With a stellar season already behind her, California's Christine Babcock is ready to race one last time. The University of Washington-bound senior closes out her prep career this week, taking part in the women's 1500m run at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Babcock's had a season to remember after earning a national record for the 1500m distance and looks to make one last statement before heading off to college. Read about Babcock's expectations for the Trials, what she's done in her training over the past few weeks and what she plans to do with the rest of her summer.
SATURDAY: Tyson Gay shatters US 100m Record with 9.77 in quarter finals, 7 men run under 10.00. MORE BLOGS: Temperatures go into 90s EUGENE, Ore., June 27 – Those beloved, rapturous, tearful Olympic Trials get underway here this afternoon at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Bring your sunscreen. READ MORE OF JACK PFEIFER'S BLOG FROM EUGENE HERE PHOTO BY VICTAH SAILER/ PHOTORUN.NET
It was a year that perhaps should have earned a U.S. #1 in the 100m dash and being labeled as the top sprinter at the high school level, but it turned out to be so much more. Florida's Jeff Demps (South Lake, FL) (pictured left by Victor Sailor of PhotoRun.net) started the season as a pre-season favorite to be the top 100m sprinter, but by the end he was running next to Tyson Gay in the Olympic Trials, tying a World Junior 100m dash record and quickly being labeled as a potential Team USA Olympic Team member.
Florida senior Jeff Demps, of South Lake High School, finished eighth place in his semi-final 100m dash Sunday afternoon. Demps got off to a shaky start, tried to push in the middle, but couldn't respond to the professional athletes he was competing against. Demps crossed the line in 10.34, well short of his 10.01 from Saturday evening. It was a surprising weekend for Demps, advancing from the prelims, advancing from the quarter-finals, while running a new U.S. prep record, a new U.S. junior record and tying the World Junior record. Detailed story coming shortly. Men's 100m Semi-Final Results (Courtesy of USATF)
Day one of the U.S. Olymic Team Trials is complete and four top high school athletes showed their best against the nation's top professional athletes. Leading the way Friday were seniors Victoria Jordan (TX) and Chanelle Price (PA), junior Anna Jelmini (CA), and sophomore Laura Roesler (ND). Read about the day's performances from MileSplit US on-site. (Laura Roesler pictured by Richard Svaleson) Top Friday Performances - Laura Roesler (ND) advances in women's 800m dash in 2:04.03 - Victoria Jordan (TX) runs 11.26 100m in prelims, 11.29 in quarters - Anna Jelmini (CA) throws 160-06 for women's discus, 19th overall - Chanelle Price (PA) finishes sixth in 800m heat with 2:05.93 effort
A bit of showboating?
Another great day of competition wrapped up with some great performances. The best result of the day came from Florida's Jeff Demps, who set the national record in the 100m dash with his winning mark of 10.01 (wind-legal!). Demps started right next to Tyson Gay in the quarter-final race, getting off to a great start, but moved even better over the final 25 meters to place second in his heat and move on to the semi-finals tomorrow at 2:30 PDT. (Jeff Demps pictured right, courtesy of Victor Sailor, PhotoRun.net) Top Saturday Highlights - Jeff Demps (FL) breaks national record in 100m dash in 10.01!!! - Laura Roesler (ND) eighth in 800m semi, finishing in 2:06.82 - Fawn Miller (PA) places 15th in women's javelin with 154-05 toss
Festival 08 underway...heptathlon 100 hurdles start 90 minutes from now. We're there! Security is tight. Plan ahead.
