Monday Matters May 23, 2011

It was an amazing weekend in TrackTown and on tracks and fields all over the world.

Tyler MulderHere at Hayward Field, the Oregon State high school meet was full of fabulous performances by the future of track and field.  Future Ducks stole the show with Jack Galpin’s standout performance in the 200 and 400 meters, Thomas Tyner’s win in the 100 and a winning 5′-10″ high jump by Chancey Summers of Estacada.

Oxy High Performance Meet

Down at the Oxy High Performance Meet just east of Los Angeles, OTC Elite Tyler Mulder captured the IAAF “A” standard and broke 1:45 for the first time in his career, taking second with a time of 1:44.83 in the fastest men’s 800-meter race run in America this year.  Mulder had been the focus of Ron Bellamy’s column on Thursday – perhaps giving him even more motivation for speed.

RunnerSpace.com video

Men’s 1500 A Section Webcast Replay

Also at the Oxy, OTC Elite’s Andrew Wheating won the 1500 meters.  Running in the final race of the night, Wheating kicked past Nike’s Kyle Miller on the home stretch to win his first open race of the season in 3:36.46.  Only two seconds behind Wheating was OTC’s three-time US 800-meter champion Nick Symmonds, who clocked a  lifetime-best in the 1,500 of 3:38.18. He placed eighth in the fast field, but was elated to see a previous best of 3:40.33 (which was set over two years ago) bettered. Runner’s Space and FloTrack carried the meet live via webcam.

Betty Heidler breaks the World Hammer Throw record

In Halle, Germany, Heidler threw the hammer 79.42 meters, eclipsing the previous mark of 78.30m set by reigning World champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland.  According to IAAF News, “Heidler, who claimed the European title last year, produced a sensational series. Her opening round 77.19m throw improved her own national record by seven centimetres, and she followed up with another near 77-metre effort, reaching 76.98. Her World record effort came in the third round, before ending the competition with throws of 75.34m, 75.62m and 76.00m.”

What a weekend — and the outdoor season is really just beginning!

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