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Month: March 2019

March 29, 2019

Oaxaca by Foot: Running with Aire Libre

Running? Check. Yoga? Check. An experience with Aire Libre

March 28, 2019

The Bang Bang Girl Gang Take Speed Project 5.0

Meet these inspiring women with their eyes on running 340-miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a record-setting time.

March 25, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 25

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

2000, Tuscaloosa, AL: South Alabama’s David Kimani won the 5000 meters at the Alabama Relays with a time of 13:25.37, which put him #9 on the all-time collegiate list. The next day he ran a 3:52.7 anchor leg on in the distance medley, roughly equivalent to 3:54.0 for a full mile. He later transferred to Alabama, and in 2003 he collapsed and died while eating lunch in a university dining hall.

1989, Austin, TX: Baylor’s Michael Johnson won the 200 meters in a wind-aided time of 20.06 as Tennessee won a quadrangular over Baylor, Texas, and Indiana. Indiana freshman Bob Kennedy finished third in the 1500 meters. The pair went on to star in the 1996 Olympics, where Johnson won the 200-400 double and Kennedy finished sixth in the 5000.

1978, Glasgow, SCO: Providence’s John Treacy, running for his native Ireland, won the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in “a sea of mud” and “blinding rain”. Four months earlier he was runner-up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 17.5 seconds behind Washington State’s Henry Rono.
AP wire story

1978, San Jose, CA: The above-mentioned Rono opened his outdoor track season by winning the 5000 at the San Jose Relays in 13:31.8, more than 20 seconds ahead of second place.
AP wire story

1978, Long Beach, CA: Oregon easily defeated Long Beach State, 100-54. The Ducks went 1-2 in the 1500 with Rudy Chapa (3:42.3) and Matt Centrowitz (3:43.6) and in the 5000 with Alberto Salazar (14:35.7) and Bill McChesney (14:36.0). The shot put was won by Oregon’s Jeff Stover, who went on to play defensive line for the great San Francisco 49ers teams of the 1980s, and third place went to teammate Vince Goldsmith, whose total of 130.5 sacks is still fifth-best in CFL history.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1972, Bakersfield, CA: Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine ran his first-ever 6 mile race in 27:22.3, worth roughly 28:30 for 10k. His last quarter-mile was 59.9 and he broke the stadium record co-held by Olympians Frank Shorter and Jack Bacheler.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1967, Westwood, CA: Kansas’ Jim Ryun opened his outdoor season with a 4:05.1/1:48.1 double but UCLA easily defeated the Jayhawks, 88-55.
AP wire story

1967, Lewiston, ID: Washington State dominated the Banana Belt Relays behind Gerry Lindgren’s 4:07.3 and 4:11.2 anchor legs on the 4xmile and distance medley relays.
Spokane Spokesman-Review article

1961, Stillwater, OK: Kansas’ Billy Mills scored a pair of wins at the Cowboy Relays. He won the 2 mile (9:17.4) and anchored the winning distance medley relay (10:18.0). Three years later he stunned the world by winning the Olympic 10,000 meters.
Lawrence Journal-World article

March 22, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 22

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

1997, Dallas, TX: SMU’s Marika Tuliniemi put the shot 58-10/17.93 at the Dallas Dr. Pepper Invitational to move to #7 on the all-time women’s collegiate list.

1986, Baton Rouge, LA: LSU’s team of Cheryl Wilson, Carlette Smith, Alicia Bass and Schowonda Williams bettered the world record in the shuttle hurdles at their own Paper-Tiger Invitational. Their time of 56.2 could not gain official recognition, though, since it was hand-timed.

1986, Westwood, CA: UCLA’s Gail Devers won five events in a 102-33 dual meet romp over Stanford. Her efforts were 23.89 (200 meters), 13.24 (100 hurdles), a wind-aided 20-6.5 (long jump), 40-11.5 (triple jump), and a leg on the 4×400 relay.

1980, Palo Alto, CA: Arizona’s Meg Ritchie broke her own collegiate discus record with a throw of 210-11 at the Martin Luther King Freedom Games.
AP wire story

1969, San Jose, CA: 400 meter world record holder and Olympic champion Lee Evans got some overdistance work in an easy 110-34 dual meet victory over Washington. He was second in the 880 yards (1:52.8) and ran an easy 48.1 anchor on the mile relay. Olympic 200 meter silver medalist John Carlos won the 100 and 220 yards in wind-aided times of 9.3 and 20.7.

1958, Victorville, CA: From Track and Field News:
“Rink Babka, University of Southern California senior, may have made the first 200 foot discus throw in track and field history, but no one will ever know for certain.
“Throwing in the first Apple Valley Relays, the 6’5″, 245 pound strong man threw as far to the left of the sector as possible to take advantage of a strong cross wind. This was fine, except that there wasn’t enough room for a tosser of Babka’s ability and his throw sailed clear across the track, across another 8 or 10 feet of land, and then plopped in the middle of a small drainage ditch.”
It was 201 feet to the point of impact but the ditch was significantly lower than the ring and could not be counted as a record.

