Justyn Knight Unleashes The Kick, NAU Crushes Team Battle At Wisconsin

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An exciting individual battle and display of team strength highlighted the showdown that was the men's race at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday in Madison.

History repeated itself as Justyn Knight kicked down his competitors for the individual crown in 23:38.5, solidifying the Syracuse runner's status as a two-time Wisconsin Invitational champion. Behind Knight and Fisher, Northern Arizona was well-represented by Andy Trouard (third), Tyler Day (fourth), and Matt Baxter (fifth) who led the Lumberjacks to a dominant team victory in Madison. 

Knight's performance marked his season debut after competing for Canada at the IAAF World Championships in London, where he placed ninth in the 5K final. Competing at the championship in August gave Knight a delayed start to cross country training, but the Syracuse All-American was still unleashed his signature kick for the victory. After the win, Knight gave full credit to his coach Chris Fox. 

"He's going to make sure that I'm ready to go," Knight said, referring to Fox's training which will help prepare him for a peak at the NCAA cross country championships in November. 

In order to break the finish line tape, Knight had to kick down Grant Fisher, the NCAA outdoor 5K champion from Stanford and a consistent rival of Knight on the national stage. 

"I've always respected Grant," Knight said. "He's a fantastic racer…I knew that Grant is a guy you can't take your eyes off of."

The individual battle was just a snapshot of the thrilling team competition taking place. No. 1-ranked NAU won the meet with a score of 50 points while Portland followed in second with 123 points, Syracuse claimed third with 151 points, and Stanford finished fourth with a total of 155 points. 


From the beginning, the NAU pack's presence was felt up front. In the early stages of the race, the Lumberjacks had six men in the top 15 working together as Southern Utah and Furman attempted to contend alongside the defending NCAA champions. 

The individual battle proved to be an exciting back-and-forth exchange between the NAU unit and eventually Robert Brandt of UCLA, who broke the race open just after the 5K mark. Brandt, who recently transferred to UCLA from Cal, continued to press the pace by himself through the 6K mark. 

But while Brandt surged ahead, a formidable pack was quickly forming behind him and on the hunt for the top spot. Fisher, Knight, Trouard, Day, and Baxter chased Brandt down and passed him with just over 1K remaining in the race. 

By the final turn, the individual title chase was on as all five standouts unleashed their own kicks with the energy that remained. 

Knight taking the individual crown helped lead Syracuse to a top-three team finish, a promising performance for the 2015 NCAA championship team. 

NAU's winning team score was earned by three top-five finishes from Trouard, Day, and Baxter, and ultimately earned by Geordie Beamish's 17th-place and freshman Luis Grijalva's 21st-place showings. 

Behind NAU, Portland executed a breakthrough performance with Jeff Thies (eighth) leading three men to top-11 finishes and all five scorers within the top 54. Heading into the meet, the Pilots were ranked No. 22 in the FloXC rankings, but the squad made a big statement by beating No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 Stanford.

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut

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Ben True’s first foray into the half marathon went about as well as possible. The 32-year-old, best known for his abilities in the 5000 and 10,000m, used his track speed to outkick Dathan Ritzenhein to win the New York City Half Marathon in 1:02:39, becoming the first American man to win the race. Prior to Sunday, True had never raced longer than 10 miles. But he did have years of experience in shorter distances -- something that was especially useful after the conservative early pace turned the race tactical and put a premium on a fast finish. 

Briana Williams Passes Marion Jones' World Age Group Record in 100


Briana Williams just made history. 

On Saturday at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, the Oakland Park Northeast (FL) High sophomore broke a 27-year-old record held by Marion Jones in the 100m run, setting a new 15-year-old world age group record with a wind-legal time of 11.13 seconds (+1.7).

After Eight-Month Layoff, Costello Returns To Racing At NYC Half

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NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

Kyron McMaster In The Hurdles, Sang/Goule In The 1500: 49er Classic Preview

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The indoor season hasn’t been over for an entire week and attention has already turned outdoors. This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic, a meet that features collegians and professionals all itching to get an early start on their outdoor season.