USATF Recognizes Bernard Lagat & others at Millrose Games

USATF Press Releases - Feb. 15

Week in Review - February 6-12

 by USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

In addition to the USA Track & Field Classic, here is a recap of last week's action:

LAGAT SMASHES 5K AR AT MILLROSE GAMES
The venue may have changed for the storied Millrose Games, but the talent on the track and in the field was stellar at the Armory as Bernard Lagat smashed the indoor American Record in the 5, 000 meters, chopping more than four seconds off the previous standard with his 13:07.15.

The owner of the previous record? Galen Rupp, who a thousand miles away at the USATF Classic at Arkansas snatched away Lagat's two-mile AR on the same evening.

Hot miles were also on tap, with 2011 World outdoor 1500 bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz notching a PR 3:53.92 to move atop the '12 U.S. list. Behind him, BYU's Miles Batty broke the collegiate record with a 3:54.54 clocking.

The women's 1500m was a triumph for '11 World outdoor champ Jenny Simpson, who won with a world-leading 4:07.27 PR, just ahead of Shannon Rowbury's PR 4:07.66 in second.

Defending Olympic 400 champion LaShawn Merrit stepped up a tad bit in distance to claim the 500m title with a world-leading 61.39 PR, and David Oliver ran a world-leading 7.01 for the 55 hurdles en route to a 7.51 win in the 60H.

Sanya Richards-Ross raced to her second straight WL in the 400 at 50.89, and Kristi Castlin's 7.37 55H en route to a 7.91 60H win was also the fastest in the world this season.

The top field performance went to World outdoor high jump champ Jesse Williams, who cleared a U.S.-leading 2.32m/7-7.25.
 

USATF Teleconference excerpts: Lagat, Camarena-Williams, Suhr
On Wednesday USA Track & Field hosted a national media teleconference with Bernard LagatJillian Camarena-Williams and Jenn Suhr, who all recently set American records.

Lagat established a new American record in the 5,000-meters Saturday at the 105th Millrose Games while Camarena-Williams bettered her own American record in the women's shot put at the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Ark., and Suhr improved her own American record in the women's pole vault February 4 at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix.
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CLAYE, TAYLOR PUT ON TJ SHOW AT TYSON INVITATIONAL
Christian Taylor won the world outdoor title in 2011, but former Florida teammate and Daegu bronze medalist Will Claye stole the show at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville with his world-leading 17.39/57-0.75. Taylor, jumping from a very short approach run, spanned
16.88m/55-4.75 for second. Claye also tied for the world lead in the long jump with a leap of 8.24m/27-0.5.

Former Oklahoma star Frankie Wright was a revelation in the 400, zipping to a PR 45.72 in a solo effort that trimmed a half second off his previous indoor best.
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GILL Athletics names recipient of 2012 USATF Coaches Education Level I Scholarship
CHAMPAIGN, IL--Matt Luck, head coach of Willoughby South (OH) High School, has been awarded a scholarship from Gill Athletics for the USATF Level I Coaches Education School to be held at Defiance College from February 24-26.
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USATF Foundation launches Run With US! in Los Angeles
INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation successfully launched the inaugural Run With US! (RWUS!) program on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles, CA,  Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

The primary focus of RWUS! is fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity and its associated negative medical, social and psychological effects, especially as it relates to inner-city youth. By having elite athletes and Olympians as teachers, mentors and role models, the Foundation expects to positively impact the way children view exercise and nutrition.
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About USA Track & Field


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Here's Why USATF Honoring World Rankings Would Be A Disaster

Earlier this week we published an opinion stating why it is a good thing for USATF to use time standards as the only means to guarantee a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team. Our main reason was based on the fact that the new world rankings are unfair, but more importantly, the world rankings make the selection process even worse.

CAS Delays Semenya Decision Until Late April

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Thursday that they will push back a ruling in the case involving Caster Semenya until late April. 

House Of Run: Everything To Be Excited About In The Outdoor Season

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The Best Track And Field Athlete From Every NCAA Tournament School

The 2019 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament begins this week, and in honor of March Madness we’ve selected the best track and field athlete— past or present— from each of the tournament’s 68 schools (minus Old Dominion, who does not have a track team; get a track team Old Dominion). Some of the names below are NCAA track and field legends from major programs. Others on this list never even qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 68 here ran the gamut, from Olympic heroes to mere school record holders.

Why LetsRun Is Wrong & USATF Is Right About Olympic Qualifying

Last week, the IAAF announced its new qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games, which included tougher entry standards and new computerized world rankings. The reaction was intense as some media outlets painted an apocalyptic worldview for U.S. athletics. In reality, it’s not that dramatic.

Cal Coach Tony Sandoval To Retire

Tony Sandoval, the director of track and field and cross country at Cal, will retire at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Sandoval spent 37 years at the university, beginning as the head women’s coach in 1982. 

Six Reasons We're Looking Forward To The NCAA Outdoor Track Season

As exciting as 200-meter ovals and banked curves are, we’re ready for the unpredictable weather, sprint relays and 10K races of spring track season. Here’s a few reasons to get excited for NCAA outdoor track and field.

FloTrack To Stream 2019 Boston Marathon In Europe

AUSTIN, Texas — March 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Boston Athletic Association, announced a partnership to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in over 40 European countries. 

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