Track Phony of the Month


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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby trackstar » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:43 am

I'm always a little worried that people will think I'm as crazy as this guy when I talk about my track "career" with the Texas Longhorns. But at least I qualify it by characterizing my one year there as a career that was "brief and highly undistinguished." Really funny (and humbling) story: Stan Huntsman and I were chatting in the stands at a meet in the past year or two, and he said, "Lee, I remember you running for me, but I just can't remember what you did." I laughed and said, "That's because I didn't do anything worth remembering, Coach."
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby gh » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:44 am

story on LSU frosh Kavahra Holmes talking about how he turned down an invitation to the OT this summer. We'll ignore for a moment that one of the first signs of a phony is when you read "they were invited to the OT"; nobody gets invited. You enter on your own volition.

We'll ignore the fact that while he was indeed the second-fastest HS 400 runner in the country in '11, he didn't have either an A or a B qualifier.

http://www.lsureveille.com/sports/footb ... f6878.html
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby tandfman » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:34 am

Of course flagrant errors like that make one wonder whether any of the football information in the article is accurate.
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby Blues » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:10 am

gh wrote:story on LSU frosh Kavahra Holmes talking about how he turned down an invitation to the OT this summer. We'll ignore for a moment that one of the first signs of a phony is when you read "they were invited to the OT"; nobody gets invited. You enter on your own volition.

We'll ignore the fact that while he was indeed the second-fastest HS 400 runner in the country in '11, he didn't have either an A or a B qualifier.

http://www.lsureveille.com/sports/footb ... f6878.html


I agree that claims that he was invited to participate in the Olympic Trials don't seem to make sense...

I know gh is aware of this and it's probably a matter of semantics, but just to clarify the "nobody gets invited to the Trials" part though, invitations ARE issued by USATF to certain athletes who've submitted entry forms and who've obtained the provisional B qualifier IF it's necessary to fill the event field due to an insufficient number of A qualifiers entered. (As gh stated though, Holmes never obtained the 46.00 B qualifier so this doesn't apply in his case.) But to be fair, if someone claims that they received an invitation to participate in the trials, in the case of B standard athletes it's possible that the claim may not be phony.. And if necessary I think the qualifying standards are even permitted to be adjusted by the Committee Chair, based on previous entries, up to 45 days prior to the trials... So in really unusual situations I guess it might even be possible that an athlete could still be invited to compete at the US Trials, even if he or she didn't obtain the "original" B qualifying mark, if it should ever be necessary for USATF to lower qualifying standards in order to fill an event field...
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby noone » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:23 am

Several years ago I ran into a sophisticated track phony. I was a pit boss in a casino here in Calgary at the time and this elderly, tall and slim man was a regular player, and we knew him as John. He was an immigrant from the Netherlands.

He told me he won two bronze medals in 1948, in the 1500m and the 5000m. He picked the wrong guy to make the claim to, since I said immediately "so your name must have been Willem Slykhuis?". He said yes and quickly changed the subject. I later checked and found out that the real Slykhuis (sp?) died years ago.
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby bushop » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:19 pm

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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby bushop » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:38 pm

Daisy wrote:And he is really pissed at being caught.
https://www.facebook.com/rikripley?sk=wall

... and drop a note calling him out and he'll block you.
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Re: Track Phony of the Month

Postby Daisy » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:26 pm

bushop wrote:
Daisy wrote:And he is really pissed at being caught.
https://www.facebook.com/rikripley?sk=wall

... and drop a note calling him out and he'll block you.


This made me laugh.
Peters wall post:

I Love when I join a new Team and they add me to their facebook group and had been talking about me before I got there HEHE This made me Smile:
Lindsay Branscombe: "I may have inadvertently stole Richard Peters (currently training for 2016 Olympics) from team *****. Not only is he an INSANE runner and interested in heading up a Running Dead ULTRA team, but he is a social media and sponsorship animal!"

Comments:
Friend: Which event are you training for in Rio?

Peters 3000m Steeplechase

Friend: That's good it will complement your distance running and hurdling. You think you can make it under 8:23?

Peters we shall see :-)

Friend: 8:23 for 3K is like running a 5K in about 14 minutes. That's pretty impressive, especially since you have the barriers too.

Peters and Water Hazards

Friend: I forgot about those. So now you just need to get 5-6 minutes off your 5K time. That sounds reasonable for a 4 year project. Just lower it by 10% each year.

Peters which wont be a problem since I have had that time on numerous occasions this year during Ultra Ragnars...

Friend: Sweet, that's a huge breakthrough! What happened?

Peters I had those times pre-cancer... once I finish my 15 Ragnars I will be back on the track and seriously training ... right now I am in my endurance and first to do 15 Ragnars phase...

Friend: Got it, so you're just getting back into form. 14 minutes for a 5K is amazing, great job.


Still raising money for his races http://www.gofundme.com/RichardPeters/RaceRelief I assume he pays for his race related expenses from that fund. But wait until you see his 5K times.

Code: Select all
Course                         State    Date      Final
BAA 5K 2012                      MA   4/15/12  21:36      
Larry Kessler 5k 2011            MA   6/5/11   19:39   
Spartan Race Boston 5K           MA   8/28/10  28:12      
Larry Kessler Aids 5K Run 2009   MA   6/7/09   23:38      
The Larry Kesler 5K              MA   6/3/07   25:06      
Larry Kessler 5K Run             MA   6/4/06   29:23      
Aids Walk & 5K Run               MA   6/5/05   23:27      
Aids Walk & 5K Run 2004          MA   6/6/04   21:40      
Aids Run 5K 2002                 MA   6/2/02   20:57      
Aids Run 5K                      MA   6/3/01   20:30

http://athlinks.com/racer/results/76913432
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