|5 March: David Torrence named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS -- David Torrence earns USA
Track & Field Athlete of the Week after his record-setting 1,000-meter performance at the Boston University Last Chance
Meet, Sunday, March 2.
Torrence (Oakland, Calif.) broke the tape
in 2:16.76, surpassing the 12-year-old American record of 2:17.86 set by David Krummenacker in 2002.
A 2008 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley,
Torrence was an All-America distance runner in his four years as a Golden Bear, and he may already be turning in his most
prolific campaign to date at just over two months into the 2014 indoor season.
At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in January,
Torrence ran a crucial leg on a team also consisting of Richard Jones, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski, who combined for a
phenomenal time of 7:13.11 to break a 14-year-old 4x800m relay world-record.
Torrence gained national attention in 2009,
when he won the first ever road mile championships to become the first man to run under four minutes in a road mile in the
state of Minnesota.
Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete
of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree
each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous
Click! VIDEO: World Indoor Record 4 x 800 meters
|Torrence running second leg on World Record Relay
|Photo credit: Victah
|Karen Locke will represent Mike Arnold
Indoor Personal Best for Stefanidi at Reno Pole Vault Summit
17 January- 2012 NCAA Champion and Olympian, Katerina Stefanidi cleared 4.51 and tried 4.61 while finishing third place
in the 2013 Reno Pole Vault Summit.
MARY SAXER 4.61
BECKY HOLLIDAY 4.51
EKATERINI STEFANIDI 4.51
|American Record Holder to be represented by Karen
|Oct 13: Sambu Captures B.A.A. Title for $100.000
|Victah Photo: Half Marathon Personal Best for Stephen, 1:00:41
6 July- Montano and Carter shine in Paris Diamond League
Michelle Carter finished second place to Olympic Champion shot put champion, Valerie Adams with a mark of 19.65. Alysia
Montano posted a season's best time of 1:57.75 to finished third place in the 800 meter run.
2 July: 3:34.19 1500 Meters Personal Best for David Torrence in Nancy
Ex-Red Oak and UT star Michelle
Carter sets American shot put record at U.S. Track and Field Championships (22 June)
DES MOINES, Iowa — Michelle Carter, a
Red Oak and Texas-ex who lives in Ovilla, set an American record in the shot put with a throw of 66 feet, 5 inches on her
way to the title Saturday at the U.S. Track And Field Championships.
It was the fourth national outdoors title for
Carter, who is coached by her father, Michael, an SMU alum and an Olympic silver medalist in the shot put. She earned a trip
to the World Championships in Moscow.
Carter’s put was nearly five feet longer
than runner-up Tia Brooks’ best effort.
“It felt good,” Michelle Carter
said. “We’ve been training for a peak this time of year. This is like a small one and then we’ll see what
happens. I’ve been working really hard trying to put everything together and get ready for Russia.”
24 June: Alysia Montano wins her 5th U.S. 800 meter Champs Title in a row
Photo Credit: David Monti
|Sambu Captures B.A.A series lead
|23 June: Winning B.A.A. 10k , 28.05
June 1- Adams and Carter finish 1st and 3rd at Prefonataine Classic
Shot Put - Women
1 Adams , Valerie NZL 20.15
2 Gong , Lijiao CHN 20.12
3 Carter , Michelle USA 19.65
4 Liu , Xiangrong CHN 18.37
5 Heltne , Anca ROU 17.65
New York- 11 May: Sambu Strong finish for 3rd Place in Health Kidney 10
9th UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
New York, NY, Saturday, May 11, 2013
1) Leonard Patrick Komon 25 KEN 27:58 $25,000
2) Moses Kipsiro 26 UGA 28:02 $12,500
3) Stephen Sambu 24 KEN 28:02 $6000
4) Abera Kuma 22 ETH 28:18 $3000
5) Collis Birmingham 28 AUS 28:29 $2000
6) Edwin Soi 27 KEN 28:37 $1000
7) Leonard Korir 26 KEN 28:44 $800
8) Ayele Feisa 25 USA 28:53 $500
9) Meb Keflezighi 38 USA 28:57
10) Ben St Lawrence 31 AUS 29:00
Gergel wins her first Mt. SAC vault. Carter opens with 19.20 win in Shot
Walnut, CA (20 April): Michelle Carter put 19.20 in prelim round at the Mt. SAC Relays to win the shot put. The mark
is the second best world outdoor mark. Behind, Valerie Adams. 2011 NCAA Champion, Melissa Gergel won the women's pole vault
with a first attempt clearance of 4.40 meters. Gergel travels to Drake Relays next week.
3 March: #2 World Indoor throw by Michelle Carter to Win in Albuquerque 19.41
2012 Olympic Shot Put finalist, Michelle Carter won her third U.S.A. championship. She previously won two outdoor championships.
This becomes her first U.S. senior indoor win. Her series was consistent with puts over 60 feet. Her final throw of 19.41
is the second best put indoors globally in 2013.
27 January- Sambu win Half Marathon debut in Carlsbad, 1:03.02
18 January 2013: Viuf 3rd at Pole Vault Summit
Reno- Katy Viuf began her season with a third place finish at the North American Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. She cleared
4.40 (14 feet 5 inches). The event was won by World Indoor Champion, Fabiana Murer with a mark of 15 feet.
CLICK LINK-12/1: Stephen Sambu, Arizona All-American, to transition to Road Racing
|Photo Credit: PhotoRun
Greek Olympian, NCAA Champion, Katerina Stefanidi joins Elite Athletes Network
He's ready for Chicago Marathon,
but Kenyan runner's passion is providing medical care in impoverished hometown
By Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune reporter
7:15 PM CDT, September 29, 2012
This is a story about a man who runs, a man who runs fast enough to have won the Boston Marathon
and the Los Angeles Marathon twice and to be one of the favorites in next Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
But this is not a story about a runner, because what Wesley Korir does in running shoes is but
a small part of this man who runs.
He says he wants to become president of Kenya one day. People who know him, people who have seen
him invest heart, soul and wallet to better the lives of his fellow Kenyans, do not find such a role beyond Korir's reach.
Look how far he has come from a poor, alcoholism-ridden village in Kitale township of western
Kenya. And how close he remains to that village, Biribiriet, building a clinic, underwriting the education of some of its
children, paying for the food of orphans his mother takes into her home.
"This is a man who has given to humanity more than any man I have ever met," said Bill Smock,
a Louisville, Ky., physician who led the team of medical professionals who helped Korir get the 10-bed clinic running in July.
In eight days, Smock and his colleagues treated 3,500 people who never had previous access to
free medical care, who had been too poor to pay for it. The visiting doctors, medical students and nurses saved the lives
of at least six children.
That was just a start. The clinic has been seeing an average of 50 people a day since it opened.
Korir has persuaded the University of Louisville, his alma mater, to embark on programs that will bring health care, clean
water and education to the Kitale area on a continuing basis.
"Wesley is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met," said Toni Ganzel, interim dean
of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. "He takes his passions and strengths and vision about making the world
a better place and puts it into tangible action."
Long before he began making money as a runner, Korir would take part of the salary he earned as
a maintenance worker at the university and send it back to Kenya. Now that he earns well into six figures annually, he simply
sends more back through his charity, the Kenyan Kids Foundation.
"This little boy who used to walk barefoot, sleep on the floor of a hut, sometimes not have food
… now look where I am," Korir said. "It is so amazing. Sometimes I just sit back and laugh about the journey."
Korir lives pieces of each year in his houses in Kentucky and Kenya and in a basement apartment
at his in-laws' home in Kitchener, Ontario. He has a biology degree, a wife and 2-year-old daughter as well as a running career
in which he seems to be hitting full stride at 29.
In a country renowned for runners, Korir fell into elite running almost accidentally. It would
be one of the many serendipitous twists in his journey, none of which he views as coincidence. He sees them all as part of
God's plan for him, and you become inclined to look at it that way after hearing him tell the story.
Wesley Korir, one of his family's nine children, always was a good student. But he had trouble
staying in high school because his father, a subsistence farmer, could not always raise the $400 annual fee for St. Joseph's
in Kitale, one of the private schools that remain the best places for rural Kenyan children to get good educations.
Willie Walshe, a 64-year-old Irish missionary priest who has lived in Kenya since 1973, was Korir's
high school English teacher. With help from family and friends in Ireland, the priest filled in the financial gaps for many
students, including Korir, whom Walshe describes as a "diligent, conscientious, fine young man."
Accepted at the University of Nairobi, Korir could not afford the tuition. Desperate to avoid
a dead-end existence in his village, he moved two hours away to Eldoret to live with a cousin and do chores in the cousin's
house. Korir, who had run some low-level races in high school, would go out every morning for a workout without really knowing
why he was training.
Paul Ereng, the 1988 Olympic 800-meter champion who grew up in Kitale, was then managing a group
of professional runners in Eldoret. Walshe, who knew Ereng, emailed to see if he could help Korir.
Ereng, a graduate of Virginia and now an assistant coach at Texas-El Paso, told Korir he should
try to get a track scholarship at a U.S. university. Ereng contacted an old friend, Norbert Elliott, then the coach at Murray
State in Murray, Ky.
Korir arrived in Kentucky in January 2004. Not long after Korir began competing for Murray State,
the coach told him the men's track program was being phased out, with the end planned before Korir would graduate. But Elliott
put Korir in touch with his friend, Ron Mann, who became head coach at Louisville in July 2004.
By then, Korir had won the Ohio Valley Conference titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Other
schools, including Arkansas and Georgia, flew Korir for visits to discuss a possible transfer. Louisville arranged a bus ticket.
Korir took the five-hour ride. It led to the place where he met his wife and made connections
that allowed him to fulfill his athletic and humanistic potential. Mann is his coach to this day. Louisville became his promised
Korir's mother, Roseline Chelimo, gave him the spirit of generosity and strong Christian faith
that had sustained her through years of a hardscrabble existence with a husband, Nehemiah, whose good qualities often were
drowned in alcohol. With that religious grounding, Korir did not need an epiphany to have a sense of altruism or of what was
important in life.
But there was an epiphany, one so terrifying it seemed to come right from the Book of Revelation.
Korir had returned to Kenya at Christmas in 2007 to renew his visa. At the end of that year, a
controversial presidential election led to violence between members of his tribe, the Kalenjin, and the Kikuyu, Kenya's politically
Incumbent Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, was declared the winner. Eldoret, where Korir was staying with
his cousin, became an epicenter of deadly reprisals. One day a Kalenjin mob insisted he and the cousin join them. The cousin
told Korir to flee rather than be swept up in tribal pressure for vengeance.
"I had to be the shy one, the coward one," Korir said. "I knew this violence wasn't right."
Korir would work his way past Kalenjin roadblocks over the 80 miles west to safety in Uganda.
Two weeks later, with the help of the Louisville coaches, he got the visa and returned to the U.S.
Before he began the escape by running into a cornfield, Korir watched the mob set fire to what
he thought was the most magnificent house in Eldoret. In 30 minutes, the Kikuyu home had burned to the ground.
