In David Hunter's third piece on the NCAA Champs, focused on Day 3, David details how LSU Track & Field's Dennis Shaver managed his talented squad to take the title once again. We hope you will enjoy RunBlogRun's coverage of a busy day 3.

Find a park that you like. Run 50 minutes, and run with a friend. Keep the pace at a conversational pace, and get in your 50 minutes. Enjoy this workout as we really being training next week, with the goal of being ready for the fall cross country season.

Jake Wightman 1500 Hengelo .jpgJake Wightman, Hengelo, June 6, 2021, 1,500m, photo via TV by Stuart Weir

Saturday: warm-up, 50 minute run in a park, moderate pace, cooldown

The Golden Gala was moved to Florence this year as some building was being done in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The meet was amazing this year, with one competitive race and an event after another.

Besides the goofy field event addition on the final 3 throws or jumps, the meet was mind boggling. Sifan Hassan and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, plus Dina Asher-Smith and Sandra Perkovic entertained the global audience!

SREE4514.JPGJakob Ingebrigtsen runs ER WL 12:48.45 at 5000m, Florence, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE2892.JPGSandra Perkovic won the discus in Florence with a big throw, 68.31m, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3082_1.jpgSandra Perkovic noted, "Track & Field is my life...", photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3091_1.jpgSandra Perkovic, is back to throwing confidently, as her 66.81mm attests, photo by Diamond League AG

Sandra Perkovic is one of the finest discus throwers in the world. In her long career, she has had great days, good days and yes, bad days. Stuart Weir discovered that she makes a mean pizza, and that she was elected to the Croatian Parliament.

She is also aiming for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Stuart Weir will provide us some coverage on this fine athlete while she is in Tokyo.

SREE4243_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith runs 22.06 to win Florence, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE4289_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith ran #2 time in 2021 with her 22.06 win in Florence, photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Florence about his British friends, the British athletes in Florence. We like it and we think that you will too!

2021 Athing Mu aletismoperuano.jpgAthing Mu is shaking up Collegiate track & field! Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics/Tyler Pounds

In his day 2 column, David Hunter focuses on the phenom, Athing Mu, who is racing at the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships for Texas A & M. Under the thoughtful eye of Pat Henry, Athing is leading the world at 400m and 800m.

David Hunter is writing one column a day on the NCAA Champs now being held in Eugene, Oregon at the new Hayward Field (June 9-12).

We will be reposting columns 1 and 2, and we hope that you enjoy them! Pass them around to your friends and help RunBlogRun grow!

SREE4740.JPGSifan Hassan with Sea Coe, Florence, June 11, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

What a night!

The women's 1,500m and the men's 5000 really excited the sport of athletics. Check this one out! We will be adding more photos to the piece this pm!

Friday is an easy day. With Thursday and Saturday as the tough days, keep it relaxed and easy. Enjoy the NCAA's on ESPN 2.

SREE4448.JPGThe Men's 5000m at Florence DL, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

Friday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

SREE3648.JPGJasmine Camacho-Quinn takes the 100m hurdles in 12.38, 2021 Florence DL, 10 June 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3713.JPGShowing off the guns, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn just after winning the 100m hurdles in 12.38, 2021 Florence DL, 10 June 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The first day of the 2021 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field was held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in the newly opened Hayward Field.

Yes, we know Hayward Field has been in place since 1921, but this is the New Hayward Field. As a Sanctuary to the sport of athletics, it is second to none.

Add to that the added challenges that Mother Nature brought to the University of Oregon campus, and athletes, fans and media dealt with cold, windy rain.

And still, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU reminds us of what an exceptional athlete that he is...

This is David Hunter's first of 4 daily columns on the top division of the NCAA Track & Field Competitions.

We are trying to get David warmed up to daily running, as he has eight days coming on a certian Olympic Trials competitions. But, I've digressed.

Enjoy the 2021 NCAA T&F Champs!

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