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April 26, 2017

The lesser known Drake

Best known Drake: The Canadian recording artist. Self proclaimed world class lover. Former kid actor.

Less known Drake: The Drake Relays. A staple of American track and field contested between endless rows of Iowan corn. It’s where we watched Alan Webb run 3:51. It’s where they contested the 2013 USATF Outdoor Championships in 200 degree heat. It’s the home to the world famous Walking Taco.

Lesser Known Drake: UCLA’s Drake Stadium is tucked neatly on the north side of their Westwood campus. It holds 11,000 people and has been graced by just as many world class athletes (probably) as the more well-known Drake Stadium.

Least known drake: What bird folk call a male duck.

Though Iowa’s Drake University has taken the name “Drake” and run with it (at least in track and field), we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge another Drake, where many equally impressive performances have taken place.

How many Olympians UCLA has produced and called Drake home is a story for another article. For now let’s take a quick look at some performances from both Drakes, of which we should all be equally grateful.

 

April 26, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part V)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part V.

April 26, 2017

UTEP isn’t taking its middle distance squad to the Penn Relays, which sucks

When it comes to the DMR at Penn, there’s rarely a dull year. This one’s no exception, but without UTEP competing, we’re left wondering “what if?”

April 26, 2017

Generations of memories at the Penn Relays for the Byrne family

Kevin Byrne grew up listening to stories from his grandfather and father about competing at the Penn Relays. Then he made his own. Now his sister will too.

April 25, 2017

Penn Relays: Track’s Greatest Trophy

All sports have a trophy, but only some of them a truly great. Does track and field have a great trophy? You bet. The Penn Relays Wagon Wheel.

April 20, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part IV)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part four of our new weekly series.

April 12, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part III)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part three of our new weekly series.

April 5, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits.

April 4, 2017

We’re celebrating Running Fashion Week

Fashion and style aren’t normally associated with running or track and field, but we’re here to finally tackle these intersections for running fashion week.

April 3, 2017

How to process Allie Ostrander’s steeplechase debut

Should we get excited over Allie Ostrander’s steeplechase debut or can she already be labeled the next Emma Coburn?

April 3, 2017

Record-setting and stunning performances in Prague, Austin, Kingston, Stanford and more

All the action from a record-setting weekend at the Prague Half and Texas Relays, Fast times and personal bests at Champs, Florida Relays & Stanford Invite.

March 28, 2017

Kampala 2017 World XC Championships: Aidan Reed reflects on his Team USA debut

Aidan Reed, a freshman at Southern Utah, reflects on wearing the Team USA kit for the first time and competing at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

March 26, 2017

The Athlete Special: NCAA INDOOR NATIONALS DMR. Can we get All-American?

The latest episode of The Athlete Special chronicles Spencer and the Georgetown boys’ run at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

March 14, 2017

Watch: Ahmed Bile vlogs life in Doha, training with Jama Aden

Catch up on Ahmed Bile’s vlog as he chronicles life in the desert of Doha and training with coach Jama Aden. Bile was an accomplished runner at Georgetown.

March 13, 2017

Footrace Fever: What is the greatest race ever run? (Bracket contest)

What is the greatest footrace in history? We’ve decided to put together a bracket and allow you to vote on who wins all throughout March. Enter now!

March 12, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships – By Brandon Sotelo

Photos from the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas. All photos taken by Brandon Sotelo for Citius Mag.

March 11, 2017

A ramshackle NCAA Indoor day two preview

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

   The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

   Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

   Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

   The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

   The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

   The best lack all conviction, while the worst

   Are full of passionate intensity.

-From William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming”

With Citius Mag founder, editor-in-chief, and supreme puppetmaster Chris Chavez on a weekend-long sabbatical, we — the schlubs of the Citius staff — are struggling to hold things together. Birthdays are fast approaching. Cross-continental trips in the name of love abound. And general deficiencies of character and skill are presenting themselves in the most untimely of fashions.

But the world cries out for more track & field content, so we will hobble onward, and with our death rattle, croak something out just shy of “pithy,” and off-center of “accurate.”

