Sunday, July 27, 2014

Minnesota Vaulters Place High at JO Nationals

Northfield's Alexis Kiefer tied for second in a tight competition in the Women's 17-18 pole vault at the USATF Junior Olympics in Texas on Friday.  Kiefer cleared 3.90m/12'9.5".  MSHSL Class A PV champion Andrianna Jacobs finished fifth in the event, clearing the same height.  Kally Long won the title clearing 4.05m/13'3.5" with the next four vaulters all at the same height with places decided on fewer misses. Result is HERE.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TrackTown High Performance Meet: Garrett Heath 6th in 1500; Harun Abda ran on Runner-Up 4 by 800 Relay Team

Garrett Heath finished sixth in the 1500 in 3:40.8.  Result is HERE  Harun Abda ran the second leg on the second place Oregon Elite team in the 4 by 800 relay that was timed in 7:16.8.  Result is HERE. .

Results: Peterson 5th, Finan 19th at Bix; Kampf, Finnerty Sweep Ryan Shay Mile Titles; Borst and Nowak Win at Voyageur 50

Team USA Minnesota's Jonathan Peterson finished fifth in the Bix 7 on Saturday in 33:54.  Teammate Eric Finan was 19th in 35:50.  Top 25 men and women results are HERE.

Heather Kampf wins third straight Ryan Shay mile in PR of 4:21.39. Kampf tweeted: "Fast day today! It took a 4:21.1 to capture a 3-peat victory at the Shay Mile! Grateful to run a great race to honor an amazing athlete!!" Women's results HERE. Women group photo HERE. Rob Finnerty started the Minnesota sweep of the Shay Mile titles winning the men's race in 3:56.98. Men's results HERE.

Michael Borst defended his 2013 Voyageur 50 title running 6:53.20 despite temperatures that reached 81 F. Christi Nowak won the women's race in 8:36.20. Duluth News Tribune story is HERE.

Friday, July 25, 2014

News: Voyageur 50-Mile; Race Cancellations; Bix 7 Race Coverage schedule, Dani Stack, Jonathan Peterson, David Epstein/Sports Science

Duluth News Tribune feature on the Voyageur 50-Mile  Trail race that will be run on Saturday is HERE.

KARE-11 report on the cancelled 5K Foam Fest race HERE.  Not an isolated case, as in this instance the company putting on the race has issued statements saying they are declaring bankruptcy.  Thus far race cancellations have not been common, but it is happening elsewhere as noted in the Milwaukee  Journal Sentinel article HERE.

KSTP story on Better Business Bureau recommendations for running event entrants HERE.

Coverage of Bix 7 on Saturday HERE. Live coverage as well as "encore" broadcast repeated in the afternoon. Team USA Minnesota's Eric Finan, and Jon Peterson will be running.

Des Moines Register  story on Team USA Minnesota's Dani Stack HERE.

Jonathan Peterson's blog on his experiences on the Euro track circuit is HERE.

Inquiring Minds radio program talking with author David Epstein(The Sports Gene) about science and sports is HERE. (Epsrtein interview starts at 26:35 of the program.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Masters News: Susan Loyd

Susan Loyd reports from the USATF Masters Championships last weekend in North Carolina and wants to make people aware of the Minnesota Senior Games on August 2:  "the Minnesota Senior Games on August 2, 2014, at St. Thomas University will allow walk-up(entries)  for the first time ever! And, people who are 49, but who will turn 50 before December 31, 2014, CAN participate and qualify."

On her Nationals experience:
"It was a difficult Nationals for me due to a terrible knee injury. I could run, but I could not get out of the blocks, and limped my way through most of the competition. I really was lucky to make it to the finals in all my three events, and to be able to hold things together just enough.

I placed 4th in the 400m -1:15.25, 6th in the 100m with 15.87 and 7th in the 200m with 33.67. 

USATF is now recognizing relays in five year increments. And, my W55 4X100 Non-club team (Susan Loyd, Karen Maxwell, Vicki Fox and Cheryl Bellaire) set a new American Record at 60-69. (Fortunately, I ran blocks!)   Our W50 (not W55) 4X400m non-club team got silver with a 5:05.04 mark. (We had one gal on our team who was 50, so we had to run down).

