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Author: Ryan Sterner

Hobby jogger and soup enthusiast whose work has appeared in a number of highly esteemed publications such as Flotrack, The Howard Lake Herald Journal and Ebaum's World. Currently a resident of Los Angeles, where he spends most of his time indoors.

August 9, 2017

2017 IAAF World Championships Day 6: Three surprises, three disappointments

There were falls. There were upsets. There were priceless reactions. Recapping all of the best moments from Day 6 at the world championships.

August 8, 2017

Wayde Van Niekerk wins 400m World Championship

Wayde Van Niekerk–the world leader, the world record holder, the World Champion, the Olympic Champion–successfully defended his World Championship title in a time of 43.98.

Running from lane 6, Van Kiekerk looked in control from the gun. He stormed around the final curve, and came into the home straight with three steps on the field. He didn’t have much work to do to maintain his lead, and eased up at the finish to just sneak under the 44-second barrier.

Temperatures were in the high 50s in London, so no one was likely going to run tremendously fast–that is if we consider 43.98, not tremendously fast. This is what the era of Wayde Van Niekerk has done to us.

He gave a pretty subdued reaction upon crossing the finish line. This was perhaps due in part to the fact that his biggest competition in this race, Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, was barred from entering the stadium this afternoon, and the field was severely weakened as a result.

The lone American in the race, 22-year old Fred Kerley, shot out of the blocks and ran a very aggressive first 200m out of lane 1. His goose was cooked, however, and he faded to last place over the last 100m.

Rounding out the medals were Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, who became the Bahamian Record holder over the distance in the semi-final. And Bronze went to Qatar’s Abdalelah Haroun, who ran through the finish and stole his podium spot from Botswana’s Babolaki Thebe who let up just a little too soon.

The discussion surrounding Wayde now is if he is in fact the sport’s new Usain Bolt. He’s got the medals, he’s got the records, now all he needs is a signature pose.

August 8, 2017

Evan Jager makes history with world championships bronze medal

Evan Jager made history with his run at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. The track and field community lost its mind.

August 7, 2017

2017 IAAF World Championships Day 3: Live blog, Stream, Results and info

Jenny Simpson vs. Caster Semenya vs. Genzebe Dibaba vs. Laura Muir and more in Day 4 of the track and field world championships in London.

August 6, 2017

2017 IAAF World Championships Live Blog Day 3: online, live stream, TV info

The 2017 IAAF World Championships have begun in London and we’re still in the U.S. but here to provide the most entertaining and informative analysis and results from the championships.

The first day offers some of the early and qualifying rounds of events but we will see Mo Farah run his final 10,000 meter final. He has won every world championship title in this event since 2012. It’s fitting that his final world championship race will come before a home crowd in London.

The meet will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and can be streamed online using the $69 (#nice) NBC Sports Gold package.

Here are some key links that can help:

Our full Day 3 preview from Jesse Squire

Our full Day 1 recap from Ryan Sterner is here.

Our full Day 2 recap from our idiot blogger can be found here. 

Schedule and results can be found here.

The IAAF will also offer a live stream via YouTube and Facebook which will be available in a large number of nations (which includes Canada but not the USA).

Radio: The IAAF Radio service will be available globally and can be accessed through both the IAAF website and the IAAF mobile app.

Let’s get rolling!

Final Update: Holy shit. That’ll do it for me today. I’ll be back blogging tomorrow for the people (hello? Is anyone there?) What a day it was. I’m absolutely jazzed.

Do you not want me to blog ever again? Please direct your ire to my personal email account: [email protected]

Women’s 100m Final

1:50PM

It’s too bad, just from a consistency standpoint, that Elaine Thompson doesn’t have a hyphenated name like the other great Jamaican sprinters that came before her–Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price, etc.

Anyway. Names aside I’m sure she’ll do great. It’s a formidable final, though. I imagine her stiffest competition will be Bowie and Ahoure. This is Bowie’s first stop in her quest for a historic double, but she’ll have to run a perfect race to steal a gold here.

HOLY CROW DID TORIE BOWIE TAKE IT AT THE LINE? IT LOOKED LIKE TA LOU HAD IT BUT TORIE BOWIE HAD A TEXTBOOK LEAN AND DOVE ACROSS THE LINE LIKE WONDER WOMAN. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BONKERS. DID ANYONE GET A PHOTOT? BECAUSE I’M POSITIVE AT ONE POINT SHE WAS COMPLETELY PARALLEL WITH THE GROUND. WHAT A FINISH BY BOWIE!!!!!!!!!!

The favorite and world no.1 Elaine Thompson, finishes off the podium. Who got the last medal? Netherlands Dafne Schippers. What an upset of a 100m final. And you know what? That’s the best kind of final.

Arena update: The DJ is playing the crowd pleasers. Who knew the Brits loved Neil Diamond? A rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline” is currently taking place, and the DJ is cutting the track when ol’ Neil gets to the “ba! ba! ba!” part. The crowd then takes over and, with no trace of their cheeky British accent whatsoever,  fills it in perfectly.

Hold the phone. Now they’re introducing the women’s 100m final, and the arena DJ (could it be Nijel Amos?) now starts playing Guns ‘n’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle.” American rock and roll is alive and well in the UK, my friends.

Shotput update: Joe Kovacs has just thrown himself into 2nd place. That’s a silver medal folks!

Proof:

Men’s 800m Semi-final

1:35PM

This heat is a real bear. A loaded gun, if you will. I’d say this will be the hardest one to get out of and I expect it to be the fastest of the three. Mo Aman, Brazier, Bett, Pierre Bosse. All of these men have high-1:42, low-1:43 PRs.

Bett controls at the front. Followed by Bosse, with Aman tucked in. They go through slower than the second heat, 51.52 and Bett still leading. Aman is boxed in. Bosse is in good position. Brazier is in bad position. Bett still leading with 600m to go. Who’s going to pull the trigger first? Everybody still in it with 100m to go. It’s going to come down to a sprint. Bett is going for it. Aman follows. It’s going to be Bett and Aman. Finishing time 1:45.03, which is the fastest time of the day. I imagine the other two qualifiers are going to come from this heat.

1:25PM

Drew Windle. Lewindowski. Korir. This should be fast.

McBride of Canada lead from wire to wire. He took it out nearly three seconds faster than the first heat, and the field responded by stringing out. Korir gave chase early, and was the only one intent on going with the Canadian. There was almost no movement until the last 75 meters. Korir began to fade and Langford of Great Britain and a few other men started to close. Korir tied up, and Langford snagged the 2nd place, auto qualifying spot behind McBride. We will not see Korir in the final, who is the world leader this year.

1:14PM

First heat lining up on the track. The overall favorite and Botswana’s no. 1 Club DJ, Nijel Amos is in the house. Your American in this race is Isaiah Harris. Also in this race is a general competitor, Poland’s Adam Kszczot, who hasn’t ran well this year but owns a 1:43.3 PR.

Rotich is in the front as they go through the first 400m in 52.95, which is rather pedestrian. Amos moves up onto his shoulder with 300 to go. Kszcsot will be the first to make the move with 200m to go and he’s making it a race. Kszczot still leading with 75 to go. Amos moving up into 2nd. Rotich will hold on for third and our own Isaiah Harris is fourth.

It was a rather handsy semi, with some bumping and clipping. But you know what they say, rubbin’ is racin’.

They’re taking two from each heat plus the next two fastest times to the final. Our first two qualifiers are Kszczot of Poland and Rotich of Kenya.

