Posted: 06/29/2012 11:11 AM
Jeremy Fischer spent five seasons at the University of Oklahoma as the Men’s and Women’s Jumps and Multi's Coach. Fischer is now working as a coach at the Olympic Training Center. The success of Fischer's jumpers helped propel him to earn Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, his second major coaching honor. In 2007 Fischer earned the Midwest Region Men’s Jumps/Combined Events Coach of the Year award. Prior to Oklahoma, Fischer had stints at Cal-State Northridge and Wisconsin. As an athlete, Fischer was a world-class high jumper at Wisconsin where he earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors during his time as a Badger. Fischer placed 7th in the high jump at the 2000 USA Olympic Trials.
Posted: 06/29/2012 11:14 AM
Jeremy Fischer begins his third season with the University of Oklahoma track and field program in charge of men's and women's jumps.
No athletes dominated their event like Fischer's jumpers dominated the Big 12 in 2007 as no team in the conference outscored Oklahoma men or women in the jumps at the Big 12 Championships.
Frankie Wright and Portia Nash swept the men's and women's long jump titles indoors with Nash setting the Oklahoma indoor long jump record and Shardae Boutte won the men's triple jump title outdoors as part of a 1-2-7 finish that included Tydree Lewis and Frankie Green and boosted the men's team to its first Big 12 title and first conference title in 29 years.
Fischer also coached both the men's and women's Midwest Region triple jump champions with Toni Smith claiming the women's crown and Boutte setting the meet record en route to his victory.
Smith, who rewrote the school's indoor and outdoor triple jump records in 2007, also earned All-America honors during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns.
For his work, Fischer was named the 2007 Midwest Region Men's Jumps/Combined Events Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In the high jump, Fischer coached the U.S. Junior National Champion in Kevin Snyder. Snyder went on the win silver at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.
Fischer also coached the first athletes to represent OU in the men's long jump at the NCAA Championships since 1988 -- Wright, who qualified for the NCAAs in four events, and Dermillo Wise. Both earned All-America honors at the Championships.
Perhaps no accomplishment was more rewarding than turning former volleyball player Anna Monsen into an All-Big 12 heptathlete who scored personal best in six of seven events at the conference championships.
In 2006, Fischer's squad made the rest of the Big 12 notice that future years against them would be fiercely competitive.
With Smith leading the way at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, the Sooner women placed second, fifth and sixth in the triple jump and Nash took third in the long jump. Lewis and Wright scored third- and sixth-place results in the men's triple jump, respectively.
At the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, Lewis again scored third the triple jump, freshman Katherine Johnson earned fourth in the women's high jump and freshman Amy Backel placed sixth in the heptathlon.
The freshman duo was successful again at the U.S. Junior National Championships as Johnson earned bronze in the women's high jump and Backel finished fourth in the women's javelin and was one of two competitors in the heptathlon to win two events.
Fischer came to OU in July 2005 after five years at Cal State Northridge where he coached jumpers and decathletes and was recognized as the 2005 Mondo/NCAA Division I West Region Men's Jumps/Multi Events Coach of the Year.
Of the five student-athletes who represented the Matadors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2005, four were Fischer's jumpers. Eight of his student-athletes (both men and women) also qualified for the NCAA West Regional.
In 2005, the Cal State Northridge men won their second consecutive Big West Conference outdoor championship when Fischer coached junior Alex Marbley, sophomore Da'Shalle Andrews and senior Johnny Wiley, respectively, to high jump, long jump and triple jump titles. His women long jumpers swept the top three positions as sophomore Toni Smith won the conference title. Fischer's pupils were also named conference athletes of the week numerous times.
During the 2005 indoor season, Marbley, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation high jump champion, and long jumper Jason Romero were the only two Matadors to establish qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Marbley, the school record holder, earned All-America honors. Long jumper Candyce Babb also broke set the school record on her way to an MPSF runner-up finish.
In 2004, Fischer coached then-freshmen long jumper Da'Shalle Andrews and triple jumper Toni Smith to the national championships. The Matadors also captured the men's and women's Big West Championships with Romero named the conference's male athlete of the year after winning the triple jump and long jump.
In 2003, Marbley claimed the Big West Championship and Rashaad Dixon won the triple jump during the outdoor season. The Matador jumpers also controlled the MPSF Indoor Championship in the high jump as Jerrick Holmes won the event and Romero finished third. On the women's side, Schaquay Brignac qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships and set the Northridge high jump record.
Under Fischer's tutelage in 2002, Natoya Woods set a Northridge indoor record in the high jump and then posted the seventh best outdoor mark on the Matador career list. On the men's side, Matt Primous, Robert Fuentes and Aaron Jones all reached the Northridge indoor top-10 list in the high jump.