It was announced Thursday morning that distance running sensation German Fernandez won the Gatorade National Boys T&F Athlete of the Year award. The Riverbank High School (CA) senior won the award after completing a record breaking season, one that saw him set the national record in the two-mile last weekend at Nike Outdoor Nationals in 8:34.40. Earlier this season Fernandez ran the most impressive distance double ever, winning California state titles for 1600m in 4:00.29 and the 3200m run in 8:34.23, all in less than two hours. Fernandez joins an impressive list of past winners and now sets his sights on his college career at Oklahoma State University. Gatorade Boys State T&F Winners
In this quick chat with California distance phenom Jordan Hasay, MileSplit national editor Scott Bush asks Hasay how her build up is going, what her expectations are heading into the Trials and what her plan is at the World Junior T&F Championships in a few weeks. Hasay has a lot to say about each subject, especially on what she learned from racing the pro runners earlier in the season at Stanford and what competing in Poland means to her. (Hasay pictured right running at the Arcadia Invitational earlier this season, photo by Scott Bush)
No blog stars here. Just former University of Oregon runners, one sprinter and one distance runner, sending you our best from Section U at the finish line. Fans: here's what you can't take into the stand (excerpted from the list provided by meet management in the ticket packet): illegal drugs glass bottles sealed or unsealed plastic bottles which contain liquids cans food or beverage purchased outside the venue alcohol animals banners, signs and flags (no GO NICOLE TETER signs for the local fans - Nicole you rock) no sticks, poles no coolers and ice chests no video cameras no big camera lens no fireworks no laser pointers no stadium seats larger than 17" wide, 19" high and 10" deep (folded) no thermoses no umbrellas no weapons, guns, knives, handcuffs and chains no matches, lighters, or other igniters no explosives no bycycles, skateboards no materials the LOC deems objectionable
What a weekend it's been in Greensboro, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio! Nike Outdoor Nationals provided all the theatrics and more than fans were expecting, including a new national two-mile record set by German Fernandez (CA) Friday evening and another set in the girls DMR by Warwick Valley (NY) (pictured above). Out in Columbus at USATF Junior Nationals, Elijah Greer (OR) and William Wynne (GA) have been showcasing their talents, qualifying for Team USA. Check out this weekend's highlights and results. Nike Outdoor Nationals MileSplit Exclusives: Race Videos / Interviews / Photo Albums (6100+) Full Results: Boys - Girls Meet Coverage: Thur. Coverage / Fri. Coverage / Sat. Coverage NON Winners Table (ArmoryTrack) Warwick Valley Girls DMR National Record: MileSplit Interview Fernandez Interviews: MileSplit Exclusive / Announcer Interview Top NON Weekend Highlights - Warwick Valley (NY) sets new girls DMR national record in 11:31.81 - German Fernandez (CA) blazes new U.S. two-mile record, 8:34.40 - Dwight Barbiasz (NH) clears 7-01 in the boys high jump for the win - Allison Horner (GA) tosses 177-02 to win girls hammer throw - Chalonda Goodman (GA) wins girls 100m dash in 11.51 - Neely Spence (PA) wins girls two-mile with big kick in 10:20.77 - Ashley Brasovan (FL) blazes U.S. #6 all-time 5k in 16:18.53 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) wins girls 4x200m relay in 1:36.95, U.S.#2 - Trotwood-Madison (OH) wins boys 4x200m relay in 1:25.18, U.S.#2 - Solomon Haile (MD) wins boys 5k in 14:38.23, meet record Official Website / Meet Page / Meet Schedule Heat Sheets : Boys - Girls Meet Previews: Boys - Girls USATF Junior T&F Nationals Official Website / Meet Page / Schedule & Results Meet Coverage: Fri. Coverage / Sat. Coverage / Sun. Coverage Elijah Greer Running U.S. #4 All-Time, 1:47.68 Video Heptathlon Winner Ryann Krais (PA) Video Interview Top Junior National Weekend Highlights - Elijah Greer (OR) wins 800m dash in 1:47.68, U.S.#4 all-time - Roxi Grizzle (KS) throws U.S.#5 all-time javelin in 170-03 - Booker Nunley (NC) blazes 13.40 in mens 110m hurdles - Jordan Hasay (CA) wins women's 1500m race in 4:18.44 - Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults 13-10 to win women's pole vault - William Wynne (GA) runs 50.42 in mens 400m hurdles - Christian Taylor (GA) leaps 52-08 for second in mens TJ - Shanay Briscoe (TX) wins womens high jump in 5-10.75 - Anna Jelmini (CA) throws 173-01 to win womens discus throw - Marquise Goodwin (TX) leaps 25-00 to win mens long jump Entries: Men - Women Junior National Meet Preview