1952, San Diego, CA: USC’s Sim Iness broke the American and collegiate discus records with a heave of 182-5 in a 115-16 win over San Diego State.

March 21, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 21

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

1998, Fresno, CA: Fresno State’s Melissa Price broke her own collegiate pole vault record with 13-6.25/4.12, and Washington’s Aretha Hill went to #9 on the collegiate discus list with 199-4/60.76. The final score in the women’s meet was Washington 227, Fresno State 211, South Dakota State 81, San Francisco State 59. Now known by her married name of Aretha Thurmond, she is currently USATF’s Managing Director of International Teams.

1987, Houston, TX: Houston’s Joe DeLoach defeated pros Carl Lewis and Kirk Baptiste to win the invitational 100 meters at the Texas Southern Relays. The following year, DeLoach upset Lewis to win Olympic 200 meter gold. Sandie Richards of San Jacinto Junior College broke the national junior college 400 meter record with 51.79.

1981, Eugene, OR: Oregon’s Dean Crouser highlighted the Oregon Invitational by improving his lifetime best in the shot put by over 26 inches. He attributed it to his switch from the glide style of throwing to the spin. His nephew Ryan also used the spin to win Olympic gold in 2016.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1970, Fresno, CA: Oregon freshman Steve Prefontaine made his outdoor collegiate debut with an 8:40.0 in a triangular win over Stanford and Fresno State. It made his second-fastest in Duck history.
AP wire story

1964, Albuquerque, NM: Led by Clarence Robinson’2 25-2.5, New Mexico put three long jumpers beyond the 24-foot mark in a quadrangular win over Utah, Texas Tech, and UTEP.

1959, Odessa, TX: Abilene Christian’s Bobby Morrow defeated Dave Sime over 100 yards in a matchup of Olympic stars. Morrow was the 1956 Olympic champion, where Sime was unable to compete due to injury. The win evened their career head-to-head matchup at 2 wins each.
AP wire story

1953, Tucson, AZ: USC opened its dual meet season with the Trojans’ 57th straight win, pummeling Arizona 101-30. Co-captain Sim Iness came within two feet of the discus world record.

March 21, 2019

Why You Should Listen To Lizzo Before Your Next Race

With this pounding, authoritative soundtrack, we now have enough Lizzo music to fill out a full training cycle.

March 21, 2019

These Idiots Are Running the LA Marathon: Analyzing Paul and Ryan’s Training

Ryan Sterner has decided to run a marathon. Paul Snyder has decided to join him in this journey. Let’s dive into their training.

March 20, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 20

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

1999, Sacramento, CA: UCLA swept the men’s and women’s competition in the first USTFCCCA-supported quadrangular of the season. The men’s scores were UCLA 225, Cal 206, Washington 168, UC Irvine 65 and the women’s scores were UCLA 227, Washington 179, Cal 176, UC Irvine 70. From 1998 to 2001, the USTFCCCA used funds provided by the USOC to offer travel grants to teams competing in dual, triangular, and quadrangular competition. It led to a massive increase in those kinds of meets, which once again fell off the radar once the money dried up.

1993, Houston, TX: Blinn Junior College was the dominant team at the Texas Southern Relays, winning twelve men’s events. The two-day attendance total was announced as 16,000, likely driven up by the appearance of a Santa Monica Track Club 4×100 relay team featuring Olympic and World champions Joe DeLoach, Leroy Burrell, Mike Marsh, and Carl Lewis. Burrell is now the head coach at the University of Houston and Lewis is one of his assistants.

1987, Houston, TX: TCU won the men’s 4×200 at the Texas Southern Relays with a time of 1:20.59, which put the Horned Frog squad #8 on the all-time world list.

1982, Brownwood, TX: Abilene Christian’s Billy Olson broke the American outdoor pole vault record at the Bluebonnet Relays with 18-8.75/ 5.70. While officially an AR, Olson’s own indoor AR of 18-10/5.74 was better.
AP wire story

1971, Eugene, OR: Steve Prefontaine tied the collegiate 2-mile record of 8:33.2 at Oregon’s home opener. That the sophomore tied the record was a big deal to the 3,200 in attendance, but how he did it was more impressive. “He was supposed to stay behind the first mile,” said coach Bill Dellinger. “But we told him he could run the second mile as fast as he wanted to.” Pre followed those directions and ran a ridiculous negative split: 4:28, then 4:05. His second mile was faster than the day’s winning time in the mile.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1965, Santa Monica, CA: UCLA’s Bob Day broke the collegiate 2-mile record with 8:35.3 in a triangular with UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
AP wire story

1965, Pullman, WA: Washington State freshman Gerry Lindgren broke the one-and-a-half mile record with a run of 6:34.0 at the 23rd annual Indoor Invitational. 3,000 fans crowded into Hollingbery Fieldhouse for the meet.
Spokane Spokesman-Review article

1937, Indianapolis, IN: Michigan won the 4th annual Butler Relays but a Buckeye was the star. Ohio State’s Mel Walker broke the world indoor high jump record with 6-9.75.