Prior to his time at Cal State Northridge, Fischer spent three seasons (1998-2000) as the cross country/track and field administrative assistant at Wisconsin and served as the director of the Badger Jet Camp from 1996 to 2000.
During his tenure, Wisconsin won the Big Ten Triple Crown in 2000 and 2001 and finished second at the cross country national championships and fifth in track and field. As an athlete, Fischer was a world-class high jumper at Wisconsin where he was coached by another Oklahoma assistant Mark Napier. Fischer earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors during his time as a Badger and placed seventh at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in molecular biology/nutritional science.
Fischer starred as a two-sport student-athlete Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, Calif., from 1991 to 1994. While also playing basketball, Fischer was an All-American on the track and in the classroom.
He was born in Seoul, South Korea, on February 16, 1976.
Fischer is a Level 3 certified member of the United States Track Coaches Association and a Level 2 Instructor for jumps. Fischer also has Level 2 certification for jumps, sprints and throws and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Posted: 06/29/2012 11:33 AM
Claye overtakes Banks on the All-Time U.S list
Claye exceeded his 2012 World Leading and PB 17.39m from the USATF Classic in Fayetteville on 11 Feb on three consecutive jumps of 17.40m in the second round, 17.44m in the third and 17.63m in the fourth round.
Claye jumped 17.25m to open the competition and passed on his fifth and sixth jumps. Not bad for an abbreviated approach of 16 steps from his customary 18 steps outdoors. Claye said that he tried to stay relaxed as he improved through each round than trying to strain for distance. In the third round, Claye supplanted Willie Banks, who was in attendance at the meet, for the No. 6 spot on the U.S. list.
“I knew it was further than what I jumped before but I didn’t know it put me past Willie Banks,” Claye said.
Banks presented Claye with his medal on the awards podium and the two talked and posed for photographs.
“Willie Banks is an awesome guy and it’s an honour,” Claye said. “I am blessed to come out and do some of the things that Willie did in the past. I just want to follow his footsteps and hopefully get a big mark out there in an Olympic year.
Claye repeats victory over World champion Taylor
-- When Christian Taylor and William Claye hear rhythmic clapping build to a crescendo as they taxi down the triple jump runway inside Hayward Field, it will feel like old times in Gainesville, only much louder, with much more at stake.
Taylor and Claye used to mesmerize their teammates at the University of Florida during practice duels.
“Practices at Florida were very intense, and you had to compete hard or you would not survive,” Claye said. “Christian and I used to start our claps and practice would stop around us and everyone would watch and clap and say, ‘Oh, what are you going to do? Show us!’ ”
Those steamy afternoons in the pit made them close friends and amiable rivals who have pushed each other to the top of the sport.
Taylor-Claye, Claye-Taylor — they often finish 1-2 in the world’s most prestigious meets. Starting Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, they will begin qualifying for the biggest stage of careers that are gaining altitude and acclaim with each jump. The July 27-Aug. 12 London Olympics beckon, and Taylor and Claye want to bring the triple jump back to fans’ attention, as world record-holder Jonathan Edwards of England did 16 years ago.
In fact, Taylor has been tapped by Edwards as the gold-medal favorite over England’s formerly No. 1-ranked Phillips Idowu, who has competed only three times this season because of injury. Edwards also put Claye in the medal mix.
“Having Jonathan follow me on Twitter is an absolute blessing,” gushed Taylor, who has studied film of Edwards.
Taylor made a name for himself with a Beamonesque leap at the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea, when he surpassed his personal best by nearly a foot to record a 58-foot, 1¼-inch mark, the 10th best jump in history. At age 21, Taylor was the youngest competitor in the field. Idowu was second and Claye third.
Claye won the 2012 world indoor title in Istanbul; Taylor was second.
At the 2011 NCAA Championships, when both were UF juniors, they put on a captivating show, with Taylor taking the early lead, Claye snatching it back by half an inch and Taylor winning with a wind-aided jump.
After Taylor placed first and Claye second at the 2011 U.S. championships, they turned pro — a great decision for them and their event — the three-phase hop, bound and jump that requires a sprinter’s speed and a dancer’s technique.
“People like rivalries,” Taylor said. “You watch Usain Bolt and after a while you say, ‘Ah, come on, can somebody please beat him?’
“Will and I can get the crowd involved. We can raise exposure for the triple jump. Some people think it’s like hopscotch. To me, it’s the closest I can get to flying.”
Claye, 22, finished second in the long jump here Sunday (Taylor was fourth); he is planning to double in London.
“We are the young guys shaking things up,” Claye said of a new generation of athletes reasserting U.S. strength in the jumps. “We call ourselves ‘Top Flight.’ ”
Taylor, whose parents are natives of Barbados, grew up in Fayetteville, Ga., where he set high school records in the triple jump, long jump and 400 meters.
Claye, whose parents moved to the United States from Sierra Leone to pursue college degrees, grew up in Phoenix. His oldest brother, who played football at Cal-Berkeley, is a banker in London. His grandmother and two aunts also live there. He credits his mother, Saffie Tunis, for his success.
“We were in the trenches together,” Claye said. “I was the youngest, and my parents were divorced, so it was just me and her. I used to cry because she couldn’t afford to buy me Nikes.”
Today, Claye is sponsored by Nike. Taylor, the more outgoing of the two, negotiated a deal with Li-Ning, a Chinese sports apparel company. Nike must regret not signing Taylor, too.
Taylor helped persuade Claye to transfer to Florida under coach Mike Holloway after Claye’s coach at Oklahoma took a job at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. — where Claye is presently based. Taylor trains in Daytona Beach with coach Rana Reider.
“I was like LeBron [James] coming to the Heat,” Claye joked. “We had an awesome team.”
Taylor and Claye share a love of soccer — that was the sport they excelled in first — and a need for speed. Claye has run a 10.5 in the 100. Taylor has run a 10.6 and is also strong in the 400 meters (45.34), which he would like to add to his Olympic repertoire one day.
The two miss training together, but they have reunited at the trials, where they hope to take another step toward reviving American fortunes in an event associated with Willie Banks, Kenny Harrison, Mike Conley and Walter Davis.
“Will is like the brother I never had,” Taylor said. “We goof around together, go to church together, pray together — we sort of counterbalance each other.
Posted: 06/29/2012 1:56 PM
Posted: 06/29/2012 4:28 PM
trackking wrote: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s...8&t=9108220 IS IT TRUE ?Vin Lananna resigned as head coach Vin Lananna will remain as AD ( his current position as Associate Athletic Director )Robert Johnson will be new director of track and field per UOthrowsfan The timing is terrible but the rumor is true! Vin is stepping down as head coach and Robert Johnson is taking over! First move he made was to fire throws coach Robert Weir! Not a good day to be a duck throws fan!
Posted: 06/29/2012 6:03 PM
Strong indications that vin lananna will step aside as head track and field coach at Oregon. Heir apparent: chief asst Robert johnson
Posted: 06/29/2012 6:21 PM
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Posted: 06/29/2012 6:27 PM
Senior editor for ESPNHS DyeStat, the premier site for high school cross country and track and field in the U.S. Formerly spent 10 years at The Oregonian.
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BREAKING AT THE TRIALS: Hearing from reliable source that Robert Weir fired by Oregon yesterday and Vin Lananna stepping down.
Same source tells me that Robert Johnson will (or has?) been elevated to head coach. Lananna not "leaving" but role will change.
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Posted: 06/29/2012 9:01 PM
@ atqdave @ KenGoe Lananna is not leaving UO. Sources tell me his role will change. Robert Johnson will be new head track coach.
@ CAndersonRG Not saying Curtis Anderson's report is wrong
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Posted: 07/01/2012 2:14 PM
Stepping down? No. Stepping aside? Not really. Stepping up? That’s the ticket.
In his yet-to-be-announced new role at the University of Oregon, Vin Lananna is expected to focus on “big-picture” projects.
For lack of a better term, it appears he will become the school’s official ambassador of track and field.
In the meantime, although nobody at Oregon will offer any official confirmation, top assistant Robert Johnson is expected to be named as the new UO head track and field coach.
I spoke with Johnson on Saturday afternoon. "There will be a statement released later this week," he said.
It seems like a natural time for this transition to occur.
Lananna turned 59 two weeks ago, and underwent a health scare a couple of years ago.
By handing off the coaching baton to Johnson — there is no better or worthy candidate to succeed Lananna — he will have the time and energy to devote to those projects without the stress of day-to-day coaching duties.
If that happens, and I have no reason to doubt those who have told me it will, it’s a win-win scenario for the Ducks..
Johnson is a hot commodity in the NCAA coaching community. Anybody who can transform hippy-drippy Oregon into a national powerhouse in the sprints deserves an opportunity to run the show, if that’s what he wants.
Under the apparent new scenario, Lananna can still be the face of the university, while Johnson concentrates on doing what he does best: producing results.
In his new capacity, Lananna will be dealing with a full plate at Oregon.
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships return to Hayward Field in 2013 and 2014, along with the 2014 World Junior Championships, the first time that event has ever been held in the U.S.
The Oregon Track Club and the city of Eugene are actively bidding for the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Those announcements should come within the next two months.
