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This column was done by the USATF comm deparment. They are indespensible. When I am at championship events, the USATF comm team finds great quotes and looks for that image you need. They are also liasons on finding that elusive athletic star. This is the update on Day, May 12, 2019.

Aleia Hobbs USA women 4x100 final World Relays - Roger Sedres.jpgAleia Hobbs takes the 4x100m for the USA, photo by Roger Sedres, IAAF

Donavan Brazier USA mixed 2x2x400 2019-05-11 World Relays Yokohama 2019 by Roger Sedres.JPGDonavan Brazier won the mixed 2x2x400m, photo by Roger Sedres/IAAF

The first day was good for the USA at Yokohama. Here's what USATF comm had to say. Like the 2x2x400m, it is tough. And the shuttle hurdles? Totally cool.

Devon Allen shuttle hurdles - Roger Sedres.JPGDevon Allen, winning Shuttle hurdles, photo by Roger Sedres/IAAF

Version 3.jpgTime to race, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Saturday is all about the racing. Warm up well, and challenge yourself. Good luck. It is your day today!

Saturday, May 11, 2019-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown

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PORTLAND (USA): Shalane Flanagan will undergo knee surgery. She wrote on Instagram: "After months of tedious rehabilitation for my knees we have come to the conclusion that surgery is the next step. I'm bummed that I couldn't heal them with less invasive treatment but excited to work my tail off way towards pain free walking and running again!"

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After months of tedious rehabilitation for my knees we have come to the conclusion that surgery is the next step. I'm bummed that I couldn't heal them with less invasive treatment but excited to work my tail off way towards pain free walking and running again! So today I'm off to Colorado with the support of my husband and family to get this healing party started!! ❤️💪🏼❤️💪🏼 If there is anything I know for sure, a setback is only a setup for a comeback. Never take your health for granted. Please send positive healing vibes my way! 💋💋

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The 2019 NYRR Millrose Games was an amazing event. On February 9, Ajee'Wilson and Donavan Brazier rewrote the American records for 800 meters. The standing room only crowd was entertained through the entire event, with Ryan Crouser throwing 22.33m, the WL. In the grand traditions of the Millrose Games, the women's mile was won by Konstanza Klausterhalfen, two weeks after her 15:15 win for 5000m at the NB Indoor GP. Klausterhalfen ran 4:19.98, with Colleen Quigley, last year's winner in second in a PB of 4:22.86.

temp.jpegYomif Kejelcha, photo by Jeff Benjamin

In the men's mile, Yomif Kejelcha ran 3:48.46 for the mile, just .01 off Hicham El Guerrouj's WR. Yomif will attempt the WR again on March 3, 2019 at Boston U.

IMG_6788.jpegKonstanza Klausterhalfen, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Also, please continue to support Kemoy Campbell. Kemoy, a Jamaican Olympian and member of the Reebok Boston TC. Kemoy collapsed after running 1000m of the 3000 meters. Thanks to the fast actions of medical professionals at the track (including Robby Andrews' sister, an RN), Kemoy was resuciatated. After 14 days, Kemoy left the hospital and has a defibrilator. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to assist Kemoy in his medical expenses.

Quigley_Colleen1b-USAi19.JPGColleen Quigley holding off Shelby Houlihan, Toyota USATF Indoor Mile, photo by

In championship races, times are of little value. All that matters is the gold, silver and bronze. We, as track fans, get excited about finishes and that last lap, or straight.

Last Saturday night, Colleen Quigley, a steeplechaser, won the USATF indoor mile, over the kicker supreme, Shelby Houlihan. Colleen's exclamation at the finish was obvious and honest! It was big win for the promising middle distance runner.

Quigley_ColleenFH-USAi19.JPGColleen Quigley takes the Toyota USATF indoor champs mile, photo by

Here is how @runblogrun saw it.

Kendricks_Sam1c-PreC18.jpgSam Kendricks, 5.92m WL, photo by
Lisek_Piotr-Pre18.jpgPiotr Lisek, 5.92m WL, photo by
Lisek and Kendricks 593 WL
CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRA, Feb 24): Piotr Lisek and Sam Kendricks both cleared a world-leading height of 5.93m at the All-Star Perche with Lisek defeating the world outdoor champion on countback. Australia's Kurtis Marshall improved to 5.87m to finish third. In another excellent competition in Clermont-Ferrand, three more vaulters cleared 5.80m: Poland's Pawel Wojciechowski, Brazil's Thiago Braz and Italy's Claudio-Michel Stecchi (PB). For Stecchi, he was only two centimetres adrift of Giuseppe Gibilisco's long-standing Italian indoor record. In the women's competition, Anzhelika Sidorova defeated Angelica Bengtsson on countback at 4.81m, an outright Swedish record for the latter. Ninon Guillon-Romarin cleared a French indoor record of 4.73m to finish joint third with Canada's Alysha Newman whose clearance also represented a national indoor record. There was another national indoor record for Belarus in fifth for Iryna Zhuk who cleared 4.65m.
Bengtsson_Angelica1-Stockholm17.jpgAngelica Bengstsson, 4.81m NR, photo by
Sidorova_Anzhelika-Worlds18.jpgAnzelhika Siderova, 4.81m, photo by PhotoRun.nnet

Erik Sowinski has made the last 11 outdoor USATF finals in the 800 meters. Erik Sowinski has also made 13 indoor USATF championship finals as well! This past indoor season, @runblogrun watched Sowinski all over Europe. Erik ran 1:16.75 on Jan. 26 at Dr. Norb Sander Invite. On Feb. 2, in Karlsruhe, Sowinski took 2nd in 1:46.69 SB. At Torun, on Feb. 6, won the 800m in 1:47.49. Sowinski flew back to US, took 5th in Millrose in 1:46.61. On Feb. 13, at Athlon, Erik took 2nd in 1:47.64. At Muller (Feb. 16), Erik Sowinski took 4th in 1:48.29.

Erik Sowinski answered 9 questions from Jeff Benjamin, prior to his racing at Ocean Breeze AC this weekend!

Sowinski_ErikFHH1-Sander18.jpgErik Sowinski, photo by

Craig Engels is a member of the Nike Oregon Project, coached by Peter Julian and Alberto Salazar. On Jan. 12, Craig won the UW Preview 3000m in a big PB of 7:50.79. Craig won the 1000m at the Dr. Norb Sander Invite, in 2:18.98 on Jan. 26. On Feb. 9, at the NYRR Millrose, Craig took fifth in the Millrose miler in 3:54.18.

Thanks to Craig for answering 9 questions from Jeff Benjamin.

Engels_Craig-Sander18.jpgCraig Engels, photo by

Heather Kampf, one of the US finest milers, and USATF road mile champ, answered 9 questions from Jeff Benjamin, prior to visiting the 2019 Toyota USATF Indoor Champs on Staten Island this weekend.

Kampf_Heather-Falmouth17.jpgHeather Kampf, photo by

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