Nowhere else on the internet will you find a larger collection of photos from this past weekend's Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro. Over 6,100 photos have been posted from the meet and you can expect that number to grow substantially as our photo galleries will become complete over the next day with MileSplit photographers continuing to add photos from the national meet. Photo Gallery by Don Rich of PennTrackXC.com, a MileSplit US PA affiliate Photo Gallery by Tim Fulton of ArmoryTrack.com, a MileSplit US NY affiliate Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles of MileStat.com, a MileSplit US VA affiliate Photo Gallery by Pat Montferrat of NJRunners.com, a MileSplit US NJ affiliate
A near three hour weather delay slowed down Saturday's portion of USATF Junior Nationals considerably but many prep athletes still competed well, qualifying for the US Junior National team. The best performance of the evening came from Oregon junior Elijah Greer(pictured right by Margot Kelly), who won the mens 800m dash in 1:47.68, a high school U.S. #4 all-time and a junior class record. On the girls side Cydney Ross (MO) and Shanay Briscoe (TX) picked up first place finishes in the 800m dash and high jump respectively. See what else took place on the second of three days in Ohio. Top Saturday Highlights - Elijah Greer (OR) runs U.S. #4 all-time in 800m, 1:47.68 Video - Shanay Briscoe (TX) wins womens high jump in 5-10.75 - Christian Taylor (GA) leaps 52-08 for second in mens TJ - Cydney Ross (MO) runs 2:07.12 to win womens 800m Video Interview - Vashti Thomas (CA) goes 13.62 for second in womens 100mH - Kori Carter (CA) takes second in womens 400mH, 1:00.69 Video Interview - Zachary Mellon (MN) blazes 1:48.64 for second in mens 800m - Dan Block (IL) places second in mens shot put, 62-01.25 - Curtis Beach (NM) makes decathlon squad with 7026 points
Coaches lose their hair By Christopher Hunt GREENSBORO, N.C. – Just before the Warwick Valley girls took the track for the distance medley relay their coach Rich Furst wanted to give them a last word of advice. “Whatever you do, don’t break any national records,” Furst said. FULL STORY HERE RACE VIDEO HERE AND POST-RACE INTERVIEW
The last day of the USATF Junior National T&F Championships took place Sunday and the results presented were the perfect way to end an excellent weekend. Six Junior National champions Sunday were high school athletes, including Jordan Hasay (CA), Rachel Laurent (LA), Ryan Fleck (OH), Ryann Krais (PA), Geoffrey Tabor (OK) and Laurynne Chetelat (CA). Each one booked their ticket to Poland to compete at the World Junior T&F Championships, July 8-13. See who brought their best on the final day. (Rachel Laurent pictured left by Margot Kelly) Top Sunday Highlights - Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults 13-10 to win women's pole vault - Ryan Fleck (OH) leaps 7-01.50 to take mens high jump - Jordan Hasay (CA) runs 4:18.44, winning womens 1500m - Ryann Krais (PA) takes womens heptathlon crown, 5217 pts. - Geoffrey Tabor (OK) throws 195-05 to wins mens shot put - Laurynne Chetelat (CA) wins women's 3,000m in 9:29.45 Video Interview - Conor McCullough (CA) throws 233-05, second in hammer - Victoria Jordan (TX) second in womens 200m with 23.73
Distance phenom drops 29 year-old mark By Christopher Hunt photo by Tim Fulton/ArmoryTrack.com GREENSBORO, N.C. – It looked like he smiled. He said he didn’t. But he looked like he did. For a second, it seemed that he grinned at the gloriousness of the moment. It looked like somehow German Fernandez broke free of himself to enjoy history as he was making it. But it was the pain. FULL STORY HERE