1:08PM

There’s been some rounds of the women’s heptathlon 800m. Since most of the events have taken place in the morning (I think, that’ll be my excuse anyway), I’m not well versed on what’s been going on. So I’ll just take a screenshot of the winners table when they’re done calculating the points.

The only thing I know right now is that the Americans did not do great.

Men’s 110m Hurdles Semi-finals

12:28PM

Aries Merritt, a man that’s made a tremendous comeback from a kidney transplant, is on the line. This is where he won his Olympic Gold back in 2012.

A very muscular Hungarian man, Balasz Baji, wins the heat, out leaning Merritt at the line. Merritt still gets the auto-qualifier.

12:19PM

Two-time US Champion, Devon Allen, is on the line in this 2nd heat. After a disappointing 5th place finish in Rio, Allen will be looking for a bit of redemption here in London.

Wow. Four guys, including Allen, all finished in a straight line. The naked eye will not be able to determine who will win. Thank god for computers.

As they sort it out, it looks like here are the results. Devon Allen will miss the final which is a huge bummer:

12:10PM

Omar McLeod, Rio Gold Medalist, shouldn’t have a problem winning this heat. He’s a member of the sub-13 club, with a newly minted 12.90 PR. Let’s see how it plays out–two big Qs and two small Qs.

McLeod came on late, but took the heat in 13.11. There was a fall over about the fourth hurdle by Al-Youha of Kuwait. The Frenchman Garfield Darian and McLeod were neck and neck over the last few hurdles, with McLeod just out leaning him.

12:05PM

A few things: Luvo Manyonga just got his medal for the long jump. If you need a refresher, Manyonga had a promising start to his career, but it was derailed in 2012 after he got addicted to crystal meth, went to jail, went to rehab, served a suspension and now he’s back. This is his second medal on the world stage since returning, as he was the silver medalist in Rio as well.

However, when he got his medal, he stood on the podium and dabbed. This is truly disappointing, as I thought that dabbing was something reserved for idiot teens, not reformed meth heads.

Men’s 400m Semi-final

11:57AM

I’ve spotted the other Borlee twin. I’ve also spotted a very fast Botswanan, Isaac Makwala. He went sub-44 and sub-20 in the same day. He finished 2nd to Van Niekerk in the Monaco DL 400m. I’d say he’s the number one contender for the South African world record holder.

Makwala runs 44.30 seconds and is the clear winner. Demish Gaye, a Jamaican, overtakes Gil Roberts down the home stretch to snag the 2nd auto-qualifier. Lane 7 has been a tough draw for the Americans. All three of them were in lane 7, and none of them are auto-qualifiers. Fred Kerley made it through on time, but Gil Roberts wasn’t as lucky.

Here’s your final:

11:47AM

Behold! Wayde Van Niekerk is in this race! As well as LaShawn Merritt. This should be a somewhat exciting pre-final match up.

Van Niekerk and Merritt broke away early, but as Van Niekerk continued to accelerate, Merritt showed his age and faded to last place. Van Niekerk shut it down early, finishing in 44.22, after chasing down Babolaki Thiebe of Botswana on the home stretch. Thiebe wanted to rattle the Olympic champ and World Record holder. It’s a strange phenomena, but I kind of like it: young runners trying to intimidate the overwhelming favorite in the semi-final. The big boys know where the real race is run.

Discussion question: Is this the last we’ve seen of LaShawn Merritt?

Results:

 

11:39AM

Two Americans in this heat: the great Fred Kerley and Wil London. I also recognize one of the Borlee boys. Should be fast. Kerley is young, but he’s also 16-0 this year, and the world no. 1. Let’s tuck in:

Kerley comes out of the turn in the lead. But loses to Gardner and Allen of the Bahamas and Jamaica over the last 100m. Kerley finished third. I’d say he went out far too hard over the first 200m, more than making up the curve. The world no.1 will have to wait anxiously to see if he gets through on time.

Steven Gardener of the Bahamas dipped under 44 seconds for the first time in his career, and in the process is the new Bahamian Record holder. He is still laying on the track though, and we shouldn’t discount the toll a sub-44 effort takes on your body.

Anybody know the fastest time in a 400m semi-final? Hello?

Women’s 100m Semi-final

I should take back the mean thing I said about Deajah Stevens. She had an O.K. start, but upon further inspection looks like her first three steps were essentially a stumble. It’s too bad, because, generally speaking, she is very fast.

Here’s tonight’s final:

11:29AM

Torie Bowie took this heat, making her 10.91 look easy.

Ahoure is the other auto qualifier. She will join her teammate, Ta Lou, in the final. The west African country with a population of 23 million has two women in the final.

11:20AM

The American to watch in this race is Ariana Washington. But the real story for this heat is Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, your world number one who has run 10.70 this year.

Thompson runs a very impressive, very easy 10.84. She took her foot off the gas with about 20 meters to go. The American, Washington, suffered the same fate as her fellow countrywoman, Stevens: a terrible start.

The other auto-q is Santos of Brazil who ran 10.91. According to IAAF, that’s a national record! By about .14 seconds! Big time!

11:10AM

We have the first of three very fast women’s 100m semi-final heats on the track right now. We have three Americans to watch, and you bet they’re fast.

Wow–The Duck, Deajah Stevens had, and I’m not exaggerating, the worst start I’ve ever seen in professional sprinting–and I watched Usain Bolt yesterday. She will not make it to the final.

The winner was Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, and the other auto-qualifier will be Schippers of the Netherlands, in 10.87 and 10.98 respectively. The others will have to bite their nails to see if they can make it through on time.

GOOD MORNING

11:07AM

I had a bowl of oatmeal and a slice of leftover pizza for breakfast. I watched the first hour of a Netflix documentary called Icarus, in honor of Justin Gatlin winning the 100m yesterday, and I feel ready to deliver some top notch blogging. Is anyone listening?

Oh right. Also, I’d like to give a big shoutout to Amy Hastings-Cragg! Big time!

August 5, 2017

2017 IAAF World Championships Live Blog Day 2: online, live stream, TV info

Follow along as we cover the second day of the IAAF World Championships in London. Live stream, TV, radio, results, analysis and more.

August 4, 2017

2017 IAAF World Championships Live Blog: online, live stream, TV info

Follow along as we cover the first day of the IAAF World Championships in London. Live stream, TV, radio, results, analysis and more.

August 2, 2017

Where’s the beef? Andre De Grasse out for season

The 2016 Olympic 200m silver medalist and 100m bronze medalist, Andre De Grasse, has withdrawn from the London World Championships slated to start this Friday, August 4th.

Earlier today, De Grasse’s agent announced the 22-year old Canadian suffered a hamstring injury in training and would be out for the next six weeks. With this being Bolt’s last hurrah before retirement, it looks like De Grasse, who has been vocal about wanting to beat Bolt, will never get his chance.

Fans of track and field have every right to be disappointed. Track is a sport that, for the most part, lacks the petty rivalries and casual beefs that make other sporting storylines more interesting. With De Grasse and Bolt, a true rivalry has been brewing since De Grasse attempted to snake Bolt at the line in the 200m semi-finals in last year’s Olympics.

Bolt gave the young gun a playful finger wag, and the world rejoiced as it seemed Bolt himself chose his predecessor once he’s retired.

Then 2017 rolled around, and track fans finally had some bonafide BEEF on their hands. De Grasse accused Bolt of using his clout to bar De Grasse from entering the Monaco Diamond League 100m in attempt to avoid a head-to-head match up before London.

