Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Richard Rucker (William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA) - Western Girls Winner Gill Coach of the Year

News and Notes, Volume 11, 13

In this issue:
Gill Coach of the Year Regional Winners Announced
Dan O'Brien performs at La Biennale Di Venezia
Team USA Athletes to visit Springfield High School
Longtime official, Jerry Perry, passes away

Gill regional Coach of the Year Winners announced

USATF and Gill Athletics are proud to announce the regional winners, and finalists for the national Gill Coach of the Year Award:

Juan Plaza (Calvary Baptist Academy) - Central Boys Winner
David Emeott (East Kentwood High School) - Mid-Atlantic Boys Winner
Bob Nihells (Lake Park High School) - Midwest Boys Winner
Mike Potter (Warwick Valley High School) - New England Boys Winner
Woody Barnett (Pearl High School) - Southeast Boys Winner
Daunte Gouge (King’s High School, Seattle, WA) - Western Boys Winner
Drew Yoakum (Fayetteville School District) - Central Girls Winner
Rob Defilippis (Red Bank Catholic High School) - Mid-Atlantic Girls Winner
Ryan Krall (Colfax High Shool) - Midwest Girls Winner
Patrick Castagno (the Tatnall School) - New England Girls Winner
Jim Tate (St. Paul’s Episopal School) - Southeast Girls Winner
Richard Rucker (William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA) - Western Girls Winner

The Gill Athletics High School Coach of the Year will be selected from the regional finalists. The two national winners, one boy’s coach and one girl’s coach, will each receive $5,000 worth of Gill Athletics track & field equipment and a trip for two to the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. to receive their awards.

For more information, visit www.GillCoachOfTheYear.com

Dan O'Brien performs at La Biennale Di Venezia

1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O'Brien takes the world stage of a different sort at the opening of La Biennale di Venezia, the 54th International Art Exhibition, this week in Venice, Italy. O'Brien will run on a treadmill as part of the opening week performance on "Track and Field," one of six newly commissioned works by Puerto Rico- based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla that comprise the exhibition "Gloria."

The Indianapolis Museum of Art and the collaborative team of Allora and Calzadilla will transform the U.S. Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, into a dynamic experience for visitors. The IMA has partnered with national athletic organizations USA Gymnastics and USA Track & Field on Body in Flight (Delta), Body in Flight (American), and Track and Field, which will incorporate performances by athletes at intervals throughout the duration of the exhibition. Body in Flight (Delta) and Body in Flight (American) are full-scale reproductions of the latest designs for business class seats found on U.S. commercial airlines. The stained wooden sculptures substitute for the balance beam and pommel horse, creating an unusual platform for a new language of movement that "contaminates" strict gymnastic routines. Track and Field will feature a full-scale, overturned military tank that has been repurposed by superimposing a functioning treadmill above its right track, on which USA Track & Field athletes will run.

The US Pavillion will be on view from June 4 through November 27, 2011.

To learn more about Gloria and the U.S. Pavilion, please visit: www.IMAmuseum.org/Venice

Team USA Athletes to visit Springfield High School

USATF Athletes Natasha Hastings, Kara Patterson and David Oliver join emcee Ato Boldon for USATF's Win with Integrity program in Eugene, Oregon just prior to Saturday's Nike Prefontaine Classic. Springfield High School will play host to two assemblies beginning at 8:45 a.m., Friday.
Athletes will speak to students about the benefits of living a healthy, drug-free, active lifestyle.

"Anytime we have an opportunity to reach out to young people, its important that we recognize our position as role models in the sport," said Oliver, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and current American record holder in the 110 hurdles.

USATF athletes participate in as many as 25 Win with Integrity programs annually in Visa Championships Series cities as well as where they live and train. Since 2004, Win with Integrity has reached more than 100,000 students across the country.

Hastings won gold in the women's 4x400 in the Beijing Olympics while Patterson is the current American record holder in the javelin. All three athletes will compete in Saturday's Nike Prefontaine Classic, the first stop in the 2011 Visa Championships Series.

For more info on Win with Integrity, contact Susan Hazzard at Susan.Hazzard@usatf.org.

Longtime official, Jerry Perry, passes away

Jerry Perry passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 after a brief illness. He was 81 years old. Perry served as the Chair of the Officials Committee for many years and also as President of the North Carolina Association.

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.

18 Cal Bears Earn MPSF Indoor Academic Honors

May 31, 2011

BERKELEY - A total of 18 Golden Bears have been selected to the MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete team for the 2011 indoor track & field season.

Earning a place on the men's squad are Mike Morrison, Patrick Kowalsky, Kevin Kuechler, Aaron Burney, Matt Miller, Maxime Chevee and Cody Schmidt.

The women on the list are Theresa Raub, Alison Greggor, Kristen Meister, Allison Stokke, Kayla Dixon, Rowena Tam, Chelsea Reilly, Linda Oseso, Amanda Hunter, Gianna Fernandez and Aziza Baker.

Greggor, a Spanish and psychology double major, also received the Cal athletic department's Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award for 2011 for having the highest GPA among graduating student-athletes, while Raub, who competed as a graduate student in education this past season, claimed the honor in 2010.

To be eligible for the MPSF indoor team, student-athletes must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore academically and have participated in half the team's competitions.

Courtesy Cal

USC Men Ranked No. 6, USC Women Ranked No. 7

On the web ...


Also attached are Program of the Year standings through the indoor championships

Heading to Des Moines: Texas A&M’s Men, Oregon’s Women Are Number Ones

May 31, 2011

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week nine national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. The "final 24" for the NCAA Division I Championships has been set in each event as a result of preliminary rounds contest over the Memorial Day weekend, and new computer rankings are calculated based on the those who advanced through the rounds and that will compete next week in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.

Oregon's women, the two-time NCAA indoor team champions, took the top spot in the outdoor rankings for the first time this year as they advanced a tied-overall best 16 entries to Des Moines for the final rounds of the championships. No. 2 Texas A&M trails slightly in the latest rankings, but advanced 15 from the preliminary rounds, including a meet-best nine entries from sprint and hurdle events. LSU was moved to No. 3, their lowest position since the preseason, but also are not too far behind the Ducks and Aggies in ranking points as the Lady Tigers will also have 15 entries at Drake, eight of which are in sprint and hurdle events.

The top seven positions on the men's side remained unchanged as No. 1 Texas A&M and No. 2 Florida seem to be the clear frontrunners heading into the final rounds. The Aggies have 19 entries that will compete in Des Moines, including a meet-best eight in sprint and hurdle events and six in the jumps. Florida will challenge with 17 entries, five in sprint/hurdles and jumps, apiece. No. 8 Virginia Tech may float up the leaderboard with a third-best 14 entries in Des Moines, including a meet-best seven in jumping events -- three of which are in the pole vault. No. 3 Florida State has 13 entries into the meet, tied with No. 4 LSU, but are banking on the doubling potential of Ngoni Makusha (100m-long jump), Maurice Mitchell (100m-200m), Ciaran O'Lionaird (5000m-10k), and Michael Putman (shot put-discus).

The Stanford men qualified four in the 10,000 meters and LSU's women qualified four for the 100 meters to co-lead the category of most entries per event. April Sinkler of No. 6 Clemson will be the only individual to compete in three events, having qualified in the women's high jump, long jump, and triple jump.

Live television coverage of the meet can be found on cable's CBS Sports Network on Friday, June 10, and to a national audience on Saturday, June 11, on CBS.


NCAA Division I

Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #9 - May 31, pre-NCAA finals

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championship Results

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dropped out: No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 21 Iowa, No. 23 Arizona State, No. 24 Washington State

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NCAA Division I

Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #9 - May 31, pre-NCAA finals

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championship Results

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dropped out: No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 22 Georgia, No. 24 Colorado, No. 25 Florida State

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Big Ten


Conference USA

Mountain West

Missouri Valley



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Monday, May 30, 2011

California Entries in NCAA Division I Championships

Stanford 11
California 3
Sacramento St. 2
UC Irvine 1
UC Santa Barbara 1

Men 100 Meter Dash Prelims
22 Aaron Brown SO USC 10.55D

Men 200 Meter Dash Prelims
10 Maxwell Dyce SO UCLA 21.03D

Men 400 Meter Dash Prelims
1 Josh Mance FR USC 45.47D
16 Joey Hughes JR USC 46.16D

Men 800 Meter Run Prelims
2 Charles Jock JR UC Irvine 1:46.27D
3 Cory Primm SR UCLA 1:46.36D
9 Nathaniel Litwiller SO Sacramento St. 1:48.35D
11 Ryan Martin JR UC Santa Barbara 1:48.70D

Men 1500 Meter Run Prelims
6 Blake Shaw JR USC 3:45.25D

Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Prelims
16 Steve Sodaro SR California 8:49.97D
18 John Sullivan SR Stanford 8:50.52D
SR Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Trabuco Hills)
20 Benjamin Johnson JR Stanford 8:51.44D
JR Albuquerque, NM (Albuquerque Academy)

Men 5000 Meter Run
9 Elliott Heath SR Stanford 13:47.38D
12 Chris Derrick JR Stanford 13:48.84D

Men 10000 Meter Run
9 Elliott Heath SR Stanford 29:11.44D
SR Winona, MN (Winona Senior)
11 Chris Derrick JR Stanford 29:13.10D
JR Naperville, IL (Neuqua Valley)
12 Jake Riley SR Stanford 29:13.75D
SR Bellingham, WA (Sehome HS)
14 Miles Unterreiner JR Stanford 29:14.46D
JR Gig Harbor, WA (Gig Harbor)

Men 110 Meter Hurdles Prelims
3 Brendan Ames SR USC 13.44D
5 Ronald Brookins SR Sacramento St. 13.47D
10 Ray Stewart JR California 13.56D
13 Oscar Spurlock SR USC 13.69D

Men 400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
4 Reggie Wyatt SO USC 49.94D
5 Amaechi Morton JR Stanford 49.99D
JR Atlanta, GA (Riverwood)
8 Thomas Phillips SR UC Davis 50.22D
11 Alex Wilright SR UC Davis 50.47D

Men 4x100 Meter Relay Prelims
19 UCLA 40.25D
1) Jamal Alston JR 2) Karlton Rolle JR
3) Maxwell Dyce SO 4) R J Frasier FR
5) Randall Carroll SO 6)

Men 4x400 Meter Relay Prelims
5 USC 3:05.08D
1) Josh Mance FR 2) Reggie Wyatt SO
3) Duane Walker JR 4) Joey Hughes JR
5) Bryshon Nellum SO 6) Scott DeYoung SR
22 Stanford 3:08.13D
1) Alfredo Corral FR Coronado, CA (The Bishop's School) 2) Spencer Chase SO Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista)
3) Amaechi Morton JR Atlanta, GA (Riverwood)
4) Mark Mueller RS SR Aurora, CO (Overland)
5) Spencer Castro JR SR Groveland, CA (Sonora) 6)

