USA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Day Two
TrackTown, USA: There was a theme in
today's races: Changing of the Guard. Familiar athletes - runners we have
followed for years - failed to make it out of the semi-finals or failed to make
the USA team in the finals. Out with old; in with the new. It is bound to happen
as athletes age, but still sad to see.
Except when they are being replaced by Ducks.
Young Oregon women moving up and making the team... yet old man Tyson Gay is
still a force.
The Decathlon finished. The last event is the 1500m. Imagine
competing in nine different events over a two-day period and then, hey boys,
let's go run a mile! Fun times.
It's just a pile of perfectly-formed male bodies collapsing
in happy exhaustion at the finish line. Besides the WGA, America is sending
Trey Hardy, Jeremy Taiwo and Zack Zeimek.
One of my favorite 800/1500m athletes, Will Leer, was in the USATF booth signing
autographs for an hour today. Mr. Leer did not make it out of the 1500m heats
yesterday, as he has been injured, but was quite charming as usual with the long
line of fans waiting patiently to meet the handsome runner. He posed for
snapshots and signed photo postcards for his fans.
Leer signed my postcard: Dear Leo, Missed you in Eugene, Will Leer.
I will be popping that off in the morning mail to Los Angeles.
Again, the weather is a factor. 99 degrees during the day, then the
temperatures dropped all the way down to 97 as heavy clouds came in, causing
the humidity to raise to a soggy mess. Not a comfortable day in the stands,
so imagine the poor athletes.
The sky did provide a beautiful setting over Historic Hayward Field:
I'm just not a sports reporter. If you want the real news, get results from
Until my next update, I remain, your "anxious for the 1500m
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