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Monday Matters August 22, 2011

From TrackTown to Daegu

Vin Lananna and UO athletesCoach Vin Lananna

TrackTown USA’s own Vin Lananna, is the head coach for Team USA’s men’s squad in Daegu, Korea at the IAAF World Championship meet. And as he manages some of the top athletes in the world, we’re sure he takes comfort in how many of those men and women train right here in Oregon.

UO athletes Matt Centrowitz and Mike Berry

First, there are the current UO athletes Matt Centrowitz and Mike Berry.  Centrowitz stunned many with his gritty 1500 meter race at US Nationals where, as the Washington Post wrote, he “ran down four-time world champion Bernard Lagat to claim an improbable U.S. title with his finish in 3 minutes 47.63 seconds.”  Centrowitz then went to Paris and ran his heart out yet again to meet the IAAF “A” standard.

UO 400 meter phenom freshman Mike Berry was selected for the relay pool. Most likely, he will run in one of the heats for the 4 x 400 relay — but in the likely scenario of a US medal — they’ve won gold in 9 of the last 12 World Championships — Berry could bring home a World Championship medal before he even starts his second collegiate season.  You can bet Coach Lananna will be thrilled with that opportunity!

Oregon Track Club Elite Stars Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating and Ben Bruce

We wrote about gold medal favorites Ashton Eaton and Jesse Williams last week; this week the focus is on three other OTC Elite athletes who will be competing in Daegu (don’t worry, we’ll write about the women on Thursday!)

Ben Bruce steepleBen Bruce

Steeplechaser Ben Bruce was given a gift of a second chance — although he didn’t finish in the top three at the National Championships, he met the IAAF “A” standard, and when Kyle Alcorn and Joshua McAdams (who finished ahead of Bruce) didn’t, he was selected for the team.

Although he is primarily a steeplechaser, Bruce is known as one of OTC Elite’s most versatile runners in both cross country and track.

In January of 2011, he defeated Max King and teammate Kevin Chelimo among many others to win the Bay Area Cross Country Challenge.  And then in the Spring of 2010, Bruce represented the United States at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Nick Symmonds and Andrew Wheating

Nick Symmonds

Coming into the World Championships with the fourth fastest time in the world this year, Nick Symmonds has his eyes set on the finals.  As his coach Mark Rowland told the Register Guard, Symmonds is “as strong he’s ever been. . . Nick has the strength to go three rounds,” [Rowland] said. “We’re putting the last sharpening aspects of his preparation together before the championships start. Hopefully, he can have a smooth ride in the heats by staying alert as everyone will be fresh in the prelims.”  Symmonds’ racing in Europe over the summer has shown that he is capable of running with the best in the world.

In late July, at the Diamond League meet in Monaco,Symmonds placed third behind world-record holder David Rudisha in a time of 1 minute, 43.83 seconds. The mark was the second fastest of Symmonds’ career (his personal best is 1:43.76) and currently ranks him fourth in the world. Rudisha’s winning time of 1:42.61 was the fastest in the world this year. His fellow Kenyan Asbel Kiprop was second in 1:43.15.

For Andrew Wheating, on the other hand, the summer meets in Europe were a bit frustrating.  Battling some nagging injuries, Wheating pulled out of the 1,500 meter race in Monaco and has been focusing on getting healthy and ready to compete next week in Daegu.

TrackTown Thursday

TrackTown Athletes Getting Ready for Worlds

Lots of media coverage this week for the OTC Elite and University of Oregon athletes who are headed to Worlds in Daegu.

Jesse Williams – High Jump

Jesse Williams“Jesse Williams is the only high jumper in the world who has made 2.37 meters (7-9.25) outdoors this year, which is reason enough for him to feel like he can win the gold medal at the World Championships.”  Read the rest of the Track Focus article about Jesse and his confidence going into Worlds.

Jesse told Ken Goe of the Oregonian ‘”I definitely feel I have everything I need to win,” he said. “Mentally, I know I’m ready. Physically I’m definitely there. I just need to put it all together.”

Ashton Eaton – Decathlon

Ashton pole vaultAnother athlete with lofty goals is OTC Elite decathlete Ashton Eaton.  According to Track & Field News‘ form chart, Ashton is the favorite to win the decathlon gold medal at the World Championships.  Ashton told the Register Guard’s Curtis Anderson that he had a breakthrough on his high jump technique after watching YouTube videos of Dick Fosbury’s revolutionary jumping style.

“I’ve been struggling in the high jump this year,” Eaton said. “I haven’t jumped that well and I was wondering what was going on, so I started watching all these YouTube videos of world record-holders. When I was done, a few suggestions popped up, and I started watching an old video of Fosbury from the 1968 Olympics.   . . It was like, ‘Holy crap!’  He makes it look so simple.”

