After the race Jim Ryun sat under the stands in a corner of Detroit's Cobo Arena, drinking 7-Up, and now, as they had so many times before, the people started crowding around, asking for autographs. Ice packs were pressed against his left knee, and towels were placed under his blistered and bleeding feet. Minutes earlierRyunhad come off the last turn to nip Villanova's Marty Liquori in a 4:02.6 mile and assure Kansas the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship both schools wanted so badly. "No, they didn't hurt when I was running,"Ryun said, when asked about his feet. "I had too much to think about just trying to beat Marty."
The third and final meet in the Yellow Pages Series takes place tomorrow in the South African city of Stellenbosch.
Runner's World's Racing News has all the headlines.
Some horrible overnight news: emerging marathoner and Ironman triathlete Sally Meyerhoff killed in a cycling accident.
Ken Goe's daily Oregon track blog.
Track and Field News has released event-by-event predictions for the NCAA Indoor Championships for the men and the women. They suggest relatively easy wins for Florida and Oregon, respectively.
One guy that won't be at the NCAA meet is Tennessee pole vaulter Joe Berry, suspended for an unnamed violation of team rules. This could be literally anything, given that his coach is J.J. Clark, whose father was such a stern and loving disciplinarian that Hollywood made a movie about him. It could be an Ohio State type of thing, or something as simple as skipping a class.
Garret Heath blogs on balancing life.
NCAA Indoor qualifiers, sorted geographically.
There will be a "USA Track and Field Olympians Night" at an LA Kings game on March 17th.
The Kenyan team for the African Championships (the "B" team) is stranded in South Africa, apparently due to administrative ineptitude.
Conway Hill's NCAA predictions.
Track seems to lead the college and high school sports headlines in tales of individual honesty and integrity. One from last week's SEC meet.
Jenny Simpson trying to find her niche .