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Murphy_ClaytonQ-USAo18.JPGClayton Murphy, June 21, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net


June 23rd, 2018

Des Moines, Iowa


Olympic 800 meter bronze medalist Clayton Murphy is an even-tempered athlete with a stoic demeanor. Never too high, never to low, the Nike athlete always stays on an even keel. Murphy has seen the very good times. But he has also faced unexpected, calamitous times as well. Through it all he has stayed rock steady.


Houlihan_ShelbyQ-USAo18.JPGShelby Houlihan, 1,500m heats, USATF Outdoors 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

In virtually every walk of life, self-confidence is a sensational personal attribute. Not cockiness, mind you. But simply pure, unadulterated confidence: that inner knowledge that you have prepared properly, have cultivated your talent, and are ready to perform. Rising distance star Shelby Houlihan, bolstered by her burgeoning success on the track over the past several years, has that confidence.



Coburn_Emma1-PreC17.jpgEmma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net

Steeple Star Emma Coburn Looks Ready For 7th Title 

Emma Coburn is an American track & field specialist in the 3000 meter steeplechase. The 6-time USATF national steeplechase champion has posted 8 of the top 10 fastest all-time American clockings in the barriered event, including her American record mark of 9:02.58. Twice the NCAA steeplechase champion while at the University of Colorado, Coburn has been a 2-time Olympic finalist in the steeple and captured the bronze in Rio in 2016. Decorated, experienced, and in the prime of her career, the 27-year-old Coburn is accustomed to the attention and the pressure that accompanies being the greatest American steeplechaser of all time. But Coburn's notoriety ratcheted up a couple of levels last August when she accomplished something no other American had ever done before: she captured gold to become the world champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Jordan_TomPC-Pre18.JPGTom Jordan, Meet Director, addressing the media, May 25, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

 Tom Jordan Makes Pre Go!

May 26th, 2018

Eugene, Oregon

At the end of every May, a capacity crowd fills Eugene's Hayward field - and legions more tune in to NBC or online - to witness the Prefontaine Classic, year in and year out what many consider to be the greatest one-day track & field gathering in the world. One of only 14 stops on the international Diamond League tour - and now the only DL meet held in the U.S. - the Pre meet always features starting lists containing a plethora of international Olympic and World Championship caliber competitors, many of whom are Oly and WC finalists and medalists. Perhaps due in large measure to the apparent ease and efficiency by which the gathering is unfurled every year, very few of the sport's stalwarts really stop to reflect upon the year-round challenges that must be met to ensure this track & field jewel sparkles every year.


Loxsom_CasimirQ-USOut17.jpgCasmir Loxsom, photo by PhotoRun.net

 Despite U.S. Best 600 meters, Middle Distance Star Still Seeks Stability

Middle distance star Casimir Loxsom possesses all of the ingredients for track & field success: natural talent, a competitive instinct, and a well-honed work ethic. At Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Connecticut, the young athlete combined soccer with track & field and as a senior he was the New England champion at 600 meters. While at Penn State, Loxsom was a multiple-time Big Ten champion and in his final year he was NCAA runner-up - both indoors and outdoors - at 800 meters. Since college, Loxsom has tasted considerable success as a professional athlete, making the 2015 USA world championship team in the 800 meters, often exhibiting domination over 600 meters, and winning his first U.S. title at that distance in Boston in 2015 when he broke his own American record with a 1:15.33 clocking. During the 2017 indoor season, he lowered his own American record and set a world best over 600 meters by outdueling fellow Nittany Lion star Isaiah Harris down the homestretch to finish in 1:14.91.

With those track successes, one would expect Loxsom to be ensconced in a top-flight training group, surrounded by a skillful support team, and engaged in a sophisticated and undistracted training regimen calculated to take him to an even higher performance level. Instead, the young talent finds himself alone, with neither a team affiliation nor a sponsor, and struggling to gain the solid footing all athletes need to succeed in a sport where the difference between success and mediocrity is often measured in mere centimeters or hundredths of a second.