Bolt, obviously, called poppycock. Later, in an interview with the Daily Mail, he said that he was greatly disrespected by the guy he thought was going to replace him on the world stage. Beef confirmed.

With the preliminary rounds of the 100m starting Friday, track fans had plenty to look forward to. Until this afternoon. No more De Grasse. No more beef. Even without it, though, Bolt isn’t one to toe the line without putting on a show.

July 27, 2017

My 2017 World Championships Wish List

Here’s to hoping that Usain Bolt runs in the 10-seconds and still wins at the world championships, Evan Jager breaks 8-min and more.

July 23, 2017

It’s the 7 year anniversary of shitting my pants

It’s the seven-year anniversary of a terrible afternoon where I lost control of my bowels while running. The epic tale of shitting my shorts on a run.

July 12, 2017

Runner survives bear sighting, nature still trying to kill you

Every once in awhile, a story breaks that reminds us no matter how cute animals seem, they will kill humans with little or no remorse.

July 11, 2017

Did you forget about the Nike Zoom Vaporfly?

Take a look at some never before seen footage of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly. The sub 2 hour marathon shoe will be available to buy this month.

July 8, 2017

How to run in extreme conditions

Los Angeles is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. Ryan Sterner shares the best tips on running in extreme weather conditions.

July 4, 2017

The Complete Runner’s Guide to: NBA Free Agency

One thing that runners can sometimes get some flack for is being “one dimensional.” Now, I’m not around all runners all the time, but a good example of the “one dimensional runner” is something like this:

Party Goer #1: How about this NBA Free Agency?

One Dimensional Runner: (twitching in panic, then shouting) WITHOUT LIMITS IS THE BETTER PREFONTAINE MOVIE!

Party Goer #1: (Exits stage right)

Here at Citius we’re not just about informing our readers about the running world, but the non-running world as well. Our aim is to create a well rounded and educated population of Citius Nerds. So in order to avoid the pitfall described above, we would like to present to you the [semi] Complete Runner’s Guide to: NBA Free Agency. It’s a series that maybe we’ll start doing weekly and just getting the geeky runner up to speed on things outside the ovals and trails.

Below you’ll find a few important things you need to know about recent NBA trades, along with some talking points, and relevant memes so the next time your boss or loved one lays into you about it you’ll have this cheat sheet as your go to.

Paul George

Background: Paul George is a top-10 player in the league. He’s twice lead the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, both times losing out to Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

Why it’s a big deal: Paul George has been whining about leaving Indiana (who can blame him?) for a while now. Despite being vocal about returning “home” to Los Angeles (he’s from Palmdale. Palmdale is not Los Angeles), a number of teams like the Boston Celtics (and the Lakers) were actively recruiting him this offseason. Then out of nowhere ESPN’s Romona Shelbourne dropped this on us:

Now, Paul George (a Kevin Durant-lite) will be teaming up with the 2017 MVP, Russell Westbrook. George’s contract is up at the end of this season, and Russell Westbrook has yet to sign an extension, and currently has a player option in 2018, meaning he could opt out of his contract and head to a title-contender.

Things to say to your friends: “It’s great that Russ is finally getting some help. Would love to see him and George stick it to Durant and the Warriors this year.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves

Background: The Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad for a long time. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. Kevin Garnett left in 2007 and all hope was lost. Kevin Love couldn’t help, and neither could back to back rookies of the year in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. But with a new coach and an exciting young roster (that still has the two Rookie’s of the year), the Wolves seemed to be on an upswing.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

Why it’s a big deal: Jimmy Butler is a top ten player in the league who has spent a majority of his time in the NBA coached by the now Wolves coach, Tom Thibodeau. He’s an elite defender, which the Wolves desperately need. And if this wasn’t enough, this happened:

This isn’t as significant as the Jimmy Butler signing, but Taj brings veteran defense and big presence in the paint. And then this happened:

Now the Wolves have a point guard that’s as potent of a passer as Ricky Rubio was, in addition to being less of an offensive liability.

Things to say to your friends: “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wolves finish top 5 in the Western Conference. That’s if Thib doesn’t tear someone’s ACL by playing them 48 minutes a game.”

The LA Clippers

Background: I hate the LA Clippers. I’ve had the opportunity to go to some Clippers games over the last few years. There’s no point in turning down free tickets, but the way the Clippers play basketball would be a good reason. They’re whiny. They’re boring. The fans don’t even seem to like them that much. And despite having one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, an athletic freak at power forward, Duke Legend JJ Redick, an all-star caliber big man, and a fairly potent bench, this line up has never made it to the conference finals.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

AND THIS:

AND THIS:

All of this as reports of Deandre Jordan taking meetings with a handful of other teams, as well.

Why this is important: Mostly this is interesting because the Clippers that have showed so much promise over the past few years are finally dismantling. Here’s another one of Ryan Sterner’s “I’ll eat my show if it happens” bets: if the Clippers make the playoffs this year, I will eat my shoe.

The conversation of the Clippers inevitably leads to a conversation about:

The Houston Rockets

Background: James “the Beard” Harden finished 2nd place in the MVP race this year. Most of this can be attributed to his usage rate going through the roof after 1) Human cess pool Dwight Howard was traded to the Hawks and 2) he shifted to playing point guard.

The problem: Chris Paul is a point guard that thrives with the ball in his hands. What is a team to do with two ball heavy point guards? I have no idea. In my idiot-brain it doesn’t end well. But I imagine 2017 Coach of the Year Mike D’antoni will understand what to do with both of them. If anything it means that Harden will be able to take a rest without his team’s offensive efficiency plummeting to nuclear-winter type levels.

Things to say to your friends: “It’ll be interesting to see how Chris Paul and James Harden can handle playing point guard on the same team. Also, have you ever seen Harden without a beard?”

Gordon Hayward

Background: I haven’t heard about Hayward being upset with the Jazz until this season. But after getting swept from the conference semi-finals by the Warriors, rumors started swirling about where Hayward would go.

Why this important: The Jazz this season were genuinely exciting. They have a good number of roll players as well as a few sure-fired superstars in Rudy Gobert and Hayward. Despite the promise of the Jazz, who have really only entered the playoff conversation this year, Hayward vetting offers from a few other teams in his free agency, most notably teams in the East Coast Conference.

What this would mean: Let’s consider this a Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder and/or Lebron James “The Decision”-esque dilemma. Him leaving the Jazz would be devastating to the franchise and their young coach, but very beneficial to him, as he’d likely go to an Eastern Conference team with a much, much easier path the the NBA Finals.

Relevant tweets:

Things to say to your friends: “It’s just Gordon Hayward. Who gives a shit?”

The Eastern Conference

Background: The only background you need to know on the Eastern Conference in general is that they haven’t been great for a while, as long as we’re overlooking Lebron James. Since 1999, an Eastern Conference team has won the NBA Championship only six times. The disparity in the league is only growing, but the dummies in the NBA continue heading west.

Why it’s important: Well, from the outside, it would seem that the most important thing for NBA players is winning rings. The greatest opportunity to get to a title shot in the NBA is heading East, but with a slew of these off season trades, the trends continues to be players heading west.

Relevant memes:

Things to say to your friends: “I’m pretty sure a slowly deflating bag of garbage could make it to the NBA Finals out of the east coast”.

