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KEEPING TRACK

Written by Rod O'Donnell on 27 November 2017.

The 2017 cross-country season is behind us, and distance runners are preparing for the upcoming track season. If one point could be made to summarize the two sports, it would be that times are getting much faster. There are a variety of reasons for this.

In the fall, many courses are much faster with the challenge of hills now a thing of the past. For example, Scioto Downs, site of the state championship meet from 1985 until 2011, has been replaced by the much less-challenging site at National Trail Raceway. Course accuracy, surfaces, conditions, number of turns, and how sectors are run also affect the times; however, regardless of venue, more athletes are running faster.

It is even more evident in the spring, where facility conditions are uniform. This fact is clear when averaging the top eight times for the 1600 from 2010-2017 in the Boys’ Division I State Championship. The improvement is significant: 2010-4:16; 2011-4:14; 2012-4:17; 2013- 4:11; 2014- 4:12; 2015-4:14; 2016- 4:12; 2017-4:10.

Times in the 3200 also show significant improvement: 2010-9:19; 2011-9:27; 2012-9:13; 2013-9:10; 2014-9:09; 2015-9:11; 2016-9:04; 2017-9:11. In the latter event, factors to be considered are the number of runners doubling and the weather conditions, but the trend of the two events is similar.

So, what ARE the factors that are causing the improvement? There are many, but two stand out as major contributors:

1)    The availability of indoor facilities that provide athletes with a place to practice and compete throughout the winter. In Ohio, there are 20 indoor tracks. This availability has led to more interest and support for the outstanding state championship that is sponsored by the OATCCC. The 2018 meet will be held at SPIRE on March 3.

2)    The amount and quality of training information that is available to coaches. Among the many contributors, five men stand out as having been instrumental in passing along valuable knowledge:

 

**Jack Daniels – Daniels’ Running Formula

**Steve Magnes – The Science of Running

**Greg McMillan – McMillanRunning.com

**Frank Horwell – Serpentine Running Club and founder of the British        Milers’ Club

**Joe Vigil – Run to the Top

 

There are many other outstanding individuals who have played a role in the improvement of distance running, but many coaches have studied, combined, and applied ideas from these men.

 

In conclusion, there are many factors that are affecting the improvement of times, but, undoubtedly, the knowledge that coaches have obtained, along with the availability of training facilities, are very important contributors to the exciting trend of high school athletes running faster.

 

Yours in track,

Rod O’Donnell

 

Read more of Coach O'Donnell's articles on  www.runohio.com

Keeping Track -  CROSS COUNTRY - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1405-keeping-track-cross-country

Keeping Track - Number 7 - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1377-keeping-track

Attending a Running Camp - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1330-keeping-track

Can we do anything else to alienate sports fans -   http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1310-keeping-track

Keeping Track - National Governing Body for High School Sports (NFHS)  -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1281-keeping-track- 

 Keeping Track - Cross Country -  

http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1248-keeping-track-cross-country

Keeping Track - Frank Shorter - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1219-keeping-track-frank-shorter

KEEPING TRACK, Two Iconic Coaches- http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1181-keeping-track-two-iconic-coaches

KEEPING TRACK -  Caldwell Story -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1114-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Furman Elite Training Group -

http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1089-keeping-track-furman-elite-training-group

Keeping Track - 2 Divisions for 120 Lacrosse teams? http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1064-keeping-track

Boy's Division II and Division III -http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1029-keeping-track

Boy's Division I - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/999-keeping-track?utm_source=News+from+RUNOHIO+-+August+2015&;utm_campaign=july+2015+news&utm_medium=email

 KEEPING TRACK - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/926-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Football and Track Athletes -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/893-keeping-track-football-and-track-athletes

 The Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross-Country Championships - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/872-keeping-track

Cross Country - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/839-keeping-track

 Track Faces Challenges that could have adverse effects thus causing severe damage -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/823-keeping-track

Marketing Track & Field - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/774-keeping-track

Student Athlete’s Questions - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/750-keeping-track-student-athletes-questions

The Need to Speak Up - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/714-keeping-track-

A new book by John McDonnell - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/701-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - From September-October 2013 print RUNOHIO - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/659-keeping-track-from-september-october-print-runohio

