Monday, February 14, 2011

Nelson Beats Deep Field, Solinsky Runs World Leader in Seattle

Woe to he who forgets a 13:20 5000m man.

After the pundits at touted a match-up of Alan Webb, German Fernandez, and Sam Chelanga in Saturday’s Husky Invitational 3000m — while others cooed over entries from Matt Centrowitz, Garrett Heath, Ian Dobson and Diego Estrada — it was Tim Nelson who emerged the victor with a time of 7:49.95. The time was just one second off Nelson’s outdoor PB for 3000m, and the California-native admitted that he believes he had it in him to go well below that mark, saying modestly, “I felt pretty good.”

Having often run his best races in the shadow of more decorated names or more eye-catching performances, it was sweet vindication for the 2009 World Championships runner to notch a second standout win in his professional career. Asked to compare the run at the Husky Invitational to his victory in the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford in 2009, Nelson said, Read the full article

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brent Vaughn: on Houston and Becoming a National Champion

Brent Vaughn is the Colorado University school record holder for 5000m with his 13:18 from 2008. However, it was only just this week that he joined forebearers such as Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Culpepper, Jorge Torres, and Adam Goucher as a US National Title Winner.  By claiming the victory at Saturday’s USATF Cross Country Championships, Vaughn now has a signature win as a professional and hopes that time will come to show that his performance in San Diego was a watershed moment in his career.  He talked with us about the race, and that which led up to it:

I feel like there’s been a lot of excitement about the win in San Diego, so I’d love to get a little bit into the race. So the first thing is, I know until Houston you weren’t really planning to do Cross Country. What was your thinking following the drop-out there in Houston?
I mean, I was pretty disappointed but, immediately after the race, I was, I don’t know, I wasn’t thinking about anything to do with running, really. [I was] just frustrated and thinking about not running. Then Jorge came up and started talking about Cross [Country Nationals] afterwards and then it hit me. Read the full article
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vaughn, Flanagan Triumph at US Cross Country Championships

From one of the lowest points of his career, Brent Vaughn emerged a national champion in San Diego on Saturday, winning his first US title at the 2011 USATF Cross Country Championships. Had Vaughn not won the race, Andrew Bumbalough might have been the story of the day, surprising many — though probably few in his camp — with a runner-up finish over a field that included three Olympians and several former national champions. Matt Tegenkamp, in his first race in almost eight months, placed a solid fourth. Vaughn had no plans to enter the race until he dropped out of the US Half Marathon Championships due to breathing difficulties, one week prior. It was a moment in which he was so frustrated, Vaughn admitted to interviewers in San Diego, that he had contemplated retirement. Read the full article

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Friday, February 4, 2011

2010 Highlight: Jason Hartmann

With the 2012 Olympic Trials on the horizon, Jason Hartmann is taking his career to new heights at just the right time. Apart from a 4th-place finish and PB of 1:15:38 at the Fifth-Third River Run 25k, none of his performances early in 2010 gave any indication of the piece de resistance that awaited in Chicago this fall. There, a 2:11:06 slashed over a minute from his lifetime best and earned him 8th place in the fastest annual marathon in the United States. The time also makes him the 8th fastest American since 2005. While that clear 2010 Highlight puts him on the short list of Olympic Team contenders, Hartmann is taking things step-by-step, as we move into 2011.

In 2009, you really stepped out by winning Twin Cities, then took another major step forward this year with a performance at Chicago that had to be the highlight of your 2010. What changed in your approach to running that allowed for the breakthroughs at Twin Cities and then again this year in Chicago?
In both races, I had something to prove. Before Twin Cities Marathon in 2009, I was out for almost all of 2008. I had three navicular stress fractures in my foot and my body gave out only two weeks for the 2008 Olympic Trials 10k qualifier. I had been injured for almost 7 months, and it took forever to rehabilitate and really come back. It was the second time I had gotten injured right before a track Olympic Trials 5k/10k, and I was so frustrated that I had greatly considered giving up the sport. I had asked friends to help me edit and work on my professional resume, and I started looking at viable career options. Read the full article

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