ON YOUR MARKS — March

Was Jakob Ingebrigtsen in a hurry to make it home for bedcheck at the Euro Indoor? (MARK SHEARMAN)

CURFEW VIOLATOR? Norwegian wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen may be fast enough at age 18 to win the European Indoor 3000 gold, but he’s still a growing boy under the watchful eye of his coach/father. Said Jakob after his Glasgow victory, “I am 16 minutes past my bedtime, but it’s an amazing day.”…

Marathon Park, in Olympia, Washington, where the ’84 women’s OT marathon started and finished, will be renamed Joan Benoit Samuelson Marathon Park…

San Francisco State is resurrecting its men’s track program, 15 years after it was cut. For now it will just cover the track events, to provide competitive opportunities to the members of the cross country squad…

Usain Bolt is lending—OK, selling—his name to a venture to put environmentally friendly scooters on the streets and sidewalks of New York, with a product called the Chariot being pushed by the company Bolt Mobility…

A documentary called The Forgotten Olympian will debut soon, detailing the life of Otis Davis, the WR-setting winner of the 400 at the ’60 Olympics…

Kayla White of North Carolina A&T was only the seventh athlete in history to score in both the 200 and 60 hurdles in the same NCAA Indoor. And her 18 points leads the list.

Kansas State high jumper Tejaswin Shankar had hoped to be selected for India’s Asian Championships squad, but was left off the team after he sent a letter saying that the qualifying meet clashed with the NCAA and his exams…

The new indoor 200m track being built in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood will feature hydraulic banking and a Mondo surface. The publicly-owned Gately Park facility will be 134,000 square feet and seat 3500. It is slated to be open for the ’20 season…

Two Kenyans who were slated to run in the Junior races at the World Cross Country Champs—Kibet Kandie and Agnes Mwikali—have been kicked off the team, all because they could not come up with adequate documentation of their ages…

While no spikes were visible in the photo, that is steeplechaser Colleen Quigley on the cover of the March issue of Gazelle, a fashion magazine…

Sydney McLaughlin’s first World Junior Record in the 400 indoors, 50.52 at Texas A&M last February, has been officially rejected because no drug test was done that day. Her later and faster 50.36 at the NCAA Indoor is still pending…

A recent study of mortality rates among U.S. Olympic medalists suggests that silver medalists die 2-4 years earlier than gold or bronze winners, perhaps because of the lifelong disappointment of losing…

Akron will not be competing at home this season, as underlying tree roots have made the outer lanes of the home track unusable, and some of the inside lanes are starting to develop dips. Said AD Larry Williams, “Did we see it coming? Yes, unfortunately, but nobody has $1.14 million to throw at it.”…

Illinois will be renaming its outdoor track to honor retired coach Gary Weineke, who guided the team to 13 Big 10 titles and 4 NCAA Indoor crowns in a 36-year career…

Jamaican sprint legend Veronica Campbell-Brown gave birth to a girl on February 23…

The schedule for the World Indoors ’20 in Nanjing is out, and all of the field events will be straight finals with no qualification round…

The IAAF Council has approved a return to the 60-second rule for field event attempts. The experiment with a 30-second rule over the past year did not go over well with athletes (and some fans)…

When Berhanu Legesse was awarded his medal by the governor of Tokyo after winning that city’s marathon, a hubbub ensued after the governor returned to her spot on the podium and put her hands in her pockets. Many in the local media felt the gesture showed disrespect to Legesse, despite the chilly weather…

France has issued arrest warrants for two of the figures involved in Russia’s doping scandal: former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and former national coach Aleksey Melnikov…

Jamaica’s three-time Olympic sprint medalist Kerron Stewart, now retired, has a new gig as coach for a Finnish soccer club…

LSU’s Aleia Hobbs is track’s finalist for the AAU’s Sullivan Award…

The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee will be resigning in June. He still denies that Japan paid bribes to host the ’20 Games…

Running USA reports that U.S. road races experienced a 1% decline in registrations in ’18…

An initiative to repair Kenya’s track stadiums prior to the ’20 World Juniors has made track access difficult for many Kenya runners training at home. The affected facilities are in Eldoret, Iten and Kapsabet, among others.…

Florida A&M head coach Darlene Moore resigned unexpectedly in March, in a move an associate AD described as a surprise…

Western Michigan coach Kelly Lycan was fired at the end of February. A public letter from the AD read, “An unhealthy culture exists and that your continued presence with the team would create a volatile environment.”…

Arizona may be facing a $10 million lawsuit soon as Michael Grabowski—No. 2 on the prep steeplechase list in ’17—is charging that he was assaulted by a coach, kicked off the team and lost his scholarship after complaining about bullying on the team. The school has denied the allegations…

Cal Poly SLO’s entire track team has been suspended from 7 meets in March and April after the university charged it with violating policies on hazing and alcohol…

Ohio’s Spire Institute, site of many indoor track events on its 300m oval, is up for sale. No price is listed yet, but a property appraisal says the site, once valued at $55 million, is only worth about $7 million now…

Henrik Ingebrigtsen got into the Euro Indoor 1500 medals with a dramatic dive at the finish. He said, “I watched a lot of MacGyver growing up, just rolling towards the shoulder from explosions and stuff like that.” □

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