The first day of the USATF Junior National T&F Championships got off to a great start Friday as athletes from across the country conviened at Ohio State University. Leading the way on Day 1 was Roxi Grizzle (Tonganoxie, KS). Grizzle (pictured left by Margot Kelly) placed second in the womens javelin competition with a U.S. #5 all-time effort of 170-03. Elsehwere, Booker Nunley (Garner, NC) ran one of the fastest prep marks ever in the 110m hurdles, taking home the title with his 13.40 effort. With two more days of competition remaining, this weekend in Ohio promises to be exciting. Meet Page / Live Results / Official Website Top Junior National Friday Highlights - Roxi Grizzle (KS) throws U.S.#5 all-time javelin in 170-03 - Booker Nunley (NC) blazes 13.40 in mens 110m hurdles - Anna Jelmini (CA) throws 173-01 to win womens discus throw - Elijah Greer (OR) top mens 800m prelim time in 1:50.15 - Marquise Goodwin (TX) leaps 25-00 to win mens long jump - William Wynne (GA) goes 50.76 in mens 400m hurdle prelims - Hannah Carson (AZ) throws javelin to third place in 163-05
The third and last day of Nike Outdoor Nationals takes place Saturday and the final events of the weekend are looking outstanding. While many great races and field events take place earlier in the day, the opening ceremony on the track starts at 5:15 p.m. (EST). The top events of the day are the boys and girls mile, boys 800m dash, boys shot put, girls hammer throw and the boys and girls distance medley relays. Keep checking back throughout the day as we provide coverage of each event. Full Results: Boys - Girls NON Winners Table (ArmoryTrack.com) Saturday Top Highlights - Warwick Valley (NY) national record in girls DMR, 11:31.81 - Spencer Adams (NC) blazes 50.99 in boys 400m hurdles - Nadonnia Rodriques (NY) wins 400m dash in 52.86, U.S.#1 - Trotwood-Madison (OH) wins boys 4x400m relay in 3:11.33 - Brandon Pounds (IN) 68-11.25 to win boys shot put, U.S.#2 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) wins girls 4x4, meet record 3:37.02 - Jillian Smith (NJ) blazes 2:05.24 to win girls 800m dash - Chalonda Goodman (GA) wins girls 200m dash in 23.22 - Emily Infeld (OH) takes gold in girls mile with 4:47.43 effort - Dwight Barbiasz (NH) leaps 7-01 to win boys high jump - Allison Horner (GA) throws 177-02 to win girls hammer throw - Shelby Greany (NY) runs U.S.#1 girls steeple in 6:42.86
NY's Dressman grabs all-American honors By Christopher Hunt GREENSBORO, N.C. – She remembered what happened last time and deflated she felt. She remembered how it made her skin crawl every time she thought it. And it wouldn’t happen again. It couldn’t happen again. No matter what. FULL STORY HERE
Suffern (N.Y.) junior becomes national champ By Christopher Hunt GREENSBORO, N.C. – She remembered what happened last time and how deflated she felt. She remembered how it made her skin crawl every time she thought it. And it wouldn’t happen again. It couldn’t happen again. No matter what. FULL STORY HERE
What a day it was Friday in Greensboro. So many memorable performances were made across the board that it was hard to just pick out a couple to highlight. Leading the way was the boys two-mile, set up with numerous national class individuals and the results couldn't have been much better. California's German Fernandez won in a new national record time of 8:34.40. Elsewhere, Mason Finley (CO) dominated the boys discus in 206-11, while Chalonda Goodman (GA) won the girls 100m dash in 11.51. (German Fernandez pictured left by Don Rich) Live Results / Live Video (MileSplit & FloTrack) Boys Seeded Two-Mile Race Video MileSplit Interview w/ German Fernandez Fernandez Race & Announcer Interview NON Winners Table (ArmoryTrack.com) Friday Top Highlights - German Fernandez (CA) blazes new U.S. two-mile record, 8:34.40 - Becky O'Brien (ME) throws new U.S.#1 in girls shot put, 52-01.75 - Mumford (MI) wins boys 4x800m relay in 7:37.99, U.S.#1 - Spencer Adams (NC) runs 13.75 to win boys 110m hurdles - Leslie Brost (SD) vaults 13-03 to win girls pole vault, U.S.#6 - Charashiese Lockhart (TX) leaps 41-00.50 to win girls TJ - Neely Spence (PA) wins girls two-mile with big kick in 10:20.77 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) wins girls 4x200m relay in 1:36.95, U.S.#2 - Trotwood-Madison (OH) wins boys 4x200m relay in 1:25.18, U.S.#2
The decision for many athletes this year was hard. Go to Nike Outdoor Nationals, our sports high school track and field champion, or take their talents to Ohio and compete at the USATF Junior National T&F Championships and try to make the world team. Both meets fell on the same weekend this year, so athletes had to make a choice. Well, it turns out many of the top athletes across the country want their shot to make Team USA and the Junior National meet is loaded with talent. See who's got a shot to make the team.
