Stanford Nabs Nation's No. 1 Rated Women's Distance Recruit, Rebecca Story

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By Cory Mull for MileSplit

Rebecca Story, the No. 1 ranked women's distance recruit in the Class of 2018 and No. 5-ranked runner in the Flo50 national rankings, has committed to Stanford University. 

This is a huge coup for the Cardinal, which had one of the top recruiting classes this past spring with the additions of Corning (NY) High's Jessica Lawson, Leesville Road (NC) High's Nevada Mareno, and Lamar (TX) graduate Julia Heymach. 

Story is an eight-time individual state champion in Tennessee who earned her first cross country title a year ago while also competing for Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge. Story, who's qualified for the TSSAA XC championships in four straight seasons, owns a 5K PB of 16:57.44 and has opened conservatively this fall as she worked through official visits.

Story, who earned a runner-up finish in the 4K at the AAU National Championships as a 7th grader, is just as accomplished on the track, where she sports marks of 2:12.51/4:48.16/9:59.85 in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. She's run a 1-mile PB of 4:45.63 and is a two-time finisher at the Brooks PR 2-mile run, capturing a fourth-place nod in 2016.

​Watch Rebecca Story set the Tennessee high school girls state record for the mile with a 4:45 at the 2017 Music City Distance Carnival:

​Rebecca Story reacts to her mile PB in Nashville:

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project


Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K


North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener


Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid


Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal


Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon


Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.