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Last night I attended the Michigan Track Classic, a meet that has gone from nonexistence to a major event within the span of barely over a year (and just three races). About five thousand excited …
The following is a repost of a story written last year for my former blog, tracksuperfan.com. (Image by WingedFist.org)
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which makes it a perfect day to celebrate track and field (just like the other 364 days of the year). How so?
From what I read, St. Patrick’s Day really isn’t a major observance in Ireland. Only in the USA is it a big deal as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, a product of the mass Irish immigration to this country and the efforts they made to maintain their ties to each other and their history.
So what does that have to do with track and field?
In recent decades, the biggest connection between our sport and Irish-American culture has been the pipeline of Irish middle-distance runners in the NCAA, especially Villanova. The Villanova Running blog has ranked the top five Irish/Wildcat runners of all time — four of which were Olympic or World champions.
If we turn back the clock an entire century, though, the connection was obvious. Back then, track clubs dominated the domestic scene, and none more than the Irish-American Athletic Club.
No doubt you’ve already heard the news that came out today: Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance back in May. Five Jamaicans also tested positive at the Jamaican Championships last month, reportedly being Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter (not …