Random Thoughts - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/536-keeping-track

Another Division I institution has dropped its men’s track program - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/498-keeping-track

 Ohio University Athletic Department's Worst Decision - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/497-keeping-track-ohio-university-athletic-departments-worst-decision

Life Lessons from Cross Country - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/140-life-lessons-from-cross-country

Ten Pledges for Cross Country Coaches - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/108-ten-pledges-for-cross-country-coaches

London Olympics - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/419-keeping-track

 Improving as a Coach – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/322-keeping-track-1

You Only Go Around Once - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/3-keeping-track

Dear Jesse Owens – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/215-keeping-track

West Virginia State Cross Country Championship –  http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/472-keeping-track

SPIRE Institute - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/160-keeping-track

Why is the OHSAA Treating Cross Country Different than All of the Other Sponsored Sports?  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/838-why-is-the-ohsaa-treating-cross-country-different-than-all-of-the-other-sponsored-sports

 www.rnohio.com

 

The 2017 cross-country season is behind us, and distance runners are preparing for the upcoming track season. If one point could be made to summarize the two sports, it would be that times are getting much faster. There are a variety of reasons for this.

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Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships

on 26 November 2017.

With nearly perfect November cross country weather the 89th Boys and 40th Girls Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships greeted 584 boys from 176 schools and 576 girls from 167 schools.  Nearly 13,000 fans enjoyed the weather, the six races and perhaps the country’s best High School State Cross Country Championships.

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Image Gallery: 2017 2017 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships

on 06 November 2017.

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Burrell, Clay and Remigino highlight USATF National Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Written by USATF on 06 November 2017.

Olympic gold medalists, a legend coach and World and American record holders comprise the illustrious USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017, which will be inducted during the USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala in New York City on November 2.

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Image Gallery: 2017 Circleville Classic 5 Miler in Memory of Jeff McGowan

on 23 October 2017.

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Image Gallery: 2017 Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon

on 16 October 2017.

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KEEPING TRACK: CROSS COUNTRY

Written by Rod O'Donnell on 12 October 2017.

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As temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change, thousands of high school athletes are participating in the great sport of cross-country. Many have worked very hard, running hundreds of miles, preparing for the season. Goals will vary among these runners and their teams. For the elite runners, qualifying to the State Meet will be their mission. In order to accomplish this, a total team concept is absolutely necessary. This includes everyone from the slowest to the fastest. If the 30th runner pushes #29, and the pattern continues, soon #2 will help make #1 stronger, thus making the team better.

The following examples illustrate how important this team concept is: In 1985, Eric Nelson and future Olympian Bob Kennedy placed first and second in the State Meet; unfortunately, their Westerville North teammates did not run well in the Regional, and they did not qualify as a team. In 1988, Caldwell High School won one of their nine state championships when their #6 runner finished one place higher than the second place team’s #6 runner, after scoring the meet as a tie through their first five placers. Hudson’s 2001 State Championship almost did not occur when their #4 man got caught up in the excitement and passed the 800 meter mark with his teammate, Foot Locker Runner-up, Wesley Smith. When asked how he persevered to make the contribution necessary for his team to win, his reply was simple, “I couldn’t let my teammates down.” There are countless stories similar to these throughout the history of the State Championship Meet, and they all have one thing in common: The team concept was a key to the success of those that stood at the top of the podium.

To the teams that are fortunate to qualify for the meet held on the first Saturday in November, at National Trail: Good luck, and remember that it is an honor to compete. To those who reach the pinnacle of any high school sport – a State Championship, 1)Focus on the moment, not the post season meets, regardless of your national ranking; 2) Appreciate this most memorable day; 3)Enjoy the journey getting there; 4) Understand that victory on this day will change your life forever in a very positive way.

I wrote the follow for my team after they won in 2001. As the years pass by these words are becoming more true:

The next day, we said, “Time just went too fast yesterday. I wish it could have lasted forever.”

After one week, we said, “What a week it has been!”

After one year, we said, “Can you believe it has been a year since we won it?!”

After ten years, we said, “Remember those work-outs, when we ran through two feet of snow in March, practiced when it was 120 degrees in May, and carried 100 lb backpacks up that hill?”

After 25 years, we said, “Yes, kids, we were the champions. Your grandparents were so proud of the team and their son that beautiful sunny day.”

