The diversity of track and field impresses me, and the last 10 days did nothing but confirm those feelings. The Olympic Trials are about 6 weeks away and athletes from all over the country are finalizing their plans, from their workouts to competition schedules. This week SVSP was dispersed across the globe, caring for athletes competing in Diamond League events from Doha to Shanghai to Rabat to Morocco. Domestically we traveled westward, hitting Portland, Tucson and Austin. Our personal journey started with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, where we checked the health and status of the distance runners.
Next up was the Elite Throws Event hosted by the University of Arizona. This year we witnessed some great throws, including an American record when Gwen Berry threw the hammer 76.31 meters. This was followed by an 18.99 meter shot put by Jill Williams, putting her at 5th in the world. All this after recently having a child! Georeanne Moline ran the worlds fasted time to date in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 53.97 seconds, followed closely by Dilaliah Muhammad at 54.64 seconds. Cyrus Hostetler shined by throwing the javelin over 83 meters. Distance runner Bernard Lagat showed off his fitness during a workout on the track. He won the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Classic just two weeks ago, and has a legitimate chance to make the USA team at that distance.
The trip ended in the heart of Texas with Daryl Woodson and his team of sprinters. Some of these athletes were in Shanghai just a week before, so we picked up where they left off in treatment. We placed a focus on mechanics for starts and high speed in preparation for the Prefontaine Classic this weekend.
Days like these reminds us of the great athletes we care for and the great environment we are blessed to work in. When you have time please seek out these athletes on social media and show them your support and support for the USA Track and Field team as they prepare for the Trials and the Olympic games.
From Portland: Andy Bayer | Evan Jager | Chris Derrick | Emily Infeld | Shalane Flanagan | Amy Cragg | Lopez Lomong | Dan Huling | Shelby Houlihan | Andy Bumbalough | Elliot Heath | Ryan Hill | German Fernandez