March 20, 2019

Citius College Cup: Men’s Seeds and Pairings

On Monday I introduced the Citius College Cup, a season-long online tournament between all NCAA Division I college track teams. “Virtual” quadrangular meets will be held and scored using marks produced during various parts of the outdoor season.

By May there will be only 64 teams still standing, then a sweet 16 going into the NCAA East and West Preliminaries (aka “regionals”), then a final four at the NCAA Championships where men’s and women’s champions will be crowned. Today I’m announcing the men’s seeding and pairings.

Seeding was determined by results of the 2018-19 indoor season. The first round is scored using marks made outdoors through April 8, so the results of this round won’t be known for several weeks yet. Fans can keep up with their favorite team by going to the TFRRS.org outdoor qualifying page and using the “Compare 2+ Teams” tab to enter the appropriate teams.

Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events and 6-3-1 for the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Meets like the Texas, Florida, and Raleigh Relays are a big part of the early season so there will be an additional 3-1 scoring for the 4×200, 4×800, sprint medley, and distance medley relays.

All in all, 192 teams will advance to the next round (96 in each region).

EAST REGION

45 meets
All 1st and 2nd places plus 6 highest-scoring 3rd place teams advance

1 Florida vs 90 Oakland vs 91 Bucknell vs 180 St. Bonaventure
2 LSU vs 89 Appalachian State vs 92 Campbell vs 179 UNC-Wilmington
3 Alabama vs 88 Yale vs 93 William & Mary vs 178 Gardner-Webb
4 Indiana vs 87 Cornell vs 94 Stony Brook vs 177 Duquesne
5 Florida State vs 86 Saint Francis (Pa.) vs 95 East Carolina vs 176 Alabama A&M
6 Virginia Tech vs 85 Hofstra vs 96 Northeastern vs 175 Morehead State
7 Tennessee vs 84 VCU vs 97 Iona vs 174 Nicholls State
8 Georgia vs 83 Rider vs 98 Furman vs 173 Florida A&M
9 Purdue vs 82 Samford vs 99 High Point vs 172 Coastal Carolina
10 Ohio State vs 81 South Florida vs 100 Western Kentucky vs 171 Evansville
11 Penn State vs 80 Belmont vs 101 Maryland-Eastern Shore vs 170 Troy
12 N. Carolina A&T vs 79 South Alabama vs 102 Binghamton vs 169 Tulane
13 Michigan vs 78 New Hampshire vs 103 La Salle vs 168 Maryland
14 Ole Miss vs 77 Western Carolina vs 104 South Carolina St. vs 167 St. Francis (N.Y.)
15 Kentucky vs 76 Rhode Island vs 105 Boston College vs 166 American
16 South Carolina vs 75 Connecticut vs 106 Tennessee St. vs 165 Bryant
17 Miss State vs 74 Kennesaw State vs 107 Lipscomb vs 164 George Washington
18 Akron vs 73 UL-Lafayette vs 108 McNeese State vs 163 UNC-Greensboro
19 Mid. Tenn. State vs 72 LIU Brooklyn vs 109 Milwaukee vs 162 Colgate
20 North Carolina St. vs 71 Central Michigan vs 110 Vermont vs 161 Sacred Heart
21 Princeton vs 70 Jackson State vs 111 Illinois-Chicago vs 160 Delaware State
22 Rutgers vs 69 Monmouth vs 112 Lehigh vs 159 Canisius
23 Charlotte vs 68 Louisiana Tech vs 113 East Tenn. St. vs 158 Davidson
24 Clemson vs 67 Butler vs 114 Coppin State vs 157 VMI
25 Eastern Michigan vs 66 Wake Forest vs 115 UL-Monroe vs 156 Lafayette
26 Missouri vs 65 George Mason vs 116 North Florida vs 155 Mount St. Mary’s
27 Virginia vs 64 Alabama State vs 117 Wagner vs 154 Howard
28 Notre Dame vs 63 Dartmouth vs 118 Mississippi Valley vs 153 St. Peter’s
29 Syracuse vs 62 Buffalo vs 119 Charleston Southern vs 152 Detroit Mercy
30 Penn vs 61 Morgan State vs 120 Manhattan vs 151 UNC-Asheville
31 Harvard vs 60 UMass Lowell vs 121 Southern vs 150 Xavier (Ohio)
32 Albany vs 59 Pittsburgh vs 122 UMBC vs 149 Fordham
33 Hampton vs 58 Youngstown St. vs 123 UMass Amherst vs 148 Hartford
34 Kent State vs 57 Northwestern St. vs 124 New Jersey Institute vs 147 Alcorn State
35 Cincinnati vs 56 Norfolk State vs 125 USC Upstate vs 146 Wofford
36 Auburn vs 55 Miami (Ohio) vs 126 FIU vs 145 Holy Cross
37 Villanova vs 54 Navy vs 127 IUPUI vs 144 Fairleigh Dickinson
38 Michigan State vs 53 Indiana State vs 128 Siena vs 143 Savannah State
39 Army West Point vs 52 Liberty vs 129 N.C. Central vs 142 Marist
40 Georgia Tech vs 51 Bethune-Cookman vs 130 Valparaiso vs 141 Northern Kentucky
41 Columbia vs 50 North Carolina vs 131 Central Connecticut vs 140 Winthrop
42 Duke vs 49 Miami vs 132 Tennessee-Martin vs 139 Providence
43 SE Louisiana vs 48 Southern Miss. vs 133 Boston University vs 138 St. Joseph’s (Pa.)
44 Eastern Kentucky vs 47 Louisville vs 134 Citadel vs 137 Maine
45 Georgetown vs 46 Brown vs 135 New Orleans vs 136 Grambling

