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.

Arkansas Star Taylor Werner Signs With Puma

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University of Arkansas All-American Taylor Werner has turned professional and signed with Puma, according to multiple sources. Werner will join a newly established Puma-sponsored group in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Running Towards Her Dreams

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Weini Kelati Signs With Under Armour, Joins Dark Sky Distance Team

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Two-time NCAA champion Weini Kelati of New Mexico has turned professional and signed a sponsorship deal with Under Armour. The 2019 NCAA cross country national champion is joining the new Dark Sky Distance group in Flagstaff, Arizona, coached by Stephen Haas, which includes notable athletes Sharon Lokedi and Rachel Schneider, among others.

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Michigan State Coach Walt Drenth Retires

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November 22, 2014, was a magical day for Michigan State director of cross country and track and field, Walt Drenth.  His Spartan women, six of whom came from Michigan high schools, showed their superior depth and dominated the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., despite putting only one athlete --sophomore Rachele Schulist-- in the top-10.  They scored 85 points to Iowa State's 147, giving Michigan State their first and only women's national cross country title.

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Event Records Smashed At Delhi Half Marathon

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WATCH LIVE: D'Amato & Seidel Chase American 10 Mile Record

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Clemson Cuts Men's Track and Field, Cross Country

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Clemson University announced on Thursday that it is cutting men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country effective June 2021, becoming the first Power Five school to eliminate all three programs in 2020.

D'Amato, Pearson Impress At Michigan Pro Half Marathon

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Christian Coleman Receives Two-Year Suspension

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Christian Coleman, the 2019 100m world champion, has been banned from the sport for two years. The fastest man in the world now will likely miss next summer's Olympics, the result of a case that was rooted in missed drug tests and spanned the past two years.

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How to Watch: 2020 Valencia Marathon

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Valencia Marathon on FloTrack.