At 4:00pm CST, we’ll fire up both of my virus-riddled Dell laptop computers, and live tweet the second and final day of action from College Station, Texas. Will the Oregon women have a big showing, and pry the team title out of current leader Georgia’s hands? Will Cheserek win two more individual events? (He’s already the winningest individual in NCAA track history.) Will the other storylines we’ve hyped up also come to fruition? Tune into our Twitter page (@CitiusMag) to find out, instead of suffering through another day of ESPN 3 broadcasting.

As you absorb the happenings from the meet, one tweet at a time, just keep the following things in mind:

  • In the women’s mile, top- and second-ranked Kaela Edwards and Elinor Purrier both advanced to the final comfortably. But the race shouldn’t be a duel between them. Lesser seeded Therese Haiss and Karisa Nelson, among others, looked strong in the prelims and should keep things interesting.
  • On paper, Cheserek should take the men’s mile without too much concern. But as many of my youth basketball coaches would say to my clearly inferior teams, “that’s why they play the game.” Josh Thompson and Ben Saarel look best-poised to upset King Ches, but it’s a long shot of an upset.
  • In the women’s sprints, we’ll miss out on another Deajah Stevens crack at an American Record in the 200m, following her super lame DQ yesterday, but she can redeem herself in the 60m, along with teammates Ariana Washington and Hannah Cunliffe, who are slated to run both short sprints today. Oregon’s team title hopes depend on a strong showing from these women, as Georgia currently holds a big lead, thanks to their multi- and field-eventers.
  • Jazmine Fray should win the women’s 800m, as she’s the clear class of the field. On the men’s side, there isn’t quite as dominant a presence, and given how physical yesterday’s prelims were, really anything can happen. Expect lots of jostling and contact.
  • Both of yesterday’s 5,000m champions return to the track for the 3,000m today, and considering how strong both Cheserek and Karisa Schweizer looked over 25 laps, it’s not out of line to suggest they’ll win this one too. Challenging Ches most will be Justyn Knight and Marc Scott. And on the women’s side, DMR hero Dani Jones, along with Elise Cranny and Katie Rainsberger will keep things honest for Schweizer.
  • The fastest heat of the women’s 4x400m relay should be insanely good, and could even determine who wins the meet outright. USC, A&M, Oregon, and Alabama. That’s all.
  • After the meet, don’t miss the nationally televised (on ABC) Spurs vs. Warriors game, which will probably be a tremendous letdown for the casual fan. For the Warriors, Thompson, Durant, Iguodala, Curry, and Green are all out. And the Spurs aren’t suiting up Leonard, Aldridge, Parker, or Murray. As a San Antonio-native who enjoys watching unheralded role players stepping up, I’m just about vomiting in anticipation!
March 10, 2017

NCAA Indoor Champs: Day 1 Recap

Day one’s in the books. It was a good day full of surprises and unfortunate, retroactively enforced DQs (going forward, please don’t be a snitch). In both the men’s and women’s DMRs, the teams with the slowest 400m split actually wound up winning the whole thing! And Cheserek began his assault on the trifecta of 5k, 3k, mile (but not the quadruple as once speculated). For full results and tomorrow’s schedule and entry lists, click here. For some rapid-fire analysis from Jeanne and me, read on.

Oregon gets ducked over by DQ (still does well, anyway)

Going into day 2, Oregon only has 6 points, but they remain strong through their sprint squad and will be looking to collect on some of the top qualifying marks they had in the 100m and 200m (Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington in both, and Deajah Stevens in the 60m). They’ll be hurt by Stevens being retroactively DQ’ed from the 200m, which stings even more, because it means her blazing collegiate and American records are now wiped off the board. How much time does stepping on an inside line really save, anyway? Oregon didn’t field anyone in the 400m.

(It’s also worth noting that the Oregon Ducks were probably banking on a W in the DMR which did not pan out, as well as Stevens getting them at least 8 points in the 200m. Could make them vulnerable from a team standpoint.)

Women’s 5,000m: The Schweizer Anti-Surprise

Notre Dame’s Anna Rohrer said no to pussyfooting and bravely took it out, basically from the gun, which eventually broke the race into a lead pack of her, Erin Finn from Michigan, and then Karisa Schweizer of Missouri right on both of their tails. The NCAA XC rematch separated from the rest of the field before even hitting 1600m and stayed in that formation until 4600m. That’s when Schweizer took the opportunity of lapping some of the other runners to swing wide and pass into first. The same head-tilting kick that won her the NCAA D1 Cross title this past Fall got her to the finish line in first with a 15:19.14. She closed her last 400 in 65, and Erin Finn went around Rohrer for second place with 15:27.36. Rohrer was third with 15:29.83.

