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Coach's Corner with Brant Tolsma
After recovering from this weekend's World Championships for Ultra Multi Events, head cross country coach Brant Tolsma sat down with Nick Pierce. The pair discussed Tolsma's record-setting performance on the track and the cross country team's preparation for Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run.
Tolsma won the world double decathlon title for the 60-64 age group Friday and Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, setting 13 age group world records in the process. His overall score of 12,793 points added more than 3,000 points to the existing age 60-64 double decathlon world record.
Another highlight of the meet was Joe Detmer's all-time double decathlon world-record score of 14,571 points. His mark shattered Kip Janvrin's standard, which had been set in 2002. The performance earned Detmer USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week honor today. Detmer is the husband of former Liberty heptathlon standout Danielle (McNaney) Detmer.
Meanwhile, the Flames and Lady Flames are readying for their most important meet thus far in the 2010 cross country season, the Brooks Paul Short Run. The meet, scheduled for Friday in Bethlehem, Pa., will feature more than 20 regionally-ranked teams in each race.
Sam Chelanga will make his 2010 debut, leading the Flames in the men's college gold 8K race at 11 a.m. The women's squad will then compete in the women's college gold 6K race at 11:45.