From The Editor
The track world has only so much room for ranting and raving, so T&FN doesn't allow its editor, E. Garry Hill, to run off at the fingers every month. But perhaps you'll enjoy hearing the babble he puts up several times a year. The opinions he expresses--needless to say--reflect his personal point of view, not necessarily that of the rest of the editorial staff, and are in no way meant to be construed as company policy.
The editor unabashedly admits that he's an elitist (the higher the level of achievement the more he likes it) and that his prime interest in the sport is for the professional side of things. And more than anything else, he seeks to ensure that the presentation of the sport keeps it a viable entity on the crowded modern sporting field. Recent pontifications:
My first track memory is of Roger Bannister
When a record isn’t a record… or is only sort of a record
Welcome to a brave new (digital) world, episode 1
Will we be singing the off-year blues in 2018? (aka, why not a World Champs?)
The state of the sport: maybe it is broken, and those fixing it deserve recognition for it
To keep track & field viable, presentation is everything
Heretical thought: is it more fun watching track on your computer?
The IAAF’s Hall Of Fame still doesn’t have nearly enough members
Seb Coe wants innovation & bravery? How about the sprint straightaway on the infield?
I too was in favor of a new World Records list… 17 years ago
2017 is not going to be one of those dreaded Olympic Hangover years: here’s 6 reasons why
Usain Bolt has had multiple triples, but think about Carl Lewis’s quads, both real and potential
In the Diamond League, all events are no longer created equal
With the 2016 version, T&FN’s World Rankings are now 70 years-old.
Here’s a look back at ’56, ’66, ’76, ’86, ’96 & ‘06
When did “tactical” become a dirty word?
My favorite women’s races ever, event-by-event
My favorite men’s races ever, event-by-event
Are field-event rounds 4 & 5 really necessary? Well, yes and no…
The 8 Questions I Most Want Answered In Rio
Somebody actually listened to me for once! (An upgrade in signboard presentation)
It’s time for another look at the false start rules
This restaurant features healthy doses of speed
Meets tend to be unkind to those who think of our sport as field & track
If ever a sport needed a Darwinian pruning, it’s ours— sorry about that
What to do about track & field’s demographics problem?
The OT & OG qualifying standards aren’t doing athletes any favors
My story and I’m sticking to it: I’m 1-0 lifetime in races against Seb Coe
10 ways to increase your enjoyment of the sport
Team USA's stunning lack of seasonal bests in Beijing points yet another finger at the bad timing of the USATF Championships
I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for the summer season
Both of the IAAF presidential candidates are talking about calendar reform… yesss!
The best part about going to a track meet is visiting with your like-minded friends
Will the split-sex NCAA Championships dramatically improve the product?
I'm still in favor of 3 World Championships in every quadrennium
Is there a way to transfer the magic of the vertical jumps to the other field events?
The IAAF's new World Championships qualifying system: are we actually going to end up missing the old hell of A-B qualifiers?
So what if we had no choice but to cut Olympic events?
It's already time for USATF to be thinking about the timing of its 2019 Nationals
Eugene’s biggest strength for a WC bid? The locals actually care
2015 Diamond League: 5 meets in 14 days in May/June? 0 meets in August?
A big-league sport can’t survive if its biggest names aren’t going head-to-head
Is it time to revisit the no-false-start rule?
The World Relays was awesome, but it can be awesomer
Do you remember your first sub-4:00 mile viewing?
Incomprehensibly, the IAAF has made the spectacle of the jump off less likely to happen
You can disrespect the rights of the athletes for only so long
After Albuquerque, is it time to start thinking about a separate federation for the pros?
Hang in there, U.S. throwers—the USATF Foundation cavalry is on the way!
Thoughts on how our Athlete Of The Year process works
The IAAF & USATF Halls Of Fame need more members
If we thought the IAAF’s A/B qualifying system was confusing, might the new A-only be worse?
Personal highlights of each of the 14 World Championships to date
The stuff of dreams: Adam Nelson got a do-over of his ’04 Olympic victory ceremony
Reflections on seeing the NCAA Champs in 5 decades
It’s not easy to be a fan of NCAA track & field
New/upgraded U.S. meets: a ray of hope for domestic competition for U.S. pros?
You might be a hardcore track fan if… part 2
You might be a hardcore track fan if...
Why Usain Bolt & Allyson Felix didn’t end up as T&FN’s Athletes Of The Year
For the first time in a long time, London’s Olympic Games felt like a World Championships meet
The ink-stained wretches of the world struggle to remain relevant in an electron-driven era
Are track’s biggest stars getting enough Diamond League exposure? I think not…
Team USA’s men and women were on elevators going in opposite directions in London
Heresy coming from me, I know, but it is time to rethink the Olympic Trials format?
A new way to stage separate-sex NCAA Champs at the same time
The greatest meet on the planet? Not the OG, not the WC—it’s still the OT
Which problem should USATF’s new CEO Max Siegel tackle first?
For post-collegians, the pre-OT U.S. schedule is a farce
11 ways to increase your enjoyment of the sport
Uh-oh! Is there nobody who's the face of U.S. track & field?
Why the IAAF's 3-per-nation rule is surely here to stay
There’s clearly frustration with the IAAF
19 days in August…track goes into stealth mode
The August issue marked the 800th edition ever published.
A look at what happened in all the other 100th-issue markers
Words fail me in trying to describe the NCAA Regionals
What if they didn't give any track meets?
