Ajee' Wilson And Charlene Lipsey Have A New Training Partner

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USA world team members Ajee' Wilson and Charlene Lipsey are gaining a new training partner: Kendra Chambers, a University of Texas alum who joins coach Derek Thompson's Philadelphia-based group after training with Rose Monday in San Antonio for the past few years.

Women's athletic apparel brand Oiselle announced in a press release today that Chambers, their newest sponsored athlete, would be moving up north to join the elite group.

"Ajee and Charlene are both close friends of mine off the track, so…. it's going to be A LOT of fun," Chambers writes in the Oiselle Q&A. "I have a feeling I am going to suffer for the first few months, but I'll get through it! Overall, just excited to join a group of high caliber athletes. The next few years are really important, so this was a big decision for me to make as a professional. I want to surround myself with the best. It's okay if you're not there yet. But if you put yourself in the right position, you never know what could happen."

Thompson's group is the single best women's 800m training group in the United States as both Wilson and Lipsey made the world team this summer. Wilson captured bronze at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London and shattered the 17-year-old American record in the event with a time of 1:55.61. Since joining Wilson a year ago, LSU alum Lipsey has made huge strides under Thompson's program, as she lowered a two-year-old PB in 800m from 2:00.6 to 1:57.38 and placed second behind Wilson at the USATF outdoor championships to make her first world team. 

Chambers is 27 years old, one year older than Lipsey and four years older than Wilson. She set her PB of 2:00:76 in Lignano, Italy, last year. Chambers has yet to make a U.S. final, but neither had Lipsey before she started training with Wilson.

The group is not without a little bit of controversy. Both Wilson and Lipsey broke the American indoor record for 800m at the Millrose Games this past February but Wilson's mark was later nulled after she tested positive for zeranol. The positive test was said to be triggered by eating contaminated beef and Wilson was let off with a warning.

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By Rich Sands, @sands© Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (18-Mar) -- Slow early paces led to fast finishes at the United Airlines NYC Half here, with Ben True of Hanover, N.H., and Buze Diriba of Ethiopia using blazing kicks to take the victories on a cold, windy morning. More than 22,000 runners started the race, an event record.

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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).

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By Rich Sands, @sands(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Photo: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.