The first day of Nike Outdoor Nationals is about to start a fabulous weekend of action. Tonight the only high school races were the boys and girls 5k runs. From start to finish the 5k races were quite interesting, but in opposite ways. Foot Locker champion Ashley Brasovan (FL) ran away from the girls field, running by herself after two laps, winning in 16:18.53, U.S. #6 all-time. On the boys side NIN 5k champion Solomon Haile (MD) continued his impressive streak of national appearances, winning the boys race in 14:38.23, tying the meet record. Haile showed his strength at the mile, jumping to the lead and slowly lowering the pace. His tractics worked perfectly and he took home another Nike Nationals title. Such great results signify great things ahead this weekend in Greensboro. 5K Race Videos by Brandon Miles: Girls 5K Section #1 - Girls 5K Section #2 (Seeded) - Boys 5K Section #1 - Boys 5K Section #2 (Seeded) Ashley Brasovan Interview w/ Announcer / Solomon Haile Interview
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program announced Wednesday morning that Chanelle Price (Easton, PA) (pictured left by Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net) is their selection for the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The Tennessee-bound Price has had an outstanding year, including her U.S. #2 all-time performance two weeks ago at the Prefontaine Classic. Over the past few years Price has dominated the girls 800m dash, establishing that she is as good as any professional middle distance runner in the United States. Gatorade Girls T&F AOY State Winners
**Christine Babcock (Woodbridge, CA) Runs 4:16.42 to Break Prep 1500m Record!!! Full Results **Rob Finnerty (Burnsville, MN) Runs Mile in 4:01.09 at Midwest Distance Gala, U.S. #7 A-T!!! Full Results **Jeff Demps (South Lake, FL) Blazes 10.03w for 100m!!! The New York State T&F Championships lead the way in this weekend's highlight section. The last state meet of the year kicked off Friday with some excellent results. In the girls 400m hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad (Benjamin Cardoza, NY) bested Elizabeth Mott (New Rochelle, NY) over the final hurdle to beat Mott with a new U.S. #1 time of 57.81. Mott's time of 58.01 earned her the U.S. #2 spot. More results and highlights inside and coming throughout the weekend. Top Boys Weekend Highlights - Rob Finnerty (MN) 4:01.09 mile at the MDG Results / Video / Splits - Jeff Demps (FL) runs a 10.03 (2.2 wind) against elite competition - Ryan Fleck (OH) clears 7-02 HJ at Midwest Meet of Champs., U.S.#2 - John Guagenti (OH) blazes 46.95 for 400m at Midwest MOC - Walter Luttrell (OH) breaks nine for 3200m in 8:59.81 effort at MMOC - David Slovenski (ME) soars 16-09 in boys pole vault at NE Champs. - Brett Johnson (NJ) runs 4:08.51 mile, breaking NJ jr. class record - Albert Johnson (NY) NY State victories of 48-07.50 TJ, 23-02.75 LJ Top Girls Weekend Highlights - Christine Babcock (CA) 4:16.42 1500m, U.S.#1 all-time Results - Becky O'Brien (ME) U.S.#1 shot put in 51-06.50 at NE Champs. - Meshawn Graham (OH) runs 53.56 for 400m at Midwest MOC - Candyce McGrone (IN) 11.78 100m, 23.65 200m at MMOC - Dalilah Muhammad (NY) blazes 57.81 in 400mH at NY State, U.S.#1 - Elizabeth Mott (NY) second in 400mH with 58.01 effort, U.S.#2 - Emily Lipari (NY) wins 3k at NY State in 9:37.53, 1500m in 4:30.58 Top Meets of the Weekend: Midwest Distance Gala / Midwest Meet of Champions / New England T&F Championships / NY State T&F Championships / Caribbean Scholastic Invitational
Many of the top prep boys will converge on Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for Nike Outdoor Nationals. While numerous athletes will be traveling to Ohio instead to take part in USATF Junior Nationals, Nike Outdoors is still a fine place to be. Leading the story line is the clash between German Fernandez (CA), Luke Puskedra (UT) and Colby Lowe (TX) in the boys two-mile, while Rob Finnerty (MN) looks to push the four minute barrier again after rolling to a 4:01.09 last weekend at the Midwest Distance Gala. See what else is in store this weekend out in sunny and warm North Carolina.
photo galleries (almost 2000 pics) Boys 1600m Race Video STILL COMING....race videos (we're trying to get them done....) Friday Girls: Williamsville East’s Allen surprise in 400 Friday Boys: DuPont makes 'em hurt Saturday Girls: Greany wins steeple, US #1 Saturday Boys: Livingston wins Fed 800 Boys Winners Table Girls Winners Table National Elite Marks (without the steeples)
Despite the talent split between Nike Outdoor Nationals and USATF Junior Nationals, Greensboro will showcase much of the top talent in the land this coming weekend. From start to finish nearly every girls event is packed with U.S. top ten ranked athletes, hoping that their finest performance can land them atop of the awards podium. See which girls are favored and in which events in our Girls Nike Outdoor Nationals preview.
