July 2012

07/30/2012 - 16:19

Can Team USA add to medal count from Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008?

By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire

London will host the Olympics for a record third time, and the 2012 U.S. Olympic distance team - led by two-time Olympic 1500 meter medalist Bernard Lagat, 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan - is perhaps the deepest ever for the Games. The London team has plenty of veterans, including the above, such as past Olympians Abdi Abdirahman (fourth team), Dathan Ritzenhein (third team), Galen Rupp (second team), Ryan Hall (second), Kara Goucher (second), Matt Tegenkamp (second), Jenny Simpson (second), Andrew Wheating (second), Shannon Rowbury (second), Leo Manzano (second) and Lopez Lomong (second) and rising star and new U.S. steeple record holder Evan Jager.

07/26/2012 - 18:43

Nine high school cross country and/or track coaches from the Running Journal southern coverage area are among the top 25 high school coaches selected by Brooks Sports, Inc. as coaches who inspire their athletes every day. The coaches were selected from among 1300 nominees across the country.

The nine southern coaches, in alphabetical order of last name:
-- Pete Boudreaux, Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA.
-- Christian Cuthbert, Veritas School, Richmond, VA.
-- Jeremy Darby, Landrum High School, Campobello, SC.
-- David Davis, Mountain View High School, Stafford, VA.
-- Julie Fink, Runnels High School, Baton Rouge, LA.
-- Eric Heintz, Maris School, Atlanta, GA.
-- Marcus Jackson, Sheffield High School, Memphis, TN.
-- Victoria Jones, Mill Springs Academy, Alpharetta, GA.
-- Melissa Thomas, Manchester Valley High School, Manchester, MD


Overcoming challenges and succeeding

07/23/2012 - 18:23
07/23/2012 - 18:23

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

This is a story about two runners who have faced severe challenges and persisted with many steps – strides that have taken each a long way and with goals still to be attained.

Stephanie Freeman, Rochelle, Georgia

StephanieFreemanphoto.jpgOn June 4, 1993, Stephanie, then 14, was in an auto accident, suffering brain and lung injuries which nearly took her life. She was in a coma for two months. “My family was prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, but the reality was I had little chance to live,” Stephanie told me.

Today, at age 33, she is an accomplished runner and has completed two marathons – the Jacksonville Bank Marathon (4:14) in 2006 in Florida and the Museum of Aviation Marathon (4:01) last year at Warner Robins, GA., where she was second in her age division.

Here, in her words, is more of her story and her goals:

“Everyone has always said that there's a certain drive in a runner and the drive that was instilled in me didn't come so easy. At 14, my journey began and has lead me where I am at today.

07/17/2012 - 17:50

StacieBattjes,GMM.JPGGlen Mays, 41, of Lexington, KY, won the rugged Grandfather Mountain Marathon on July 14 in 2:54:44. Stacie Battjes of Lewisville, NC, won the female division in 3:33:26.

Only three runners finished under three hours with Stephen Cowie of Greensboro, NC, the 2010 winner, finishing second in 2:55:56.3, and third-place finisher Brian Fowler of Dunn, NC, in 2:58:59.5. Joshua Brewer of Charleston, SC, was fourth in 3:00:31.5 and last year’s winner, 45-year-old Tim Meigs of Raleigh, NC, was fifth in 3:06:03.4.

Erin McKee of Durham, NC, was second female in 3:34:46.1 and Emily Pulsifer of Swannanoa, NC, was third in 3:39:21. Fourth and fifth finishers were Rebecca-Ayme Hughes of Durham, NC, and Angie Pilkington of Harrisburg, NC, in 3:45:02.7.

The 45-year-old race is one of the toughest marathons in the country, starting at the Appalachian State University stadium at an elevation of 3,333 feet in Boone, NC, and winding upward to 4,279 feet at the track at MacRae Meadows during the annual Highland Games, the largest Scottish games in America, near Linville, NC, where many thousands of spectators were in attendance.


Powerful Team USA roster on tap for London

07/10/2012 - 14:28
07/10/2012 - 14:28


team.jpgINDIANAPOLIS - Four reigning Olympic Champions and eight current world champions highlight the Team USA roster nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee by USA Track & Field. A roster of 127 men and women stands ready represent the U.S. in track competition August 3 - 12 in London.

Notable for its depth across a range of events, the roster features 28 athletes - 16 men and 12 women - who already own individual world or Olympic gold medals. Nineteen are American record holders and one is a world record holder.

07/05/2012 - 14:26

43rd edition draws 60,000 with nearly 58,000 finishers for 4th of July classic in Atlanta
Running USA wire
From the Atlanta Track Club

ATLANTA - The professional field at the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday morning under warm conditions proved strong as Peter Kirui, 24, from Kenya and Mamitu Daska, 28, from Ethiopia took home victories at the 43rd running of the 10K event, finishing in 27 minutes, 37 seconds and 32:22 respectively. Kirui's time was the 5th fastest all-time at Peachtree. The top Americans were Bobby Mack of Raleigh, NC and Lindsey Scherf of Fayetteville, NC, in 13th and 4th, clocking 29:16 and 33:22 for 6.2 miles.

07/03/2012 - 09:36

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness

In the men’s 3,000m Steeplechase, Virginia’s Donnie Cowart finished fourth in a time of 8:27! Cowart, who runs for the Ragged Mountain Racing Team out of Charlottesville, VA, is just two years out of his college days at VMI -- keep an eye on this up and comer.

Ryan Hill, a junior at NC State University (a Hickory, NC native) finished fifth in the men’s 5,000m in a time of 13:27 -- watch out for Hill in the coming years as we may see him on the Rio team in 2016.

In the women’s 5,000m, Liz Malloy, a resident of Washington DC, and a Georgetown University graduate, finished seventh in a time of 15:24, her former Georgetown teammate, also of DC, Emily Infleld was eighth in 15:28.

The 10,000m events saw some Southern action as well with Bobby Mack of Raleigh finishing ninth in the men’s race in a scintillating 27:58 -- other men of the South were Josh Simpson 19th in 28:48 and David Jankowski of North Carolina, 20th in 29:00.

07/03/2012 - 09:30


10000.jpgEugene, Ore. - Two Olympic Trials champions were crowned, six athletes were selected for the men’s and women’s 10,000m Olympic teams and Ashton Eaton set two decathlon world records in the 100m and long jump. Many more athletes advanced through rounds on the first full-day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in front of a crowd of 20,936.

The first final of the day had former duck Galen Rupp posting the fastest time by an American this season in winning the 10,000 meters in a time of 27:25.33 amid a downpour of rain. He broke the meet record of 27:36.49 set by Meb Keflezighi in 2004.

Finishing second in the race was Matt Tegenkamp in 27:33.94, but the story behind him was Dathan Ritzenhein, who placed third in 27:36.09 to nab the Olympic A standard for the final London spot just ahead of Stanford’s Chris Derrick in fourth at 27:40.23.

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