Why would such an accomplished collegiate middle-distance talent be facing such struggles in competing as a professional at 800 meters? It might well be the combination of several factors.

Kawauchi_YukiA-Boston18.JPGYuki Kawauchi, photo by PhotoRun.net

April 16th, 2018

Patriots' Day

On a day fit for neither man nor beast, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi was able to turn back the challenges of several fellow competitors and to endure the cruelest of Mother Nature's meteorological conditions to win the wind-swept and rain-soaked 2018 Boston Marathon.

When the elite men's start commenced amidst driving rain, a formidable headwind, and sub-freezing wind-chill temperatures, marathon aficionados scoffed when lightly-touted Kawauchi bolted to the front from the start and forged a sizeable early lead as he free-wheeled out of Hopkinton on the downhill to Ashland. After the Japanese marathoner split 5K in 15:01 under miserable conditions, the prevailing thinking was that the smarter, authentic competitors would let this early rabbit go and wait until deep into the second half of the race to begin the serious racing.


Des Linden running into history, photo by PhotoRun.net


Linden Is 1st American Women's Boston Champion Since 1985

April 16th, 2018

Patriots' Day

Along with the other elite women competitors, two-time United States Olympic marathoner Desiree Linden stood shivering at the Hopkinton start line this morning for what seemed like an eternity. But after the starting pistol was fired, she took her time, kept her cool, and ultimately showed - to herself, her competitors, and others - she had the winning race plan which she executed with perfection.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 18th, 2018

Day Three of the 2018 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships is a day that Katie Nageotte will never forget. The adidas athlete had the type of pole vault competition that few could ever match and most could only dream about. In arguably one of the most important competitions of her young career, the 26-year-old Ohio native made 8 consecutive first-attempt clearances, re-set her PR 3 times along the way, won her first national championship as a professional, cleared a world-leading 4.91m/16’1¼”, became only the 4th American woman to clear 16 feet, is now ranked #4 on the all-time indoor PV world list, and took 3 noble, albeit unsuccessful, attempts [her only misses of the day] at what would have been a world record clearance at 5.04m/16’6½”.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 18th, 2018

With no Olympic Games or outdoor world championships on the 2018 calendar, the annual USATF indoor showdown took on added meaning as the sole American pathway to the only global championship of the year: Birmingham’s World Championship gathering just two weeks hence. As a result, a somewhat curious and varied assemblage of talented American women – established veterans and rising stars – met in the Land of Enchantment to battle for the coveted spots on the U.S. world indoor team.


EP-170209345.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667.jpgMatt Ludwig, photo courtesy of New Herald

January 6th, 2018

 Katie Nageotte's Winning AL Clearance #2 on 2018 World List

While Saturday evening's artic winds were driving wind chill temperatures beyond 20 degrees below zero in Akron, Ohio, inside the Stile Athletics Field House on the University of Akron campus, a few world-class pole vaulters were heating things up with some of the best clearances of this early 2018 indoor season.

Why in the world would some of the best vaulters in the world make a wintertime trek to Akron, Ohio? First of all, the University of Akron's indoor facility houses one of the best indoor track & field venues in the nation, especially for the pole vault where 5 different vault pits can be utilized simultaneously. In addition, Zip head coach Dennis Mitchell - Akron's vault maestro and a national class pole vaulter in his own right back the mid-80's - has built a terrific track & field culture, not just for his highly-successful teams, but also in particular for his pole vaulters who have garnered 5 NCAA pole vault titles in the past 4 years. Further, the Saturday night pole vault competition for elite men and women represented the pinnacle of the 6th annual U of A Pole Vault Convention - a multi-day on-campus instructional pole vault seminar that attracted well over 100 aspiring vaulters of all types: boys, girls, men, women, grade school, high school, collegiate, professional; and post professional.

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