News of Note 6:22.11

June 22nd, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments


The largest 10K race in the world just got bigger — Atlanta Track Club’s Peachtree Road Race is adding 5,000 more runners to their regular total of 55,000, increasing to 60,000 runners. (That’s roughly one runner per 17 centimeters of the race’s total distance – in case you were counting…)

College’s new ‘fastest man alive’ plans to skip his final year of eligibility and turn pro.

Oregon-bound 18-year-old phenom Lukas Verzbicas concluded his high school career with a bang in last Saturday’s High School Dream Mile during the 2011 Adidas Grand Prix in New York, becoming only the fifth U.S. miler to break the four minute barrier (Here’s the video).

Imagine you’re racing in your high school state meet’s 3,200-meter final, and after four laps of a grueling pace, you realize you’ve got a shot at taking down the state record… and as you approach the turn for the final 400 meters, you are blocked by a wall of officials who are abruptly ending the race due to lightning. Now, you can compare your imagination with reality.

After making history, Texas A&M is left out as Oregon women, Florida State men win Terry Crawford & John McDonnell Program of the Year awards, respectively.

The 51st Mount Washington Road Race was held last Saturday in Gorham, NH. The 7.6-mile uphill race saw Colorado-native Ricky Gates take first in 1 hour, 1 minute and 32 seconds. Forty-five year-old Masters runner Simon Gutierrez took fifth. (Results).

Daegu, South Korea will host this year’s IAAF World Championships from Aug. 27 through Sept. 4, and for the United States, the qualifying system used to select competing athletes isn’t very simple.

Speaking of qualifying, the place to do it is at the 2011 USATF Outdoor Championships, to be held in Eugene. Here’s a detailed look at events to watch, athletes to watch, and three thoughts from former Olympian/Oregon Duck Andrew Wheating.

Oh, and did we mention our own Mark Gomes has been invited to run the Masters 1,500 Meters on Sunday afternoon? He has, and he will.

Liam Nee is a first-year journalism major at the University of Maine. He writes regularly for the student newspaper,The Maine Campus, as a sports columnist and is a staff member at 91.9FM WMEB. Nee runs middle distance for the Black Bears and is pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. His goal is to cover the Olympic Games. Contact him here.


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