PrepCalTrack previews CIF-SS Finals. ...Paavo at SAC writes: Beautiful morning. Cool with a light breeze and blue skies. ...Results here.
Canyons races today in the state championships at Woodward Park. Women at 10:00. Men at 11:00.
Master's at NAIA championships in Lawrence, KS. Women at 8:30 (PST). Men at noon.
New York Times: Living an Upright Life, as a Nun and a Coach
Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about. ~Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
Top 7 teams in D2 advance to state finals. Tucker Welker qualifies for state and Kyla Danforth wins All-CIF honors.
Ashley Welker is 4th in an 11/18/14 indoor 800. Link.
Motivational Posters Don't Work. Who knew?
NAIA results. Master's women are 13th, men 18th. Karis Frankian is 9th finisher, an All-American. Karis wins it all next year.
Canyons men 1st, Canyons women 2nd at California Community Colleges Championships. Hooah!
Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus girls win CIF title in redeeming fashion
Bob Binnie has photos:
Paul Broneer has photos. Bro adds: Kyla Danforth's 13 place finish earned her "All CIF Honors" and her 18:02 time ranks 3rd behind Lauren Fleshman and Natalie Rodriguez on our "All Time List!" ...For more Cowboy lore, see here.
Brian Zabilski's new SCV record at Mt. SAC is especially noteworthy. Consider all the local talent that has ran that course. David Hartman's 14:51 lasted for about 20 years. Just a few years ago, now UC-Berkely red shirt soph Kristian Martinez beat that by one second. Now Zabilski has it by one second.
Natalie Rodriguez earned All American honors by placing
13th at NAIA Champs. Her team, Cal State San Marcos, placed 7th. ...She is coached by Steve Scott, one of the best U.S. milers in history. He held the mile American Record for 26 years. He ran 136 sub-4:00 miles in his career, more than any other runner in history.
Runner's World: The unwritten code of conduct for running girlfriends.
Real Clear Science: Have Men Reached The Limits of Running?
Study shows Running keeps you younger, especially in energy efficiency.
'B' gone. New IAAF World Championship Entry Standards.
Unbroken has spent more than 180 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover, fifteen at number one, and counting. Only three nonfiction books in history have been on the list longer. Must read for you and those you care about. Seeing the movie doesn't get it done. The Boys in the Boat is currently the second best selling sports book on the New York Times bestseller list. Another must read. The main character in each book competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and infuriated Der Fuhrer.
Making history, top girl junior runs down top boy at Mount Marathon. (The race that almost makes the Beast a stroll in the park.) Now watch the movie. Plainly, Ostrander is a helluva prospect. But not a GOAT (Greatest of All Time). Ostrander's 5000 PR is 16:40. The American high school record is by Mary Cain, 15:45.
Christopher McDougal (Born to Run) on Kilian Jornet.
LetsRun is in Indiana for the NCAA XC Championships. Five Things We Learned...
ESPN Video: The remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country. Catching Kayla
2009 Saugus girls doing mile repeats at Central Park. Video.
Some guys mountain bike up the Beast, down Los Pinetos, and over to the Nature Center. Video.
Runner's Lane has postponed the Beast Annual Charity Run/Walk until February. The running community contributed about $15,000 and a lot of canned goods to the SCV Food Pantry the past seven years. Please do whatever you can to support the Food Pantry over the holidays. You can afford it.
Q&A with Oregon coach Robert Johnson. We like the emphasis on team unity, pack running, the strategy to make it to finals/championships.
LetsRun: Week That Was
Real Clear Science: Being Skinny-Fat May Be Worse Than Being Fat
The seven deadly sins of health and science reporting
Lighten up, Eugene. It's not if, but when. ~Julia Lucas
Elizabeth Ging, Newbury Park senior, will race SS Finals... and ultramarathons.
SS Finals Heat Sheets. D2 boys (Saugus, West Ranch) at 7:45. D2 girls (Saugus, Canyon) at 8:25.
Pointing to SS Finals, Saugus has a motivational slideshow.
Brando previews SS Finals, Canyons at state finals, Master's at NAIA national championships. Here.
Remy's World: Giant Treadmill Bores 10 Runners at Once.
Our friend Matt McCue sorts out the bizarre aspects of the Vibram class action lawsuit. Two words. Stupid. Shakedown.
As important as your training regimen. Your Fastest Weight.
Hicham El Guerrouj, the marvel from Morocco, owner of two Olympic gold medals and three world records, spoke yesterday on behalf of the Eugene bid. Check out his mile world record race video.
Jon Anderson is an Oregon running legend, growing up four blocks from Hayward Field, with Bill Bowerman being a family friend, etc... But he went to Cornell. More. ...'72 Olympian. Won Boston in '73.
I thought our team did a great job, but it’s too hard to tell. You’ve got 27 people and everybody is telling you they’re voting for you, and then in the end you really don’t know. If you count all the votes, we probably had 35 votes instead of 27. ~Vin Lananna
Saugus XC Fundraiser has Prelims photos.
Still available. DD Altitude Center. Scroll to listing for $159,500. Email if interested, any questions..
More running races are held on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. The Calorie Burn Before the Feast. The Santa Clarita Runners have an annual Turkey Trot, 8:00 AM in Central Park in Saugus, a 4-6 mile ramble (not a race) over hill and dale, not to mention the popular "Extra Pie Loop." Goodies thereafter. John and Betsy Swallow host. Good people. Great fun.
