Tagged: Nostalgia

Your Silly Road Race: Fresh Pond

January 18th, 2012 in Articles by 5 Comments

“There is a Boston College fable that if you play Sympathy For The Devil backwards you hear “666 – 11:06 at the Pond- Jose Rocha, Joe Rocha… 666 seconds.” but that was just a drunken rumor that Dermot Fitzpatrick told me as a frosh at BC. I saw Rocha at the New Bedford Half Marathon […]

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The Fairest of All Time: Historical NCAA Cross Country Rankings

October 14th, 2011 in Articles by 18 Comments

Cross country fans have long suspected that Wisconsin dominates the sport, but are the Badgers really the best of all time? Now you can quantify any teams’ long-term excellence using historical data in Faster Than Forty’s “All-Time NCAA Cross Country Program Rankings.” Wisconsin bested Arkansas by a solid 326 points, based on the schools’ performances […]

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Different Race; Different Kennedy

September 30th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Bob Kennedy, one of the greatest American distance runners of all time, embodies the classic reserved Midwesterner. He doesn’t expound at length to most questions about his athletic past – a past with accolades literally too many to recount in this article. But events are transpiring that may test the comfort zone of this very […]

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Coach @ Runs London

August 5th, 2011 in Articles by 3 Comments

Mike Atwood, Faster Than Forty’s Editor at Large, spent time in London this summer — running races and tracking down bits and pieces of running-geek lore. Here is his first dispatch… The Quest For The Purple Runner I’m standing outside the St. John’s Wood tube station trying to figure out which red double-decker will get […]

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What Wasn’t Doesn’t Matter: Renaldo Nehemiah on Success

July 28th, 2011 in Articles by 9 Comments

Many people remember Renaldo Nehemiah for the way he cleared flights of hurdles with beauty and finesse. He was the first person to break the 13-second barrier – and 30 years later, fewer than a dozen men have done the same. Winning the NCAA Championships twice and being named the 1979 Penn Relays MVP (after […]

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Weekly Retro 6:24.11

June 24th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Each week, “The Weekly Retro” presents a slice of old-timey track & field goodness via pics, playlists, and more… This week: the mystery of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials 1,500-meter heats. In honor of our fearless leader Mark Gomes making his way to the National Championships in Eugene this weekend, we pulled a photo from Nationals […]

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A Very Retro Update

May 20th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago we published a photo of the 2005 Big Ten Cross-Country Championships — a brilliant photo in its own right and (as we unabashedly gushed) because it depicted one of the greatest team collegiate cross-country efforts ever recorded. For those of you too lazy to click here to see the original […]

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Coach @’s Corner 5:19.11

May 19th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Each week Coach @’s Corner addresses a variety of topics related to high school coaching, self-coaching, and our sport at large. Have a question or something you’d like us to address? Contact us using the methods at the end of the column. What is a good coach? I often struggle to answer that question, mostly […]

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The Weekly Retro 5:15.11

May 15th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

Each week, “The Weekly Retro” presents a slice of old-timey track & field goodness via pics, playlists, and more… This week, back to the 1992/1993 school year for some old-school hip hop to keep the feet moving, courtesy of Mark Gomes’ iPod.    Souls of Mischief: 93 ‘Til Infinity – Best of da Bay Das EFX: They […]

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The Weekly Retro 5:08.11

May 8th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

  We’ll get back to the old-skewl play lists next week. This week’s entry is a fantastic photo taken at the 2005 Big Ten Cross Country Championships. Yes, 2005 isn’t really far enough back to be “retro,” but as soon as we received this shot we felt compelled to post it. Here’s why: Wisconsin’s eighth […]

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