Friday, February 27, 2015

NSIC Results

Full results are HERE.

Bulletin: MSU Mankato Takes Men's, U-Mary Women's Team Titles at NSIC Indoor Championships

Women - Team Rankings - 19 Events Scored
1) University of Mary 142 2) Augustana College 119
3) Minnesota State Mankato 101 4) Minnesota Duluth 83
5) Winona State University 78 6) MSU-Moorhead 60
7) St. Cloud State University 37 8) University of Sioux Falls 36
9) Wayne State College 33 10) Northern State University 21
11) Concordia University, St. 15 12) Minot State University 12
13) Bemidji State University 2 13) Southwest Minnesota State 2

Men - Team Rankings - 19 Events Scored
1) Minnesota State Mankato 163 2) University of Sioux Falls 120
3) MSU-Moorhead 96.50 4) Augustana College 94.50
5) St. Cloud State University 45 5) Minnesota Duluth 45
7) Concordia University, St. 44 8) Southwest Minnesota State 42
9) Wayne State College 34 10) Northern State University 23
11) University of Mary 21 12) Minot State University 11

NSIC Photos

Gopher Men Big Ten Preview; Summit League Championships Info

Gopher men's preview with links to live results, schedule, heat sheets HERE.

Summit League Indoor Track Championships info is HERE. Live results, schedule of events

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Updated: NSIC Championships Day One

NSIC Championships day one results are HERE. Photos are HERE.
MSU Mankato men's summary HERE.Women HERE.
Winona State women's summary is HERE.
St. Cloud State summary is HERE.
Bemidji State summary is HERE.
Southwest Minnesota State summary is HERE.
MSU Moorhead summary is HERE.
Concordia St. Paul summary is HERE.
U-Maryand UMD summaries will be posted when we get them

NSIC Champs Underway

News: Pittsburgh Liberty Mile/Prize Money; Smock & Garrett Heath/USATF Foundation; Year of the Vault; The Throwdown: IOC Rule 40

IOC changes Rule 40 to allow athletes to promote their sponsors in ads as long as the ads are "generic" and don't afiliate with the Olympics HERE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Big Tens: Women's Preview

Gopher women's Big Ten Preview HERE

News: NSIC Championships; MIAC AOW; XC Ski Medals; Saying Sorry: Pan Am XC Highlight Video; USATF Championships Preview

NSIC Indoor Championships begin on Thursday.  Schedule, links to live results, video HERE.


Stillwater XC skiers make history HERE and HERE.  Are interviewed HERE.

An English teacher's view of the continuing Lance Armstrong saga HERE.

Highlight video of the Pan American XC Cup from last Sunday HERE.

USATF Indoor Championship preview is HERE.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News: Drake; Brixton; NSIC Summaries and AOW; Annie Bersagel

NSIC women's weekly summary and AOW are HERE. Men HERE.

Rankings: NCAA DII & DIII

NCAA DII Indoor rankings HERE. MSU Mankato men stay in Fifth

NCAA DIII rankings are HERE.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

News: Ellenson; US Marathon Trials Qualifying; Muscle/Fat; Will Leer

Story on Wally Ellenson, former Gopher basketball player and high jumper, HERE.

Primer on qualifying for the US marathon trials HERE.

Dieticians recommendations for gaining muscle while losing fat HERE

RunBlogRun pre-Millrose audio interview with Will Leer is HERE.

US Wins Pan Am Cup XC, Jonathan Grey Finishes 4th; Ness 21st

Results and photos from the event are on the organizers Facebook page HERE Scroll down through the list of results for each race. Team USA Minnesota's Jonathan Grey was fourth in the men's senior race HERE.  Bailey Ness was 21st in the women's junior race HERE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Updated Results: Parents Day Open; Tostrud Open; CSB-SJU Invitational; Big Dawg Invitational

Parents Day Open results are HERE
Gopher women's summary is HERE.
UMD women's summary is HERE.
St. Olaf women's summary is HERE.
St. Kate's summary is HERE.
MSU Mankato women's summary is HERE.
Macalester women's summary is HERE.
Bethel women's summary is HERE.
Carleton women's summary are HERE.
St. Thomas women's summary is HERE.

Tostrud Open results are HERE.
St. Olaf men's summary is HERE.
Carleton men's summary is HERE.
Bethel men's summary is HERE.
St Thomas summary is HERE.

CSB-SJU Invitational results are HERE.
St. John's summary is HERE.
St. Ben's summary is HERE.
Hamline men's summary is HERE. Women's HERE.
Gustavus men's summary is HERE. Women's HERE

Pointers Big Dawg Invitational results are HERE.
St. Mary's summary is HERE.
Carleton men's summary is HERE.

Ben Blankenship Fourth in Birmingham

Ben Blankenship finished tied for fourth in the 1500 at the Birmingham GP Indoor meet in 3:35.28. Result is HERE.

Oh yeah, a guy named Mo Farah broke the 2-mile indoor WR, but who's counting....

Friday, February 20, 2015

News: More is Better; USATF and the SISU Club Marketing Video; Garrett Heath

Research that appears to show that more can be better when it comes to running HERE.

The tale of the SISU video.  USATF applies rules to club marketing video HERE.

Two Minnesotans on US teams for APA Pan American Cup races on Sunday.  Jon Gray is running for the senior men's team and Bailey Ness for the junior women.  Preview is HERE.