The meet was so much fun, despite my injury. For the most part, things ran on time, and the weather was almost perfect. Jim(Schoffman), Tom (Langenfeld) and Sherwood (Sagedahl)looked great and had success. I always love competing with them. They are such an inspiration."

News: Torchlight 5K Results; Rudisha; Usain Bolt; Grandma's Youth Program, Amanda Smock; Jamie Cheever

Torchlight 5K results are HERE.

BBC documentary on David Rudisha HERE.

Follow the money, sponsor influence on the sport's biggest draws HERE.

Grandma's Wednesday Night at the Races Youth program photo album is HERE.

MIAC interview with Amanda Smock HERE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

News: World Junior Champs/Burns, NCAA Changes Interference Rule; Kenya/Rudisha, Blankenship, Charity Races, Running Form, 90-year-olds

Shaina Burns 23rd after first day of IAAF World Junior meet in Eugene with 2520 points.  Her point total is low as she was DQed in the 200, the last event of Day One.  She was seventh prior to the 200.  Her time in the 200 was 26.48,  which would have put her in thirteenth place in the pentathlon.  The DQ was for a lane violation. Results are HERE.  Burns moved up two places in the final day, finishing the competition in 21st place with 4582 points.  Results are HERE.

NCAA changes rules on "impeding" including the word "flagrantly" to the rule that deals with "interference" between runners on the track HERE.

Documentary on Kenyan runners narrated by Irish middle distance legend Eamonn Coghlan is HERE.

Luring Kenyan athletes to the Middle East HERE.

Concerns about "oversaturation" of charity races HERE.

Study on impact of arms on running form, economy HERE

New York Times story on the "dream team" of 90 year old relay runners HERE.

A runner's Grandma's Marathon experience blog HERE.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USATF Masters Summary

Here's the wrap up from the USATF Masters Championships.  There were some glitches in the reporting of results and in WiFi coverage for people at the meet, so here is a summary of what happened in North Carolina courtesy of Tom Langenfeld: We missed one Minnesota gold medalist:  Chris Cohen of Chanhassen won the M45 400m hurdles in 63.15 on Sunday.  He earlier took third in the 110m highs in 17.14 (a Minnesota age group record) behind two hurdlers who were within a tenth of a second of the American record.  
Chris is a former Gopher defensive back but hadn’t hurdled since high school until last year.  (He wore a Gopher track uniform in the highs, so is easily identifiable in the video HERE.) He was boys track coach at Minnetonka 2000-2013, assistant at Chanhassen this past year.
By my quick count, looks like Minnesotans brought home a total of 15 individual medals – seven gold, three silver, and five bronze.
Sherwood Sagedahl accounted for a third of those.  And after winning  the pentathlon, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and javelin, he ran a leg on the winning M75 non-club 4x400 relay team (5:01.88).
A little late now, but a few other notes I would have passed along from Winston-Salem if I could have:
Carl Etter – Although consistently among the national leaders in the jumps, he was competing in his first USATF national.  His winning LJ and TJ distances bettered the listed M70 Minnesota age group records.
Paul Lykken – The defending M50 javelin champion, he missed the gold this year by just 2 centimeters – three-quarters of an inch! (55.10m to 55.08m).
Jim Schoffman – He was able to run his age in the 400m again, Achilles problem notwithstanding.  Jim turned 60 last year, and ran under 60 several times during the season.  Now 61, he ran the 400m final in Winston-Salem at 60.98.
Susan Loyd – Nursing a knee problem, she still managed a fourth in the W55 400m and made the finals in both the 100 and 200m.

Tom Langenfeld – Fourteenth consecutive outdoor national HJ championship, 16th out of the last 17 years, 22nd overall dating back to 1975.  (This year’s was the first one won on misses, however.)  Competed as a 78-year-old Sunday.  Turned 79 the next day.

Some of the Winston Salem Journal coverage of the USATF Masters on the friendships of the athletes HERE, on middle distance legend Nolan Shaheed HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

News: Leer/Beard, Park Point 5 Photos, Harrier Half, Influence of iPods, NCAA lawsuits, World Juniors

Will Leer announces on Twitter that the beard has gone HERE.

Grandma's Park Point 5-Mile photo album is HERE.

