The IAAF Achieves Gender Parity At Worlds, But Only For Five Women

On Sunday night, the IAAF added a women's 50K racewalk to the 2017 World Championships. The change may have been hasty, done less than two weeks before the championships are scheduled to start in London, but in doing so the IAAF has ensured that, for the first time ever, there is an equal number (24) of men's and women's events at a global track and field championship this August.

The change has been a long time coming, as American racewalker Erin Taylor-Talcott made history last year by successfully petitioning the IAAF to compete as a woman in the men's 50K racewalk at the World Race Walking Team Championships. Though she finished in last place at that race by six minutes, her story and advocacy played a large part in helping to push the IAAF to add the event to the 2017 Worlds program. She has been named to Team USA to compete in the 50K in London.

The only problematic part of the announcement was its lateness. To qualify to compete, athletes must have achieved an entry standard of 4:30:00 by the end of Tuesday, July 25 -- just two days after the announcement of the event. According to the IAAF lists, only five women in the world have achieved that standard in 2017. FloTrack could not find a 50K race walk being hosted between now and the end of the qualifying period.

To make the issue worse, the IAAF says the event will have a 4:17 last-lap cutoff time, meaning that all athletes must reach the last loop before that time. That works out to a pace of 4:27:43 for 50K, more than two minutes faster than the qualification time, and a time that is faster than Taylor-Talcott's 2017 best of 4:29:33. If athletes are to be pulled out for not reaching the cutoff, they will still be given a finishing place and be eligible for prize money.

In a blog post Taylor-Talcott made today, she went over the positive and negative implications of the IAAF deciding to host the event so close to Worlds. She admits that it is possible that only five athletes will enter the women's 50K racewalk at Worlds, but IAAF President Sebastian Coe said he will factor in the late timing of the IAAF's decision when considering the future of the event: "Therefore, to ensure the long-term credibility of the World Championships, we will follow the recommendation of the Race Walking Committee and assess the development of the event to determine whether there are sufficient numbers of athletes and countries legitimately interested."

How Running Saved Hannah Reinhardt's Life

Hannah Reinhardt, a senior at the University at Albany, won the Northeast Regional on the roads this past weekend, earning an individual qualification for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23. This story, written by Reinhardt on behalf of America East's #BetterTo9ether initiative, details her journey through adversity and how running helped save her life.

Arkansas Goes For Calendar Sweep, Monson/Kelati Battle

In his 30 years at Arkansas, women’s head coach Lance Harter has won four national championships in track. He’s won 15 SEC Cross Country Championships. The program has finished in the top 10 at NCAAs on 10 occasions. But the team has never won an NCAA cross country title, and it’s been two decades since they finished in the top four. 

2019 DII XC Championships Preview: Mines, Adams State Look To Stay On Top

DII/DIII FloXC Show: NCAA Podium Picks

The 2019 DII NCAA XC Championships are this Saturday, Nov. 23, in Sacramento, California. FloTrack will have Live coverage of the event beginning at 10:00 am PT with the start of the women’s 6k.

House Of Run: An NCAA XC Primer

Kevin and Jason preview Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, LIVE on FloTrack, and discuss if the NAU men’s team can win their fourth straight title, who will emerge from a three-way battle for the women’s championship and the next chapter in the Alicia Monson/Weini Kelati rivalry.

How To Watch The 2019 DIII NCAA Cross Country Championships Live

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FloTrack will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Division III NCAA Cross Country National Championships. The DIII NCAA Championships will take place on Nov. 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. The broadcast will begin with the men's race at 10:45am EST, followed by the women's race at 11:45am. Sign up today to watch all three NCAA XC Championships live and get access to all of FloTrack's pre and post-race coverage. A subscription also gives users access to MileSplit and all of the events and premium content across the network of 25 FloSports sites.

How To Watch The 2019 DII NCAA Cross Country Championships Live

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FloTrack will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Division II NCAA Cross Country National Championships. The DII NCAA Championships will take place on Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California. The broadcast will begin with the women's race at 1:00pm (EST) and the men's race at 2:15pm. Sign up today to watch all three NCAA XC Championships live and get access to all of FloTrack's pre and post-race coverage. A subscription also gives users access to MileSplit and all of the events and premium content across the network of 25 FloSports sites.

Seven Lingering Questions Ahead Of NCAAs

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The NCAA fields are set and for the most part we have a good idea of who will be contending for the team and individual titles in Terre Haute. But several crucial questions still remain.

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