Men High Jump

Men Pole Vault
7 Michael Woepse FR UCLA 5.20mD

Men Long Jump

Men Triple Jump
7 Jonathan Clark SR UCLA 15.90mD

Men Shot Put

Men Discus Throw
6 Bo Taylor SR UCLA 57.10mD
7 Geoffrey Tabor SO Stanford 57.09mD
20 Colin Dunbar SR Long Beach St. 54.90mD

Men Hammer Throw
5 Trey Henderson SR USC 66.56mD
12 Alec Faldermeyer FR UCLA 64.79mD

Men Javelin Throw
11 Cooper Thompson JR USC 71.02mD

Men Decathlon
1 Michael Morrison SR California 7921D
21 Nicholas Armstrong SR Long Beach St. 7478D

Women 100 Meter Dash Prelims
13 Jessica Davis FR USC 11.45D

Women 200 Meter Dash Prelims
3 Jessica Davis FR USC 22.91D
6 Aareon Payne JR USC 23.04D

Women 400 Meter Dash Prelims
16 Ashlea McLaughlin SR UCLA 53.43D

Event 24 Women 800 Meter Run Prelims
5 Lea Wallace SR Sacramento St. 2:03.69D

Women 1500 Meter Run Prelims
13 Lea Wallace SR Sacramento St. 4:20.38D

Event 26 Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase Prelims
12 Eva Krchova SO San Francisco 10:08.55D

Event 27 Women 5000 Meter Run
5 Kathy Kroeger SO Stanford 16:03.96D
6 Stephanie Marcy SR Stanford 16:04.12D

Event 28 Women 10000 Meter Run
4 Stephanie Marcy SR Stanford 33:31.95D
7 Tara Erdmann SR Loyola Marymount 33:33.63D

Women 100 Meter Hurdles Prelims
1 Nia Ali SR USC 12.92D
10 Lauren Blackburn FR USC 13.09D
17 Kori Carter FR Stanford 13.23D

Event 30 Women 400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
1 Turquoise Thompson SO UCLA 56.06D
17 Kori Carter FR Stanford 57.87D
19 Dalilah Muhammad JR USC 57.93D

Event 31 Women 4x100 Meter Relay Prelims
5 USC 44.07D
1) Loudia Laarman FR 2) Aareon Payne JR
3) Jenna Puterbaugh FR 4) Jessica Davis FR
5) Alitta Boyd SO 6) Nia Ali SR

Women 4x400 Meter Relay Prelims
13 UCLA 3:35.07D
1) Joy Eaton SR 2) Briana Barlow JR
3) Ashlea McLaughlin SR 4) Turquoise Thompson SO
5) Tiffany LaMar FR 6) Yasmin Woodruff JR

Event 33 Women High Jump
17 Nia Ali SR USC 1.75mD
19 Kristen Meister SR California 1.75mD

Women Pole Vault
8 Katerina Stefanidi JR Stanford 4.10mD
12 Kelsy Hintz SO San Diego St. 4.05mD

Event 35 Women Long Jump
11 Brittni Dixon-Smith SR Stanford 6.25mD

Event 36 Women Triple Jump
5 Allison Wilder SR UC Riverside 13.22mD
8 Whitney Liehr SR Stanford 13.00mD
9 Tracey Stewart SR California 12.98mD
19 Jasmine Pickett SR Cal Poly 12.75mD

Women Shot Put
24 Whitney Ashley JR San Diego St. 15.75mD

Event 38 Women Discus Throw

Event 39 Women Hammer Throw
8 Jenny Ozorai FR USC 62.03mD
9 Marissa Minderler SR USC 60.90mD
12 Ida Storm FR UCLA 60.36mD
23 J'Quyra Moncur-Blue SO Fresno State 58.18mD

Women Javelin Throw
7 Eda Karesin SR Stanford 49.83mD
12 Randi Hicks SR Long Beach St. 49.45mD

Event 42 Women Heptathlon
13 Allison Reaser FR San Diego St. 5408D
19 Sherrina Lofton SR CSU Northridge 5371D

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In this edition:
Assefa, Chepkurui Capture BolderBOULDER 10K Titles
Chebet to Defend Freihofer's Run for Women 5K Crown
Gonzales, Brothers Win Kaiser Permanente Vista Strawberry Festival 5K
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3rd National Running Day, nationwide, June 1
Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, NV-CA, June 3
Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, Albany, NY, June 4
Inaugural Virginia Wine Country Half, Leesburg, VA, June 4
13.1 Marathon: Chicago, IL, June 4
Hospital Hill Run, Kansas City, MO, June 4
Jodi's Race for Awareness, Denver, CO, June 4
ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon, MD, June 5
10th Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, SD, June 5
Leaves of Hope, Denver, CO, June 5
Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon, CA, June 5
Inaugural Ragnar Relay Chicago, IL, June 10
Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay, Seattle, WA, June 10
40th NYRR New York Mini 10K, NY, NY, June 11
Run Amuck 3.5 Mile & Kids Run Amuck, Quantico, VA, June 11
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 10K, MI, June 11
USA Men's 8K Championship, Carmel, IN, June 11
Lederhosenlauf 5K, St. Paul, MN, June 11
DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay, NV, June 11

Assefa, Chepkurui Capture BolderBOULDER 10K Titles

Ethiopia again sweeps International Team Challenge; Hastings (4th), Carney (5th) top Americans; Team USA second (women) and third (men); race record 54,554 entrants as well as millionth finisher at 33rd edition

By Mike Sandrock, Running USA wire

BOULDER, Colo. - (May 30, 2010) - After going out too fast in last year's Dick's Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K and leading her unsuspecting teammates into early oxygen debt and a third-place team finish, Renee Metivier-Baillie vowed to run smarter this year. That she and her teammates, Amy Hastings and Magdalena Lewy Boulet, did on this cloudy Memorial Day, placing second in the 2011 International Team Challenge.

The American women scored 19 points, coming just two points shy of upsetting powerhouse Ethiopia for the team title. Kenya, led by race champion Lineth Chepkurui in 32:30, was third with 26. Team Colorado, comprising Adriana Pirtea, Colleen De Reuck and Zoila Gomez, was also in the money in fifth place.

Ethiopia swept the men's and women's International Team Challenge titles for the third straight year, with the professional runners starting after a race record number of Bolder citizen entrants of 54,554 (with 49,271 finishers) on a new course.

In the first course change since 1981, the starting line was moved closer to the Folsom Field finish on the University of Colorado campus, to make for better loading and unloading of the runners and walkers comprising the 92 "waves" or starting groups.

"It worked out great," said race founder Steve Bosley. His son, race director Cliff, pointed out that the start of the professional women's race was delayed 16 minutes, because of the large number of people wanting to register Monday morning.

What also worked great was the teamwork displayed by the U.S. runners.

Boulder's James Carney and teammates Ryan Hall and Aaron Braun placed 5-7-12 to place third behind Ethiopia who edged Kenya by one point, 12 to 13. Team Colorado (Jason Hartmann, Fernando Cabada and Brian Medigovich) also earned prize money, placing fourth.

Ethiopian 10,000 meter specialists Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa went 1-2, followed by Kenyans Allan Kiprono, who trains in Boulder under Dieter Hogan, and MacDonald Ondara. The winning time of 29 minutes, 23 seconds was not especially fast, but the BolderBOULDER is all about competition for the professional runners, said Ethiopian Hussen Adelo.

"When we race against Kenya, it is a fight!" he exclaimed through a translator, making boxing motions with his fists.

Local favorite Carney runs well at the BolderBOULDER. On Monday, he ran with Hall until 3½ miles, where the course climbs west towards the mountains before turning south and cresting at 4 miles. That is where Carney then caught Braun, and he picked off the faster starters on his way to his fifth-place finish (30:17), good for $1600 as well as his share of $17,500 team prize. Both totals include U.S. Olympic training funds.

"You line 'em up, and I'll knock 'em down," a happy Carney said, after standing with the other elites and the capacity crowd inside the football stadium. Everyone looked up as two F-14 fighter jets flew over, and grew silent during the moving playing of taps and singing of the national anthem, all part of what has become the largest Memorial Day gathering in the nation.

The most visible of the runners pre-race was 2008 Olympian Hall, coming off his epic Boston Marathon run just six weeks ago.

"I was pleased with my race," Hall said. "I just wanted to enjoy the ride, coming off my 2:04. This is icing on the cake; the crowd was amazing, like the Olympics."

The rivalry between Kenya and Ethiopia was reminiscent of the Olympics as well. This was the fifth consecutive Ethiopia win in the men's race, but as close as it could be after last year's 1-2-3 Ethiopia sweep that left the Kenyans privately fuming.

The third Kenyan in on Monday, Lani Rutto in sixth, finished ahead of Adelo, the third Ethiopian scorer. However, Adelo, a 2:09 marathoner, won it for his team in the most exciting sprint of the day, outkicking Constantino Leon Lopez of Peru at the 40-yard line by less than a tick of the clock for 9th place. That was enough to keep the Ethiopian streak going.

Perhaps it was the new start of the race, which is slightly uphill - the traditional course had a slight downhill - but this year, the packs stayed together longer, making for exciting team races on both the men's and women's sides.

"I was hurting once again," said Metivier-Baillie, who showed true grit by running on a gimpy leg she injured during the club cross country championships in December. She has run just two races since then, and had only two months of full training leading into the BolderBOULDER.

Metivier-Baillie held her teammates back in the early going, unlike last year's fast opening.

"It is a magical moment working together as a team," added Metivier-Baillie. "We were second this time; next year, we will go for the win."

Hastings, whose 2:27:03 at the Honda LA Marathon last March is the 8th fastest U.S. women's time ever, placed fourth in 34:20. The Mammoth Track Club athlete said that with her focus on the 2012 Olympics, she does not know if the same Team USA will be back for a third Bolder next year, but she would like to return.

"The team aspect is so exciting," she said. "It is so much more fun, and the crowd at the finish was amazing. Like the Olympics."

Then Hastings paused. "Well, what I imagine the Olympics sound like. I have not been there ... yet."

At the 33rd edition, fittingly, a veteran, Mieszka Laczek-Johnson, age 34 of Denver, became the race's one millionth finisher (the 20,801st finisher overall); she ran the 6.2 mile course in 58:43.

