WOU in the news: Western Oregon runner David Ribich is having quite a year – Oregon track & field rundown

A picture of David Ribich in the process of running.

Thumbs up for Western Oregon junior David Ribich, who ran last weekend’s fastest 1,500-meter time by any college runner regardless of classification.

Ribich clocked a time of 3 minutes, 41.45 seconds while winning at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on Friday.

It’s a WOU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record, and would tie him for 12th on the NCAA Division I level.

At this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships, Ribich anchored the WOU distance medley to victory. Ribich dove over the finish line as the Wolves edged Adams State in the race by by .001.

Ribich is a junior from Enterprise, where he was the 2013 Class 1A/2A/3A state cross country champion and swept the titles in the 1,500 and 3,000 at the 2014 state meet.

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UO decathlete and indefatigable vlogger Mitch Modin has a new camera.

Oregon State Beavers are pleased with their performance in last weekend’s High Performance Meet.

Another split decision for UCLA and USC.

Tennessee sprinter Christian Coleman runs a faster 40 time than anyone ever at the NFL combine.

UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir and LSU’s Aleia Hobbs are the USTFCCCA’s Division I athletes of the week.

The Nike Oregon Project’s Sifan Hassan is part of the 5,000 field for this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

Running World’s Amby Burfoot explains why Nike’s sub-2 Marathon guys will bonk.

Paul Snyder of Citius Mag has some first-hand experience with the Italian race track where Nike will stage the attempt to break two hours in the marathon.

Jonathan Gault writes about a day spent with Olympic marathon champ Eliud Kipchoge.

Proposal calls for stripping world records set before modern drug testing.

European Athletics Council endorses the plan to revisit records.

Paula Radcliffe and Jonathan Edwards react with incredulity and dismay at the proposal, which would expunge their records.

Radcliffe rips the plan as “cowardly.”

Edwards says he expected to lose his record in the arena, not at the hands of administrators.

Hurdler Colin Jackson calls the plan “ridiculous.”

Athletics Australia turns its back on the proposed plan.

European Athletics taskforce chair is on the defensive in the face of criticism from retired athletes.

The Diamond League rolls out a new format.

Martin Bingisser offers 10 reasons to watch the hammer in 2017.

Paris organizers avoid talk of the looming French presidential election while L.A. stays focused on 2024.

The French election becomes a factor in the choice for the 2024 Olympics.

Alan Abrahamson in 3 Wire Sports: There is a real problem at the heart of the Paris Olympic bid.

Missouri prep athletes embrace the javelin.

The FloTrack crazies are all over this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational on this week’s Run Junkie. In what probably is a related development, you can watch the Payton Jordan on Flotrack’s subscription service.

Concordia’ James Phillips grabs the first-day lead in the GNAC decathlon.

Western Oregon’s Aaron Whitaker sets the school record in the 400.

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— Ken Goe

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