Author: Rick Miller

The Fairest of All Time: Historical NCAA Cross Country Rankings

October 14th, 2011 in Articles by 17 Comments

Cross country fans have long suspected that Wisconsin dominates the sport, but are the Badgers really the best of all time? Now you can quantify any teams’ long-term excellence using historical data in Faster Than Forty’s “All-Time NCAA Cross Country Program Rankings.” Wisconsin bested Arkansas by a solid 326 points, based on the schools’ performances […]

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Weekly Retro 10:12.11

October 12th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for the Eastbay catalog to hit my parents’ mailbox. Sure, we had no shortage of mall stores in my town, and I bought a lot stuff at them, but they mostly catered to basketball and other sports and didn’t have much in the way of running gear. Eastbay always had shoes […]

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News of Note: World Masters Edition

July 19th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

Although we’re quite pleased with our fearless leader’s impressive 4th-place finish in the M40 division of the World Masters Championships, a number of elder statesmen prove there’s still plenty more to accomplish… Women’s masters pole vaulter Johnnye Valien set a world record at the 2011 World Masters Games… …As did Former Olympian Gary Stenlund (Battle […]

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Mission Control Worlds Update

July 13th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Our fearless leader Mark Gomes narrowly missed a Masters World Championships medal in the 800-meter run on Monday night in Sacramento (finishing fourth in a very fast 1:56.2).* We expect a full race recap shortly. Full results of the final can be found here. * Editor’s note: That’s only 0.6 seconds slower than my best […]

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Weekly Retro 7:09.11

July 9th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

Each week, “The Weekly Retro” presents a slice of old-timey track & field goodness via pics, playlists, and more… This week’s Retro goes old-school old skewl — as in your daddy’s old school — with a playlist comprised of classic rock staples that still prove quite effective at getting the wheels turning… The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter […]

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A Dramatic Finish in Eugene!

June 26th, 2011 in Articles by 16 Comments

Thanks to everyone who has written/texted/Facebook-posted everything from congratulations to condolences over the final outcome of my Masters 1,500-meter race at the USATFs in Eugene. After clocking a very exciting 4:01.7, my performance was negated by an official’s disqualification. Understand that officials at any race anywhere — even the biggest races — are analyzing hundreds of […]

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Penn’s Station: Rupprecht’s Steeple Win (cont.)

June 14th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

(Continued from Page 1 here.) Then with 1,000 meters to go, something funny happened. We passed a coach yelling for his athlete who was in the lead pack with me, and he was shouting, “Get excited; this is the Penn Relays, get excited!” So I thought to myself, “Yeah, get excited.” Then I started thinking […]

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Interview: Ken Lubin of Executive Athletes

May 5th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

Ken Lubin, from the Boston area, is an executive recruiter with ZRG Partners. He is also a kick-ass mountain biker, downhill skier, and endurance athlete that founded a very popular (and growing) group on LinkedIn for business executives who remain competitive in their sport of choice; it’s called Executive Athletes, and if you belong to LinkedIn […]

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News of Note 5:02.11

May 2nd, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Presenting a weekly roundup of news from around our sport, with editorial commentary when necessary… USA Today released its top-performers list for high school athletes on Thursday. The boys’ steeple field is exceptionally strong this year. (The leading high schoolers would make the editors of this site look silly on our best days.) Paula Radcliffe […]

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No Magic Shoes

April 29th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

When I was in 9th grade, the only thing I wanted in the world was to break 5:00 in the mile. Other kids my age were focused on that girl in 6th period history class or the number of days left until they could score their drivers permit, but I was fixated on turning four laps […]

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