News of Note 7:13.11

July 13th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Oregon’s Matthew Centrowitz has been nothing less than a 1,500-meter boss this season after winning titles at the NCAA Championships and USA Track and Field Championships. He added icing to the cake at the Diamond League Meeting Areva by scorching a world ‘A’ standard  to qualify for the IAAF Championships while taking down the Oregon University 1,500-meter record in a blistering 3:34.69.

(Fun fact: Matthew’s father, Matt Centrowitz, was a two-time Olympic distance runner and a four-time national champion who broke Steve Prefontaine’s 1,500-meter school record while at Oregon in 1976.)

Former University of Arkansas and University of Florida high jump coach Dick Booth has left the Gators and joined the University of Alabama according to Crimson Tide’s head coach Dan Waters. He has mentored 49 NCAA champions and 150 All-Americans.

Soon-to-be University of Texas track and field thrower Ryan Crouser closed out his high school career with a bang last Saturday, tossing a gargantuan discus throw of 237 feet, 6 inches to set a new national record, breaking the 2009 record of 236-6 held by Mason Finley. Here’s the video.

For a young man who lost his mother to cancer at the age of 11 and suffers from cerebral palsy, it’s hard to imagine anything could relieve Mike Trendell of his stress, but for the 23-year-old, nothing is better than a run. Niagara University’s number-one cross-country runner, recently graduated, says, “When you’re running, running is all that really matters.”

America East standout and Binghamton Bearcat’s sub-4 miler and leading distance runner Erik van Ingen has put his school on the map.

The 34th running of the Utica Boilermaker 15K Road Race saw Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi earn his second crown in three years, stealing the victory within the final 50 yards to finish in 43:30. Kenyan Alice Timbilili, who won in 2009, took the women’s title in 48:41.

Maine’s TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K aims to further it’s greening efforts.

The women’s Norfold Real Deal (Virginia) and the men’s Central Park Track Club (New York) successfully defended their USATF National Club Track & Field championships last Sunday in New York. Here are the complete results .

The Indian doping saga continues after NADA raids camp housing 172 London Olympic-hopefuls with random tests.

Some newly implemented rules concern high school track and field athletes wearing jewelry while competing. (This reporter was part of a 4 x 800-meter relay team disqualification in high school when we were told, after placing second in the race, that our time wouldn’t count because our spandex shorts — worn under our uniforms — did not match. The spandex were shades of dark blue and black.)

The price is right for world-class Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. According to a Swedish news web site, the fastest man alive costs a grand total of $310,000 to appear in a track 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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