News of Note 7:07.11

July 7th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Sixty thousand runners participated in Monday’s 42nd running of Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race (Results). Here is an interactive look at the road course (via Google Earth).

Maine native and Dartmouth graduate Ben True took top honors in the 2011 Men’s US 10K Road Race Championship, which was run in conjunction with the Peachtree. He out-kicked defending champion Ed Moran for his first-ever title in 28:28. True finished fifth in the overall Peachtree, just 23 seconds away from Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara, who captured his second Peachtree title in three years. Russia’s Vyacheslav Shabunin, 41, took first in the Men’s Masters race in 31:19 while Atlanta-native Stephanie Herbst-Lucke, 44, was the Women’s Masters winner, in 33:29.

More news concerning Maine runners this week, straight from the 31st Annual Walter Hunt Memorial 4th of July 3K. University of Maine sub-four miler Riley Masters cruised to victory in 8:02, en route to breaking the race’s 13-year-old course record.

If anyone’s up in northern New England this weekend and has the urge to bust out four miles when the clock strikes midnight, check out Pownal, Vermont’s annual Moonlight in Vermont late-night four-mile road race.

After more than 100 interviewed candidates and no luck with Oregon’s Vin Lananna, USATF has decided to stick with interim CEO Mike McNees for another year.

A well-written article from SI.com’s Brian Cazeneuve questions the moving of the Millrose Games from Madison Square Garden and discusses how many important values inside sports are being over-looked by those in charge as well as how sports in general could benefit from drug-free competition.

Speaking of doping, India is in some trouble after six of their national track and field athletes tested positive for banned substances over the weekend. The blame for such a catastrophe has been pointed at the system rather than the athletes themselves.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion 400-meter runner LaShawn Merritt has been cleared, by the USATF, to compete in the 2011 IAAF World Championships despite not participating in the U.S. trials two weeks ago because of his 21-month doping suspension

Tennessee track and field sees two coaches leave while Stanford legend and two-time Olympian PattiSue Plumer rejoins her Cardinal volery as new assistant track and field coach and associate cross country coach.

The biennial World Masters Athletics Championships are off and running until July 17 in Sacramento. Unbelievable Masters talent will be on display – including athletes such as Liz Palmer, who runs a 100-meter dash in 12.7 seconds at the age of 50. And of course, the great Zola Budd, 45, who is scheduled to compete in the 5,000-meter run on Friday. Budd finished second in the 8K cross-country event on Wednesday, in 29:19.9.

It’s not every day you see an athlete give up a season of college football for a more dedicated approach toward next year’s track and field season, especially in the Lone Star State! But Texas wide receiver and 2011 U.S. long jump champion Marquise Goodwin has done just that.

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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