Lukas Verzbicas to sign with Oregon! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Lukas Verzibicas is one of the most talented prep athletes in the U.S. That is a fact. Lukas also   won the 2010 FootLocker Cross country and the 2010 Nike NXN title as well, making him the most recognized prep cross country. He is also a junior triathlon champion. Verzbicas is coached by his father, and his mother was a world class runner over 3k.

I tried to speak with his father at the adidas Grand Prix about his training and really just got generalities. Lukas was much more conversational, he was amazing running his 4:04 mile that day.

Verzbicas.jpgLukas Verzbicas winning the 2010 NXN Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Well, seems that Lukas was considering Stanford, University of Portland and Oregon. World from our friends at EME News and Oregon LIVE is that, the worst kept secret of the week, was the Lukas would announce that he will matriculate at Oregon next fall!


This young man has wheels. He has been compared to the late Steve Prefontaine. His stature and racing style remind me of, however, Jim Ryun. Tall, thin, aggressive, and fast, Verzbicas loves the triathlon scene as well as running. It actually may be why he does so well. Stay tuned on this one!

And on the 2012 Decathlon wars, Ashton Eaton won the first round, with a strong victory at Millrose this past weekend. The meet had a new production team for the TV, with a strong commentary by 1984 5,000m fourth placer Tim Hutchings. The issue has been that the crowd was the smallest in many years, and with little or no promotion before the event, one should not be surprised. Time to move the Millrose Games to the Armory. 

 

CARTER 6.52, EATON BEATS HARDEE AND CLAY

NEW YORK (USA, Jan 28): Defending champion Bernard Lagat fell to the sword of Deresse Mekonnen when losing his Wanamaker Mile title at the 104th Millrose Games, the inaugural IAAF Indoor Permit meet of the season. Lagat an eight time record winner of the event was beaten in a sprint finish by Ethiopia's two-time World Indoor champion who covered the last 440 yards in 55sec and clocked 3:58.58. Mekonnen's mark was not a world leading performance (Andrew Beyer under 3:58 see under) but still enough to beat Lagat 3:59.01. Jamaica's double Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown won the 60 m in seasons fastest 7.11 with former World Outdoor 100m title holder Lauryn Williams second in 7.22 and Lisa Barber third 7.23. Jamaican Vonette Dixon achieved the world's fastest 80m hurdles of 2011 winning in 8.00 from Danielle Carruthers (8.03) with Canada's  world indoor medalist Perdita Felicien third 8.05. Co world leader of last outdoor season Nesta Carter posted a 2011 best of 6.52  in winning the Visa Men's 60 m ahead of Michael Rodgers (6.56), Trell Kimmons (6.57) and Lerone Clarke (6.67). Reigning World Indoor champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil posted a world lead when lifting the pole vault with a clearance of 474 cm.  Olympic silver medallist Jen Suhr claimed second with a leap of 464 in her return to action after an injury. Ryan Whiting surprised his older and more experienced opponents winning the shot put with a final effort of 21.31. The youngster defeated world champions Christian Cantwell (21.14) and Reese Hoffa (20.52). Two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Adam Nelson fouled with all four attempts. In special triathlon of multieventers the worlds elite competed. World indoor record holder Ashton Eaton beat with two personal bests and 2666 points reigning world champion Trey Hardee 2640 and reigning olympic winner Bryan Clay 2609, fourth Jake Arnold 2491. In shot put  Hardee prevailed (15.94 PB) over Clay (15.24) and Eaton (14.22, PB) but in the hurdles Eaton improved his best to 7.64 and clearly beat Clay (7.78) and Hardee (7.83). He was also the best in high jump (205) as both champions cleared 196 cm. Trinidad´s Renny Quow won the 600 y in 1:11.82. In other women races Natasha Hastings dominated the 400 m in 53.60 and Sara Hall in the 1500 m in 4:15.35. Amber Campbell got world lead in women weight throw 24.10 and Jacob Freeman registered US leader of the season 24.16. With help of David Martin.

 

 

 

OTHER RESULTS

 

 

NEW YORK (USA, Jan 28): USATF informs that former NFL standout Jacoby Jones ended the suspense early in the Super 60 II, which is a proving ground for stars among an eclectic group of accomplished professional and Olympic athletes. The event showcases the universal component of speed in all sports, and helps determine which sport has the most potent combination of power, speed and acceleration.Jones got out of the blocks well at the gun and had the race in his hip pocket with 20 meters to go.  From that point on he resembled Tommie Smith winning the Olympic 200m gold medal in 1968 with his arm in the air the last 20 meters of the race. Jones crossed the finish line in 7.00 for the win, with 2010 Super 60 champion and former NFL standout Anthony Dorsett, Jr., finishing as the runner-up in 7.14.  Olympic gold medalist bobsledder Steve Mesler was third in 7.24, with L.A. Galaxy forward Bryan Jordan fourth in 7.33.

