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March 9, 2017

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

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

March 9, 2017

On the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s murder, track’s strange ties to the case

What we know about the case surrounding former Oregon track standout, David Mack who was a person of interest in the unsolved killing of hip-hop legend Biggie Smalls.

March 7, 2017

Nobody remembers anything: Five under-appreciated, legendary runners for Millennials

There’s more to American distance running history than Frank Shorter and Pre. Kyle Merber shares five legendary runners that everyone should know.

March 7, 2017

When is it time to leave behind short shorts?

There comes a moment in a man’s life when it may be time to leave behind the short shorts and start wearing longer shorts to run. We explain.

March 6, 2017

Flagstaff Strong: What’s the hardest workout witnessed at altitude?

Flagstaff is one of the most popular destinations for distance runners to train at altitude. Pros, coaches share the craziest workouts they’ve witnessed.

March 5, 2017

Photos: 2017 USATF Indoor Championships Day 3 – By Jason Suarez

Photos from the final day of the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships. Jason Suarez was trackside to capture all the record-setting performances.

March 5, 2017

Liao: USATF gets it right with off-distance races at USA Indoors

The off-distances at the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships provided us with many races of intrigue and several record-setting performances. So kudos to USATF.

March 5, 2017

USATF Indoor Championships: Day 3 live results, analysis and quotes

Live updates from the 2017 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Live blog, results, analysis, reactions.

March 5, 2017

PHOTOS: USATF Indoor Championships (Day 2, March 4) by Jason Suarez

Photos from Day 2 of the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships. Noah Lyles & Phyllis Francis broke records. Shelby Houlihan, Paul Chelimo dominated.

March 4, 2017

USATF Indoor crowns several first-time national title holders with Shelby Houlihan, Paul Chelimo

The 2017 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships crowned several first-time winners on Day 2. Shelby Houlihan won the mile. Paul Chelimo won the two-mile. The 300s saw records fall.

March 4, 2017

USATF Indoor Championships: Full Day 2 recap, analysis and results

The latest updates from the 2017 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Live blog, results, analysis, reactions.

March 3, 2017

In defense of takin’ er easy: Why slow races rock

Slow races make for relatable and great comedy. At the 2017 U.S. Indoor Championships, we explore why it might be better to not watch the clock.

March 2, 2017

2017 USATF Indoor Championships: Distance previews

The 2017 USATF Indoor Championships are upon us. We preview all of the major distance races and share our predictions. We will be live from Albuquerque.

March 2, 2017

A Citius Guide to Albuquerque

A runner’s guide to all the places to run, eat and have fun in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Written by New Mexico’s native son Stephen Kersh.

March 1, 2017

Why the indoor 1,000-meter race is weird as hell

No one truly knows how to race the 1,000 meters. It’s strange. We also examine 600 meter and two-mile races are run and whether positioning matters.

February 28, 2017

Altitude Works in Mysterious (and Well-Documented) Ways

How does altitude effect a distance runner, sprinter or thrower’s performance? Examining a study Michael John Hamlin, we are able to chart the answer.

February 27, 2017

Ford Palmer reflects on 3:54 mile at BU: Spike Untied? Don’t care.

Ford Palmer reflects on his big personal best at the BU Last Chance Meet, where he ran 3:54 for the mile with one of his spikes untied. In the same race, Edward Cheserek set the collegiate record of 3:52.02.

February 27, 2017

Welcome to USA Indoors Week!

This week, Citius Mag will be bringing you all the coverage that you need regarding the 2017 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Mexico.

February 26, 2017

An honest appraisal of cinematic running scenes: Jason Bourne, Blue Crush, Juno and Charlie Chaplin

Analyzing and breaking down the running technique and form in running films like Jason Bourne, Charlie Chaplin classics, Crush and Juno.

February 25, 2017

What we learned about Alberto Salazar, alleged drug infusions and an email to Lance Armstrong

What we learned from the Sunday Times report that says Alberto Salazar used prescription drugs to boost athlete performance. Mo Farah mentioned in the report.

February 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

I digress.

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

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

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

javier bardem no country for old me

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

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

February 23, 2017

On the long run: How to physically and emotionally recover from injury

Dear Nicole, Throughout your running career what were some of the things you did that helped you recover from an injury, physically and emotionally?

February 23, 2017

Heps: The Hype Behind the Good Conference Meet

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

February 23, 2017

Watch: Happy Hour with Jack Daniels

Spend some time with famous running coach Jack Daniels in his Flagstaff home. He is world-famous for writing Daniels’ Running Formula.

February 22, 2017

How you ended up on the track team

Hormones, sucking at basketball or a deep all-consuming yearning for acceptance and/or moral superiority may have landed you on the track team.

February 21, 2017

Rachel Schneider opens up about her rise in the professional ranks, breakout indoor season

Rachel Schneider, the former Georgetown Hoya discusses her rise as a professional middle distance runner based in Flagstaff and her breakout indoor season.

February 21, 2017

Imagining an attempt to train with 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi

Imagine trying to keep up with Taoufik Makhloufi during a workout. Imagine no more. Here’s a sample workout and how a human being like Stephen Kersh would fare.

February 20, 2017

Get to know unsponsored World Cross Country qualifier Emily Pritt of the Bowerman Track Club

Catching up with Emily Pritt, one of the biggest surprises of the U.S. Cross Country National Championships.

February 20, 2017

All around the world: Your weekend track wrap-up from Birmingham, New York, Kenya and more

Another action-packed week of running. Here’s what you may have missed.

February 19, 2017

Track and Field lineup for an All-Star Game that will never happen

A little homage to the NBA All-Star game with some silly track comparisons.

February 18, 2017

Sports with Balls: How Far Are They Actually Running?

Thanks to NBA Advanced Statistics, we now know how much these NBA players have been running throughout the season.

February 17, 2017

New Jersey-New York Track Club sets new 4xMile World Record

The New Jersey-New York Track Club squad of Donn Cabral, Ford Palmer, Kyle Merber and Graham Crawford set a new world record in the 4xMile.

February 16, 2017

A Presidential Race: What if every U.S. president raced a 5K fun run?

What If Every United States President Raced a 5K Fun Run? Let’s have fun with history!

February 14, 2017

Just give NJ-NY Track Club the 4xMile world record already

NJ-NY Track Club will attempt to time trial their way to a new indoor 4 x mile world record

February 13, 2017

Real talk: Kristi Castlin on gun violence in America, history in Rio and more

Kristi Castlin speaks out on gun violence in America and using her voice for more since Rio.

February 12, 2017

On the long run: What goes into choosing a post-collegiate team?

Factors to consider when selecting a post-collegiate situation.

February 12, 2017

PHOTOS: 2017 Millrose Games by Jason Suarez

Check out our shots from this year’s Millrose Games.

February 12, 2017

Rundown: Five takeaways from the fast times at Millrose Games

Digest our appraisals and analysis of yesterday’s Millrose Games.

February 10, 2017

Q&A with Woody Kincaid: Meet the Bowerman Track Club’s rookie

Get to know the Bowerman Track Club’s rookie Woody Kincaid before he makes his true debut on Saturday.

February 10, 2017

Millrose Games preview: Everything you need to know

Everything from Matt Centrowitz vs. Ryan Hill to Shannon Rowbury’s three-peat attempt, we have you covered.

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