Friday, February 24, 2017


One month to go - IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017

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There is just over one month to go until the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 when the athletics world will focus its attention on the Ugandan capital as it hosts this biennial gathering of the world’s finest middle and long distance runners on Sunday 26 March.
The oldest of the IAAF World Athletics Series competitions, this year's event will mark the 42nd staging of the global cross country championships. It will also be the fifth time the championships will be hosted by Africa after Rabat in 1975, Stellenbosch in 1996, Marrakech in 1998 and Mombasa in 2007.
While Kampala is expected to add to that rich tradition that now spans more than four decades, it will also add a new chapter from the moment the gun sounds for the first race at the Kololo Independence Grounds when the action-packed afternoon programme kicks off with the inaugural mixed relay.
The eight-kilometre race will be contested by teams composed of two men and two women who will each run a two-kilometre loop, in any order. The runners will pass a wrist band that serves as the baton through an exchange, or takeover zone, that’s 20m in length. Adding to the anticipation of the pre-race build-up, the team’s composition needn’t be declared until 11:30 on race morning, less than three hours before the start.
The programme will then continue with the traditional races: a 6km U20 women's race, an 8km U20 men's race, a senior women's 10km and senior men's 10km. Notably, Kampala marks the first time that senior women will race the same distance as the senior men.
Nearly 600 athletes from 54 member federations are expected to compete in Kampala, the highest number of countries represented at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships since 2009.
Kenya has topped the medal tables at four of the past five editions, but its rivalry with Ethiopia is expected to remain fierce. The two nations split the four individual titles in 2015 at two apiece, while Ethiopia captured 11 medals in all to Kenya's nine.
Host Uganda is also expected to wage a strong battle for both individual and team crowns, with Eritrea and Bahrain also likely to play key roles in several of the medal fights. Others expected in the mix for team medals include Turkey, the United States, Japan, and Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
The competition venue, located just three kilometres from Kampala's city centre, regularly hosts national ceremonies and mass sporting events, including the African Cross Country Championships, which it hosted in 2014.
The course itself is a grassy two-kilometre loop, consisting of two natural hills with another artificial hill and ditch added to make it more challenging.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Track: Shot putter Bronson Osborn is sidelined with shoulder injury
Eric Sondheimer
Contact ReporterVarsity Times Insider
The top shot putter in California, senior Bronson Osborn of Esperanza, injured his shoulder last week weight lifting and has had surgery that could sideline him this spring, Coach Bill Pendleton reported in a Facebook post.
Osborn is headed to UCLA in the fall.

IAAF approves the application of 3 Russians to compete internationally as Neutral Athletes

IAAF approves the application of 3 Russians to compete internationally as Neutral Athletes

The IAAF Doping Review Board has today agreed that the applications of 3 Russians have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in International Competition as Neutral Athletes under Competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.
The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has unanimously accepted the applications of the following athletes:

Anzhelika Sidorova (Pole Vault)
Kristina Sivkova (sprints)
Aleksei Sokirskii (Hammer Throw)
Their participation as Neutral Athletes in International Competition is still subject to acceptance by the individual athlete and the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition. If agreed all three athletes are able to compete in either the 34th European Athletics Indoor Championships or the 17th European Throwing Cup in March.
As soon as the formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules are completed, the IAAF will confirm to international event organisers their eligibility to compete as Neutral Athletes.
Six applications have been declined whilst the remaining applications, many for competitions later in the year, are currently under review.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “The application process to compete internationally as neutral athletes is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system. While prioritising applications based upon the entry deadlines of the competitions concerned, the primary responsibility of the Doping Review Board must always be to safeguard the integrity of competition.”
Since publication of updated guidelines under Rule 22.1A(b) earlier this year: the IAAF has received a total of 48 applications from Russian athletes, 28 of which have been endorsed by their national federation RusAF. A number of these applications remain under review by the Doping Review Board in accordance with the guidelines whilst the athletes' implicated in matters referenced in the Independent Person's report published last December continue to be assessed in consultation with experts.
The Doping Review Board in accordance with the guidelines has also instructed that all samples from applicant athletes placed in long-term storage must be re-analysed before any decision is taken to grant Neutral Athlete status under Rule 22.1A(b). These re-analyses are on-going and the IAAF has been advised that they will likely be concluded by the middle of March.
This being an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been duly informed.
Please note:
That 2 Russian athletes, Darya Klishina and Yuliya Stepanova, were previously declared eligible under Rule 22.1A to compete as Neutral Athletes in 2016 and they remain eligible to compete in International Competition today subject to acceptance by individual meeting organisers.
The Entry Deadline for the 2017 European Indoor Championships is today Thursday 23 February.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

