franzarnowskiusatftv.jpgDr. Frank Zarnowski, the Dean of Multi-events, photo courtesy of USATF.TV

I first met Dr. Zarnowski during the early 1990s, as part of the VISA Decathlon program. Listening to Zeke speak on the history of the decathlon with precision and love, are some of the highlights of my time in our sport. Here is a fine piece by David Hunter on the Dean of Multi-eventers, Dr. Frank Zarnowski.

At the recent NCAA champs, one long time observer of the sport noted that Frank Zarnowski's commentating on the NCAA was "the finest commentating I have ever heard at a sporting event."

Enough said.

Keni Harrison has run the second fastest 100 meter hurdles in history. Her 12.24 in Eugene, Oregon on May 28 was spectacular. Her run in the misty and cold rain in Stockholm, in 12.66, was impressive as well. This is from the interview that Keni gave the media on June 29 at the USA Press conference two for the Olympic Trials. The Shoe Addicts produced this interview for RunBlogRun.
Vashti Cunningham won the USA Indoor Champs, and a week later, won the World Indoor Champs in the high jump. A thoughtful young woman, surrounded by her supportive family, Vashti is gently taking on the mantle of one of the finest high jumpers in the sport. Will she be to the high jump what Allyson Felix is to the sprints? Here is our coverage of the USATF presser with Vashti from day two!

20160630_112650.jpgMaria Michta-Coffey, winner of Women's 20k RW, photo by Mark Cullen

Mark Cullen wrote for us in Beijing in 2015. Here is his first piece of the Olympic Trials for RunBlogRun, on the men's and women's 20k race walks. Mark has a superb blog at www.trackerati.com.

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Caleb Ndiku leading men's 5000m final in the final la, photo by Justin Lagat

The Kenyan Olympic Trials are being held in Eldoret, Kenya. As our Kenyan correspondent, Justin Lagat, noted to me in a short note, "the crowds are large and we have been standing all day." Here are some of the highlights of day one from Justin Lagat.

SamBell.pngSam Bell, design and photo courtesy of USTFCCCA.org

Sam Bell was a giant among track coaches. A track & field coach who could and had coached each and every event in track & field, Sam Bell was one of the last of a generation of coaches, like Bill Bowerman, who could coach any of the disciplines in our sport.

Here is a warm tribute from several of his athletes and admirers, including his athletes, Terry Brahm, Jim Spivey and Charles Marsala, as well as IAAF president Sebastian Coe. Special thanks to Jeff Benjamin for compiling this series of comments on Coach Bell.

sundlun_photo.jpegTracy Sundlun, by Dillon Vibes

Tracy Sundlun is an honorable man, a bit eccentric, but an honorable man. He has not seen an endurance event, from the marathon to the 50k Race Walk that he does not support. Romaine Soh captures his love of one of the most iconic events in the Olympic tradition. This is Romaine's first piece for RunBlogRun. We thank Lori Shontz, Romaine's professor of Track & Field Journalism, at the University of Oregon, for her support and assistance fo these fine young journalists.

john_nunn_20K_racewalk_winner.jpegJohn Nunn, photo by Dillon Vibes

John Nunn made the 50k team and cemented his spot for the longest event on the Olympic roster way back in March 2016. In the 20k, John Nunn won, but he did not walk fast enough for an American to go to Rio. Here is how Isaac Gibson viewed the event. Isaac Gibson is writing for RunBlogRun for the first time and we are most grateful. We would like to thank Lori Shontz, the journalism professor at the University of Oregon who champions the track & field journalism class from which Isaac Gibson honed his writing skills.

Nick Symmonds, the 2013 World Outdoor silver medalist at 800 meters, will be unable to participate in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 800 meter specialist made the semi-finals in Beijing in 2008, and placed fifth in the World record producing final in London 2012. In 2009, at the World Champs in Berlin, Nick took sixth and in Daegu, Nick Symmonds was fifth in the final. Nick Symmonds cited a high ankel injury, which means, in laymen terms, a torn ligament and a stress fracture. Coach Danny Mackey said it was very hard to watch Nick Symmonds try and run this morning, to test the ankle. This was the announcement, done at the Brooks House in Eugene, Oregon on June 30, 2016.

womens_20K_top_two.jpegMiranda Melville and Maria Michta-Coffey, photo by Dillon Vibes

The 20k Race walk is nearly 90 minutes of physically draining effort. Consider this, running 20k at 8 minites or better pace, and having to keep your form! While the history of racewalking is rich globally, it is has its ups and downs in the US. Here is a fine story by Kylee O'Connor, her first story, in fact, for RunBlogRun. We thank her professor, Lori Shontz for developing the journalist program on track & field, which is supported by the University of Oregon.

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