It's May 20 and we're starting to get answers about who is fit this year and who is not. Cooper Teare? Very fit right now. Francine Niyonsaba? Ditto. Evan Jager? Still has some work to do.
After last week's opener in Doha, the Diamond League shifts to Birmingham for its first European stop tomorrow, and there are some good distance matchups on tap: Josh Kerr vs Abel Kipsang in the men's 1500, Bryce Hoppel vs Clayton Murphy in the women's 800, Keely Hodgkinson vs Natoya Goule in the women's 800. (Full World Athletics preview here).
And, believe it or not, we're just one week away from finding out this year's US 10,000-meter team as the Trials will be held on May 27 at Hayward Field on night one of the Pre Classic. That got here quickly, huh?
It was a busy week off the track as well. Shelby Houlihan's appeal to the Swiss Supreme Court failed, which means she is definitely banned until January 2025. And NAZ Elite surprisingly announced a new head coach, Alan Culpepper, as Ben Rosario will instead focus on his role as the team's executive director. Catch up on those stories and everything else below.
The meet was a bit underwhelming as Caldwell was the only athlete to hit the World Championship standard on the night. In other action, Neil Gourley took down Cole Hocker and won the men’s 1500 in 3:35.43, Evan Jager struggled over the final 150 in the men’s steeple and Emma Coburn ran 4:09 in the women's 1500. The most entertaining race of the night may have been the B heat of the men's 800 with Cooper Teare and HS sensation Colin Sahlman.
Houlihan's Hail Mary prayer fell short and her nandrolone ban was upheld. She won't be able to compete again until January 14, 2025 but she tells LetsRun.com she's not done as a runner. "I do plan on being back in 2025 and resuming my career."
Pennsylvania high schooler Gary Martin did something that had only been done once before, by Jim Ryun in 1965, go sub-4 in the mile in a high school race without a rabbit.
Former prep phenom Katelyn Tuohy blasted a 4:06 1500m, Maria Garcia Romo blasted NCAA record holder Eliud Kipsang at SECs in the 1500, Yared Nuguse's NCAA career is over, there were some amazing sprint performances at the conference meets, and DII star Christian Noble turned some heads by not only turning pro before NCAAs, but also signing as a male with New Balance.
We break it all down and discuss whether Newbury Park XC was the best high school team ever in any sport and whether Matthew Centrowitz, Donavan Brazier, or Jenny Simpson are in trouble.
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