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(Posted Feb. 19, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) placed 2nd in the 60m Hurdles to earn a berth to compete March 2-3 at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. Harrison equaled her personal best of 7.72.

Nelvis now No. 3 all-time 60mH performer at 7.70 - DyeStat

Amazing final day at USATF Indoors! - RunBlogRun.com

Coleman destroys World Rec; American Rec for Nelvis - USATF.org

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) placed 3rd in the 1500 (3:43.29) behind Paul Chelimo (3:42.91) and Ben Blankenship (3:43.09).

Engels will take Chelimo's spot on the US Team for the World Championships because he has met the World Indoor standard and Chelimo has not.

Oregon athletes qualify for world indoor meet - RegisterGuard.com

Coleman breaks World Record at USATF Indoor - AthleticsWeekly.com

Hill take high road in USATF 3000 - OregonLive.com

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Freshman Connor Lane (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons/Stanford University) won the Pan American under-20 men's cross country championship Saturday in El Salvador. Earlier this month Lane had won the U20 championship at the USATF Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Lane wins Pan Am title - GoStanford.com

Stanford freshman Connor Lane follows USATF Jr. title with victory in El Salvador - DyeStat


(Posted Feb. 18, 2018)
Vaulter Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) scored his biggest pro victory by upsetting reigning champion Sam Kendricks at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

Houston, who had a previous indoor PR of 18-8.75, cleared 19-1.5 to win his first national title. He qualified for the US team to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships March 4 in Birmingham, England.

Houston won NCHSAA 4A Indoor titles in 2007 (15-3) and 2008 (16-6), setting All-Classification State Meet Records both years. Outdoors he won 4A titles in 2007 (15-5) and 2008 (16-0).

His best high school performance outdoors was 16-3 and indoors 16-10.

Houston hands Kendricks rare loss on American soil to secure first national title - DyeStat

Interview - DyeStat

Lawson and Houston Impress at US Indoor Championships - IAAF.org

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Also Saturday at the Indoor Nationals, Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) placed 3rd in the Men's 3000m (7:58.69).

Erik Kynard makes history with fifth straight indoor HJ - RunBlogRun.com


(Posted Feb. 15, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky), Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College), and Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) are mentioned in the following preview of this coming weekend's US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque:

Preview - 10 Storylines To Follow at USATF Indoor Championships 2018 - DyeStat.com


(Posted Feb. 13, 2018)
Interesting statistic:

Kalynn Mcnair (Asheboro HS) triple jumped 38-1.25 in the 2017 NCHSAA 3A Indoor Championships as a junior.

In the 2018 Championships she jumped, yep, 38-1.25.

Both marks were good for 2nd-place. She ranks 40th on North Carolina's All-Time Indoor List.


(Posted Feb. 12, 2018)
Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) won the Mile Saturday at the David Hemery Invitational in Boston, in a PR 3:53.93. The time makes him the American Indoor Leader for 2018. It also makes Engels the fastest-ever miler indoors from the state of North Carolina, with the previous best being 3:55.0 by former Polk County HS/UNC star Tony Waldrop. Waldrop had a best outdoor time of 3:53.2 (1974 Penn Relays). Engels' time at 1500m Saturday was 3:38.53.

Meet Results - LancerTiming.com

Engels blasts a 3:53.93 with his tongue out the last lap - LetsRun.com

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Also Friday night, Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) tied the American Record in the 60m Hurdles with a 7.72 at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson. Two others broke 8 sec behind her, including University of Southern California's Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School). Cockrell ran a PR of 7.96.

Harrison's time makes her the 2018 World Leader, and has only bettered by two other women in history. (Susanna Kallur 7.68 and Ludmila Engquist 7.69)

Keni Harrison hurdles 7.72 WL - RunBlogRun.com

Keni Harrison ties LoLo Jones AR with 7.72 at Clemson - LetsRun.com

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Former North Mecklenburg HS star Stephen Haas appears in this story on Edward Cheserek:

Q&A With The Man Who Is Now Coaching Edward Cheserek - LetsRun.com

Cheserek last weekend ran the 2nd-fastest indoor Mile ever (3:49.44).