The Western Conference

Background: Here are a few teams I’ll name from the Western Conference: San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors. What do all of these teams have in common? They’re all in the Western Conference, and they combine for 12 of the last 19 NBA Champions.

Why it matters: It doesn’t. Except that the trend seems to be moving West, when really, as an NBA player you should be moving East if you’re looking to make it to the playoffs. As it stands, it could easily take 50 wins to get even an 8 seed in the west.

Relevant Memes:

July 2, 2017

Running Remarks: Where should the USATF Championships & Trials be held?

In the wake of a very hot USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento AND the news that the 2020 Olympic Trials will be held at Mt. Sac in California AND that the 2021 World Championships in Eugene are under investigation, debate has raged on where to hold America’s most important track meet.

Since we at Citius are nothing more than a bunch of chuckleheads trying to get a laugh, we decided to ask the people.

I once again skulked down to the LA River and asked regular folks what they thought of today’s hot button topic:

Where should we hold the annual US Championships?

July 2, 2017

We found Pheidippides’ Training Journal

How did Pheidippides manage to run 250 kilometers in two days? Luckily for us, we uncovered his secret training journal and opened it up.

June 24, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: Results, analysis and full recaps

Follow along all the action for the third day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 23, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: Results, Analysis and Recaps from Day 2

Follow along all the action for the first day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 23, 2017

Sacramento Living: An update on AC

How are the bloggers holding up after one day at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California’s miserable heat? Let’s check in.

June 22, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: DAY 1 FULL RECAP

Follow along all the action for the first day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 21, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championship: 200 meter dash preview

Tori Bowie has an Olympic medal in the 200 meters from Rio and looks to defend her national title. Can Allyson Felix make up for her trials disappointment?

June 21, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championship: 400 meter dash preview

Allyson Felix already has a wildcard spot for the 400 meters at the IAAF World Championships but will she try to defend her national crown?

June 21, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championship: 100 meter dash preview

Justin Gatlin faces stiff competition from Christian Coleman in the 100 meters at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

June 19, 2017

Citius Mag at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships

Citius Mag will be at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships. Here is how to follow along with all of our content so you don’t miss any action.

June 18, 2017

Running Remarks: What do you eat to recover?

What do you like to eat for your recovery? Ryan Sterner asked some fellow Los Angelinos for remarks about their post-run meals to recover.

June 17, 2017

OPEN CALL: What’s the most you’ve ever eaten?

Runners diets are all over the place. We know about Ryan Hall eating protein powder pancakes or Scott Jurek putting down more salad than a goat.

June 14, 2017

Food Fads: Which ones should runners try?

Kale, cold pressed juice, gluten free. With so many food fads out there, how do you know which one to choose? We have you covered.

June 10, 2017

If you’re not at NCAAs, give something else a college try

Remember the good ol’ college days? You can still translate some of that behavior into your adult life and here’s how to do that.

June 6, 2017

Your Race Day Horoscopes

Have you been searching for a reliable running horoscope? Look no further. Let Citius Mag take you on a tour through the Zodiac. Gemini – Aries – Taurus

June 2, 2017

Reed Brown joins the high school sub-four minute mile club

Reed Brown, a senior at Southlake Carroll High School, ran 3:59.30 Thursday night to become just the 10th high school boy in history to break four minutes.

June 1, 2017

Running in street clothes: A spectrum

A lot of our time here at Citius Mag is spent categorizing the performances of people who are deliberately running for an athletic purpose. This marginalizes a large part of the running world. What part of the running world could I possibly be talking about? I’m talking about its origins.

Why did we originally start running? Buddy, let me tell you it wasn’t for ribbons or laurel wreaths. It was because we were about to be killed by a bear, or because we realized we set the pick up location for our Uber a few blocks away and it’s arriving any minute. It’s these moments that give birth to one of my favorite things, one of life’s small pleasures: witnessing people running in street clothes.

Generally, people running in street clothes means that something has gone terribly wrong. But just like anything in life, the severity of any situation runs the gamut from NOT A BIG DEAL to WELL WE REALLY MESSED UP THIS TIME. That’s why I’m here to breakdown this spectrum. I’d like to introduce to you RUNNING IN STREET CLOTHES: A SPECTRUM.

A swimsuit

A piece of swimwear is the closest item of non-running clothing to running clothes. On the “in a pickle scale” this ranks pretty darn low. What possible situations could the person running in a swimsuit find themselves in? Perhaps they accidentally hooked their frisbee into the lake and now they’re running to go get it. Maybe they forgot their sunscreen in the car and are sprinting back in fear of beet red retribution from Father Sun. Either way, it’s not so bad.

Thinking through this a little more, though, lifeguards also wear swimsuits. And if you see a lifeguard running, it’s safe to assume that there’s either a shark in the water, some kid didn’t wait 30 minutes before getting back into the water, or some idiot got stung by a jellyfish and needs someone to pee on his arm.

This one’s tough, I guess, but I’m going to leave it on the most leisurely end of the spectrum.

Cargo Shorts

Nobody wearing cargo shorts has ever been doing something important. If you see some schmuck with cargo shorts past his knees sprinting down the sidewalk this pudding head is probably missing nothing more than a matinee movie or realized he used Canadian quarters to feed the meter.

The biggest risk this one poses is losing the sundry knick knacks that live inside their cargo short pockets. Things like pocket knives, loose change, chewed gum, or live vermin.

Jeans

Here at Citius Mag we’re staunch proponents of deliberately running in denim. That means you put your Wranglers on one leg at a time with the intent of going out and running for fitness and/or sport.

What were talking about here is non-deliberate blue jean runnin’. When you see a guy running down the street with his blue jeans on, a handful of things could be happening, including but not limited to: his foreman called to inform him that the goats got out of the pasture and need to be wrangled; somewhere on the other side of town an old woman was being harassed by teens and he had to go whoop some ass; Brett Favre blew into his conch shell signaling the beginning of his bi-monthly full contact, denim-only football game.

Sunday Best

Why is that nice looking couple bookin’ it down the street wearing pastels, heels, a nice pair of brogues with the sweater tied around their shoulders billowing in their wake?

A few likely scenarios: despite enjoying a perfectly lovely family reunion, they’re now hunting down an epipen because they’re distant cousin with a severe shellfish allergy ate a spoonful of crab dip in a fit of teenage angst; while attending his old roommates wedding, Aiden realizes he is actually in love with the bride, he declares his love in the middle of the ceremony and then takes off down the street while his plus one chases after him.

Conclusion: it must be a big deal if you’re chancing ruining a good pair of dockers with some back sweat.

Suits and Pantsuits

More so than a jilted lover or a man chasing after a rude teen, if you see a man or woman running down the street in a suit or pantsuit the probability that something has gone terribly ary increases exponentially.

We can easily conclude that at the very least they’ve either just lost their job; are about to miss a job interview; possess the answer to a terrorists riddle and are racing against the clock; or need to pick up their bosses lunch before noon or risk being fired.

A Man With a Chainsaw

This guy is about to kill someone for sport. It’s best you find a bunker, an abandoned barn, or try to flag down the nearest car before they succeed in turning you into a skin suit.

May 25, 2017

Is the Prefontaine Classic the best track meet in the world?

America: we like being the biggest; we like being the best. Just ask a random citizen walking down the street in Anytown, USA what the largest mall in the world is. I bet you my lunch money they stand up straight, salute the flag and boldly declare, “THE MALL OF AMERICA, SIR OR MADAM.” Though they’d be wrong (it’s the 33rd largest in the world) this is exactly the type of micro-American exceptionalism that gives America its reputation.