Ches’s first W of the meet

It was an honest 5,000m pace-wise, and Tulsa’s Marc Scott (who wound up in second) looked very good. But at this point, Ches seems to be in a class to himself. He ran his two races today looking like a fella with a lot left in the tank, and waited until the very end of both to open up, do that weird thing with his hands, and start turning over. When that happens, it’s going to take a very special day from anybody else to hang on and give themselves a chance.

An EXCITING Women’s DMR

The DMR started out with Penn State, Indiana, LSU, Michigan, and BYU handing off on top. LSU took over in the 400 leg, splitting a 53.4 and mixing up the order a little. Michigan moved to second, Indiana was third, then Penn State, then BYU. Michigan took back over after the 800, but Oregon closed fast, running the second fastest 800 of the field in 2:05.04 to hand off for third, right behind Indiana. Wondering which team ran the fastest 800? Well, hold on to that question. Then came the last leg! The long one! And boy, was it a whopper. Indiana was in second, behind Michigan with Katie Rainsberger for Oregon taking the baton and looking calm when disaster struck! Indiana dropped the baton! Rainsberger made a move, which was immediately covered by Stanford’s Elise Cranny who expertly avoided the baton drop. Cranny was closing with a little less than 200 to go, with Rainsberger hanging on into the final stretch when out of nowhere, Dani Jones from Colorado came and STOLE THE SHOW and the crown. You guessed it, Colorado had the fastest 800m leg, splitting 2:05.02. And while Jones’s 4:31.71 split was enough to come from behind for the win, it was only second fastest in the field, with Notre Dame’s Jessica Harris clocking a 4:27.01 to move up from last to 8th place.

Three Cheers for the The Mustacheod Men of Ole Miss

After a physical 800m prelim from which he failed to advance, Craig Engels more than redeemed himself with the 1,200m leg for his Ole Miss DMR squad. Closing fast off a slow 61 second first 400m, he handed off in the lead with a 2:56 split. Some pandemonium ensued over the next two legs, as Ole Miss was promptly gobbled up by the field’s stronger 400m legs. Which let Sean Tobin drop the Irish Hammer over the course of his 800m leg. His 1:47 split brought the boys in blue back into contention, and set up his teammate, Robert Domanic, to capitalize on a fading Kyle Mau from Indiana. Domanic split 3:57, giving Ole Miss the win in an honest 9:31.32.

Those middling middle distances…

The women’s and men’s 800 meter and mile prelims went off with fairly few hitches. The usual suspects breezed into tomorrow’s women’s 800m final; Texas A&M’s collegiate record holder Jazmine Fray, Olivia Baker of Stanford, BYU’s Shea Collinsworth, and defending champion Raevyn Rogers of Oregon. You know the drill.

On the men’s side, 600m world lead holder Emmanuel Korir of UTEP showed a last-second gear shift that was really impressive. Penn State’s Isaiah Harris and Georgetown’s Joseph White also looked good, although the early rounds were pretty physical, and literally and metaphorically knocked out a few contenders, namely Florida’s Andres Arroyo, Ole Miss’s Craig Engels, and Virginia Tech’s Patrick Joseph who all failed to advance.

No real surprises in either the women’s or men’s mile prelims. The two women who have dipped below 4:30 both advanced easily (OK State’s Kaela Edwards & UNH’s Elinor Purrier). And on the men’s side Cheserek opened up his NCAA meet with an easy 3:59.30, which is totally understandable, given that he’s run over seven seconds faster this season. He has another gear that not many he’ll face in the final can summon, so it’ll be a surprise if anybody beats him tomorrow in this event.
And Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley ran the fastest 400m of the day, going 45.10. He already has run the fastest indoor 400m in the world this year. Today’s showing is good enough for the second fastest.

March 9, 2017

Some reasonable solutions to the NCAA’s trouble with ties

Yesterday, Twitter user Jake Hesson (@HessonJake) slid on into our DMs like a dawg and posed the following question:

Hey so I know NCAAs this weekend could be a possible tie on paper (FL vs Oregon). I’d love to hear about/know, what would happen if there actually was a tie.

