Good morning, and what can I tell ya?
The European Cross Country Championships were run on Sunday in the Slovenian city of Velenje.
The big winners were the Brits, who won all three women’s team titles (U20, U23 and senior) plus three more golds and a total of 12 medals. Other senior winners were Fionnuala Britton (Ireland) and Atelaw Bekele (Belgium), and France’s men.
EAA coverage / Athletics Weekly coverage / IAAF recap
The USATF Club Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday at Seattle’s Jefferson Park Golf Course. Individual winners were Brie Felnagle (unattached) and Jonathan Gray (Team USA Minnesota).
Paul Merca’s recap / Flotrack coverage
Men’s race video
Women’s race video
I know I said I wouldn’t do much with the Foot Locker high school cross country championships, but the finish of the boys’ race was one for the ages.
Paula Radcliffe showed up at a relatively low-key 10k in Monaco and broke the course record by over a minute.
The Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon was held on Sunday in the Florida city. Winners were Shalane Flanagan (OTC Elite/Portland) in 1:08:58 and Simon Bairu (OTC Elite/Portland) in 1:05:38; the top three spots for both men & women were from the same training group.
Results and recap
Track and Field
Early indoor track news…
Holly Bleasdale unexpectedly broke the British pole vault record with 4.71 meters.
Friend of the blog Erik Kynard high-jumped 2.31 meters on Saturday at a Kansas State all-comers meet. It’s an Olympic ‘A’ standard and ties for the fourth-best in world history in the month of December.
Northern Arizona’s Diego Estrada got an NCAA Indoor Championships automatic qualifier on Friday at Indiana’s Hoosier Open with his 13:39.54 run over 5000 meters.
That’s the news, and I am outta here!