"That put into deeper perspective what is important in this life," he said. "I needed to put more
emphasis on helping people than investing in material things."
Korir, whose top collegiate running achievement was a Big East title, had planned to become a
doctor. Not long before getting his undergraduate degree in December 2008, he was filling out applications to medical schools
when he decided to run the Chicago Marathon.
Race officials denied his request to run with the elite, who started five minutes ahead of the
mass field. He wound up running alone nearly the whole way and finished with a time that was fourth fastest overall. Rules
prevented him from getting the $15,000 prize for fourth place, but race director Carey Pinkowski quietly apologized to Korir
and made good on a promise he would get the money.
The episode attracted attention that would be worth far more than the money. Korir was no longer
just another Kenyan with a high finish in a marathon.
Eight months later, still a relative unknown but a designated elite runner in the Los Angeles
Marathon, Korir set a course record to win the race, $160,000 and a car. He kept his job as a maintenance man for another
He won Los Angeles again in 2010. He has run Chicago four straight times, finishing second last
year in a career-best time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 15 seconds. And then he went to Boston last April, beating an exceptionally
strong field on a brutally hot day with a time of 2:12:40.
Korir thought winning Boston would be good enough to make the Kenyan Olympic team. The Kenyan
track federation, rife with its usual internal machinations, thought otherwise.
That disappointment turned out to be a blessing for Korir and his people.
For several years, the Louisville medical school had sent a team of doctors and students to Mombasa,
Kenya. This year's group was preparing to leave when a deadly terrorist bombing at a Mombasa nightclub June 24 led the State
Department to advise against travel to the area. Louisville canceled the trip.
When Korir heard what had happened, he immediately saw an opportunity. He asked if the mission
could go instead to his village, where he had taken over a $30,000 project to build a clinic that had languished for 10 years.
With financial help from Hall Steps, the foundation created by another deeply religious marathoner,
two-time U.S. OIympian Ryan Hall, the physical part of the clinic had been finished. Now Korir hoped for help in training
the permanent staff. The Louisville medical school agreed to switch its trip to Biribiriet in July.
"It was like divine intervention," Ganzel said.
Korir had two weeks to arrange logistics for a 20-person group. Nothing would stop him. This was
a way to honor the memory of the brother who died of a snake bite when he was 9 because medical care was miles away.
"Wesley worked miracles," Smock said. "He is an incredible, incredible man."
Korir's wife, Canadian runner and Louisville grad Tarah McKay, said he became so consumed by the
task that training for the Chicago Marathon went to the back burner some days. All Korir cared about were the hundreds of
people who lined up every morning, waiting for the clinic to open.
His attention remains divided. Through an organization called SOS, Korir has arranged for a 40-foot
container of medical supplies to be delivered to the clinic this fall. Another Louisville medical school team will go next
July, and Ganzel hopes to add a second trip each year. It also could include students from the university's nursing school,
dental school and school of public health.
"When you would help the children, you would see their families smile,'' Korir said. "I told my
wife, 'This is what I want to do the rest of my life, to make people smile.' ''
Korir is sure God was seeing those smiles. Maybe that is why his training for Chicago has been
the best marathon buildup of his career.
"Whether I finish 10th or eighth or second or first in Chicago, I know it will be because God
planned it," he said. "I work hard to do my part so God can use me as he wants."
Korir wants to win. It would mean a bigger cash prize and more money for the Kenyan Kids Foundation.
It would mean Korir can help pay school fees for more than the 40 children he now supports.
"Running is just a stepping stone," he said. "When I die, I don't want people to say, 'Wesley
the great runner.' I want people to say, 'Wesley the person that helped change people's lives.' ''
Thousands of people would say that already.
30 Sep VIDEO CLICK A chat with the 2012 Chicago marathon leading contender, Wesley Korir
CLICK LINK: 9/15. Torrence Repeat Win at Front Street Mile
CLICK video: 2 September- 2nd Place, Weltklasse Zurich, Michelle Carter
26 August: Olympic Finalist, Carter superb on European Circuit
Michelle Carter won both DecaNation and Memorial Istvan Gylulai Meetings. Michelle has her best throw of 19.60 meters
in the Lausanne Diamond League Meeting to finish second place. She also finished second place in the Birmingham Diamond
League, shot put
11 August: Torrence wins in Falmouth, Chelsea Reilly massive P.B. Third place
Falmouth- David Torrence was the winner in the Falmouth Mile
last night with a time of 3:55.46. He outkicked Jordan McNamara down the home stretch of James Kalperis track. Cal alum,
Chelsea Reilly recorded a personal best to finish 3rd in the women's mile with a time of 4:30.18. David's next race
is DN Galan Stockholm.
August 6, London- Two-Time Olympian, Michelle Carter finished a strong 5th place in the 2012 London Olympic Shot Put.
The best mark of the evening was Valerie Adams winning the gold medal.
July 21- Melissa Gergel finished 2nd place in Ninove, Belgium Flanders Cup Meeting pole vault. David Torrence ran his first
800 meter race of 2012 in a time of 1:46.90 to finish third place.
- David Torrence finished 2nd place in Lignano 1500 meters with a time of 3:37.57. Michelle Carter finished 3rd in the
shot put. Hyleas Fountain finished 4th place in the long jump Katy Viuf cleared 4.31 to take 5th place in Spitzen Lucerne
7 July- 2012 Australian Olympian, David Mc Neill ran a personal best for 5000 meters at the Knight of Athletics Meeting in
Heusden, Belgium. His time of 13:18.60 posted has his second Olympic qualifying mark in 2012.
CLICK LINK : Fountain Wins another Olympic Trials Heptathlon
29 June- 2008 Olympic finalist, Michelle Carter finished second place in the Olympic Trials to earn another chance to compete
in the Olympic Games shot put. She joins Jill Williams and Tia Brooks to represent the United States.
Eugene, 6/26- Derek Miles qualified for his third Olympic Team in the pole vault. He was memeber of 2004, 2008 and now 2012
Teams. Khadevis Robinson also qualified for the London Olympics by finishing second place in the 800 meters with a time of
1:44.6. He is now a 2-Time Olympian.
|26 June- K.D. Qualifies for London Olympics
|Portland 6/9 - David Mc Neill finished third place with a solid run in the Portland Festival of Races 5000 meters at Shelton
Track at Lewis & Clark College.
5000 Meter Run Elite Open Men
Year Team Finals
1 Dathan Ritzenhein NORP
2 Aaron Braun
3 David McNeill
6/10 Khadevis on Top in Vancouver 800 meters 1:45.15
Khadevis Robinson chased down Duane Solomon to win the Harry Jerome Classic 800 meters with a time of 1:45.16. Solomon was
time in 1:45.66 for second place.
6/9 Michelle Carter and David Torrence Shine at New York Diamond League
2012 World Indoor Bronze Medalist, Michelle Carter finished third place in the Shot Put with a season's best mark of 19.32
(63 feet 5 inches). Rising Star David Torrence also finished third in the 1500 meters. He ran another Olympic Standard qualifying
time of 3:35.48. Both will now prepare for U.S. Olympic Trials.
Eugene, June 2: Khadevis Robinson opened his 2012 season in the 800 meters with a time of 1:44.5 to finish fourth place
at the Prefontaine Classic. David Torrence finished 9th place in the Bowerman Mile with a personal best run of 3:52.01.
Rome, May 31- Olympians, Michelle Carter and Michelle Perry both finished 4th place in their respective events. 100 meter
hurdles and shot put.
Tucson 5/19- Hyleas Fountain won the long jump in Tucson with a leap of 22 feet 1 3/4 inches (6.75m). She also cleared
1.85m for second place overall in the Tucson Elite high jump.
5/18 Torrence gets an Olympic 1500 Meter Qualifying Standard
David Torrence ran a season's best time of 3:35.41 to qualify and meet the London 2012 Olympic standard for 1500 meters while
competing at the Occidental College High Performance Meeting in Los Angeles. He now has Olympic qualifying marks for
800, 1500 and 5000 meters.
4/29- David Torrence runs Olympic Qualifying Time at Stanford
David Torrence made an impressive professional debut for 5000 meters at the Payton Jordan meeting at Stanford University.
He ran a personal best by .43 seconds. David finished seventh place with a time of 13:16.53.
|Wesley Korir wins 2012 Boston Marathon
|Wesley Korir breaking the tape in Boston
|21 April- Michelle Perry wins 2012 Mt. SAC Relays
|Two-Time World Champion, Michelle Perry
Perry Returns with 100 meter hurdle Victory at UCLA
Los Angeles (4/14) Two-Time World Champion, Michelle Perry returned with a 2012 outdoor debut victory in the 100 meter
hurdles today, while competing at UCLA's Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner Kersee meeting. Her winning time was 12.75
New York- While finishing fourth place at the New York Half Marathon, Wesley Korir slashed his personal best by over
one minute and finished in 61:19. His next event will be the Boston Marathon in April.
Top Results: 3/19/2012
MEN - 1. Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, 59:39 2.
Deriba Merga, 59:48 3. Feyisa Lilesa, 1:00:454. Wesley Korir, KEN, 1:01:19 5. Sam Chelanga1:01:19 PB; 6. Kevin
Chelimo, 1:01:21 7. Chris Thompson, 1:01:23 8. Scott Overall, 1:01:25 9. Marilson Gomes Dos Santos,
1:01:26 10. Michael Shelley, 1:01:27
|Michelle Carter Captures Bronze World Indoor
10 March, Istanbul - Olympic Finalist, Michelle Carter won her first major shot put medal today at the 2012 World Indoor
Championships with a personal best throw of 19.58 meters (64 ft. 5 inches). Michelle is coached by her father, Olympic Silver
Medalist, Michael Carter. She finished in bronze position.
3/5 Runner's World: Brief Chat: Wesley Korir in Eldoret
Feb. 26 Carter, Indoor Personal Best in the Shot, 19.27 (63-2 3/4)
Albuquerque- 2011 USA Outdoor Champion, Michelle Carter threw a personal best of 19.27 meters in the shot put to finish second
place and qualify for the World Indoor Championships. Carter lead the event through round 4.
18 Feb. Torrence Spectacular in Sydney 1500 meters
David Torrence opened his 2012
track season on Saturday with a victory in Sydney, Australia. His time was 3:35.66. Collis Birmingham finished second with
a time of 3:35.74. He competes again on March 3 in Melbourne.
2 Feb: Miles clears 18-4 1/2 at Bill Hillenbrand at Dakota Dome
Vermillion - Two-Time Olympic Finalist Derek Miles cleared 5.60 (18-4 1/2) on a first attempt. Miles had first attempt clearances
at 5.40, 5.50 and close make attempts at 5.70 while competing in the pole vault at the University of South Dakota last night.
11 Jan: Hyleas Fountain chosen for Budweiser Summer Olympic Program
Beijing Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain is among the featured Olympians selected to promote the 2012 London Olympic
Games. Fountain is a 6-Time U.S. National Champion. She has won titles in both Heptathlon and long jump.