Great question, Jake. We didn’t know the answer off the top of our heads, so we dove into the meaty .PDF document that is the NCAA’s 2017/2018 rule book and found… nothing.

Turns out there’s no protocol for breaking a tie in team scoring, so should Oregon and Florida tie, that’s it. The tie is not to be broken.

That doesn’t sit well with us. It’s called the National Championships. Not the National ChampionSship, ya know? So we — Paul, Jeanne, Stephen, Ryan, Nicole, Chris and Scott, the rule-loving, tie-hating members of the Citius Mag staff — have offered up some suggestions on how to best determine a true winner in the event of a team tie.

We want Malcolm: After his shockingly inaccurate performance for USA indoor predictions, it is only the most logical possible conclusion to allow Malcolm The Cat to decide the winner. Place him in the infield and whichever team’s huddle he meanders closest toward after five minutes gets the crown and the spoils and the cake. Which brings me to another idea: why on earth does the NCAA D1 champion team get a trophy instead a giant 100 pound cake with all of their faces on it? -JM

Rerun the entire meet as a dual meet: That’s right, everybody. Put those spikes back on and take off the Minions pajamas. You’re doing your event (or events) again. Potentially against nobody, if the team your team tied didn’t field anyone in your event. If it’s an Oregon-Florida tie, we get to see Ches basically solo nearly six miles worth of racing. It’s the cruel, sadistic solution we both need and deserve. -PS

A Human Pyramid: Since this is a question of who was the best team, the winner should be determined through a superior display of Teamwork. I’m taking a page out of Corporate Team Building books everywhere when I say there’s no purer exhibit of teamwork than erecting an enormous human pyramid. Plus, you have all the building blocks: sturdy throwers for the base and pale, feeble distance runners for the top. If each team manages to build a human pyramid of the exact same height, it then turns into a feat of strength and endurance, the winner crowned after the losers collapse. -RS

Coaches 4×400: Yeah, a coach from each event group has to run the 4×4. Sure, you might have more than four staff members. Cool, you have choices. You just can’t choose two coaches from the same event group to be on the relay. Everybody stands on the track and screams. Whoever wins this, wins it all. NB

A-Ha: Each team selects three team representatives. They all sit in a room and have to sit through every single Take On Me cover that is on Youtube. Last person standing wins it for their team. – CC

Bone Density: That’s right folks, the name of this game is: Bone Density. We all know this is the most important aspect of running, so why not settle a few days of racing, throwing and smiling

with some good old fashioned hopping. In an homage to vitamin D and collagen, each team will have their athletes hop on one foot until:

  1. Cowardice kicks in
  2. A tibial stress fracture

This is the right way to see who’s been preparing their bodies for a season’s worth of pounding the mondo and who hasn’t. This makes a lot of sense and should be adopted immediately. -SK

Democracy: Each member of the opposing team and coaching staff forms a nice, orderly line and casts a vote, Survivor Style. This, in my mind, is the truest test of team allegiance. Perhaps there’s a few people who just hate their teammates’ guts, or a coach with a personal vendetta against their Athletic Director. Maybe two star crossed lovers from opposing teams would rather die than see the other’s team lose. There will be inevitable cries of mutiny and I imagine more than one person will be thrown off the loser’s team bus while flying down the Interstate.

(We’re aware that teams come in all shapes and sizes. For the sake of this tiebreaker, a few people will have to sit out. We’ll round down to the nearest ten.) -RS

Video Games: If I know student athletes,and I did at one point, they love and live to game. Get some sports stars in a room with an XBox, Call of Duty and a Jay-Z/Linkin Park CD playing and chances are you’ll have to intervene after several days to remind them to eat, use the toilet, and bathe themselves. So why not settle the score on the track, by determining who is best at manipulating some joysticks. The meet’s host school must provide a 32” LCD TV purchased on special at Best Buy, one XBox 360 with four controllers, and any old video game. The teams then select their designated gamers, who will duke it out in the virtual realm, for the spoils here in meatspace. -PS

Alternates: Oh yeah. That’s right free-loaders, you’re on the hook. All of the alternates who traveled with the team for various relays must put down the soft serve ice cream and don a speed-suit for a winner-take-all Mile race. You’re a 400 meter runner? Deal with it. You’re a senior coming off a very bad injury and the coach just wanted you at the meet for “leadership?” Don’t care, not my problem. Lane seeding will be assigned by the amount of per-diem that you received and anyone who got more than $200 has to wait an extra 5 seconds after the gun goes off to start. -SO

March 9, 2017

2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships: Projections, predictions and contest

Data, predictions and projections for the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, which take place this weekend in College Station, Texas.