33rd Dick's Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K: 14th International Team Challenge
Boulder, CO, Monday, May 30, 2011

1) Belete Assefa (ETH), 29:23, $3750
2) Solomon Gonfa (ETH), 29:28, $2750
3) Allan Kiprono (KEN), 29:36, $2000
4) MacDonard Ondara (KEN), 29:48, $1250
5) James Carney (USA), 30:17, $1600*
6) Lani Rutto (KEN), 30:24, $700
7) Ryan Hall (USA), 30:30, $1200*
8) Jason Hartmann (Team CO), 30:40, $1000*
9) Hussen Adelo (ETH), 30:45, $400
10) Constantino Leon Lopez (PER), 30:46, $300
11) Hicham Bellani (MAR), 30:49
12) Aaron Braun (USA), 30:52
13) Fernando Cabada (Team CO), 30:55
14) Paulino Canchanya Canchanya (PER), 30:57
15) Brian Medigovich (Team CO), 31:03
16) Abdellah Falil (MAR), 31:04
17) Julio Cesar Perez (MEX), 31:14
18) Jose Carlos Roxon (GUA), 31:27
19) Alfredo Arevalo (GUA), 31:30
20) Jeremias Solol (GUA), 31:44
21) Said Diaz Ceron (MEX), 31:50
22) Jaime Caldua Palma (PER), 31:59
23) Mohamed Fadil (MAR), 32:27
24) Neilson Hall (GBR), 32:36
25) Jon Peppers (GBR), 32:37
26) Jonathon Morales (MEX), 32:58
27) Matt Janes (GBR), 34:58

1) Ethiopia, 12 points, $15,000
2) Kenya, 13, $10,000
3) Team USA, 24, $17,500*
4) Team Colorado, 36, $13,500*
5) Peru, 46, $4000
6) Morocco, 50
7) Guatemala, 57
8) Mexico, 64
9) GBR, 76
*includes U.S. Olympic training funds

1) Lineth Chepkurui (KEN), 32:30, $4750
2) Mamitu Daska (ETH), 32:35, $3500
3) Meseret Mengistubiru (ETH), 34:06, $1500
4) Amy Hastings (USA), 34:20, $2250*
5) Claire Hallisey (GBR), 34:48, $800
6) Renee Metivier-Baillie (USA), 34:54, $1400*
7) Jelliah Tinega (KEN), 35:04, $600
8) Adriana Pirtea (Team CO), 35:09, $1000*
9) Magdalena Lewy Boulet (USA), 35:10, $800*
10) Yuri Kano (JPN), 35:17, $300
11) Yuko Watanabe (JPN), 35:20
12) Tigish Tufa (ETH), 35:56
13) Bertha Sanchez (COL), 36:28
14) Marta Ronceria (COL), 36:35
15) Colleen De Reuck (Team CO), 36:39
16) Zoila Gomez (Team CO), 36:45
17) Yumi Hirata (JPN), 36:53
18) Risper Gesabwa (KEN), 36:59
19) Leidy Tobon (COL), 37:20
20) Sarah Tunstall (GBR), 37:44
21) Angelica Sanchez (MEX), 37:54
22) Fabiola Fernandez (MEX), 37:56
23) Iracema Parra (MEX), 38:31
24) Mary Wilkinson (GBR), 39:23

1) Ethiopia, 17 points, $15,000
2) Team USA, 19, $27,500*
3) Kenya, 26, $7000
4) Japan, 38, $6000
5) Team Colorado, 39, $8000*
6) Colombia, 46
7) GBR, 49
8) Mexico, 66
*includes U.S. Olympic training funds

Complete results and more at: www.bolderboulder.com

Chebet to Defend Freihofer's Run for Women 5K Crown

Kiros, Daska, Mekkonin, Willis and Van Blerk set to battle 2010 Kenyan race champion for $10,000 first place prize on June 4

ALBANY, N.Y. - (May 25, 2011) - Officials at the Freihofer's Run for Women, the only 5K road race in the world to hold a prestigious (silver) label designation by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport's worldwide governing body, have announced that Emily Chebet will return to New York's capital city on Saturday, June 4th to defend her 5K title.

The Kenyan speedster, who shaved six seconds off the previous best time of 15 minutes, 18 seconds set by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui in 2005 - the largest in the history of the race - is expected to be a front runner once the air horn sounds.

"We're always excited to have our defending champion return," said Elite Athlete Recruiter John Tope, who has also recruited Kenyans Everlyne Lagat and Risper Gesabwa to the field. "However, it won't be an easy task for Emily to retain her crown. We have a strong international field and I expect a very close race."

Chebet, winner of last year's World Cross Country title in Poland, will be joined in the lead pack by Aheza Kiros (Ethiopia), who last month cruised to victory at the speedy Carlsbad 5000 (15:12); Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia), winner of the 2011 Houston Marathon (2:26.33) and runner-up at the 2009 Freihofer's (15:30), and Misiker Mekkonin (Ethiopia), 2011 Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K winner.

Kiros, Daska and Mekkonin will battle the field with countrywoman Tigist Tufa, who has been running with consistency this year, and placed 3rd at the 2011 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Meseret Mengistu, 8th 2011 Rome Marathon, and Alemtsehay Misganaw, 1st 2011 Shamrock 8K.

Benita Willis, who earned three Freihofer's titles between 2006-08 - only the third woman to accomplish that feat - is also expected to set the pace. The three-time Australian Olympian (2008 - Marathon, 2004 - 10,000m, 2000 - 5000m) and 2004 World Cross Country champion knows the course better than any anyone (www.timesunion.com/freihofersmap/) and this inside knowledge - coupled with her blistering track speed (14:47 - 5000m) - could help vault her from 7th place in 2010 back to a podium spot.

Willis isn't the only competitor with Olympic credentials. Decorated Mexican Olympian Dulce Maria Rodriguez (2008 - 10,000m, 2004 - 5000m, 2000 - 5000m) has also signaled her intention to compete, as has Burundi's Diane Nukuri Johnson (2000 - 5000m), who crossed the line first at the 2011 Marion Arts Festival and finished 4th at the 2011 Honda LA Marathon.

South African sensation, Irvette Van Blerk, 23, who successfully defended her nation's 10K title in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, will be another newcomer hoping to pocket the $10,000 winner's check. The two-time World Cross Country team member, who will be competing in her first 5K on U.S. soil, has been making a name for herself since she was 14, when she finished second in a senior 10K in Durban.

For more information about the 33rd Freihofer's Run for Women event including the inaugural Freihofer's Junior 3K Run, visit freihofersrun.com. From the home page, there are links to the event's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Gonzales, Brothers Win Kaiser Permanente Vista Strawberry Festival 5K

Runners of all ages enjoy strawberries post-race; festival proceeds to support Vista schools and local charities

By Lisa Rose, Kinane Events

VISTA, Calif. - (May 29, 2011) - On a picture-postcard Sunday morning, Sergio Gonzales defended his title at the 2nd Kaiser Permanente Vista Strawberry Festival 5K, but he had to run faster than last year and beat back a determined challenger to do it.

Gonzales, 24, of San Marcos, edged 36-year-old Nazario Romero to win the 2011 edition of the race held in downtown Vista by a second. Both Gonzales and Romero averaged a fast 4:53 per mile, with Gonzales coming home in 15 minutes, 12 seconds followed by Romero in 15:13. In third for the men was David Edwards, 24, of San Diego, in 15:20.

"It wasn't my personal best, but it was a good tune-up for the Rock 'n Roll San Diego Half," said Gonzales.

Romero wasn't able to regain his Carlsbad 5000 time of 14:15, but enjoyed the course. "It was a great run. Beautiful weather," he said. "I'll be back next year."

Meanwhile, Jessica Brothers, 29, also of San Marcos, had a slightly easier time in winning the women's title. Brothers, the runner-up last year, ran the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes to finish 16th overall as well.

"I competed in high school and college, and now I'm with the Running Center," said Brothers. "It wasn't my best time but I was injured in the winter and I'm just coming back. This was good training for steeplechase."

Bertha Campos, 37, of San Diego, was the women's runner-up in 18:21, with Terra Sarnacki, 33, of Oceanside, third in 19:41.

Among Vista runners, youth was served. Derek Stotter, 18, was the fastest Vista resident finisher in 17:27, nine seconds better than 15-year-old Joe Lopez with Marco Ramirez, 51, third (17:49). For the Vista women, Megan Jarvis, 15, was the fastest runner in 19:57 and Elizabeth May, just 13, was second in 20:17 and Nica Hernandez, 17, third in 21:27.

At the second event edition, fresh strawberries awaited the more than 1,400 finishers plus 320 kids from the 1 mile race, and proceeds from the Strawberry Festival will go to the Vista schools and local charities.

2nd Kaiser Permanente Vista Strawberry Festival 5K
Vista, CA, Sunday, May 29, 2011

1) Sergio Gonzales (CA), 15:12
2) Nazario Romero (CA), 15:13
3) David Edwards (CA), 15:20

1) Jessica Brothers (CA), 18:00
2) Bertha Campos (CA), 18:21
3) Terra Sarnacki (CA), 19:41

For complete results, go to: www.strawberryfestivalruns.com/results.htm

Hospital Hill Run Selected for Software Testing by MarathonTracks

Real-time updates on a participant's progress via posts to Facebook, Twitter or email

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (May 25, 2011) - Fans and friends of 2011 Hospital Hill Run participants on Saturday, June 4 will be able to track athletes during the UMKC School of Medicine 5K, 10K and half-marathon races, thanks to a partnership between the Hospital Hill Run and MarathonTracks.

"MarathonTracks is both honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with a great race like the Hospital Hill Run as one of the final beta trials of our new software. We hope that the near real-time updates to Facebook, Twitter and email make their experience in this great race even more special by keeping everyone in their social networks up to date on their progress towards the finish line," Chris Lieberman, partner in MarathonTracks.

MarathonTracks provides near real-time updates on a participants progress in the 38th Hospital Hill Run via posts to Facebook, Twitter or email. Participants can register for the free service, which is in its final beta testing stages at www.marathontracks.com. MarathonTracks will post the updates as participants cross the various electronic timing mats on the course.

During the Hospital Hill Run disposable RFID chips will track runners throughout the race.

"When the runners go over a mat, time data will be collected," said Beth Salinger, Hospital Hill Run Race Director. "It takes a date stamp and it will wirelessly transmit it to use in the data center here for scoring results, as well as keeping friends and fans of those running up to speed on the latest times."

To sign up for live updates from the Hospital Hill Run, search twitter for the hashtag #hospitalhillrun or by following Hospital Hill Run on Facebook. Family and friends watching the race can also sign up on the Marathon Tracks website to follow any runner.

Hospital Hill Run is the oldest road race in Kansas City and the one of the oldest half-marathons in the United States. First held in 1974 with a field of 99 athletes, Hospital Hill Run has grown in size and stature in the ensuing years, recently being named one of the top races in the country by Runner's World magazine. Past competitors include such running legends as Olympic gold medalists Frank Shorter and Billy Mills and running legends Bill Rodgers and Jim Ryun, as well as over 100,000 ordinary Kansas and Missouri citizens running for the challenge, fun and fitness. In 2010 Hospital Hill Run hosted its largest field ever, when over 7,400 athletes took to the Kansas City streets.