Guadalajara: 10/29 Lanaro and Carter Capture Medals at Pan American Games
Giovanni Lanaro became a Two-Time Pan Am Medalist yesterday in the pole vault. He previously won silver in 2007. Michelle
Carter braced the podium for her first senior appearance in the Games in bronze position.
10/22: Melissa Gergel and Lea Wallace to be represented
by Karen Locke
Karen Locke has agreed to represent
2011 NCAA Pole Vault Champion, Melissa Gergel. Gergel was an 8-Time NCAA All-American while at the University of Oregon. She
won the Illinois, High School State Championship in 2007 and was coached by Tim Johnson, brother of Olympic Bronze Medalist,
Jan Johnson and uncle of World Silver Medalist, Chelsea. Lea Wallace was a 2-Time NCAA All American at Sacramento
State with an 800 meter personal best of 2:02. Wallace is a native of Napa, California.Both, Melissa and Lea are 22 years
old and I see a bright future for each.
10/12: Korir's Chicago gamble pays off with personal
Click for Today's Korir story
10/9- 2:06:15 Personal Best for Wesley Korir at Chicago Marathon
Wesley Korir had a previous best time of 2:08:24. Today,
he lowered his record to 2:06:15 to finish second place at the Chicago Marathon.
1. Moses Mosop, 2:05:37
2. Wesley Korir, 2:06:15
3. Bernard Kipyego, , 2:06.29
Citi Kicks Off ‘Citi Team USA Flag Tour’
in Sioux Falls to Celebrate Sponsorship of 2012 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Teams
10/6- CLICK! Link to story Citi Flag Raising with Derek Miles
|10/5: Wesley Korir visits Pershing West in Chicago
Stephen Colbert tweets about Chelsea Johnson
Well, I've exhausted my baseball knowledge. On to pole vaulting! How about Chelsea Johnson
taking the silver in the '09 Worlds? #Colbert
Colbert Tweets Chelsea Johnson
9/29: Derek Miles Joins Citibank USA Olympic Flag Tour
NEW YORK (USA): Citi is the official
bank sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and U.S. Olympic Committee. August marked a year out Tour leading
up to the London Games. Beijing 4th placer and reigning U.S. Olympic Trials Pole Vault Champ, Derek Miles will participate
in celebrating with a flag raising event in Sioux Falls on October 6 and share his Olympic experience with Citibank employees
and community. Miles is a two time Olympian and current U.S. Champion in 2011.
|Photo credit-Victor Sailor
9/24- Mile Personal Best for Torrence at 5th Avenue Mile
New York- David Torrence pushed the pace with 200 meters to go. Stretching out to finish a strong third place behind
World Medalist, Bernard Lagat and Amine Laalou. His time of 3:52.4 is a life time best for one mile.
9/18 Fountain achieved Olympic "A" Standard in Long Jump at DecaNation
1 6m91 (+0.8) LESUEUR Eloyse FRANCE 6m83(+0.8) / 6m71(+1.8) /
6m91(+0.8) / X
2 6m85 (+4.4) PIDLUZHNAYA Yuliya (Rus) RUSSIE X / 6m85(+4.4) /
6m74(+3.1) / X
3 6m76 (+1.0)FOUNTAIN Hyleas (Usa)6m23(+0.5) / 6m57(+2.3) / 6m70(+1.5) / 6m76(+1.0)
sets mark at Front Street Mile
LAHAINA - David Torrence wasn't just
looking to win this year's Front Street Mile, he was gunning for the record. That's exactly what happened. Torrence crossed
the finish line on Saturday in 3 minutes, 57 seconds. Jon Rankin 2nd place 4:00. Garrett Heath 3rd place, 4:00. Heather Kampf
won the women's race in 4:39. Angela Bizzari second 4:41.
17 Sep: Kyle Miller, 2nd Place at USA v Great Britian Road Mile Challenge
Newcastle- In the men's mile, Bernard
Lagat eased to victory in just four minutes and six seconds, ahead of teammate Kyle Miller 4:08. UK and NI champion Andrew
Osagie grabbed third spot during the Great North Games, USA v Great Britian Challenge.
29 July- Torrence 3:35.9 Season Best in DN Galan
David Torrence ran a 2011 best time of 3:35.9 on Friday evening in Stockholm Diamond League. He will compete next in Folksam
Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden.
23 July 1:44.03 for Khadevis Robinson in Monaco
Monte Carlo- Khadevis Robinson finished his Euro racing stint with a time of 1:44.03 and finished 5th place in IAAF Monaco
800 meters. He managed to win two races prior. He travels home to prepare for Daegu Championships.
19 July KD Wins his third Lignano 800, Season's Best
Lignano- Celebrating his birthday tonight, Meeting record holder, Khadevis Robinson won third Lignano 800 meter race with
a season's best time of 1:44.45. David Torrence finished second place in 1:45.9
Italy- Giovanni Lanaro won his second pole vault competition (2007-2011) in Padova. Khadevis made his first appearance there
and won with a time of 1:46. David Torrence was the winner of the 1500 meters in Sardina.
Derek Miles cleared 5.70 (18 ft 8 1/4 in.) to win the Gill Factory pole vault in Champaign, Illinois on July 2
3 July- K.D. Wins with ease in Victoria 1:45.8
Khadevis came to Victoria to honor and toast recently retired, 800 meter World Silver Medalist, Gary Reed. He did so
in winning fashion by placing first place in the Gary Reed 800 meters, held in conjunction with the Victoria Classic. His
time was 1:45.85.
6/25- Miles win his second U.S. Outdoor Pole Vault title
24 June-Olympic Finalist, Michelle Carter wins third U.S. Shot put title, Becomes All Time #2
Eugene- Olympic and World finalist, Michelle Carter became
the second best thrower in American history with a second attempt throw of 19.86. It was also her second national title. She
is the daughter of Olympic Silver Medalist, Michael Carter who also coaches her. Father and daughter are also high school
18 June- Kyle Miller, formerly of University of Texas has signed
with Elite Athletes Network and will be represented by Karen Locke. He finished college with personal bests of 3:41.67 for
1500 meters and 4:00.50 mile. Miller has improved in 2011 to 3:36.82 and 3:55. His sudden rise, along with David Torrence
makes them both strong contenders for upcoming championship teams.
17 June- U.S. Discus Lead for Breisch Today
Chula Vista- Struggling to find timing over the last month.
Defending U.S. discus champion, Becky Breisch has managed to time her discus throw just right today in Chula Vista with two
attempts over 62.00 and final toss of 64.30. Her timing is significant as she defends her title next week at the USA Championships.
12 June- Torrence captures men’s
1500m in New York
In the men’s 1500m National Race,
three-time road race champion David Torrence blitzed the field with a season’s best time of 3:36.15. 2008 silver
medalist, Nick Willis (NZL) finished in second with a season’s best time of 3:36.46.
4 June- Athletes Shine at Prefontaine Classic
K.D. ran his second best time of the year, 1:45.40 to finished second place in the Pre Classic 800 meters. David Torrence
ran 3:45.0 for a personal best in the mile.
Walnut, California- Mexican record holder, Giovanni Lanaro
cleared 5.60 on his first attempt on Saturday to win California Meeting.
1 Giovanni Lanaro
Mexico 5.60m 18-04.50
2 Jeff Coover
unattached 5.40m 17-08.50
3 Kyle Ballew
Lucky Strike 4.90m 16-00.75
26 May: Khadevis stuns the 800 field in Rome Golden Gala
Rome- While crossing the finish line first in Rome, Khadevis Robinson ran his 14th consecutive year mark of 1:45 or better.
His winning time was 1:45.09.
|Antonio Manuel Reina||ESP||1:47.43|
|Alfred Kirwa Yego||KEN||1:48.73|
Miles achieve Daegu and Olympic Standard Today, Torrence
22 May Miles, 5.72 in Jonesboro, Torrence 800 meters, 1:45.4
Angeles- David Torrence ran a time of 1:45.43 tonight at Occidental College in California.
Beijing 4th place and World #5 cleared 5.72 in the pole vault today. He is now the American leader and his mark qualifies
for Daegu and the London Olympics. Derek's next competition will be in Rome, Golden Gala.
May 11, 2011
Mercedes-Benz 10K draws more than 2,000 participants
The Appleby College campus was even busier than local flower shops on Mother’s Day.
More than 2,000 runners and walkers of all ages gathered at Appleby Sunday to participate in the third annual Mercedes-Benz
A couple from St. Clements, Ont., stole the show in the 10-kilometre run. Wesley Korir was the overall winner of the event’s
signature race, finishing in 29:11.0, while Tarah Korir was the top female finisher with a time of 34:02.6. Predrag Mladenovic
of Etobicoke (30:54.5) was second overall, with Oakville’s Kevin Smith (32:20.4) placing third.
In the 5K run, Port Credit’s Derek Van Schepen was the overall winner, crossing the line in 16:10.5. Oakville’s
Paulina Maher claimed the women’s title, posting a time of 19:08.4, and fellow local resident Chris Leverette was second
The 10K power walk was won by Oakville’s Sarah Kohli, who finished the course in 1:05.24.4. Tim Harris of Oakville took
the men’s title, finishing in 1:07:13.1.
Patrick Owen of North York won the 5K power walk in a time of 38:11.3, while Oakville’s Helena Lau was the top female
A 1K junior jog, 300m toddler trot, Appleby Alumni Cup Challenge and High School Challenge rounded out the event schedule.
This year’s Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K raised nearly $7,000 for the United Way of Oakville, the event’s charitable
Justin Hall of London, the fifth-place overall finisher in the 10K run, was the random draw grand prize winner of a one-year
lease for a new B-Class Mercedes-Benz, presented by Mercedes-Benz Oakville general manager Mark LeRoeye. In addition to the
grand prize, finishers were rewarded with more than $5,000 worth of prizin
Torrence makes it three in a row at USA 1 Mile
MINNEAPOLIS - Despite cool conditions
and wet streets from an earlier light rain, David Torrence (Oakland, Calif.) and Sara Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.)
turned in hot times at the third USA 1 Mile Road Championships Thursday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In earning his
third consecutive title, Torrence ran a course record 3:58.4, minutes after Hall turned her women's course record of 4:30.8.
8 May- Khadevis Three-Peats in Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston- Meeting record holder Khadevis Robinson returned to Jamaica to claim his third title with a season opener of 1:46.25.
He set the meet record in 2009 with a time of 1:45.67. It was his first race in 2011.
