Baker, Dressel, And Other Highlights From The 2017 MPSF Championships

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The MPSF Indoor Championships begin on Friday as top collegians from the West Coast will meet at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle to try and earn qualifying marks for the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Before we get into the previews and breakdowns, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of last year’s meet.

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To take a deeper dive into the archives, check out the list of best races from the 2008-2016 editions of the meet

Women’s 800m: Olivia Baker Gets Her Qualifying Mark With An Assist From Raevyn Rogers

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Women's 800m, Heat 5 - Olivia Baker punches NCAA ticket

Entering the MPSF Championships, Olivia Baker's best mark of 2:05.00 wasn’t going to get her into the NCAA indoor championships. The Stanford junior was looking for something around 2:04 to feel comfortable that she could make the team. 

Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers went to the front of the race and Baker was able to lock in behind her. Unbeknownst to Baker, Rogers was only rabbiting the race. Rogers stepped off the track on the final curve, leaving Baker to close the remaining 100 meters. She held her form and posted a 2:03.41, comfortably qualifying for the NCAA championships. Later on in meet, Baker came back to split a 52-second leg on the 4x400m relay.  

Men’s 3000: John Dressel Erases Huge Deficit To Win 

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Men's 3k, Heat 2 - John Dressel lays down the hammer!

The top three finishers — John Dressel, Garrett Corcoran, and Matthew Maton — all ran under 7:53 and earned their qualifying marks for the NCAA indoor championships. But even if qualifying marks weren’t on the line, this would have been a great race. 

Maton of Oregon opened up a gap with 600 meters remaining. It was a bold move and it looked like it might just take him to victory. In the final lap Dressel and Corcoran noticeably cut into Maton’s lead as they chased him down the back stretch. Dressel flew down the final straightaway to take the win in 7:51.44. Garrett Corcoran also closed hard to take second in 7:52.10. Matthew Maton held on for third in 7:52.51.

Women’s 60m: Hannah Cunliffe Ties Dempsey Record

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Women's 60m, Final 2 - Hannah Cunliffe runs 7.15

Two weeks before she became an NCAA champion, and two weeks after she set the collegiate record, Hannah Cunliffe laid down a 7.15 at the MPSF Championships. The mark tied the facility record and earned her a comfortable victory over her sprint standout teammates Arianna Washington, Deajah Stevens, and Makenzie Dunmore.

Women’s DMR: Dani Jones Outkicks Elise Cranny 

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Women's Distance Medley Relay, Heat 1 - Dani Jones Out-Kicks Elise Cranny!

In what foreshadowed her performance at the NCAA indoor championships, Colorado’s Dani Jones ran a scintillating 1600m anchor leg to bring Colorado back from third place in the final laps. Entering the meet, the bubble time was 11:02.60 for a trip to the NCAA indoor championships. Washington was in command for most of the race after a strong opening leg from Amy-Eloise Neale. The Huskies held their lead into the anchor leg as Stanford and Colorado trailed in second and third. 

Entering the final 1600m leg, Washington’s Emily Hamlin had a sizable lead over Stanford’s Elise Cranny with an equally large gap back to Dani Jones of Colorado. With three laps remaining, Cranny overtook Hamlin and looked poised to take Stanford to victory. But Jones kept coming and with 150 remaining, she swept past Cranny to take the Buffaloes to victory in 10:58.69. Stanford took second in 10:59.82 as both schools earn spots in the NCAA indoor championships. Two weeks later, Jones displayed that same finishing speed as she again anchored the Buffaloes to victory in the distance medley relay and also won the 3000m.   

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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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.