Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lafayette Jeff cross country coach resigns

Thanks, Coach Howell, for all the years of service to Broncho Cross Country.

JC Online Story by Sam King,

Dave Howell went out with a bang.
After the Lafayette Jeff Bronchos placed 22nd in the IHSAA boys state finals earlier this month, the longtime coach has placed the program in the hands of his predecessors.
Howell resigned on Thursday. Assistant Grant Fischer was promoted to the boys head coach and recently hired boys track and field coach Lance Vanvekoven will assume duties with the girls cross country program.
"With these people on board, the timing is right to pass the torch," Howell said in a statement released by the Jeff athletic department. "These coaches will lead our program to good things in the future. I am going to stay involved with the program in different capacities to support them in any way I can."
Howell has been involved in the Bronchos' cross country program for 41 years.
"For 41 years, he's made a difference in our program and in the lives of our students at Jeff," athletic director Peyton Stovall said. "I'm excited that we are able to hire two eager and innovative coaches that are also students of the sport in cross country."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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OPSF 50/50

I had a great time at the OPSF 50K/50M on Saturday, November 8th. The weather held steady in the lower 40's all day with only a threat of rain. Thanks to Terry Fletcher, Bob Siscoe and especially all the volunteers without whom this event would not happen!

A Dark Start...

Beautiful Sunrise...

Hilly & Wet...

Trail Congestion...

Aid Station Support (Many Thanks)...

Wet & Hilly...

A great way to spend a Saturday...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Terrific Running Weekend!!!

Last weekend was just jammed packed with terrific running events. Congrats to all the participants.

Chilly Monumental Marathon draws 15,000 runners to Downtown Indy

Story by: Cara Anthony,

Whether it marked their first race or seventh, every runner at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon had something to celebrate.

I'm a finisher! I'm a go-getter. We did this together. I beat my personal record. I'm headed to the Olympic trials.

I can finally take a nap or get a warm cup of cocoa.

Gaining sight of the finish line on a cold and windy Saturday brought some runners to tears while others danced and celebrated weeks, months and even years of training.

"For me it's about challenging myself to be better," said Rodney Sarkovics of Fishers. "In a marathon, you are running against the clock."

The full article can be found HERE

Alana Hadley reaches Olympic qualifying time at Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Alana Hadley, 17, of Charlotte, N.C., was the first woman to cross the finish line at the at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. Hadley set the woman’s course record with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes and 33 seconds. It was the second-fastest marathon by a high school girl in the U.S.

Read more at  WCNC

WL's state title a victory for small schools

Sam King,

Saturday's state cross country championship by the West Lafayette boys (and furthermore, a third-place for the girls) was quite impressive.

The Red Devils brought Tippecanoe County its 44th team state championship and just its 18th in a single-class system.
Saturday's title might be the most impressive given the factors. It was not quite the Milan Miracle (as portrayed in the movie "Hoosiers"), but it was at least somewhat comparable.

The Red Devils managed just strong enough of a performance to beat Carmel. Let me rephrase that. A school with an enrollment of 695 (according to the IHSAA directory) put together a seven-runner roster better than that of everyone, including two-time defending state champion Carmel, with an enrollment of 4,851, most in the state.

The Greyhounds missed out on a 14th state title in boys cross country just moments after their girls program won the school's 120th team state title, according to the IHSAA website.

Full Story HERE


High school cross country: Rohrer amazes again

Mishawaka star breaks her course record

By Tim Creason Tribune Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE – At some point, you have to wonder, what can Anna Rohrer possibly do for an encore?

The Mishawaka High School senior claimed her second individual state title and broke the course record – again – during Saturday’s IHSAA cross country finals in Terre Haute.

Oh, she received the girls Mental Attitude Award as well.

And as far as the race … what race?

Rohrer assumed a lead at the gun, pacing the field through 800 meters while every other runner waited for her to make a move.

Then she was off, loping ahead and extending her lead with every step.

It was 50 meters by the mile point, 150 meters by two.

Surging up the homestretch, spectators crushed into the security fence at the Wabash Valley Sports Center to get a look at her.

She reached the finish line of the 5,000-meter race in 17:08.8, shattering her own course record of 17:13.2, set her sophomore year.

The full South Bend Tribune story can be found HERE

Kenyans Sweep NYC Marathon
       Wilson Kipsang, Mary Keitany win
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Wilson Kipsang, a former world-record holder, needed to force himself to slow down.
The Kenyan star had entered his first New York City Marathon to challenge himself on a hilly course with no pacemaker. A windy morning made for quite the test Sunday, and Kipsang proved he can win a strategic race.
"I had to really exercise a lot of patience," he said.
Kipsang pulled away in the final mile for his third major marathon title in just over 13 months. Mary Keitany also took the lead late in the women's race for a Kenyan sweep.
Kipsang's record-setting victories in Berlin and London were on flat courses with the aid of a pacemaker, very different from Sunday, when winds were gusting at more than 30 mph at the start. The contenders adjusted by cautiously sticking to a slow pace.
Full story with videos HERE

2014 NYC Marathon is the largest in history

By Brian Dalek | Runner's World

The 2014 New York City Marathon had 50,564 finishers, the New York Road Runners announced Monday, making it the largest marathon ever. 

Last year's New York City Marathon set the previous record for the largest field in history with a total of 50,266 finishers. That 2013 total eclipsed the previous record -- from New York in 2011 -- by more than 3,000 after the 2012 race was cancelled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. 

Only 305 of the 50,869 runners who started on Staten Island did not make it to the finish line in Central Park. Compared to other marathons, New York City has a high finish rate. 

New York also hit another milestone during Sunday's race when its one-millionth finisher crossed crossed the line. Katherine Slingluff of Brooklyn completed her race in 4:43:36. 

Here is a look at the largest fields ever at each of the five most popular marathons in the world. 
  • New York City: 50,564 (11/2/2014)
  • Chicago: 40,802 (10/12/2014)
  • Paris: 38,690 (4/07/2013)
  • London: 36,672 (4/22/2012)
  • Boston: 35,868 (4/15/1996)

Story HERE


2014 West Lafayette Classic / Hoosier XC Grand Prix

A chilly but fun day was had by the runners on the Purdue University XC course on Sunday. Getting in a little racing experience for a potential future as XC runners. Thanks to USATF Indiana and Fleet Feet for putting on the event. Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate and Tecumseh Junior High Schools were represented. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cold-weather running tips.

Cold-weather running tips for #tcsnycmarathon day tomorrow

These are great tips presented by the New York Road Runners club specific for the NYC Marathon. But, they are applicable for all of our cold weather running & racing. 

How to Keep Running Strong at 70 and Beyond

What a fantastically inspiring story on the eve of one of the big ones: TCS NYC Marathon .

The running world has a habit of turning older marathoners into mascots. Who doesn’t love the story of the great-grandfather who gets across the finish line in seven hours?
But with all due respect to that sort of wrinkled runner, 75-year-old HernĂ¡n Barreneche Rios isn’t traveling to Sunday’s New York City Marathon from his home in Colombia to simply get a medal for participation. The retired professor of mechanical engineering is looking to break 3 hours, 30 minutes and win his division—just like he did last year when he ran 3:24:03 to win the 70-to-74-year-old age group by nearly 14 minutes.
“…if God allows me to continue running marathons, my goal is to run 3h 30min at 80 years old,” Barreneche wrote last week in an email from Pereira, Colombia.