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Month: April 2019

April 19, 2019

Collegiate Runner Anna Shields Finds Success The Second Time Around

The person with the most steps would win a free week of groceries…and then maybe revitalizes their love for track.

April 18, 2019

CITIUS College Cup: First round men’s scores and qualifiers

A few weeks ago I introduced the CITIUS College Cup, a season-long knockout tournament in the style of British soccer’s FA Cup.

Every Division I team was seeded into a “virtual” quadrangular meet and scores are determined by marks recorded in various parts of the season. The first round was the outdoor season up through April 8. It took a little while to calculate all the scores and they are below. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the resulting 192-team (!) quadrangular-meet bracket.

UPSETS

The best thing about any knockout tournament, be it the FA Cup or March Madness or anything else like them, is the upsets. We had a few! The biggest upset was Syracuse, the #29 seed in the East region, finishing dead last in their quadrangular and failing to be one of the 96 teams making it to the second round.

The scores in the East region (teams in bold advance to the second round):
#1 Florida 162, #90 Bucknell 106, Oakland 46, St. Bonaventure 0
#2 LSU 127, #89 Appalachian State 71, Campbell 65, UNCW 47
#3 Alabama 93, #93 William and Mary 89, #88 Yale 77, Temple 6
#4 Indiana 125, #87 Cornell 115, Stony Brook 42, Duquesne 26
#5 Florida State 124.5, #86 Saint Francis University 91.5, #95 East Carolina 73, Alabama A&M 2
#96 Northeastern 145, #6 Virginia Tech 114, Morehead State 18, Hofstra 0
#7 Tennessee 153, #84 VCU 90, Iona 39, Nicholls State 6
#8 Georgia 130, #83 Rider 98, Florida A&M 63, Furman 32
#9 Purdue 144, #82 Samford 64, Coastal Carolina 58, High Point 47
#10 Ohio State 123, #100 Western Kentucky 60, South Florida 59, Evansville 44
#11 Penn State 140, #170 Troy 102, Belmont 39, Maryland-Eastern Shore 15
#79 South Alabama 110, #12 N. Carolina A&T 109, Binghamton 36, Tulane 28
#13 Michigan 152, #168 Maryland 57, New Hampshire 55, La Salle 29
#14 Ole Miss 115, #77 Western Carolina 109, South Carolina St. 51, St. Francis (N.Y.) 21
#15 Kentucky 180, #76 Rhode Island 75, Boston College 33, American 14
#16 South Carolina 139.5, #75 Connecticut 127.5, Bryant 34, Tennessee St. 19
#17 Miss State 137, #74 Kennesaw State 115, Lipscomb 47, George Washington 5
#18 Akron 118, #73 UL-Lafayette 100, #108 McNeese State 82,UNC-Greensboro 11
#19 Mid. Tenn. State 150, #109 Milwaukee 99, Colgate 28, LIU Brooklyn 27
#71 Central Michigan 113, #20 North Carolina St. 110, Vermont 49, Sacred Heart 25
#21 Princeton 167, #70 Jackson State 99, Delaware State 16, Illinois-Chicago 16
#22 Rutgers 138, #69 Monmouth 108, Lehigh 55, Canisius 0
#23 Charlotte 184, #68 Louisiana Tech 63, East Tenn. St. 48, Davidson 21
#24 Clemson 117, #67 Butler 71, Coppin State 54, VMI 50
#25 Eastern Michigan 132, #115 UL-Monroe 80, #66 Wake Forest 72, Lafayette 40
#65 George Mason 110, #26 Missouri 100, North Florida 61, Mount St. Mary’s 52
#64 Alabama State 106, #27 Virginia 104, Howard 58, Wagner 31
#63 Dartmouth 134, #28 Notre Dame 117, Mississippi Valley 44, St. Peter’s 8
#119 Charleston Southern88, #62 Buffalo 80, Detroit Mercy 72, #29 Syracuse 44
#30 Penn 183, #61 Morgan State 65, Manhattan 45, UNC-Asheville 17
#60 UMass Lowell 161, #31 Harvard 113, Xavier (Ohio) 28, Southern 0
#59 Pittsburgh 129, #32 Albany 82, Fordham 58, UMBC 35
#58 Youngstown St. 135, #33 Hampton 65, UMass Amherst 64, Hartford 33
#57 Northwestern St. 121, #34 Kent State 90, New Jersey Institute 62, Alcorn State 14
#35 Cincinnati 170, #56 Norfolk State 54, USC Upstate 51, Wofford 51
#55 Miami (Ohio) 149, #36 Auburn 117, Holy Cross 27, FIU 25
#54 Navy 221, #37 Villanova 54, Fairleigh Dickinson 20, IUPUI 11
#53 Indiana State 130, #38 Michigan State 119, Savannah State 43, Siena 23
#39 Army West Point 195, #52 Liberty 75, N.C. Central 32, Marist 19
#51 Bethune-Cookman 134, #40 Georgia Tech 120, Valparaiso 47, Northern Kentucky 22
#50 North Carolina 129, #41 Columbia 103, Central Connecticut 38, Winthrop 37
#42 Duke 123, #49 Miami (Fla.) 85, Providence 54, Tennessee-Martin 10
#48 Southern Miss. 90, #133 Boston University 86, #43 SE Louisiana 74,St. Joseph’s (Pa.) 57
#47 Louisville 142, #134 Citadel 71, Eastern Kentucky 52, Maine 45
#46 Brown 91, #45 Georgetown 88, #135 New Orleans 76, Grambling 8