Click link-5/5: Competitor- Torrence & Willard defend Mile Titles
Pierce and Torrence Will Defend USA 1 Mile Road Titles
Anna Pierce spoke about this race in Thursday's Brief Chat. She and David Torrence, who has won it twice, will be back at the USA 1 Mile Road, which is part of the Medtronic TC 1 Mile in downtown
Minneapolis on May 12. Torrence's 3:59.3 in the event in 2009 is the only sub-4:00 time in the event's history (he won in
2010 in 4:04.0). Torrence, a University of California graduate and now a Bay Area Track Club member, recalls that the
2009 victory "was probably one of the biggest breaks for my career as a post-collegiate athlete. At the time, I was unsponsored
and living off of prize money from races. By crossing the line first under 4:00 minutes, I received the generous $10,000 bonus
that essentially funded my running career for the next year. The financial security that winning the race brought allowed
me to train full time and improve drastically." Pierce, who won the women's mile in 2010 in 4:34.6, would need a time under
4:32.0 to get a $10,000 bonus.
Click Video- See Derek Miles winning Jump at Des Moines Mall
April 27, Des Moines- Two Time Olympian, Derek Miles won 2011 Drake Relays Mall Vault with a clearance of 5.62 (18-5 1/2).
I was his second victory in this event. He was also the winner in 2008. Brad Walker finished second place by clearing 5.52
(18-1 1/2). Winning video below
4/22: Check out new Hyleas Fountain Commercial here
April 16: Lanaro Second Place in first competition
53RD ANNUAL MT. SAC RELAYS
1 Roth, Scott Washington
2 Lanaro, Giovanni Mexico
3 Sawano, Daichi Japan
April 9: Olympian medalist addresses BMW associates
Hyleas Fountain, 2008
U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist and 2012 Olympic hopeful, recently joined Wayne Orchowski, chief operating officer for BMW Group
Financial Services in the company’s Hilliard-based, North American Regional Service Center. Fountain spoke before an
audience of nearly 200 of the organizations’ associates, showcasing her personal dedication, as well as discussing how
technical expertise can enhance peak performance, traits she and the company have in common, according to BMW officials. BMW
Group (including BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad) is the Official Mobility Partner of the USOC from now through 2016.
April 8: Wariner, Miles To Compete At Drake
Wariner, Miles To Compete At Drake
Former Olympians Coming To Des
Moines April 28-30
MOINES, Iowa—Three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner and two-time U.S. Olympic pole-vaulter Derek Miles
will return to Drake Stadium for the 102nd Drake Relays, April 28-30, 2011. Both past Drake Relays champions will join another
world-class roster of athletes slated to compete this year in America’s Athletic Classic.
“Never have I been more excited about a Drake Relays event than this
year,” said Brian Brown, director of the Drake Relays. “We have an outstanding field of individuals in all of
the events we’re going to offer.”
the reigning No. 1-ranked 400-meter runner in the world, will make his fifth Drake Relays appearance, and first since winning
the special invitational 400 meters in 2009 with a time of 45.06. Wariner initially competed in the Drake Relays as a collegian
at Baylor, finishing second in the 400 in 2005, then winning the 200 in ’06 and placing second in the event in ‘07.
Miles, who seeks to win his third Relays pole vault title in four years, and his fourth overall, will also compete in the
popular “Pole Vault in the Mall” competition on Wednesday, April 27, prior to the Relays.
“Jeremy finished the season last year ranked No. 1 in the world,”
Brown said. “I’m always excited when he comes to Drake University to compete in any event, but particularly when
he’s going to run his specialty, the 400 meters.”
Owner of four Olympic medals, Wariner won gold in the 400 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and captured
gold medals with the U.S. 4x400 meter relay teams in Athens and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was the silver medalist in
the open 400 meters in Beijing.
Wariner has maintained
the world’s No. 1 ranking in the 400 meters five of the past seven years (2004-07, ’10) and was No. 2 in 2008
and ’09. His dominant 2010 season included clocking three of the four fastest 400 meters times in the world. Wariner’s
personal best of 43.45, set in 2007, is the third-fastest ever recorded.
“I’m excited to come back this year to Drake,” Wariner said. “Last year I was
not able to come because I was injured, but the crowd has always been great there and supported me with everything I’ve
done. I’m just looking forward to coming back this year.”
Miles has become a fixture of the Drake Relays pole vault competition since claiming his first title in
2002, and added victories in ‘08 (18-4.75) and ’09 (18-7.25) before finishing second a year ago (18-1.25). A top-five
pole-vaulter in the world each of the past three years and six of the last eight, Miles has been America’s top-ranked
vaulter since 2008.
we’re going to have Derek here,” Brown said. “We’re going to provide a very unique experience, pairing
male and female pole vaulters and use their combined heights so we can have an overall winner.” This is going to be
the best Pole Vault in the Mall we’ve had. The first two were great, but this is going to be even better.”
A two-time U.S. Olympian, Miles made his Olympic debut at the
2004 Athens Games with a seventh-place finish (18-10.37), then narrowly missed earning a medal with a fourth-place showing
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (18-8.40).
who has twice cleared 19-2.5 won his first U.S. outdoor championship at the 2008 Olympic Trials. He tied for second at the
2009 U.S. Outdoor Championships and claimed fourth at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.
Miles won his first U.S.
title at the 2003 Indoor Championships and was the top finisher at the World Outdoor Championships later that summer en route
to his first Olympic team in 2004.
been one of my favorite events,” Miles said of the Drake Relays. “I have been coming here ever since I was in
college at South Dakota. About my junior year I actually got a chance to go in the college division and I have been coming
to the relays for almost 15 years. It’s close to where I live in South Dakota but not only that, it’s awesome
seeing so many people coming out to see the track event. The Drake Relays has been always a great event.”
The 102nd Drake Relays features a week-long festival of events,
including the second annual running of the Wellmark Grand Blue Mile on Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday, April
26. The race is open to all participants. Registration can be completed online by visiting www.GrandBlueMile.com.
The “Pole Vault in the Mall” presented by Hy-Vee
at Jordan Creek Town Center returns this year for the third time, and first since 2009. It is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.
on Wednesday, April 27. This year’s event will feature a new twist that will bring women’s competitors into the
event for the first time as part of a team competition. One men’s and one women’s entrant will be paired up to
form five teams competing for the title based on best combined finishing place.
“I like jumping indoors,” Miles said. “You have lots of people close to you
and the energy level is high, especially in the mall as it’s so tight and a lot of people are around you. At the same
time, when you get outdoors, if you get a nice Iowa tail-wind you can get up pretty high.”
Tickets for the 2011 Drake Relays are on sale now, and may be purchased online
through the official Drake Athletics website (www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com) or by calling (515) 271-DOGS (3647).
Capsules on Special Invitational Participants Announced Today:
Jeremy Wariner—400 meters
Age: 27 | Hometown: Irving, Texas
Three-time Olympic gold medalist (400 meters, 2008; 4x400 relay, 2004 &
’08). Reigning No. 1 400-meter runner in the world (44.13), posting three of top four times in world in 2010. Drake
Relays 400-meter champion (45.06) in 2009. Maintained world No. 1 ranking 2004-07; was No. 2 in ’08 and ’09. Made
Olympic debut in 2004 in Athens, winning gold in the 400 and with U.S. 4x400 relay team. Earned silver medal in 2008 Beijing
Olympics 400 meter run and another gold medal in 4x400 relay. Personal-best time of 43.45 (Aug. 31, 2007; Osaka, Japan) is
third-fastest 400-meter time in history. Won 400 meters at 2005 and ’07 World Championships; finished second in 2009.
Part of gold-medal-winning U.S. 4x400 relay team at 2005 and ’07 World Championships Returns for fifth Drake Relays,
dating back to his collegiate years at Baylor. 2004 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 400-meter champion.
Derek Miles—Pole Vault
Age: 38 | Hometown: Tea, S.D.
Maintained top-five world ranking each of past three years, and six of last eight. Two-Time U.S. Olympian—finished
4th in pole vault at 2008 Beijing Games and 7th in 2004 at Athens. Finished 4th at 2010 World Indoor Championships. Drake
Relays Special Invitational pole vault champion in 2002, ’08 and ’09. Personal-best mark of 19-2.5 came in 2008
in Berlin, Germany. Won first U.S. outdoor championship at 2008 Olympic Trials, and finished second at ’09 U.S. Outdoor
4/7 -Texas Relays Flotrack video: Manzano edges Torrence and Jackson
|Torrence, Manzano today at Texas Relays
Becky Breisch set the Terry & Linda Fuller throws
field record 4/1/11
LUBBOCK, Texas - Becky Breisch and Texas Tech strength and conditioning coach Jason Young
won the Elite Discus Throw Exhibition this afternoon at the Terry & Linda Fuller throws field.
Breisch, who throws
for Nike, won the competition with a facility record of 207'-9" (63.33M). The throw is the top American throw of the season
and currently third in the world rankings.
Aretha Thurmond (Nike)
was second that vaults her into the fourth spot in the world with a throw of 207'-4" (63.19M). Stephanie Brown-Trafton (Nike)
finished in third with a mark of 194'-3" (59.21M).
Texas Tech's Ifeatu Okafor placed seventh in the field throwing 162'-11" (49.66M).
In the men's competition
Jason Young, a strength and conditioning coach for Texas Tech, had to hold off Red Raider Julian Wruck to win the event.
Wruck took the lead
on his very first throw of the competition with a personal-best throw of 203'-00" (61.88M). Young stayed close but waited
until his last throw to win the competition. Young threw a 203'-4" (61.99M) which is the top throw in the United States and
14th on the world rankings.
Wruck's throw improves
on his NCAA leading and season best throw.
Adam Kuehl placed third
with a throw of 198'-1" (60.38M) with Ian Waltz of the NY Athletic Club in fourth with a mark of 197'-11" (60.34M).
Olympic silver medal winner returns to encourage fitness
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 3:42 P
Olympic silver medal winner who grew up in Swatara Twp. returned to the midstate on Tuesday to promote the 30th annual Keystone
State Games Festival of Sports in Hershey and Harrisburg from July 26-31.
Hyleas Fountain, formerly of Swatara
Twp. and now of Dayton, Ohio, said that area people should start training for the games held to promote physical fitness.
"People don’t exercise enough," said Fountain, 30, whose lean and muscular build proved that
she does. "Working out and eating healthy prolongs your life and gives you energy. Anyone can compete in the Keystone Games.
There’s lots of events."
The Keystone State Summer Games, a sports festival modeled
after the Olympics, offers about 30 sports ranging from archery to wrestling. Billed as Pennsylvania’ largest amateur
sports festival, the games promote physical fitness as a health improvement and disease prevention strategy.
Fountain in 2008 won the silver medal in the Olympics heptathlon in Beijing. Now, she’s training
for the 2012 Olympics.
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3/28: Lanaro, Johnson, Miles to Vault in Des Moines Mall
The popular "Pole Vault in the Mall" presented by Hy-Vee at
Jordan Creek Town Center returns this year for the third time, and first since 2009. It is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.
on Wednesday, April 27. This year's event will feature a new twist that will bring women's competitors into the event for
the first time as part of a team competition. While the men will still compete for an individual title, a men's and women's
entrant will be paired up to compete for a team title based on best combined finishing place.
Olympians Derek Miles and Giovanni Lanaro will join World Silver Medalist, Chelsea
Johnson at Jordan Creek Mall.
