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March 17, 2015

Newly Renovated Outdoor Athletic Stadium Kezar is in Full Swing

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Newly renovated outdoor athletic stadium “Kezar” is in full swing

With newly renovated track, the Kezar Stadium gets an official reopening. The very first set of contestants to battle it out on Kezar Stadium’s renovated track would be Roosevelt, Rooftop, Lawton Middle schoolers and San Francisco community.

Unserviceable for a couple of months and more, San Francisco runner’s favorite destination has been restored to renown and glory, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park recommencing with a pristine track after a substantial revamp.

It’s the most recent new start at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ hometown and abode until 1970. Mayor Ed Lee, together with other city legislative body, celebrated the new track with more than hundreds of middle school students in the city, who inaugurated it with a competition.

“We have a top-notch track and field arena for anybody and everybody to use,” the Mayor said.

The track, set up in 1991, is used by almost all schools and legions of avid runners, but in 2013, the growing issues of the track were documented by Chronicle Watch which includes: holes in certain areas, puddles gathering, scuffed paths, especially hard.

The stadium was closed for construction, last fall- and the results are remarkable.

Quite a few changes have been done which includes freshly paved walk ways; the venue has also been equipped with an upgraded sound system and new goalposts for football. Bright white lines demarcate the nine lanes of the stadium’s new rubberized track.

Having said that, the long-jump and pole-vault areas were also refurbished, furthermore in a waggle to another San Francisco stadium, the stands take account of 1000 plastic seats rescued from the wrecking machines over at Candlestick Park.

In order to help prevent problems that is likely to crop up in the future, preventative measure like new drains have also been set up.

Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the city parks department, said, in his words the 23 years old track was dying.

Both Lee and Ginsburg noted that neighborhood groups and campaigners had pushed for the track’s overhaul, which cost $3.2 million.

Jim Flores, 62, who trains track and field in close proximity Roosevelt Middle School, said the tune-up was very much needed. Over the years, he said, he watched the track fall down, with 1-inch chuckholes or apertures on the surface.

“Everything is tremendous. … It’s beautiful,” said Flores, whose team trains at Kezar twice a week. He expects his young athletes to notice a “big difference.”

“It’s totally glorious,” said Ginsburg. “It was a long time coming. This is a community asset used by high schools, middle schools, amateurs and competitive track clubs. It’s such a gorgeous facility and to give it a face lift is very meaningful.
“We’re all running around with some bounce in our steps.”

March 5, 2015

NCAA Track and Field National Championships Participants Revealed

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Six student-athletes make the grade for track and field national championships!

The NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National title fight which is just around the corner is all set to take up the Six Chadron State College track and field student-athletes since they make the grade. It will be happening in Birmingham, Alabama March 13-14.

Four women and two men form up the Chadron State group. Following are the female contestants and includes

• Junior Shelby Bozner in the pentathlon
• Freshman Tessa Gorsuch in the 60-meter hurdles
• Junior Mel Herl in the weight throw and
• Sophomore Stachia Reuwsaat in the long jump.

Qualified men include:

• Sophomore Chris Cutcher in the 60-meter hurdles and
• Damarcus Simpson in the 60 meters and long jump.

Taken as a whole, 540 contestants (270 men and 270 women) will contend in the title fight at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama. All-American honors will be received by the top eight finishers in each event.

Tessa Gorsuch and Stachia Reuwsaat are ranked in the top eight. Entering the national championships, both of them are South Dakota natives. With a leap of 21-feet, 1 inch, in the long jump, Reuwsaat is second in the nation and Gorsuch is sixth with a time of 8.55 seconds in the 60 hurdles.

With regards to the pentathlon, Shelby Bozner of Rock Springs, Wyoming is ranked 11th with 3,780 points and Mel Herl, a native of Eaton, Colorado is in the 10th in the weight throw (61-2 ).

Damarcus Simpson a freshie from Lafayette, Georgia, who has been named the Rocky Mountain Male Athlete of the Meet, is in the top eight in both of his events. Having completed the 60 meters run in 6.76 seconds, he has also long jumped 25-4 ¼ and the second-best mark in Division II this season.

In the 60 hurdles, Cutcher, a native of Colorado Springs, is 15th (8.03).

