ON YOUR MARKS — June

Sydney McLaughlin made her seasonal debut with a Penn win at 12.75, then a week later got married. (ERROL ANDERSON/THE SPORTING IMAGE)

16-YEAR OLD Angelina Topić cleared a PR 6-4 (1.93) to win the high jump at the Serbian schools championships. She comes by her talent honestly. Dad is Dragutin Topić, the ’90 European champion, and mom Biljana Topić won triple jump bronze at the ’09 Worlds…

North Carolina A&T was stripped of the Big South women’s title after self-reporting that it had used an ineligible athlete. The resulting adjustment of points meant that High Point would be recognized as the winning team, with A&T second…

The Pan-Am Juniors, which had been set for June 02–04 in Rio de Janeiro, have been canceled. According to organizers it’s because only a third of the usual teams had planned on attending…

HOKA Northern Arizona Elite has hired 2-time Olympian Alan Culpepper as its new head coach. Ben Rosario will stay on as executive director…

Elaine Thompson-Herah says she is committed to the sprint double in Eugene this summer: “My aim is to get a title at the World Championships. I only have Olympic gold medals, I only have a [World] silver from 2015, so my aim is to capture a gold medal this year.”

Priorities! Sprint wunderkind Erriyon Knighton will be skipping his high school graduation ceremony to compete at Pre…

Sydney McLaughlin got hitched to NFL player Andrew Levrone, Jr. in May…

Letesenbet Gidey is scheduled to run her first marathon in Valencia in December…

Kenyan police have busted a cyber-crime syndicate that targeted athletes with phony offers of travel and training opportunities in the United States. Reportedly hundreds of athletes were victimized in the scheme…

The IOC’s payments to the USOPC went up in a big way over the last Olympic cycle, to a total of $781.8 million, according to Inside The Games. That’s an increase of over 60% from the previous Olympiad…

Groundbreaking has already happened on a new $350,000 cross country course being set up on a former golf course in the Carmel, California, area. The project has been spearheaded by ’08 Olympic marathoner Blake Russell and husband Jon, a former steeplechaser…

A German runner convicted of cyber-harassing a Kenyan female athlete has been allowed to leave the country. Weiss Marvin Valentin had to pay a $600 fine and serve 6 months in jail.

American Ninja here we come! Modern pentathlon, working hard to regain a spot in the Olympic program, is hoping to be reinstated for the ’28 Games by replacing horse riding with an obstacle course that includes monkey bars and a “tsunami wall.”…

The ever-pervasive role of social media crossed a new barrier when Clayton Murphy wore a mic during his 1:45.54 mid-May victory in Puerto Rico…

The USATF Foundation put up the funds to support an elite women’s 1500 race at the Dogwood Track Classic in Charlottesville. Michaela Meyer won the event in 4:13.96…

WA representatives met in late May with the governor of Tokyo to discuss a bid for the Olympic city to host the ’25 Worlds. There are three other contenders: Kenya, Poland and Singapore, and all have already been visited by the evaluation panel. The decision is expected by July…

Paris Olympic organizers are vowing to have zero food waste, a goal motivated by the news that about 130,000 meals went to waste in the Tokyo Olympics. “We have to be very fair with Tokyo,” said a Paris official. “They were in COVID time, it was not an easy job for them to do what they needed to do.”…

In April India’s Aishwarya Mishra knocked her 400 best down from 54.60 to 51.18, but then effectively disappeared, with Indian federation officials and AIU testers unable to make contact with her. Her personal coach has reportedly been sanctioned for drug violations in the past…

After making the Worlds qualifying standard with his 2:10:04 victory in South Africa’s Durban Marathon, Zimbabwe’s Isaac Mpofu was disqualified for “failing to display two license numbers on his bib.” He not only loses the chance to run in Eugene, but a $3000 first prize as well…

British heptathlete Holly Mills, 4th in the World Indoor pentathlon, says she will turn down a Worlds invite if she gets one, so she can prioritize competing for Commonwealth and European gold. “I think I can win both.”…

Elise Cranny has organized a gofundme to raise money to benefit Hidden Opponent, Inc., a non-profit that is trying to raise awareness of student-athlete mental-health issue. By late May, the effort had topped its $10,000 goal…

Noah Malone, a legally blind sprinter who has won medals in the Paralympics, placed 3rd in the 100 and 6th in the 200 to help Indiana State win the Missouri Valley conference meet by 4.5 points over Illinois State. Malone has run 10.34 & 21.10 this season…

Lucy Westlake, a 19-year-old Illinois high school runner who is signed to run at USC in the fall, in May became the youngest American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest…

Iowa AD Gary Barta is pushing for the NCAA to rescind its policy allowing collegiate athletes to transfer once without having to wait a year to play. He says, “OK, if we can’t totally control name, image and likeness, then let’s go back and put a one-year — if you transfer, you can transfer, you don’t have to lose your scholarship, but you must sit out a year. Because we can control that.”…

The owners of London Stadium, where the ’12 Olympics and ’17 Worlds were held, are again pushing for track to leave, and are currently in talks with the new leadership of UK Athletics. British sports minister Nigel Huddleston says the government is not likely to intervene…

Gianmarco Tamberi says that if he’s ever in a tie situation again with his Olympic co-gold medalist, Mutaz Essa Barshim, he’ll go for the jump-off. “We will look at each other, we will say ‘OK, let’s go.’ For myself, I will never go back in the past and change what we have done. We will forever remember as brothers, friends. We both won because we both deserved that gold medal. When they ask us will you share again we say ‘no’ because we have done it once.” ◻︎

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