26 February- Wesley Korir will brace the upcoming issue of Marathon & Beyond
|Cover boy, Wesley Korir
|2011 March/April Issue: Marathon & Beyond
Derek Miles, News clip
World Champ, Samuels to challenge U.S. Champ, Breisch in Sydney
February 16- World discus champion Dani Samuels will
have a world class rival at next month's Sydney Track Classic, with USA champion Becky Briesch today confirming
her intention to compete.
Briesch, who is a three-time world championships representative (2005, 2007, 2009) won the
US title last year and recorded the fourth longest throw in the world last year at 66.52 metres.
With Briesch's personal
best sitting in excess of Samuels' at 67.37m, Samuels will have extra motivation in front of her home crowd to improve on
the personal best of 65.84m set at last year's Sydney Track Classic.
"Competing in my home town and across the Australian
domestic season is always a thrill and it will be great to face some strong competition in Becky this year as I start my build
up to the world championships in Daegu,” Samuels said.
"My record in terms of wins domestically has been great,
so fingers crossed I can hold off her challenge and perform strongly on the night.”
Samuels has competed twice
so far this year, recording wins at the Hunter Track Classic and Brisbane Athletics Classic. Despite not yet recording throws
in excess of 60 metres, Samuels is confident that the extra strength she has developed through off season training will translate
into longer throws as she readjusts her technique.
“The last two year's I've opened up with throws over 60m.
I feel really strong and powerful, but it just isn't going into the discus at this time,” Samuels said after her win
in Brisbane over the weekend.
“It's just about getting consistent, getting into competition and plugging away.”
her part, Briesch is looking forward to coming to Australia and facing Samuels again in competition.
extremely excited about coming to such a beautiful and welcoming country,” Briesch said.
“Dani is a great
competitor and I expect nothing less than a great competition.”
The Sydney Track Classic is being held at the
Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre from 6pm on Saturday, 19 March. Tickets are available via www.sydneytrackclassic.com or 9746 1122.
8 February: Torrence, Runner up in Lievin 800 meters
Meeting Pas De Calais 800 meters
1 Richard Kiplagat 1:46.99
2 David Torrence 1:48.10
3 Jackson Kivuva 1:48.18
David Torrence finished 3rd place in his Millrose Wannamaker debut
104th Wannamaker Mile,
Mekonnen ETH 3:58.58
2.Bernard Lagat USA 3:59.01
3.David Torrence USA 4:00.13
23 January: Korir Three-peat at Carlsbad Half Marathon
12/30 Fountain, Miles,Breisch rank #1 USA by Track & Field News
Olympic Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain ranked #1 in 2010 in the heptathlon and #2 in the long jump. Olympic finalist,
Derek Miles finish the year with the honor of being ranked #1 in the pole vault. #2 All-Time U.S. discus thrower, Becky Breisch
was the 2010 U.S. discus champion and ended the year ranked top.
ranked 5th and 6th in 800/1500 meters. He ran a personal best of 1:45.1 in Monaco at 800 meters. World finalist, Michelle
Carter ranked 2nd in the shot put. 2009 World Silver Medalist, Chelsea Johnson had an abbreviated season, yet manage to rank
2010 BANK OF AMERICA
CHICAGO MARATHON: TOP MEN
1 Wanjiru, Sammy (KEN) …02:06:24
2 Kebede, Tsegaye (ETH) …02:06:43
3 Lilesa, Feyisa (ETH) …02:08:10
4 Korir, Wesley (KEN) …02:08:44
5 Kipruto, Vincent (ETH) …02:09:08
6 Cheruiyot, Robert Kiprono (KEN) …02:09:28
7 Moiben, Laban (KEN) …02:10:48
8 Hartmann, Jason (USA) …02:11:06
9 Harroufi, Ridouane (MAR) …02:13:01
10 Sayenko, Mike (USA) …02:14:27
10-10-10 Wesley Korir and Sammy Wanjiru
Hooker, Lavillenie and Miles go
1,2,3 in Continental Cup vault
Split- Representing Team Americas Derek Miles secured third
place with a 5.75 clearance as European silver medallist Maksym Mazuryk had to be content with fourth at 5.65m. Olympic Champion,
Steve Hooker won the event in a world leading vault of 5.95. Renaud Lavillenie was second place with a first attempt clearance
Head to Heads-Heptathlon
2 September 2010
One of the bonuses to come from the Diamond League is the revival
of the concept so attractive to the public, that of head-to-head clashes; once the prerogative of distance running (Seb Coe
vs Steve Ovett) and of sprinting (Carl Lewis vs the notorious Ben Johnson) the League has enabled it to spread over a full
range of events and meetings. Most importantly it makes for great television.
In Daegu next August and in London in 2012 a real humdinger
is in prospect. No it’s not Bolt vs Powell vs Gay, juicy to the cognoscenti though that might be; its Ennis vs Dobrynska
vs Hyleas Fountain, the girl born in Columbus, Georgia and the silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics. World champion vs
Olympic champion vs Olympic silver medallist. It’s enough to make you salivate. And, lurking in the shadows are the
records of the great Jackie Joyner Kersee and Carolina Kluft, two of the three women in history to exceed 7000 points (the
other, in case you’re asking, is Larisa Nikitina).
Just the thought of it raises memories of those great tussles
at decathlon between Jürgen Hingsen and Daley Thompson. Eleven times they met, eleven times Thompson won. At the Seoul Olympics
the German finally had chance of revenge. Daley was severely injured and sheer bloody mindedness took him through the contest
(he finished fourth a few points outside the medals). But Jürgen was in great shape; the problem was he created three false
starts in the 100 metres and was disqualified. I watched from a high vantage point as he ran around the Olympic stadium like
a headless chicken pleading to no avail with anyone he could find (including the great Primo). He never competed internationally
again. Neither did Daley. Both the gladiators downed their weapons but honours had been far from even despite the fact that
Hingsen had set three world records during the period of their rivalry.
All three of the top women in the Heptathlon are on top of
their game and just 88 points separates their best performances set this year. A look at their potential (best performances
in each event) shows a difference of just 47 points (with Dobrynska leading and all three over 7000 points). These are infinitesimal
margins. None of the three can be written off; no one is a certainty to win.
We in Europe know about Ennis and Dobrynska for they dominated
the television screens of athletics enthusiasts for two days but what of Hyleas Fountain? The 29 year old American champion
has an impressive record. She joined a club at seven years of age (Denise Lewis had to wait till she was nine). They didn’t
do multi events at Central Dauphin East High School in Pennsylvania so her first heptathlon success came when she was 20 and
she won the first of her five NCAA titles. Her breakthrough came in 2004 when she finished fourth in the Olympic Trials. A
year later she won the US outdoor title, a feat she was to repeat in 2007 and 2008 (Olympic Trials). In 2010 she finished
fourth (behind Ennis) at the World Indoor in Doha. Coached by Lynn Smith and represented by Karen Locke she is part of an
all-woman team that will be striving for double gold in the next two years.
It is intriguing that the strengths of the three athletes are
spread over different events. Ennis will undoubtedly lead after the opening 100 metres hurdles and despite some strong shot
putting by Dobrynska may well be ahead after the first day. Both the American and the Ukrainian come into their own on the
second day. Fountain has the best long jump with 6.89m; Dobrynska leads the trio with 49.25m in the javelin; Ennis could clinch
the titles with the fastest 800 metres. It is anybody’s game.
Tension will be in the air at 10am (7pm GMT) on 29 August 2011
when the heptathletes go to their marks for the opening event, sending us into two days of intense, riveting drama. Watch
Reiti-29 August- David Torrence ran a personal best today of 3:34.25 to finish 8th place in the Reiti Grand Prix 1500 meters.
He improved from 3:35.8 previous best ran in June at New York DL.
24 August, Lille- Derek Miles finished third place in the pole vault with a leap of 5.62 meters. The event was won by
Frenchman, Renaud Lavillenie with a clearance of 5.72. David Torrence finished 6th in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:36.72.
His second best time in 2010.
22 August, Giovanni Lanaro finished third place in pole vault during his first appearance in Berlin, Olympic stadium,
while competing at ISTAF meeting. He cleared 5.61 (18 feet 4 3/4 inches). Derek Miles finished fourth place.
15 August- Miles & Fountain finish solid in Crystal Palace
London- 2008 U. S. Olympic team members, Derek Miles and Hyleas Fountain finished respectable in the London Diamond League
at Crystal Palace. Miles cleared 5.61 on a first attempt to finish second place in the pole vault. Fountain came third in
the long jump.
10 Aug- Breisch and Carter win in Goteborg Throws
Goteborg- Jill Camarena led the shot put competition in with a throw of 62 feet. During the fifth round, Olympic and
World finalist, Michelle Carter took the lead with a throw of 18.80 (62 feet 1inch) to win. It becomes a season best for her.
Luzern- Olympic Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain took the
long jump lead tonight with a leap of 6.89. World long jump champion, Brittney Reese answer round six with a leap on 6.95
to win. David Torrence won the men's 3000 meter race in 7:54.61 over Dan Huling.
5 Aug- Breisch, Lanaro and Miles for Team Americas at Continental Cup
2010 Central America and Carribean pole vault Champion,
Giovanni Lanaro joins Two-Time, Olympic finalist, Derek Miles to represent the Americas team at the upcoming Continental
Cup in Split, Croatia on September 3-4. Miles cleared 5.82m on 21 August in Jockgrim, Germany and finished second place in
the Paris Diamond League pole vault. Lanaro has a best of 5.75 this year.
Becky Breisch has been the 2010 top U.S. discus thrower.
She had a recent performance of 66.52m and is the overall third best performer ever in American history. Below is Continental
Cup information link:
IAAF Continental Cup
27 July: Meeting Record for Lanaro
Mayaquez- Mexican Record Holder, Giovanni Lanaro set a
competition record by clearing 5.60 meters (18 feet 4 1/4 inches ) to win the 2010 Central American Carribean Games.
He took good attempts at 19 ft 1/4 inch, 5.80m.
23 July: 66.52 Discus toss by Breisch, longest U.S. in three years
22 July -Monaco- Torrence improves 800 meters to 1:45.15 while competing in the Monaco Diamond League event. Michelle Carter
finished 5th with a throw of 18.70 in the shot put.
Chula Vista- U.S. Discus Champion, Becky Breisch had a throw of 64.63 in her series. However, finished the day with a best
of 66.52. It is the longest throw by an American woman since 2007.
21 July: Miles wins again in Jockgrim,
New U.S. Leading mark!
Jockgrim, Germany- Olympic Finalist, Derek Miles was the winner today
in the Jockgrim, pole vault meeting. He cleared 5.81 meters to win.
Miles, also finished second place last Friday in the Paris Golden
League with a mark of 5.70 meters. His previous 2010 best was 5.80. He
now has the two best U.S. leading marks for the year.
18 July- Rising star, David Torrence completed a successful week, racing double. He was the winner of the 1500 meters in Karlstad,
Sweden with a time of 3:37.73 last Thursday. Today he came second place at the Lignano, 800 meters in 1:45.97.