Muhammad, Mott run US#1 & 2 By Christopher Hunt BUFFALO – She came off the turn with such a lead that people standing by the finished gasped, most not even knowing who she was. Well, for those who didn’t know, here’s introducing Williamsville East eighth-grader, Kala Allen. Allen won the Division I 400 meters at the New York State championships in 55.61, claiming the race from the slower-seeded heat with a nearly two-second personal best. FULL STORY HERE
Photo by Victah Sailor - PhotoRun.net Running stride for stride with Olympic Gold medalist Maria Mutola could have been unnerving for recent Easton grad Chanelle Price. After all, it was 650 meters into the biggest 800 of her young career, and Price had been in her trademark position since the cut-in off the waterfall start – the lead. "It was a little nerve-wracking" Price said this week a few days after her US#2 all-time 2:01.61 at the Prefontaine Classic. But Price didn't back down, and stayed with Mutola through much of the final curve. It was the furthest Price had gone with the lead in a race with this level of competition. In last year's USATF Championships, where Price raced all three rounds before placing 7th in the finals... she had been caught and passed at the 600 meter mark.
One week to go before USATF Junior Nationals and Nike Outdoor Nationals. With such high stakes on the line in one week, many athletes are traveling around the country testing their limits one last time. The New York State T&F Championships is the last state meet of the season, while regional championships in the Midwest Distance Gala, Midwest Meet of Champions and New England Champs. showcase many of the nation's best. See what's taking place at each meet this weekend in our weekly weekend preview. MileSplit Meet Pages: Midwest Distance Gala / Midwest Meet of Champions / New England T&F Championships / NY State T&F Championships / Caribbean Scholastic Invitational
Being undefeated in a track event is a hard thing to do over the course of two years. It's even harder when the state you run in is the always strong distance state of Illinois. Well, Mat Smoody (Palatine, IL) (pictured left by Paul Kwak) accomplished just that two weeks ago, wrapping up his Illinois season with his second consecutive state 800m title. The Wisconsin-bound senior came into the season ranked ninth among returnees nationally, but with some major accomplishments this season and a stronger base, Smoody is looking towards Greensboro, North Carolina and winning a national title. See what Smoody has to say on his tactical state race, how he got into running and what exactly his shoulder tattoo is of.
With so many big invitationals and championships this past weekend, we wrap-up the weekend and move forward with our eyes focused forward towards Columbus, Ohio (USATF Junior Nationals) and Greensboro, North Carolina (Nike Outdoor Nationals). In this week's edition of News & Notes we touch upon a few meets, how Price and Roesler are dominating forces and what the week ahead brings. (Pictured left: Chanelle Price in the Pre Classic 800m, photo by Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net)
First order of business, because of all of the hype going in... Joseph Franklin did not have his night and faded off with postive splits for each lap after starting on pace for the first lap. He finished in 4:13. Despite the attention going in on that mile, the shorter stuff was where it was at! Torrin Lawrence who came through big after getting injured at state with a 20.77, a meet record and the fourth fastest time in the country. Octavious Freeman won both the girls 100 (10.66) and 200 (24.02). And Charlene Lipsey of New York broke the 23 year old 800m record with a time of 2:08.25. The girls of Oak Ridge ran a US #9 and FL #1 time of 46.22 in the 4x100. Other top performers included Brianna Frazier and CJ Lockhart. Coverage includes meet summary and highlights, complete results, race videos, interviews, and photos...