We here at Citius Mag are not above this type of posturing. That’s why we’re here to tell you that this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic held in Eugene, Ore., is the greatest track meet on earth. Don’t believe us? We have proof.

Below are the meet records for a few other track meets that some might spout off while playing the classic party game, “Name The Best Track Meet.” Let’s see how they stack up to the Prefontaine Classic: WORLD’S GREATEST TRACK MEET.

I’ve only chosen a handful of races to consider, from sprints to distance races, and completely excluded field events. For this I’d like to issue a lukewarm apology. Let’s meet the contenders.

Lausanne Diamond League

Meet Records

Lausanne is a Diamond League meet. Therefore, it’s no surprise that you see some big time names and some big time performances. The weakest one up there is the 10,000m, and for pete’s sake that was run by the one and only GEB! If Haile can’t run a fast time on your track, then god help you.

There are two highlights up there. The first, are the 800m records–Maria Mutola and Wilson Kipketer are two of the greatest 800m runners of all time. The second is Yohan Blake and his 9.69, the second fastest 100m of all time. Good meet? Yes. Great? DON’T THINK SO.

Heusden – KBC Night of Athletics

Meet Records

Heusden is one of the best non-Diamond League meets out there. It’s a destination to chase fast times, especially during championships years–it’s one of the last places you can go to hit a standard before the qualifying window closes (except for this year. It’s one day outside the window. Don’t chase a time at Heusden). Despite all this, some of these times are SOFT. The men’s 100m meet record? Weak. The women’s 400m? Not tough.

However, this meet does earn some points for the 800m. We have one of Sir David Rudisha‘s sub-1:42 races, as well as the 8th fastest women’s time at the distance in Jolanda Ceplak’s 1:55.19.

The men’s 1500m is also nothing to poo poo. Hicham El Guerrouj put down a sub 3:30 in Heusden. But on the spectrum of fast El Guerrouj times, this doesn’t even crack his top ten. Show me sub 3:27, or you run the risk of earning the title NOT THE BEST MEET. Color me unimpressed.

The Prefontaine Classic

Meet Records

Let’s tackle the men’s records first: there’s the former world record holder Michael Johnson going sub 44; the fastest mile ever run on US soil; the fastest 5,000m ever run on US soil; and the world record holder running the fastest 10,000 ever run on US soil (it’s also number 3 all time). YIKES.

For the women, Carmelita Jeter’s 10.70 at Eugene is in a three way tie with Marion Jones and FloJo for the 7th fastest mark ever; Mary Slaney‘s 4:21.25 is the 2nd fastest on US soil by less than a second; then there’s the Dibaba sisters flexing their 5,000 and 10,000 muscles for a pair of the fastest times we’ve seen in Big Mall Country.

Even if fast times aren’t your thing, the meet is held in a place that goes by Track Town, USA. And for good reason. Pre’s fans are track literate, and if they like you enough they’ll even engage in some rhythmic clapping. Despite running the risk of sub-par air quality, the venue is historic, the weather (generally) amenable, and since it’s holding onto Diamond League status, the competition will always be stiff.

 

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May 23, 2017

The Encyclopedia of Lesser Known Running Maladies

Hello, Citwits. It’s your two resident Doctor Boys, Paul Snyder and Ryan Sterner. As human beings with a combined 53 years of life experience, we’re here to inform our constituency about a few of the lesser known running injuries. Most are a classic case of misunderstanding–a kind of medical “make ’em look this way while we go that way.”

So if you’re one that has been chronically injured and grown frustrated with the quacks and fly-by-night physical therapists advertising on bus stop benches, look no further because Dr. Paul & Ryan are here to help. One thing to understand while reading through this not-even-close to exhaustive list of ailments, is to take them with a grain of salt, because more likely than not your doctor is correct. Thank you.

The Jelly Bones

Often times you’ll go into the doctor knowing the diagnosis. This is generally the case with stress fractures. You go to the doctor just so she can tell you what you already know and then you sit on your happy ass for the next 12 months while you wait for your hard bits to reconstitute.

Pal, what if I told you there was another ailment you need to keep an eye out for that masquerades as a stress fracture? And what if I told you that that ailment is called The Jelly Bones?

Do you often feel wobbly? Like instead of bones, perhaps your feeble body is being supported by an intricate system of GoGurt tubes attached end to end? Well then my friend, if I were you I’d rush to my nearest physician, bust down the door and holler “Doc! I got The Jelly Bones!” before collapsing in a heap on the waiting room floor. They’ll know what to do.

Bird Bones

I hope this won’t drastically shake your world view, but I won’t apologize for advancements in scientism. As a registered scientician, I’m qualified to make claims like “birds are lighter than people, and can also fly, whereas people cannot.” Accordingly, when Bird Bones occur in a fleshy, human meat body, disastrous outcomes unfold.

One in six Americans are born with this condition. The burden of hefting around a human on a structure meant for a bird is akin to letting your chunky nephew sit on your K’Nex rollercoaster. Something’s gotta give. And that something is a bone or two. These problems are exacerbated by running, because–need I remind you?–birds are meant to fly, not jog along at seven-minute pace.

Giggle Fist

As runners, we are all well versed in the pitfalls of iron deficiency. You feel weak, you’re obsessed with naps, you can’t hit your workout splits. The doctor makes you buy a $160 bottle of liquid iron. You’re spending a fortune on orange juice for the sake of proper absorption. If you’ve tried this with no noticeable improvement in performance, it’s time to consider Giggle Fist, perhaps colloquially known as Morning Hands.

What is it specifically? It’s the prolonged sensation of weakness that results in the inability to grip things properly. Instead of fancy iron tablets, you need only to buy yourself a tennis ball and carry it around in your jacket pocket, periodically squeezing it throughout the day. Problem. Fucking. Solved.

Creaky Belts

A lot of fuss is made over things like your IT band, or your achilles tendon, and some other connective tissues that keep your muscles taut, yet springy. Much like a vehicle, however, these belts need to be replaced every 30,000 miles or so. What happens if you try to keep the engine running with these Creaky Belts? I’m not sure, but here’s a video of a car suffering from creaky belts that I’d like you to use as a metaphor for the human body.

Tim Riggins Syndrome

Have you had marginal success in your running career? Are you a big fish in a small pond? Has your ego inflated because of this? Then I’d like to issue a warning on the potential dangers of the Tim Riggins Syndrome. One day you’ll be waving your blue ribbon to the adoring fans, the next you’ll be held at gunpoint in a small Mexican pueblo while a witch doctor demands you fork over the money for your friends experimental back-alley spinal tap procedure. I gotta tell you, this will not bode well if you’re trying to run 4:40 at the district meet the following weekend.

Gout

Think you’re too young for gout? Think again!

The Lunch Pail Blues

Any number of blue collar ailments fall under the diagnostic umbrella of the lunch pail blues. Blew out your shoulder from too much hammerin’? Lunch pail blues. Upset stomach from swallin’ too much chaw? Lunch pail blues. Tripped over your pair of blue jeans when they slipped down and around your ankles, weighed down by all the rocks you were storin’ in the pockets? Lunch pail blues. Fell in a hole in the ground chasin’ your favorite cap after a gust of wind blew if off your head? Lunch pail blues.

There is no known cure for the lunch pail blues, as it’s more of a lifestyle than an actual affliction.

