Dawn Harper-Nelson To Retire After 2018 Season

The remarkable longevity of Dawn Harper-Nelson's hurdle career now has a deadline.

The two-time Olympic medalist announced her intent to retire at the end of the 2018 season in an interview with Reuters yesterday.

"Since I was a child, there were always three things I wanted: to be an Olympic gold medalist, a wife, and a mom,” the 33-year-old told Reuters. "Right now, I am two for three, and I’m feeling the urge to be someone’s mom." 

Harper-Nelson rose to international prominence when she qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2008 and won gold in the 100m hurdles. She earned her second global medal, bronze, at the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Daegu. The next year, in London at the 2012 Olympic Games, she set a PR of 12.37 to secure silver. 

Most recently, Harper-Nelson turned heads at the 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Championships with her runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles behind Australia's Sally Pearson and ahead of fourth-placer Keni Harrison, who broke the world record in the event earlier that season. 

Although she doesn't own the fastest PR out of the U.S.'s formidable lineup of hurdle stars from the past 10 years, Harper-Nelson's consistency and ability to rise to the occasion has earned her more Olympic medals than her American contemporaries.  

Harper-Nelson opened her 2018 outdoor season this past weekend with a 12.93 at the Drake Relays to place fifth, but she has her sights set on loftier goals. 

“I want to run a personal best—it’s 12.37 now—and win the Diamond League final,” she told Reuters.

Her quest begins in Doha, Qatar, this Friday at the first outdoor IAAF Diamond League Meeting of the year. 

Brown Cuts Men's Track & Field/XC

Brown University is cutting men’s track and field and cross country along with nine other varsity sports at the school, the school announced on Thursday as part of their roll out of The Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative.

2020 Boston Marathon Canceled

For the first time in its 124 year history, the Boston Marathon has been canceled as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Appalachian State Cuts Men's Indoor Track And Field

Appalachian State is dropping men’s indoor track and field, the latest program to make cuts to collegiate running programs since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Leo Daschbach Becomes 11th U.S. Prep To Break 4:00 With 3:59.54


On Saturday night in El Dorado Hills, California, high school senior Leo Daschbach (AZ) became the 11th U.S. prep runner to break 4:00 in the mile with his 3:59.54 clocking.

Is NCAA Track/XC Dying?


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The recent announcements of program cuts to men's cross country at Akron and men's track at Central Michigan have resurfaced a feeling of uncertainty for the future of NCAA cross country and track. Here is a breakdown of where our sport currently stands within the NCAA system.

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Understanding Resting And Maximum Heart Rate

Throughout the past years, business has combined the health and technology industries to create a society where fitness tracking has become a regular pastime. People have become more invested in their health and want fun devices to assist in that. These smartwatches and apps have made it easier than ever to know what your exact heart rate is, how many hours of sleep you get, or how far you run. However, with all the knowledge presented to you, it’s equally important to actually understand what those numbers mean to best achieve all of your fitness goals. A big part of this is knowing the different active and resting heart rate zones. 

Pre-Run And Post-Run Stretches

Stretching before and after your run can add a lot of benefits to your exercise routine. It allows you to warm up your muscles and safely progress into your run and also provides your body time to cool off and continue to activate your muscles. It’s important to set aside a couple of minutes before and after exercising so you can make sure you’re taking proper care of your body. 

The History Of Track And Field

Track and field has been around since the start of the Olympics in Ancient Greece in 776 B.C. It was created alongside religious events and celebrations for the Greek gods where men (no women were allowed) could show off their athletic abilities. From there it spread to the Romans who continued the games until the Christian Emperor Theodosius I banned them in 394 A.D. because of their ties to pagan beliefs. 

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