15 July- Karlstad, Sweden
Torrence USA 3:37.73
Cornelius Ndiwa Kenya
Tshamano Setone South Africa 3:39.0
Lausanne- U.S. Discus Champion, Becky Breisch threw a season best and American leading mark of ( 216 feet today to finish
second place in the Diamond League stop of Athletissima, Lausanne meeting in Switzerland.
8 July -Discus
1. Yarelis Barrios Cuba
2. Becky Breisch United States 64.53
3. Dani Samuels, Australia 62.05
4. Zaneta Glanc, Poland 61.53
5. Nadine Mueller, Germany 61.14
6. Aretha Thurmond, United States 60.77
Track and Field Nationals: Breisch wins discus title
Life more than track for national champ
By AL LESAR
Life isn't just about track and field anymore.
Becky Breisch has found balance.
In the process, the 27-year-old Edwardsburg High School graduate
has had her performance in the discus circle dramatically improve.
The improvement came to a head Sunday when Breisch won an outdoor
national championship with a heave of 207 feet, 10 inches (63.34 meters, 12th best in the world).
"I started off shaky," Breisch said via telephone after the
victory.A disappointing early toss of about 53 meters, at one time earlier in her distinguished career, would have shaken
"I had to sit down and collect myself," Breisch said. "For
me, the biggest challenge is the mental part."
The University of Nebraska grad, who has finished fourth (just
out of a qualifying spot) in the last two Olympic Trials, credited her association with the U.S. Olympic Training Center near
San Diego as being a reason for her newfound outlook.
Extensive work over the last three years with coach Ty Sevin,
and the Center's sports psychologist, has put her at ease.
"I've learned to believe in what I'm doing," said Breisch.
"We broke my form down and built it back up again. It's allowed me to be more consistent."That newfound confidence has parlayed
into Sunday's title and a recent throw among the top 10 in the world. Her 211-3 that she recorded in April is ranked No. 8.
Still, there's more to it than just flinging a two-pound, three-ounce
"I don't want to be perceived wrong, but it just can't be track
and field all the time," Breisch said. "It won't work if you make track your entire life. You have to find balance."
Balance, for Breisch, comes in the form of a guy named Kyle
Behnke of San Diego. Her fiancee.
In January, Breisch will add a new chapter to her life when
she marries, shortly after the end of her summer season in Europe which will start soon."I'm there -- the house and husband
stage," Breisch said. "But (the Olympics in) 2012 is still in my plans."
Long range, a return to southwestern Michigan to teach and
coach is on Breisch's wish list.As things stand now, Breisch is on the cusp of greatness, in terms of the world competition.
"In women's discus, you hit your prime in your early 30s,"
Breisch said. "I'm just starting to hit where I want to be.
"I've been with Ty (Sevin) for three years now. It takes that
long to build a relationship. It takes that long to learn to be able to work together. I'm starting to see the continuity
Continuity, sprinkled with a healthy dose of balance.
26 June : Fountain was spectacular in U.S. Heptathlon Championships
Hyleas Fountain's scored an overall personal best of 6735 in the heptathlon at the 2010 U.S. A. Championships at Drake University.
Her effort, though largely contested alone surpasses the 2009 World Championships score by Jessica Ennis.
25 June- Olympic Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain set a high jump personal best of 1.90m (6 ft. 2 3/4 inches)
while competing in the 2010 U.S. Heptathlon Championship in Des Moines today. She leads the first day substanially.
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17 June, USA Today- Michelle Carter, Chelsea Johnson
Olympic bloodlines run deep in Carter, Johnson families
By Karen Rosen, Special for USA TODAY
Success is relative for pole vaulter Chelsea Johnson
and shot putter Michelle Carter. “It’s kind of funny because among older track fans, they really don’t care
about us as much as they care about our dads,” Chelsea said. “They say, ‘Hey, is your dad here?’ ”
Both Jan Johnson, the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist
in the pole vault, and Michael Carter, the 1984 silver medalist in the shot put, will be in Des Moines next week to coach
their daughters in the U.S. championships.
Chelsea, 26, of Atascadero, Calif., is the 2009 world
championships silver medalist who is vying for her first national title after placing second last year.
Michelle, 24, of Dallas, is a two-time defending national
champion and 2008 Olympian whose sixth-place finish at the 2009 worlds was the highest by a U.S. woman in 12 years.
Their dads have handed down more than good genes.
“As far as fathers coaching daughters, it’s
a give and take,” said Michael, 49, who also coaches daughter D’Andra, an NCAA discus champion. Son Michael Jr.
is a thrower, too.
“We have to walk that thin line between a coach
and a parent.”
If there’s a disagreement at practice, Michael
added, “You have to keep it from carrying over to the house. I tell them when I’m out in the field, I’m
coach. Once practice is over and we’re on the way home, now it’s Daddy. They explained to me: That’s hard.
They still see me as Dad.”
Michelle says her father was tough because he wanted
her to learn to throw correctly. But he knows he can’t be too harsh. “Because I’m going to cry,” she
said with a laugh. “Sometimes you just get sensitive and take things the wrong way.”
The Johnsons can’t help bringing the pole vault
home with them. Jan, 59, holds camps and clinics in his backyard, where there’s room for two pits.
Chelsea initially resisted the family trade, opting
for soccer and then volleyball. She finally picked up a pole her senior year in high school. “I goofed around, ended
up jumping 13-6 and then signing with UCLA,” said Chelsea, whose personal best is 15-6¼. “Once I started putting
time and energy into it, I did enjoy doing it.”
Jan, who also coached son Clay, said it was better
for Chelsea to take up the sport when she was ready. “In the back of my mind, we still had the problem of living up
to what Dad did,” he said. “She’s gone beyond my legacy and she’s making her own now, so that’s
Michelle had to talk Michael into letting her throw
the shot when she was in the seventh grade. “He asked me three times, ‘Are you sure?’ ” she said.
“He said, ‘You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, but if you want to, then we can do it.’
Michael, who played in three Pro Bowls for the San
Francisco 49ers, didn’t want to overburden his daughter with expectations. She shrugged off the pressure, setting the
high school record of 54-10¾ in 2003 to go along with his still-standing national prep record of 81-3½, set in 1979.
Neither father dangles his Olympic medal in front
of his daughter as incentive.
After winning the world silver medal with her father
cheering her on, Chelsea said, “I have a whole new respect for what that meant for him and how hard it is to achieve
Jan maintains that with talent, know-how and the right
poles, “You’re going to pole vault high. It doesn’t matter what your last name is.”
But sometimes a father really does know best. In 2008,
Chelsea broke her wrist and eventually placed seventh at the Olympic trials. “The most important thing as a parent or
even a coach is to try to help them through those bad times,” Jan said. “The good times, anybody can do that.”
New York- (June 12)
adidas Multi-event Challenge:
Hyleas Fountain, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the heptathlon, won the adidas multi-event challenge with
2950 points. Jessica Ennis, 2010 World Indoor champion in the pentathlon and 2009 world champion in the heptathlon, was the
runner-up with 2925 points. Bettie Wade was third with 2622 points.
1, Fountain, 2,950. 2, Ennis, 2,925. 3, Wade, 2,622. 4, Hill,
Walnut, California (6 June) Mexican record holder, Giovanni
Lanaro cleared the fourth best pole vault mark of 2010 to win the Jim Bush Invitational yesterday at Mt. San Antonio College.
His mark of 5.75 is only behind, Hooker, Miles and Lavillenie to date this year.
Barber wins Oslo 100 meters
Oslo- 1 June- Miki Barber was the winner of the Bislett Games 100 meters with a time of 11.17. This marks her best performance
since 2007. Her next race is Rome Golden Gala on 10 June.
SACRAMENTO (USA, May 29): California
Relays formerly held in Modesto were back this year in Sacramento. Olympic finalist Derek Miles cleared 580 to win over Giovanni
Lanaro of Mexico (560). The mark by Miles is second best in the world. Miles missed three times 590. Trevell Quinley achieved
in long jump 814 (+1.9). Good female throws by Becky Breisch (64.26, discus) and Amber Campbell
Floro, Norway- (May 29) Miki Baber finished second place in the 100 meters at the Floro International Meeting. She ran a time
Los Cabos- 22 May, Giovanni Lanaro won the Mexican National Championships with a vault of 5.60.
click link:20 May Derek Miles signs on for California Relays
Chelsea Johnson joins Jenn Suhr in New York Diamond League pole vault
12 May- New York Grand Prix, women's field events will now feature, American Chelsea
Johnson joining, Jenn Suhr (née Stuczynski) in the pole vault. Johnson, 26, of Atascadero, Calif., was
the 2009 World Championship silver medalist. Johnson's first stop on her tour will first be at Rome, Golden Gala on June 10,
where she joins the other Berlin Medalist.
Breisch leading five rounds, settles for second in Osaka Grand Prix discus
8 May, Osaka- American discus leader, Becky Briesch lead for five rounds with a throw of 204-9 (62.40). On her last attempt,
World Champion, Australia's Dani Samuels came from behind to win, setting a new meeting record 209-2 (63.75)
Dani Samuels (AUS) 63.75m
Becky Breisch (USA) 62.40m
Zinaida Sendriute (LTU) 58.22m
Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA) 56.65
Korir to throw Ceremonial Pitch for Dodgers
1 May-Kingston: Jamaica International Meeting record holder, Khadevis Robinson defended his 800 meter title by winning again
in front of a crowd of 32,000 fans. Olympic and World finalist, Michelle Carter opened her outdoor season with a throw of
18:43 (60ft.-5 inches) to win the Texas Twilight shot put.
24 April- (Des Moines) Becky Breisch
came up with her best throw in more than two years – 64.38m - to beat a strong discus field easily at the 2010 Drake
Relays. Her victims included Gia Lewis-Smallwood (60.97m), Aretha Thurmond (60.74m), and 2008 Olympic champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton
(60.12m). The best men’s discus mark was a 63.14m throw by Jarred Rome.
24 April- In
the women’s 4 x 100m relay, a team of Me’Lisa Barber, Allyson Felix, Mikele Barber and Carmelita Jeter defeated
Jamaica, 42.74 to 42.94, with Jeter holding off 2008 Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser on the final leg.
Lanaro win Mt. SAC Relays in 18 feet 8 1/2 inches
Walnut, CA: 17 April-Giovanni
Lanaro leaped 5.70 to win the 2010, Mt. SAC Relays. His next competition will be at the Drake Relays on 23 April, in Des Moines,
ENNIS TO COMPETE IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (April 1, 2010) —
Newly crowned world indoor champions Bernard Lagat of the United States and Jessica Ennis of Great Britain as
well as American record-holder Hyleas Fountain will ride the wave of their recent successes when they compete at the
adidas Grand Prix on June 12, organizers announced Thursday. The adidas Grand Prix, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s
Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international Diamond League circuit.
