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  1. Carolina Speed

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    I looked on athletic.net and saw where she had been running the typical high school events. She's running in the 11.8-11.9 100meter range. I can also look her up on the national elite youth rankings to see if she has posted any new times. I'm also waiting to see what H. Cunliffe will post.

    Don't know if this helps any, but you may find some things on her by googling her name.
     
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  3. jacknyc

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  4. trackster

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    Some promising results for our young watch-listers this weekend:

    1) Robby Andrews and Cas Loxsom, two incredible young 800 studs, went head-to-head on the anchor legs of the Penn Relays 4 by 800 relay. Earlier in the meet, Cas had split the best 400 time of anyone in the sprint medley relay (which included Texas A&M and Florida). Last week, Andrews reeled off a dazzling 53 second last lap in a 1500, showing that he is on the way back from his winter of injuries. Rather than telling you who prevailed, I'll just let you watch it:
    http://www.flotrack.org/article/6089-Robby-Andrews-14600-to-lead-UVA

    2) Young Aussie Ryan Gregson (I hope Mastermulti sees this post) came back FINALLY from his long stretch without training or racing (broken foot). He ran the 1200 leg of the USA v. the World Distance medley relay for Team Australia. I had my fingers crossed that he would at least do decently, given the layoff. Turns out he ran step for step with Bernard Lagat to the very end! An unbelievable result given the lack of training. Very exciting.
     
  5. mastermulti

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    I certainly did Trackster. I think with all the training he's missed 1200 metres would have been the perfect distance to come back at. He may have weakened over 1500 so all in all it couldn't have been a better run for him.

    Meanwhile in Japan Melissa Breen ran a just windy 11.27 which is also very promising.
    Another point of note is that although Japan's best sprinter Fukushima pulled out of the final as a precaution, the next 4 Japanese girls all finished within 2 metres of Melissa which means really good relay depth taking into consideration the technical expertise of Japanese relay squads

    Here's the run. I don't know how the Japanese girls all run "like girls" (flapping arms etc) but still show good speed.

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  6. jacknyc

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    Wow - incredibly bad running form by all the Japanese women.
    I'm really surprised that this technical issue hasn't been addressed.
     
  7. mastermulti

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    haha! I would want to be at least a whole lane away when they were flailing around with that baton
     
  8. white lightning

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    <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/highschoolsportsblog/2014940829_sprinter_hannah_cunliffe_shift.html" target="_blank">


    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/highschoolsportsblog/2014940829_sprinter_hannah_cunliffe_shift.html</A> Edited by: white lightning
     
  9. Carolina Speed

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    White Lightning,

    I read the short article and she's probably better off going on to national meets. The high school track teams in my area for lack of a better wordare pretty much a joke. If her father could not be at practice looking over her training or advising, it might not have been a good situation for her. As you saw her times in the high school season were nowhere near her record breaking times last summer. There could be some reasons for this, not having the best training in thehigh school atmosphere, injury, or being in Seattle, a colder area of the country, her times may fall when the weather heats up? Let's hope she will improve and be the sprinter we think she can be. She's a great athlete in the making!

    CS

    Check the comments on the page, kind of a back-handed remark about them becoming a team now that Hannah was gone.
     
  10. white lightning

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    Joe Fisher ran a 10.37 today in Kansas. He destroyed the field. He is a senior and is right around the same range as Shane Crawford was in his last year of high school. Here is to hoping that Joe can stay healthy and get even faster once he enters college. Let's keep a close eye on this kid.

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  11. trackster

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    Wow! Have the other guys even finished the race yet? Fisher absolutely smoked them. I hope it was all wind legal, as it surely be one of the best hs times in the country this year.
     
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    I hope he fits in at Auburn. They have a descent track program but I would have rather seen him go else where. The most important thing though is that he has a scholarship. It's amazing to see a guy at 5'7 that can just fly like he can. Still trying to find out more about his p.b. race and if it was wind legal. This kid is fun to watch.
     
  14. trackster

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    Not sure where to put this one (I don't believe we've dedicated a thread to longer distances, as woeful as they have been), so we'll just add Brit Chris Thompson to the old watch list:
    <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/8515540/Haile-Gebrselassie-tips-Briton-Chris-Thompson-for-the-top-after-his-superb-effort-in-the-Great-Manchester-Run.html" target="_blank">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/ot...uperb-effort-in-the-Great-Manchester-Run.html
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  15. white lightning

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    That is quite a compliment fromHaile. I will have to watch him run the next time out. Cheers for Chris Thompson. Maybe he can eventually follow in Paula Radciffes footsteps.
     
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    honest comment from Haile. "it thought he'd be just another European athlete but he's not - he's tougher"

    yep, they say the same about Craig Mottram. They don't say Europeans aren't very good athletes but that they're "not tough" enough and it certainly seems that way for distance running from the recent past, probably sprints too.

    Maybe our culture has made us a bit soft in the past few decades, just when mental toughness counts for everything. I've long thought scholarships for talented athletes were a wasted effort unless they had that vital ingredient - toughness.
     
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    Good find White Lightning. I just wish he was a couple of years younger. He reminds me of Julien Watrin with that form.
     
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    Nice early season results at the Occidental College meet yesterday (video on Flotrack). Under the 800 thread, I've already mentioned the stunner 1:44 run by UCLA's Cory Primm (this puts him ahead of Andrews and Loxsom). Another fine 800 was run by Australia's 1500 meter man, Jeff Risely, in another heat. He ran 1:54.

    Wheating beat some stiff competition to win the 1500 at 3:36, which I consider a fine result for so early in the season. Even finer was having so many US runners within a second or so of him, all well under 3:40. Included in this crowd was 800m specialist Nick Symmonds.
     
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    the #1-ranked high school pole vaulter in the nation is senior Andrew Irwin, who just happens to be from an all-White town in Arkansaswith a population of less than1,000 people: Mount Ida.

    here's a complimentary profile on how Andrew is calm under pressure. he holds every pole vault record in Arkansas.

    [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11hktDitppI[/tube]

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    it was a slow year for Arkansas high school sprinting, with the fastest time of the year in the 100-meters only a 10.71 (in the Meet of Champs). i wonder if it is a coincidence that there were also fewer White sprinters amongst the elite short sprints this year?

    * by the way, the kid who ran a 10.71 (Sam Bass from Watson Chapel high school) received a scholarship to play college football despite being just 5-foot-8 and weighing 130-pounds.

    the top White 100-meter athlete is Ethan Bly, a sophomore from Heber Springs. he was the 4A State Champion in the 100-meters with a time of 11.01. he also took second at the State Meet in the 400 and followed it up with a 4th-place finishin the 200, despite injuring his hamstring during the 400.

    he was unable to perform at the Meet of Champs where his times likely would've been faster (running as he would've against the fastest kids in the state), but he has a bright future considering (if my numbers are correct) that only 4 runners in the state had faster times on the year than he did after the state championship meets. and he's just a sophomore.

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    Ethan Bly - Heber Springs sophomore
     
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    6'3" and 185 lbs... and already a champion pole-vaulter... that all-around athleticism that all pole vaulters have, along with Irwin's size... I wonder if he has ever tried a decathlon?
     
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    Do we have a watch on Gunnar Nixon? He is setting all kinds of multi-event national high school recrods.
     
  26. mattharper

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    Chitwood you are a friggin god. Seriously you bring so much to this site and I just wanted to thank you.
     

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