News of Note 6:28.11

June 29th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

What a fantastic, super-packed weekend for running and track and field! First off, the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held in Eugene at historic Hayward Field. Track Town, USA continues its brilliance as host of the country’s best — setting a record attendance of 40,351 during the four-day event.

The world’s second fastest man decided to sit this one out while Walter Dix doubled gold in both the men’s 100- and 200-meter dashes. Twenty-year-old Florida sprinter Tony McQuay upset three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner in the men’s 400-meter dash (video), while 25-year-old Allyson Felix took the victory on the women’s side (video), becoming the first to hold the American title in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter distances. Oregon elite Nick Symmonds took home gold in the 800-meter run for the fourth straight year, using his signature kick (video), and American distance legend Bernard Lagat won a classic in the men’s 5,000-meter run for his fifth national title in the event (video).

For anyone wondering why Galen Rupp wore what looked like a bank robber’s mask for nearly half of the 5,000-meter run…

Poor comments from competing athletes concerning track officials flood news feeds after last weekend’s national championships. And those don’t even include our own

Eighteen-year-old race walker Trevor Barron is a true athlete with unrattled focus and perseverance. When asked if strangers mock his sport of choice, the Olympic-hopeful responds, “It doesn’t bother me much anymore… I just tell people I can walk a mile faster than they can run it.” Barron had enjoyed success in Eugene, taking first in the 20K race walk while setting a new national record in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 25.10 seconds — claiming the youngest spot on the U.S. national team bound for Daegu.

The USATF’s search for a new CEO continues while a lawsuit between former-CEO Doug Logan and the governing body has finally been settled.

Oregon’s Jordan Hasay continues to exceed off the track after being named the national Academic All-American of the Year for women’s track and field/cross country — becoming the youngest athlete ever to claim the title in any NCAA sport. The standout Duck holds a 3.96 G.P.A. as a second-year human physiology major.

What does the collegiate sport of outdoor track and field lack for outsiders looking in? How can the sport be improved? Here is columnist Mechelle Voepel’s take on the subject.

Sixty-nine-year-old USA Track and Field Masters All-American Buster Byrnes was honored last week before the start of last Saturday’s Maine Games track and field event at the University of Maine in Orono. Maine Games executive director Jeff Scully renamed the June 25 event as the Buster Byrnes Relays.

Sixty-four year-old, formerly homeless, alcoholic Ira Terrell has used running to regain control of his life — especially the Peachtree Road Race, a race he began participating in over a decade ago.

The story of the famous, upcoming Falmouth Road Race, held annually in August.

The Boston legal community shows good heart in supporting this Thursday’s ‘Lawyers Have Heart, Boston’ 5K to benefit the American Heart Association.

While the city of Vancouver may still be getting over their upsetting hockey loss, nearby Chilliwack, BC is celebrating its 50th year of elementary school track and field. More than 1,000 young athletes from 24 public and independent schools took part in last Thursday’s meet.

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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