 

FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Jan 28): Marquise Goodwin got excellent 814 during first day of Razorback Invitational in long jump. Maurice Mitchell was the best in 60 m heats (6.64) and Brandon Byram in the 200 m heats (20.73). In women jumps Brigetta Barrett cleared 191 and Chantel Malone improved in long jump to 665 cm (new national indoor record for British Virgin Islands). Julie Labonte with 17.09 in shot put achieved new Canadian indoor record. Semoy Hackett of Trinidad (23.14) and Tiffany Townsend (23.21) were pretty fast in women´s 200 m heats.

 

BLOOMINGTON (USA, Jan 28): Andrew Bayer after world leading 3000 m last weekend achieved another global mark of 2011 when winning the mile here in 3:57.75.

 

ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Jan 28): Brianna Glenn achieved in long jump seasons best mark of 674 cm. Jasmine Chaney posted in 200 m heats 23.32 and John Kline clocked solid 1:17.59 at 600 m.

 

UNIVERSITY PARK (USA, Jan 28): Reggie Dixon posted fast 6.58 to win the 60 m here ahead of James Taylor 6.66. Speedy 6.61 for Chris Davis in heats. Hurdles improvement for Jaret Eaton with 7.58. Justin Hunter leaped to 796 in long jump. In women sprints Dominique Booker got 7.27 in semis of 60 m and Kristi Castlin won the 60 m hurdles in 8.05.

 

SEATTLE (USA, Jan 28): Kara Goucher in her indoor outing at 5000 m clocked 16:11.50 and Luke Puskedra was timed at 13:46.70. World leading pentathlon for Canada´s Brianne Theisen with solid 4507 points (8.45-183-12.70-602-2:14.50).

 

RENO (USA, Jan 28): Kylie Hutson won the Pole Vault Summitt with 440 clearance. Jack Whitt was the youngest male winner with 550 on count-back with Jordan Scott and Mark Hollis.

 

DRESDEN (GER, Jan 28): Czech Jirina Ptacnikova cleared 450 and won the women pole vault at international jumping meeting in Dreseden. Supported by 1500 spectators she tried afterwards at new meet record height and personal best of 467 cm. Her next meet is Russian Winter in Moscow. Home jumpers Kristina Gadschiew and Julia Hutter could go only over 430 and tied for third with another Czech Romana Malacova and Sweden´s Malia Dahlstrom. Belarus record holder Anastasiya Shvedova was second (440). World indoor medalist 2006 Andrey Tereshin was the best in men´s high jump with 225 third attempt clearance. Second was another Russian Mikhail Tsvetkov ahead of Italian Silvano Chesani (both 222).

 

SPALA (POL, Jan 28): Youth Olympic Shot put winner Krzysztof Brzozowski improved at National junior championships with 6 kg implement to 20.41 m.

 

MOGILYOV (BLR, Jan 28): Yana Maksimava won the national pentathlon indoor title with 4170 score.

 

POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Jan 26): In a throwing competition in the training camp Hungarian Krisztián Pars started the season with 76.50 in hammer. The young talent, Bence Pásztor (95) threw personal best 76.60 with 5 kg implement.

 

WELLINGTON (NZL, Jan 28): Talented last year junior Mike Cochrane improved again at 400 m hurdles with 50.62. Nikki Hamblin won the national 3000 m title in 9:32.44.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Reuters reports that USATF is considering a request to bend its own rules and allow disgraced Olympic and world 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt compete in this year's world championships. Merritt is scheduled to complete his 21-month doping suspension on July 27, a month ahead of the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, but a month after the U.S. trials in Eugene, Oregon. As reigning world champion he has IAAF wild-card but USATF bylaws require all athletes to compete in the trials to be considered for the American team. "Our question is, do we want to set ourselves up to create a precedent by allowing him to run," USATF president Stephanie Hightower told Reuters in a telephone interview. IAAF will accept the USATF decision.

 

ATHENS (GRE): More than six years after successfully organizing the 2004 Athens Olympics, Greece has reportedly lost the right to host the 2013 Mediterranean Games after its financial crisis and savage budget cuts wreaked havoc on the country. Local media are informing. In an extraordinary meeting in Paris, the governing body of the International Committee for the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) voted 12 to 1 in favor of taking the 2013 event away from the Greek cities it had awarded it to in 2007. A new host was not named.

 

EUGENE (USA): Oregon live informs that Lukas Verzbicas, winner of the Gatorade national boys cross country runner of the year for the past two seasons, has orally committed to Oregon. Verzbicas made the announcement Thursday in suburban Chicago, where he attends high school. He has been compared to to U.S. distance legends Steve Prefontaine, Gerry Lindgren and Dathan Ritzenhein. Verzbicas also had been considering the University of Portland, Colorado and Stanford.

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