Greater part of the events is expected to be streamed online and will be.

February 20, 2015

2015, 2016 Track and Field Schedule Change Approved by DI Cabinet

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The new schedule format for the 2015 and the 2016 Division I men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships has been approved by the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet during a teleseminar.

The new system authorized collectively by the cabinet, will allow one sexual category to participate on days one and three of the championship and the other gender to compete on days two and four.

This was recommended by the Division I men’s and women’s track and field committee in a presumption that the schedule will perk up the overall championships experience. Totting up with this, the committee believes that this change could result in better media coverage, thereby allowing both the sexes to have more clear stories to be shared during the finals. By this means, the meet will be easier for fans to follow and team scoring can be more easily highlighted while following one particular gender each day, the committee adds. Seeing that, the winners will be crowned on separate days, the team of national championship men and women will also get to have their moment of recognition.

ESPN which broadcasts the competition can potentially include an extra hour of coverage on its family of networks. Having said that, from athletes’ standpoint, this agenda is quite favorable because it gives a rest day for each gender, which could help them perform better.

Initially, it was the U.S. track and field cross country coaches association that recommended the schedule change to the committee.

“Through mutual efforts we now have an exclusive opportunity to boost up the championship experience for the student-athletes and fans as we go on with it to move the game of track and field forward,” said Gina Sperry, the chair of the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee and associate athletic director at the University of Rhode Island.

February 12, 2015

Calgary Marathon Winner Debarred for using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Emily Chepkorir has been found guilty of doping and have been debarred from the women’s winner of the 2014 Calgary Marathon. Among all other female racers, Emily Chepkorir has the fastest marathon time with roughly 2 hours and 46 minutes for 42.2km course. Having tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone at races which happened in Guatemala Jan. 26 and Mexico March 2, this made her barred to participate in Calgary’s marathon June 1, the Calgary Marathon Society said Thursday in a statement. The Kenyan’s two year suspension ends April 5, 2016. The IAAF, which is the world’s department heads of track and field, declared last week, that Chepkorir was one in the midst of eight Kenyan runners found blameworthy of major doping violations. The top three winners have been reordered with Calgarian Maria Zambrano winning in a time of two hours 52 minutes 44 seconds. Nadine Mueller of Canmore, Alta., was second in 2:59.59 and Andrea Glover of Nanton, Alta., finished third in 3:01.29. Calgary Marathon Society Chairman Dan Ouimet said we regret because the deserved runners didn’t get the recognition that moment.

“Unfortunately doping is a part of all sports, at all levels and Calgary Marathon has evolved to a big-city destination race offering a competitive prize purse and attracting international elite athletes.

“To ensure excellence of future championship races, including the 21.1K national championships being hosted in conjunction with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend, elite runners may be subject to drug testing in 2015.” He added.

January 21, 2015

Asafa Powell Sets Sky High Goals for 2015

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Asafa Powell sets sky high goals for 2015

Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell, who is fighting to make the best crack at major championships, believes, a new approach and change in coach will scale up his fortunes.

Powell, who is known for winning the IAAF world athletics finals, five times, held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008 prior to fellow citizen Usain Bolt lowered it to 9.58 seconds believes he can rediscover his form and perk up his personal best of 9.72.

Anything is possible with fresh and good thought. Justin Gatlin surprised me last year, he ran is personal best times of (9.77 & 19.68) at age 32,” said Powell.

Compared to all sprinters out there, I wanted to give out my best and I think I’m capable of pulling it. My best is thus far to come, so I’m waiting patiently,” said Powell who is preparing himself and eying gold at this year’s world championships in Beijing.

Having boosted my energy levels and confidence I feel a lot stronger and more focused and smarter now, so, I know what it takes to do it. All I’ve to do is to be focused and put myself out there and do what I’m supposed to do, Powell told.

Powell’s brother Donovanis backing his 32-year-old sibling in order to add gold to his two bronze medals from 2007 and 2009- Donovanis is a 100m quarter-finalist at the 1997 world championships.

“Nothing is impossible, 32 is the year you really get to put the whole lot together,” he told Reuters.

“We are attempting to do different things, He’s in fact striving hard to accomplish the 9.72 he ran a few years ago and I personally think if he keeps fit and, he can do it,” he said.

