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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Track & Field

WALNUT, Calif. — Four world-leading marks and another stunning sprint performance helped christen the new Hilmer Lodge Stadium at the USATF Golden Games presented by Xfinity at Mt. SAC, the second U.S. stop on the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold circuit and the fifth meet on the USATF Journey to Gold - Tokyo Outdoor Series.

DES MOINES – As announced last month, the 2021 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom will include a high school division. The Blue Standards, known as the qualifying marks that guarantee acceptance for Iowa high schoolers in the Drake Relays when entered in the meet, have been announced.  When one of the marks is attained, an athlete knows that he or she will be #BlueOvalBound. In addition to these top athletes, coaches should also enter other team members outside of those marks for consideration on the accepted entry list. 

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field (USATF), the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and the TrackTown USA Local Organizing Committee announced the release of the updated competition schedule for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field, that will take place June 18-27, 2021, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

 

In the fourth and final American Track League meet at the Randal Tyson Indoor Center, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix opened her 2021 season and high school standout Jaylen Slade set a new high school indoor record.

USATF - FAYETTEVILLE -- The third edition of the American Track League had a little bit of something for everyone, including world-leading marks in the women’s pole vault and men’s long jump, along with a pending high school record in the men’s mile.

Two world leading marks were among a number of fine performances at the ISTAF INDOOR in Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on Friday evening. Christina Clemons of the US won the 60 m hurdles in 7.83 seconds while Malaika Mihambo took the long jump with 6.77 m. For Mihambo it was her third victory in a row at Berlin’s ISTAF INDOOR. And actually there was a hat-trick of world leading performances in this venue for Germany’s sports person of the year. The meeting was allowed to go ahead with strict hygiene registrations in place. There were no spectators allowed in the arena. 

Fayetteville, ARKANSAS -- Ryan Crouser (Portland, Oregon) did not waste any time in asserting his 2021 dominance when the men’s shot put Olympic champion threw a pending indoor world record on his first throw. The distance -- 22.82m (74-10.5) -- bested Randy Barnes’ 1989 record of 22.66m. 

IOC Statement - We refer you to the strong and clear statement that the Japanese Government made today, saying that the report is “categorically untrue”. Please find the statement here:

This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2020 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2020 to be held virtually on Saturday 5 December.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Improving on his own world lead in the men’s hammer, Rudy Winkler (Newark, New Jersey) earned USATF Athlete of the Week, while Kate Schmidt was selected by fans as the winner of the 25th USATF Throwback Athlete of the Week award for setting a world record in the women’s javelin on Sept. 11, 1977. In the absence of regular competition during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking a weekly look back at some of the great efforts by American track and field athletes through the years.

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