And in the West region:
#1 Houston 147, #54 Eastern Washington 92, #55 New Mexico 57,Pepperdine 15
#2 Stanford 153, #56 UT-Arlington 112, #53 Oral Roberts 34, Santa Clara 20
#3 Texas Tech 171, #57 Arkansas State 80, #52 North Texas 58, Loyola Marymount 11
#4 Oregon 114.5, #58 Grand Canyon 105, #51 Tulsa 44, #105 CSU Bakersfield 41.5
#5 BYU 220, #50 Rice 40, #104 UC Riverside 36, #59 Wyoming 31
#6 Arkansas 127, #49 South Dakota 83, #60 Texas State 61, #103 UC Irvine 53
#7 Nebraska 151.5, #61 Stephen F. Austin 77.5, #48 Southern Utah 60, #102 Cal Poly 29
#101 UC Santa Barbara 140, #8 Iowa State 88, #62 Boise State 65, #47 Lamar 29
#46 Abilene Christian 122, #100 UC Davis 101.5, #9 Wisconsin 55.5, #63 Bradley 38
#10 Texas A&M 185.5, #45 Utah State 92.5, #64 Idaho 39, Fresno State 5
#11 Kansas 130, #98 Cal St. Fullerton 116, #44 Marquette 39, #65 Eastern Illinois 35
#12 Iowa 166, #66 UT-Rio Grande Valley 56, #43 Cal St. Northridge49, Seattle U. 25
#42 Air Force 155, #13 Northern Arizona 91, #67 Southern Illinois 68,Portland State 4
#14 UCLA 159, #68 Incarnate Word 75, #41 Northern Iowa 46, #95 Chicago State 27
#15 Washington 149, #40 Long Beach St. 123, #69 Idaho State 36, Western Illinois 10
#16 USC 119, #39 Illinois State 98, #70 UTEP 53, #93 San Jose St. 28
#71 Texas A&M-CC 110, #17 Oklahoma State 109.5, #92 Sacramento St. 75.5, #38 Portland 28
#18 Texas 145, #37 Colorado St. 132, #91 DePaul 38, Drake 3
#19 Colorado 119.5, #36 Memphis 61, #90North Dakota 50, #73 Weber State 47.5
#35 UTSA 144, #20 South Dakota St. 102, #89 Gonzaga 36, San Francisco 21
#21 Arizona 149.5, #75 Northern Colorado 68, #88 Prairie View 63.5, #34 Montana State 43
#22 Minnesota 142.5, #33 Washington St. 128, #76 SE Missouri 19.5,Saint Louis 18
#23 California 163.5, #32 TCU 86, #77 Montana 42.5, SIU Edwardsville 25
#24 Baylor 122, #31 Wichita State 114, #85 Houston Baptist 54, #78 Central Arkansas 29
#30 North Dakota State 124, #25 Sam Houston St. 90, #79 Utah Valley 70, #84 Texas Southern 26
#26 Oklahoma 117, #29 Arizona State 106, #80 Loyola (Ill.) 52, #83 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39
#28 Kansas State 126, #27 Illinois 117, #82 UMKC 50, Arkansas-Little Rock 20

SECOND ROUND

The 192 qualifying teams are now reseeded into the bracket below. Scores will be determined using marks made between April 9 and April 30. Scoring is five-deep for individual events (6-4-3-2-1), three-deep for the 4×100 and 4×400 (6-3-1), and two-deep for the 4×200, 4×800, 4xmile, and medleys (3-1).

Winners plus the eight highest scoring second-place teams in each region advance to the quarterfinals.

April 17, 2019

Meet the Photographer Capturing Shots of Eliud Kipchoge and the NN Running Team

Meet the photographer responsible for many shots of the NN Running Team, Eliud Kipchoge and the world’s best runners.

April 16, 2019

Comparing Samuelson and Howe

61-year-old Joan Samuelson ran yesterday’s Boston Marathon in 3:04:00. That’s really fast. How fast? Age-grading calculators say that’s worth about 2:19 for a woman under age 35.

