2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

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Bernard Lagat prevailed in a highly anticipated showdown with Galen Rupp in the men’s 3,000 meters, to end the second day of competition at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Lagat’s winning time of 7:46.01 is the fastest time run by an American in meet history.

Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat jockey for position.

Lagat seized the lead from Ryan Hill with one lap to go…

Lagat seized the lead from Ryan Hill with one lap to go.

…and sliced through lapped traffic to claim the victory.

Lagat sliced through lapped traffic to claim the victory.

Lagat celebrated the victory with a group of young fans.

Lagat celebrated the victory with a group of young fans.

Gabriele Grunewald was first across the line in the women’s 3,000 meters.

Gabriele Grunewald was first across the line in the women's 3,000 meters.

However, after several protests, the Jury of Appeals disqualified Grunewald for impeding another runner. Shannon Rowbury was declared the winner, with a time of 9:25:49. UPDATE 02-24-14 Grunewald was reinstated as women’s 3,000 meter champion.

Shannon Rowbury was declared the winner of the women's 3,000 meters, with a time of 9:25:49.

Sarah Vaughn placed second in the women’s 3,000 meters, with a time of 9:26.46.

Sarah Vaughn placed second in the women's 3,000 meters, with a time of 9:26.46.

The 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships serves as the selection meet for the members of Team USA. Top finishers in each event will represent the U.S. at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.

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The Social Mind

On a family vacation to Cambridge, MA, while carrying around my wife’s camera, I snapped a few photos of my daughter playing in the park. I didn’t think much about it at the time. So, I’m pleasantly surprised and honored that one of the images became the cover photo for a 2014 reissue of James Paul Gee‘s The Social Mind.

The Social Mind

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Vampire Weekend at Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ

This was a “change of pace” for me, capturing images with a point-and-shoot camera, from the audience, when Vampire Weekend came to town…

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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

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2013 Carlsbad 5000

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Dejen Gebremeskel, 2012 Olympic silver medalist for 5,000 meters, scored a three-peat, by winning his third consecutive Carlsbad 5000. Gebremeskel also became the fourth male competitor to win three Carlsbad victories in the race’s history.

Dejen Gebremeskel acknowledes the crowd before rounding the last corner of the 2013 Carlsbad 5000

Geleta Burka (F2) won the Women’s Elite race in 15:26, one second ahead of Mercy Cherono (F1):

Geleta Burka (F2) won the Women's Elite race in 15:26, one second ahead of Mercy Cherono (F1)

Even the bananas run fast at Carlsbad:

Even the bananas run fast at Carlsbad

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2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships — Day 2

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17 year-old Mary Cain captured the hearts of the crowd with her impressive win in the women’s mile.

Mary Cain.

Mary Cain fans.

Mary Cain fans.

Will Leer became a distance double champion, after a thrilling win in the men’s mile.

Will Leer captured the distance double championship, with a thrilling win in the men's mile.

Dangelo Cherry from Mississippi State won the Men’s 60 meter dash.

Dangelo Cherry from Mississippi State won the Men's 60 meter dash.

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2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships — Day 1

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The USA Indoor Track and Field Championships returned to Albuquerque, NM for the fourth year in a row. Day 1 competition concluded with a new world indoor record in the women’s pole vault by 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

New world indoor record for Jenn Suhr.

New world indoor record for Jenn Suhr.

In the penultimate running event, Chelsea Reilly tumbled to the track ahead of Emily Infeld and 2012 Olympian Lisa Uhl, to claim the national title in the women’s 3,000 meters.

Chelsea Reilly tumbled to the track ahead of Emily Infeld and 2012 Olympian Lisa Uhl, to claim the national title in the women's 3,000 meters.

Will Leer won the men’s 3,000 meters in far less dramatic fashion. He will return Sunday to compete in the men’s mile.

Will Leer won the men's 3,000 meters in far less dramatic fashion. He will return Sunday to compete in the men's mile.

Bershawn “Batman” Jackson’s shoes.

Bershawn

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Happy Birthday to our Ninabear

For the first time since 2000 in Sacramento, I will not be attending the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. I still love capturing images, just a little closer to home. I hope you track and field fans enjoy these images as much as I do. Happy Birthday, Ninabear!

Gazing at her ‘Auntie Vera.’

Gazing at her 'Auntie Vera'

Having fun with water, one of my favorite images.

Having fun with water

Having fun with water

BFF Ari.

BFF Ari

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2012 Carlsbad 5000

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Dejen Gebremeskel and Tirunesh Dibaba, both from Ethiopia, captured the overall titles at the 2012 Carlsbad 5000.

Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba won the Women’s Elite race in 15:01:

Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba won the Women's Elite race in 15:01

Dejen Gebremeskel rounds the last corner ahead of Hagos Gebrhiwet:

Dejen Gebremeskel rounds the last corner ahead of Hagos Gebrhiwet

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2012 Junior Carlsbad

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The Junior Carlsbad is a running event for kids 12 and under, and loads of fun for kids and adults.

Timothy Wells was the first place runner in the Age 12 race, with a time of 5:18 for one mile:

First runner in the Age 12 race

My nephew Alex, in his last Junior Carlsbad. Way to go Alex!

My nephew Alex, in his last Junior Carlsbad. Way to go Alex!

Jason Gomez ran 5:06 for one mile, and nearly broke the age group record, to finish first in the Age 11 race:

First runner in the Age 11 race

My younger nephew Nick set a PR in the Age 11 race. Good run, Nick!

My younger nephew Nick set a PR in the Age 11 race. Good run, Nick!

My daughter in her first Junior Carlsbad. Photo by Alice Daer.

My daughter in her first Junior Carlsbad. Photo by Alice Daer.

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2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Day 2

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Day 2 of the 2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships featured a new American Record in the high jump for Chaunte Lowe, and many close finishes on the track. The top two finishers in each event are eligible to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 9 – 11.

Jenny Simpson, the reigning World Outdoor champion for 1,500 meters, held off a last lap challenge from Brenda Martinez to claim her second USA Indoor title of the weekend. Simpson also repeated her USA Indoor 3,000 / 1,500 meter double championship from last year.

Jenny Simpson, the reigning World Outdoor champion for 1,500 meters, held off a last lap challenge from Brenda Martinez to claim her second USA Indoor title of the weekend.

The men’s 1,500 meters also featured last lap fireworks. In the final straightaway, Leo Manzano ran down both Matthew Centrowitz, the 2011 World Outdoor 1,500 meter bronze medalist, and Galen Rupp, the 2012 Indoor Visa Series Championship winner for men.

The men's 1,500 meters also featured last lap fireworks. In the final straightaway, Leo Manzano ran down both Matthew Centrowitz, the 2011 World Outdoor 1,500 meter bronze medalist, and Galen Rupp, the 2012 Indoor Visa Series Championship winner for men.

Sanya Richards-Ross celebrated her birthday and wedding anniversary by setting a meet record, en route to winning the USA Indoor title for the women’s 400 meters.

Sanya Richards-Ross celebrated her birthday and wedding anniversary by setting a meet record, en route to winning the USA Indoor title for the women's 400 meters.

Trell Kimmons won the men’s 60 meters in a world-leading time of 6.45 seconds, the third fastest American time ever.

Trell Kimmons won the men's 60 meters in a world-leading time of 6.45 seconds, the third fastest American time ever.

Colorful track and field fans.

Colorful track and field fans.

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2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Day 1

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For 2012, the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships returned to Albuquerque, NM for the third year in a row. In the last track event on Day 1, Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap, to defend his title in the men’s 3,000 meters.

Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap.

Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap.

Jenny Simpson, the 2011 World Outdoor champion for 1,500 meters, successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women’s 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Jenny Simpson successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women's 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Jenny Simpson successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women's 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Will Claye won his first USA Indoor title in the men’s triple jump, with the third best indoor mark in American history.

Will Claye won his first USA Indoor title in the men's triple jump, with the third best indoor mark in American history.

Amanda Smock took the lead in the women’s triple jump on her 5th attempt.

Amanda Smock took the lead in the women's triple jump on her 5th attempt.

AG Kruger won the men’s weight throw.

AG Kruger won the men's weight throw.

Crystal Manning placed third in the women’s triple jump, but I think she should receive top marks for her colorful uniform.

Crystal Manning placed third in the women's triple jump, but I think she should receive top marks for her colorful uniform.

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2011 PAC-12 Cross Country Championships

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On November 29, 2011 in sunny Litchfield Park, Arizona, the Arizona State University Sun Devils and the Wigwam Resort hosted the first ever PAC-12 Cross Country Championships. The cross country titles for men and women are the first conference titles awarded in any sport during the PAC-12 era. Nine men’s teams and 12 women’s teams competed in the event.

The University of Colorado Buffaloes, PAC-12 newcomers, swept the men’s and women’s team titles.

Lawi Lalang from the University of Arizona won the men’s individual title.

Lawi Lalang from the University of Arizona won the men's individual title.

