Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brie Felnagle on cover of January 2011 Runner's World, more on UW intrasquad meet, and other notes...

Former Bellarmine Prep and University of North Carolina All-American Brie Felnagle (left/cover courtesy Runner's World), who returned to the area to train under old high school coach Matt Ellis, is on the cover of the January 2011 issue of Runner's World magazine.

In this issue, which was available on the newsstands Monday, it talks about the 10 best marathons for first-timers (and a new take on 26.2 training; and, tips for running in the dark.

It also discusses how to break bad nutrition habits and what to wear when it’s cold—no matter where you live, along with a feature with "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is the sister-in-law of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and is married to ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck...

Courtesy of UW media relations, here is their release on Thursday night's UW Purple/Gold intrasquad meet:

Track and field action returns to the Dempsey Indoor on Thursday evening with one of the most fun and unique events on the calendar, the Purple and Gold Intrasquad meet. Action begins at 5:30 p.m. with events including the sprints, jumps, vault, throws, and some interesting twists to the javelin throw and relay races.

With approximately 35 athletes on each team, bragging rights will be on the line, as returning All-Americans will mix with freshmen looking to impress early in their Husky careers.

The pole vault and long jump kick things off at 5:30, and the first running event will be the 60-meter hurdles at 6 p.m. Additional field events will include the weight throw, high jump, triple jump, shot put, and the "turbo jav", using a javelin training implement that rewards excellent throwing form but punishes those that are a bit off.

Running events will be highlighted by the second-ever World Championship at 88.11-meters, or the exact distance of the Dempsey straightaway which reaches back past the usual starting line for 60-meter sprints. Well-rounded distances (300-meters and 600-meters) will also be contested.

The night will conclude with the Allx307-relay, where every member from each team will line up to go once around the Dempsey oval on a marathon relay. Last year the Gold team got the relay win to secure its overall victory, edging Purple in the final relay in a time of 22:25.60 to 22:46.30, an impressively close race for the number of laps. Large leads can come and go quickly if, for example, a fleet-footed sprinter gets a burly thrower in their sights.

Returning Husky All-Americans expected to compete in some form include Jeremy Taiwo, Elisa Bryant, Scott Roth, Kyle Nielsen, and Joe Zimmerman.


Running Events
6:00 60m Hurdles Men followed by Women
6:20 300m Dash Men followed by Women
6:45 Distance Event Grudge Match
7:30 600m Run Men followed by Women
7:45 88.11m Dash Men followed by Women
8:15 All x 307 Relay Men and Women Together

Field Events
5:30 Pole Vault Women followed by Men
5:30 Long Jump (4 jumps) Men and Women Together
6:00 Weight Throw (4 throws) Men and Women Together
6:15 High Jump Men followed by Women
6:45 Shot Put (4 throws) Men and Women Together
7:00 Triple Jump (4 jumps) Men and Women Together
7:15 Turbo Jav (4 throws) Men and Women Together will cover the opening meet of the 2011 indoor season.

Club Northwest will send several teams to the USA National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Among those competing for Club Northwest include former Eastern Washington standout Paul Limpf, and former Husky Mike Sayenko on the men's side, and recent NCAA D2 runner-up Sarah Porter of Western Washington.

The USATF release can be read here.

Finally, friend of the blog and former Husky hammer thrower Martin Bingisser reviewed Dr. Ken Foreman's book, "A Coach's Journey".

Bingisser writes, "Foreman’s stories tell of success in many forms. If there is one underlying theme, it is that coaching is a tool to unlock an athlete’s potential in both sport and life. As with life, there are few absolutes in coaching. No one secret unlocks the success of all athletes. Each athlete is different and it is the coach’s first task to learn about the athlete. Foreman has seen too many blue chip recruits fail and too many walk ons succeed to say that success is mainly a matter of genetics. But while the athlete’s background does not predetermine their success or failure, Foreman finds that it does lay a blueprint for how to approach training and how coaches should assist. Athletes vary in their physiology, psychology, motivations, and baggage. What may help or encourage one athlete could hurt another. That is the challenge of coaching."

To read his review, please click here.

In the "oops, I completely blew this one!" category,  the Eastern Washington University indoor track and field teams beat the Grizzlies of Montana at the Third Annual Candy Cane Invitational, hosted by Eastern last Friday and Saturday (3-4).

The Eagle men defeated Montana 52-38 and the women won 50-41.

The complete recap, and results from the meet can be accessed here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field, the University of Washington, and Runner's World all contributed to this report.

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