Perham Focus on the Harrier Half and 5K HERE.

Runners' World on the influence of music on running HERE.

NCAA lawsuits and their potential influence on college sports HERE.

List of World Bests for female Juniors HERE men HERE; bests for female US Juniors HERE, men HERE.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Garrett Heath Second in Sainsbury's Anniversary Games 2-Mile in Central London

Finish of the 2-Mile on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in
Bernard Lagat and Garrett Heath went one, two in the two mile at Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in Central London on Sunday.  Lagat ran 8:27 and Heath 8:29.  Result is HERE.  GArrett heath and friends at Big Ben HERE.

USATF MASTERS: Updated: Langenfeld Wins M75 HJ; Sagedahl M75 1500; Etter, Kleyman 3rd; Loyd 8th; Schoffman on 1st and 3rd Place Relay Teams

Tom Langenfeld won the M75 high jump on fewer misses on Sunday at the final day of the USATF Masters Championships in North Carolina.  Both Langenfeld and runner-up Bernhard Stamm cleared 1.35m/4'5.2".  Langenfeld did not misses until the pair attempted 1.4m, while Stamm missed twice before clearing 1.35m. Result is HERE. Carl Etter followed up his triumphs in the long and triple jumps with a third place finish in the M70 high jump.  Etter cleared 1.30m/4'3.2". Result is HERE. Sherwood Sagedahl finished his marathon weekend with a win in the M75 1500 in 6:04.75.  Result is HERE. Sagedahl was also third in the M75 200 in 30.96.  Result is HERE.

Rick Kleyman was runner-up in the M70 1500 in 6:25.12. Result is HERE. Susan Loyd was eighth in the W55 200 in 33.67.  Result is HERE  Jim Schoffman led off the Mass Velocity 4 by 400 relay team that won in 4:18.55. Result is HERE. He also ran on the third place finishing Mass Velocity 4 by 100 meter relay team that was timed in 57.78.  Result is HERE. "On the 4 x 100 relay I dropped the baton on the exchange," said Schoffman.  First time ever. My teammate Roger Pierce is yelling at me to pick it up. I go to pick it up and I kick it even further. Just like Bill Cosby's comedy bit. Finally I get it picked up Our commanding lead is gone, and I salvage a 3rd.

"Roger told he had the baton in my hand but my hand wasn't opened very far. Then it hit me I have Duputren's contracture in my left hand which keeps me from opening my hand all the way. The joys and challenges on being a master athlete. I'm having surgery this fall to correct the problem."

A couple more results we missed in early reporting: LaCrescent's Peter Haack finished fourth in both the M35 200(23.87) and 400(52.75).  Eagan's Michael Moser seventh in the M60 High Jump clearing 1.15M/3'9.3".

The Hopkins Raspberry Run in Pictures

They're off at the start of the Raspberry Run 5-Miler.  Winner John Klecker(7),
runner up Reed Rischer(515) lead the pack. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Women's runner-up Elaina Schellhaass(548). Photo by Jim Ferstle

The middle of the pack coming off the starting line. Photo by Jim Ferstle

On only a "warm" day for the Hopkins race, one runner
takes no chances, carrying her fluids like a football
running back. Photo by Jim Ferstle
A police escort for the back of the pack. Photo by Jim Ferstle

The Hopkins XC team hands out water to sixth place finisher Tony Bye.
Photo by Jim Ferstle

Jay Biwer ready for a shower and a cup of water with about a mile
to go. Photo by Jim Ferstle

The Raspberry Mile begins with winner Justin Grunewald(131) out front,
5-mile winner John Klecker(7), and Philip Richert(555), who will finish
second and third, respectively. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Back at the 5-mile starting line, the races are done, but the cricket match
goes on. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Full results for 5-Mile and 1-Mile are HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated: USATF Masters Champs: Etter, Sagedahl, Lykken, Loyd, Schoffman in Action

Duluth's Carl Etter won his second USATF Masters title on Saturday taking the M70 triple jump with a leap of 8.96m/29'4.75". Result is HERE.  Fairmont's Sherwood Sagedahl finished fourth in the M75 javelin launching the spear 29.60m/97'1.4".  Result is HERE. He was also sixth in the 100 in 15.19. Result is HERE.  Susan Loyd was seventh in the W55 100 in 15.87. Result is HERE. Owatonna's Paul Lykken is defending champion in the M50 javelin, which has no final results posted as yet HERE. Appears to scoring glitches with what appears to be place listings, but no stats on the individuals' performances.