What a fantastic weekend it's been. Big championship style invitationals (Golden South, Golden West, Great Southwest) state meets (Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire, etc.) and the prestigous Prefontaine Classic hosted great high school competition all weekend long. A handful of U.S. top ten all-time performances took place, including Ryann Krais' (pictured left by Alan Versaw) U.S. #2 all-time heptathlon. **Chanelle Price (PA) runs 2:01.61 in Pre Classic 800m, U.S. #2 All-Time!!! **Laura Roesler (ND) runs 2:03.08 for 800m in California, U.S. #8 All-Time!!! **Jacquelyn Coward (TN) blazes 13.00 100m hurdles at Great Southwest, U.S. #2 All-Time!!! **Ryann Krais (PA) scores 5522 points at Great Southwest in heptathlon, U.S. #2 All-Time!!! Top Boys Weekend Highlights - Luke Puskedra (UT) runs 8:46.41 in Prefontaine Classic two-mile - D'Angelo Cherry (GA) blazes 10.16w in 100m at Golden West - Trotwood-Madison (OH) runs 1:25.44 4x2, 3:13.46 4x4 at OH State - Zach Wills (OH), only a freshman, wins OH State 3200m in 9:15.34 - Zachary Mellon (MN) runs 1:49.69 800m at MN State, U.S.#3 - Apple Valley (MN) wins 4x800 at MN State in U.S.#4 of 7:45.31 - Curtis Beach (NM) wins Great SW decathlon with 7262 points - Nick Vena (NJ) beats Mike Alleman (NJ) with 65-03.50 SP in NJ - Brett Johnson (NJ) runs 56.5 last lap to win NJ 1600m in 4:09.03 Top Girls Weekend Highlights - Alitta Boyd (CA) leaps 42-00 TJ, 19-06.25 LJ at Golden West - Ebony Eutsey (FL) blazes U.S.#1 400m in 53.23 at Golden West - Ryann Krais (PA) wins 300mH in 41.20 at Great Southwest - Hannah Carson (AZ) throws 160-11 javelin at Great Southwest - Three Texas high jumpers clear 6-00 at Great Southwest - Meshawn Graham (OH) runs U.S.#2 400m at OH State in 53.30 - Aareon Payne (OH) blazes 11.78 100m, 23.88 200m at OH State - Jillian Smith (NJ) runs U.S.#3 800m of 2:05.26 in NJ, U.S.#3 - Melanie Thompson (NJ) wins NJ MOC 3200m in 10:17.18, U.S.#5 Meet Pages & Results: Great Southwest T&F Classic - NJ Meet of Champions
News came this morning from FLRunners.com editor Jason Byrne that Florida sprint sensation Jeff Demps (pictured left by Jason Byrne) is entered in the 100m dash at Sunday's Prefontaine Classic. Demps' addition makes him the third high school athlete in the professional meet, joining Chanelle Price of Pennsylvania and Luke Puskedra of Utah. This is a great opportunity for the University of Florida-bound Demps to improve upon his 100m time and perhaps earn an invitation to the Olympic Trials. Pre Classic Start Lists
The Great Southwest Track and Field Classic kicks off at the University of New Mexico Thursday as some of the top multi-event athletes in the country take part in the heptathlon and decathlon. Starting Saturday, the rest of this incredible invitational takes place, where dozens of U.S. top ten ranked athletes will go head-to-head in a full slate of events. MileSplit will be on-site providing coverage all weekend long. **Both Boys & Girls Previews are Up!!! Start Lists: Track / Field / Multi-Events Official Meet Website / MileSplit Meet Page
We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing you live coverage of the Golden South Classic this Saturday. The live streaming video will be brought to you, free of charge, starting at 6PM for the running finals. Watch many of the best athletes from Florida, the Southeastern US, and beyond compete in his great meet in its 32nd year! The big race that many will be surely tuning in to watch will be Joe Franklin's record-breaking attempt at the Mile/1600. The feed will be available on flrunners.com and MileSplit US and will feature the live chat during the race like you have seen for some of our other live coverage in the past. So chat it up while you watch some great track & field action!
