LONDON - Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee went 1-2 in the decathlon, and Christian Taylor and Will Claye did the same in the triple jump as Team USA added four more medals in track competition Thursday night. The U.S. medal tally now stands at 24.
Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) and Hardee (Austin, Texas) were in first and second from the start of the competition, and they kept that consistency through the 10th and final event. Eaton won the gold with 8,863 points and Hardee had silver with 8,671points, marking the fifth time the U.S. has gone 1-2 in the decathlon. Hall of Famers Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson were the last to accomplish the 1-2 feat, in 1956. Leonel Suarez of Cuba was third behind Eaton and Hardee, scoring 8,523 points.
LONDON - Led by gold medals from Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt and Brittney Reese, Team USA won a staggering 7 medals in a 90-minute span at Olympic Stadium Wednesday night, winning three of four possible golds and 7 of 12 possible medals overall.
Team USA’s medal tally now stands at 20 The 11 medals already won by American women is their second-highest Olympic total in history, behind only the boycotted 1984 Games, when American women won 16 medals. It is one more than the 10 won in 1992. Seven medals is the biggest single-day medal haul since the U.S. won nine medals on August 6, 1992, when six finals were contested.
LONDON - Team USA had its biggest track & field night thus far at 2012 Olympic Games, bringing home three silver medals and one bronze - including some from unexpected sources - at Olympic Stadium.
Dawn Harper (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Kellie Wells (Orlando, Fla.) went 2-3 in the 100m hurdles, Erik Kynard (Manhattan, Kan.) was second in the men’s high jump, and Leo Manzano (Austin, Texas) grabbed a dramatic silver in the men’s 1,500.
Double medals in hurdles
One of the sport’s most highly anticipated finals, the 100m hurdles played out in spectacular fashion, pitting the defending gold medalist, Harper, against the heavily favored world champion, Sally Pearson of Australia. At the gun, Wells got out well, matching Pearson of Australia. Harper and Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.) followed.
LONDON — In the showcase event of the Olympic Games, USA and Jamaica had it out in the fastest 100 meters in Olympic history, not long after Sanya Richards-Ross became only the second American to win the Olympic women’s 400m Sunday night at the Olympic Stadium.
Showing the poise she has waited four years to use to her advantage, Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas), the world’s top 400 meter runner, claimed the 400m Olympic gold medal she had long coveted. With it, the 2008 bronze medalist and 2009 world champion joined Hall of Famer Valerie Brisco-Hooks (1984) as the only American to win the event at the Olympic Games.
LONDON — Not since Billy Mills’ storied sprint to win the 1964 Olympic Games has an American man graced the podium of the men’s 10,000 meters. That changed Saturday night at Olympic Stadium when Galen Rupp made his own dash into history to take second in the 10km, highlighting a night that also saw Carmelita Jeter win a silver medal, Will Claye a bronze and the host Great Britain three golds.
Placing second in 27:30.90, Rupp (Portland, Ore.) became just the third U.S. man ever to win an Olympic medal in the event, after Mills’ gold and a silver by Lewis Tewanina in 1912. It was also the fastest time ever by an American at the Games. Rupp’s training partner, world champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, won in 27:30.42 to give coach Alberto Salazar a 1-2 punch of his own.
LONDON – Team USA’s Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher of Portland, Ore. finished within 16 seconds of one another as they crossed the finish line in 10th and 11th place, respectively, in the Olympic women’s marathon during a rainy Sunday morning.
The race was won in an Olympic record of 2:23:07 by Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana, who pulled ahead of runner-up Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya over the final half mile. Jeptoo finished in 2:23:12, with Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia taking third in 2:23:29.
Flanagan and Goucher positioned themselves at or near the front of the large lead pack from the start of the race, winding through the narrow, rain-soaked street of London.
Race Officials Anticipating More Than 20,000 Participants for 2013 Season
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Little Rock Marathon race officials today announced that registration is underway for its 11th annual race to be held March 2 – 3, 2013. The Little Rock Marathon is presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.
Weekend events include the Little Rock Marathon, the Little Rock Half Marathon (presented by Baptist Health), the Little Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk, Little Rockers Kids Marathon (presented by Arkansas Children’s Hospital) and the Little Rock Health & Fitness Expo.
Registration for the Little Rockers Kids Marathon will open September 1, 2012.
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.
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
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
On 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.
Glen 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.
INDIANAPOLIS - 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.
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.
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.
Eugene, 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.
Uhl, Bawcom (Rome, GA) also punch tickets to London 2012 in thrilling finish to cap off an exciting first day at the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials in TrackTown USA
By Mario Fraioli, Competitor.com
Running USA wire
EUGENE, Ore. - Heading into the women's Olympic Trials 10,000 meter final on Friday night as one of only four athletes in the race with an Olympic "A" standard qualifying time already under her belt, Amy Hastings was focused on nothing more than finishing amongst the top three in order to secure her spot on the Olympic team that will represent the United States later this summer in London.
Seven runners are eligible to compete for the $10,000 PRRO Circuit purse at July 4th event in Atlanta
Running USA wire
ATLANTA - With the four 2011-12 PRRO Circuit races now completed, seven runners are eligible to compete for the $10,000 PRRO Circuit purse at the PRRO Circuit Championship at the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Runners qualify to compete for the PRRO Circuit purse by winning any one of the four lead-up 2011-12 circuit events and winning the PRRO Circuit Championship. If any of the qualified runners wins the Championship, he or she will claim the $10,000 circuit purse in addition to the $15,000 first place prize at the AJC Peachtree Road Race for a $25,000 payday. The $10,000 purse is split if qualified male and female runners win at Peachtree. If no qualified runner wins at Peachtree, the purse will be increased by $5000 to $15,000 for the 2012-13 Circuit Championship.
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Bobby Mack is likely one of the best young distance runners you have never heard of. A 2008 graduate of North Carolina State University, Mack, 27, (despite being an All-American as a sophomore) consistently struggled with injury throughout his years as an undergraduate. In the last three years, however, Mack has at last found health and has broken through. After finishing seventh at the 2010 USATF Cross-Country Championship, Mack won the USATF 8K Championship in 2011 and then won his second USATF title at this year’s Cross-Country meet in St. Louis.
The Greenville (SC) Track Club has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the official world record holder of the fastest 100 x 5 km relay completed in 30 hr 1 min 15.3 sec. The race consisted of 100 runners consecutively running a distance of 5 kilometers and then passing the baton to the next runner. GTC hosted the challenge event on May 21 and 22, 2011 at the Eastside High School 400 meter track in Taylors, South Carolina, each runner completed 12.5 laps before passing the baton.
The World Record set by the Greenville Track Club eclipsed the previous record time for the relay of 30 hours 56 minutes, 49 seconds, held by the Charlotte Running Club by over 55 minutes! Prior to that, the record was held by a running club in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Music City Distance Carnival invitational mile run at Nashville, TN, Saturday, June 2, produced a world masters outdoor record with a 3:58.79 mile run by Anthony Whiteman of Great Britain.
Whiteman, 40, was on a quest to become the first over-40 runner to break the four-minute mile outdoors.
It was the 10th annual event at Vanderbilt University. The meet has now produced 16 sub-4 minute miles with the meet record of 3:57.26 set by Jason Jabaut of the Carrboro (NC) Athletic Club in 2007.
Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland holds the world indoor mile record for masters runners with a time of 3:58.15 set in 1994 at Harvard.