Weekend Recap

The last few days have been packed with excellent running! I’ve picked out a few highlights that I thought were noteworthy – this is definitely not an exclusive list!

Lawi Lalang Defeats King Cheserek

photo credit: Thomas Boyd

photo credit: Thomas Boyd

In the 5000 meters at NCAA Track & Field Championships, Lalang ran 13:18:36 and Cheserek finished in 13:18:71 – both men ran under the meet record that had been around since 1979!

The Return of Mo Farah

Mo

Mo Farah was back on the track at the Portland Track Festival. He ran 13:23:42 for 5,000m – and he flew through the last 400m in 53 seconds. I don’t know what Mo’s plans are going forward, but at this point, I think he looks much more comfortable on the track than on the roads.

Molly Huddle is REALLY Good

photo credit: PhotoRun

photo credit: PhotoRun

By now, most people who follow running know who Molly Huddle is – but I still don’t think most people appreciate how good she is. In time, I suspect they will.

In winning the New York Mini 10K on Saturday, she set at an American record for an all-women’s road 10K (the previous record was 31:38, by Mary Decker Slaney).

I’m curious what Molly will do about the Rio Olympics. In London, she ran the 5,000m and had to deal with Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Vivian Cheruiyot and others – she finished 11th. Will she run the 10,000m in Rio? The marathon?

Grant Fisher Will Go Sub-4 in High School

photo credit: Andy Kiss

photo credit: Andy Kiss

Last fall, Grant Fisher, a high school junior from Michigan, won Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. This past weekend, he ran a 4:02:02 mile in the Adidas High School Boys’ Dream Mile. As best I can tell, only five high school boys have broken 4 minutes in the mile (Jim Ryun, Tim Danielson, Marty Liquori, Alan Webb and Lukas Verzbicas – please correct me if I’m missing anyone). I strongly believe that Fisher will add his name to that list.

Alexa Efraimson, At It Again!

Alexa

Apparently, Alexa didn’t want to let Grant steal the high school spotlight! She decided to run with the pros and finished 10th in the 1500m – in 4:07:05 – the second fastest 1500m by a high school female (Mary Cain 4:04:62).

Not only that, apparently, she has opened the door to going pro. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. In the meantime, stay tuned – she’ll be running head-to-head against Cain in several meets in the near future!

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In other running news, Mike Morton will not be running Western States (3rd last year). Neither will Amy Sproston (3rd female last year).

There is a great Western States preview at iRunFar:

Men’s Preview

Women’s Preview

I will have my own Western States preview later this week!!
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Did you watch any races over the weekend?

How far did you run over the weekend?

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6 Responses to Weekend Recap

  1. emmelineruns says:

    I was watching diamond league this weekend but I followed the Oakley mini and the NCAAs online. I never understood why Huddle doesn’t get as much attention as some of our other female distance runners but she’s so insanely talented. I only did cross-training this weekend, an awful lot of bike and elliptical miles to hopefully allow my legs to recover from all that mountain running I’ve been doing.

  2. runwright says:

    4 minute mile. I can’t even dream that fast 🙂

  3. It was such a great weekend for running. I’ve always wondered why Molly isn’t more well known in the running community. She is so fast and just an awesome runner. I am hoping this will change.

  4. Dan Button says:

    Molly is cool and talented! Always quick to respond on Twitter, too! Lol I’m really excited about the level of talent at high school level for girls and boys right now, good omen for the future.

  5. Pingback: Grant Fisher Goes Sub-4 In The Mile. | Must Love Jogs

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