Sooner than bidding for the hard to pin down 100m world title, the fifth fastest man in history is set to run three 60m indoors.

“The main spotlight is the trials first for the reason that is like a world championship by itself and then the world championships in China,” said Powell, in reference to the glut of Jamaican sprinters with sub-10 credentials.

The list includes Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade.

As of now, I’ve nothing in my mind rolling over except winning the title and to make it, I’m trying to stay fit, focused and put in all the hard work and just win the gold in Beijing, Powell added.

January 8, 2015

International Olympic Committee makes Threats to take off Track and Field Events

Among all other events, 10,000 meters and shot put are on the face-off of elimination.

The international Olympic committee has announced very big news that’s off-putting for track and field enthusiast. A list of Olympic track and field events are in risk of being taken off from the competition. Having said that, the top event that’s at risk is the 10,000-meter foot race!

International Olympic Committee makes threats to take off Track and Field Events

This cut down program is based on a need to trim down the number of athletes contending in track and field so that other sports can be part of the show while still maintain total athlete numbers. Following are some of the other events that are under review and it includes:
• Men’s race walks
• The 200 meters
• Shot put
• Triple jump

“The 10,000 meters is not in fact part of the track-and-field agenda any more other than at the Olympics and Worlds so there was a disagreement against it,” said Brian Roe, a senior international technical executive at the Olympics and world championships, according to The Age. “The reaction was that the most important protagonists are virtually all road runners so if we are to go on with with the distance, why not have an occasion to which millions around the world can unswervingly relate-a 10-kilometer road race. That doesn’t go down an event, but it makes it more pertinent-which is a key IOC objective.”

In escalating regularity, over recent years, quality 10,000-meter races have been eliminated from the European meets, making the remoteness hardly ever challenged outside of world championships and Olympics. Being contradict to this fashion, however, has been a local response. The Payton Jordan Invitational, that took place every spring on the Stanford University campus, eternally turns out fast times, and the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, hosted a unique distance evening the night prior to its Diamond League program last spring. A national record of 26 minutes was set during that race by American Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver-medalist and it stands as the best ever time in the world in 2014.

December 17, 2014

Olympian Sarah Cowley Takes Farewell of Track and Field

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Heptathlete and high jumper Sarah Cowley kissing her 14 year international career in Athletics says goodbye to track and field.

Emotional Cowley couldn’t even finish it off saying that she was going to retire. “The essence of sport is having fun, I enjoyed every crumb of it and this decision is not something I wanted to rush into, she said”

With mixed emotions, it’s distressing, but I can look back and be self-righteous of what I’ve done all this while and also of the people that I’ve met, the places I’ve been to and the opportunities that this sport has afforded me.

The 30 year old Olympian represented New Zealand at 16 and went on to battle for the country at two Commonwealth games and the London Olympics.

Last year, the multi-disciplined and talented athlete decided to concentrate on one event and specialized in high jump. At Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games this year she completed 9th which was her most excellent Games result, but still not up to scratch.

“As much as I would have loved the fairy tale in Glasgow, in the finals I just wasn’t physiologically at my best but I did my best with what I had on the day. It was a huge disappointment for me in terms of I wanted to jump a lot higher in the final.”

1.91m is her personal and the second best high jump ever witnessed by a female New Zealander, 1cm off the national record.

She has been approached by the team of NZ women’s rugby sevens with reference to playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but at this point she’s intense to take a break.

The qualified physiotherapist is at the final stage of a communications degree and will be shifting into a funding role with a sportswear company early next year while building her health and wellness website.

The multifaceted athlete has mentioned in her twitter page “Despite the struggle to transition away from the life of a high performance athlete I am really looking forward to a new chapter in life. I will always be an athlete and need some sort of goal in front of me. I am wired in this way. I am retiring – proud of what I achieved; grateful for the people, places and opportunities; and excited about new journeys to come”.

December 5, 2014

Emmanuel Yeboah Crowned as Ghana’s Fastest Human

Emmanuel Yeboah crowned as Ghana's Fastest Human

Ghana’s fastest human race, Yeboah tops all!