Lagat joins previously announced sprint
king Usain Bolt, the Olympic and World champion at 100 and 200 meters and world record holder in both events, as the
featured athletes in their respective events, the 1500 and 100m. The golden girl of British Athletics, Ennis will face-off
against Fountain, the Olympic heptathlon silver medalist, in a special multi-event challenge featuring the long jump, shot
put, and 100m hurdles. The adidas Grand Prix will be Ennis’ U.S. debut, and it will be Fountain’s first appearance.
“Winning the world indoor title
gives me a load of confidence heading into the summer, and now what a great opportunity it is for the multis to be included
within the adidas Grand Prix’s Diamond League structure,” Ennis said. “This meet is known for producing
great results, and I’m excited to use the energy and support of the New York City crowd in making my U.S. debut.”
Lagat, 35, of Tucson, Ariz., captured
his second world indoor title in the 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha in early March, making him the first
U.S. champion in the event. The victory brings his career World Championship medal count to eight—four of them gold.
A two-time Olympic medalist, Lagat most recently made history in New York, winning his record eighth Wanamaker Mile at the
Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden in January.
Ennis, 24, is dubbed the world’s
greatest female athlete after becoming the first British woman to win both indoor and outdoor world titles in 2009 and 2010.
She was victorious in the pentathlon in Doha, and just seven months prior, Ennis dominated in similar fashion at the IAAF
World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, setting a personal best in becoming the world heptathlon champion.
Fountain, 29, of Kettering, Ohio, also
had a stellar performance in Doha, finishing fourth in the pentathlon and equaling the American record of 4,753 set in 1999
by DeeDee Nathan. It was an encouraging performance for Fountain, who was forced to miss the World Outdoor Championships last
summer due to an injury after winning the Olympic silver medal in Beijing a year earlier.
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Korir repeats in Los Angeles Marathon, 2:09.19
21 March- Wesley Korir, now owns
the two of the best three marathon times ever recorded in Los Angeles. He won the marathon today with a time of 2:09.19. Last
year in his debut on a different course, he ran 2:08.23
Top Men Finishers
- Wesley Korir
- Richard Limo
- Paul Samoei
American Indoor Record for Fountain
Associated Press -
Mar 13, 2010
US athlete Hyleas
Fountain set a North American record of 4753 in fourth. Ethiopia's Meseret Defar has won her fourth 3000 meter world indoor
title in a row ...
13 March Lanaro Wins in Monterey, 5.60
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Hombres Salto con Garrocha
1 GIOVANNI LANARO
2 JEFF RYAN
EUREKA U.S.A 5.20m
3 DORIAN GARCIA ITESM MONTERREY
12 March, Doha- click link below to IAAF page
Miles qualifies for Doha, World Indoor final
2/27/10 Derek Miles qualifies for World Championships
2004 Olympic Games
men's pole vault gold medalist Tim Mack won his second U.S. Indoor title Saturday night with a clearance of 5.70m/18-8.25.
Mack faced a strong
challenge from 2003 USA Indoor champion and the fourth-place finisher at the 2008 Olympic Games Derek Miles, who also cleared
5.70m/18-8.25, but was awarded second place due to more misses during the competition.Scott Neidermeyer finished third with
a best of 5.60m/18-4.50, with Jeremy Scott placing fourth after clearing the identical height.
click on link -26 February, Korir loves L.A.
Personal Best and Victory for Chelsea Johnson in Flagstaff
Flagstaff- 2009 Berlin Silver Medalist, Chelsea Johnson continued her 2010 dominance today with another victory at Northern
Arizona University, Indoor Tune-Up. Johnson cleared 4.62 for an indoor personal best.
Event 7 Women Pole Vault
1 Johnson, Chelsae Unattached
2 Hendry, Kelsie Unattached
3 Holliday, Becky Unattached
4 Owen, Melinda
Unattached 4.20m 13-09.25
5 Gao, Shuying Unattached
6 Carpenter, Cara Arizona
St 3.85m 12-07.50
7 Michaud, Jami Northern
Ari J3.85m 12-07.50
|Anwar Moore, winning in 13.09
Anwar Moore, back in form for 2010 debut
Newport News, VA, 5 February- 2008 and 2009 World Top ranked hurdler, Anwar Moore won the 55 meter hurdle race over the
weekend. He is rounding into fitness.
Honda to Sponsor 2010 L.A. Marathon
4 February, 2010 WATT VS QUINLEY
SYDNEY (AUS): World championships long jump bronze medalist
Mitchell Watt is announced to take on American Trevell Quinley in both the Sydney and Melbourne editions of the Australian
Athletics Tour end of month. Watt, who recorded the world’s fifth best performance of 2009, believes bringing in overseas
competition could help him break Jai Taurima’s national record. Watt will be pushed as well by fellow Australians Fabrice
Lapierre, former world junior champion Chris Noffke, 2009 World University Games finalist Shaun Fletcher and Robbie Crowther.
“We’ve got good quality long jump in Australia with Fabrice and myself and having an international athlete out
here who’s pretty experienced, the more international athletes we have the further it will push us all along and might
get us closer to or past that record,” Watt said. At the end of the 2009 season Australia was ranked second in the world
for the men’s long jump event, Watt teaming with Lapierre (8.35m) and Noffke (8.10m) to take up the world’s No.
2 ranking behind the USA. Watt and teammate Noffke have made it clear they want to take the top spot in 2010.
3 February-Runner's World A Well-Kept-Secret, Hyleas Fountain, World's Greatest
Video-30 January, World Leading Pentathlon for Fountain
30 January, Johnson wins Millrose
class of the vault
Chelsea Johnson, the 2009 World Championships
silver medallist in the women's Pole Vault, capitalized on the absence of American record-holder and 2009 Millrose winner
Jenn Suhr in New York much as she did in Berlin. Johnson won the women's Pole Vault with a 4.51m clearance and raised the
bar to 4.65m, where she had "two good attempts," she said. Johnson opened at 4.31m and advanced through 4.41m and 4.51m without
a miss. Becky Holliday was the only other vaulter to clear 4.41m.
"I felt fast and prepared to jump high," Johnson said.
Hyleas Fountain, Michelle Carter Ad
25 January, 2010- Korir repeat Carlsbad Victory
22 January-Korir defends Carlsbad Half Marathon title on Sunday
Johnson and Miles to Vault at Millrose
21 January-Johnson and Miles to compete at Millrose
21 January-Miles Opens on Saturday in South Dakota
16 January, 2010- Fountain Shines in Kent State Indoor
Ohio-Olympic Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain competing in her first indoor competition today at the Doug Raymond Invitational
won both the 60 hurdles and high jump. Fountain, cleared 1.83 for an indoor personal best. She was a winner also in the hurdles
with a time of 8.16.
She plans to compete in a pentathlon on 29 January to earn
a berth for Doha. Fountain is right on schedule to challenge.
Athletes rank Top 10 in World. Miles & Carter #1 USA
1 January, 2010- Derek Miles and Michelle Carter ranked USA #1 by Track and Field News. Michelle Perry was beset by injury
but held on to rank in top 10 despite missing second half of season. She ranks World #8. Chelsea Johnson makes her first appearance
in 2009 World rankings. She ranks World #9 and won a Silver Medal in 2009 Berlin Championships
10 December, 2009: The race of distance runner Wesley Korir's life
15 November Video:Two-Stepping with Michelle Perry
10/13-Marathon man Wesley Korir on tuna subs and Chuck Norris
Miles finishes second in World Athletic Final Vault
Thessloniki-Two-Time Olympian, Derek Miles finished 2nd place in the final edition of the IAAF World Athletic Final. Miles
won the 2008 edition of the final after placing 4th in the Beijing Olympics.
9/9/09 Fountain, Miles, Johnson win at DecaNation Meeting
Paris- Berlin Silver Medalist, Chelsea Johnson competed as a guest in the Charlety Stadium competition. She was the winner
with a leap of 4.55 in the pole vault. USA's Derek Miles sprung something of a surprise in the Pole Vault with a clearance
of 5.70m to beat France's Romain Mesnil and Renaud Lavillenie, who claimed silver and bronze respectively at the recent worlds.
Mesnil claimed second place Wednesday with 5.60m. Beijing Silver Medalist won the long jump with 6.80.
Russia's women scored a Pole Vault win through Tatyana Polnova (4.55m). World medalist Chelsea Johnson also cleared 4.55m
and had a better series attempts than the Russian, but was competing out of competition.
Chelsea Johnson of the
United States celebrates after taking the silver medal in the final of the Women's Pole Vault during the World Athletics Championships
in Berlin on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.
Personal best for Michelle Carter in Stockholm
30 July- 2008 Olympian Michelle Carter finished second place with a throw of 19.13 in the DN Galan Shot Put competition.
She moves to #9 All-Time USA list.
Miles and Johnson win German Vault competition
12 July- Derek Miles was the winner of the men'USA-pole win in Jockgrim
Jockgrim (AP) - Derek Miles and Chelsea Johnson from the USA, the 15th International Pole Vault Meeting in Jockgrim / Palatine
won. When the men walked over 3,000 spectators to the Olympic Games Fourth Miles is the only 5.72 meters.
Second was the World Cup third-Danny Ecker (5.60). The Leverkusen was not due to an injury for the World Championships in
Athletics, 15 to 23 August in Berlin qualify, but celebrated a successful comeback at the same height Jeremy Scott (USA) and
Tim LOBINGER (Munich).
Fountain leaps to Long Jump personal Best in Switzerland
Lucerne Spitzen Leichtathletik Results
1, Hyleas Fountain, United States, 6.89. 2,
Funmi Jimoh, United States, 6.65. 3, Brianna Glenn, United States, 6.64. 4, Karin Ruckstuhl, Netherlands, 6.45. 5, Jana Veldakova,
Slovakia, 6.42. 6, Grace Upshaw, United States, 6.37. 7, Jacinta Boyd, Australia, 6.30. 8, Anna Nazarova, Russia, 6.29.
Carter puts third in Europe debut. Johnson also third at IAAF Athens Grand Prix
Athens- 2008 Olympic Games finalist, Michelle Carter finished third at the Athens Grand Prix with a mark of 18.16 (59.7).
Also third was Chelsea Johnson in the pole vault with a first attempt clearance of 4.48.
Toby Stevenson returns! Miles, Walker, Scott to Berlin
Silver Medalist, Toby Stevenson cleared 5.75 to qualify for the 2009 World Championships in the pole vault. He along with
teammates, Brad Walker, Derek Miles and Jeremy Scott cleared the same height. Walker was declared the winner with Miles finishing
second place. All qualified for the World Championships.
NCAA record holder, Chelsea
Johnson finished second with a first attempt clearance at 4.60 (15-1) and qualified for Berlin. Jenn Stuczynski won the event
with 4.63 (15-3). They are joined by Stacy Dragila.
