Week in Review: May 17-23
Emma Coburn wins Steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League meet
Many are calling the victory surprising and unexpected as an American has never won the steeplechase event at a Diamond League event. Running Warehouse is calling it electric! Emma Coburn showcased her talent on the world stage by posting a scorching 9:19.80 in the steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League meet this week. Her performance places her second in the all-time American record book, behind her training partner and fellow New Balance athlete Jenny Simpson (9:12.50). She finished nearly 6 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Sofia Assefo of Ethiopia. How did she do it? She got off the line quick to avoid getting stuck in the pack and then focused on the coaching plan set to hit the 200 and 400 split times discussed in practice. What’s next for Coburn? Hear what she has to say about her future in this interview with LetsRun.com.
Sarah Baxter Undefeated in 3200m Event for Entire High School Career
California phenom, Sarah Baxter from Simi Valley ended her impressive high school career by competing in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Prelims meet and winning the 3200-meter run in a time of 10:30.78. Baxter remains undefeated in the 3200m, a feat that is as impressive as it sounds. Her prowess also transfers over into cross country, although she has one defeat to her name at the Nike Cross Nationals this past December. She has four previous state championships and two individual national titles to boot. Running Warehouse says congratulations Sarah on an impressive high school career and we are excited to follow you into NCAA competition and beyond. Don’t forget your California roots when you start at University of Oregon in the fall!
104-Year-Old Man Is Oldest Person Ever to Compete In Europe
Stanislaw Kowalski set a record at the Youth Olympics in Wroclaw, Poland this week by competing in the 100-meter dash. His time: over 20 seconds. Yet, his name is etched in sprinting lore alongside icons such Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis. Bolt and Lewis are known for setting speed records, forever changing the event they love. With the exception of his grandchildren, Kowlaski’s record will probably not be remembered by quite as many people, yet his accomplishment is to be recognized none-the-less. See it for yourself and cherish every step.