IAAF World Indoor Tour winners secure wildcards for Birmingham

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IAAF World Indoor Tour winners secure wildcards for Birmingham

With the second season of the IAAF World Indoor Tour having come to a close after the last of its five meetings, 11 athletes – five men and six women in 2017 – have booked their place at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
In addition to a winner-takes-all US$20,000 bonus, the 11 individual discipline winners will also automatically qualify for the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships by ‘wild card’.
This means, for instance, that in Birmingham there will possibly be three Kenyan athletes in each of the men’s 1500m and women’s 3000m, three South Africans in the men’s long jump, three Jamaicans in the women’s 60m and three US athletes in the women’s 60m hurdles.
Previously only two athletes per nation per discipline have been allowed to enter the IAAF World Indoor Championships, but there is now a chance that, for the first time in history, one nation could sweep the medals in an individual event.
The non-scoring disciplines in this year’s World Indoor Tour will become the 11 scoring disciplines for next year’s World Indoor Tour, creating a total of 22 wild card entries for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The final decision about entering an individual athlete for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 still remains with the individual IAAF member federation but it’s possible that several national teams will be boosted by the success of their athletes on the World Indoor Tour.
The individual event winners of this year’s IAAF World Indoor Tour who have gained a ‘wild card’ to the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 are:
400m – Pavel Maslak (CZE)
1500m – Bethwel Birgen (KEN)
60m hurdles – Orlando Ortega (ESP)
High jump – Donald Thomas (BAH)
Long jump – Godfrey Mokoena (RSA)
60m – Gayon Evans (JAM)
800m – Joanna Jozwik (POL)
3000m – Hellen Obiri (KEN)
Pole vault – Nicole Buchler (SUI)
Triple jump – Patricia Mamona (POR)
Shot put – Anita Marton (HUN)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Milesplit Showcase

Geneva, Ohio, February 12 (300 unbanked-OT)--
800: 1. Cameron Cooper (Oak Park, Mi) 1:50.07 (a-c: 3, 3HS)
SP: 1. Jordan Geist (Knoch, Sanonburg, Pa) 73-10 (HSL) (3, 6 HS)

Washington Open

Seattle, Februrary 12 (307m unbanked--OT)--
3000: 12. Matt Watkins (Jackson, Mill Creek, Wa) 8:23.67 (a-c HSL)
HJ: 1 Jakobe Ford (Shadle Park, Spokane, Wa) 7-1/4 (HSL)
PV: 1. Rachel Baxter (Canyon, Anaheim, Ca) 13-10 1/2 (HSL) (8, xHS)

World Track News

February 21, 2017

Simplot Games

Pocatello, Idaho, February 16-18 (200 banked; altitude 1357)--
3200: 1. Casey Clinger (American Fork) 8:54.97 (HSL)
200: 1. **Arria Minor (East, Denver, Co) 23.65 (HSL)
400: 2. Carolyn Wilson (Oaks, Westlake Village, CA) 54.24 (HSL)
60H: 1. Tara Davis (Agoura, Agoura Hills, CA) 8.22 (HSL)(8, xHS)
LJ: 1. Davis 21-2 3/4 (x, 8HS)