WEST REGION

27 meets
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams plus 15 highest-scoring 4th place teams advance

1 Houston vs 54 Eastern Washington vs 55 New Mexico vs 108 Pepperdine
2 Stanford vs 53 Oral Roberts vs 56 UT-Arlington vs 107 Santa Clara
3 Texas Tech vs 52 North Texas vs 57 Arkansas State vs 106 Loyola Marymount
4 Oregon vs 51 Tulsa vs 58 Grand Canyon vs 105 Cal St. Bakersfield
5 BYU vs 50 Rice vs 59 Wyoming vs 104 UC Riverside
6 Arkansas vs 49 South Dakota vs 60 Texas State vs 103 UC Irvine
7 Nebraska vs 48 Southern Utah vs 61 Stephen F. Austin vs 102 Cal Poly
8 Iowa State vs 47 Lamar vs 62 Boise State vs 101 UC Santa Barbara
9 Wisconsin vs 46 Abilene Christian vs 63 Bradley vs 100 UC Davis
10 Texas A&M vs 45 Utah State vs 64 Idaho vs 99 Fresno State
11 Kansas vs 44 Marquette vs 65 Eastern Illinois vs 98 Cal St. Fullerton
12 Iowa vs 43 Cal St. Northridge vs 66 UT-Rio Grande Valley vs 97 Seattle U.
13 Northern Arizona vs 42 Air Force vs 67 Southern Illinois vs 96 Portland State
14 UCLA vs 41 Northern Iowa vs 68 Incarnate Word vs 95 Chicago State
15 Washington vs 40 Long Beach St. vs 69 Idaho State vs 94 Western Illinois
16 USC vs 39 Illinois State vs 70 UTEP vs 93 San Jose State
17 Oklahoma State vs 38 Portland vs 71 Texas A&M-CC vs 92 Sacramento St.
18 Texas vs 37 Colorado State vs 72 Drake vs 91 DePaul
19 Colorado vs 36 Memphis vs 73 Weber State vs 90 North Dakota
20 South Dakota St. vs 35 UTSA vs 74 San Francisco vs 89 Gonzaga
21 Arizona vs 34 Montana State vs 75 Northern Colorado vs 88 Prairie View
22 Minnesota vs 33 Washington St. vs 76 SE Missouri vs 87 Saint Louis
23 California vs 32 TCU vs 77 Montana vs 86 SIU Edwardsville
24 Baylor vs 31 Wichita State vs 78 Central Arkansas vs 85 Houston Baptist
25 Sam Houston St. vs 30 North Dakota State vs 79 Utah Valley vs 84 Texas Southern
26 Oklahoma vs 29 Arizona State vs 80 Loyola (Ill.) vs 83 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
27 Illinois vs 28 Kansas State vs 81 Arkansas-Little Rock vs 82 UMKC

March 19, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 19

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

1994, College Station, TX: Texas A&M’s men and Kansas State’s women won the team titles at the College Station Relays.

1994, Westwood, CA: UCLA picked up a pair of wins in dual/triangular competition. The final scores for the men were UCLA 84, Texas 64, Cal 55, and for the women it was UCLA 91, Cal 44. Notable names among the winners were Bruins John Godina (men’s discus) and Amy Acuff (women’s high jump), who combined for eleven Olympic appearances.

1988, Houston, TX: Texas Southern’s women’s 4×200 ran 1:34.53, good for #9 on the all-time collegiate list, at their own Texas Southern Relays.

