ON YOUR MARKS — July

Tara Davis had fun playing in the sand in the Pre Classic long jump. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

TIME TO HANG UP the old stopwatch: 3 major college coaches have announced their retirement: Karen Dennis (Ohio State), Ralph Spry (Auburn) and James Henry (Michigan women). See “Last Lap” for other major NCAA changes…

Russia has chosen its next national head coach. It’s Sergey Zhelanov, who won the decathlon bronze at the ’80 Olympics. He replaces Irina Privalova, who has been serving on an interim basis…

Jamaican’s ’08 Olympic 100 silver medalist Kerron Stewart has joined the coaching staff at Ohio’s SPIRE Institute…

Former star miler Alan Webb is now the head track, cross country — and swimming!— coach at NAIA school Ave Maria in Florida…

When Roisin Willis (Stevens Point) won the Wisconsin State meet at 2:00.03 it was easily the fastest-ever in HS-only competition. The old best was 2:02.04 by Amy Weissenbach (Harvard-Westlake, California) in ’11…

Bold prediction from Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala: “I am an athlete who thrives under pressure and I am eying to run 9.6 in Oregon.”…

Uncertain times mean higher insurance costs, especially if you’re the IOC and you wanted to shield yourself from the potential blow of COVID canceling the Tokyo Games. That insurance policy cost $17 million, a bit more than the $14.38 million paid out for Rio….

Two-time British Olympic sprinter James Ellington lost several years of his career after being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. Now he is battling a Spanish insurance company for a payout, after the firm admitted in court it was liable…

The Harry Jerome Track Classic has received a World Heritage Plaque from WA for being Canada’s oldest international meet (founded 1964).

Running journalist Jim Ferstle, 71, has passed from Alzheimer’s and cancer…

50K walk WR holder Yohann Diniz has been given a 2-month suspended prison sentence for driving under the influence and “contempt of a person holding public authority.”…

Hurdle legend Roger Kingdom is being inducted into the USOPC Hall of Fame. He’s the only trackster of the Class Of ’22…

Paul Ryan won the HOKA Festival of Miles race in St. Louis with his PR 3:55.95, but big news came in places 4 & 5 as Gary Martin (3:57.89) and Connor Burns (3:58.83) became the first two preps to break 4:00 in the same race. Burns also set national age-17 and junior-class records…

Running icon Steve Prefontaine has now made his way into the world of classical music. The Eugene Symphony has premiered a new composition by David Schiff in his honor, in a show mixed with stories about Pre and a multi-media presentation…

Andrew Wiggins may have helped win the NBA title for the Golden State Warriors, but is mom perhaps just as accomplished? Marita Payne won 2 NCAA crowns for Florida State (plus 6 relays) and placed 4th in the Olympic 400 for Canada…

Drug-testing is costing the IOC a lot more these days, recent documents reveal. Whereas the 4-year period that covered 2013–16 cost $4.53 million, the latest cycle (covering 5 years) hit $27.7 million. The reason? A “full reassessment” of testing needs, including an increase in retesting older samples…

Two more athletes have received maternity grants through the USA Track & Field Foundation: steepler Marisa Howard and distance runner Becky Wade each got a $4000 award…

Tokyo has made its bid to host the ’25 Worlds official, welcoming the WA inspection team in late May…

Oregon State will be spending $7.3 million to spruce up its track facility. Among other things, 1200 stadium seats will now be covered…

Sacramento’s always fast California International Marathon (December 04) has been named by USATF as this year’s national title race…

High schooler Angelina Napoleon (Allegany-Limestone, Allegany, New York) was busy at her Section meet. In addition to setting a national record 6:24.32 in the 2000 steeple, over the course of 2 days she also won the 800, 3200 and — quite a combo — the high jump…

A potential World Junior Record has been denied by WA because the Jamaican U20 women’s 4×1 that ran 42.58 at the Carifta Games ended up with not all the runners taking mandated drug tests. This isn’t uncommon with Junior Records…

The Pittsburgh TC put up $20,000 — thanks to an insurance policy — as an incentive for anyone to break the Pennsylvania soil record in various events. The catch: the athlete could not have a PR faster than the existing record. Former triathlete Lauren Hurley went for the 5000 mark (15:17.11). Though she had run 31:49.46 for 10K in March (a brief world leader), she had never run a track 5000 before. She earned $20,000 for her 15:16.33 debut. ◻︎

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