And after 50 years, we will say, “I miss those who aren’t here, but we are better people because of what we did on that day.”

Absorb every second of the experience, it goes by so quickly, and it is so very special.

Yours in track,

Rod O’Donnell

Read more of Coach O'Donnell's articles on  www.runohio.com

Keeping Track - Number 7 - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1377-keeping-track

Attending a Running Camp - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1330-keeping-track

Can we do anything else to alienate sports fans -   http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1310-keeping-track

Keeping Track - National Governing Body for High School Sports (NFHS)  -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1281-keeping-track- 

 Keeping Track - Cross Country -  

http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1248-keeping-track-cross-country

Keeping Track - Frank Shorter - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1219-keeping-track-frank-shorter

KEEPING TRACK, Two Iconic Coaches- http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1181-keeping-track-two-iconic-coaches

KEEPING TRACK -  Caldwell Story -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1114-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Furman Elite Training Group -

http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1089-keeping-track-furman-elite-training-group

Keeping Track - 2 Divisions for 120 Lacrosse teams? http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1064-keeping-track

Boy's Division II and Division III -http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1029-keeping-track

Boy's Division I - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/999-keeping-track?utm_source=News+from+RUNOHIO+-+August+2015&;utm_campaign=july+2015+news&utm_medium=email

 KEEPING TRACK - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/926-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Football and Track Athletes -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/893-keeping-track-football-and-track-athletes

 The Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross-Country Championships - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/872-keeping-track

Cross Country - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/839-keeping-track

 Track Faces Challenges that could have adverse effects thus causing severe damage -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/823-keeping-track

Marketing Track & Field - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/774-keeping-track

Student Athlete’s Questions - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/750-keeping-track-student-athletes-questions

The Need to Speak Up - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/714-keeping-track-

A new book by John McDonnell - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/701-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - From September-October 2013 print RUNOHIO - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/659-keeping-track-from-september-october-print-runohio

Random Thoughts - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/536-keeping-track

Another Division I institution has dropped its men’s track program - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/498-keeping-track

 Ohio University Athletic Department's Worst Decision - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/497-keeping-track-ohio-university-athletic-departments-worst-decision

Life Lessons from Cross Country - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/140-life-lessons-from-cross-country

Ten Pledges for Cross Country Coaches - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/108-ten-pledges-for-cross-country-coaches

London Olympics - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/419-keeping-track

 Improving as a Coach – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/322-keeping-track-1

You Only Go Around Once - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/3-keeping-track

Dear Jesse Owens – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/215-keeping-track

West Virginia State Cross Country Championship –  http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/472-keeping-track

SPIRE Institute - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/160-keeping-track

Why is the OHSAA Treating Cross Country Different than All of the Other Sponsored Sports?  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/838-why-is-the-ohsaa-treating-cross-country-different-than-all-of-the-other-sponsored-sports

 www.runohio.com

 

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Life Lessons from Cross-Country

Written by Rod O'Donnell on 10 October 2017.

If you are reading RUNOHIO, you are most likely someone who is interested in running, but you may not understand that cross-country is a great sport. It doesn’t always get the attention that it truly deserves, and, at times, those who are passionate about it don’t communicate how special this sport really is.

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Image Gallery: 2017 All Ohio Cross Country

on 02 October 2017.

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It’s the Process

Written by Richard Ferguson, Ph.D. on 27 September 2017.


When you go to a race the event becomes a means by which to produce some type of product, i.e. performance, from a great deal of process, i.e. training. Since racing may represent some product, many runners experience internal pressure to make the product come out really well, i.e. run fast, set a PR etc. However, self-awareness of this pressure to perform and produce a really good product may actually serve to reduce the quality of the product.

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The Athlete’s Kitchen - Why Am I Not Getting Leaner…?

Written by Nancy Clark, MS, RDN, CSSD on 27 September 2017.

Nancy“I religiously track my food and exercise. I’m eating 1,300 calories (the number my tracker told me to eat if I want to lose 2 pounds a week). I’ve been following a strict diet and the scale hasn’t budged. My friends tell me I am eating too little. I think I must be eating too much because I am not losing weight. I feel so confused… What am I doing wrong?”

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