Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cal Track Inks Five Student-Athletes To National Letters of Intent

Track Inks Five Student-Athletes To NLIs
Top Row (L-R): Brie Oakley, Camryn Rogers; Bottom Row (L-R): Kate Thomas, Annie Boos, Meredith Corda

Track Inks Five Student-Athletes To NLIs

BERKELEY --- California Director of Track & Field Tony Sandoval has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLIs) for the early signing period. The quintet of future Golden Bears – Annie Boos, Meredith Corda, Bryanna Oakley, Camryn Rogers and Kathryn Thomas – will continue their academic and athletic careers at Cal beginning in the Fall of 2017.

"We are pleased with the quality of student-athletes that signed NLI?s with our program," Sandoval said of the incoming class. "The entire staff has been relentless in pursing student-athletes that are the very best fit for Cal and I am confident that these ladies embody that."

Below are scholastic highlights from each of the five signees:

Annie Boos (Claremont, Calif. / Claremont HS)
Boasts personal bests of 2:11.64 in the 800 meters and 4:48.95 in the 1600 meters…was a finalist at the 2016 California State Track & Field Championships, finishing seventh in the 1600

Meredith Corda (Danville, Calif. / Monte Vista HS)
Qualified for the 2016 California State Track & Field Championships in the 1600 meters…holds a personal record of 4:49.99 in the 1600…considering Psychology and/or Business as potential majors.

Sandoval on Boos and Corda: "Both ladies are versatile enough to make an impact in cross country next year in addition to track. We consider both Annie and Meredith late bloomers who will thrive at Cal."

Bryanna Oakley (Aurora, Colorado / Grandview HS)
Earned FloTrack's Saucony Flo50 No. 1 XC ranking this season, her first full year as a competitive runner after converting from soccer…won the 13th Nike Cross Nationals in Portland in December, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher…set two records at season-opening cross country meets: Liberty Bell Invitational (16:44; course record) and Woodbridge XC Classic Sweepstakes (15:53.6; meet record)…also won the 2016 Colorado 5A XC Championships after placing second in 2015…won the 1600 meters and 3200 meters at the 2016 2016 Colorado 5A Track & Field Championships…considering Sports Medicine and/or Physiology as potential majors

Sandoval on Oakley: "Brie is one of the highest ranked high school cross country recruits to come to Cal since Bethan Knights and Kirsten O'Hara. She will lead the distance runners coming in and complement the core of returners for cross country and track."

Camryn Rogers (Richmond, British Columbia / R. A McMath Secondary School)
Ranked as the No. 1 junior (U20) and youth (U18) hammer & weight thrower in Canada…holds records for junior/youth 4K Hammer (59.74m) and youth 3K Hammer (65.16m…earned Canadian junior titles for hammer & shot put) along with the Canadian youth title for hammer in 2016…youngest member of the Canadian U20 national team that competed at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Poland…2016 British Columbia Youth Female Athlete of the Year.

Sandoval on Rogers: "Camryn was pursued by several elite program across the country. She is an outstanding student with hammer marks that are already NCAA-quality. She competed for Kajaks TC in British Columbia and follows former Cal greats Jennifer Joyce and her coach Garrett Collier."

Kathryn "Kate" Thomas (Mission Viejo, Calif. / Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
Pole Vault specialist with a personal record of 13-0.00…finished third at 2015 California CIF State Championships (12-9.00) and seventh in 2016 (12-7.00) despite battling injury…mother is a graduate of Cal and former student-athlete, competing as a coxswain on the men's crew team…considering Public Health as a potential major with hopes of becoming a nurse.

Sandoval on Thomas: "Kate adds strong quality to our pole vaulter group and we are excited for what she can do when she arrives on campus."

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December 08, 2016

Nominations Open for 2016 Cross Country “Excellence in Communications” Awards

Nominations Open for 2016 Cross Country “Excellence in Communications” Awards

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA
December 8, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Nominations for the Excellence in Communications Awards for the 2016 collegiate cross country seasonto be presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to outstanding athletics communications representatives, are officially open as of Tuesday.
Athletics communications representatives at schools and conferences who demonstrated excellent coverage and support of collegiate track & field and cross country throughout the season are eligible for the award. The nominating process is open to coaches, other athletics communications representatives, media members and the general public.
Nominations can be completed here and are due no later than Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
The efforts of these hard-working individuals around the nation are crucial in generating interest and exposure for the sports of collegiate track & field and cross country, and the USTFCCCA will honor three – one per NCAA Division – after both the track & field and cross country seasons.
Winners for cross country will be announced no later than Friday, December 16. All awards will be selected by the USTFCCCA communications staff.
Among the criteria considered for the award:
  • Exhibiting consistent, innovative, high-quality coverage of the sport
  • Demonstrating a record of improving coverage and public awareness in the area/campus, etc.
  • Taking risks with their decisions in hopes of increasing awareness of the sport
  • Displaying the utmost professionalism in interactions with the media, coaches and student-athletes.
  • Effectively and cleverly utilizing multimedia and social media.
  • Bringing understanding to an individual/subject/cause through excellence in feature writing, producing or promoting.
For more information, please contact USTFCCCA Director of Media, Broadcasting & Analytics Tom Lewis at

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

CIF champion Kira Loren to run for UCLA next year

CIF champion Kira Loren to run for UCLA next year
... at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on a cold Saturday, Nov. ... The CCA girls cross country team finished second in the CIF San Diego ...

$3.2 million prize money for Finals of 2017 IAAF Diamond League

$3.2 million prize money for Finals of 2017 IAAF Diamond League

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From next season, athletes will earn points in the first 12 IAAF Diamond League meetings to qualify for two final meetings where $100,000 will be at stake in each of the 32 Diamond Disciplines, including $50,000 for each winner.
In previous seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the IAAF Diamond League season with the overall winner of each of the 32 events being the athlete with the most points irrespective of whether they won the final.
The season is now a race to reach the finals with the winners crowned as IAAF Diamond League Champions. As in a championship the performance of athletes in the final alone will determine who the champion will be and the prize money won.
The IAAF Diamond League finals will now offer a dramatic showdown between the world’s best athletes, a true climax to a four-month race across four continents. [Click here.]
Sebastian Coe, IAAF President and chairman of the Diamond League AG, commented: “After seven seasons which have established the IAAF Diamond League as our premier circuit it is important to assess its impact and build for the future. These decisions are the first step to growing the attractiveness of the series.”
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World Record 4 x 100 METRES RELAY 38.2 USA Munchen 10.09.1972

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38.2 USA Munchen 10.09.1972
Larry  Black - Robert Taylor - Gerald Tinker - Eddie Hart.
Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Final, 16.19 Hr: 1. USA 38.19 (rounded up on 1/10th second timing to 38.2 - the last World Record of the hand timing era.
On the change to electronic timing, this mark was adopted as the first hundredth of a second timed record by the IAAF), 2. USSR (URS) 38.50, 3. Germany (FRG) 38.79, 4. Czechoslovakia (TCH) 38.82, 5. German Dem. Rep. (GDR) 38.90, 6. Poland (POL) 39.03, 7. France (FRA) 39.14, 8. Italy (ITA) 39.14
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World Record USA — with Gerald Alexzandor Tinker and Eddie Hart in Munich, Germany.
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