For more information or to register, visit: www.hospitalhillrun.com

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Live Webcast of the NCS MOC is available on demand

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After The Tornado: The Lone Competitor Left At Joplin High

Athlete Alumni Spotlight - Ann Gaffigan

At the 2004 Olympic Trials, Ann Gaffigan had the race that thousands of athletes only dream of running. Under the lights of the Sacramento State University track, Gaffigan was just beginning her career as an elite athlete, still running in her University of Nebraska singlet. That night Gaffigan was inducted into an elite cadre of athletes who know the pride and the thrill of winning the Olympic Trials. To make the moment even sweeter, Gaffigan’s time was faster than any American woman had ever run, and etched her name in history as the American Record holder.

For most athletes, the finish line of the Trials is only the beginning of a whirlwind of excitement through team processing, training camp and the ultimate thrill of competing on the Olympic stage. But, that is where Gaffigan’s story takes a twist. The asterisks to her Olympic Trials story is that she didn’t qualify for the Olympic Games. Gaffigan’s moment came four years premature, because the women’s steeplechase had yet to be added to the Olympics.

Gaffigan had every right to be bitter, angry or sad, but she was too focused on making it to the Olympics to pause and realize what she almost had.

“It didn’t make me think hard for four years,” Gaffigan said. “In 2004, I was like ‘yeah I didn’t make the Olympics’ but I was alright. I knew it wasn’t in the Olympics anyways, so I didn’t have my hopes up. There was always 2008.”

The next four years were filled with the ups and downs typical of any budding post-collegiate career. She continued to train for the steeple, a race that she was introduced to her freshman year of college in 2001, when her coach figured her multi-sport past and her natural athletic ability would suit her well to the event in its first year as a NCAA discipline.

Fast forward to the next quadrennium, and Gaffigan finally had her chance to not only win the trials, but also to achieve her dream of running in the Olympics. While she admits that it would have been the Cinderella ending to her story, to win her second Trials and get to compete in the first-ever women’s Olympic steeplechase, that is not how Gaffigan’s story unfolded. She finished tenth.

As the reality set in that Gaffigan would not be running in the Olympics, she began to reflect on how her story would be different if she had had the same opportunities that her male counterparts in the steeple had been afforded in 2004.

“It was the first time that I experienced a barrier because of my gender,” Gaffigan said. “It made me opened my eyes to the fact that there still are inequalities and a lot of things to fight for in women’s sports.”

Gaffigan retired from professional running after the 2008 Trials, and began to develop the next chapter of her life. With a burning personal interest in women’s opportunities in sports, Gaffigan drew on her computer science degree and her experience as a web developer to begin to create WomenTalkSports.com with co-founders Jane Schonberger and Megan Hueter. Launched in the winter of 2009, Women Talk Sports serves to directly address the lack of media attention given to women’s sports by creating a network of blogs devoted to various sports and areas of interest in women’s athletics.

With the free time that Gaffigan has while not working on Women Talk Sports, running her web development business, raising her now 2-year-old daughter, Jaelyn, or continuing to workout, she has developed a passion for volunteering and advocacy.

“When you help someone else out, it is more your heart [than competing as an athlete]. It isn’t about any kind of glory or fame or pride. It is really just about that feeling of being able to make a difference in someone’s life,” Gaffigan said. “I also believe it is the cure for what ails you - more than laughter or ibuprofen. There is nothing like it.”

Gaffigan has volunteered as a speaker and summer camp coach at Girls Inc., chapters from California to Indiana; is actively involved in the Kansas City organization “WIN for KC” that works to empower girls and women through sports; she volunteers in the USATF organization as a member of the Athlete’s Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Track and Field Athletes Association.

While Gaffigan was still an elite runner dealing with the trials and tribulations of training and racing, she once blogged, “running is like a bad relationship you can’t leave behind because you are an idiot in love.” And while so much has changed for Gaffigan in the nearly five years since she wrote that phrase, her perspective on life has not.

“I don’t see a life for me without track,” Gaffigan said. “It has been fun being a fan for a while, and I think my place in the sport now is off the track doing things to help the sport and the people in it.”

When asked if a comeback is on the horizon, Gaffigan responded, “Not right now, but I reserve the right to change my mind.”

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 12

In this issue:

American women deliver at the Diamond League
Trio of Olympians headline Pacific Association Champs
Bidding for Outdoor Championships

American women deliver at the Diamond League

Allyson Felix ran a world-leader in the 400 meters and fellow Americans Kara Patterson and Sara Hall turned in A-Standard performances at the Rome Golden Gala, which served as the third stop of the Samsung Diamond League series.

The meet will be broadcast on Universal Sports at 10:00 pm. ET tonight.

Felix ran to a world-leading time 49.82 in her first event of the day, the women’s 400m. Felix ran a smooth quarter and extended a lead of several meters over the rest of the field to take the win over Amantle Montsho of Botswana, with American Francena McCorory in third in 50.70. In Sanya Richards-Ross’ first Diamond League appearance, she finished fifth in a season best 50.98.

Bianca Knight took the win in a season best time of 22.64 in the women’s 200 meters. With only forty-five minutes between races, Felix and Richards-Ross were unable to reach the podium in their second race of the day as Felix finished fourth and Richards-Ross was fifth.

Hall stormed to a personal best time of 9:39.48 in seventh place to improve her previous best by nearly 9 seconds and secure the Olympic “A” Standard.

For the second race in a row, Dawn Harper sprinted to the win in the women’s 100m hurdles in a season best time of 12.70 seconds. Kellie Wells (12.73) finished in second, followed by Danielle Carruthers (12.80) to complete the U.S. podium-sweep.

In the women’s long jump, Brittney Reese and Funmi Jimoh finished 1-2. Reese twice leaped to her season best mark of 6.94m/22-9.25 to take the win, and Jimoh took second in 6.87m/22-6.5.

In one of the biggest upsets of the day, Khadevis Robinson won the 800m nearly half a second faster than the rest of the field featuring athletes as much as 16 years younger than the veteran athlete. Robinson made his move on the backstretch and held off the finishing kicks of his competitors to win in 1:45.09.

The American shot putters were unable to stand atop the podium in a highly competitive field. However, Reese Hoffa picked up 3-points in the Diamond Race with his third place finish (21.13m/69-4), and Christian Cantwell threw a season best of 21.09m/69-2.5 to take fourth.

Other American performance of note included Angelo Taylor in third in the men’s 400m hurdles (48.66) and Kara Patterson who threw 62.76m/205-11 to secure the Olympic “A” standard and place fourth in the women’s javelin.

For more information and full results, visit here.

Trio of Olympians headline Pacific Association Champs

Olympic discus gold medalist Stephanie Brown Trafton and American record holder Suzy Powell-Roos are entered in a discus battle featuring three of the world’s current top ten women’s throwers at Sunday’s (May 29) USA Track & Field Pacific Association Championships at College of San Mateo.

Also, javelin thrower Kim Kreiner is slated to return to the site of her 2006 American Record throw of 203 feet, 10 inches. She has represented the USA in the last two Olympics.

There is no admission charge to watch these Olympians and other top athletes perform on Memorial Day weekend – and compete for $15,000 in Pacific Association Grand Prix prize money.
For further meet information,visit www.pausatf.org

Bidding for Outdoor Championships

The bidding process for the 2013-2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships is now open to host cities that are interested in entertaining some of the world’s greatest athletes and fans. If you are a member of a community interested in the possibility of hosting these Championships, feel free to visit the Championships bid process page to view our Request For Proposal.

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.

What to do in Eugene during the USATF.

Just wanted to make sure you were on the forefront of Eugene information! I look forward to seeing all of you there.

[There are 6 10x10 booths available for $300 @ if your Company wants to be at the Epi-Center of Fun...first come, first served]

Well FOP's (friends of peanut) things have fallen into place rather nicely for the World Trials June 22-26! Google the "Boulevard Grill" on Franklin and you can see we have a Nice, Friendly place to congregate once again (The NEW Villard opens in Sept...and will be ready for us for the Trials)! Please pass this information along to your friends! Also, VS Athletics is a proud sponsor of all activities so if you buy Track Stuff check them out first. Here is a short list of Activities:
A. USATF has decided to join in the Fun....drawings for National Team Gear will be held daily...also, they are trying to get the Staffs of the Pan Am Games, World Championships, and Olympic Teams to do a Meet and Greet/Panel discussion on Friday Evening around 8 pm!

B. Training runs ("The Grill" is right next to the Bike path)...will be held daily at 8:30

C. Hootie XII 5k "Last Race in America without a Sponsor" will be Saturday at 8:30 with no entry fee but lots of Fun Prizes. Bloody Mary and Breakfast Burrito's highlight the morning menu at the Grill.

D. Satuday there will be Live Music of some Excellent Form....there is a 200 capacity conference room we may use for that.

E. There will be daily drink specials for All Track Fans....

Email me back with thoughts, opportunities or ideas to make this week even more fun!

More Stuff Later....
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Watch Usain Bolt race today 11 a.m. Pacific

After more than nine months away from competition, Usain Bolt makes his Diamond League season debut in Rome. Will the world's fastest man show any rust? UniversalSports.com offers LIVE and on-demand coverage of the third 2011 IAAF Diamond League meet on Thursday.

