Perhaps the best performance of the entire weekend came from Kendall Gregory (OH), who ran 1:05.80 for 500m at Oberlin College in Ohio, a huge result that got lost in a smaller meet. After an exciting weekend of competition, we take a look back on a few overlooked performances, what really stood out to us this weekend and the week ahead.
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Monday News & Notes
Gregory (OH) Races to U.S. #1 at 500m
Gregory (OH) now leads the nation in the 500m dash
Kendall Gregory (OH), who has made a verbal commitement to the University of Michigan, ran 1:05.80 at Oberlin College this past weekend in the 500m dash, which is currently the top time in the country. Gregory, who returns as one of the top 400m in the country, also ran 1:57.41 in the 800m dash at the Eastern Michigan University Open two weeks ago. He used both races as conditioning races and will not race again until February.
Bob Gourley's National Weight Throw Rankings
MileSplit is proud to announce the addition of Bob Gourley's National Weight Throw Rankings. For many years now, Bob has added a lot of extra excitement to the weight throw, an event that gets little prestige nationally. The weight throw is held at the high school level in only a few states, but the performances that are produced on a yearly basis are fantastic. A few times a month we will be posting up Bob's national lists for the event, and we are proud to have Bob on board with the MileSplit Network.
Coward (TN) Loses Finals, but Runs U.S. #1 in Prelims
Jacquelyn Coward (TN), the phenom hurdler out of Tennessee, had been on a tear this season thus far, posting a few great marks along the way. However, at the KTC Track Classic Saturday, Coward lost in the finals of the 60m hurdles to South Carolina's Jasmin Stowers 8.53-8.54 by a lean at the tape. Coward however ran 8.43 in the prelims, which currently ranks her U.S. #1 in the event.
In the same meet Coward won the 400m dash with a great time of 56.37, winning with the top time by nearly one and a half seconds.
Girls Gatorade National Runner of the Year Announced Thursday
With Chris Derrick (IL) winning the Gatorade National Runner of the Year award last Tuesday on the boys' side, this week Gatorade will make their announcement for the girls' side. The announcement is scheduled to be Thursday, with a press conference taking place at the winning athlete's school. Check back Thursday morning for more news.
The Week Ahead
The last full week of January promises to be a good one, led by the excitement surrounding the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. On Saturday, two of the most star studded fields this season will be assembled for elite high school boys and girls mile races. Both races promise to be fast and furious!
The other big meet of the weekend is the Virginia Tech Invitational, which will feature many of the top east coast athletes, with a central location focusing on Virginia and North Carolina. This meet should produce some of the better marks in every event nationally.
MileSplit will once again bring you the best coverage nationally this week, so make sure to check back every day with new stories, news items and results. Good luck to everyone this week!