I find it interesting, even tough there is no Olympics and no World Championships this year, that some of the best American runners in the country don't show up at the USATF national championships. No wonder nobody wants to watch track and field, the best athletes aren't even there. Dathan Ritzenhein, Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, ok I know these guys are marathoners but they can still run a competitive 10k. That 10k last night was pathetic, Galen jogged to victory. Even Chris Solinksy no showed. We have 4 Americans currently under 13 minutes in the 5k and only one of them (Lagat is running the event tonight). I think it is a slap in the face to the USATF that these guys don't show up. What is the point of having a USA championships without the best?
Speaking of Chris Solinsky, he continues to get press for his American record and sub-27 minutes 10k! For those of you track historians he has the fastest 5k/10k combo of any American now that he also has a sub 13min 5k. I read online that his 5k PR is 25 seconds faster than Pre's and is 10k PR is 46 seconds faster than Shorter's. The best quote was in Sports Illustrated from Wayne Solinsky, Chris' dad, that said, "A wheelbarrow only goes as far as you push it. Then it just sits there." Clay and I discussed that one all day on Thursday.
Finally, they had the finals of the men's hammer throw this afternoon. Eric Flores (DIII National Record Holder) of Cal Lutheran was in the field. Even though I have never meet the guy he has been fun to follow this year since he goes to my alma mater. In a field event you get three jumps or throws and the top 8 get another three throws or jumps each. Well, Eric had the 9th farthest throw after 3 throws, with 231' 01" (a 10 foot personal best)! So the thower from DIII Cal Lutheran was 9th in the country, and second collegian, not bad. Congratualtions Eric! It is fun to see California Lutheran among the results.