But the most ambitious plan on the horizon is Lananna’s dream of revamping Hayward Field into a stadium capable of staging the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics.
That idea has been met with skepticism by those who believe the Eugene-Springfield community is too small for such a grand event.
They cite the lack of hotel space in the immediate area and concerns over taxes on prize money.
But know this about Vin Lananna: He always delivers the goods.
In the seven years I have come to know him, he has always treated me with courtesy and respect, and I have learned to NEVER underestimate him.
This looks like the perfect opportunity to expand the TrackTown brand. And, in the end, all of the Oregon stakeholders can breathe a big sigh of relief.
Posted: 07/01/2012 4:38 PM
Posted: 07/02/2012 2:14 AM
trackking wrote:http://www.usatf.org/Events---...TF/Results.aspxON HER LAST THROW WOMEN'S JAVELIN THROW FINAL 1 ) BRITTANY BORMAN 201' 9"
Posted: 07/02/2012 11:45 AM
David80 wrote: trackking wrote:http://www.usatf.org/Events---...TF/Results.aspxON HER LAST THROW WOMEN'S JAVELIN THROW FINAL 1 ) BRITTANY BORMAN 201' 9"I saw that she was at UCLA as a freshman. What was the story of her leaving? Where did she go?
Posted: 07/02/2012 1:19 PM
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Posted: 07/02/2012 4:50 PM
July 1, 2012
Olympic Trials Results
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials came to a close on Sunday in Eugene, OR as senior Turquoise Thompson was in action in the 400m hurdles.
Thompson, who was running out of lane two, finished sixth in the intermediate hurdles final with a time of 55.42 to close out her 2012 season.
Brittany Borman, who competed for the women's track and field team in 2009 as a freshman, captured the javelin crown to earn a spot at the London Olympic Games. She threw a new meet record of 201-9 to qualify.
In all, six Bruin alums will be heading to the London Olympics - Dawn Harper (100m hurdles), Amy Acuff (high jump), Yoo Kim (pole vault, Korea), Tori Pena (pole vault, Ireland), Meb Keflezighi (marathon) and Jessica Cosby (hammer)
2009 - Regional qualifier in the shot put, discus and javelin ... Finished 11th in the shot (47-1.50) and 17th in the discus at Regionals (152-4) ... Finished fifth in the shot put (47-00.25) and seventh in the discus (152-8) at Pac-10s ... Won the shot put against USC (47-7.25) ... Won the UCLA Invite shot competition (46-4.25) ... In indoor track, won the Bronco Invite shot competition (45-3).
High School - Four-year letterwinner in track ... Also earned three letters in both volleyball and basketball where she was an all-conference, all-region and all-district honoree ... In 2008 U.S. prep rankings, was No. 14 in the shot put (47-11) and No. 24 in the javelin (141-9) ... 13-time AAU National Champion ... Six-time USATF National champion ... Named the Great Southwest Top Female Field Event Athlete ... Also named the Carl Lewis Invitational Outstanding Female Field Event Athlete... Received the AAU Joe Ferrell Award for the top female field event athlete ... Four-year all-state honoree ... Also earned all-district and all-conference honors in track ... State champion in the high jump, shot put and discus ... Missouri Wendy's Heisman State finalist.
Personal - Born July 1, 1989 in St. Louis, MO ... Daughter of Richard and Laura Borman ... Has two sisters, Danielle and Breanne ... Biochemistry major.
Best MarksShot Put - 47-11.50Discus - 157-8Javelin - 155-1
Posted: 07/03/2012 9:53 AM
July 3, 2012
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has announced the decision to combine the leadership of the university's men's and women's track and field programs, the general direction now favored by many of the top programs nationwide.
"We recognize that a unified vision as it relates to the track and field programs was needed to get both of them where we want them to be nationally," Guerrero said. "We are confident that we are taking a very important step today for the future of track and field at UCLA."
In the new model for UCLA Track and Field, men's head coach Mike Maynard has been named UCLA's first-ever Director of Track and Field.
He will take the lead on fundraising and the general direction of the program and will be the liaison between the program and the athletic administration.
"I am proud to be a part of the consolidation of the UCLA Track and Field Program and to join with all of the coaches and the student-athletes to help get UCLA back to where it belongs, at the top the NCAA standings," Maynard said.
Meanwhile, Jeanette Bolden remains the UCLA Women's Head Coach and has also taken on additional responsibilities, coaching men's sprinters.
"I am a Bruin through and through and am excited to be given the opportunity of coaching the men's sprinters in addition to continuing in my role as the women's head coach," Bolden said.
Additional coaches will be brought in to complete the coaching staff for the combined program.
Posted: 07/03/2012 4:16 PM
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