11 a.m. Pacific Time

U.S. High School Hammer Throw List



260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08

Class Records

213’00” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-22-06
243’11” Conor McCullough SO Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-03-07
260’00” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-28-08
256’09” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 04-18-09


229’03” Greg Skipper SR Oregon City, OR 04-09
227’00” Brad Bolton SR El Toro, Lake Forest, CA 04-23
219’05” Enrique Gaitan SR Sprayberry, Marietta, GA 04-23
213’06” Jon Lawson SR Prairie, Brush Prairie, WA 05-07
209’06” Ben Glauser SR Athens Academy, Athens, GA 05-08
205’10” Joe Velez JR Classical, Providence, RI 04-06
202’09” Nathan Loe SR Woodland, Cartersville, GA 05-08
201’02” Nate Irwin SR Chariho, Wood River Junction, RI 04-29
200’10” Mike Maloof SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-21 *
197’00” Edward Brentnall SR Lovett, Atlanta, GA 05-22 *
195’08” Kevin Conway JR Westerly, RI 05-09
195’03” Andrew Dunkleberger SR Whitfield Academy, Mableton, GA 05-22 *
194’00” Jeremy Tuttle SR Buena, Sierra Vista, AZ 03-18
193’08” TJ Servino SR Monroe Woodbury, Central Valley, NY 05-03
192’02” Michael Foley JR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 05-07
191’06” Rudy Winkler SO Averill Park, NY 04-02
191’06” Ryan Minor SR South Brunswick, Southport, NC 05-14 *
185’04” Bryn Campbell JR Canal Winchester, OH 04-26
185’04” Tyler Dukes SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 05-04
185’04” Mike Montavon SR Centerville, OH 03-26
184’11” Gustavo Reynoso SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-14
181’08” Darien Thornton JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-02
181’06” Joel Caballero SR Classical, Providence, RI 05-21 *
178’02” Benny McGowan JR Centerville, OH 04-26
177’10” Cameron Brown JR Ravenwood, Brentwood, TN 04-22
174’06” Mike Bennett SR Centerville, OH 03-26
173’02” Jonathan Murray SR Coeur D’Alene, ID 04-08
172’05” Luis Alvarez SR Mt. Pleasant, Providence, RI 05-03
171’07” August Wolf JR Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY 05-06
171’05” John Celona JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-21 *
171’03” Jared Harrison SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 03-26
171’02” Matt Gama SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 04-27
171’00” Colin Minor FR South Brunswick, Southport, NC 05-14 *
170’11” Reuben Horace JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-21 *
170’03” Austin Funk JR Post Falls, ID 04-23
170’00” Steve Lefebvre SO LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-07
169’04” Kody Robison SR Millikan, Long Beach, CA 04-17
167’08” Brian Hamann SR Cumberland, RI 05-21 *
166’10” Josh Whitener SO North Paulding, Dallas, GA 05-08
166’05” Joe McGuire SR Westerly, RI 05-21 *
166’03” Kevin Stanley SR Central Valley, Veradale, WA 05-22 *
166’03” Nikolas Huffman SO Virginia, Bristol, VA 04-22
164’11” Carlos Mangum SO Central, Providence, RI 04-02
164’09” Jeff Rutherford SR Eastwood, Pemberville, OH 04-16
164’07” Logan Pressley JR North Buncombe, Weaverville, NC 04-22
164’04” Alex Briggs JR Portsmouth, RI 04-12
163’10” Jarrod Hardrick SO Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 04-26
163’07” Travis Pickett JR Snohomish, WA 04-16
163’02” Christopher Hand SR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 05-01
163’01” Ian Montague SR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 05-07
162’11” Damon Unland SO Ferris, Spokane, WA 05-15
162’11” Sam Hacker JR Gig Harbor, WA 05-22 *
162’11” JD Roth SR Nanuet, NY 04-21
162’07” Mahlik Handley SR South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI 05-21 *
162’06” Charlie Ionata SO Barrington, RI 05-06
162’04” Dylan Dyke SO Waverly, OH 04-26
162’01” Chase Carroll SO North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-08
160’01” Riley Tuttle SR North Kingstown, RI 05-09
159’06” Andy Miller SO Capital, Olympia, WA 05-22 *
159’03” John Higgins JR Glacier Peak, Snohomish, WA 04-16
158’01” Ed Cummins JR Lincoln, RI 05-21 *
158’00” Joseph Covino JR Cumberland, RI 05-21 *
158’00” Tom Harty SR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 04-26
157’00” Matt Casbarro SO Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-03
156’04” Derek Benn SR North Kingstown, RI 04-29
156’01” Isaac Graves SR Glacier Park, Snohomish, WA 04-16
155’04” Jamie Brown SR Portsmouth, RI 05-21 *
155’02” Evan Fleming SR Classical, Providence, RI 04-27
154’08” Derek Ferra JR East Greenwich, RI 05-21 *
153’06” Joe Vincent SO Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 05-14
153’01” Kevin Conner SO Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 04-06
153’00” Bryan Rhodes JR St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 04-25
152’09” Jonas Mims JR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 05-04
152’08” Triton Pitassi SO Camas, WA 05-22 *
152’08” Chip Sudbeck SR Camas, WA 05-22 *
151’11” Chris Ackwell JR Brookfield, CT 05-07
151’09” Dylan Gardner SO Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 04-06
150’09” Kenneth Brinson 8TH Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-15
150’09” Brian Bianchi SO West Warwick, RI 05-06
150’06” Nicholas Rea JR Sheldon, OR 04-23
150’01” Phil Maloney JR Portsmouth, RI 05-14

218’08” Rudy Winkler SO Averill Park, NY 04-02
206’01” Joe Velez JR Classical, Providence, RI 04-02
177’06” Carlos Mangum SO Central, Providence, RI 04-02
168’04” Chase Carroll SO North Cobb Christian, Acworth, GA 05-22 *
167’01” John Celona JR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 04-02
164’01” Charlie Ionata SO Barrington, RI 04-02
155’02” Josh Whitener SO North Paulding, Dallas, GA 04-23

National Record

248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08

Class Records

203’11” Conor McCullough FR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-17-06
197’06” Brad Bolton SO El Toro, Lake Forest, CA 05-09-09
248’11” Conor McCullough JR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-12-08
247’00” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 06-26-09


217’06” Brad Bolton SR El Toro, Lake Forest, CA 05-07
211’11” Enrique Gaitan SR Sprayberry, Marietta, GA 05-08
203’00” Nathan Loe SR Woodland, Cartersville, GA 05-15
193’11” Ben Glauser SR Athens Academy, Athens, GA 05-15
179’05” Brian Uthe SR Governor Thomas Johnson, Frederick, MD 09-12
175’06” Colin Minor FR South Brunswick, Southport, NC 05-14 *
174’09” Mike Maloof SR Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI 04-02
166’07” Josh Whitener SO North Paulding, Dallas, GA 05-22 *
166’07” Zack Larrabee SR Sarasota, FL 04-09
146’02” Kody Robison SR Millikan, Long Beach, CA 04-17

National Record

219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09

Class Records

149’09” Zack Richards FR Monroe, WA 07-03-05
186’03” Wes Wright SO Villa Rica, GA 06-04-06
210’11” Walter Henning JR St. Anthony's, South Huntington, NY 06-20-06
219’07” Conor McCullough SR Chaminade, West Hills, CA 07-22-09


202’10” Brad Bolton SR El Toro, Lake Forest, CA 04-30
176’10” Enrique Gaitan SR Sprayberry, Marietta, GA 11-27
153’05” Michael Foley JR Norte Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale, AZ 04-02
141’08” Sam Hacker JR Gig Harbor, WA 05-22 *

National Record

214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10

Class Records

173’04” Casey Kraychir FR Twentynine Palms, CA 05-04-07
180’04” Casey Kraychir SO Twentynine Palms, CA 07-09-08
214’04” Shelby Ashe JR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 06-15-10
211’01” Shelby Ashe SR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-15-11


211’01” Shelby Ashe SR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 05-15
185’08” Diana Levy’ SR Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw, GA 05-22 *
174’01” Robyn McFetters SR Barrington, RI 05-21 *
170’06” Jianna Williams SR South Paulding, Douglasville, GA 05-15
169’07” Taylor Dupont SR Star’s Mill, Peachtree City, GA 11-27
165’08” Monica Phillips JR Pope, Marietta, GA 05-22 *
165’08” Katie Kraychir SR Twentynine Palms, CA 04-17
162’00” Jackie Leppelmeier SR McComb, OH 04-29
158’02” Ashley Webers JR Buena, Sierra Vista, AZ 04-08
156’00” Becky Cousens JR Portsmouth, RI 04-02
155’11” Ashlen Veatch JR Cave Spring, Roanoke, VA 05-05
154’03” Torie Owers JR Athens Academy, Athens, GA 05-15
154’00” Maggie DuFault JR Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 04-02
153’04” Jessica Imani SR Corona del Mar, CA 04-17
152’00” Kadijah Johnson SR Central Falls, RI 05-07
151’11” Cara McClain JR John C. Kimball, Tracy, CA 03-25
151’06” Avana Story JR Woodward Academy, College Park, GA 05-08
150’10” Karina Foster SR Bloomfield, CT 05-07
150’05” Cynthia Watt SR Mt. Vernon, NY 04-21
148’07” Diamond Higgins SR Kennesaw Mountain, GA 05-22 *
145’10” Carly Pendleton SR Woodmore, Elmore, OH 04-16
145’02” Grace Janes JR Rogers, Newport, RI 05-07
144’10” Sabrina Gaitan 8TH J.J. Daniell MS, Marietta, GA 05-22 *
144’05” Aleide Fernandes SR Central Falls, RI 04-02
143’07” Heather Vermillion SR Redwood, Visalia, CA 04-17
143’03” Sophie Hallam-Eames SR Nathan Hale, Seattle, WA 05-22 *
143’00” Adrienne Thornton JR John D. O’Bryant, Roxbury, MA 04-02
141’06” Lissette Mendivil JR Redwood, Visalia, CA 04-17
140’10” Alyssa Maker SR Our Lady of Mercy, Fairburn, GA 11-27
139’00” Nicole Johnson SO Central Falls, RI 05-06
138’03” Ann Dagrin JR Classical, Providence, RI 05-21 *
137’06” Shreese Daniels SR Steilacoom, WA 03-12
137’01” Imani White SR Longwood, Middle Island, NY 05-07
134’09” McKenzie Warren JR Sandy, OR 04-23
134’04” Josie Hardin SO Harrison, Kennesaw, GA 05-15
134’01” Dorienne Ordaz JR Bravo Magnet, Los Angeles, CA 04-17
133’07” Sequoia Watkins SR T.C. Roberson, Asheville, NC 04-22
133’06” Destinee Barrette SO Pilgrim, Warwick, RI 05-21 *
132’06” Sidnie Wilder FR Cameron, WI 04-23
130’08” Carolyn Gravelle JR Snohonmish, WA 05-22 *
129’04” Leia Mistowski FR Narragansett, RI 04-25
128’00” Molly McCullough SO Mission Viejo, CA 04-17
127’07” Jennifer Cabral JR Central Falls, RI 05-07
127’04” Stephanie Goei SR Shorewood, WA 04-16
127’00” Kelli Thomas FR Luella, Locust Grove, GA 05-22 *
126’08” Dakota Kliamovich JR Central Valley, Veradale, WA 05-15
126’02” Avione Allgood JR Legacy, North Las Vegas, NV 04-23
125’09” Thalia Rosario SR Mt. Pleasant, Providence, RI 05-10
124’00” Brittany Christiansen SR Sachem East, NY 05-01
123’06” Marthaline Cooper SO Classical, Providence, RI 05-21 *
123’00” Kamryn Brinson 7TH Marist, Atlanta, GA 05-22 *
122’08” Michaelyn Mills JR Meade, Spokane, WA 05-22 *
121’09” Jaclyn Galdun SR Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY 05-06
121’03” Alexis Pike JR Smithfield, Esmond, RI 05-21 *
121’02” Venetcia Ortiz SO Central Falls, RI 05-21 *
121’02” Megan Rose Chapman SR Stonington, Pawcatuck, CT 04-21
121’01” Dominique Darby JR Tri Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 04-16
121’01” Becca Leppelmeier SO McComb, OH 04-16
120’10” Theresa Seide SR Wayne, Huber Heights, OH 05-04
120’04” Catherine Maloney JR LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI 05-10
120’04” Alyssa Gary JR Liberty Benton, Findlay, OH 04-21
120’04” Heidi Furman JR Tri Valley Secondary, Grahamsville, NY 04-16
120’02” Rachel Martschinske JR Camas, WA 04-16
120’01” Gabby Smith SO Narragansett, RI 04-30

Standards: boys’ 5k – 160’, 12# - 150, 6k - 145’, 16# - 140’, girls’ 4k 120’.