Eaton then posted a personal best in the high jump the next day at the Thorpe Cup. Eaton also recorded a PB in the discus with a toss of 155 feet, 4 inches, and clocked a wind-legal 10.26 for a third PB in the 100. He is exactly on track to bring home the gold from Daegu.

Wondering how you’re going to find out if Williams and Eaton (and all the other TrackTown USA athletes) do at Worlds?

The IAAF website will carry “exclusive coverage of all the action and much more with Live Results, a Live English Blog, Previews and Reports of each of the 47 events on the Athletics program, an exclusive athlete feature of each of the Daegu Gold Medalists as well as flash interviews and outstanding photographs provided by our partners Getty Images.”

There will also be television and internet coverage by NBC and Universal Sports.

Monday Matters August 15, 2011

Countdown to Daegu!

With only two weeks remaining until the start of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, focus is on the big showdowns that will happen when the fittest, fastest, strongest athletes in the world compete with one another.  For the next two weeks, we’ll preview some of the showdowns in a variety of events, starting with the sprint hurdles:

Men’s 110 meter hurdles

David Oliver 2011 USATF Championships News from the IAAF:  With history’s three fastest men – Dayron Robles of Cuba (12.87), Liu Xiang of China (12.88) and Team USA’s David Oliver (12.89) – taking to the line, the men’s 110m Hurdles may just be THE race of the championships. Underscoring the rivalry, the trio will be arriving in Daegu as the three fastest of the season. But look out for Jason Richardson of the U.S., a former World Youth Champion who is catching up quickly. World leader Oliver (12.94) beat Xiang (13.00) in TrackTown USA at the Pre Classic; Robles (13.04) beat Oliver in Paris and London; and Richardson (13.08) beat Oliver in Stockholm.

You can see David Oliver talking before his race a few weeks ago in London about his three goals:  win the U.S. Championship (check!) win the Diamond League on points (on his way) and win the World Championships.  We are all looking forward to watching him pursue that last goal in Deagu.

Women’s 100 meter hurdles

Women's 100 meter hurdles at US NationalsThe women’s 100m Hurdles promises to be just as close and unpredictable as the men’s. Australian and Olympic silver medalist Sally Pearson is the world leader at 12.48, a scant .02 quicker than rising U.S. star Kellie Wells. With a 12.52 career best this season, U.S. veteran Danielle Caruthers is in the midst of her finest season. The third U.S. entrant, Dawn Harper, is the reigning Olympic champion. The form chart however is clearly with Pearson at the moment who, with her injury woes behind her, will arrive with a 10-meet winning streak.

In other TrackTown USA news:  Oregon Track Club Elite’s Jordan McNamara won the Falmouth Mile on Saturday in a personal best time of 3 minutes, 54.89 seconds.  Recent UO grad A.J. Acosta, who hold’s the UO indoor mile record, was third in 3:55.30, and ex-OTC Elite athlete Will Leer finished eighth in 3:58.41.  Perhaps due to a  bonus for going under 4 minutes, the top 10 in the race broke that barrier.



TrackTown Thursday

Final Selections for Team USA Announced

Team USA collage

Eight reigning world champions will lead Team USA into the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships. USA Track & Field announced its roster for the 13th edition of the Championships, which will be held August 27-September 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

On the roster are a total of 19 World Championships medalists and 16 Olympic medalists – as well as nine TrackTown USA residents.

TrackTown USA residents and Oregon Track Club Elite members include Lauren Fleshman (W 5000 meters), Nick Symmonds (M 800 meters),  Andrew Wheating (M 1500 meters), Jesse Williams (M High Jump), Ashton Eaton (M Decathlon),  Bridget Franek (W 3000 meter steeplechase), and Ben Bruce (M 3000 meter steeplechase). TrackTown USA and University of Oregon athletes include Matthew Centrowitz (M 1500 meters) and Mike Berry (M relay pool). Also competing, and a medal contender in the women’s 10,000 is OTC athlete and Kenyan national team member Sally Kipyego.

And, of course, Team USA men’s head coach is TrackTown USA and University of Oregon’s Vin Lananna.  Not a bad showing for a little city in the middle of Oregon.

