Boris Berian Finally Signs With New Balance

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800m world indoor champion Boris Berian signed with New Balance today, six months after trying to sign with the shoe company the first time.

New Balance Running and Sara Germano of the Wall Street Journal sent out near-simultaneous tweets this morning:





After running 1:43 last summer, Berian signed a short contract with Nike through the end of 2015 that gave Nike the right to match a competitor's offer after the contract expired. We know from court filings that New Balance tried to offer Berian a three-year, $375,000 contract in January, but Nike attempted to exercise its right to match. Regardless, Berian and his agent, Merhawi Keflezighi, were determined to sign with New Balance.

A months-long legal battle between Nike and Berian ended when Nike dropped its lawsuit last week. Among the major highlights were Nike serving Berian with a lawsuit at a track meet and a federal court barring Berian from competing in non-Nike attire.

Key to Berian's desire to sign with New Balance was a lack of reductions in the New Balance contract. Court filings showed that Nike's initial offer—which Nike maintained could have been revised to eliminate reductions if Berian and Keflezighi responded to its queries—contained salary reductions from 25 to 50 percent annually for performance and public relations stories.

Berian dropped out of college in 2012 because he wanted to focus on running fast. In October 2014, Big Bear Track Club snapped him up, and after two years of supporting himself by working at McDonald's, Berian ran 1:43 at Monaco in July 2015 and won the World Indoor Championship in March 2016. Though he has gone without an endorsement contract all year, Berian has won at least $40,000 in prize money just in the last four months thanks to his 800m wins at USATF indoors, world indoors, and the Prefontaine Classic.

The first round of the Olympic Trials 800m begins on Friday. Berian's 1:43.34 from Monaco is the fastest qualifying time in the field.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl --indoors or outdoors-- today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia. 

20 Events You Cannot Miss at The VA Showcase!

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The 2017 VA Showcase saw 11 U.S. No. 1 performances, two national records, and its alumni went on to win a staggering 33 indoor national titles. Needless to say, it was the greatest regular season meet of all time.