March 9, 2017

How to beat the NCAA jump favorites

Part two in our ongoing series of how to topple this weekends NCAA titans. Please take all advice with a grain of salt. FIND PART ONE HERE.

THE JUMPS

If sabotage isn’t your thing, then perhaps it’s time to consider cheating.

Since this is indoor track, cutting the course or jumping in mid-race aren’t viable options–things are just too tight, the fields too small. The greatest opportunity to lay waste to your competition through bending of the rules and sleight of hand is in the field events. And if you’re attempting to seal the deal in the high jump, long jump, or triple jump, we have a few surefire ways to leave the favorites scratching their heads.

HIGH JUMP

People to beat: (men) Randall cunningham, (women) looks like a toss up. Ladies,  you’re all more than welcome to this foolproof advice.

The main hindrances to an otherwise great high jump is not jumping high enough to clear the bar.

Given that Texas A&M has the 11th ranked engineering program in the country, it should be no problem for you, an athlete who has qualified for NCAAs in the high jump, to shake down some Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering student and have them slap together something like what’s pictured on the left.

Do you see? That’s right, you almost missed it. That’s why it’s perfect. A clear, plastic step ladder will help you glide up to the bar like Vanna White, and step over it like ol’ Dick Fosbury intended.  

 

LONG JUMP/TRIPLE JUMP

People to beat: (women) Keturah Orji (LJ, TJ), Sha’Keela Saunders (LJ), Quanesha Burks (LJ) (men) Keandre bates (LJ), Julian Harvey (LJ), Clive Pullen (TJ)

The high jump was as easy as molding a clear plastic ladder and setting it up before you jump. But to really do some work in the long jump and triple jump, you’re going to have to case the joint beforehand. Now brace yourselves, because we’re about to go Hollywood on your ass.

When you get to the venue the night before, you’ll want to bring your engineering friend because the setup of a stunt wire rig they use in movies like The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle are completely lost on me. Just show your engineer co-conspirator this video of Neo jumping from building to building and they should know what to do with the Mobile Towers, Steel Decks, Hoists, Trussing, Scaffolding, Drapes, Ship Chandlery, Descenders, Nitrogen Rams, Flying Track, Harnesses and Stunt Mattresses that you’ve secured beforehand.
On the day of your competition, just snap in to your flying girdle and sail to victory like Bob Beamon in Mexico City.

There you have it. If you want to be a winner, take my advice.

March 9, 2017

The Citius Mag Guide to College Station

What to do, where to eat, where to drink and what to see if you’re in town for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track Championships in College Station.

March 8, 2017

Wake up to the 2011 NCAA men’s 3,000m final

Get your morning started with a kick that would make you choke on that coffee that you’re drinking. Centro? Leonard Korir? Hicham El Guerrouj? Nah, it was Elliott Heath. Elliott woke up the crowd during the 2011 Men’s 3000m race with a scintillating last 200 meters.

At the time, we didn’t know that there were four future Olympians in the field. Factor in a few tired legs from the 5000m race the night before and the men’s 3000m final in 2011 was sure to put on a show.

A beardless Ben Blankenship, Matthew Centrowitz, Lenny Korir, Sam Chelanga, Lawi Lalang and Tom Farrell were among those on the start list. It was a race that was bound to be exciting and one that couldn’t be easily predicted.

The previous night, Korir held off Sam Chelanga and Diego Estrada to win the 5,000m national title. He was one of the studs to watch. But that 3k/5k double isn’t always the easiest to pull off (unless you’re Edward Cheserek). The race got underway, German Fernandez DNF’d in the first few meters and the pace wasn’t anything too extreme half way through. Roughly 8:10 pace, very doable considering most of the field had already run 7:57 faster to get in.

But as championship races tend to do, the pace quickened with 400m to go and again on the bell lap. Nothing out of the ordinary. Heath took off and took the win.

Give the race a watch above, re-live the excitement and get pumped for this weekend’s meet, again down in College Station, TX.

