Cranny Runs 14:48, McGorty/Fisher 13:11 At Special BTC Meet

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With the official track season in the United States on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nike-sponsored Bowerman Track Club held a closed competition at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, last night to test their fitness.  USA Track & Field officials were present, and fully automatic timing was used.  With the pandemic still raging, the club could not promote the competition nor allow fans to watch.

"I know everyone misses track and we want to deliver the goods," tweeted Colleen Quigley, an Olympic steeplechaser and one of the strongest voices in the Bowerman Track Club.  "Corona has everyone trying to figure out what's best for safety.  we appreciate your understanding."

In the women's 1500m, 13-time national champion Shelby Houlihan clocked 4:02.37 to defeat narrowly teammate Karissa Schweizer (4:02.81). Houlihan's mark was the fastest outdoor time in the world this year, and her first race in four months.

In the men's 1500m, 2020 USA 1500m indoor champion Josh Thompson just edged two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong. Both men were timed in 3:39.66, but Thompson's extended time was .008 seconds faster. Mo Ahmed, the 2019 World Athletics Championships bronze medalist at 5000m, was a close third in 3:39.84.

The women's 5000m race produced sparkling results. Elise Cranny, the former Stanford University athlete, smashed her personal best and ran a surprising 14:48.02, a world-leading time and the #11 mark (combining indoor and outdoor times) in USA history. She is now the #7 USA performer of all-time. Courtney Frerichs, the 2017 World Athletics Championships steeplechase silver medalist, ran a career-best 14:50.06, the #13 time in USA history. Steeplechase Olympian Colleen Quigley finished third in 15:10.42, a huge personal best, followed by 2016 Olympic Triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen in 15:18.25.

The results of the men's 5000m was nearly as good. Sean McGorty, Grant Fisher and Evan Jager finished 1-2-3 in 13:11.22, 13:11.68 and 13:12.12. Both McGorty and Fisher set personal bests, and McGorty's mark was a 2020 world leader. Ryan Hill, the 2016 World Athletics Indoor Championships 3000m silver medalist, finished third in an excellent 13:15.28.

NCAA Division III Fall Championships Canceled

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The Division III Presidents Council has called off all national championships for fall sports, including cross country. 

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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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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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Valarie Allman Breaks Discus American Record

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On Saturday, Valarie Allman improved her personal best by three meters in the discus, breaking the American record in the process. Allman’s first round toss of 70.15m in Rathdrum, Idaho bettered Gia Lewis-Smallwood’s 69.17m throw from 2014. 

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Big Friendly 3 Recap: Donavan Brazier Cracks 1:43 Opener

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The third edition of the Big Friendly, dubbed “The Big Friendly 3: Revenge of the Friendly,” went down on Friday night in Portland, Oregon, although the word revenge was not quite fitting as the stars from previous friendlies once again shined.

Flagstaff Community Rallies To Support Tommy River Puzey

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Two months ago a local Flagstaff runner, Tommy River Puzey was admitted to the ICU with respiratory issues. After several weeks of testing and a lung biopsy, doctors discovered the presence of a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma.

Organizers Recommend 2021 World XC Championships Be Postponed

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Organizers of next year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships, scheduled for March 20, in Bathurst, Australia in New South Wales, are recommending that these championships be postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The board of the local organizing committee has made the recommendation to the World Athletics Council as "a result of biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia," according to an official statement released today.  Australian borders are currently closed to foreign visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Olympic Qualification Window Reopens For Road Athletes September 1

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Five Best From The Weekend: Miller-Uibo Shows Range, Bromell Beats Lyles

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Until the Diamond League formally returns on Aug. 14 in Monaco, finding track results is an exercise in internet sleuthing and social media stalking. Grassroots meets that are humble in appearance have been heavy on star power as the pandemic has forced athletes to compete at venues that don’t typically house a cast of world and Olympic champions. So bootleg race videos and wind-assisted marks have become the norm in a season that certainly has no precedent.

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