Shelby Houlihan Smashes Her 5k U.S. Record In 14:23, Schweizer Runs 14:26

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Shelby Houlihan smashed her own 5,000m American record by over 10 seconds in running 14:23.92 on Friday night in Portland. Competing in a Bowerman Track Club time trial, Houlihan held off teammate Karissa Schweizer with her patented kick as Schweizer also went well below the old mark in 14:26.34.

The previous record, set in 2018 by Houlihan, was 14:34.45.

Although relegated to second, Schweizer lopped off 19 seconds from her personal best set last fall in the World Championships final. 

As expected, the race for the national record came down to the last lap between Houlihan and Schweizer just as it did back in February when the 24-year-old Schweizer stunned Houlihan and her 3:54 1500m speed to take the indoor 3,000m U.S. record. 

In that race, Schweizer held off her teammate with a faster last lap, but this time around it was the miler returning the favor with a 61-second final circuit. On Friday, Houlihan dropped Schweizer for good with 200 meters to run as the runner-up settled for a 63-second last lap.

The clocking moves Houlihan into 12th on the women’s 5,000m all-time list and stands as the second-fastest time in the distance ever on U.S. soil. (Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba’s 14:19.76 from 2015 is the fastest ever in the U.S.)

Once again, Houlihan’s fireworks underscore her status as one of the greatest 1500m/5k runners in the world. And even if she just focuses on the 1500m at the Olympics next year, Bowerman has another star who can fill her spot over 5,000m quite admirably. 

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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