Chanelle Price runs the 2nd best PA 800 ever in 2:01.61 at Prefontaine. #2 also happens to be US#2 behind Kim Gallagher's 2:00.07 - and Price has a few more chances... We are not in Shippensburg any more – Chanelle Price at Pre Ryann Krais is gaining fans and confidence as she chases records in her prep farewell... VIDEO: 12 "Run Like A Champion Videos" from the June 6 PA Distance Festival at West Chester Henderson HS US#2 all time for Ryann Krais of 5522 in the heptathlon - photo by Alan Versaw, Colarado Runner, a MileSplit.US affiliate Photo gallery from the 3rd Pennsylvania Distance Festival @ West Chester Henderson At the Great Southwest Classic, a day after her near record in the Heptathlon, Ryann Krais won the 300 hurdles in a PR of 41.20, and was named the Female Athlete of the Meet. On Thursday, Ryann Krais started her hep competition 79 points ahead of US-record-setting pace following four of the seven heptathlon events. But after the final three events, Krais came up a mere 11 points short of passing the national record of 5533. Krais' 5522 was a PR by 150 points. Her day two including an 18-10.50 long jump, a javelin of 104-11 and a 2:17.71 in the 800. At the 3rd Henderson Distance Festival, LaSalle senior Dan Lowry ran a 4:13.49 mile (60-2:03-3:07), the #1 PA (pure) time at that distance. The mark is a school record, eclipsing a 1974 mile run by John Burns. Cedar Crest's Tom Troxell went 1:52.87, which is just short of his PA#2 ranking from Districts. On Saturday at the Golden South Classic in Orlando, FL, frosh Taylor Ellis-Watson of the Springside School near Philadelphia, PRed in the 400, running a 55.65 to advance to the finals. Her 56.24 in the finals captured third place. In the 200, she ran 25.35 in the prelims and did not advance. At the MileStat.com Elite Track Gala @ Richmond, VA, Max Kaulbach, Germantown Friends, won the 1500 in a meet record and US#3 3:54.48, coming through the 800 in 2:04. At the Golden West Invitatonal in California, Jason Flangan, Father Judge, threw the javelin 168-05, for 2nd. MORE>>>
What a season it's been for California's Christine Babcock. The Woodbridge H.S. senior ran 10:04.03 for 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational, taking Jordan Hasay to the line and running one of the top ten fastest times ever in the event. However, Babcock really broke onto the national landscape when she ran 4:36.57 for 1600m at her Master Section Championships, one of the fastest times ever run. At the California State Championships this past weekend Babcock ran the fastest 1600m ever with her winning time of 4:33.82, and when converted ranks her as the second fastest miler in prep history. See what Babcock has to say in this exclusive interview, where she talks about her record-breaking race, why she didn't run Foot Locker, and much more.
Fordham Prep squeezes win in 4x800 BOYS 4X8 VIDEO GIRLS 4X8 VIDEO BOYS 4X1 VIDEO BOYS 4X4 VIDEO By Christopher Hunt WARWICK – In just a few words, Warwick Valley’s Lillian Greibesland explained the entire meet and the reason everyone showed up. “Magic happens here,” she said. “I can’t explain it.” Whatever the reason, without fail, year after year, in front of a small crowd, teams produce dynamic performances on a warm night, while the sun falls at Warwick Valley High at the Lenox/Warwick Fast Times Relays. FULL STORY HERE BOYS 4X800M RACE VIDEO
It was reported early last week that middle-distance sensation Chanelle Price (PA) entered the women's 800m dash at the Prefontaine Classic. Well another high school athlete has joined the Prefontaine Classic this week, as Utah distance runner Luke Puskedra (pictured left in lead at NIN by John Herzog) has entered the men's two-mile. According to a MileSplit source, Puskedra will be attempting to break the high school two-mile record of 8:36.3h set back in 1979 by Jeff Nelson. More information coming on both Price's and Puskedra's Pre Classic races.
With so many great results this past weekend, we wrap-up the weekend and look ahead in our weekly News & Notes section. This week we discuss a freshman shot put sensation not named Nick Vena, the big 1600m race in Minnesota on Saturday, other state action and the Prefontaine Classic. (Pictured left is Ryan Crouser of Oregon (wearing #65) and his cousin Sam Crouser. Ryan has throw 60-02 this year in the shot put as a freshman. Photo by Kim Spir)
Alone in their thoughts but surrounded by other runners, the North Penn 4x800m relay team waits anxiously in the paddock area of Franklin Field at the 2008 Penn Relays. A gun sharply cracks and a swarm of professional runners charge out of the starting line just a few feet away from them. The overwhelming cheering and shouting from the crowd interrupts the four high schooler’s ability to think clearly about the monumental task ahead. Nervous glances at the competition, quick leg shake-outs, and swigs of cold water pass the time as the runners wait anxiously for the Championship of America 4x800m Relay to be called. Just as thunder breaks the silence before a storm, a screeching microphone finally calls for the athletes: “Would the lead-off legs of the Championship of America 4x800 Relay please step forward.” North Penn junior Brian Quintrell moves to the front of the paddock area, taking the time to look back at his teammates. Reassuring glances from seniors Steve Franks, Justin Bookheimer, and Zach Montijo will be the last thing that Quintrell sees before he steps onto the track and begins the much-anticipated 2008 Outdoor track.