ON YOUR MARKS — April

Karel Tilga’s 6264 score to win the NCAA put him No. 2 on the all-time collegiate heptathlon list. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG? For the first time ever, Texas and Texas A&M will compete in a dual meet, expected to become an annual event for the Lone Star State arch-rivals. Says A&M head Pat Henry, “It’ll be a lot of fun.”…

North Carolina won’t be hosting home meets this year, but it’s because of construction projects, not COVID…

Arizona State is out of the meet-hosting business this year because of the construction of a new hockey arena next to the track…

John Green, USATF multis development chair, died in March from colon cancer at age 69…

Emily Infeld has reported that she has been forced to leave Portland because of stalker situation that she had previously reported to police…

Baylor alum Maggie Montoya (PR 32:06.87) witnessed the recent mass shooting at the Boulder grocery store where she works in the pharmacy. “It’s all horrible,” she told reporters. “It’s just not something you imagine happening to you.”…

Former Florida age-group star Tyrese Cooper has been arrested on charges of using a gun to rob a mobile phone store…

The French federation leveled a 4-month ban on hurdler Ludovic Payen, the ’17 Euro U23 champion, for violence, harassment and kidnapping. He still faces possible criminal charges…

Neptune High in New Jersey has named its track in honor of proud alum Ajee’ Wilson. The 800 star said, “It’s a huge honor. I literally grew up on that track.”…

Seb Coe has called on Olympic hammer champ Dilshod Nazarov to step down as head of the Tajikistan federation after the announcement of his doping ban…

Hammer great Anita Włodarczyk has been honored with her own Barbie doll for being “an inspiration to others.”…

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, meanwhile, will get credited as the co-author of a children’s picture book about his life called Race
With
Me!

A group called Indoor Track Delaware is launching a fundraising drive to build a multi-sport facility with a 200 banked track in the Blue Hen State. Since ’14, the state indoor HS been held in Maryland, since Delaware currently has no viable undercover facility…

Vault great Stacy Dragila is part of a group that is trying to acquire the indoor track from Boise State and put it in a multi-sports facility. The current asking price for the track is $350,000…

Athletics Canada has announced a 9-meet series to provide competition for its Olympic prospects prior to Tokyo…

Usain Bolt has donated 150 laptops to schools in rural Jamaica…

William & Mary has permanently reinstated men’s track, as well as the other sports it cut last year. The row over the cancellations led to the resignation of the athletic director at the time…

Oregon Tech is planning a $2.5 million renovation of its track facilities in Klamath Falls…

After winning a $750 prize at the Texas Qualifier, Canadian middle distance runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford donated the award to Austin Mutual Aid, a volunteer group that helps the homeless in that city. ..

The South African government has pledged over $800,000 to help Caster Semenya’s appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn the World Athletics rule banning her from her best events…

Former world shot champion Christina Schwanitz says she thinks the Olympics should be skipped until 2024. ““Then the world will have time to live with Corona. And then it’s no longer about fear, but then it’s actually about sport again.”…

Emma Coburn was quite unhappy with her 5000 debut in 15:24.76, tweeting, “Well, I was garbage tonight. Sucks to suck. On to outdoors.”…

For the record, Asafa Powell is not happy with false starts. After three of them in a row at the Jamaican Qualification Trials 60, he walked off. The other remaining sprinters refused to run as well…

Former Kennesaw State multi-eventer Jordan Gray, who holds the AR for the women’s decathlon at 7921, has launched letwomendecathlon.org to lobby for the inclusion of a women’s decathlon at the next Olympics…

More than 500 college athletes have joined in a letter asking that the NCAA not schedule any championships in states that ban transgender sports participation. Arkansas recently joined Mississippi in passing such a bill, and similar measures are on the docket in other states…

This year’s Fukuoka International Marathon on December 06 — the 75th running of the event — will be its last. The Japanese federation’s decision apparently came because of a loss of sponsors combined with the cost of the television broadcast. In its heyday the race was thought of as an unofficial world championships event…

On International Women’s Day, World Athletics started a “WeGrowAthletics” campaign to help focus on more gender equality in the sport. As a first symbolic move, WA head Seb Coe announced that at the ’22 Worlds in Eugene, the final event will be the women’s 4×4…

The USATF Foundation was the title sponsor of the Sound Running Invite on March 6. Foundation director Shaun Skeris called it “an honor knowing so many were able to use this opportunity to achieve PRs, attain Olympic standards, and set records.”…

Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh has been dropped by Nike. Channeling a direction that fellow putter Adam Nelson used back in ’05, he is competing in a t-shirt that says, “Space For Rent.” □

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