1983, Tempe, AZ: Arizona State defeated Kansas State, Kansas, and the Los Angeles Track Club in a women’s quadrangular, but the big news was made by the Sun Devils’ Leslie Deniz. She broke the American discus record on her first throw with 64.10/210-4, fouled four times, and then broke it again on her final throw with 64.34/211-1. On the men’s side, Arizona State defeated Kansas State and New Mexico.
AP wire story

1977, Eugene, OR: The Oregon Ducks entered five men in the 10,000 meters at their own Oregon Invitational and four of them earned NCAA championships qualifiers. Two freshmen led the way: Alberto Salazar (29:03.44) and Rudy Chapa (29:03.47).
Eugene Register-Guard article

1977, Tempe, AZ: USC (76 points) defeated Arizona State (60) and BYU (54) in a triangular meet. BYU’s Henry Marsh won the steeplechase (8:50.7) and was second in the 5000 (14:18.0). At the end of the year Marsh was ranked in the world’s top ten steeplechasers by Track & Field News and stayed in the top ten for eleven more years, with #1 rankings in 1981, ’82, and ’85.
AP wire story

1977, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford football star James Lofton won the long jump (25-11¼) and ran on the winning 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relays at the Stanford Relays.
AP wire story

1966, Manhattan, KS: Kansas freshman Jim Ryun anchored two record-setting relays at the Kansas State Indoor Relays. His 4:02.2 run on the Kansas freshman distance medley team brought them across the line in 9:51.3, a new national collegiate freshman record. (In case you didn’t know: college freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition until 1969 and most “major” colleges had freshmen teams.)
Lawrence Journal-World article

1960, Odessa, TX: USC broke seven meet records at the West Texas Relays and scored 102 points to second-place Baylor’s 66.

1960, Manhattan, KS: Kansas broke three indoor school records at the Kansas State Indoor Relays and Billy Mills was involved in two of them. He ran a new 3000 meter record (8:33.7) and ran third leg on the distance medley (10:04.6).
Lawrence Journal-World article

1955, US Postal Service: Kansas’ freshman team defeated Notre Dame’s frosh unit, 54-50, in an indoor “postal” dual meet. Teams ran time trials, sent the results through the mail, and scores were tabulated. Listed among “also winning” was a thrower from Long Island named Al Oerter, who won the first of his four Olympic discus gold medals the following year.
Lawrence Journal-World article

March 19, 2019

Citius College Cup: Women’s Seeds and Pairings

Yesterday I introduced the Citius College Cup, a season-long tournament between all NCAA Division I college track teams. “Virtual” quadrangular meets will be held and scored using marks produced during various parts of the outdoor season.

By May there will be only 64 teams still standing, then a sweet 16 going into the NCAA East and West Preliminaries (aka “regionals”), then a final four at the NCAA Championships where men’s and women’s champions will be crowned. Today I’m announcing the women’s seeding and pairings.

Seeding was determined by results of the 2018-19 indoor season. The first round is scored using marks made outdoors through April 8, so the results of this round won’t be known for several weeks yet. Fans can keep up with their favorite team by going to the TFRRS.org outdoor qualifying page and using the “Compare 2+ Teams” tab to enter the appropriate teams.

Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events (the ones held at the NCAA Outdoor Championships) and 6-3-1 for the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Meets like the Texas, Florida, and Raleigh Relays are a big part of the early season so there will be an additional 3-1 scoring for the 4×200, 4×800, sprint medley, and distance medley relays.

Due to the way the semifinal round of the playoff is scored, teams are seeded into the same East and West regions used for the NCAA Preliminaries (aka “regionals”). There are 216 women’s teams in the East but only 122 in the West, so the advancement procedures is different in each region. 96 teams in each region will qualify to the next round (192 total).