Although the 5k hammer throw is not normally contested in the U.S. it is conducted
in some meets. Boys’ 5k performances of 160’ or more in an officially sanctioned
meet will be included in the performance list providing the athlete is 16 or 17
years old through December 31, 2011 (born in 1994 or 1995) in accordance with
IAAF guidelines for Youth Athletes.

Weekly updates up to top 100 in each gender.

* - Addition or improvement since last update.

’ – Foreign student/athlete.

Cutoff 05-22-11 Updated 05-26-11

Addition, updates, or corrections would be appreciated.
Please send to: Bob Gourley 3 Greenville Drive, Barrington, RI 02806
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Throwers set for battle at Rome Diamond League

ROME - A strong squad of American shot putters leads a large American contingent into the third Samsung Diamond League event of the year tomorrow at the Rome Golden Gala.

The IAAF Samsung Diamond League encompasses 32 individual event disciplines, with a points scoring 'Diamond Race' which runs throughout the 14 meeting series. In the inaugural season, Americans won 11 of the 32 Diamond Races. Winners of each Diamond Race will get a Diamond Trophy and a cash prize. For more details on the league, visit here.

Live web coverage starts at 2:00 p.m. ET on UniversalSports.com, with TV coverage at 10:00 p.m. ET on Universal Sports.

With nine of the ten best shot putters in the world coming together to compete in Rome, the men are sure to put on a show. Americans Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson, Ryan Whiting and Cory Martin will face-off with the current world leader, Canadian Dylan Armstrong.

The marquee event for the women is sure to be the 400m, as last year’s #1 ranked 400m runner Allyson Felix faces 2009 World Champion, Sanya Richards-Ross. While Richards-Ross was out of competition for much of 2010, upcoming star Francena McCorory had time to make her mark on the sport and end the year ranked as the third best 400m in the US. by Track & Field News. American Debbie Dunn will run her first individual 400 of the year after a successful 2010 campaign where she won the USA Indoor, USA Outdoor and Indoor World Championships. The top international contender is Amantle Montsho of Botswana who finished second to Felix at the Doha Diamond League event in 50.41.

Felix and Richards-Ross will face off for the second time of the night in the women’s 200m where they will face competition from LaShaunte’a Moore who is currently in the lead in the diamond race after winning in Doha. American’s Bianca Knight, Charonda Williams and Connie Moore are also in the field.

Funmi Jimoh and reigning world champion Brittney Reese are entered in the women’s long jump. Jimoh currently has the farthest jump in the world this year with her mark of 6.88m/22-7 to win the first Diamond League event of the year in Doha.

The men’s 400m hurdles will see Americans Kerron Clement, Johnny Dutch, Justin Gaymon and Angelo Taylor battle with L.J. van Zyl who has turned in the three fastest times in the world this year.

In what is sure to be a crowd favorite, World Record Holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica will make his season debut in the 100m. The USA contingent set to race Bolt includes Monzavous Rae Edwards and J-Mee Samuels.

The American women have been on a roll in the 100m hurdles in 2011, with the nine fastest times in the world being turned in by seven American women. Kellie Wells will face off with the woman who ended her winning streak, Dawn Harper. Harper defeated Wells at the Colorful Daegu meet less than two weeks ago. Wells and Harper will be joined in the field by Danielle Carruthers, Lolo Jones and Ginne Powell-Crawford.

Other women to watch are American Record holder Kara Patterson in the javelin, Aretha Thurmond and Becky Breisch in the discuss, Sara Hall and Bridget Franek in the steeple and Christin Wurth-Thomas in the 1500m. On the men’s side, Derek Miles is in the pole vault, and Duane Solomon and Khadevis Robinson are in the 800m.

For more information and live results of the Rome Golden Gala, visit here.

In other international competitions, a handful of American field eventers will compete at the IAAF World Challenge Meet in Brazil tomorrow.

In the women’s long jump Janay DeLoach, the 2011 USA Indoor Champion, and Brianna Glen will face the 2008 Olympic champion, Maurren Maggi. Kylie Hutson will also have to face a reigning Olympic champion, as she will vault against Fabiana Murer.

Amber Campbell is entered in the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, for the women’s competition, and recent USATF Athlete of the Week, Kibwé Johnson is a threat on the men’s side with a recent PR of 80.09m/269-9.

Dusty Jonas, currently 4th on the world lists, highlights the men’s high jump field.

For more information on the IAAF World Challenge event, visit here.

About USA Track & Field

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Kibwe Johnson (NYAC) 262-9 hammer throw #3 all-time US

INDIANAPOLIS - Kibwé Johnson of the New York Athletic Club has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after smashing his lifetime best in the hammer throw by nearly two meters to win in 80.09m/262-9 at Uberlandia, Brazil on May 18.
© John Nepolitan

Johnson’s throw moves him up to third on the all-time national list, only behind Olympic silver medalist Lance Deal, and Johnson’s former coach, Judd Logan.

“It means a lot [to be ranked as the third best American hammer thrower], and I think it is important to know where I came from, and the history of my event,” Johnson said.”I’m going to continue challenging myself and do my part, so when you talk about the world hammer throw, you have to mention the U.S. again - like it used to be.”

While he knew he was capable of throwing a new personal best while competing in Brazil, the mark took Johnson by surprise. On his sixth attempt, he thought, “man, that looks kinda far,” and waited for the mark to appear on the score board. When he realized he broke the 80-meter mark, he froze in shock, but quickly regrouped for his final attempt.

Johnson first gained attention in 2007 with his silver medal at the Pan Am games and his win at the USA Indoor Championships. After his initial burst onto the hammer throwing scene, Johnson struggled with fouls at major competitions and had not improved his 2005 PR of 78.25m/256-8. In 2008, Johnson made the decision to move from Ohio to Kamloops, B.C., Canada to train with Anatoly Bondarchuck.

“This reaffirms that I am on track to accomplish my goal to be an Olympic medalist,” Johnson said. “And that the sacrifice to move across the continent wasn’t absolutely crazy.”

Week in review -- May 16-22
From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

Primm shocks 800 field at Oxy

UCLA's Cory Primm took advantage of a break between the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA first round, rolling to a stunning 1:44.71 in the 800m at the USATF High Performance meet at Occidental College. It made him No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list, behind only Jim Ryun, Julius Achon and Mark Everett. Primm and Tyler Mulder of the Oregon TC also nabbed World Championships "A" standards, with Mulder clocking 1:44.83 in second.

Alice Schmidt and Maggie Vessey picked up Daegu "A" qualifiers in the women's 800m with Schmidt winning in a national-leading 1:59.48 and Vessey second at 1:59.56.

A 2008 Olympian at 800m, Andrew Wheating won the men's 1500m in 3:36.46, his second fastest time ever, just ahead of former Texas runner Kyle Miller, who clipped almost five seconds off his previous PR with a 3:36.82. Katie Follett ran the fastest outdoor time by an American woman in 2011, winning the 1500m at 4:07.44.

Steeplechaser Lisa Aguilera had a sizable winning margin, but her 9:43.95 season best was just outside the Worlds "A" standard.

Javelin duo over 80m at Tucson

Corey White and Mike Hazle surpassed the 80-meters mark in the javelin at the Tucson Elite Throwers Classic, with White notching a national-leading 81.70m/268-0 effort. Hazle took second at 81.09m/266-0.

Jillian Camarena-Williams, who set an American indoor record earlier this year, extended her hot streak in the women's shot put with a 19.37m/63-6.75 winner.

Padgett sub-10 at Clermont

Former Clemson star Travis Padgett, who finished fourth at the '08 Olympic Trials, dipped under 10 seconds for the third time in his career at the NTC Classic in Clermont, Florida, riding a just-legal 2.0 wind to a 9.99 to take second.

South Plains sweeps juco national titles

Rend Lake's Zack Riley had the top individual effort with his lifetime-best 2.26m/7-5 win in the men's high jump, but South Plains College (Levelland, Texas) swept the team trophies at the NJCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas.

About USA Track & Field

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Alison Greggor (San Marin High School, Novato; California 2011) writes from Eugene, Oregon

May 25, 2011 - A Last Chance

Finals are over, graduation is over, and my last track season as a Cal Bear is rapidly coming to an end.
Despite my sadness in knowing that this season must end eventually, I could not be more excited for what's ahead. Today (Tuesday), the qualifying members of the track team arrived in Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Western Regional meet this weekend. For those of us who are here, we must finish in the top 12 of our event in order to proceed to the big show - the NCAA finals. The beauty of this system is that it requires every individual to fight and fiercely compete for a spot to move on. Track & field could not be more exciting as in this do-or-die situation. It turns each height of the vertical jumps into a possible season-ending elimination, each throw and horizontal jump into an opportunity at NCAAs and each running heat into a tactical battle.

Not only does the format of this meet create an intense atmosphere, but also its location gives the entire event an electric feeling. Eugene is known as "Track Town, USA" and the reasons for this are evident in the large number of track fans that flock to the area for any big meet. Undoubtedly, the stands will be packed for each one of the elimination rounds that occur this weekend, only adding to the excitement.

Possibly facing the end of my collegiate career, I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to battle in the true spirit of & and field such in a historic place for the sport. I know that my teammates and I often have our proudest moments wearing the uniform when we are in these types of situations and this weekend will be no different.

Go Bears!
- Alison Greggor

Courtesy California

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

USTFCCCA Announces Outdoor Region Winners in Division III

May 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday winners of regional awards for the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Sixteen male and sixteen female student-athletes earned awards as a track or field Athlete of the Year while 32 USTFCCCA members earned plaudits as a coach or assistant coach of either a men’s or women’s team.

Most of the award winners will participate in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held this upcoming weekend, May 26-28, in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan will serve as host at Selby Field and George Gauthier Track.

2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field – Region Award Winners

Men's Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - Brian Lang - Rochester
The senior from Baldwinsville, N.Y., heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the fastest entering time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, at 8:56.76. Earlier this season, he earned New York State Collegiate Track Conference Track Athlete of the Meet honors after winning both the steeplechase and 5,000-meter events, breaking school and meet records in the steeplechase in the process.

