Michael Saruni Highlights NCAA Weekend Performances

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The UTEP Miners apparently shouldn't be too concerned about the loss of last year's indoor and outdoor NCAA 800m champion Emmanuel Korir to the pro ranks. 

His peer, sophomore Michael Saruni — whose bad luck at nationals last year resulted in two tumbles, a disqualification indoors, and a DFL finish outdoors — has risen to take his stead at the top of the collegiate ranks with a 1:45.92 facility record at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational this weekend in Nashville. 

Saruni's mark is the fastest 800m time ever recorded by a collegiate athlete on an oversized track, and the No. 5 mark all-time indoors. The previous best oversized time was 1:45.97, run by Roman Oravec of SMU in 1999. He bested the facility record of 1:46.5 set by Korir last year.

The NCAA indoor record is held by Saruni and Korir's coach, Paul Ereng, who ran 1:44.84 for the University of Virginia in 1989.

Saruni's time is the fastest in the world this year.

More world-leading action came from Texas Tech's Trey Culver, who cleared 2.33m/7-7.75 in the high jump. He ties the No. 4 all-time mark in indoor collegiate history. The collegiate record is 2.37m/7-9.25, set by Hollis Conway for Lousiana Lafayette in 1989.

Other points of interest this weekend:

Injury hampers Olympian Sydney McLaughlin in home meet debut.

The Kentucky freshman scratched from the open 400m at her home meet, citing a hip issue, but ran anchor on the Wildcats' 4x400m relay. She got the baton with an eight-meter deficit behind Ohio State's Maggie Barrie, made up the gap with 100m to go, but spun out of control as Barrie nipped her at the line, 3:34.92 to 3:35.31. 

“We’re going to work on those hip issues, and work on the things that are a little off right now, and hopefully the next time we come out, I’ll be ready,” McLaughlin said to Jared Peck for the Lexington Herarld-Leader.

McLaughlin split 51.9, more than a second faster than anyone else in the relay field.

Could the Aggie women make a run at the NCAA DMR title?

The Texas A&M women took control of the NCAA lead in the distance medley relay with a school record time of 11:12.06, thanks in large part to a 4:42 anchor leg by star freshman Sammy Watson, who, along with McLaughlin, was recently named to the watch list for the Bowerman Award. Jazmine Fray (3:27.21), Glorilisha Carter (55.03), and Brittany Parker (2:06.86) contributed the 1200m, 400m, and 800m legs.

They'll have to run faster than that to make the national meet, as 22 teams broke 11:10 last year, and they'll have to be able to take a crack at the 11-minute barrier to dream of winning, but it's fun to think about the Aggies' potential in the event. The Aggies finished 49 seconds ahead of the field, meaning each woman ran solo and clearly will have a lot of room to improve with more competition.

Both Watson, who ran 2:00 for 800m as a high schooler, and Fray, the collegiate indoor record holder for 800m, have big-time potential in the middle distances and should be able to run with anyone in the NCAA. Parker apparently has never broken 2:10 for 800m in an open race but is perhaps on the verge of a big breakthrough this season. 

The 400m leg factors the least into a DMR's ultimate placing, so whether Carter (whose PB is 54.76) continues to run the DMR or someone else from A&M's stable of sprinters gets drafted, the third leg is not going to mess anything up on this relay.


Outdoor Track Is Back! Watch Top Races From The 49er Classic

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Outdoor track is BACK, and we were there to help kick off the season at the 49er Classic!

Buze Diriba, Ben True Kick To United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon Titles

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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.

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut In New York City

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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. 

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


Briana Williams just made history. 

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

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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.  

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.