EAST REGION

54 meets
Winners plus 42 highest-scoring second place teams advance

1 Ohio State vs 108 Purdue Fort Wayne vs 109 Tennessee St. vs 216 Evansville
2 Florida vs 107 Richmond vs 110 Oakland vs 215 Nicholls State
3 Alabama vs 106 Louisiana Tech vs 111 Rhode Island vs 214 UNC Greensboro
4 LSU vs 105 North Florida vs 112 Manhattan vs 213 Niagara
5 Miami vs 104 Boston College vs 113 Rutgers vs 212 St. Bonaventure
6 Florida State vs 103 Yale vs 114 Buffalo vs 211 Mercer
7 Virginia Tech vs 102 Rider vs 115 Ohio vs 210 UNC Wilmington
8 Kentucky vs 101 William and Mary vs 116 Duquesne vs 209 Elon
9 Georgia vs 100 Albany vs 117 VMI vs 208 Delaware
10 Indiana vs 99 Murray State vs 118 Maryland-Eastern Shore vs 207 Charleston
11 Tennessee vs 98 UMass Amherst vs 119 Quinnipiac vs 206 Colgate
12 Louisville vs 97 UL-Lafayette vs 120 Howard vs 205 American
13 Villanova vs 96 Appalachian State vs 121 SE Missouri vs 204 Lafayette
14 Auburn vs 95 Alabama State vs 122 SE Louisiana vs 203 St. Francis (N.Y.)
15 Duke vs 94 N.C. Central vs 123 Lipscomb vs 202 Loyola (Md.)
16 North Carolina St. vs 93 Florida Atlantic vs 124 Austin Peay vs 201 Bryant
17 Michigan State vs 92 George Mason vs 125 UMass Lowell vs 200 UNC-Asheville
18 Penn State vs 91 Towson vs 126 Xavier (Ohio) vs 199 Winthrop
19 Michigan vs 90 Wofford vs 127 Coppin State vs 198 George Washington
20 N. Carolina A&T vs 89 Georgia State vs 128 Dayton vs 197 Holy Cross
21 Penn vs 88 Miami (Ohio) vs 129 Belmont vs 196 Tennessee-Martin
22 Clemson vs 87 South Alabama vs 130 Binghamton vs 195 Gardner-Webb
23 Cincinnati vs 86 Morgan State vs 131 Davidson vs 194 New Jersey Institute
24 Central Michigan vs 85 Bowling Green vs 132 Milwaukee vs 193 USC Upstate
25 Notre Dame vs 84 Furman vs 133 South Carolina St. vs 192 St. Peter’s
26 Ole Miss vs 83 Providence vs 134 Stony Brook vs 191 Lehigh
27 Virginia vs 82 VCU vs 135 Chattanooga vs 190 Radford
28 North Carolina vs 81 UAB vs 136 Iona vs 189 Canisius
29 Syracuse vs 80 Troy vs 137 UL-Monroe vs 188 Mississippi Valley
30 Purdue vs 79 Georgetown vs 138 Eastern Kentucky vs 187 Wagner
31 Wake Forest vs 78 East Tenn. St. vs 139 Fordham vs 186 Saint Francis University
32 South Carolina vs 77 Butler vs 140 Northeastern vs 185 Bucknell
33 Connecticut vs 76 South Florida vs 141 La Salle vs 184 Boston University
34 Georgia Tech vs 75 Marshall vs 142 Georgia Southern vs 183 Hartford
35 Harvard vs 74 Maryland vs 143 Southern vs 182 Robert Morris
36 Eastern Michigan vs 73 Ball State vs 144 SIU Edwardsville vs 181 Central Connecticut
37 UCF vs 72 Kennesaw State vs 145 Wright State vs 180 Sacred Heart
38 Monmouth vs 71 Norfolk State vs 146 Northern Kentucky vs 179 Army West Point
39 Akron vs 70 Columbia vs 147 Vermont vs 178 Campbell
40 Indiana State vs 69 Western Carolina vs 148 UMBC vs 177 Morehead State
41 Charlotte vs 68 Youngstown St. vs 149 Eastern Illinois vs 176 Citadel
42 Liberty vs 67 Northwestern St. vs 150 Coastal Carolina vs 175 Charleston Southern
43 Dartmouth vs 66 Temple vs 151 New Hampshire vs 174 Navy
44 Mississippi St vs 65 FIU vs 152 Savannah State vs 173 Detroit Mercy
45 Florida A&M vs 64 West Virginia vs 153 Grambling vs 172 LIU Brooklyn
46 Cornell vs 63 Pittsburgh vs 154 Cleveland St. vs 171 Jackson State
47 East Carolina vs 62 Brown vs 155 Jacksonville St. vs 170 Fairleigh Dickinson
48 Mid. Tenn. State vs 61 Kent State vs 156 James Madison vs 169 St. Joseph’s (Pa.)
49 Princeton vs 60 St. John’s vs 157 Illinois-Chicago vs 168 Siena
50 Samford vs 59 Southern Miss. vs 158 New Orleans vs 167 IUPUI
51 Toledo vs 58 Tulane vs 159 Delaware State vs 166 Alcorn State
52 Vanderbilt vs 57 Tennessee Tech vs 160 Hampton vs 165 Mount St. Mary’s
53 Western Michigan vs 56 Memphis vs 161 Marist vs 164 High Point
54 Bethune-Cookman vs 55 Jacksonville vs 162 Alabama A&M vs 163 Maine

WEST REGION

31 meets
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams plus 3 highest-scoring 4th place teams advance

