• Amy Begley Named Coach of Atlanta Track Club

    Olympian Will Lead Expansion of Training Programs at All Levels - ATLANTA, November 24, 2014– Following through on its commitment to build new centralized training programs to meet the needs of its 21,000 beginner, committed and elite members, Atlanta Track Club announced today that it has hired Amy Begley, a 2008 US Olympian, as the first full-time head coach in the Club’s 50-year history.

    Among Atlanta Track Club’s stated goals is to develop at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020. 

    Begley, a 15-time All-American and two-time NCAA national champion while competing for the University of Arkansas, made the 2008 Olympic team at 10,000 meters with a dramatic last lap, racing the clock to beat the required “A” time standard for inclusion. In 2009, she finished sixth at the IAAF World Championships at the same distance in a personal best 31:13.78., making her the eighth-fastest American woman in history. She finished her professional career with six national titles, four of them—at 3000m indoors and 10,000 meters on the track and at 5K and 15K on the roads—in 2009.

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  • Michigan State caps historic season with first women's cross country crown

    (photo: AJ Mast | NCAA Photos)TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A team full of Michigan natives gave Michigan State its first NCAA team championship in any women’s sport Saturday.

    The top-ranked Spartans dominated the field with four runners in the top 25, posting a score of 85 to hold off a solid effort by second-place Iowa State (147). New Mexico was third, edging No. 2 Georgetown by a point.

    Bringing home the university’s first title in the women’s side of the sport was something coach Walt Drenth has been building up to since taking over the women’s program in 2006.

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  • Colorado repeats as national champion, Ducks' Cheserek takes individual race

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Two of the top programs in NCAA men’s cross country made history Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

    Colorado brought home its fifth men’s NCAA team championship -- all since the 2001 season under coach Mark Wetmore -- and Oregon sophomore Edward Cheserek and senior Eric Jenkins teamed for the first 1-2 finish for any program in 25 years.

    The Buffaloes put three runners in the top 10 as junior Ammar Moussa was fifth, sophomore Ben Saarel seventh and senior Blake Theroux ninth. The Buffaloes’ team total of 65 points was the lowest winning score since Wisconsin’s 37 in 2005.

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  • Japan comes from behind to win Chiba Ekiden

    For the first time in five years, host nation Japan won the Chiba International Ekiden, a mixed six-stage relay held over the marathon distance on Monday (24), coming from behind to overhaul defending champions Kenya on the sixth and final stage.

    The race started with Australia and New Zealand fighting for the lead on the first stage, but then Russia took over the lead on stage two. The third and fourth stages were between Russia and Japan, but the race truly got going on the fifth stage over 10km when Matthew Kisorio brought Kenya from sixth to first, making up a minute deficit to set a stage record of 27:42.

    Going into the final stage, three-time winners Kenya led Japan by eight seconds, but Asian Games 10,000m bronze medallist Ayumi Hagiwara passed Kenya’s anchor Mercy Kibarus to give Japan the victory.

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  • Vassallo Wins His Second Philly Marathon

    Men's winner trumps 2010 victory time by exactly four minutes, runs B-standard qualifier for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - PHILADELPHIA (Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014) - Over thirty thousand runners descend on Philadelphia the weekend before Thanksgiving to compete in three races put on by the city.  

    The weekend kicked off with the Rothman Institute 8K on Saturday and then the 21st GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon and GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday.

    Dan Vassallo of Peabody, Mass. was no stranger to the Philadelphia Marathon. He won it in 2010 in 2:21:28, and on Sunday  he chalked up his second victory Philadelphia victory. Vassallo shaved off more than four minutes as he hit the finishing tape in a much faster 2:17:28 to collect $3,500.

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