Best Of The Mixed Zone: NCAA Champs Edition

The mixed zone at the NCAA Championships spanned the gamut of emotions. There were tears, shock, celebrations and even some signing. You can check out the whole archive of interviews here. For this post, I highlighted a few of my favorites. 

“I didn’t know he was….he was coming on the inside….I just realized that….I could have blocked him off.”

Michigan State’s Justine Kiprotich when he remembered that Yared Nuguse passed him on the inside to win the 1500m by .003 seconds.

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“I told y’all, 10.7.”

Kayla White of North Carolina A&T flexing her powers of prognostication. Before the meet, she said it would take a world lead to win the women’s 100m. But then White went a step further, offering up a 10.8 or 10.7 as a winning time. It seemed ambitious, but Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU ran it into existence with a collegiate record of 10.75. 

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“My dad called me he’s like just don’t fall, just don’t fall. Remember Secretariat, just don’t fall.”

Heptathlete Ashtin Zamzow recalling her father’s advice before the final event of the competition. After a big throw in the javelin, Zamzow took a 60 point lead into the 800m. She didn’t fall and won her first national title.

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“My coach was like, you just tied the score and I was like, thank goodness, that hurt so bad, I’m glad it was worth it.”

Taylor Werner of Arkansas after she placed second in the women’s 5000m. The eight points tied the score with USC entering the final event—setting the stage for a dramatic women’s 4x400m relay.  

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“Right now? I could try but I’m going to be a little tired.”

Kentucky’s Chloe Abbott when asked to give a sample of her vocal ability after she took second in the 400m. Abbott is an accomplished singer--here she is singing the national anthem before a Kentucky basketball game in January.

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“Let’s see how it goes, you might see me next year too.”

Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru when asked if he’d return for his senior season. After a 9.86/19.73 double he will certainly garner plenty of professional interest. 

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A Tell-All Guide To Shin Splints

Plain and simple: shin splints are the worst! Whether you’ve had them yourself or you know someone who has, it is a pain that is not easily forgotten. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve had them myself, but you bet I still remember how hard it was to move around. That being said, there are easy ways to reduce the symptoms and help treat shin splints to get you back in full recovery mode. 

So What Is Cross-Training?

Cross-training is an effective way for every athlete, regardless of their primary sport, to increase and maintain fitness levels, while avoiding the negative impacts of overtraining. There are various types of cross-training that athletes can participate in, which provide an array of benefits, including increased endurance, greater flexibility, and increased power and strength. 

3 Excellent Ankle-Strengthening Exercises For Runners

The strength and flexibility of our ankles is a key component to the way we run, and as anyone who's rolled one knows, pain in the ankle can make running -- or even walking -- a nightmare. While rehabbing is a great way to repair damaged tendons, ligaments, and muscles in your lower leg and foot, staying ahead of the curve and strengthening your ankles when they're healthy is the best way to stay injury-free. 

Insertional Achilles Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

The strongest tendon in our bodies, the Achilles tendon, is also one of the most susceptible to injury. Because it bears an extraordinary amount of weight when we walk, run, jump, and land, the Achilles gets put under immense strain.

400m World Champ Salwa Eid Naser Suspended For Whereabouts Failures

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Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, the 2019 400m world champion and the third-fastest woman of all-time, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for whereabouts failures.

We Stand With You

The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

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.

David Rudisha Undergoes Surgery After Breaking Ankle

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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.