ON YOUR MARKS — September

With a pair of relay medals in Eugene Allyson Felix ran her WC total to a record 20 overall. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

MOST WC MEDALS EVER? Admittedly, that’s a contest that it’s hard for anyone but someone with sprint double/relay options to win, but all-time leader Allyson Felix boosted her total to 20 in Eugene with a pair of relay honors. She has 14 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes. Usain Bolt and Merlene Ottey, each with 14, are next on the list…

Felix has been named a member of the IOC’s Athlete Commission…

WA has turned over the membership of its Athletes’ Commission. The 6 new members elected during the World Championships are (in order of vote totals): Ivet Lalova-Collio (Bulgaria), Anna Ryzhkova (Ukraine), Lea Sprunger (Switzerland), Lisanne de Witte (Netherlands), Matt Hughes (Canada), and Toshikazu Yamanishi (Japan)…

Oregon hired Nike Bowerman’s Jerry Schumacher to be head coach, and Shalane Flanagan as assistant. Brian Blutreich will be throws coach after 6 seasons at Arizona State…

UCLA has hired Sean Brosnan of Newbury Park High fame, as its distance coach…

After a 42-year stretch at Nebraska, Gary Pepin has announced his retirement; in that time, he tallied 73 conference team titles indoors and out…

Mark Rowland, who had coached the Nike Oregon TC Elite, has taken a position as one of Canada’s national coaches…

At age 49, Kelly Ruddik, an Australian walker, became the oldest female competitor ever at the WC…

Vaulter Gabrielle Leon has signed with Puma…

New members of the Hoka NAZ Elite include Krissy Gear, Olin Hacker, Abby Nichols and Adriaan Wildschutt…

Jonathan Davis, the runner-up in the USATF 1500, has joined the Atlanta TC Elite…

More Rana Reider fallout: the embattled coach was ejected from the practice area at the Worlds for not having a credential. After Eugene, one of his top remaining charges, Britain’s Adam Gemili, has stopped working with him…

After reports that several Eritrean athletes and their coach had gone missing in Eugene — with speculation that they had applied for asylum in the U.S. — they turned up and resumed activities with their team…

The track being installed in Budapest for next year’s Worlds will be Mondo’s latest, a Mondotrack WS that features air cell technology…

Philadelphia has co-named one of its streets Herb Douglas Way after the oldest-living Black American Olympic medalist, who turned 100 in March. Douglas won long jump bronze in the ’48 Games…

The 2023 USATF Cross Country Champs will be held on January 21 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It will be the qualifier for the ’23 World XC, set for Bathurst, Australia, on February 18…

Noah Lyles wasn’t big on how the Worlds were marketed to U.S. audiences: “I feel the ball’s been dropped a little bit, not going to lie. I feel there could have been way more advertisement on America’s side. This is an immaculate meet. This is by far the best track & field meet that America has had in years. And I’m watching these immaculate performances, and I’m like, ‘The crowd is here, yes. But gosh darn, it was not put together well.’ All the times are happening late at night. I’m still barely seeing much presence outside of what NBC is doing.”…

The Sydney Marathon has been named a candidate for the Abbott World Marathon Majors. It will have to meet certain strict criteria over the next 3 years to make the step up.

Another landmark for Mondo Duplantis. He took over the lead in the number of 6-meter clearances when he hit 46. Sergey Bubka had 45…

Sarah Lesko has been named to the USATF Foundation board…

Shericka Jackson moved to No. 2 on the list of best female combined sprinters. Using the WA scoring tables, she has piled up 3802 points for her PRs of 10.73/21.45/49.47. Marita Koch is just 7 points ahead with her with 10.83/21.71/47.60…

Shaunae Miller-Uibo says her 400 days are basically finished, and she is shifting to the 200: “I love it when the competition is stiff and being able to train for that for the upcoming seasons, I am looking forward to it. They have certainly set the stage pretty high.” She added that she may try a multi as well…

According to the USTFCCCA, 21.2% of the athletes at Worlds competed for a U.S. college at some point—that’s a total of 363…

Reportedly, Kenya was paying its gold medalists $8000. Steeple winner Norah Jeruto, who left Kenya for Kazakhstan, reportedly pulled in a $254K bonus from her new country…

All of the Ethiopian competitors at Worlds were awarded cash prizes on their return home, with a minimum of $1000 on up to $50K for Gudaf Tsegay…

One of the photographers at the Worlds lost his credential after being arrested for allegedly stealing the mascot’s head. Police cracked the case when they found incriminating videos on social media. ..

Reportedly, United Airlines has stopped accepting poles, limiting vaulters even further in their travel options. Greek vaulter Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou got her poles as far as Newark on her return trip before United refused to send them on to Athens, instead returning them to Portland…

Howard Slusher, 85, died July 13. A lawyer who did much for Nike, including supervising the reconstruction of Hayward Field…

NBC is reporting record viewership numbers for the Worlds, with 18.7 million total viewers across all its platforms. That’s the highest in over 30 years. By comparison, Doha ’19 got 25% of that. In contrast, this year’s numbers are only about two-thirds of the viewership that tuned into last year’s Olympic Trials…

The ’24 collegiate season may look very different, with UCLA and USC having announced a move to the Big 10, and speculation that some other Pac-12 schools might be shopping for a new home as well…

WA has made plans for an independent audit of the cultural changes within the Russian federation. The process is set for October, and will provide information as to whether the federation will be reinstated for international competition…

The USATF Foundation raised $125K with a black tie dinner that was held in Indianapolis on Indy 500 weekend…

In questioning Toni Amusan’s WR 12.12 on Twitter, Michael Johnson got plenty of criticism. The 400 legend did not back down, however, later tweeting, “As a commentator my job is to comment. In questioning the times of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete) by wondering if the timing system malfunctioned, I was attacked, accused of racism, and of questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and predicted to win. Unacceptable. I move on.” ◻︎

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