1 Arkansas vs 62 Northern Iowa vs 63 McNeese State
2 USC vs 61 Northern Illinois vs 64 UC Santa Barbara
3 Texas A&M vs 60 Incarnate Word vs 65 Air Force vs 122 Pepperdine
4 Texas vs 59 Sacramento St. vs 66 Montana State vs 121 Pacific
5 Texas Tech vs 58 UTSA vs 67 Tulsa vs 120 Loyola Marymount
6 Colorado St. vs 57 Southern Illinois vs 68 Arkansas State vs 119 St. Mary’s
7 Kansas State vs 56 Texas State vs 69 Abilene Christian vs 118 Santa Clara
8 Stanford vs 55 Illinois vs 70 Northern Arizona vs 117 Gonzaga
9 Iowa vs 54 North Dakota vs 71 Southern Utah vs 116 San Diego
10 Wisconsin vs 53 South Dakota St. vs 72 Loyola (Ill.) vs 115 Hawaii
11 Oregon vs 52 Oregon State vs 73 Missouri State vs 114 UC Irvine
12 Kansas vs 51 Oral Roberts vs 74 Weber State vs 113 Chicago State
13 Colorado vs 50 Rice vs 75 Montana vs 112 CSU Bakersfield
14 Nebraska vs 49 Marquette vs 76 Idaho State vs 111 Seattle U.
15 UNLV vs 48 DePaul vs 77 Cal St. Northridge vs 110 Portland State
16 Arizona vs 47 Nevada vs 78 Portland vs 109 Valparaiso
17 Washington vs 46 Stephen F. Austin vs 79 Western Kentucky vs 108 Saint Louis
18 Minnesota vs 45 Washington St. vs 80 North Texas vs 107 Drake
19 Arizona State vs 44 Illinois State vs 81 Lamar vs 106 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
20 BYU vs 43 UCLA vs 82 Idaho vs 105 Arkansas-Little Rock
21 Oklahoma State vs 42 Fresno State vs 83 Central Arkansas vs 104 Texas Southern
22 Baylor vs 41 South Dakota vs 84 Sam Houston St. vs 103 UMKC
23 North Dakota State vs 40 TCU vs 85 UT-Arlington vs 102 Houston Baptist
24 Iowa State vs 39 UC Davis vs 86 Cal St. Fullerton vs 101 San Jose St.
25 Houston vs 38 UTEP vs 87 Eastern Washington vs 100 UT-Rio Grande Valley
26 Oklahoma vs 37 Utah vs 88 Bradley vs 99 Cal Poly
27 Missouri vs 36 California vs 89 Texas A&M-CC vs 98 Utah Valley
28 San Diego St. vs 35 SMU vs 90 Grand Canyon vs 97 Nebraska-Omaha
29 Boise State vs 34 Wichita State vs 91 San Francisco vs 96 UC Riverside
30 New Mexico vs 33 Long Beach St. vs 92 Western Illinois vs 95 Northern Colorado
31 Utah State vs 32 Wyoming vs 93 New Mexico St. vs 94 Prairie View

Come back tomorrow to see the men’s seeds and pairings!

March 18, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 18

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

2000, Tuscaloosa, AL: Alabama wons a men’s quadrangular over Georgia, Mississippi State, and LSU. The long jump was won by the Crimson Tide’s Miguel Pate, who two years later jumped over 28 feet. The shot put was won by Georgia’s Reese Hoffa, who was an Olympic bronze medalist 12 years later. Georgia won the women’s quadrangular.

1995, Berkeley, CA: UCLA’s men and women both beat Cal in a dual meet. The Golden Bears’ Richie Boulet won both the 1500 and 5000, narrowly defeating the Bruins’ Meb Keflezighi in the shorter race. UCLA freshman Suzy Powell broke her own American junior record in the discus with 57.96/190-2, and won the javelin too.

1988, Houston, TX: Odessa Junior College won the men’s 4×200 meter relay at the Texas Southern Relays with Jon Drummond on the anchor leg. Drummond is still serving out an eight-year coaching ban based on information Tyson Gay gave to USADA after Gay’s positive drug test in 2014.

1978, Eugene, OR: Speaking of coaches serving out bans, Oregon’s Alberto Salazar won the 10,000 meters at the Oregon Invitational. His time of 29:55.4 qualified for the NCAA Championships and put him #3 on the all-time Duck rankings. Sophomore Rudy Chapa ran 3:59.9 to anchor Oregon’s wining distance medley relay.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1972, Fresno, CA: Oregon defeated Fresno State by the score of 138 to 59. Steve Prefontaine won the 2 mile by more than ten seconds, but his time of 8:55.3 left him unsatisfied. Citing the windy conditions, he said “I’ll never run in this hole again”.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1967, Tempe, AZ: USC trounced Arizona and Arizona State in a triangular. The score was USC 102, Ariuzona 41, ASU 38. O.J. Simpson won the 100 yards, was second in the 220, and ran third leg on the winning 4×110 relay.
AP wire story

1950, Tempe, AZ: USC defeated Arizona State, 95½ to 35½.

1933, Los Angeles, CA: Despite arranging golf-style handicaps for the opponents, USC defeated Occidental by the score of 83⅓ to 57⅔.

1933, Berkeley, CA: Cal defeated the San Francisco Olympic Club, 75⅔-55⅓.

1929, Los Angeles, CA: USC’s Daily Trojan newspaper opened its “dope sheet” prediction contest for the USC vs Stanford dual meet on April 6. Local merchants offered up prizes for the top three students in the contest.

March 18, 2019

Introducing the Citius College Cup

March Madness is upon us, and it’s a blast. It is one of the best sporting events on the calendar, possibly the best one that does not involve track and field. The single-elimination format and the combination of superpowers and underdogs means anything can happen.

There is another similar event mostly unknown to American sports fans that follows the same knockout format but is even crazier. I’m speaking of the Football Association Cup. It’s a single-elimination tournament among 737 of England’s professional, semi-pro, and amateur football teams held over the course of the season, starting in August and culminating in a championship final in May. I’ve always thought it would be fascinating and fun to export the FA Cup format to American sports, such as professional baseball. In fact, I’ve decided to adapt it to NCAA Division I track and field.

