Friday’s News Dump

Lots of news to get covered here as we head into the weekend.

First, let’s look at the Fifth Avenue Mile, which takes place Saturday along the East side of Central Park between 80th and 60th Streets (it runs south). The elite races start at 12:45 pm and three of the 28 elite professional runners are Heps grads — Brown’s Anna Pierce, Princeton’s Donn Cabral and Columbia’s Liam Boylan-Pett.

A lot of our readers live in New York City. In fact, 11 percent of our visitor track comes from the five boroughs. So get out there and cheer on our own to beat the likes of Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Matthew Centrowitz, Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury. Make a Heps sign and act a fool for the cameras.

Next. Penn has a new sprint and hurdle coach in Porscha Dobson. A native of North Jersey, she ran at the University of North Carolina in the early 2000s and has been serving as the head coach at Montclair State. Says Penn Coach Steve Dolan, “She made great strides with the program at Montclair State, has great technical knowledge, excellent organization, and her athletes really respond to her leadership.” Here’s the full release.

Next. By the way, Dolan got a lot of love from American Track & Field recently. “I’m a college coach and I love it. I see myself coaching at Penn and in the Ivy League for a long time.”

Next. When I heard that former Princetonian Mark Amirault was again on the Virginia roster, my reaction was to tweet him and see if it was true. And it was. Now the folks at UVa. have profiled him and his unusual sixth year of competition. He even admits in the story, “I’m not a college kid anymore.” Click here for the story.

Next. Max King from Cornell. Don’t know how he does this. Saturday he is running the 50k Trail National Championships in Bend, Ore., then he’s off to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championships in Ogden, Utah — the next day! Then the 100k Ultra Race of Champions in Charlottesville, Va., the following weekend and the Stumpjump 50k in Chattanooga, Tenn., the weekend after that. Mary Boggs tells me that trails are kinder on the knees and feet than pavement, which I suppose helps when you are 50 miles into your race. Go get some inspiration from Max.

Lastly. From the moment Craig Kinsley sent me a video of he and his teammates making a smoothie out of a grilled chicken dinner, I knew I liked him. He’s proudly on the other side of normal, which is evidenced by his planking at Olympic Stadium (which drew people from more than 30 countries to our Heps Nation home this week). Any way, Craig recently told the Brown Daily Herald that he was training for the 2013 World Championships and he is “planning on being in the running for a spot on the team for Rio.” Click here for that interview.

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