2017 Roy Griak H.S. Recap: Emily Covert Upsets Grace Ping

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The 2017 Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course concluded today as one of the first big tests for NCAA cross country programs and top high school teams from across the nation. Check out the full results here, read the college recap here, and watch replays of the race videos here. Analysis of the action is below.

High School Girls Gold Race: Emily Covert Upsets Grace Ping; Illinois' Naperville North Wins Team Title

The high school girls race was the story of one former middle phenom vs. another, as Roy Griak's first-ever 7th grade champion in Emily Covert took on Grace Ping, who won the race as a 7th grader in 2015 and has gone on to set multiple age group world records and took sixth at NXN as an eighth grader last fall.

Covert and Ping, as well as fellow Minnesota freshman Anna Fenske and Great Oak High's top duo of Tori Gaitan and Fatima Cortes, set out about 10 seconds faster in the first mile than the college women, passing the split at about 5:25. The top group was down to Covert, Ping, and Fenske (22nd at NXN last year) by 3K, which they passed in 10:35. Covert pulled away shortly thereafter and stopped the clock in 18:13; Ping was second in 18:20 and Fenske placed third in 18:31. Ping's younger sister, Lauren (another seventh-grader), placed fifth in 18:49.

Naperville North senior Sarah Schmitt may have run the smartest race of the anyone in the field; she ran just 6:00 for the opening mile and was back in 38th place but steadily moved up to finish fourth overall in 18:47. Her perfectly measured effort helped lead her Illinois high school to the team title with 150 points, just three points ahead of California powerhouse Great Oak. Key to Naperville's victory was getting a second runner, Alex Morris, into the top 10 overall. GO's Gaitan placed sixth, but Cortes faded back to 17th after starting with a sub-5:30 mile.


High School Boys Gold Race: Derick Peters Rises To The Top; No. 2 Great Oak Defeats No. 4 Wayzata

The high school boys championship race saw No. 2-ranked Great Oak of California soundly defeat home turf favorites Wayzata, the No. 4-ranked team in the nation, with 46 points to Wayzata's 166 points. The Californians benefited from placing three runners in the top 10 overall, led by Carlos Carjaval (3rd), Gabe Abbes (5th), and Jacob Korgan (7th).

Derick Peters of West Central High in South Dakota ran to a dominant victory, which perhaps should not be a surprise given his new status on the MileSplit Flo50 XC Rankings at No. 25. A large group of runners split sub-5:00 on the opening mile, though by 3K the top field had whittled down to just Peters and Matthew Carmody of Dowling Catholic (Iowa). Peters surged ahead and won in 15:49.43, while the unranked Carmody placed second in 16:11. Both finished well ahead of Wayzata's top man, No. 21-ranked Khalid Hussein, who placed 10th today.


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Big 12 Preview: Divine Oduduru's Coming Out Party, NCAA Record Chase In HJ

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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

14 Athletes Set To Represent Canada At 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

House Of Run Podcast: Coleman, Nelvis, Brazier Show Out

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

Star-Studded 3K, 60mH Tiebraker Headline 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships

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By Taylor Dutch

Powerhouse teams from the Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences come together this weekend to compete at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which you can catch LIVE on FloTrack.

Teahna Daniels Set To Extend Texas Sprints' Legacy At Big 12s

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By Lincoln Shryack

Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.