CENTRAL REGION - Kevin Janata - Nebraska Wesleyan
Janata leads the country in the 110-meter hurdles heading into the NCAA Division III Championships, with a wind-aided best time of 14.24 seconds. He has been remarkably consistent this outdoor season, running under 14.50 seconds in all but one high-hurdle race, including preliminary rounds. Janata is a senior from Howells, Neb.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Kevin McCarthy - Wabash
The Zionsville, Ind., native showed his range this outdoor season by earning NCAA-qualifying marks in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase. McCarthy will focus on the steeplechase at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, an event in which he ranks third among declared competitors. McCarthy is a junior.

MIDEAST REGION - Eric Woodruff - Moravian
Woodruff, a senior from Brodheadsville, Pa., leads NCAA Division III in the short sprinting events, leading all declared competitors in the 200 meters and tied for the fastest time in the country in the 100 meters. He won ECAC Division III and Landmark Conference titles in both short sprints, capping a regular season in which he suffered only one loss in an individual final.

MIDWEST REGION - Mike Spain - North Central (Ill.)
In 2011, Spain proved that he is a double threat when it comes to distance events. He leads NCAA Division III in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters, and he will attempt the long-distance double at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Spain is a senior from Schaumburg, Ill.

NEW ENGLAND REGION - Ben Scheetz - Amherst
The junior from Lancaster, Pa., will look to add to his regular-season hardware as he competes in the 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay this weekend. The fastest qualifier in the 800 meters at 1:48.67, Scheetz is the ECAC Division III champion in the 400 meters, the New England ICAAAA champion in the 800 meters, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference champion in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and as a member of Amherst’s 4x400-meter relay.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Kevin Cunningham - McMurry
Cunningham, a junior from Brownwood, Texas, leads NCAA Division III in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 51.49 seconds. He earned Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors at the American Southwest Conference Championships after winning the 400-meter hurdles and running on McMurry’s winning 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. Cunningham will compete in the intermediate hurdles and both relay events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION - Marcus Fortugno - La Verne
Fortugno has the fastest entering time in the 400 meters heading into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, the only competitor in the country to break 47 seconds in the event during the regular season. He will also compete in the 200 meters and as a member of La Verne’s 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Division III Championships. Fortugno is a junior from Glendora, Calif.

Men's Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - Craig Van Leeuwen – Ramapo

The junior from Little Falls, N.J., is top-ranked in the pole vault after clearing a season’s best of 17-3 (5.26m) in April. The mark placed van Leeuwen in the all-time Division III top ten and is among the top 25 of all collegiate divisions. He placed second at the Penn Relays and was this season’s NJAC Champion, clearing a meet record.

CENTRAL REGION - Ethan Miller - Central (Iowa)

Miller, a junior from Seymour, Iowa, was this season’s IIAC Field Event MVP as he would score 48 points for his team at the conference meet, scoring league crowns in the pole vault, triple jump, long jump, and the 110-meter hurdles. Miller enters the NCAA meet as the top-seed in the decathlon, and is the only in D-III this year to score over 7,000 points in the event, and as the seventh-seed in the long jump. Miller also finished the regular season tied with the division’s best high jump.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Kevin Phipps - Baldwin-Wallace
A senior from Patalaska, Ohio, Phipps makes his marks in the throws as he qualified for the NCAA Championships in three events – the shot put, discus, and hammer. Phipps enters the discus as the No. 5 seed with a season best of 174-2 (53.09m) and as the sixth seed in the hammer with a best of 199-3 (60.73m). Phipps was the hammer throw champ of the OAC and won All-Ohio titles in the shot and hammer to help Baldwin-Wallace to their first All-Ohio team title since 1995.

MIDEAST REGION - Tom Masterson - Delaware Valley

Masterson, a junior from Hopatacong, N.J., enters the NCAA meet as the fourth overall seed in the javelin with a season’s best of 215-9 (65.76m). Masterson not only won the MAC conference crown with the javelin, but also claimed the league title in the long jump. Masterson also cleared over six feet in the high jump this outdoor season.

MIDWEST REGION - Ben Harmon - Washington (Mo.)

A senior from St. Louis, Mo., is entered in both the decathlon and long jump for the NCAA Championships. In the decathlon, Harmon has scored a season’s best of 6,763 for the third seed. Harmon was UAA champion in the long jump, completing a four-year indoor-outdoor conference sweep of the event. Harmon also won the league title in the pole vault and scored in three other field events to be named the UAA’s Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet.

NEW ENGLAND REGION - David Pless – Bates

Pless, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., enters the national championships as the No. 1 seed in the shot put, having claimed a best mark of 58-10¼ (17.94m) to win the All-Division New England Championships. Pless also claimed titles with the shot at the New England D-III meet, the NESCAC Championships, and the State of Maine Championships. Pless also topped the NESCAC record with the shot by more than three feet, and is also qualified for the NCAA meet with the discus.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Richard Roethel - Christopher Newport

A sophomore from Farmingville, N.Y., Roethel is the No. 4 seed for the NCAA meet in the decathlon with a season best of 6,759 points. Roethel also cleared 6-9 (2.06m) in the high jump this season, but did not declare for that open event. Roethel scored 52½ points at the Mason-Dixon meet with wins in the high jump and javelin and scoring performances in the pole vault and long jump.

WEST REGION - Eric Flores - Cal Lutheran
A senior from Custer, S.D., Flores has outpaced the rest of Division III this season by more than 20 feet in the hammer throw, entering the NCAA meet as the No. 1 seed with a season’s best of 223-5 (68.10m). Flores is also slated in the shot put where he holds the No. 2 seed. Flores was the SCIAC champ with the hammer and shot this season.

Men's Coach of the Year

Tory led the Engineers to the Liberty League and NYSCTC Conference Championships. RPI ended the regular season ranked second in the Atlantic Region. The NYSCTC honored the RPI coaches by naming them Coaching Staff of the Year. The Engineers will be represented in two events at the NCAA Championship meet.

CENTRAL REGION - Joe Dunham - Central (Iowa)
Dunham led the Dutch to the IIAC title and was voted Coach of the Year in the conference. His team broke the conference scoring record of 288 points with 250 this year. Central will have seven entries in the NCAA Championship, entering the meet ranked first in the region and No. 10 nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Clyde Morgan - Wabash
Morgan led his team to a North Coast Athletics Conference Championship in scoring a meet record 311½ points which led to NCAC Coach of the Year honors. The Little Giants will be represented by four athletes at the NCAA Championship meet. Wabash had nine NCAC champs and 23 were named All-NCAC. The Little Giants are ranked No. 1 in the region in the final USTFCCCA regional poll. Morgan is a hurdles specialist, leading his hurdlers to a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 110 hurdles at the conference championships.

MIDEAST REGION - Tom Donnelly - Haverford
Donnelly led the Haverford Fords to a No. 1 ranking in the final rankings of the Mideast Region. Seven of Donnelly’s men will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. The Fords enter the championship meet ranked 19th in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings.

MIDWEST REGION - Frank Gramarosso - North Central (Ill.)
Gramarosso led the Cardinals to a win at the CCIW Championships meet. Gramarosso's sprinters have the top-seeded time in the country in the 4x400 as part of their 13 entries in the NCAA Championship meet. The Cardinals are ranked third in the region and third in the nation heading into the championships

NEW ENGLAND REGION - Al Fereshetian - Bates
Fereshetian’s Bobcats team is ranked 20th in the nation, the best of all New England Region teams. Bates earned a fifth-place finish at All-New Englands. Fereshetian coaches throwers, of which six earned spots in the NCAA Championship meet. The team is ranked No 3 in the region and No. 20 in the nation.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Barbara Crousen - McMurry
Crousen’s McMurry War Hawks has been at the top of the USTFCCCA National Rankings for much the season. Crousen coaches sprints and hurdles, guiding her 4x100 relay squad to the top-seeded performance in the country. The ASC conference champions will have 12 entries in the NCAA Championship meet, including the No. 1-ranked 100 and No. 3-ranked 200 meter competitor in Kenneth Turner.

WEST REGION - Mike Schmidt - Redlands
The SCIAC Conference Champions finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in West Region and 25th nationally. Mike Schmidt’s Bulldogs will have seven entries at the NCAA Championship meet.

Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - John Izzo - Rochester
Rochester middle- and long-distance runners won five conference titles at the NYSCTC Outdoor Championships to help the team to a third-place finish. Izzo has three athletes competing at the NCAA Championships -- two in the steeplechase, including the No. 1 seed, and one in the 800m.

CENTRAL REGION - Guy Mosher - Central (Iowa)
In his 20th year coaching the sprints, jumps, hurdles and combined events, Mosher had five athletes earn entries into the championship field. With the top-two seeds in the decathlon, an eighth-seeded long jumper and third-fastest time in the 400 meters, look for the Central Dutch to finish higher than their 11th-place final team ranking.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Jarrod Davis - Baldwin-Wallace
After scoring 80 points at the D-III All-Ohio Championships to lead the 23rd nationally ranked Baldwin-Wallace to the team title, throwers coached by Davis will make up all five of the program’s entries this weekend. In his fourth season coaching the Yellow Jackets, Davis has two athletes seeded among the top five discus throwers and a sixth-seeded hammer thrower.

MIDEAST REGION - Jay Dunn - Johns Hopkins
In his eleventh year, Dunn’s athletes scored 36 points in the throwing events at Centennial Conference Championships. After winning the discus with a provisional qualifying mark, one of his young men was named the league’s Field Athlete of the meet.

MIDWEST REGION - Pat Ebel - UW-Oshkosh
Three individual titles in the throwing events helped the UW-Oshkosh men place second at the recent WIAC Championships. With the most entries by any team, including ten by Ebel’s throwers, the top-ranked Titans look strong going into the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION - Joel Williams - Williams
Williams' athletes scored 55¼ points at the NESCAC and 43¾ points at the Division III Championships to help the team finish the regular season ranked first in the region. Included among the seven Ephs entries is a sophomore coached by Williams that will compete in both hurdle events.

Graber coached athletes to 22 scoring performances at the SCAC Championships, including two conference champions, to help Centre win its first SCAC team title. Assisting with the distance runners, in addition to directly working with pole vaulters and hurdlers, the second-year coach had one athlete meet a provisional mark.

WEST REGION - Eloise Cappellano - Whitworth
Cappellano is the javelin coach for a crew that went 1-2-3 at the NWC Championships to help lead the Pirates to a team title. Finishing the regular season ranked third in the region, Whitworth has two javelin throwers seeded among the top eight this weekend for the NCAA meet.