In the category of boy’s 100 metres race, Under-18, Emmanuel Yeboah of Kumasi Academy has been crowned the winner. The event sponsored by Standard Chartered -second edition; Ghana’s Fastest Human at the El Wak Sports Stadium, Accra.

Having put up some outstanding piece of sprinting to the admiration of dignitaries at the venue, Yeboah, strike off competition from Richard Seklorwu of T.I. Ahmadiya Secondary School (AMASS) and Isaac Botwe of Obrachire Senior High School, who placed second and third.

Topping Ernestina Ayi of Tema Comm 8/1 JHS Latifa Ali of AMASS won the girls’ 100 metres race, with Hor Halute of AMASS attaining the third place. While Yeboah and Ali, received GH¢3,000 each, GH¢2,000 and GH¢1,000 was given to the second and third-placed athletes respectively.

For the performance delivered by the winning athletes, the respective Physical Education (P.E.) teachers received GH¢1,000.

In an interview, Yeboah stated that, he was striving to achieve greater disputes and try to win at the highest level of athletics.

He said, he was much interested on boosting his performance level in the following contests on the local panorama in order to ensure he gets to the highest i.e. top level of athletics.

November 25, 2014

Capital City of Qatar to Host 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Capital city of Qatar to host 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Doha- The capital city of Qatar to play host to the 2019 IAAF world outdoor championships! With much deliberation, the 27-member IAAF Council governing the international track & field made the decision after a deep discussion of two hours. With the list of Eugene, Doha and Barcelona, the council picked Doha. Having made final presentations in front of the council, it then retired to deliberate and vote.

Out of the three cities, none of them had the votes on the first ballot, IAAF president Lamine Diack said. After Barcelona elimination, Doha won with 15 votes on the second ballot.

Following people represented for Eugene namely:
• TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna
• World record-holder Hicham El Guerrouj
• Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix

The council members were told that: “Destiny is calling. America is waiting. Eugene is ready.”

Having waited in vain for this opportunity, will have ample of things to do in the weeks and months ahead- Lananna and the TrackTown USA

They will stage the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in the Portland Convention Center and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field in Eugene at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

On the instantaneous possibility are the 2015 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships and the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

In a declaration released by TrackTown USA, Vin Lananna acclaimed the effort that Eugene made.

“With an audacious vision, we made an for this great event and we will go on with it to collaborate with USA Track & Field in attracting other major events to the U.S.,” Lananna said. “I have no doubt that the U.S. will field another fantastic track and field team in the summer of 2019, and we with all hopes look forward welcoming the world to Portland in the spring of 2016.”

One of the most apparent issues with Eugene’s bid for the championships was infrastructure. In order to meet up the minimum requirements of IAAF, Hayward Field needs major refurbishment. In addition, Eugene’s metropolitan area is much smaller when compared to the other cities that have staged for championships; also the city’s hotel space is limited which is a negative constraint.

USA Track & Field, USATF CEO Max Siegel released a statement which stated: “The United States pass on good wishes to Doha on attaining the 2019 IAAF World Championships. With a sincere heartfelt thanks to president Diack, IAAF Council and IAAF bid evaluation commission, we look forward to team USA competing in Doha in opposition to the best athletes in the world.

November 10, 2014

Dominican College to Include Men’s Cross Country To Athletics Program

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Dominican college to include men's cross country and track and field to athletics program

Orangeburg, N.y. (11/5/14) Dominican College of Blauvelt will include men’s cross country and men’s Olympic style sports to its games program starting in the 2015-2016 academic year as was declared by Director of Athletics, Joseph S. Clinton.

Excited about the expansion of men’s cross country and Olympic style sports programs,” Clinton said. “With cross country officially being a gathering title sport and men’s Olympic style events turning into one in 2015, it will permit both projects to have quick post-season opportunities as a major aspect of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.”

Jamie Kempton has been appointed as the new head coach for both programs, right now she’s the mentor for the ladies’ cross country and Olympic style events programs.

Kempton brings an abundance of training background to the staff as he was most as of late the head mentor of the men’s and ladies’ cross country and Olympic style events programs at St. Thomas Aquinas College from 2004-2007. Preceding that, he served as the head coach of the indoor and outside track programs for both the young men and young ladies squads at Albertus Magnus High School from 1998-1999.

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