Track runoff doesn’t happen
Track and field: It will be remembered as the most anticipated race never run.
The runoff that turned into a walk away to conclude the U.S. track trials.
Jeneba Tarmoh conceded the final Olympic spot in the 100 meters rather than meet training partner Allyson Felix at the starting line to break a third-place tie that resulted from the original race on June 23 at Eugene, Ore. She notified USA Track and Field early in the day of her intention to withdraw from the Monday night race, later saying it was simply because her heart wasn’t into the runoff.
The unique race was scheduled to be shown in prime time on NBC in conjunction with the network’s coverage of the swimming trials. Tarmoh said she would not pursue any legal action to get her spot.
Gaffigan will be headliner
College basketball: Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be one of the special guests at Mark and Marcy Few’s 11th annual Coaches vs. Cancer. Gaffigan will perform Aug. 25 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Tickets are on sale at TicketsWest locations and at ticketswest.com.
The schedule of events includes golf at Black Rock on Aug. 24 and at Circling Raven on Aug. 25, followed by Gaffigan headlining “An Evening with Coaches vs. Cancer.”
In its first 10 years, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over $5 million for the American Cancer Society and other local cancer-fighting organizations. Visit cvcspokane.com for more information.
Four selected to Paralympics
Track and field: Team St. Luke’s athletes Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, Susannah Scaroni and Amberlynn Weber were named to the 2012 United States Paralympics Track and Field team and will represent the U.S. at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Team St. Luke’s athlete Chelsea McClammer was selected as a team alternate.
Here are the events the athletes will compete: Messer (100 and 200 meters), Pruitt (100 and 200), Scaroni (marathon) and Weber (100, 400 and 800).
Team St. Luke’s Paralympic coordinator Teresa Skinner has been selected as a member of the U.S. Paralympic coaching team.