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(Posted July 12, 2020)
Fans of high school track & field records and stats will enjoy this interview:

DyeStat editor Doug Binder interviews track historian and records-keeper Jack Pfeifer -

(Posted July 7, 2020)
A good article on former Charlotte Providence Day/University of Southern Cal star Anna Cockrell:

USC's Anna Cockrell finds her voice outside the facade of perfection -

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No mention of cross country (or track & field) but football coaches and A.D.s tossed around some interesting ideas at a meeting in Asheville yesterday:

High school football in the spring? -

..And a related story:

Spring sports in the fall? 'I don't care as long as my kids get to play.' -

Earlier story (7/2):

Football pays the bills for many other sports -

(Posted July 2, 2020)
Former Burlington Cummings HS/South Carolina star Isaiah Moore and Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC/Indiana) are two of 39 recipients of $5,000 development grants from the USATF Foundation.

USA Track & Field Foundation awards Elite Athlete Development Grants to 39 Athletes -

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Today I learned that former North Forsyth HS coach Scott Brent passed away June 23rd at age 80:

Obituary: North Forsyth Coach Scott Brent -

'He led by example': Scott Brent was a father figure to some and a mentor to many in the Forsyth County running community (6/24) -

(Posted July 1, 2020)
Former Hickory HS/NC State star Ryan Hill appears to be back in excellent shape. Hill ran a 13:15.28 for 4th place in the 5000m Tuesday night at the Bowerman Track Club meet in Portland, Oregon.

Fast Times At Special Nike Bowerman Track Club Meet Last Night - DyeStat | Meet Results -

More on Ryan Hill

(Posted Jun. 19, 2020)
The latest on former Morganton Freedom HS student-athlete Robert Johnson:

Coach Johnson isn't sure when he'll move into his office at Hayward Field (6/18) -

Johnson placed 2nd (47-8.25) in the Triple Jump at the 1991 NCHSAA 4-A Outdoor Championships. At Appalachian State he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1996, and was a two-time triple jump All-American (1995, '96), NCAA high jump qualifier (1996) and school high jump record holder (7-1 3/4). Johnson later served as an assistant coach there for 6 years (1997-2003), coached 28 individual Southern Conference champions and 14 NCAA qualifiers before moving on as an assistant coach at UCLA for two years. He served as an assistant and associate head coach at the University of Oregon from 2005 to 2012, and in the summer of 2012 was elevated to head coach of the Oregon track & field and cross country programs.

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Update (Jun. 30, 2020): posted an article with a nice photo of Johnson in front of the Bill Bowerman statue in Hayward Field, and a letter to track & field fans.

Letter from University of Oregon Coach Robert Johnson

Hayward Field Renovation - University of Oregon website

(Posted Jun. 10, 2020)
A good article on pacer-light technology:

How Wavelight technology has opened up new possibilities in athletics -

(Posted Jun. 5, 2020)
I found time today to re-watch and enjoy a 5-part video documentary that was released the week after the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials (February 29th in Atlanta) on ZAP Endurance - a team of post-collegiate runners living and training together in the North Carolina Mountains.

ZAP Endurance (formally known as ZAP Fitness) has been located since 2001 near Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Moses Cone Park.

Appearing in this documentary ("Chasing Tokyo") is one former NC high school runner, Tristin Van Ord, who ran at Chapel Hill HS and Appalachian State University.

Circling Back to the Mountains by Tristin Van Ord, 11-25-19.

App State Alum Tristin Van Ord Competes at U.S. Olympic Trials (3/3) -

(Posted Mar. 30, 2020)
NOT an NC-related story, but an interesting interview with a California high school/college great miler from the 70s & 80s:

Catching up with...Steve Scott, Master of the Sub-4 Mile - MileSplit

(Posted Mar. 27, 2020)
Former Appalachian State University coach Ben Thomas has been named the USTFCCCA National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year:

Thomas Named Nation's Top Assistant Coach -

2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Awards (scroll down) -

Thomas Named USTFCCCA National Finalist -

More on Ben Thomas -

(Posted Feb. 21, 2020)
Another story where former Pfafftown Reagan HS star Craig Engels appears:

Catching up quick with Nike coach Pete Julian -

(Posted Feb. 20, 2020)
Former Pfafftown Reagan HS star Craig Engels appears in this story:

Bringing Olympic-Level Runners To Life in "Tracklandia" -

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This story doesn't pertain to NC high school sports in any way, but is a good story on a 45-year old who may have a chance at making the 2020 US Olympic Team:

Lagat Eyes Record Sixth Olympic Team - DyeStat

(Posted Feb. 13, 2020)
An update on St. Augustine's University's Track & Field coach George Williams:

Legendary St. Aug's Athletic Director, Track & Field coach recalls near-death crash in Qatar -

Photo & More   Profile -

(Posted Feb. 4, 2020)
Here's an announcement for serious, hard-working, aspiring high school cross country runners and their coaches, that they may want to look into.

ZAP Fitness (located since 2001 near Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Moses Cone Park) will offer their first-ever summer cross country camp -- NOT a team camp, but limited to 24 high school student-athletes.

Having run XC/Track for AppState in the early 70s, working summer jobs in Blowing Rock, and running hundreds of higher-elevation miles on Moses Cone trails, the Parkway, etc., this looks like a great chance to escape the July heat/humidity and to learn from experienced pro runners and coaches.

ZAP Endurance High School Cross Country Camp

(Posted Jan. 29, 2020)
The latest on former Reagan HS runner Craig Engels:

Craig Engels Is Off And Running In 2020 As Only He Can -

(Posted Jan. 28, 2020)
Jason Dowdy is among six to be inducted into the Union Pines HS Athletic Hall of Fame Friday. Dowdy still holds the school record in the Pole Vault (13-0).

Fomer Track & Field Coach M.D. Guthrie will also be inducted. He coached Union Pines girls' track & field teams to five consecutive conference championships.

Union Pines Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 -

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Here's a good article on UNC's Head Coach Chris Miltenberg, written by Pat James of

In It For The Long Haul

(Posted Jan. 27, 2020)
South View HS grad Philip Hall, now a redshirt senior at NC State, set a new school record (2:25.08) in the 1000m last Friday at the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech.

School Record Falls On 1st Day at Hokie Invitational -

Results: Men | Women -

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Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) benefitted from Albequerque, New Mexico's elevation to record the fastest 60mH time in the world this year -- 7.81

Story -

(Posted Jan. 26, 2020)
William Cooper, a 1981 graduate of East Forsyth HS is one of eight new members that were inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

East Forsyth to induct eight former standouts to its athletics hall of fame -

(Posted Jan. 20, 2020)
Charlotte Olympic HS grad Khayla Dawson, now an Indiana University senior, became the women's national college leader in the shot put last weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee. Her mark was 57-3.75.

Current NCAA Div. I Leaders: Women's Shot Put -

Vanderbilt Inv. Report -

Khayla Dawson Big Ten Track & Field Athlete of Week -

(Posted Jan. 17, 2020)
High School Today celebrates 100 issues. The January issue is out and marks a significant milestone for the publication that started in 2007.

High School Today -

(Posted Jan. 16, 2020)
Northwest Guilford HS grad Scott Houston is scheduled to compete Friday at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada.

While in high school (2008) Houston cleared 16-10 indoors ... which is still NC's all-time best indoors or out.

World Outdoor finalists scheduled to open indoor seasons participating in elite competition Friday at annual event in Reno - DyeStat

Coverage Page - DyeStat

Meet Info | Articles - MileSplit

(Posted Jan. 14, 2020)
Track & Field News has named "The Decade's Top 10 High School Boys" and there is one from North Carolina on the list.

(Hint: A sprinter from Cherryville who set a National HS Record of 10.00, and also ran HS times of 20.03w and 20.04w.)

The Decade's Top 10 High School Boys (may require a paid subscription)

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Something that may be of interest to coaches, parents and athletes:

Running Issues With Elizabeth Carey -

Follow-up articles:
Why It's Not OK To Miss a Period (1/27)
RED-S ... Be On The Lookout For Signs And Risks (2/10)
Seven Nutrition Tips For Athletes (2/24)
How To Take Care Of Yourself When Track Is Canceled And Other Global Crises Strike (3/22)

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