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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Why Allie Ostrander Is Taking A Stand Against Body-Focused Commentary

With two laps to go in the NCAA Division I women’s steeplechase final at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium earlier this month, Boise State's Allie Ostrander surged to what would be a winning lead, and her third straight national title in the event—a streak no other collegiate woman can claim. 

Weekend Recap: The Women's 100m Just Got A Lot More Interesting

Not much was expected in terms of exciting track and field in a week with no Diamond League meets on the calendar, but the stars of the sport exceeded expectations with fast times and strong marks coming from the Ostrava Golden Spike on Thursday and the Jamaican National Championships over the weekend.

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Briana Williams Sets 100m High School National Record With 10.94

Northeast (FL) High School junior Briana Williams smashed the national high school, world U18 and Jamaican U20 records in the 100m when she clocked a 10.94 to finish third at the Jamaica Senior Championships Friday night in Kingston.

Exposing How Stupid IAAF's New World Rankings Truly Are

As most of you know, earlier this year, the IAAF announced their new World Ranking system, which will be used in part to select future global championship fields. I wrote about how dumb the rankings were when they came out, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that Kim Conley reminded me how stupid IAAF's new World Rankings truly are.

POLL: Which Men's Bowerman Finalist Should Win?

Today, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced this year's men's Bowerman finalists: LSU's Armand "Mondo" Duplantis, Florida's Grant Holloway, and Texas Tech's Divine Oduduru.

Matthew Boling Nominated For 'Record-Breaking Performance' ESPY

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It was the kind of magical performance we rarely see in high school track and field. 

De Grasse Beats Coleman, Miller-Uibo Smashes 300m World Best

The 58th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, an IAAF World Challenge event, went down on Thursday in the Czech Republic, with Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo running a world best and silver medalist Andre De Grasse announcing his return to the top of the sport.

House Of Run: Which DL Events Have Clear Favorites Already?

Jason and Kevin discuss Sydney McLaughlin’s Diamond League debut win, Christian Coleman’s world lead, the current state of the women’s 800m, Tori Bowie’s season debut, Marcin Lewandowski’s medal potential and Genzebe Dibaba’s chances at gold in Doha.

The Unofficial 2019 Track And Field Mock Draft

Let’s imagine a utopian world where professional track and field was like every major sport, and top prospects wishing to be paid for their services could be selected in an amateur draft. Never mind that a singular league comprised of individual teams could never exist in a sport as disparate as track and field, where various elements of running, jumping and throwing are all encompassed under one roof. We’re not getting caught up in logistics here. So in honor of tonight’s NBA Draft, here is a very fake but totally fun track and field mock draft order for either those who have announced their intentions to go pro in 2019 or, in Matthew Boling’s case, a pre-college 19-year-old who would be age-eligible under the NBA’s rules.

7 Events To Watch At USA Junior Nationals

Women's 800m - Hurta 2:00, Athing Mu 2:01

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The USA Track and Field Junior National Championships is bound to be one of the best meets of the spring season.