ON YOUR MARKS — May

Moad Zahafi’s 1:43.69 win at the Jones Memorial made him the No. 3 collegian ever. (TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS)

SLAVA UKRAINI. World Athletics, along with the Diamond League and the International Athletics Foundation, has created the Ukraine Fund to support that beleaguered nation’s elite athletes and coaches who are now training in exile because of the Russian invasion…

Bershawn Jackson, the ’05 World 400H champion, has been hired as head coach at his alma mater, St. Augustine’s…

As of April 27, the year’s two fastest men’s 100 runners were both from a surprising nation, Ghana. That would be West Texas A&M’s Benjamin Azamati at 9.90 and Coppin State alum Joseph Amoah at 9.94…

On April 09, Sam Parsons won the Delaware Mile Challenge in 3:58.17, giving the state its first-ever sub-4:00. According to Bring Back The Mile that leaves 7 states where no one has ever broken the classic barrier…

Ohio’s Wright State has announced that it will be adding men’s track (in and out) for the 2022–23 season…

Olympic hurdle champ Hansle Parchment has a World Champs goal that will probably not be received well in Gainesville. Boasting of a greatly improved start, he says, “That would be a dream for me to see Jamaica sweep top 3 in the 110m hurdles. We have the potential to do it. We have all the talent necessary. We just need to come through, keep injury-free, and maintain the best technique possible.”…

Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford has left the Nike Bowerman TC, explaining that she was not happy with the lack of communication surrounding Shelby Houlihan’s suspension and her continued training…

Britain has been officially ordered to return its Tokyo men’s 4×1 silver medals. That bumps Canada and China up into the silver and bronze spots…

South Africa will lose its 4×1 gold from the ’21 World Relays after leadoff Thando Dlodlo earned a 2½-year ban for testosterone…

Eli Cramer, 20, a runner for Milligan, was struck and killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver March 31 while on a training run. Two of his teammates were also hit, with various injuries…

Sarah Schulze, 21, a junior distance runner at Wisconsin, committed suicide April 13, her family announced…

Ray Flynn, the former chair of High Performance with Athletics Ireland, died in April. To be clear, this is a different person than the former top miler/current agent of the same name, who remains alive and well…

World Athletics has launched an independent research ethics committee, which will review applications for research studies in sports science and medicine. ..

Jaxier Sotomayor won the Spanish U16 indoor high jump title recently with his 6-3¼ (1.91). His father, of course, is WR holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba…

In going sub-10 and sub-20, Matthew Boling has joined Carl Lewis as the only man to better a trifecta of barriers, as well as 8.00 (26-3) in the long jump.

On seeing that news, Fred Kerley tweeted, “Let me go 8m now.” The Olympic 100 silver medalist has no long jump best we’re aware of…

Organizers of next February’s World XC in Bathurst, Australia, are promising an extremely tough course: “The uphill start will get the heart-rate high early on and it won’t let off at all. Each 2km circuit features a billabong [pond] crossing, strides through a vineyard, experiencing a boomerang, with more twists and turns than a thriller movie.”…

Texas A&M, already the owner of a well-reviewed undercover facility that has hosted the NCAA Indoor, has unveiled plans to build a new one as part of a new athletic fund-raising drive…

Devon Allen has signed with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. The two-time Olympic hurdle finalist says he intends to compete on the track through the Worlds, should he make the team. “It’s now or never because I don’t want to get too old,” says the 27-year-old Oregon alum…

Birmingham, England, which is hosting this summer’s Commonwealth Games, is considering a bid to host the ’26 Euros. The British sports minister has also said the city is interested in hosting a future World Championships…

The Australian state of Victoria has been confirmed as the host of the ’26 Commonwealth Games

Copenhagen is reportedly considering a bid to host the ’36 Olympics…

A Greenville, Tennessee, middle school has named its track in honor of a noted alum, ’88 Olympic coach Terry Crawford…

NBC Sports has launched a platform to connect student-athletes with NIL deals at three universities: Notre Dame, Temple and Vanderbilt…

Author Christopher Tobin has released a history of New Zealand’s top runners called Runners in Black; The Glory Years, and Later. So far not available on Amazon, but it can be found online from some New Zealand sellers…

Edmonton has announced that it will stage an international meet on July 03, calling it the Warm-Up To Worlds Invitational. It will have Continental Tour silver status.

Former Arkansas star Dominique Scott outkicked Caster Semenya in the South African champs 5000, 15:28.10–15:31.50. Though a PR for Semenya, that still leaves her far short of the WC standard of 15:10.00…

WA is looking to make its footprint greener at its major events. As part of its sustainability strategy, it is requiring that various improvements happen in 15 key areas starting this year. In Eugene, that will mean, among other things, all WA vehicles will use renewable and bio fuels, and 100% of the power used at event facilities will be renewable…

The Oregon22 Heritage Trail, a set of 22 plaques honoring the state’s iconic track & field athletes, has been created with the help of the Museum Of World Athletics (MOWA). The honored athletes, from Kelly Blair to Mac Wilkins, have all won global medals, are retired, and have resided in Oregon. In addition, no doping blemishes were allowed…

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says Flojo’s World Record of 10.49 is her target this year: “Listen, 10.60 after having that season last year has definitely opened a new door for me in terms of the dreams and just the goals I’m chasing for this season. I’m definitely looking forward to running 10.50 and possibly 10.40 because that’s the aim… I think I’m on my way to doing that.” ◻︎

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