North Carolina

Winston-Salem, Februrary 11 (200 banked)--
55: 1. J. Johnson (Panther Creek, Cary) 6.31 (=HSL)
55: 1. Tamara Clark (Central, High Point) 6.89 (=HSL)
300: 1. Clark 37.81 (6, 9HS)


Baton Rouge, February 18--
PV: 1. *Mondo Duplantis' (Lafayette) 18-8 1/4 (x, =3HS)


IAAF Indoor Tour; Birmingham, England, February 18 (200 banked--)
800: 1. Casimir Loxsom (US) 1:46.13 PR (WL,AL)
1500: 1. Ben Blankenship (US) 3:36.42 (WL,AL)
5000: 1. Mo Farah (GB) 13:09.16 NR (WL)
60H: 1. Andy Pozzi (GB) 7.43 PR (WL)
HJ: 1. Erik Kynard (US) 7-7 (2.31) (AL)
60: 1. Elaine Thompson (Jam) 6.98 PR (WL) (=7, x W)
1000: 1. Laura Muir (GB) 2:31.93 NR (WL)(2, 3W); 2. Kate Grace (US) 2:36.97 PR (AL)(6, 6 A)

Monday, February 20, 2017


Ostrava, Czech Republic, February 14 (200 banked)--
300: I-1. Bralon Taplin (Grn) 31.97 PR (WL) (3,3W); 2. Pavel Maslak (CzR) 32.19 (x, =6W)


Moscow, Russia, February 4-5--
W1500: 1. Aleksandra Gulyayeva (Rus) 4:07.47 PR (WL)

Arkansas Qualifier

Fayetteville, February 17--
PV: 1. Andrew Irwin (unat) 18-8 1/4 (5.70) (=AL)
PV: 1. **Lexi Weeks (Ar) 15-1 (4.60) (CL) (x, =10 C)

Kent State Tuneup

Kent, Ohio, February 18--
SP: 1. ***Danniel Thomas' (Kent) 60-1 1/4 (18.32) (9, x C) NR Jamaica

Things Tighten Up In Top-5 Of NCAA DI Men’s ITF Rankings

Things Tighten Up In Top-5 Of NCAA DI Men’s ITF Rankings

Things Tighten Up In Top-5 Of NCAA DI Men’s ITF Rankings
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
February 20, 2017   

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NEW ORLEANS — The first weekend of conference-championship action shook up the top-5 of the newest NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, which were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
With a little more than two weeks remaining until the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Florida is still the No. 1 team in the nation. But behind the Gators sit new-No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Oregon, new-No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Texas A&M.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

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The distance between the Gators and the Razorbacks isn’t as much as it was last week when the Ducks trailed Florida. Right now the Gators own an 8.6-point advantage (153.59-144.99) compared to its 27.07-point edge from last week (156.49-129.42).
Arkansas jumped Oregon thanks to a strong effort this past weekend. The Razorbacks tuned up for the SEC Indoor Championships in a big way. Ken Legassey moved into 3rd place on the NCAA DI Descending Order List in the high jump (2.22m/7-3¼). Travonn White is now 5th when it comes to the long jump, giving the Razorbacks two top-10 athletes in that event. Arkansas’ DMR team got the baton around in 9:30.04cf (9:37.78), which place them 5th on the NCAA DI Descending Order List and all-but assured them a spot in the final at NCAAs.
Georgia jumped two spots to match its best ranking in program history following a weekend that saw Kendal Williams shine. The sophomore from Jacksonville, Florida tied the national lead in the 60 with a time of 6.51, which also tied him as the 8th best performer in collegiate history. Williams is right up there with Tennessee’s Christian Coleman, who had been alone atop the leaderboard until this past weekend.

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Kansas hit a new high-water mark as it jumped from No. 8 to No. 6. The Jayhawks were aided by their 4×400 team that is now 7th on the NCAA DI Descending Order List.
Alabama surged into the top-10 for the 1st time since Week 2 when it jumped from No. 20 to No. 9. The Crimson Tide now have the 2nd fastest 4×400 team in the nation as they ran 3:04.73 OT this past weekend.
Indiana vaulted from No. 18 to No. 10 and attained its best rank since Week 6 of 2013 (7th). The Hoosiers put together a strong DMR effort with Daniel Kuhn (3rd at 800 meters) and Kyle Mau and is now 2nd in the nation with their time of 9:28.14 OT.
Other movers and shakers in the top-25 include Washington, Oklahoma State and Stanford. Each of those teams moved up multiple spots as the Huskies went from No. 23 to No. 19, the Cowboys went from No. 22 to No. 20 and the Cardinal jumped from No. 26 to No. 22. The latter two improved on the legs of its DMR teams.
If you thought we saw a lot of movement in Week 5, just wait until Week 6 since it’s right after the major conferences hold their championships.
This will all pale in comparison to what we’ll see March 10-11 in College Station, Texas at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.


Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2017 Week #5 — February 20

next ranking: February 27
RankInstitutionPointsConferenceHead Coach (Yr)Last Week
1Florida153.59SECMike Holloway (15th)1
2Arkansas144.99SECChris Bucknam (9th)3
3Oregon105.79MPSFRobert Johnson (5th)2
4Georgia100.92SECPetros Kyprianou (2nd)6
5Texas A&M84.58SECPat Henry (13th)4
6Kansas83.33Big 12Stanley Redwine (17th)8
7Colorado79.44MPSFMark Wetmore (22nd)7
8LSU76.98SECDennis Shaver (13th)5
9Alabama70.34SECDan Waters (6th)20
10Indiana66.58Big TenRon Helmer (10th)18
11Colorado State66.01Mountain WestBrian Bedard (11th)12
12Tennessee61.26SECBeth Alford-Sullivan (3rd)10
13UTEP60.17Conference USAMika Laaksonen (8th)9
14Texas57.31Big 12Mario Sategna (4th)11
15Virginia57.24ACCBryan Fetzer (6th)14
16Texas Tech57.21Big 12Wes Kittley (18th)13
17Southern California50.97MPSFCaryl Smith Gilbert (4th)15
18Iowa50.40Big TenJoey Woody (3rd)16
19Washington49.98MPSFGreg Metcalf (15th)23
20Oklahoma State47.21Big 12Dave Smith (9th)22
21Virginia Tech46.37ACCDave Cianelli (16th)17
22Stanford45.03MPSFChris Miltenberg (5th)26
23Southern Illinois44.84Missouri ValleyKathleen Raske (2nd)21
24Houston44.12AmericanLeroy Burrell (19th)19
25Syracuse43.54ACCChris Fox (12th)24
dropped out: No. 25 Georgetown
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
RankConferencePointsTop 25 Teams
3Big 12307.164
4Big Ten276.592
7Mountain West100.191
8Conference USA82.401
9Missouri Valley71.531
10Big East66.92

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
RegionInstitutionPointsLast Week
Great LakesMichigan351.641
Mid-AtlanticPenn State472.741
MountainTexas Tech418.481
South CentralArkansas609.681
SoutheastVirginia Tech293.061
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
EventInstitutionSquad AverageSquad Total
60 MetersHouston6.6826.72
200 MetersArkansas20.821:23.26
400 MetersTexas A&M46.123:04.47
800 MetersPenn State1:48.607:14.40
3000 MetersSyracuse7:56.3831:45.51
5000 MetersVirginia13:57.1355:48.52
60 Meter HurdlesNorth Carolina A&T7.8931.56
High JumpUCLA2.14m7-¼8.56m28-1
Pole VaultKansas5.48m17-11½21.91m71-10½
Long JumpArkansas7.68m25-2¼30.70m100-8
Triple JumpNebraska15.44m50-861.77m202-8
Shot PutVirginia18.16m59-7¼72.65m238-4
Weight ThrowNorth Dakota State20.47m67-1¾81.86m268-7

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