Updated Results: Snowshoe Open; Lihrman; BSU Twilight; USD Twilight; NSU/SMSU Dual

Snowshoe Open results are HERE.
Gopher men's summary HERE
UMD men's summary HERE.
Augsburg men's summary is HERE.
Macalester men's summary is HERE.
St. Olaf men's summary is HERE.
Hamline men's summary is HERE.
MSU Mankato men's summary is HERE.
Concordia St. Paul men's summary is HERE
Bethel men's summary is HERE.
St. Thomas men's summary is HERE.
Red & White Open results are HERE.
Winona State summary is HERE.
Bemidji State Twilight results are HERE.
Bemidji State summary is HERE.
MSU Moorhead summary is HERE.
U-Mary men's summary is HERE. Women HERE.

University of South Dakota Twilight results are HERE.
MSU Mankato women's summary is HERE.

NSU SMSU Dual results are HERE.
SMSU summary HERE.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Preview: Snoewshoe Open & Parents Day Invitational; Bemidji State Twilight; Red & White Open; Tostrud Open; Big Dawg Open

Gopher men's track preview for Friday's  Snowshoe Open HERE.  Links to schedule, heat sheets, and live results.

Gopher women's preview for the Parents Day Invitational on Saturday HERE. Links to schedule, heat sheets, and live results.

Preview of the Bemidji State Twilight and Alumni meet HERE. Link to meet schedule/ program andLive results HERE.

Red & White Open preview is HERE. with links to the schedule, heat sheets, and live results.

Tentative meet schedule for the Tostrud Open is HERE.

UW Stevens Point Big Dawg Invitational schedule is HERE.

Research: Protein; Athletes and Soldiers; Carbs

For decades carbohydrate loading has been the mantra of endurance sports nutritionists.  Now the proteins are getting some attention HERE.

Comparing the physical and psychological adaptations needed to be an athlete or a special forces soldiers HERE.

In case you want more info on carbs, try this HERE. Talks about how the body metabolizes carbs and why heavier runners don't need more than lighter ones.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hassan Mead Heading Down Under

The purpose of the trip, said Mead in a short conversation in the airport while he was changing planes en route to New Zealand, is to get a qualifying mark in the 5K for this year's IAAF World Championships.  As already noted HERE Mead will be one of a number of top international runners in the Auckland Challenge meet on February 26.  Many with the same goal of running faster than the IAAF standard of 13:23.

Mead said that he was fit and thus the decision to make the journey South.  If the weather cooperates  placing well in the event in Auckland should require a time well under 13:23.  Mead will stay in New Zealand and train until March 12, he said, then travel to Sydney, Australia to run a 1500. Then it's back to Flagstaff in the US for some more altitude training to prepare for the outdoor season.


MIAC men's Athletes of the Week HERE, women HERE

Ben Blankenship/AIT Grand Prix

Ben Blankenship winning in Ireland.
Photo courtesy of AIT GP
Ben Blankenship won the mile in AIT Indoor Grand Prix Meet in Ireland in 3:56.75, but Irish TV cut out in the middle of the race causing a stream of criticism on social media.

Results on Flotrack HERE

Grandma's Marathon Race Director Jon Carlson to Retire

Jon Carlson, only the second race director in the event's history, will step down September 30, 2015. Press release is below:

Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. has announced the retirement of Jon Carlson as the executive director effective September 30, 2015.

“My 12 years here with Grandma’s Marathon have been more enjoyable and rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Obviously, this year’s Grandma’s Marathon will now mean a bit more than the others,” Carlson said. “In the meantime, we have a lot of work left to do to ensure a great event for the participants coming to our race in June, and I am eager to continue our focus toward that goal.”

Carlson, 61, was the nonprofit organization’s race director from July 2003 until September 2013, when he was chosen to succeed Scott Keenan, who stepped down after 37 years with the organization. Keenan started Grandma’s Marathon with the North Shore Striders Running Club in 1977 and in May 2013 announced Grandma’s Marathon that year would be his last as executive director.

“The bottom line is simply my desire to spend more time with my family,” Carlson said. “My wife and kids deserve more of me, and I am just thankful and excited to be at the point in my career and my life to have this opportunity to do so.”

Prior to joining Grandma’s Marathon as race director in 2003, Carlson had worked in the Minnesota Power employee benefits department since 1980. He served on the Grandma’s Marathon board from October 2002 until being hired as a full-time staff member.

“Jon’s dedication and efforts as race director and executive director have been major factors in the growth and stability of our races and events. While his guidance and passion will be deeply missed, we appreciate having him here in the coming months to assist with the transition,” said John Hartwick, chairperson of the 17-member board that governs Grandma’s Marathon. “Our board and staff could not be happier for Jon and his family, and we all wish them well in this next chapter.”

The successor for the organization’s top position will be selected through a nationwide search that is expected to result in a new director being on board by the end of May. Carlson will guide the organization during the upcoming Grandma’s Marathon weekend in June and will have time both before and after the 2015 race weekend to work with the new director in order to ease the transition process.

Grandma’s Marathon weekend features milestone events in the next two years. This year marks the 25th running of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – for which lottery registration closes on Friday. Then, in 2016, Grandma’s Marathon celebrates its 40th anniversary.