1. Brad Walker 5.75
2. Derek Miles 5.75
3. Jeremy Scott 5.75
4. Toby Stevenson 5.75
5. Mark Hollis 5.70
6. Jason Colwick 5.65
7. Jeff Ryan 5.55
8. (tie) Daniel Ryland and Scott Roth 5.55
10. Tim Mack 5.55
Olympian, Michelle Carter wins USA Shot Put
June 27, 2009
Eugene- 2008 Olympic Games Finalist, Michelle Carter won
the shot put tonight and captured the 2009 U.S. Championships to earn a berth on the World Championships Team. Carter, 23
years old, made her first Olympic Team as an elite athlete, winning the women's shot put with a personal-best and U.S.-leading
mark of 18.85m/61-10.25 at the 2008 Olympic Trials. In becoming an Olympian, she followed in the footsteps of her father,
1984 Olympic shot put silver medalist and boys' high school record holder Michael Carter...Carter collected her first NCAA
shot put title at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Champs, winning the event with a then personal-best toss and UT record of 18.56m.
1 Michelle Carter Nike
16.83m 17.82m 17.84m 18.03m 17.94m 17.84m
2 Jillian Camarena N Y A C
FOUL 17.94m FOUL 16.95m 17.52m 17.37m
3 Kristin Heaston Nike
17.38m 17.88m FOUL 17.41m 17.26m 17.38m
4 Jessica Pressley unattached
Briesch Qualifies for World Championships
June 26, 2009
1 Stephanie Brown Trafton Nike 64.25m 210-09
2 Aretha Thurmond Nike 62.51m 205-01
3 Rebecca Breisch Nike 62.08m 203-08
4 Summer Pierson unattached 60.88m 199-09
5 Suzy Powell-Roos Asics 60.29m 197-10
Khadevis and Chelsea win in Toronto
Toronto- 11 June- Rainy conditions marred the pole vault. Chelsea Johnson managed to with with a leap of 4.35. Khadevis
Robinson won the 800 meters with a time of 1:45.73
10 June- Perry wins in Poland
Bydoszcz- Michelle Perry had an impressive win at the 2009 Enea Cup in Bydoszcz. The 100 hurdles were contested in a
headwind. Lucina Golding-Clark finished second place.
World Champion, Perry wins Prefontaine and Briesch, Third
Eugene- 100 meter hurdle champion, Michelle Perry was the winner of the Prefontaine Classic. Becky Breisch finished third
in the discus throw.
Khadevis Robinson and Michelle Carter win New York Grand Prix
New York-Olympic Finalist, Michelle Carter won her first IAAF Grand Prix Shot Put Event.
Four- Time, USA 800 meter champion, Khadevis Robinson won his event for the third time.
Wesley Korir Wins LA Marthon in 2:08.23, Record Time
(link IAAF- Mt. Sac, Johnson, Jeter World Leaders
Chelsea Johnson, U.S. leading Mark at SLO
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Atascadero product
Chelsea Johnson, competing for Nike won the women's pole vault with a 14-10 (4.52) clearance and a U.S. leading mark for
(link) A pleasure cruise- Khadevis Robinson
Khadevis defends ,Wins 4th USA Indoor Title, PB
Boston- 1 March- His indoor victories expand over
two decades. Khadevis Robinson, won his first USA Indoor Championship after graduating from TCU back in 1999. Today's victory
at the Reggie Lewis Center makes four Indoor titles and eight overall. Hyleas Fountain finished second in both 60 hurdles
and long jump. She ran 7.98 to set a personal best.
1 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:48.61
2 Mark Wieczorek OTC/Nike 1:48.94
3 Matt Scherer OTC/Nike 1:49.36
4 Karjuan Williams 1:49.47
5 Christian Smith Nike 1:49.54
6 Steve Sherer New York AC 1:49.8
Finals 60 H
1 Lolo Jones Asics
2 Hyleas Fountain Nike
3 Shantia Moss Unattached
4 Gi-Gi Johnson Nike
5 Lauren Smith Unattached
1 Brittney Reese Nike
2 Hyleas Fountain Nike
3 Akiba McKinney Nike
4 Tianna Madison Nike
5 Funmi Jimoh Nike
Heavy Rain for Briesch outdoor debut in New Zealand, Finishes second
Auckland- Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand won the Discus Throw, throwing a creditable 58.13m. Becky Breisch from the USA
finished with 57.43m for second, with the lead in the competition changing hands several times. The second American, Aretha
Thurmond, threw 54.57m for third.
to 5.71, 2009 Season's Best Indoors
Stockholm- Steve Hooker won the GE Galan pole vault. National record was achieved by Sweden's
Jeng. Giovanni Lanaro equalled his own Mexican Record with a clearance of 5.71 tonight.
1 Steven Hooker AUS 5.86
2 Pavel Gerasimov RUS 5.81 PB
3 Alhaji Jeng SWE 5.81 NR
4 Giovanni Lanaro MEX 5.71 =NR
5 Derek Miles USA 5.71
6 Steven Lewis GBR 5.61
7 Paul Burgess AUS 5.51
Yevgeniy Lukyanenko RUS x
Pole Vault Stars Meeting, Donetsk, February 15
YELENA ISINBAYEVA had a superlative seasonal opener as she broke her own world record in Donetsk for the sixth successive
year. Not only did the Olympic, world and European champion set her 25th world record of 4.97m, the legendary Russian decided
to increase the bar to 5.00m, which was her 26th world record in a truly illustrious career.
Isinbayeva, who delayed her debut to the indoor season because of illness has decided to miss the European Indoor Championships,
but still intends to compete at the Aviva Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, and the Prague International on February
In the men’s event, Steve Hooker continued his immaculate season with his fourth successive win of 2009. Understandably
tired after clearing 6.01m in New York, 6.06m in Boston and 6m in Paris only 48-hours earlier, Hooker jumped sparingly but
a 5.92m clearance was good enough to seal the victory ahead of Yevgeniy Lukyanenko and Derek Miles.
Fountain, A role Model for Children- Honored for work (link)
Millrose Games- Hooker ! Hooker! Hooker!
New York- Olympic Champion,
Steven Hooker cleared 6.01 on a first attempt. Derek Miles and Giovanni Lanaro were second and third place.
Korir runs Personal Best to Win Carlsbad Half Marathon
1/25/09- Wesley Korir ran a wire to wire time of 1:02.45 to win the 2009 Carlsbad
1 Wesley Korir Oakland, CA 1:02:45
Sergio Reyes Palmdale, CA 1:04:17
3 Wesley Ochoro Santa Fe, NM 1:04:52
4 Joseph Ekuom
Bronx, NY 1:06:28
1/24/09- Derek Miles debut 2009 with World Lead in Pole
VERMILLION, S.D. -- U. S. Champion, Derek Miles opened
his season today, Saturday, 24 Jan. at the Graphic Edge Alumni Open in the Dakota Dome. He made first attempt clearances
at 5.60 (18-4 1/2) and 5.70 (18-8 1/4). He became the 2009 World indoor leader with a final attempt clearance of 5.82.
Miles competes next at the Millrose Games.
Chelsea Johnson tops Brazilian, Murer to win PV Summit
Jan. 3- IAAF story, Pole Vault Summit (by Kirby Lee)
Miles Selected As States Celebrity Of The Year
Discus star, Becky Breisch has joined Elite Athletes Network. She has a personal best of 67.37 and is the #2 U.S. All-Time.
She was an 8-Time All American at Nebraska in shot and discus. Breisch is the 2005 USA Champion.
*Khadevis Robinson interview
*Podcast: Hyleas Fountain- Trackshark
18 December, IAAF Story: Hyleas Fountain
*If it aint broke dont fix it is Fountains training motto after superb 2008
Fountain and Miles Awarded 2008 Top U.S. Field Performers
Olympic Silver Medalist, Hyleas Fountain received the High Performance Field Athlete of the Year award for 2008. Olympic Trials
Champion and World Final Pole Vault Champion, Derek Miles was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for outstanding male athlete in
field events. Notably, Miles improved his personal best to 5.85 and Fountain had a long jump best of 6.88 and became only
the second woman in American history to win a heptathlon Olympic medal.
*11/3/08: Toby Stevenson talks fast bikes
University of Louisville, All- American Wesley Korir joined Elite Athletes Network and will be represented by Karen Locke.
Korir is a native of Eldoret, Kenya. Earlier this month while testing his fitness, he finished the Chicago Marathon in an
astonishing debut with a time of 2:13.53 to record the fourth best time of the day, while winning the citizen's race. Wesley
began his race 5 minutes behind the elite field and caught and passed most of them.
2008 IAAF World Final video- Miles 5.80 victory
*Steve Landells interviews U.S. Champion, Miles for Spikes magazine
Miles wins Special Berlin pole vault in a personal best
Berlin (AP) American pole vault champion, Derek
Miles was the winner of the pole vault extraordinary meeting before Berlin's most famous landmark won. Beijing fourth placer
cleared a personal best by three centimeters today of 5.85 to kickoff 2009 World Athletic Championships ticket sales campaign.
5000 spectators were on hand. Uzbekistan, Leonid Andreev was second with the same mark 5.55 as Jeff Hartwig (USA) with fewer
Best German was Lars Börgeling (Leverkusen) in 5,40 in fourth place. This even served as an advertisement for the 2009 in
Berlin held Athletics World Championships. Association president Clemens Prokop announced that more than 150 000 tickets for
the World Cup at the Olympic Stadium have been sold.
Derek Miles 5.85
Jeff Hartwig 5.55
Lars Borgeling 5.40
Fountain wins Combined events Challenge
Talence- In the women’s event the top-3 from Beijing were also ranked in
this year’s challenge at the top. Only in terms of the season long Challenge, the Olympic champion Natalya Dobrynska
(3rd 19,430pts), had to give way to Hyleas Fountain (1st 19,759pts) and Natalya Chernova (2nd 19,575pts).
the decision of Carolina Klüft to not continue with Heptahlon in Olympic year a big struggle developed in the women’s
Heptathlon to take over her crown. Already end of May in Götzis, where traditionally the whole international combined events
top participates, 22 athletes had passed the 6000 points barrier. A mark that before only was equaled once in history of the
Heptathlon. Also in Beijing, 21 athletes passed this mark. With the 11 athletes who did this again in Talence the total of
6000+ points scores is over 100. The highest number of such performances in a year since 1994.
Before the meeting in Talence the ranking was topped by the German athletes Lilian
Schwarzkopf and Jennifer Oeser, who both decided to finish the season after the Olympic Games.
number of athletes needed the meeting in Talence to qualify for the 3rd. result. This was including all medallists in Beijing.
An interesting competition between these 3 competitors followed, together with the British Kelly Sotherton, however she could
not qualify as she had only previously completed one meeting in the series.
Hyleas Fountain as the winner in Talence also the winner of the challenge was known. Her total score of 19,75 points she got
by winning the Olympic trials in Eugene.
Olympic silver medallist Hyleas Fountain improved on her Long Jump and 800m performances from Beijing to win with 6473 points
(her marks: 12.90 - 1.85 - 12.10 - 23.55 - 6.52 - 41.62 - 2:15.32).
*NY Times: Perfect Weather for a Heptathlete
Michael Robertson, 2007 Pan Am Discus Champion