A total of 66 men and 63 women  will compete on this year’s team.  The full roster is below:

2011 World Outdoor Championships Team USA
*denotes 2009 World Champion
Men’s 100m: Walter Dix, Justin Gatlin, Michael Rodgers
Men’s 200m: Dix, Darvis Patton, Jeremy Dodson
Men’s 400m: Tony McQuay, Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, LaShawn Merritt*
Men’s 800m: Nicholas Symmonds, Khadevis Robinson, Charles Jock
Men’s 1500m: Matthew Centrowitz, Leonel Manzano, Andrew Wheating
Men’s 3000m SC: William Nelson, Daniel Huling, Benjamin Bruce
Men’s 5000m: Bernard Lagat, Chris Solinsky, Galen Rupp
Men’s 10,000m: Rupp, Matt Tegenkamp, Scott Bauhs
Men’s 20km RW: Trevor Barron
Men’s marathon: Nicholas Arciniaga, Michael Morgan, Sergio Reyes, Jeffrey Eggleston, Mike Sayenko
Men’s 110mH: David Oliver, Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson
Men’s 400mH: Jeshua Anderson, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement*
Men’s HJ: Jesse Williams, Dustin Jonas, Erik Kynard
Men’s PV: Derek Miles, Jeremy Scott, Mark Hollis
Men’s LJ: Marquise Goodwin, Claye, Trevell Quinley, Dwight Phillips*
Men’s TJ: Christian Taylor, William Claye, Walter Davis
Men’s SP: Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell*, Reese Hoffa, Ryan Whiting
Men’s DT: Jarred Rome, Jason Young, Lance Brooks
Men’s HT: Kibwe Johnson, Michael Mai
Men’s JT: Mike Hazle
Men’s Dec: Ashton Eaton, Ryan Harlan, Bryan Clay, Trey Hardee*
Men’s 4x100m: Dix, Gatlin, Rodgers, Kimmons, Ivory Williams, Travis Padgett
Men’s 4x400m: Merritt, McQuay, Nixon, Torrence, Michael Berry, Miles Smith

Women’s 100m: Carmelita Jeter, Marshavet Myers, Miki Barber
Women’s 200m: Shalonda Solomon, Jeter, Jeneba Tarmoh, Allyson Felix*
Women’s 400m: Felix, Francena McCorory, Debbie Dunn, Sanya Richards-Ross*
Women’s 800m: Alysia Montano, Maggie Vessey, Alice Schmidt
Women’s 1500m: Morgan Uceny, Jennifer Simpson, Shannon Rowbury
Women’s 3000m SC: Emma Coburn, Bridget Franek, Delilah DiCrescenzo
Women’s 5000m: Molly Huddle, Amy Hastings, Lauren Fleshman
Women’s 10000m: Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Jennifer Rhines
Women’s 20km RW: Maria Michta
Women’s Marathon: Katherine Newberry, Alissa McKaig, Colleen DeRuck, Tera Moody, Zoila Gomez
Women’s 100mH: Kellie Wells, Danielle Carruthers, Dawn Harper
Women’s 400mH: Lashinda Demus, Queen Harrison, Jasmine Chaney
Women’s HJ: Brigetta Barrett, Inika McPherson
Women’s PV: Kylie Hutson, Jenn Suhr, Lacy Janson
Women’s LJ: Brittney Reese*, Janay DeLoach, Funmi Jimoh, Tori Polk
Women’s TJ: Amanda Smock
Women’s SP: Michelle Carter, Jillian Camarena-Williams, Sarah Stevens-Walker
Women’s DT: Stephanie Brown-Trafton, Aretha Thurmond, Gia Lewis-Smallwood
Women’s HT: Jessica Cosby, Amber Campbell, Jeneva McCall
Women’s JT: Kara Patterson, Rachel Yurkovich
Women’s Hep: Sharon Day, Hyleas Fountain
Women’s 4x100m: Jeter, Myers, Barber, LaShaunte’a Moore, Alexandria Anderson, Bianca Knight
Women’s 4x400m: Richards-Ross, Felix, McCorory, Dunn, Beard, Natasha Hastings

Monday Matters August 8, 2011

TrackTown USA Athletes Perform in London

Lauren Fleshman at Nationals

Lauren Fleshman Won the 5000 meters in London

Less than a year from now, all eyes will be on London as the Olympic Games unfold. This weekend, some TrackTown USA used the IAAF Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace as an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Oregon Track Club Elite’s Lauren Fleshman lit up London with a breakthrough performance on Saturday afternoon – winning the 5,000 meters in the second-fastest time of her career: 15:00:57. Lauren has had a difficult spring as she slowly recovered from a foot injury.  Fleshman is also one of only three Americans (who raced in the 5k at the USA Outdoor Championships) to have dipped below the IAAF ‘A’ Standard (15:14.0) this season, and will await a decision from USATF on the outside chance she may be able to represent Team USA at Worlds.

“I knew Lauren was rounding into good shape, she just needed to be patient and let her fitness surface,” OTC Head Coach Mark Rowland said from London. “I know the selection for Team USA is a little complicated, but I would like to think that she would be considered to run in Daegu. Regardless, we’re happy to be where we are at this stage.”