Tumors

We’re not talking about the cellular growths associated with various cancers. Those are tragic and well-documented medically. We’re talking about “tubers,” as in girthy root vegetables like potatoes. “Tumors” is how you confusingly pronounce “tubers” if you have a mouth full of raw parsnips or rutabaga. You’re not going to run a fast race if you have glob of half-chewed starch in your gullet, obstructing your ability to breath.

Doctors frequently misdiagnose this as asthma.

Tremors

I’m sure you’re thinking that by tremors we mean an unintentional rhythmic muscle movement. But you’d be wrong. We’re actually talking about the 1990 Kevin Bacon box office smash hit Tremors, about a town infested with city bus sized worms. You may think that you have a run of the mill tape worm, but you should really ask your doctor about a 1990s style Tremor worm. You’ll likely look like a fully formed larvae at this point, and your athletic performance, especially at longer distances, will see a disastrous downward trend. Nip this one in the bud early!

May 19, 2017

A day at the races: The USATF Distance Classic Results & Reflection

Do you remember yesterday how I wrote an article with my predictions for the results of yesterday’s USATF Distance Classic? Sure you do. Do you also remember the tweet that I sent out stating that if I guessed the winners of all eight races I would eat my shoe? Since all of our devoted Citwits are also following me on Twitter, I imagine the answer is also yes.

Well, the meet was yesterday. I was there, in the flesh. I watched all the races. Let’s take a look at the results, my predictions, and how I stacked up.

Women’s 800m

My prediction: Brenda Martinez

Result: Brenda Martinez in a very fast 1:58.78

This is Brenda’s fastest time since 2013, when she ran 1:57.91 and won a silver medal at the World Championships in Moscow. A fun tidbit: in 2013 she opened her season with a 1:59, and followed that up with a 1:58. It’s 2017, and Martinez opened with a 1:59, and two weeks later just ran 1:58. Generally, I’m not a superstitious guy, but come on!

If you’re keeping score, I’m currently 1/1 in my predictions. ⅛ of my way to eating a shoe.

Men’s 800m

My prediction: Donavan Brazier

Result: Luke Matthews in 1:46.44

Brazier was a DNS. If I wanted to be a stickler, I could say that if he were in the race, he definitely would have won. I say this because Donavan Brazier doesn’t seem to be in the business of running 1:46 and losing.

My second guess for this race was Charles Jock, who finished in a less than paltry 1:51.72.

The score: I’ll call this an emotional victory. But in reality, I’m ½. Sorry folks, no shoe eatin’ here today.

Women’s 1500m

My prediction: Shannon Rowbury

Result: Sheila Reid in 4:07.07 (Rowbury behind in 4:07.17)

During this race was when I heard the two dads in front of me discussing their mutual admiration for controversial Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. While I was distracted by this conversation, the Canadian overtook American Record Holder Shannon Rowbury with about 30 meters to go, and they rubbed elbows all the way to the line. This was definitely one of the best races of the night.

The score: I’m 1 for 3 folks. Although this one was close.

Men’s 1500m

My prediction: Matthew Centrowitz Jr.

Result: Matthew Centrowitz Jr. in a steamy 3:33.41

I’ll be honest, I overlooked Mo Farah when making these predictions. When I saw him on the track, though, I got a little nervous. They announced him on the starting line, and his name was preceded by a laundry list of his accomplishments. After hearing something like that, I was shook. Of course Mo was going to win.

Gun goes off and it’s a four man race through most of it. It’s Mo, Centro, Chris O’Hare, and Hassan Mead. Farah at the bell, O’Hare givin’ him the slip on the back stretch, and then Centro, smooth as butter taking it home. How could we ever doubt Matt “like father like son” Centrowitz.

The score: HEY I WAS RIGHT, I’M 2 FOR 4

Women’s 3000m Steeple

My prediction: AND I QUOTE, “Mel Lawrence, with a nice final lap, and a finish that hovers around 9:40.”

The result: MEL LAWRENCE WITH A NICE FINAL LAP, FINISHING IN 9:40.20

This should honestly be worth ten points, because it’s exactly what Mel did. She looked great, kept her composure through some late race surging by Rachel Johnson & company. Had a few beautiful water barriers, and looked smooth to the finish, nipping Marissa Howard at the line.

The score: I’m on a roll, that’s 3 for 5.

Men’s 3000m Steeple

My prediction: Hillary Bor

The result: Hillary Bor in a world leading 8:23.08

This was Hillary’s race from the gun. He went out with the pacer, and eventually passed the dang dude before his pacing duties were finished. I can’t imagine passing the pacer generally works out, but Bor had the itch and he wanted to get it done. And get it done he did. A world lead for the man.

It was during this race that I saw a few kids walking around with what I thought was funnel cake. Turns out it was just a pretzel, and I saved myself a few dollars from the concession stand.

The score: 4 for 6. Call me Nostradamus.  

Women’s 5000m

My prediction: Natosha Rogers

Result: Laura Weightman in 15:08.23 (Natosha Rogers 2nd, in 15:08.29)

This was a great race. Four ladies in it for most of the race, and then the two heavy hitters taking it to each other over the last lap. It was Wightman coming down the home stretch, with Rogers nearly overtaking her at the line. I think this was about a 16 second PR for Rogers, who has had a nice comeback after a brief hiatus from her running career.

If you were following along on Twitter, this was the race my phone ran out of batteries. I had to summon a stranger from the infield to let me borrow their phone for the remainder of the meet. If you are that stranger, please log out of the Citius Twitter account. Thank you.

The score: Ugh. I feel like I should get half a point, at least. But whatever, 4 for 7.

Men’s 5000m

My prediction: Kirubel Erassa (though I did give a nod to his former OSU teammate Shadrack Kipchirchir)

Result: Shadrack Kipchirchir

It was very quickly a three man race, with Abbabiya Simbassa, Kipchirchir and Erassa breaking away from the field after the first lap. Simbassa and Kipchirchir would battle throughout, as Erassa faded with three laps to go. Reid Buchanan made a nice move in the chase pack to come away with fourth place, as Kipchirchir closed in something like 57 seconds to take home the title.

[Editor’s Note: this article originally and inaccurately cited Craig Lutz as the fourth place finisher. The writer of this story would like to offer his sincere condolences for his idiocy. Craig finished 5th. He did a nice job, too.]

After the race, people lingered around the track for a while while the Oregon Track Club guys, the NOP constituency ran post-race workouts, and throngs of thirsty teens hung around trying to get selfies. All of the athletes were very accommodating, and the venue is intimate–it’s a great opportunity for the kids to snag some autographs, or ensure that Mo Farah can hear your jeering.
Coming out of the meet, I think there were a handful of World Qualifying times, a few meet records broken, and plenty of fun had. If you’re still keeping score, I finished 4 for 8 with my predictions. Am I the track genius you guys want? No, but I’d like to think I’m the one you Citwits deserve. See you next time.

FULL RESULTS HERE

May 18, 2017

The USATF Distance Classic: heat sheets & bad predictions

The USATF Distance Classic, formerly known as the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic, formerly known as the Oxy High Performance Meet, will take place on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The format of the meet is a distance runner’s dream, just four events: the 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, and the 5000m. If all goes to plan, this meet will be over in a little less than 2.5 hours, and you can get home and put yourself to bed before 9pm PDT; and nothing says “distance runners rejoice” like an early bedtime.

Despite there only being four events, and held in a city known for particulate dense air, this meet is chock full of talent. And since this is 2017, and most of us no longer have the attention span for some long, drawn out preview, I’m just going to look through the heat sheets and tell you who I think is going to win and why.