View the race results below

Elliot

March 8, 2017

How to beat Edward Cheserek…(well almost)

In the spring of 2011, Edward Cheserek hadn’t quite become the household name he is today, mostly because he was, like, 15 or 16 years old and a high school student in New Jersey.

Me? I was an even lesser known college sophomore, whose name recognition has not really changed since.

On the evening of April, 22nd, he only beat me in a 5,000 meter race in Princeton, NJ, by five seconds, during the fastest 5,000m I’ve ever run and probably most objectively impressive athletic feat I’ve ever accomplished. Naturally, this makes me an expert on dethroning the King, ya know?

The first rule for beating Ches, is to go out slightly faster than your current PR pace and focus only on clicking off even splits. With 800 meters to go, begin your long, drawn-out kick. Since Cheserek is six years older and faster than he was when I didn’t lose to him by that much, you’ll then have to rely on two things: the first being that you are much better than I was, which shouldn’t be hard; the second is that you need a weakened Edward.

Through deceit and trickery, try luring him through some sort of warp in the spacetime continuum before the race, from which he will emerge a meek, teenage version of himself. That or have a bunch of friends leave favorable Yelp reviews for a College Station restaurant that almost assuredly gives most of its patrons botulism, then hope that the Oregon team selects its pre-meet dinner based on the strength of an institutions online reviews. For best results, try to artificially inflate the reputation for a place whose name follows the formula: Health Condition + Name + Household Location + Cuisine, i.e., One-eyed Larry’s Basement BBQ.

Godspeed.

March 7, 2017

On John Ross’ impressive 40 yard dash record

As we employ our binary system of FAST or NOT FAST, we have determined that John Ross’ 40 yard dash time of 4.22 is fast.

March 7, 2017

Wake up to the 2011 NCAA Men’s DMR

Over the last seven to eight years, the Men’s Distance Medley Relay has been very quick in the NCAA. The top time by a collegiate school of 9:25.97, (Texas with Leo Manzano as the anchor) was once the world record until Team USA recently broke it. Many teams have close to that mark recently and we once thought 9:30.00 was very impressive.

Although we don’t have the video of that record setting relay from 2008, I do want to have you wake up to the 2011 Men’s DMR from NCAA’s back when the meet was in College Station, the site of this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Looking back at the results, I was surprised to not see Oregon win with Matthew Centrowitz as the anchor. I even figured with Ben Blankenship as Minnesota’s anchor, they’d have a really good chance now. But no…It was the the BYU Cougars that were crowned victorious six years ago, anchored by Miles Batty, who is now retired and studying medicine.

Watch the video above

Below are the results from the 2011 NCAA Indoor Champs. 

DMR

Below this are the top teams heading into this weekends meet.

DMR

Ole Miss has been on a tear these last few seasons and coach Ryan Vanhoy has been an excellent fit at the school. Stanford, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and the rest of the heavy hitters are all in the field as usual. But let’s not forget the defending champs, Oregon with Edward Cheserek as the anticipated last leg. With a race that isn’t at elevation and many of these teams with fresh legs, I won’t be surprised if this race has about eight teams dip under 9:29, which would blow away the already impressive results from 2011. Give the above video a view or five and get pumped for this weekend’s meet down in Texas.

March 6, 2017

Citius Mag Does NCAA Indoors Week

We’ll have all sorts of content this week ahead of the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship before we will be on site to bring you coverage.

March 6, 2017

Wake up to Lawi Lalang vs. Chris Derrick at NCAA Indoors 2012

The 2012 NCAA Indoor meet featured some future stars of track and field but the big battle up front was Lawi Lalang vs. Chris Derrick.

February 26, 2017

Edward Cheserek runs 3:52:01, sets mile collegiate record: Quick thoughts

Edward Cheserek of Oregon ran a collegiate record of 3:52.01 in the mile at the BU Last Chance Meet to beat a field of professionals. More analysis here.

February 25, 2017

Why I love Heps: Former Ivy League athletes share stories

Former Ivy League track and field athletes share their memories from competing at the Ivy league championships. Welcome to the Heps.