Two different NCAA meets?
Is the Diamond League cursed like King Tut's tomb?
Do you still enjoy T&FN when we get into depressing reality?
Would you believe a T&FN without ink or paper?
Aural abuse at a meet is aural abuse, whether you love or hate the music in question
No More 'Off-Years' for the World Championships
Was the Diamond League’s first year a success or failure?
Going back to some old rules might actually be good for the sport
Might the radical changes in the ’11 World Champs schedule backfire?
WRs are the currency that keeps the sport alive: are we floating counterfeit money?
Why aren’t Americans peaking at the Olympics and World Champs?
Does track & field need a touch of the X-Games mentality
OK, that was the best 4 decades of my life… so far
As Cordner Nelson liked to ask, "What kind of fan are you?"
Without a Chicago Games, when will the U.S. host the World Champs?
Is it possible that superstars might actually be bad for the sport?
Wiser heads appear to have prevailed in the 2012 Trials schedule decision
Programs! You can’t tell the players without a program! But even then…
When will U.S. teams start wearing uniforms that are distinctive?
Just where did they find all the athletes who hate the 10-day Trials?
A single-weekend Olympic Trials? Bad-bad-bad!
I’m biased on the subject, but I like the Olympic Trials just as they are
EAA presentation tweaks: inspiration or pure panic?
Forget the dropped Olympic batons! What about the ongoing U.S. men’s field-event meltdown?
Two of the all-time greatest words in the English language: Road Trip! (gh & dj head to Des Moines in tornado season)
The greatest meet on the planet? Not the OG, not the WC—it’s the OT my friends
Watching 3 rounds of dash prelims is as good as a cliff-hanging serial at the Saturday matinee
A column dedicated to Willi Krause, who epitomized all that was great about coaches
Happy 60th Birthday To Track & Field News!
Some think the World Champs is held too often; I don’t think it’s held often enough
Can’t anybody run a scoreboard properly at a track meet?
How about making the NCAA Champs a finals-only meet?
Would you believe an NCAA meet that’ll be done in time to go have a beer after the meet and it’s not even noon?
Sacrilege! Maybe the finishline isn’t the best place to sit and watch a meet?
Which of the 8 kinds of track fan are you?
It’s time for the rulesmakers to revisit the lane-draw procedures
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tell where sprinters are relative to each other during a race?
There’s a simple solution to the logjam that is Nationals scheduling—some events have to go
I say take the relays out of the NCAA Championships
Does the idea of a new set of World Records still have real merit?
The worst year of track is better than the best year of just about any other sport you can name
The final rounds in field events deserve their own private window on big-meet schedules
There aren’t too many tries in the field events; it’s just that the wrong people are taking too many
As affiliations go, is “unat” the University of Nat?
Would it be too much to ask to have a uniform uniform-policy?
Only a hard mile relay leg can turn you from Michael Johnson into Michael Jackson
The sport has suffered this year from the rash of young collegians going pro early
Meets tend to be unkind towards those who think of the sport as field & track
Having Craig Masback and Bill Roe set for additional terms at USATF is a big plus for the sport
The 500lb gorilla on T&FN's back: how can we remain relevant in today's Internet world?
Is it wrong to stand up for the sport we all love so much?
My dictionary doesn't seem to define the NCAA's 'honest effort' dictum very well
It's getting hard to appreciate out-of-the-blue performances
What's the most popular event in the sport, the mile or the 100?
Pictures really are better than a thousand words
The Olympics—just like Christmas, only way better
The latest rounds of drug revelations have left ugly fingerprints on the World Rankings
Paris—more proof that the U.S. Trials meets need to be moved later
If T&FN doesn't speak out for the track fans of the world, who will?
Little things can mean so much in increasing spectator enjoyment
It's time for the rulesmakers to leave the pole vault alone
Paula Radcliffe vs. U.S. men—ugh!
Landmark issues of T&FN: Nos. 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
2003--the year collegiate track came back to life
2003 is shaping up as a truly vintage year for the sport
More bang for your T&FN buck!
It’s time for me to be mean to the Hall Of Fame again
Rabbits on the Euro Circuit: is this a race or a damned parade?
Why the year 1971 should inspire you in 2003
Adam Nelson helped show why the sport can be field & track
10 ways to increase your enjoyment of the sport
The most successful track meets are successful because they’re more than just track meets
When you crank the tunes during a race, you remove the most viscerally satisfying part of the sporting experience
Question: are the timetables at the Nationals hampering the U.S.’s international efforts?
The significance of an experimental Millrose Games high jump (a jump mandated every 45 seconds, only 3 misses total) was missed by many
The “amateur” label continues to hurt track’s development
Ultimately, the World Rankings belong to you, the readers
I’d rather watch a tactical—aka slow—race than an El Guerrouj World Record attempt any day. Death to all rabbits!
Edmonton is the perfect kind of city in which to stage a World Championships
The answer to the Maurice Greene wild card problem is a simple one
Would it be premature to declare we’re seeing a renaissance for track in the U.S.?
Are sprinters cheating when they try and second-guess the starter?
Proposed new IAAF rule changes range from the ridiculous to the sublime
April & May 2001
Standing up during track meets: a way to alienate longtime fans of the sport?
Sadly, field-event presentation hasn’t kept pace with the technological revolution
How Jesse Owens came to be our Trackster Of The Century even though he wasn’t our choice for top athlete
The track world has undergone a lot of changes in my half-century on the planet