MEN 800m

Section 1
1 Cohen, Mason Australia
2 Low, Christopher Brooks
3 Giesting, Chris Hoka/NJNYTC
4 Yorks, Izaic Brooks Beast
5 Barber, Lachlan Melbourne TC
6 Martinez, Bryan MX International
7 Gilreath, James Team Green
8 Kitur, Felix Santa Monica TC
Section 2 Timed Finals
1 Rimmer, Michael Puma
2 Kidder, Brannon Brooks
3 Mathews, Luke Melbourne TC
4 Brazier, Donavan Nike
5 Jock, Charles Nike
6 Abda, Harun Nike
7 Torrence, David Hoka One One
8 Osagie, Andrew Nike Oregon
9 Langford, Kyle Nike

           

CITIUS SAYS: Barring some sort of California disaster like an earthquake or a tremendous traffic jam, this one is going to be won out of the second heat by Donavan Brazier. He’s already ran 1:44.63 this season, and his PR is a full second clear of the next fastest person in the field.

The pacer is set to take the boys through 400m at 50.25, so let’s hope someone goes with him.

Women’s 800m

Section 1 Timed Finals
1 Landen, Shanie SLO Middle D
2 Malasarte, Megan Atlanta TC
3 Leinert, Shannon Brooks ID
4 Whelan, Elizabeth
5 Wiebe, Devan Brooks
6 Billings, Sarah Sydney Running
7 Hermansson, Hanna CalCoast Track
8 Brown, Alisha Oiselle
Section 2 Timed Finals
1 Crofts, Helen Unattached
2 Iyevbele, Kenyetta Hoka One One
3 Kajan, Selma Melbourne TC
4 Jackson, Dominique Oiselle
5 Smith, Jessica NIKE
6 Murphy, Samantha Unattached
7 Saunders, Claudia Brooks
8 Westaway, Jenna Brooks Canada
9 Annear, Grace Vic City Elite
Section 3 Timed Finals
1 Mires, Baylee Brooks
2 Brown, Ce’Aira Hoka Njnytc
3 Storey, Lora Sydney Running
4 Fields, Hannah Brooks
5 Griffith, Georgia Sydney Running
6 Butterworth, Lindsey Coastal Track
7 Silvander, Anna New Balance
8 Rubie, Anneliese Puma
Section 4 Timed Finals
1 Price, Chanelle NIKE
2 Simpson, Jennifer New Balance
3 Martinez, Brenda New Balance
4 Chambers, Kendra Texas Elite
5 Petty, Angela New Zealand
6 Sharp, Lynsey Great Britain
7 Tracey, Adelle NIKE
8 Barowski, Cecilia Hoka njnytc

Citius Says: Just a week ago on this very track, Brenda Martinez ran her first 800m of the season. She ran 1:59.21, which is a phenomenal opener and faster than she ran in all of 2016. Oh, and the 2nd place finisher in that race ran 2:04. A 1:59 opener, basically solo is a pretty neat way to open the season.

Now, I know what you’re saying, “but what about Jenny Simpson?” To that I say this is only her second track race of the season, and I expect her to finish a disappointing 4th place.

Men’s 1500m

Section 1 Timed Finals
1 Ramsden, Matthew Melbourne TC
2 Hunter, Charles Melbourne TC
3 Robinson, Paul Melbourne TC
4 Snow, Scott Forest Fire
5 Shaw, Reilly Deakin AC
6 Godwin, Adam Team Green
7 Estrada, Daniel MX International
8 Verdugo, Alexis MX International
9 Phillips, Andy Roots Running
10 Martinez, Jose MX International
11 Abdi Sr., Bashir Mudane Group
Section 2 Timed Finals
1 Masters, Riley Nike
2 Manzano, Leonel Hoka One ONe
3 Lancashire, Tom New Balance
4 Soratos, Cristian Adidas
5 Jenkins, Eric Nike Oregon
6 Denault, Robert Newmarket
7 Casey, Patrick Nike
8 Fleet, Mac NIKE
9 Hunter, Drew Adidas
10 Herrera, Daniel High Performance
11 Vining, Edward Sydney Running
12 Plummer, Adrian Sydney Running
Section 3 Timed Finals
1 Burkstrand, Travis Brooks ID
2 Crocker, Will District Track
3 O’Hare, Christopher Boston Athletics
4 Mead, Hassan Nike
5 Centrowitz, Matthew Nike
6 Winn, Daniel Boston Athletics
7 Wheating, Andrew NIKE
8 Penzenstadler, Sam District Track
9 Castle, Daniel Unattached
10 Farah, Mo Nike
11 Everard, Eoin Ireland
12 Noelle, Chad Asics Furman

Citius Says: Matthew Centrowitz. Easy. The reigning Olympic Gold Medalist shut down his indoor season early in the name of self-preservation and a good time. Sure, we have some guys in there that’ll likely rub elbows with him for a minute (and a hilarious off-distance attempt by Hassan Mead) but no bones about it folks, Centro will win the fast heat.

I could actually see this one being slow and methodical, despite the rabbits being tasked at 57.0 through 400m. We’ll be looking at the 2nd heat to be far more interesting than the “fast” heat.

Women’s 1500m

Section 1 Timed Finals
1 Findley, Kristen Big Bear TC
2 Cote, Laurence
3 Granados, Ayla Strava TC
4 van der Wyk, Tracee Unattached
5 Pomfret, Kendra Vancouver
6 Takahashi, Hina Nike Tokyo
7 Stafford, Lucia
8 Tsolis, Tori Strava TC
Section 2 Timed Finals
1 Kelly, Mariah New Balance
2 Farber, Lianne New Balance
3 Fulton, Eleanor Skechers
4 Roesler, Laura Nike/Texas
5 Lipari, Emily BAA
6 Stafford, Gabriela Brooks
7 Yee, Regan Langley
8 Grunewald, Gabriele Brooks
9 Macpherson, Sarah Vic CIty Elite
10 Piliusina, Natalja Brooks Beast
11 Vaughn, Sara Brooks Beast
Section 3 Timed Finals
1 Lagat, Violah Adidas
2 Conley, Kim New Balance
3 Gollish, Sasha Oiselle
4 McGee, Cory New Balance
5 Mecke, Dana Brooks/Texas Elite
6 Reid, Sheila Oregon
7 Rowbury, Shannon Nike Oregon
8 Schappert, Stephanie Hoka Njnytc
9 Efraimson, Alexa NIKE
10 Schneider, Rachel Under Armoud
11 Sutherland, Sara Saucony
12 Pen Freitas, Marta Portugal
13 Seccafien, Andrea

Citius Says: It’s hard not to pick Shannon Rowbury here, right? She’ll have plenty of company the whole way through, but the seasoned vet should shine in her season opener.

Men’s 3000m Steeple

Section 1 Timed Finals
1 Lagat, Haron US Army
2 Goodman, David Unattached
3 Hardy, Mike Unattached
4 Thibeault, Antoine Math Sport
5 Cotter, Tomas Asics Furman
6 Nelson, Aaron Zap Fitness
7 Miller, Bryce Unattached
8 Hesselbjerg, Ole Sparta
9 Updike, Isaac Team Run Eugene
10 Mullett, Rob Atlanta TC
11 Edwards, Jacob Columbus RUn
12 Van Halen, Aric Unattached
13 Bor, Hillary Unattached
14 Gay, John British Columbia
15 Mahoney, Travis Hoka One One
16 Mann, Jordan Providence
17 Shrader, Brian Saucony
18 Blomberg, Emil Hasselby

Citius Says: He’s an Olympian. He ran 8:13 last year. He’s going to be your winner at the USATF Distance Classic. What’s his name? Hillary Bor. Nice try everyone.