In the prelims of the M60 200 Jim Schoffman finished ninth in 28.17.  Result is HERE.

Results have been spotty.  For example, there is a video of the 800 from Thursday, but no results for the M60-64 or 65-69.  The video of the fast heat from the M60 800 is HERE.  Schoffman, who finished third, reports: "The 800 was  a tactical race. Nolan Shaheed, the current world record holder(M60)  set the pace and gave me a gift of a 71 first 400. I held on for third. My stiff Achilles kept me from finishing better than  ninth in the 200 so I didn't advance. The weather has been great."

You can hear the announcer in the video of the 800 noting that Shaheed is 65 and running in the heat with the 60-64 runners. But, Shaeed turned 65 on Friday, not Thursday, so he was still 64 when he ran the 800. He finished second.  There were also issues in measurements.  The 100 meters, turned out to be 99.95 meters, and the meet officials had to use a tape for the starting line to allow the runners to go the correct distance.  All this is detailed in Ken Stone's Masters Track HERE.

In Heusden, Leer Wins 1500; Abda Wins 800 B Race; Kampf PRs in 1500; Finan Wins 5K C Race; Grunewald 3rd in Madrid 3K

Photo timer finish picture for the 800 B race. Abda is on the far right...
A day for PRs in the Netherlands. Will Leer runs a PR of 3:34.26 to win the 1500.  Gopher grad Harun Abda won the 800 B race in 1:45.55 and Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf finished tenth in KBC Nacht 1500 in 4:06.16, a PR.  1500 result is HERE.   800 is HERE. Abda's time of 1:45.55 ties his PR.
Tem USA Minnesota's Eric Finan won the 5000 C race in 13:37.41, another PR. Jon Peterson was eighth in 13:49.98. Result is HERE. "Despite a neighbor on the starting line attempting to swing dance with me, I still ran a 1 sec PR today" wrote Kampf on Twitter. "Happy for that, certain I'm better."

In Madrid at the 32nd Meeting Madrid IAAF World Challenge event Gabe Grunewald finished third in the 3K in 8:52.39. Result is HERE.

Shawn Francis vaulting in Mexico on Sunday HERE.

Friday, July 18, 2014

UPDATED: Carl Etter Wins M70 LJ; Sagedahl Takes M75 400, 2nd in LJ; Schoffman 3rd in M60 400; Loyd 4th in W55 400 at US Masters Champs

Carl Etter won the men's M70 long jump on Friday at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in North Carolina with a leap of 4.32m/14'2.1"  Result is HERE. Sherwood Sagedahl won his second event by taking the M75 400 in 1:09.80.  Result is HERE. Sagedahl was also second in the M75 long jump with a leap of  3.77m/12'4.4".  Result is HERE.  Jim Schoffman was third in the M60 400 in 1:00.98.  Result is HERE. Susan Loyd finished fourth in the W55 400 in 1:15.25. Result is HERE.

In prelims, Loyd was eighth in the 100 prelims in 15.94. Result is HERE.  Sagedahl was sixth in the M75 100 prelims in 14.97. Result is HERE

News: Špotáková/Roesler, Willis; Grunewald: Park Point 5-Mile

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková continued her winning streak in Europe as she won the Monaco Diamond League javelin on Friday with a throw of 66.96m/219'8.2"  Laura Roesler was seventh in the 800 in 1:59.44.

Nick Willis on achieving his lifetime goal of running under 3:30 in the 1500 HERE.

Team USA Minnesota's Gabe Grunewald provides several photos from Madrid HERE. She's running the 3K in the Meeting de Atletismo

Scott Behling wins in 25:46 in the Park Point 5-Miile

Amanda Boman first female finisher in 30:10
Park Point 5-Mile Results are HERE.

Team USA Minnesota's Eric Finan and Jon Peterson will run the 5K and Heather Kampf the 1500 at the  KBC Nacht meet in Heusden.