capacity backstretch. It's not like these guys don't have the credentials. Darling was the top American finisher at NCAAs. Bayer is an NCAA champion, who almost made the 1500m team last year. Stilin has been on fire and donât forget - he was bumped out last year by Alan Webb. The lack of transparency in the declaration process makes it tough to have high aspirations. If an athlete's ultimate goal is to try and make the U.S. Championships, what's a college coach supposed to say at the start of the season? "Hope the system is in our favor?" What about athletes who want to follow their dreams and compete post-collegiately? Not running at the U.S. Championships and trying to negotiate a professional contract is a bad combination. USATF - Let these athletes run.
Bernard Lagat 5k Champ Ready for AR shot in Monaco
It's USA time with the Junk! - RJ 228
Have you packed your best USA gear for the week ahead?? Its time to rock and roll in Des Moines! Before we head to the sweaty midwest we look back on some rocking high school action and breaking news from around the world. Then is all about making the team to Moscow!
Brutal 1500m Predictions
Hands down, the hardest picks of the USA Championships. The women's 1500m, and the men's 1500m. No need to preface these finals. Women's 1500m Alex 1) Moser 2) Cain 3) Mackey Mitch 1) Moser 2) Cain 3) Rowbury Men's 1500m Alex 1) Centro 2) Leo 3) Leer Mitch 1) Cento 2) Lomong 3) Leer
Chris Derrick feelin' great after making his first team
Dathan Ritzenhein I Thought I Could Win
Ritzenhein had done exactly what coach Alberto Salazar had told him to pre-race: to make it a mile instead of a 10,000m at the end. "I knew that it was going to be slow," said Ritzenhein. "He told me beforehand that 'I don't want you to go until a mile to go. You can run 3:56, and I don't think anyone other than Galen can do that right now.' "It's a hard way to break people. It's one thing to out-kick people or just have a nice steady pace. But to know you're in the front and know you'd have to break people one by one, that's what I was trying to do. I was trying to get rid of everyone, even Galen too," he said. Courtesy: Chris Lotsbom, Races Results Weekly
Ben True's Most Brutal Skiing and Running Combos
Have a rough race and feel tired the next day? Well, Ben True might just be able to one-up you. In his younger years, True was an avid cross-country skier, but that didn't stop him from running. True shares with us some crazy back-to-back-to-back races that involved a lot of running, a lot of skiing, and a lot of travel.
Did Ben True Regret Big Move In 5k?
Ben True, for the second time over the weekend, finished 4th in the US Championships. First was in the 10,000 meters followed by the 5,000 meters on the final day. True, who had been one of the best US distance runners through the 2013 season to this point, made a big move with a mile to go in a slow 5k final. The move sparked a 3:55 final mile for the guys up front and left True less than half a second off of his first US Outdoor team. When asked if he regrets his move, here's what he had to say...
Jenny Simpson wins 5k, will stick with 1500m
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