News of Note 8:25.11

August 26th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

American 10K record-holder and Nike/OTC Elite distance runner Chris Solinsky made, “the hardest decision of [his] career,” last Friday, when he withdrew from this weekend’s World Championships shortly after straining his hamstring during a training session.

A record-breaking 83,000 online fan votes were cast over a period of 16-days starting Aug. 1 for this year’s Bowerman Award. The winners of the online fan vote, Ngoni Makusha and Jessica Beard, both earned one first-place vote towards the final vote tally. Here’s how the results looked:

Men’s

42% — Jr., Ngoni Makusha, Florida State (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: Long Jump [I&O], 100m Dash [O], 4x100m Relay [O])

30% — Sr., Jeshua Anderson, Washington State (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: 400m Hurdles [O])

27% — Jr., Christian Taylor, Florida (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: Triple Jump [O])

Women’s

49% — Sr., Jessica Beard, Texas A&M (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: 400m Dash [I&O], 4x400m Relay [I&O]

42% — So. Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: 200m Dash [I&O], 4x100m Relay [O]

9% — Jr., Tina Šutej, Arkansas (Video)

(2011 NCAA Champion: Pole Vault [I])

Outside Interactive takes a look at the course of the recent 39th Falmouth Road Race. Runners from around the globe (11,000 to be exact) were spoiled with great weather on the 7-mile course.

The NCAA has selected the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium and Texas’ Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium as hosts of next year’s Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field East and West preliminary rounds, respectively. This will be UNF’s first time hosting a championship-caliber track and field meet in NCAA history.

Vermont-native and Bates alum Patrick Wales-Dinan joined Duke University last week as both an assistant women’s cross country coach and assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Wales-Dinan leaves his job at Williams College where he tutored four D-III All-Americans and one D-III national champion.

As if the Summer Games in 2012 weren’t enough — London has officially put in a bid for the 2017 track and field world championships. I guess when you spend billions on venues for an event like the Olympics; it’s time to plan for future use, immediately. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

A truly, inspiring story about a New England Masters athlete who, thanks to transplants, can live to compete another day.

Florida’s Jeff Demps is full of surprises. First, he chose track over football, and now, the 100- and 60-meter champion has decided to return for his senior year rather than sign a contract to run professional track.

Nebraska Wesleyan track and field and cross country head coach, Ted Bulling, has taken over the role of President of the USTFCCCA Board of Directors, while Harding University track and field and cross country head coach, Steve Guymon, has acquired the position of President of NCAA D-II Track and Field.

American sprinter and 2011 Worlds qualifier Jeremy Dodson claims that he’s been the victim of identity theft after being arrested, himself, last Wednesday on charges of suspicion of identity theft. Here’s a clip of his qualifying 200-meter dash from USA Outdoors: (Video)

From a “Hell, I’ll give it a try” walk-on to “five-time D-II National Champ,” New Haven’s Shannon Gagne can share one, big-time college success story — and I won’t forget to mention she finished her undergrad with a 3.93 GPA.

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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