We would like to point out that Brian Shrader seems to be making an earnest attempt at a steepling career. Unless our sources are wrong, this will only be his 3rd steeple of his career which is coincidentally the 3rd steeple of his season. Godspeed, Brian.

Women’s 3000m Steeple

1 Garry, Kira Unattached
2 Sango, Misaki Unattached
3 Teschuk, Erin Asics Furman
4 Rolland, Megan Oiselle
5 Waite, Lennie Great Britain
6 Nelson, Alicia Boulder TC
7 Lawrence, Mel Oiselle
8 Talbert, Madelin Team Run Eugene
9 Bernard, Maria Saucony
10 Landwehr, Katie Unattached
11 Wilson, Alexina Oiselle
12 Butterworth, Alycia Unattached
13 Barr, Erika SRA Elite
14 Johnson, Rachel Asics
15 Cheever, Jamie Unattached
16 Howard, Marisa Oiselle

Citius Says: There should be a handful of women in the mix here. At a glance I see a bunch of ladies who have ran high 9:40s already this season, an Olympian, some Minnesota natives. A real fun bunch. We’ll give the nod to Mel Lawrence, with a nice final lap, and a finish that hovers around 9:40.

Men’s 5000m

1 Tessema, Josef American Distance
2 Buchanan, Reid Mammoth Track Club
3 Legesse, Frezer Under Armoud
4 Stilin, Joe Zap Fitness
5 Kipchirchir, Shadrack US Army
6 Erassa, Kirubel Atlanta TC
7 Ziensellassie, Futsum Hoka One One
8 Fernandez, German NIKE
9 Hehir, Martin Hoka One One
10 Lutz, Craig Hoka One One
11 Bruchet, Luc Asics/Canada
12 Simbassa, Abbabiya American Distance
13 Asaoka, Mitsunori Hitachi Tran
14 Muta, Yuki Hitachi Tran
15 Yanagi, Toshiyuki Hitachi Tran
16 Trouard, Andrew The Rebel
17 Ichikawa, Takanori Hitachi Tran

Citius Says: This is such a difficult task because it requires a bit of critical thinking. Sure, I could just go out and choose the guy with the fastest personal best, but then you’d all think that we were being dense, and providing no substance. And that’s why you came here, right? For substance? Well. Let’s just go with Kirubel Erassa, mostly because he’ll be going head to head against a very fast former teammate, and he’ll be damned before a he let’s a fellow Cowboy alum beat him to the line. How about that for substance?

Women’s 5000m

1 Cridebring, Alycia Rabbit
2 Eccleston, Amanda Brooks
3 Macumber, Cally Hansons-Brooks
4 Weightman, Laura NIKE UK
5 Spencer, Kate Sydney Running
6 Pagano, Sarah BAA
7 Cliff, Rachel Unattached
8 Flores, Brenda Corre AC
9 O’Connell, Jessica Canada
10 Lopez, Sandra MX International
11 Bates, Emma BAA
12 Rogers, Natosha New Balance
13 O’Connor, Leah Adidas
14 Silva, Samantha BTC/NIKE
15 Balouris, Elaina Unattached
16 Digby, Erica Vancouver Vancouver
17 Paquette, Lauren Brooks
18 Flanagan, Rosa New Zealand
19 LaBeaud, Natasha Skechers
20 Sachtleben, Bethany Saucony
21 Larsson, Maria Melbourne TC

Citius Says: Here’s another race that feels like a toss up. The ones with clear winners are much more fun to quip about. Let’s go with Natosha Rogers, mostly because her running career has been very strange since her 2nd place finish at the 2012 trials, and she seems to be getting back on track (great pun!) these past two seasons.

May 9, 2017

The last thing we have to say about Nike’s Breaking2

If you’ve been to CITIUS MAG in the past week, you saw us making quite a stink over Nike’s #Breaking2 attempt. As much as we’d love to say we were doing it because Nike was handing us fistfuls of cash under the table, that would be a lie. Did we really believe it was going to happen? Perhaps. But mostly we just thought it was a very silly idea and it was brilliant fodder for a week’s worth of content.

All of us can agree on a few things that #Breaking2 was: an enormous marketing stunt, a stellar branding initiative, and a whole lot of hype. Despite all of that, by the time Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line 26 seconds behind the timing-laser wielding electronic car, you (both the royal “you” and you in particular), would be a fool to say that the event wasn’t important, a bit existential, and something we won’t see again in the near future.

The importance of the event is undeniable. Broken down to its core, the attempt was about peak human performance. We can wax poetic all day long about doing what’s never been done, or breaking the unbreakable barrier.

But for me, after it became apparent he might do the damn thing, it was about recognizing the few moments in humanity’s miserable history where we can point to a specific spot on our timeline and say “this was the day we saw the greatest a human ever was at distance running.” It was never about the barrier. It was always about finding the limits of the human machine, and we can safely say that Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese, and Lelisa Desisa were given every opportunity to do it.

For 99% of the population, your life’s work is intangible, judged by the day to day, and how you live your life. Our cultural obsession with sports is likely driven somewhat by being able to wrap our minds around a singular, tangible goal. There’s nothing as tangible in sports, other than maybe powerlifting, than what Kipchoge did on Saturday.

You can commute to your office everyday, but no matter how undeniable you are at creating beautiful pivot tables or writing immaculate lines of code, no one will ever really know (or try to know) if what you did in your beige cubicle that day was taking it to the limit in terms of what a human could do to an excel doc. Sports give us a definitive goal to aspire towards, and the pursuit of running as fast as you can, for as long as you can leaves very little wiggle room for any other argument against greatness.

Though Nike is worth billions and billions of dollars it’s not likely we’ll see them stage something like this again. They’re instead opting to focus on other “moonshots.” Maybe they can take some cues from Citius.

In regular circumstances–regular meaning without advanced robotics, waves of pacers, springy shoes, Kevin Hart, etc–we’re a long ways from breaking two. Going to the well the way Kipchoge did is ill-advised racing tactics, and many times the stakes are seemingly higher; things like Olympic medals or large, novelty checks always need to be considered. And how many more performances like that do you think a person has in them? Thinking about the aftermath of Kipchoge’s run brings out the old timey doctor in me: if he attempts it again I’m sure he’d contract a type of flu he’s likely not shake the rest of his life, if it doesn’t kill him first.

So here we are, on the other side of an honest crack at the two hour marathon. What did we learn? Well, mostly that humanity will always stop and recognize humanity. The pursuit of self-actualization is evolving, and relative. But not with this. The sub-two hour attempt was humanity’s attempt at self-actualization. If you were like me, over the last five miles of Kipchoge’s miracle run, your chest tightened, and you stared at your phone in disbelief, as a man thundered along faster than any other man had done before him, for the sole reason of showing us what was possible. It was stupid. It was kind of pointless. But god damn if it wasn’t a thing of beauty.

May 4, 2017

How to watch Breaking2 online: Live stream, Race date, trailer, schedule

How to watch Nike’s Breaking2 marathon. A livestream will be available through Nike’s website and social media to watch three men try to run sub two hours.

May 2, 2017

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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 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.

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