Austin resident Lennie Waite celebrated with tears of excitement and relief last week, assuming she had done enough to make her home country's roster for the upcoming IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 29-year-old turned in a personal best of 9 minutes, 40 seconds on the track in Sweden - four seconds below the qualifying mark of 9:44 that Great Britain set as the standard. Waite is British by birth and found her way to Austin after completing a successful career at Rice University as a distance runner.
Do you choke? Or have you ever choked in a big race which you have been pointing toward for months? I don't know a runner who hasn't. Actually, I don't know an athlete who hasn't choked at least occasionally. But choking—falling flat or succumbing to pressure in a big situation—in running, especially marathoning, is a lot different than say, missing a crucial free throw or blowing an important putt or field goal.
Paul Carrozza, the former owner of the RunTex stores, has been named the head track and cross-country coach for the St. Stephen's Episcopal School, a college prep school with nearly 700 students. Carrozza will coach both the middle and high-school track programs at the school off 360 in northwest Austin.
Cedar Park High School has named Michael Bardgett as its new track and cross-country coach. Bardgett has been the assistant girls track and cross-country coach at Highland Park HS in Dallas. In its most recent past, Cedar Park
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Women are better marathoners than men. Even though women haven't been running marathons as long as men and that men are bigger, stronger and faster, women are still better at the 26.2-mile distance than men. This isn't just my opinion, hardened by getting passed countless times [...]
This is a huge week for The Trail Foundation. Tonight is its principle fund raiser—the Moonlight Margarita Run 5-K—but its big week got underway on Saturday morning with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Boardwalk which officially opened the 1.2-mile segment. A crowd of about 500, anxious to try out the new segment of the [...]
The NCAA Track & Field Championships begin today at venerable Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (ESPN3, 6-10 p.m.) and the University of Texas men's and women's teams are expected to be major players. The Longhorns have a combined 28 qualifiers. The No. 1-ranked Texas women have 16 entries in 12 events (second most in the [...]
Olympian and University of Texas alum Leo "The Lion" Manzano has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with HOKA ONE ONE – a "maximalist" shoe that hit the market three years ago and has gained traction in the ultrarunning community and now looking to reach more of the running population. Manzano - a five-time NCAA Champion [...]
The track has long been a safe haven for Leo Manzano, a place where he has excelled to the point that he captured the first American Olympic medal in the 1500 meters in more than four decades. But since that memorable August night in London nearly two years ago the momentum slowed. A disappointing 5th [...]
The 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays gets underway today and continues through Saturday at Mike Myers Stadium on the UT campus. One of the greatest (and oldest) meets in the country, the Texas Relays will draw more than 6500 athletes from all over the country, representing 640 high school, 232 collegiate teams and 150 [...]
More and more events welcome dogs to run with their owner Clay Warner normally runs ultras, but he was lured to a 15K trail race for the sake of enjoying it with his training partner. As it turns out, both of them have won their divisions — Warner among the humans, and his chocolate lab, Grady, [...]