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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Superfan Daily: Your Track Vault Pick of the Week

This week I give you a 1979 Sports Illustrated article on the thrilling finish to the NCAA Indoor Championships, from a time when 9,600 people jammed into Detroit's Cobo Arena didn't appear strange.
The announcement from Jack (Legs) O'Reilly all but crackled through Detroit's Cobo Arena last Saturday afternoon: "Believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, if Villanova wins this final event, it will take the NCAA indoor track championships by one point."

Was this the same Villanova team that had begun this last day of competition in 25th place? At that point, it seemed certain that the University of Texas at El Paso, the pre-meet favorite, could not help but win its fifth title in six years. But suddenly UTEP was like a small boy on a carousel who has grabbed the gold ring but neglected to hold on to his horse.

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What's On
The Europa SC High Jump Meeting 2011 will be held today in the Slovakian city of Banska Bystrica.  The headliner is Ivan Ukhov, who takes on Russia's Aleksey Dmitrik and America's Jesse Williams among others.
Meet website
LIVE webcast at the meet website covers women's competition at 11:00 AM EST and men's competition at 1:00 PM EST
Start lists / Live results

Yesterday's Results
Meetin Pas de Calais (IAAF Indoor Permit)
Tuesday, LiƩvin FRA
Highlights: Nixon Chepsaba (KEN) 3:34.98 1500m, Teddy Tamgho (FRA) 17.64 TJ, Kellie Wells (USA) 7.85 60H
IAAF story / Results

News Links
Runner's World's Racing News has all the headlines, including March's NYC Half Marathon lineup of Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman.

All the college headlines are at the USTFCCCA Daily., inlcuding their team computer rankings.

Big news: Eugene will bid to host the 2014 World Juniors

Ken Goe hits the nail on the head when he says that "USATF will continue to flounder until it reaches beyond its participants".

Track and Field News has gone digital.  Check out a free issue.

Mmm. Tasty.


Lukas Verzbicas will be going after the national high school indoor 2-mile record, set by Gerry Lindgren in 1964.  Yes, 1964. 

Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman are all running the NYC Half Marathon in March. And Meb considers a short-turnaround marathon double.

Runnerspace Weekly is out.

Delaware's athletic director does not represent his institution well when finally meeting the axed track team face-to-face.

ESPN Magazine picks Pat Henry as the all-sport nation's top collegiate recruiter.

Part 5 of The Guardian's weekly gonzo-style Kenyan running series has the mzungu running an XC race in the highlands.

Paul Merca gets us an update on the two Gonzaga runners hit by a drunk driver--one still in the ICU.

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