FloTrack's 2018 Upsets Of The Year

The “Best Of 2018” continues today. This time, we look at the biggest surprises of the year. 

5. Dani Jones: NCAA Cross Country Championships

Jones is not new to running fast. She’s also not new to national titles. So how is her victory last month in Madison considered an upset? 

For starters, she did it at a distance that’s at the tail end of her range (or at least what we previously thought was her range). And second, she had to beat an impressive field of women including last year’s champion Edna Kurgat, pre-race favorite Weini Kelati and hometown favorite Alicia Monson. 

When Jones began reeling Kelati in with 400 meters to go the result seemed inevitable. There wasn’t much doubt that the 4:07 1500m runner would kick past Kelati. But the ease with which she closed the race didn’t make the overall outcome any less surprising.  


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4. Courtney Frerichs: Monaco 3000m Steeplechase

It may be hard to classify a world championship silver medalist getting second in a Diamond League race as an upset, so allow me to explain. 

Prior to the race in Monaco, Frerichs was 0-11 all-time against fellow American Emma Coburn. The two had finished relatively close to one another in the past, but Coburn was the undisputed top steepler in the United States. And any time someone has that level of success it’s a surprise when they lose, even if it is to someone as accomplished as Frerichs. 

In this race, Frerichs broke Coburn’s American record, running 9:00.85. She finished 16 seconds behind Beatrice Chepkoech, but five seconds ahead of Coburn. At the end of the season, Coburn edged Frerichs in the Diamond League final setting up an interesting 2019 steeplechase season. 

3. Ben Flanagan: NCAA Outdoor Championships 10,000m

The late start to his season and his lack of championship hardware made Flanagan a long shot in his final NCAA race. Add in the presence of Matthew Baxter, Tyler Day and Vincent Kiprop, and it was inconceivable that a man with a 29:17 personal best could win the race. But with a powerful final 100 meters, Flanagan kicked past Kiprop to get the victory. 

2. Desiree Linden: Boston Marathon

Linden is in the mix in virtually every marathon she runs. That consistency has put her on two Olympic teams and keeps her around late into the race against women with much faster personal bests. It’s also what was rewarded the most in the awful weather at April’s Boston Marathon. Through the rain, wind and freezing cold, Linden kept going when the mere feat of staying in the race was an accomplishment in and of itself that day. 

Her victory was the first by an American woman in the race since 1985 and gave her the biggest win of her career.

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1. Yuki Kawauchi: Boston Marathon

Before the race, Kawauchi’s manager, Brent Larner, told him “This is the day you were born for.” 

Indeed it was. Kawauchi, a volume marathoner with a day job, who was known for his ridiculous racing schedule and racing in panda suits, relished the bad weather. 

He made several surges throughout the races, hoping to thin out the field. In the end, he only had one man to pass, Geoffrey Kirui. When Kawauchi went past him with just over a mile remaining, Kirui had no response. 


Jenny Simpson Returns To 5th Avenue Mile In Search Of Eighth Title

Jenny Simpson: Transcend (Ep. 1)

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New York, August, 20, 2019 – Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson will race for her record-extending eighth title and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will chase his record-breaking fifth men’s title at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 8, as they lead a professional athlete field that includes several runners competing in the IAAF World Championships later this fall.

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #9 Amherst Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DIII men’s spot goes to Amherst, and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #9 UC-Colorado Springs Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DII women’s spot goes to UC-Colorado Springs and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #9 Chico State Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DII men’s spot goes to Chico State, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #9 RPI Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DIII women’s spot goes to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Portland Men

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Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 10 men’s spot goes to Portland and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Fiona O'Keeffe

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 10 women’s individual spot goes to Stanford senior Fiona O'Keeffe, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Isai Rodriguez

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 10 men’s individual spot goes to Oklahoma State sophomore Isai Rodriguez, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Wisconsin Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 11 women’s spot goes to Notre Dame, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #10 Carleton Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 10 DIII men’s spot goes to Carleton, and here's why: