Latest Men's track and field News

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, the elite men break from the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. The 2020 Boston Marathon, which was rescheduled to run on Sept. 14th, was canceled Thursday May 28, 2020 for the first time in its 124-year history due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

May. 28, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic. The race, which...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Bowling Green's Neil Lambert bats during the team's NCAA college baseball game against Kent Sate in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green recently announced that it is dropping baseball. Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX, which requires the equitable treatment of remaining men's and women's programs. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Title IX major factor for colleges looking at sports cuts

May. 27, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

Financially challenged schools considering cutting sports in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are making difficult decisions of who gets to keep playing and who doesn't. The choices aren't just about money when they involve women's sports. And while Title IX doesn't prevent women's sports from being...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, Britain's Mark Dry rests with a towel on his head during the men's hammer throw qualification during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dry told anti-doping authorities he had gone fishing when he was really at his parents' house. A little white lie has turned into what could be a career-ending fiasco. The 2016 Olympian is serving a four-year ban for tampering with the anti-doping process. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Gone fishing? Thrower's Olympic dreams capsized by silly fib

May. 21, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

It makes no difference whether Mark Dry was at the fishing hole or at his parents' house on the day that all but pulverized what's left of his Olympic dreams. What does matter is that Dry wasn't home that day, which is where he said he'd be. And that when authorities asked him where he really was, he told them...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Katerina Stefanidi, of Greece, competes in the women's pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters will take their turn to compete in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards since they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Stefanidi overcomes heat to win pole vault Garden Clash

May. 16, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

The strategy of reigning Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi throughout a fast-paced, race-against-the-clock pole vault competition: keep cool. Not exactly easy on a sweltering day or with a shaky hand struggling to set the bar back on the holder late in the competition. The Greek standout stayed calm and...

FLE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Katerina Stefanidi from Greece celebrates after winning the women's pole vault event during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting at Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters will take their turn to compete in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards since they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.  (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, FIle)

Next up: Women's pole vaulters take turn in Garden Clash

May. 14, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

The bar: Set high by the men's competition. Their mission: Raise it even higher. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. It's a rare track and field competition contested during the coronavirus pandemic. Individually,...

FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, Dathan Ritzenhein reacts after finishing third in the men's 10,000m finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. Distance runner Dathan Ritzenhein announced his retirement Thursday, May 7, 2020, closing a career during which he made three Olympic appearances and also was one of the first to question the methods being used by his coach, Alberto Salazar, who is serving a four-year doping suspension. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

3-time Olympic runner Dathan Ritzenhein announces retirement

May. 7, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

Distance runner Dathan Ritzenhein announced his retirement Thursday, closing a career during which he made three Olympic appearances and also was one of the first to question the methods being used by his coach, Alberto Salazar, who is serving a four-year doping suspension. In a farewell post on his social media...

A delivery worker uses the new cycle path being prepared in central Milan's Corso Venezia, Italy, in view of Monday's partial reopening of activities, with a reduced capacity of public transportation due to safety measures against coronavirus, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Italians are preparing for the so called

The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque fighting coronavirus

May. 3, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A couple of weeks ago, former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque was running five or six days a week as he trained for a marathon. Now, the former NHL enforcer’s biggest challenge is trying to breathe...

FILE - In this March 4, 2018, file photo, France's Renaud Lavillenie clears the bar in the men's pole vault final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain. The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other from their own backyards, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. Video links will connect world record holder Mondo Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie. World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Duplantis, Lavillenie split gold in backyard pole-vaulting

May. 3, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie hardly treated this like a garden-variety competition. It was for backyard bragging rights. So he raised his intensity. Lavillenie and Mondo Duplantis of Sweden shared the gold medal Sunday during a men’s pole vault competition held in their own yards. Advertised as...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Michigan emergency room nurse has hole-in-one

May. 1, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An emergency room nurse who played golf after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopened courses made a hole-in-one. “I don’t know if I deserved to get this because of what I do. It’s mostly pure luck, but it...

FLE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, second placed Renaud Lavillenie of France, left, shakes hands with winner Sam Kendricks at the men's pole vault event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in London. The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other from their own backyards, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. Video links will connect world record holder Mondo Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie. World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Up, up & away: Pole vault stars stage backyard competition

May. 1, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

Three of the world's top pole vaulters are staging a show from their own backyards. After clearing the bar, maybe a barbecue? The competition billed as the “ Ultimate Garden Clash ” will take place Sunday and be streamed on the World Athletics’ social media channels. It’s a rare...