Her stated goal was to run within 40 minutes of the time she posted while winning the race 40 years ago. She did that and then some; she was less than 30 minutes behind the then-world record time of 2:35:16 she ran in 1979. That day she wore a Bowdoin College singlet and a backwards Red Sox cap, and she did the same yesterday.

Samuelson’s career accomplishments are unparalleled in distance running: Olympic marathon champion, multi-time world record holder, four-time Boston Marathon winner, and ageless wonder. There is only one athlete in any sport whose accomplishments are similar: Gordie Howe.

Howe was the greatest left wing in the history of hockey, and is one of three men in the discussion for the greatest hockey player ever. Let’s see how the two of them measure up.

EDIT: Samuelson qualified to seven Olympic Trials marathons, but only ran in four.

April 10, 2019

CITIUS College Cup: Women’s first round scores and qualifiers

A few weeks ago I introduced the Citius College Cup, a virtual season-long tournament of quadrangular meets involving every NCAA Division I track and field team. Eventually men’s and women’s CITIUS Cup champions will be crowned.

Teams were seeded into first-round matchups using results of the indoor season. The first round used marks made through the end of last weekend to produce team scores via “virtual” meets. Below are the scores from the women’s first round. The 192 teams in bold have qualified to the second round.

EAST REGION

Ohio State 195, Tennessee St. 70, Evansville 16, Purdue Fort Wayne 15
Florida 121, Oakland 90, Richmond 60, Nicholls State 25
Alabama 152.5, Rhode Island 82, Louisiana Tech 49.5, UNC-Greensboro 16
LSU 138, Manhattan 67.5, North Florida 61.5, Niagara 21
Miami (Fla.) 128, Rutgers 58, Boston College 52, St. Bonaventure 0
Florida State 150, Buffalo 59, Yale 46, Mercer 35
Virginia Tech 97, Rider 84, Ohio 84, UNCW 43
Kentucky 159, Elon 68, William and Mary 61, Duquesne 19
Georgia 127, Albany 88, Delaware 81, VMI 7
Indiana 170, Murray State 90, Col. of Charleston 43, Maryland-Eastern Shore 16
Tennessee 150, UMass Amherst 96.5, Quinnipiac 53, Colgate 14.5
Louisville 170, Howard 74, UL-Lafayette 36, American 15
SE Missouri 103, Villanova 98.5, Appalachian State 63.5, Lafayette 22
Alabama State 117, Auburn 109, SE Louisiana 61, St. Francis (N.Y.) 4
Duke 216.5, N.C. Central 36.5, Loyola (Md.) 30, Lipscomb 14
North Carolina St. 132, Austin Peay 102, Florida Atlantic 50, Bryant 23
Michigan State 154, George Mason 117, UMass Lowell 42, UNC-Asheville 3
Penn State 162, Towson 94, Xavier (Ohio) 30, Winthrop 19
Michigan 146, Wofford 99, Coppin State 39, George Washington 8
N. Carolina A&T 106, Georgia State 91, Dayton 72, Holy Cross 34
Penn 180.5, Miami (Ohio) 97, Belmont 22, Tennessee-Martin 8.5
Clemson 135, South Alabama 116, Binghamton 30, Gardner-Webb 15
Cincinnati 184.5, Morgan State 83, Davidson 37, New Jersey Institute 2.5
Central Michigan 124, Bowling Green 90, Milwaukee 66, USC Upstate 27
Notre Dame 151, South Carolina St. 35, Furman 33, St. Peter’s 14
Ole Miss 176, Lehigh 84, Stony Brook 39, Providence 26
Virginia 165, VCU 90, Chattanooga 23, Radford 23
North Carolina 154, UAB 94, Iona 33, Canisius 7
Troy 131, UL-Monroe 70, Mississippi Valley 48, Syracuse 44
Purdue 171, Georgetown 43, Eastern Kentucky 39, Wagner 33
East Tenn. St. 121, Wake Forest 104, Fordham 44, Saint Francis University 39
South Carolina 159, Northeastern 64, Bucknell 62, Butler 32
South Florida 106, Boston University 93, Connecticut 85, La Salle 25
Georgia Tech 140.5, Marshall 110.67, Georgia Southern 42, Hartford 13.83
Maryland 122, Harvard 101, Southern 35, Robert Morris 24
Eastern Michigan 107, Ball State 92, SIU Edwardsville 46, Central Connecticut 33
Kennesaw State 122, UCF 117, Wright State 50, Sacred Heart 27
Army West Point 139.67, Monmouth 73.33, Norfolk State 47, Northern Kentucky 37
Akron 132, Columbia 97, Campbell 37, Vermont 25
Indiana State 189, Western Carolina 68, UMBC 32, Morehead State 6
Charlotte 161.5, Youngstown St. 71.5, Eastern Illinois 71, Citadel 4
Liberty 138, Northwestern St. 89, Charleston Southern 55, Coastal Carolina 28
Navy 139, Dartmouth 105, Temple 55, New Hampshire 14
Miss State 138, FIU 110.5, Detroit Mercy 23, Savannah State 16.5
Florida A&M 150, West Virginia 93, Grambling 40, LIU Brooklyn 39
Cornell 146, Pittsburgh 113, Jackson State 26, Cleveland St. 7
East Carolina 176, Brown 87, Jacksonville St. 32, Fairleigh Dickinson 24
Kent State 107, Mid. Tenn. State 98, James Madison 78, St. Joseph’s (Pa.) 23
Princeton 171, St. John’s 104, Illinois-Chicago 11, Siena 10
Southern Miss. 125, Samford 113, New Orleans 19, IUPUI 12
Toledo 155, Tulane 112, Alcorn State 25, Delaware State 15
Hampton 112, Mount St. Mary’s 77, Vanderbilt 75, Tennessee Tech 50
Memphis 111, High Point 95, Western Michigan 91, Marist 27
Jacksonville 137, Bethune-Cookman 114, Alabama A&M 29, Maine 21