This is actually easier than it sounds, because the times and distances and heights we record in track and field act as a sort of competition by proxy. Teams treat it that way, and the USTFCCCA’s national and regional rankings do so explicitly. In the internet age, competing online in this manner can and should be done.

Over the course of the 2019 outdoor season, teams will be seeded into brackets for a series of quadrangular meets which will be scored using data available from TFRRS.org. Multiple teams will qualify from each meet in the early rounds, but only winners will advance in the later rounds. Eventually one team will be crowned the champions of the Citius College Cup.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on how it all works…

FIRST ROUND

Scored using marks made outdoors through April 8
All Division I teams are entered, seeded using results from indoor season
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400, and 3-1 for 4×200, 4×800, sprint medley, and distance medley

SECOND ROUND

Scored using marks made between April 9 and May 2
48 quadrangulars between 192 teams qualifying from the first round (half in west region, half in east)
Winners plus 16 highest-scoring second place teams qualify to third round
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400, 4-2-1 for 4×200, 4×800, 4×1500, sprint medley, and distance medley, and 1 for shuttle hurdles

THIRD ROUND

Scored using marks made at conference championship meets
16 quadrangulars between 64 teams qualifying from second round (half in west region, half in east)
Winners advance to semifinals
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400

SEMIFINALS

Scored using places achieved at NCAA preliminary rounds (aka “regionals”)
4 quadrangulars between 16 teams qualifying from third round (half in west region, half in east)
Winners advance to finals
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400

FINALS

Scored using places achieved at NCAA Championships
Four qualifiers (two from west region, two from east)
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400

Come back tomorrow to see the women’s seeding and first round matchups!

March 16, 2019

On This Date in College Track & Field History: March 16

The track and running world has come to a screeching halt in an effort to battle the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to fill the void I’m taking a deep dive into my various archives and pulling up what I find in the history of college track and field.

1991, Westwood, CA: Texas defeated UCLA and Fresno State in a triangular, which ended a six year dual/tri/quad winning streak for the Bruins.

1991, Eugene, OR: Oregon senior javelin thrower Paula Berry opened the Oregon Preview by surpassing the NCAA championships qualifying mark on her very first throw.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1990, Tucson, AZ: BYU’s Frank Fredericks swept the 100 and 200 at Arizona’s Willie Williams Classic with times of 10.20 and 20.36. Only one month earlier he became eligible for international competition when his nation of Namibia earned its independence from South Africa, which was still banned from international athletics due to apartheid. Fredericks was followed by Wildcat football player Michael Bates, who two years later took Olympic 200 meter bronze right behind Fredericks’ silver.

1985, Berkeley, CA: Cal’s men ran their outdoor dual meet record to 5-0 on the strength of a 97-66 victory over Arizona.
AP wire story

1985, Eugene, OR: Kathy Hayes overcame a nasty cold to win the 3000 meters in 9:12.22 at the all-women’s Oregon Open.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1974, Tempe, AZ: BYU’s Paul Cummings ran a stadium record 3:56.4 mile. Final scores were USC 89½, BYU 45½, Arizona State 50.
AP wire story

1968, Detroit, MI: A sellout crowd of 9,556 at Cobo Arena saw Villanova dethrone USC as NCAA indoor champions. The Wildcats’ Larry James was the star of the meet and anchored the mile relay to a near-world record time. Oregon State junior Dick Fosbury won the high jump with his revolutionary style, the first time it really drew national attention.
SI Vault article

1968, San Jose, CA: San Jose State rested sprint star Tommie Smith but still handily defeated BYU, 89-56.
AP wire story

1963, Eugene, OR: Reigning NCAA champions Oregon opened their season with a 79-66 win over Cal, highlighted by Dave Steen’s school records in both the shot and discus. 2,200 fans braved cold, windy conditions to see the Ducks win their 37th straight dual meet at Hayward Field.
Eugene Register-Guard article

1957, Chicago, IL: Villanova’s Ron Delany, the reigning Olympic 1500 champion for Ireland, won the mile at the Chicago Daily News Relays with a time of 4:03.8. 16,000 fans turned out for the meet, doubtlessly including many Irish-Americans getting a head start on St. Patrick’s Day. Delaney’s time was just 0.2 seconds off the US indoor all-comers record and was his 17th straight win.
AP wire story

1935, New York, NY: Temple’s Eulace Peacock defeated Ohio State sophomore Jesse Owens in the long jump at the Knights of Columbus indoor meet. Owens had set the world indoor record earlier in the season.
AP wire story

March 15, 2019

On This Date in College Track And Field History: March 15

Recalling when Jim Ryun nipped Marty Liquori in a near-dead heat to win the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

March 7, 2019

Tokyo Marathon 2019 – The Process Pays Off

Reflecting on my 21-minute personal best from the 2019 Tokyo Marathon.

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