The Men's 400m In Monaco Was A Bizarre Fiasco

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The men’s 400m in Monaco on Friday entered the bizarro zone before it even officially started as a result of a Kahmari Montgomery false-start. That was only the beginning of the madness.

A horn was sounded to mark the infraction, but the athletes in lanes six, seven and eight apparently did not hear the buzzer and kept on running. And they kept on running.

Runners in the exterior lanes, including Texas sprinter Jonathan Jones, were oblivious to the recall until it was too late and continued to run long after others had circled back. Unbelievably, the 20-year-old Jones ran an entire circuit of the track, completing the race in vain before throwing his hands up in disgust upon realizing that he had just run a pointless 400m.

Unofficially, his solo run was roughly hand-timed at 44.6. His PB is 44.64. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that he ran the fastest 400m of his life in a race that will never count. So, silver-lining?

He, along with Colombia’s Anthony José Zambrano in lane eight, who ran 300m before he realized the mistake, officially recorded a DNS. Neither runner restarted the race after the initial chaos.

Once the dust had settled on the confusion, Steven Gardiner won the real contest in 44.51. Italy’s Davide Re also ran a considerable distance in the first version of the race— around 150 meters— but managed to stop in time to not completely sabotage his day. But he did himself no favors, either. He was sixth in the six man restart race in 46.21.

Although Montgomery's false-start was egregious, he was not disqualified. There’s little question that the whole saga damaged his performance, though, as he wound up fifth in 46.02.

UPDATE: Montgomery was retroactively disqualified after the meet.

NCAA Cancels DI Cross Country Championships This Fall

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The 2020 DI NCAA XC Championships, which were to be held this November in Stillwater, OK have officially been canceled by the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the cancellation was due to a majority (over 50%) of institutions canceling their fall seasons.

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Big Ten, Pac-12 Call Off Fall Sports

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Two of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences won’t be competing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are suspending fall sports, including cross country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stahl, Vetter Post Big Throws In Turku

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The Continental Tour kicked off on Tuesday with the first stop taking place in Turku, Finland. As expected, the throws stole the show.

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How to Watch: 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour | Turku

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Here's how to watch the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour: Turku on FloTrack in the United States.

Ritz-Led On Athletics Club Rolls Out Inaugural Roster

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On Running, the Swiss-based shoe company, just released its full roster for the newly formed On Athletics Club. 

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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Organizers of the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon announced today that the gala 40th edition their event would proceed as an elite-only race on a closed course within St. James's Park in Central London on Sunday, October 4.  Organizers said that they would create a "secure biosphere," a contained COVID-safe environment, which would allow the race to be run on a small circuit, at least for top athletes.  Citizen runners will only be able to participate remotely, running on their own.

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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