Andrew Wheating Says Goodbye

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Two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating announced his retirement from track and field on Thursday. 

In a post on his Facebook page beginning with "Dear Professional Running," the 30-year-old wrote, "You've changed my life in ways I couldn't even imagine. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry, you've brought me a happiness that can't be replicated anywhere else."

Wheating burst on to the national running scene when, as a University of Oregon sophomore, he finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800m. 

The stirring race featured a 1-2-3 sweep of athletes with Oregon connections, as Nick Symmonds and Christian Smith of the Oregon Track Club joined Wheating on the Olympic team in Beijing. He soon became known for his charisma, his 6-foot-5 frame and devastating finishing kick.  


Wheating went on to win three individual titles and qualify for three U.S. teams. His best year was 2010. That season he swept the 800m and 1500m at the NCAA championships and went on to set lifetime bests in the 800m (1:44.56), 1500m (3:30.91), and mile (3:51.74). 

His 1500m mark from Monaco is the eighth fastest mark by an American of all time and prompted this enthusiastic reaction:

 

The last couple of years Wheating struggled with injuries and consistency. He competed for the Oregon Track Club Elite through the 2016 season. He made the finals of the 1500m at the Olympic Trials in 2016, but did not advance out of the first round at this year's U.S. championships. 

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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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.

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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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

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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

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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.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia. 

20 Events You Cannot Miss at The VA Showcase!

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The 2017 VA Showcase saw 11 U.S. No. 1 performances, two national records, and its alumni went on to win a staggering 33 indoor national titles. Needless to say, it was the greatest regular season meet of all time. 

Mondo's Swedish Indoor Record, Men's Pole Vault Summit Marks Invalidated

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The 2018 UCS/Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, featured some of the best elite performances in the event’s 28-year history, including world-leading marks by Mondo Duplantis and Sandi Morris.

FloTrack To Stream 16 International Events For UK And Ireland

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FloTrack will live-stream the following 16 events exclusively for subscribers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.