Katie Flood from the University of Washington won the women’s individual title.

Katie Flood from the University of Washington won the women's individual title.

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Portraits

I had a bit of a ‘vacation’ from photographing track meets this summer, due to the birth of my daughter, Nina. However, I haven’t completely put away my camera. Having a child has provided an opportunity to take photos of people who aren’t running, jumping, or throwing for competition. This set was taken a couple days before my daughter turned four months old…

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Pondering…

September 17, 2011 photo session

Sitting up and observing the world…

September 17, 2011 photo session

We call this one Nina’s “Little Professor” pose…

September 17, 2011 photo session

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Photo credit in SRP Pulse newsletter

Photo credit in the April 28, 2011 edition of the SRP Pulse newsletter (lower right corner of the page). Thank you!

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Spring Training 2011

It’s hard to beat the great weather, intimate stadiums and casual atmosphere of Cactus League Spring Training in the Valley of the Sun.

Click here to view photos from the Diamondbacks at Angels, March 6, 2011

Diamondbacks at Angels, March 6, 2011

Click here to view photos from the Rockies at Athletics, March 13, 2011

Rockies at Athletics, March 13, 2011

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2011 Carlsbad 5000

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Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia (left) defeated defending Carlsbad 5000 champion Eliud Kichoge of Kenya in the Men’s Elite race.

Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia defeated defending Carlsbad 5000 champion Eliud Kichoge of Kenya in the Men's Elite race.

Similar to the men, the Women’s Elite race was also decided in the final meters. Aheza Kiros from Ethiopia (right), the 2009 champion, and second last year, held off a spirited challenge from Pauline Korikwiang of Kenya to win her second Carlsbad 5000 title.

Aheza Kiros from Ethiopia, the 2009 champion, and second last year, held off a spirited challenge from Pauline Korikwiang of Kenya to win her second Carlsbad 5000 title.

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2011 Junior Carlsbad

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One of my favorite events to watch each year is the Junior Carlsbad a running event for kids 12 and under. The looks of determination and joy on the kids’ faces are so genuine and inspiring.

Competitors in the Age 10 race:

Competitors in the Age 10 race

My nephew Alex set a new PR for the mile. Way to go Alex!

My nephew Alex set a new PR for the mile. Way to go Alex!

My younger nephew Nick competed in the Age 10 race. Good run, Nick!

My younger nephew Nick competed in the Age 10 race. Good run, Nick!

Samantha with excellent knee lift as she approaches the final turn.

Samantha with excellent knee lift as she approaches the final turn.

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RIP, Sally

Sally Meyerhoff at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships…

Sally Meyerhoff at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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2011 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships – Day 2

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Both Jillian Camarena-Williams (shot put) and Jenn Suhr (pole vault) broke American records in their respective events on Day 2 of the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM.

Jenn Suhr setting the indoor pole vault American Record

Suhr cleared 15 feet 11.25 inches to claim the AR, as the crowd roared with excitement.

Jenn Suhr celebrates

In the last event of the day, Mike Rodgers captured the BMW Men’s 60 meters in a world-leading 6.48 seconds, and the Visa Championship Series title for the best performance of the 2011 indoor season.

Mike Rodgers wins the BMW Men's 60 meters

Jeff See won a thrilling Men’s mile, after coming off the final turn in third place behind Aaron Braun and Garrett Heath.

Jeff See won a thrilling Men's mile, after coming off the final turn in third place behind Aaron Braun and Garrett Heath

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2011 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships – Day 1

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The compact venue and open schedule provided an opportunity for me to capture images from events I don’t normally cover, on Day 1 of the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Here is a cool Wonder Woman-themed uniform that Loree Smith wore for the Women’s Weight Throw:

Loree Smith, Women's Weight Throw.

Similar to last year, both the men’s and women’s 3,000 meter finals were decided during the bell lap, and featured three of last year’s four protagonists. Bernard Lagat, who recently lost his indoor American Record for 5,000 meters to Galen Rupp, sprinted away from Rupp and Aaron Braun with 1 1/2 laps to go, to repeat as Indoor National Champion.

Bernard Lagat sprinted away from Galen Rupp and Aaron Braun to repeat as indoor 3,000 meter national champion

Sara Hall, who narrowly lost to Renee Metivier Baillie in the women’s 3,000 meters last year, was defeated for the second year in a row by a Colorado alum, as Jenny (Barringer) Simpson held off Hall’s last lap challenge.

Jenny (Barringer) Simpson held off Sara Hall's last lap challenge

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