Jonathon Morse, only 25, is THE ultra stud in Santa Clarita. He ripped a 22:51:46 at the Rio Del Lago 100 miler, it having an elevation gain/loss estimated at 10,341 feet. Only Santa Claritians to have run faster are Dave Clark (21:27:37) and Vicki DeVita (22:16:00). ...Santa Clarita Runners club records.
Doha (average summer temperature of hell) wins the 2019 Champs. Damn! Gresham's law: Bad money drives out good. Consider.
In the first vote, it was Doha 12, Eugene 9, Barcelona 6. Final vote (Barcelona having been eliminated): Doha 15, Eugene 12. Story. When does the bidding start for 2021? ...Consolation. Lotsa great (best) meets in Eugene. And there are weekly all comers during the summer. Fun, friendly, well attended, and cheap.
WADA's new anti-doping code will punish first-time offenders with four-year bans instead of two years of suspension. More.
Ken Goe/The Oregonian: Vin Lananna/TrackTown USA upbeat, moving forward.
Too late for Welker, Bro, Delong to grow a "stache? Link.
Joseph Tan has Prelims photos.
Amnesty International says Qatar too vile for the 2019 World Championships. Story.
Two preps interrupt training run to save man's life. Story.
Little League coach story/video goes viral. Here. I love that sappy good sportsmanship, keep your head up stuff.
Competitor: Workout of the Week: Downhill Repeats. Is there any time during the year we shouldn't be doing hill repeats, up and down, and working on form while doing so?
26 ways to avoid getting sick this winter ...27. Avoid children and marathons.
For #1 ranked Michigan State coach, process trumps outcome.
Unusual sports injury.
Ken Goe/The Oregonian: Eugene confident on Tuesday's decision about the 2019 World Outdoor Championships
PrepCalTrack: CIF-State Rankings
Excellent video on Rene Paragas and the Saugus program. Here. Properly, he gives major credit to Shannon Murakami and Todd Lewis in getting the program going. I happened to run with Lewis when he was just a freshman, and nothing special as a runner, but the quality of his character was instantly apparent. Years later, Paragas told me Lewis was the best ever team captain, that coaching would be so much easier if he had captains like Lewis.
Dan Agnew/Signal: Four SCV teams advance at CIF XC prelims
DyeStatCAL has Prelims race video.
Paul Broneer has photos.
Shout out for the West Ranch girls. They turned a rebuilding year, with only one returning starter, into a successful winning season finishing 3rd in league and 7th in their Prelim heat . Taylor Hernandez led the way with another big PR of 18:35 to close out her season. ...And to the Hart boys. Upholding a great tradition.
As is often the case. We didn't have a clue about Trinity cross country. Long may it thrive.
Philip Hersh/Chicago Tribune: In small Eugene, outdoor track worlds would be big deal. If it happens, remember you have a friend in Eugene.
Los Angeles Times: Southern California legislators support L.A. bid for 2024 Olympics
I think you have to be a girl to appreciate.
Nathan Bultman, ace West Ranch thrower, signed with USC. The Signal has imposed a paywall, and hence we can't provide a story link. Buy or bye to the Sig.
Valencia is looking for high jump and thrower coaches.
Stanford's Maksim Korolev beats Edward Cheserek at NCAA West Regionals. Flotrack interview video. Bio here.
Prelims results also on twitter. Here. Saugus girls 1st, Canyon 4th in their heat. West Ranch girls 7th in their heat. Saugus boys 1st in their heat. West Ranch boys 4th, Hart 7th in their heat. ...Paavo notes: For D2 girls, it's top 5 plus fastest 6th place team for the three heats. Suspect it's the same for the boys. Thus finishing 7th wouldn't advance.
PrepCalTrack has SS Prelims details and results.
Bob Binnie has Prelims photos:
Tim Leydon/Sports Illustrated: TrackTown dreams big: Eugene's bid for the 2019 track and field worlds
Dyestat has national team rankings. Boys. And girls.
Some PC UCLA prof says it's time to kiss-off John Muir.
Grace Zamudio 17th, Lizzy Nelson 26th, Stephanie Bulder 103rd at NCAA D1. Maybe the top three female Foothill alum collegians, though Karis Frankian belongs in the mix. Special kudos to Grace, who had such an outstanding college career, and to Stephanie too, both seniors. Lizzy and Karis are both juniors. Results. Dudes/ex Grizz: Seth Totten, 50th, and Nolan Del Valle 165th.
Deadspin: This Is How Tallahassee Police Protect Florida State Football Players
Foothill Finals, boys frosh/soph/Saugus only video.
the pawprint on Foothill Finals
Q&A with Bob Larson, Meb's coach. Here.
CIF 100th Anniversary Fall All-Century Team
Lean out and speed up without endangering your bone health. The Dangers of Skinny
Br Colm O’Connell outlines why he fears for the previously clean reputation of Kenyan distance running. Dark Cloud of Doping Hanging Over Kenyan Athletics.
LetsRun: Week That Was
12 athletes inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. Two, possibly three are believed to be dopers. See here and here.
Wired: 9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate
Trail Runner: 10 Things I Learned from My Summer As a Dirtbag Runner.