USC Wins National Championship On Wild 4x400 Comeback As Announcers Declare Them Dead

Coming into the 4x400 meter relay at tonight’s NCAA track and field championships, the USC women had to win to clinch a national title; otherwise, Georgia would win and pull off a rare sweep of the men’s and women’s titles. When USC mangled the handoff on the final exchange (about 2:48 into the video below), it looked…

Officials Ruin Steeplechase Competition By Setting A Barrier Six Inches Too High

Wild shit happens in the steeplechase. Emma Coburn won last year’s world championship in part because one of the favorites ran around the first water jump instead of over it; a runner at the 2009 U.S. women’s championship broke her foot after one barrier was accidentally set at the men’s height; in a college race last…

A Double Amputee Coming Off A Cocaine Suspension Is Suddenly One Of The Best Sprinters In America

Blake Leeper is a double amputee, self-described alcoholic, and coming off a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine that ended last year. He also may be one of the best 400-meter runners in the United States—and by extension, the world—after dominating the field with a PR of 44.42 seconds in Prague…

The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya

Track and field’s international governing body announced this morning that women who compete internationally in events from 400 meters to the mile will have to maintain natural testosterone levels below a certain limit in order to be eligible to compete. (Those with more testosterone will be required to take hormonal…

100-Year-Old Superhuman Orville Rogers Sets New World Record In Race Of Scootin' Grandpas [CORRECTED]

Look at this hightailin’ geezer! CORRECTION: While Orville is, in fact, a hightailin’ geezer, and certainly the man in green is also a hightailin’ geezer—perhaps the hightailin’-est geezer in the history of geezers—it turns out Orville is in white, in lane 2. It’s an impressive run, and he did indeed set a new world…

Entire Claremont Colleges Track Team Suspended After Accusation Of Assault During Nude Heist Caper

According to a report from The Student Life, the Claremont Colleges’ student newspaper, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s track teams have been suspended pending a university investigation into a nude theft attempt that went sideways. A police report from last weekend indicates that six students were…