Women's Track Athlete of the Year

The senior from Titusville, N.J., is undefeated against NCAA Division III competition headed into the NCAA Division III Championships. She will compete in the 100 meters and 200 meters at this weekend’s championships, with top-ten rankings in both events. Earlier this season, Khan advanced to the semi-finals in the ECAC 100 meters, competing primarily against NCAA Division I competition.

CENTRAL REGION - Keelie Finnel - Coe
The Francis Creek, Wis., native leads all declared competitors in the 800 meters by nearly four seconds with her entering time of 2:06.83, the fourth-fastest time ever recorded by a woman in NCAA Division III. Earlier this season, she earned 23½ team points at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, winning the 800 meters and 1500 meters, and running a leg on the second-place 4x100-meter relay and third-place 4x400-meter relay. Finnel is a senior.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Joanna Johnson - Oberlin
Johnson, a senior from Chico, Calif., will have a busy weekend at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as she will attempt the long-distance double in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events. She broke school records in both events this season, won the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the 5,000 meters, and earned the Division III All-Ohio championship in the 10,000 meters in meet-record fashion.

MIDEAST REGION - Jacqueline Guevel - Carnegie Mellon
Guevel’s record-breaking freshman season will continue at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, as she is set to compete in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. She broke four school records during the year, won both hurdle events at the University Athletic Association championships, and became the first-ever athlete to win both UAA Rookie of the Year and UAA Running Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. Guevel is from Dallas, Texas.

MIDWEST REGION - Christy Cazzola - UW-Oshkosh
Cazzola, a sophomore from Kaukauna, Wis., recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 1,500 meters in NCAA Division III this season with a season-best of 4:24.36, and the second-fastest time in the 800 meters at 2:08.02. Both times rank among the top ten all-time in NCAA Division III. Cazzola won both events at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships to earn Track Performer of the Meet honors. She will focus on the 1,500 meters at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships.

The junior from Queens, N.Y., led MIT to the New England Division III Championship by winning the 200 meters, placing second in both the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles, and anchoring the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter squads to victory. All five marks were NCAA qualifying marks, and she will compete in all five events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Ruby Blackwell - Methodist
Blackwell, a sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., won Mason-Dixon Conference championships in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and as a member of the 4x100-meter and 4x4000-meter relay squads. She also placed second in the 100 meters to earn a total of 33 team points. Headed into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, she has the fastest entering time in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, and her season-best 11.66 seconds in the 100 meters is the second-fastest time ever recorded in NCAA Division III in the event.

WEST REGION - Kimber Mattox - Willamette
Mattox heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships with the fastest entering time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 13th-fastest time in the 5,000 meters. Her season-best time of 10:23.34 in the steeplechase is a Willamette school record and the seventh-fastest time ever recorded in NCAA Division III. At the 2011 Northwest Conference Championships, she earned conference championships in the 1,500 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, and 5,000 meters. Mattox is a junior from Bend, Ore.

Women's Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - Emma Dewart - Ithaca
Dewart, a junior from Barker, N.Y., will be among the busiest athletes at the NCAA Championships as she will compete in the heptathlon, high jump, long jump, and 100-meter hurdles. Dewart is the No. 1 seed in the heptathlon via a season’s best score of 4,842 points scored in winning the NYSCTC Championship. Dewart was selected as the NYSCTC and Empire 8 Field Athlete of the Year, and, along with an Empire 8 title in the heptathlon, Dewart set a new meet record in winning the long jump.

CENTRAL REGION - Janey Helland - Gustavus Adolphus
A senior from Mapleton, Minn., Helland enters the NCAA meet as the No. 3 seed in the heptathlon and as one of the 14th seeds in the long jump. Helland has scored season best of 4,735 points and 18-8 (5.69m) in those events respectively. Helland won the MIAC heptathlon title and placed fifth in the same event at the Drake Relays.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Liz Evans - Rose-Hulman

Evans, a sophomore from Bicknell, Ind., has led the Division III ranks in the high jump for the entire season and will be the No. 1 seed for the event this weekend, having cleared a season best of 5-8½ (1.74m). Evans was the HCAC champion of the high jump, long jump, and triple jump, set new conference records in the high jump and long jump, and was named league’s Field Athlete of the Year.

MIDEAST REGION - Abby Schaffer – Moravian

A junior from Easton, Pa., Schaffer is one of three in Division III this year to clear more than 13 feet in the pole vault. Schaffer notched her mark of 13-3¾ (4.06m) in winning the ECAC D-III title. Schaffer was also the Landmark Conference’s champion in the event.

MIDWEST REGION - Holly Ozanich - UW-Oshkosh
Ozanich, a senior from Green Bay, Wis., won the hammer throw and shot put at the talent-laden WIAC Conference meet and also placed third in the discus. Ozanich enters the NCAA meet as the No. 1 seed in the shot put and the No. 2 seed in the hammer, having claimed season bests of 48-4¾ (14.75m) and 189-11 (57.90m) in those events, respectively.

NEW ENGLAND REGION - Kelly Curtis - Springfield (Mass.)

A junior from Princeton, N.J., Curtis scored 4,738 points in the heptathlon at the Penn Relays to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet and enters as the No. 2 seed in the event. Curtis also qualified for the national meet in the javelin. Curtis was the NEWMAC champ in the javelin, scored in three field events at the D-III New England Championships, and placed fourth with the javelin at the all-division New England meet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Ashlynn Chavis – Methodist

Chavis, a junior from Maxton, N.C., is the divisional leader in the long jump entering the NCAA meet, having notched a wind-aided best of 20-6¼ (6.25m) this season. With a wind-legal jump of 20-3 (6.17m) to win the long jump at Raleigh Relays, Chavis set the new all-time best in Division III. Chavis was also the Mason-Dixon champ of the long jump.

WEST REGION - Kelly Young – Occidental

A senior from San Bruno, Calif., Young qualified and is entered in all four throwing events for the NCAA Championships. In the shot put, Young holds the No. 4 seed, having tossed a season best of 47-2½ (14.39m). Young was the SCIAC Championships high-point scorer with a 38-point carry. This season, Young claimed new Occidental records in the shot, discus, and hammer.

Women's Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - Jennifer Potter - Ithaca
Potter’s Bombers won the NYSCTC and Empire 8 meets. Led by top ranked heptathlete Emma Dewart, the Bombers completed the regular season ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 9 nationally. Ithaca will compete in eleven events at the NCAA Championship meet.

CENTRAL REGION - Marcus Newsom - Wartburg
The Lady Knights of Wartburg won the IIAC with a record point total of 280. Newsom’s Wartburg team leads the nation with 23 entries in the NCAA Championship meet including national leaders Nevada Morrison in the 400, Brittany Melloy in the 400 hurdles as well as the top-ranked 4x400 relay. The Knights finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the region and second nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Bret Otte – Calvin

Calvin's women's track and field team won the MIAA league championship for the second time in two seasons with Otte as head coach. Calvin College won ten events and was runner-up in nine more at the league championships. Eight Calvin women will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. Top ranked in the Great Lakes region, Calvin enters the NCAA meet ranked tenth nationally.

MIDEAST REGION - Mark FitzPatrick - Washington and Jefferson
Washington and Jefferson claimed the Presidents Athletic Conference title in 2011, improving dramatically from a last-place finish in 2010. FitzPatrick, the PAC Coach of the Year, had athletes win nine events at PAC Championship. The team concluded the regular season ranked No. 4 in the region and will see two athletes compete at the NCAA Championship meet.

MIDWEST REGION - Pat Ebel - UW-Oshkosh
Ebel coached the Titans women's team to the WIAC Conference Championship title, and he was named the WIAC Coach of the Year. Coaches the throwing events for the Titans, Ebel coached athletes sit atop the NCAA performance list in the shot put, discus and hammer. Oshkosh has the second-largest number of entries in the NCAA championship meet with 18. The Titans are ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 1 in the national rankings.

Taylor’s MIT Engineers won the NEWMAC title and the New England Division III championship. The third-ranked Engineers will have 14 entries in the championship meet and take with them a second-place ranking in the New England region and a No. 3 national ranking.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION - Duane Ross - Methodist
The Monarchs of Methodist University won the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship by 57 points. Ross coaches sprints, hurdles and relays. The Monarchs won every sprinting and hurdle event including both relays at the conference meet and claimed the top four places in 100 and top five places in 200. The fifth-ranked team in the country won nine out of 12 track events at the MDC meet. Ross was named the MDC Coach of the Year and will be taking seven entries to the NCAA Championship meet.

WEST REGION - Kendra Reimer - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Reimer’s Athenas finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the West and No. 9 in the national rankings. The SCIAC champions will have eight entries in the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet.

Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION - Ed Jaskulski - SUNY Brockport
Athletes coached by Jaskulski placed 1-2-3 in the shot put and first in the hammer throw to score 61 of the teams 106½ points at the SUNYAC Championships. In his eighth year coaching with the Golden Eagles, Jaskulski has one athlete competing in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION - Derek Frese - Nebraska Wesleyan
Of the ten championship entries for eighth-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan, six are by throwers coached by Frese. With two ladies in the shot put, two in the discus and one each in the hammer and javelin, his squad looks to continue their recent GPAC success into the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION - Matt Wackerly - Ohio Wesleyan
In his fifth year working with the Ohio Wesleyan distance runners, Wackerly had athletes win two All-Ohio individual championships, two NCAC titles and set one NCAC conference record. With five total qualifying marks, he will have one athlete competing in the 1500 meters and another in the 5,000 meters.

MIDEAST REGION - Gary Aldrich - Carnegie Mellon
The fifth-year Tartan coach guided CMU athletes to two UAA Records, five School Records, and nine all-time top-five CMU Performances. One of his freshman athletes will compete this weekend in both the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles.

MIDWEST REGION - Mahesh Narayanan - North Central (Ill.)
North Central won the CCIW Championships with middle- and long-distance runners scoring in every event to earn 60 points of the team’s 236 points. All four of Narayanan’ athletes earning provisional marks will compete this weekend for the 19th-ranked Cardinals.

NEW ENGLAND REGION - Lisa Wallin – Tufts

Throwers scored 41 points in the NESCAC and 44 points in the New England Championships to help Tufts to third-place finishes. Two of Wallin’s young women will compete this weekend in the shot put and discus.

In her first year working with the sprinters, hurdlers and horizontal jumpers, Outman had athletes score 132 points to help Emory win the UAA Championships. With a total of four championship entries, the Eagles coach has athletes competing in the 100 hurdles, 100 meters, triple jump and 4x100-meter relays.

WEST REGION - Jason Romero - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
In his first year coaching at CMS, Romero has two young women competing in both the long jump and the triple jump this weekend at the NCAA Championships. The Athenas finished up the regular season with a national ranking of ninth.


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