As we await USATF’s announce of the roster for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, we have a bunch of stuff to report. Here we go:
• The New Balance Falmouth Road Race has announced its field for the men’s elite mile and 11 of the 12 runners have recorded a sub-four, including former Heps champion Liam Boylan-Pett, who ran for Columbia and then did a graduate stint at Georgetown.
• Lindsey Scherf, whose 2005 Outdoor Heps’ time in the 5,000-meter run remains the American Junior record, has been named the cross country coach at Sarah Lawrence College. Scherf, who ran at Harvard and then Oregon, grew up just minutes from the College.
• We had written about Sam Fox (pictured above) back in May as he prepares for a remarkable journey for the benefit of Parkinson’s research. He will begin his run in two weeks and you can get involved at his website Run While You Can. Fox says that he was inspired by watching a documentary on Terry Fox (no relation). Yet another Fox connection? Michael J. Fox (no relation) is a leading figure in the fight against Parkinson’s.
• Heps Cross Country will not be at Van Cortlandt Park this year and one eagle-eyed observer shared a story from the New York Daily News that gives some insight on the state of the City’s parks initiatives. Damn Yankees! Damn Mets!
• Cornell senior Dan Thomas took fifth recently in the 400-meter dash at the Mexican National Championships in Mexico City, posting his top times ever. He won his heat in the prelims, clocking 47.94 and then ran 48.02 in the final.
• Princeton All-American Ashley Higginson is training for the 2012 Olympic Trials. She has taken a coaching position with the Orange and Black and joined Frank Gagliano’s New Jersey-New York Track Club, which trains in New Brunswick, N.J. She will be training with another Ivy steeplechaser, whose latest Puma video is out: