Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Levi Grandt is the Athlete of the Week for June 23rd-29th. Levi, a recent graduate of Doddridge County High School, competed at the Nike Outdoor Nationals and finished 8th overall while winning his heat in 15:11.10. Mr. Grandt is off to the University of Richmond next year to continue his career with the Spiders, under Coach Steve Taylor.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Keri Bland is the Athlete of the Week for June 16th-22nd. Keri competed in the 1500m at NCAAs this weekend and finished 10th in 4:18.18. Following her All-American in Cross Country and Indoor Track, she completes a clean sweep for the year in earning All-American status in Outdoor Track as well. Also deserving mention is that her teammate Clara Grandt ran the 10000m two days before and finished 11th in 34:41.04, missing All-American by one place. (In the photo above, Keri is in the middle of the pack, next to the eventual winner and new NCAA record holder, Hannah England.)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Keri Bland is the Athlete of the Week for June 9-15th. Keri is running in the 1500m at NCAA Outdoors this weekend in lovely Des Moines, Iowa. Her SB (and PB) is 4:17.02, which ranks her as the 12th fastest qualifier at NCAAs. Hailing from North Marion High School, Keri is a West Virginia native who has improved (usually drastically) every year while at WVU. The highlight of her season, so far, was her dominating victory over the ECAC field in the video above. She makes the trip with Clara Grandt, last week's 'AotW', who is running the 10,000m. Best of luck to Clara and Keri, do the state proud.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Except for the slow motion, frolicking through the water, homoerotic hug at the end, that's some pretty hard core stuff. Of course it goes without saying that not everyone follows the same formula when it comes to getting in peak physical condition. Down in Huntington, Jason Pyles likes to follow a different regimine that looks something like this:
As you can see Jason's training has it's own, unique......flair. But I'm sure he's popular with the ladies thanks to all his Carl Lewis-like outfits.
(note: am I mistaken or is that the great Sean Cleary making a cameo appearance in the first video - at the 2:27 minute mark - getting pulled into the water)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
To put in perspective how far these two have come, in their respective senior years in high school, Ms. Bland's best 800m time was 2:18 and Ms. Grandt's top 3200m time was 11:54. Keri's 4:17 1500m is the same pace as a 2:17 800m... she just keeps running an extra 700m. Clara's 34:15 10,000m is the same pace as a 10:57 3200... she just runs 15 and a half laps further.
Best of luck to these girls later this month in Iowa.