Another outstanding performance in London came in the men’s 800 meters, where OTC Elite Nick Symmonds took fourth behind the fabulous trio of David Rudisha of Kenya, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Boaz Lalang of Kenya. Rudisha clocked a meet-record setting time of 1 minute, 42.91 seconds, Kaki ran a season-best 1:43.13, Lalang also recorded a 2011-best of 1:44.13, and Symmonds was just behind him in 1:44.40.

“That was a solid performance,” OTC Elite head coach Mark Rowland said from London. “Nick’s training is going well and we know that Worlds will be completely different to the Diamond League series.”

Two other OTC Elite members who were competing on their home soil represented the OTC Elite well in the 5,000 and the 800 respectively. Chris Thompson and Jemma Simpson are a pair of Brits who live and train in Eugene.  Thompson managed fourth in the 5k, with a mark of 13:34.31, while Simpson was ninth in a deep 800-meter field in 2:00.69.

Chasing the Standard

This was the last weekend of meets for those athletes “chasing the standard” — trying to meet the needed IAAF standard to be able to compete at the World Championships in Daegu at the end of the month.  Here’s a chart of who stands where in that chase (click on the chart to view a larger version):

Chasing the IAAF standard As soon as USATF announces the final choices for Team USA, we will post them here.  Best of luck toall the athletes who have qualified and will be traveling to Daegu, Korea to compete.


TrackTown Thursday

OTC Elite’s Lauren Fleshman prepares to run 5,000 meters

Lauren FleishmanNext Friday, OTC Elite athlete Lauren Fleshman will run the 5,000 meters at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Stockholm.  As she is preparing for that race, she wrote on her blog about “A fantastic (and painful) workout on the track in Font Romeu with a star studded cast”:

“Oh (rapid breath) my (rapid breath) uhhhh (rapid breath) aaaayyyyeee…


Two sets done out of three and I’m hunched over, moaning like Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally.”  Good thing there are only other professionals on the track; civilians assume I’m being tortured by my coach and start nervously pulling out their cellphones when I’m like this.”  Good luck Lauren!

Oscar Pistorius meets “A” standard

Listen to South African athlete Oscar Pistorius describe to FloTrack his thrill of meeting the IAAF “A” standard so that he can compete at 400 meters in Daegu, South Korea in the World Championships.

Pistorius video on FloTrack

TrackTown, USA was thrilled to watch Pistorius run at the Prefontaine Classic – and we look forward to seeing him race in Daegu.

Herculis Diamond League Monaco

Nick Symmonds OTC Elite’s Nick Symmonds joins a star studded line up in star studded Monaco tomorrow.  He will race against World Record holder David Rushida of Kenya and fellow American (and Team USA member) Khadevis Robinson.

In other Herculis action, the Men’s 5,000 meters will be a race to watch! Americans Galen Rupp, Chris Solinski, Matt Tegencamp and Bernard Legat will race against some of the best in the world: Mo Farah, Tariku Bekele and Imane Merga.  Wow!

On the field, Stephanie Brown-Trafton and Aretha Thurmond will get a chance to throw against some of the best discus throwers around.

Oh, and that fast guy? Usain Bolt is scheduled to run the 100 meters as well.

After this week’s meet in Monaco, there are two more Diamond League meets before Worlds: next week in Stockholm and then the first weekend in August in London.  You can watch live on-line and television (where scheduled) on Universal Sports.

Monday Matters July 18, 2011

Camarena-Williams named USATF Athlete of the Week

Jillian Camarena-WilliamsJillian Camarena-Williams of the New York Athletic Club was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after tying the American Record at the Paris Diamond League meet on July 8. This is the second athlete of the week honor for Camarena-Williams in 2011.

Camarena-Williams finished third with her mark of 20.18m/66-2.5 which tied Ramona Pagel’s record, which she set in 1988. This latest mark for Camarena-Williams comes on the heels of an indoor season where she also established the American indoor record of 19.87m/65-2.25, which was also previously owned by Pagel, who set the mark in 1987.

Camarena-Williams will also represent the United States at the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships August 27-September 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

Bernard Lagat (one of the classiest athletes in the sport) is preparing for the Diamond League event in Monaco on Tuesday.  He spoke with the meet organizers about his prior experiences at the Herculis meet and said that his goal is clear: “I would like to run under 12:50 in Monaco.”  If he is successful he would break his own American Record  of 12:54.12, which he set in Rieti, Italy in 2005.  Best of luck to Bernard!

Team USA athletes keep chasing the IAAF standards.  Steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo achieved the “A” standard for Daegu with her 9:40.63 PR  when she placed fifth at the July 10 Birmingham Diamond League meet.