USF, Portland Steal The Show At NCAA West Region

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Led by a thrilling kick to the finish from NCAA 10K champion Charlotte Taylor, the No. 4 San Francisco Dons captured the NCAA West Region title on Friday in Seattle, Washington.

By beating NCAA steeplechase champion Allie Ostrander in the final homestretch, Taylor won the individual title in a new course record time of 19:14. Behind San Francisco's winning team score of 59 points, Stanford notched 76 points for second place.

Historically, the NCAA West Region tends to produce some of the best teams in the country, and this year has been no exception. Behind USF and Stanford, who secured automatic qualifying spots to the championship, defending NCAA champions Oregon finished third with 92 points, Boise State closed for fourth with 104 points, California secured a fifth-place finish with 183 points, and Washington earned sixth place with 202 points.

According to the FloTrack NCAA cross country projections, Oregon, Boise State, California, and Washington will earn at-large qualifying bids to compete at the NCAA championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Dons' victory was secured by a dominant showing from a famously deep group of talented athletes. Behind Taylor, teammates Weronika Pyzik finished fourth, Isabelle Brauer finished seventh, Marie Bouchard finished 16th, and Tatjana Schulte finished 31st to close the score.

While the Dons notched the team win, Stanford was led by a close spread between team leader Fiona O'Keeffe and fifth woman Christina Aragon who were separated by less than 45 seconds.

Note: The at-large teams are based on the FloTrack NCAA Cross Country projections and are not the official selection of the NCAA.


Men's Race

After a casual approach to the West Coast Conference Championships, the No. 5 Portland Pilots returned with a vengeance to win the men's team title in the west.

Led by a dominant individual title from Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse, the Pilots put three men in the top four places and closed the score with a 27th-place finish from Caleb Webb and a 29th-place finish from Noah Schutte. In total, Portland earned 63 points to beat Washington's 65 points.

In a surprise upset showing, the No. 20 Washington Huskies secured a runner-up finish to earn the final automatic qualifying spot to compete at NCAAs. Colby Gilbert's fifth-place individual finish led the Huskies who scored all five runners in the first 18 places.

Behind Portland and Washington, No. 4 Stanford ran a controlled race to finish third and receive an at-large bid to NCAAs. Stanford finished with 85 points to beat Oregon and UCLA. Even in a "conservative effort," the Cardinal still had five runners finish in the top 25.

According to the FloTrack projections, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, Boise State, and Washington State will receive at-large bids to compete at the NCAA championships.

The official NCAA championship qualifiers will be announced by the NCAA on Saturday.

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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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.  

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.