Good morning, Citwits. Welcome to another week of running and the internet. I bring it all together for this first installment of Takes Like Coffee.
Back in June, USA Track and Field announced that Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California would host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Woohoo! A new place that’s not Eugene, Oregon as it undergoes its own renovations for the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The trials and Olympics are only three years away, which is weird to think about because it feels like Rio was just yesterday. Three years, plenty of time to get everything ready for the trials, right? Well, over the weekend, DyeStat reported Mt. SAC’s efforts to host the 2020 Olympic Trials could be in jeopardy due to construction delays to the renovation Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Here’s our resident California guru Kevin Liao with his thoughts:
This is NIMBYism, pain and simple. An acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard,” NIMBYs are typically well-to-do residents who oppose new construction in their neighborhoods, often citing additional traffic, construction noise and school crowding. Walnut, Calif., home of the Mt. SAC community college campus, fits that exact mold. Local residents of the fairly affluent bedroom community say they don’t want to move forward with the necessary permitting that would allow for construction of the stadium, but the truth is they probably don’t want the trials — and the riff-raff that comes with it — in their backyards in the first place.
What NIMBYs don’t consider is the recognition and economic benefits that come with hosting a meet with the prestige of the Olympics Trials. Tax revenues from hotel rooms and restaurant sales go back into funding for local parks and schools. And, as agent Dan Lilot noted, “who would’ve ever visited or even heard of Walnut, CA were it not for their XC/T&F events?”
Joyciline Jepkosgei Breaks Her Half Marathon World Record
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei continues her breakout year as she shaved a minute off her half marathon world record. Here were her splits: 5K – 14:52; 10K – 30:09; 15K – 45:59; 20K – 61:30. So think about that for a second. She nearly broke 30 minutes for the 10K. But actually, take one of our best marathoners in history like Shalane Flanagan or Molly Huddle. Some of these 5K splits would be like an all-out effort for them nowadays. That’s bananaland. When I wrote about Jepkosgei for SI in February, she hadn’t been drug tested out of competition but her agent welcomed any sort of testing. Sometimes it’s difficult to project what Kenyan stars will breakout and have testers on them from the start. The hope here is that a world record holder is being frequently tested now.
Who the heck is Sondre Moen?
I was looking at the results for the men’s race, which was won by Kenyan Abraham Cheroben in 59:11. Then I noticed there was a guy from Norway in fourth who ran 59:48. That’s No. 3 on the European all-time list. He told reporters afterwards that he works with coach Renato Canova. His previous personal best before Sunday was 62:19 from the Nice Half in April 2016.
Claudia Lane ran 15:49 to set the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational Record
Here’s a name to watch going forward. Claudia Lane is a junior at Malibu High School and just broke Sarah Baxter’s course record of 16:00 from 2012. It’s important to note that it was a different course from the one that Baxter raced. Some might already be familiar with her name since she was the Foot Locker Cross Country Champion last year and the CIF Division 4 State Champion.
She was rocking a Dodgers hat after her race on Saturday, which is unfortunate because I see the Astros winning the World Series.
Venice Marathon Fail!
The pack of leaders at the Venice Marathon were following a motorcycle before it took a turn off the course after 25K and the runners had no idea where to go. It is estimated that they lost about two minutes and so random Italian Eyob Faniel won the race in 2:12:16 despite having been more than a minute behind the leaders before the disaster happened.