Haas was 11th in the 1999 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals as a junior. He was 2000 NCHSAA Cross Country Champion, and won state indoor titles in 2001 (4:18.31 & 9:38.01). Outdoors he won the 4A 1600 (4:16.29) & 3200 (9:28.44) in 2001. He had high school bests of 4:12.90 and 9:06.97i (indoors).


(Posted Feb. 2, 2018)
Ryan Walling joins Western Kentucky track & field staff as distance coach - Bgdailynews.com


(Posted Jan. 30, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) won the 60m Dash (7.37) and 200m (23.31) last weekend at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington. The 200 time was an indoor best for Harrison.

Quick Recap: Indiana Relays | Complete Results

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) won the Mile with a PR 3:57.35 at the Dr. Sander Invitational at The Armory in New York City. He covered his last 400 in 55.23.

Results - ArmoryTrack.com

Engels, now running with the NIKE Oregon Project, is scheduled to run the Mile Saturday, February 3rd at The Camel City Elite Races in the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Men's Mile To Headline Camel City Elite Races - JDLfastTrack.com

Mens Mile Headline Camel City Elite - MileSplit


(Posted Jan. 22, 2018)
Placing 2nd behind Christian Coleman's World Record 6.37 60m last weekend at Clemson was former Granville Central HS/Clemson sprinter Tevin Hester, with a 6.57. Hester also placed 3rd in the 200 (21.08).

University of Florida freshman Chantz Sawyers (High Point Christian Academy) ran the 3rd leg on on the Gators' winning 4x400. Their 3:03.49 is the 8th fastest time in collegiate history and the school's 2nd-best ever. Florida's splits were: 45.93, 45.85, 46.46, and 45.25.

Results - Clemson Invitational - ClemsonTigers.com

4x400 Relays Post NCAA-Leading Times - FloridaGators.com

Tigers Wrap Up Clemson Invitational - ClemsonTigers.com


(Posted Jan. 20, 2018)
Recalling the 1960s, when I first became a fan of track & field and started getting monthly issues of Track & Field News, I remember the 600-yard Run as being a hugely popular event on the indoor circuit.

The "indoor circuit"? It was a series of annual indoor meets held throughout January and February in San Francisco (The Cow Palace), New York (Madison Square Garden), Detroit (Cobo Hall), Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Kansas City, Albuquerque, etc.

Many of these meets were run on wood, 10-lap-to-the-Mile (176 yard) banked tracks.

And the 600-yard event was very popular.

Former North Mecklenburg HS runner Vincent Crisp is now the Collegiate Indoor Record Holder for the event:

Crisp takes down Haley's record - DyeStat

Tech's Vincent Crisp breaks NCAA record - LubbockOnline.com

Two Red Raiders Clinch School Records - TexasTech.com


(Posted Jan. 19, 2018)
Scott Houston's recent PR in Reno (see item below) has been invalidated, along with all performances in the Elite Men's competition. It was discoverd that the standards had 75mm pegs instead of the required 55mm pegs.

Use of wrong pegs result in several records, personal bests not being validated in Reno - DyeStat


(Posted Jan. 15, 2018)
Vaulter Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) set a PR of 18-7.5 (5.68m) Friday at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. Houston placed 3rd in the Men's competition.

Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) won the 200 (23.02) at the Arkansas Invitational Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) won the 60 (6.59) at the Orange & Purple meet in Clemson, SC. Hester also ran 33.49 to place 2nd in the 2nd section of the 300.

Former Clayton HS/University of Kentucky hurdler Keni Harrison won the 60mH (7.82) at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, KY. Harrison also won the 200 (23.16). Her time was on a 290m unbanked track.

Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS/NC State) won the 60mH (8.22) Saturday at the Carolina Cup in Chapel Hill. Cunningham also placed 2nd in the 60 (7.35).

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi), won the 3000 (7:55.66) Saturday at the Washington Preview in Seattle.




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