February 25, 2017

No country for fast men: How a coin toss determined a race at Big-12’s

Yesterday, at the Big-12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, there was a tie for the 8th fastest preliminary time in the men’s 60m dash. Two athletes finished in 6.809 seconds. Without consulting any sort of rule book, my gut tells me a run-off would have been the logical means of determining which of the two men (Baylor’s Malik Wilson and Texas’s Charles Anumnu) should advance to the final. Instead, it was decided via coin toss that Wilson would move on.

tie big 12 60m final

This is crazy, but it’s also the most Texas way of making a decision. (I know this meet is being held in Iowa…but like, half of the teams in the Big-12 are from Texas.) And by extension, it’s kind of a stupid way of making a decision. We will quickly turn to popular culture to validate my correct opinion. (And beforefriday night lights anybody gets pissed at me for saying Texas is really dumb, I’m from San Antonio so I’m allowed to good-naturedly disparage my home state, okay?)

Having never seen the critically-acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights, I can confidently say the movie is better. I’ve heard snippets of conversation describing ridiculous plotlines from the TV program and yeah, the movie’s just way better. Explosions in the Sky’s soundtrack is wonderful and the version of “Your Hand in Mine” featured in the film (which has a string quartet backing) makes me cry with about a 75%-success-rate.

I digress.

In the superior film version, the Permian Odessa Panthers qualify for state via coin toss, held at some random truck stop, presumably because if people knew where it was happening, somebody would get killed. The movie wants us to infer that Odessa, Texas, doesn’t have anything going for it except its high school football team. So this is just a cruel way to either buoy or crush a town’s hopes. Why not go to like, point differential or something that takes chance out of the equation? People can live with defeat, so long as it’s earned.

The other example that immediately comes to mind is when Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men (based on the Cormac McCarthy novel), enters a West Texas gas station and threatens to kill the attendant, just based on the results of a coin toss.

“What’s the most you’ve ever lost in a coin toss,” he croaks to the frightened gas station-owner and it’s remarkably creepy. Bardem is perfect in this role and Chigurh is the best villain in any movie of the last 20 years, except maybe the mean prince from Shrek.

javier bardem no country for old me

Back to West Texas. The man facing death stammers around for a bit and eventually calls the right side of the coin. Chigurh tells him to keep the coin, as it’s now lucky. Crazy stuff. But the point is, that a coin toss shouldn’t decide life or death matters. Or really any matters.

There is always a way to make an informed decision in the world of athletics without turning to chance. The only acceptable time to act based on the landing of a coin, is if you can’t decide between Papa John’s and Dominos. And even then you should just go to Little Caesar’s and get a Hot-N-Ready. (We were not paid by Little Caesar’s for this but we wish we were.)

February 24, 2017

Harvard women go for five-peat at indoor Heps

The Harvard women will go for their fifth consecutive indoor Heps championship this weekend in New York City. Here’s a quick preview of their chances.

February 24, 2017

Harvard’s Heps hype video will make you want to run through a brick wall

Heps is a big deal for those in the Ivy league. We’ve explained why but get a real feel for why it matters with a new hype video from Harvard.

February 23, 2017

Heps: The Hype Behind the Good Conference Meet

What is Heps and why is it such a big deal? Paul Snyder, a Columbia graduate, breaks down the hype behind the Ivy league’s conference championships.

February 21, 2017

The Athlete Special: Q&A Edition ahead of Big Easts

Get to know Spencer Brown a little better in the latest episode of The Athlete Special. Spencer answers questions from the viewers ahead of Big Easts.

February 21, 2017

Wake up to a flashback of the Charles Jock-Ryan Martin rivalry

Take a moment to watch one of the iconic races in California track and field lore and part of the Ryan Martin vs. Charles Jock rivalry.

February 21, 2017

WATCH: This may be the Hurdle Fail of the Year

Hurdle fail videos never get old. The worst crash of 2017 may have happened in this video from Northern Iowa.

February 17, 2017

Wake up to Georgetown’s 1987 Penn Relays DMR – Gags’ last world record until tonight?

Frank Gagliano’s last world record-setting squad until tonight possibly.

February 16, 2017

Who were sub-four U.S. Milers No. 100, 200, 300 and 400?

As we approach 500 U.S. sub-four minute milers all-time, who were No. 100, 200, 300 and 400?

February 16, 2017

Wake up to the 2011 NCAA Indoor Men’s 4x400m Final

What’s home-field advantage? Texas A&M’s 4×400 taught us in 2011.

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