Archive for April, 2009

2009 Ragnar Relay Los Angeles

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The inaugural Ragnar Relay Los Angeles had its share of first year growing pains. On the day before the start, participants were informed that Leg 4 was canceled due to safety concerns, and Legs 13-18 were canceled due to permitting issues with the City of Malibu. Once the race got underway, I felt that course markings were confusing or ambiguous in some areas. The post-race setup felt rather low-key compared to the Ragnar Relay Del Sol in Arizona… no live band, and a minimal beer garden. The overall experience felt more chaotic than other road relays I’ve done.

On the other hand, it’s hard to beat running on the strand through Venice Beach at midnight. Moreover, the primary reason for running a road relay is to bond with one’s teammates. In those respects, I believe most participants had an amazing experience!

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Runners in the Ragnar Relay LA have many opportunities to enjoy the beach

2009 Sun Angel Track Classic

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Despite cold and rainy conditions, the Sun Angel Track Classic celebrated its 30th edition in style. Meet honoree, former Sun Devil and 2004 Olympic long jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips participated in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Fireworks punctuated the start of the Premiere (evening) session, and sparkling pyrotechnics lined the runway for Matt Turner’s final long jump. The meet concluded with fans lining the track for the Premiere heat of the men’s 1,500 meter run.

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Competitors and fans at the 2009 Sun Angel Track Classic did not let the rain dampen their enthusiasm

The evening ended with a thrilling stretch run in the Premiere Men's 1,500 meter run

2009 Carlsbad 5000

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The 2009 Carlsbad 5000, also known as the World’s Fastest 5K came down to sprint finishes to decide the winners of both the men’s and women’s elite invitational races.

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U.S. Olympian Anthony Famiglietti missed Marc Davis’ 13-year-old U.S. record (13:24) by four seconds, finishing in sixth place overall in 13:28.

Anthony Famiglietti just missed Marc Davis' 13-year-old U.S. record (13:24) set at Carlsbad, finishing in sixth place overall in 13:28, the #3 U.S. all-time performance on record standard courses.

Aheza Kiros (F2) of Ethiopia won the women’s race, edging out 2008 U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury (F1) and Lara Tamsett (F3) from Australia.

Aheza Kiros (F2) of Ethiopia won the women's race, edging out 2008 U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury.

2009 ASU Invitational

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

On March 28, the Arizona State University Track and Field program hosted its second meet of the 2009 outdoor season, the ASU Invitational. The meet produced 17 NCAA regional qualifying marks for the Sun Devils, 120 total NCAA regional qualifying marks, seven meet records, and one stadium record. Kara Patterson, the 2008 US Olympic Trials champion competing for Purdue, established the new stadium record when she tossed the javelin 58.41m to win the women’s competition. Local track fans also had a chance to see former Arizona high school state champions Kristin Phillips and Natalie Johnson compete for their respective out-of-state schools.

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Kara Patterson set a new stadium record for the women's javelin

ASU freshman Mason McHenry recorded the sixth best time in school history, 1:48.25, in his outdoor 800 meter debut with the Sun Devils