Cain, Sowinski, Wilson All repeat as USA Indoor Champions, by David Monte, RRW, used with permission
Eric Sowinski, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ryan Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mary Cain, winning at NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ajee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lopez Lomong, photo by PhotoRun.net
Will Leer, Millrose Games 2014,
photo courtesy of Will Leer FB
A very exciting final day of the US Indoor Championships showed the wonderful strength of our sport, and the excitement that our sport can exhibit when presented well. The NBC Sports broadcast, both days, was excellent, and the USATF.tv was well received.
The controversy over the 3,000 meter indoor race has unfortunately muddied the perception of the meet. The rights of a coach to file a protest needs to be upheld and a coach to file an appeal needs to be upheld. This is where the lack of transparency is seen: most of us still have no clue what happened. With many suggesting that USATF rules were not followed, and USATF sending out merely a basic release, the confusion continues, and frustration and suspicion builds.
This is not good for our sport.
In the heat of situations, most of us have had moments when we did something we regret. The same qualities that make us perfect for our position can also be a detriment to us. The difference between you, me and public people is that most of us do not have arguments, meltdowns in public and have them written about. While it makes for lurid reading, I am not sure what it does for the sport.