Weekend Roundup: Views From The 600

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Below are the six biggest things that happened this weekend. And here are complete results from around the track world.

1. Off events continue to be the story


The last two weekends, non-standard records went down at various levels in the 300 and 1000 meters and were attempted in the 500. This weekend, 600-meter races were among the best performances at three different levels. UTEP freshman Emmanuel Korir set an indoor world best, running 1:14.97--the first time anyone has ever maintained sub-50 second 400 pace for 600 meters indoors. Rush Henrietta Sperry (NY) senior Sammy Watson ran 1:28.67 to break the high school girls record. And Ajee' Wilson ran 1:25.23 in New York, making her the second fastest American and sixth-fastest woman ever.

Gordon and I argued this week about whether these events are, in fact, good.



2. D.J. Principe runs 4:00.97


It's not an accident that great performances cluster after a breakthrough or that marathon times tend to cluster around round hour barriers. These times are arbitrary, and the reason that people break them in bunches is that running is incredibly mental. Alan Webb was the only high schooler to run a sub-4:00 mile between 1968 to 2010; someone in high school is probably going to break four every year now. (Two boys have done it each of the last two years, and Principe has six months to shave off less than a second.) 

Obviously training and opportunities have improved for teenagers, but a huge factor in the flood of sub-4:00s is the realization that it's not impossible. It's just a time.

3. Grant Holloway continues his rampage through the NCAA


Two weeks after running a Division I-leading time in the 60 hurdles, the Florida freshman jumped 8.05 meters (26-5) to take the No. 1 spot in the long jump. According to the University of Florida, that makes Holloway and Ashton Eaton the only two men in the world since 1999 to break 7.75 in the hurdles and jump 8.05 or better indoors. (Also of note from Florida's crack research department: six true freshmen have gone farther than 8.00 indoors in the last 15 years; four of them did it for Florida.)

Holloway is the perfect collegiate athlete from a coach's perspective--not quite great enough in any one event to go pro early (at least not yet) but versatile enough to put up huge points at conference and NCAA meets.


4. Molly Seidel returns


Her 4:44 mile was unspectacular, but it was her first track race since sweeping the 5K and 3K at NCAA indoors last March. It's a far cry from the fitness she showed 10 months ago--an 8:57 3K is 4:46 1600m pace. Then again, Seidel, a pure distance runner, has never broken 4:40 in the mile. We'll see where she's at in longer races soon.

5. There's a new all-time great doping alibi

Courtesy of Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, who was defending women's hockey players who ended up with male DNA in their drug tests: "If you have sex five days before taking a doping test, they can find male DNA in you. If a female athlete undergoes a drug test within five days after the act, then the test will show that she has male hormones--and yet it evokes suspicions of her using different drugs. One [athlete] can kiss a girl who has taken a drug. A foreign [athlete] is reinstated based on this while a Russian is punished."

Mutko is referring to Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber, who was let off for a cocaine positive test after blaming it on a Craiglist encounter gone awry.

On one hand, if you squint really hard, sure. On the other, no, those are alt-facts, that's not how DNA works.

6. Gwen Jorgensen probably won't return to marathoning in 2017


Because she's pregnant. Congrats! 


NXN Champ Katelyn Tuohy To Attempt H.S. 5K Record LIVE on FloTrack

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Ruby Stauber To Transfer From LSU To Oregon

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After a standout freshman season with LSU, Ruby Stauber will take her talents to the Pacific Northwest to compete for the University of Oregon. A since-deleted tweet from the Wayzata High School girls cross country account first made the announcement, and FloTrack later confirmed it with Stauber.

'Just Wait,' Fred Kerley Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Raevyn Rogers Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Christian Coleman Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

Who's No. 1? FloTrack Tackles The Katelyn Tuohy vs Claudia Lane Debate

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If you've paid the slightest modicum of attention to high school girls cross country this season, you know the names Katelyn Tuohy and Claudia Lane. 

2017 Bowerman Blind Resume Test

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The Bowerman Award Ceremony will be LIVE on FloTrack this Friday, December 15, at 9 PM ET.

Paul Tetreault, The 2017 Hometown Hero presented by Quicken Loans

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On behalf of the national mortgage lender Quicken Loans, FloSports is excited and honored to award Paul Tetreault, track and cross country coach at North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island with $25,000 to put towards a year’s worth of mortgage payments for being named the 2017 Hometown Hero.

How Keturah Orji Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Lindon Victor Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.