Trackcenter Top Ten

The day’s top news stories…

The new college cross country regional rankings are out. Two teams who did well at this weekend’s Bubble Buster right here in Toledo zoomed up their rankings: winner Butler went from #7 to #3 in the Great Lakes region, and third-place Columbia went from #8 to #3 in the Northeast region.

The new head women’s track coach at Northern Michigan University is Cheree Hicks, formerly an assistant at the University of Miami (the one in Florida). Normally this kind of coach shuffling to a Division II program wouldn’t merit mention, but this one does for one reason: Hicks is going to have to get used to vastly different weather. Average January daily low temperature in Miami, Florida: 59.8 degrees. Average January daily low temperature in Marquette, Michigan: 11 degrees.

As a person considering leaving my salaried job with benefits and a pension plan and 180 days off per year in order to be a running store employee*, I found this top eleven list to be most enlightening.
*Yes, seriously. That’s how pissed off most teachers are these days.

Kevin Liao does the California weekend racing wrapup.

High school runner stops to save competitor’s life, then finishes race.

The Competitor Group, which puts on the highly popular (and oft-criticized) Rock N’ Roll race series has reportedly been bought by the Amaury Sport Organization, which also owns this little race called the Tour de France.

The Oregonian‘s Ken Goe takes a break from covering Duck football to preview Jordan Hasay’s senior year.

The name Jason McElwainn may not ring a bell, but it might jog your memory if I remind you that two years ago he was an autistic high school student whose career consisted of four minutes in one game…and, to the delight of the school, he scored 20 points. Now he’s run 3:01 for the marathon and qualified for Boston.

Scotty Bush explains Six Things We Learned This Past Weekend.

Today’s cool video: the best opening sequence in the history of running movies starts at about 2:30.

Other news link sources:
Track and Field News
Runner’s World’s morning racing news
Let’s Run’s home page

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One Response to Trackcenter Top Ten

  1. Jon says:

    To anyone who was offended by our “Eleven Things” story: We have officially fired Dylan Ledgard. Then we burned down his house.