Time to dust off an old shtick and restart the Superfan Daily.
Lots of little odds and ends are coming together for indoor track season.
The college season kicks off today with the Navy Lidlifter. The USTFCCCA has the weekend’s listings, universally low-key affairs. If you see indoor track as spring training, then this weekend is the day that pitchers and catchers report. It’s not training camp, it’s mini-camp. But it has started.
Virginia will start its season this weekend without at head coach. Recall that Jason Vigilante abruptly resigned two weeks ago. He is one of the most successful young coaches out there, and UVa is sinking big money into a brand-new track stadium, and it looks very strange. In terms of speculation as to why he called it quits, this is just more fuel on the fire.
In terms of the domestic pro indoor schedule, we have two big announcements.
Veronica Campbell-Brown (Image: IAAF.org)
Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown will both run at the new U.S. Open meet at Madison Square Garden on January 28. Those are basically the two biggest non-American names competing on the indoor circuit. Whether they’ll draw much of the Big Apple’s Jamaican diaspora remains to be seen. It does look like meet management is trying.
The Millrose Games, the meet that moved from MSG to the Armory, has released its schedule. The breakdown: 42 events in two main sessions, with six club events, four college events, twelve high school events, two walks, five youth events, and eleven pro events.
In Europe, the two-meet Moravia High Jump Tour has signed Ivan Ukhov and Chante Howard Lowe.
Runner’s World’s Daily News has all the headlines.
Track and Field News ranks the college recruiting classes, and the leaders are Texas (men) and Stanford (women).
The new Pac-12 TV deal will pump money into the conference’s smaller programs, which in turn helps track and field.
ESPN interviews Usain Bolt (with video).
Friend of the blog Martin Bingisser introduces us to Hungarian hammer training.
The TrackFocus Matt Centrowitz Career Decision Flowchart:
This week’s House of Run podcast is up.
This week’s Flotrack Run Junkie is out.
As is this week’s RunnerSpace Live.