WEST REGION

Arkansas 156, Illinois 86, Northern Iowa 54, CSU Bakersfield 21
USC 130, Idaho State 66, Cal Poly 39, Loyola Marymount 7
Texas A&M 205, Nevada 119, Iowa State 84, Prairie View 54
Texas 201, South Dakota 110, Southern Illinois 81.5, Eastern Washington 52
Texas Tech 196.5, UC Santa Barbara 105, North Dakota 75, Loyola (Ill.) 48
Colorado St. 136, New Mexico St. 67, Lamar 41, Arkansas-Little Rock 9
Kansas State 161, Missouri 91.5, Northern Arizona 62, San Francisco 24
Stanford 147, South Dakota St. 80, UT-Arlington 48.5, San Jose St. 18
Iowa 153, Grand Canyon 85.5, DePaul 52, Seattle U. 19
Wisconsin 115, Utah 64, Montana State 32, Chicago State 2
Oregon 154, UCLA 86, Marquette 52.5, Santa Clara 19
Kansas 148.5, Oregon State 81, Tulsa 49, Bradley 19
Colorado 140, TCU 75, Texas Southern 48, Nebraska-Omaha 15
Nebraska 185.5, Weber State 104.5, SMU 70, Texas A&M-CC 42
UNLV 140, Abilene Christian 74, Northern Illinois 46, Gonzaga 12
Arizona 159, Cal St. Fullerton 91, Boise State 61, Missouri State 23
Washington 168, Washington St. 92, Wyoming 64, Western Illinois 33
Minnesota 169, Arkansas State 99.5, Hawaii 65, Cal Baptist 39
Arizona State 139.5, UTEP 69, Incarnate Word 41, San Diego 12
BYU 180, Stephen F. Austin 103, Montana 67, Portland State 40
Oklahoma State 119, UTSA 64.5, Idaho 37, Pepperdine 4
Baylor 151, Fresno State 84, UC Irvine 50, Saint Louis 19
North Dakota State 155.5, Southern Utah 86, North Texas 54, Houston Baptist 21
UC Davis 112, Cal St. Northridge 59, Western Kentucky 32, Drake 2
Houston 126, Northern Colorado 65, Portland 37, Valparaiso 5
Oklahoma 158, McNeese State 88, New Mexico 58.5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 21.5
California 129, UC Riverside 66, Oral Roberts 38, St. Mary’s (Cal.) 6
San Diego St. 146.5, Rice 79, Utah Valley 48.5, Northwestern 16
Wichita State 174, Illinois State 102, UT-Rio Grande Valley 67, Central Arkansas 40
Long Beach St. 158.5, Sacramento St. 90, Texas State 60, UMKC 22
Utah State 117, Air Force 64, Sam Houston St. 35, Pacific 2

SECOND ROUND

The second round results will be determined by marks made from now until May 2. Only the winners plus 16 highest-scoring second place teams will qualify to the third round (a total of 64 teams).
Scoring is 6-4-3-2-1 for standard individual events, 6-3-1 for 4×100 and 4×400, 3-1 for 4×200, 4×800, 4×1500, sprint medley, and distance medley, and 1 for shuttle hurdles.

And here is your Citius College women’s bracket for the remainder of the tournament (click for larger version):

April 7, 2019

CITIUS Reads: ‘The Passion Paradox’ by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

What we thought of The Passion Paradox by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg.

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