Carlson chases after goal of a professional running career

first_imgCarlson said he’s spending the summer traveling across the United States to run road races in places such as Iowa and Tennessee. He said he’s not getting paid to run yet, but race directors pay his traveling expenses to come and race.It’s a way of making the event more attractive to the average runner, who pays an entry fee to compete.“If they get an elite field, the idea is that more people will race,” Carlson said. “If a million people only come to watch, they don’t get anything for that.”Carlson said he’s focusing all his energy on racing until 2008, with the possibility of a run at the Olympics in the back of his mind.But before he gets ahead of himself thinking about Europe and the Olympics, Gophers men’s cross country coach Steve Plasencia said Carlson still needs to prove himself as one of the best in the United States.“World-class is kind of a vague term, but I take it seriously,” Plasencia said. “The first thing is for him to become national-class and then he can go for world-class. But he’s got a great opportunity with the group out in California, and he’ll be able to focus on training more than when he was a student.”Carlson starts training for Big Sur in August. While doing that, he will be living in Monterrey, Calif. All his equipment, travel and living expenses will be paid for by Big Sur and Reebok.He will need to get a job, however, in order to eat.“That’s basically everything in life for someone that’s 23,” Carlson said. “I’ll probably be one of those guys at the rec center picking up towels 15 hours a week just to put food on the table.” Carlson chases after goal of a professional running careerAndrew Carlson and Melissa Steele ran in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. David McCoyJune 29, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFormer Minnesota track and field athletes Andrew Carlson and Melissa Steele competed in the USA Track & Field Championships in Carson, Calif., during the weekend, Carlson in the 5,000 meters and Steele in the 400 hurdles.But while Steele is calling that race her last, Carlson said he is hoping it was the beginning of a professional career.Carlson recently signed with the Big Sur Distance Project in Marina, Calif., to run professionally next year. He said his goal is to get good enough to be able to make a career out of racing in Europe.“European track and field is like football here,” Carlson said. “It’s, like, the big thing. I wasn’t able to run well enough this year, but hopefully next year.”In his first race as a professional, Carlson took 15th in the 5,000 in Marina with a time of 13:54.03.He was an All-American for the Gophers and owns the school record in the 5,000. He said the atmosphere at the race was completely different from that of a college setting.“It’s more cutthroat, more intense,” Carlson said. “They’re under a lot more pressure to run well because that’s their sole purpose, that’s their life.”Carlson said he was disappointed in how he finished, as was Steele. She finished 16th with a time of 58.86 seconds. The next year of her life is going to be very different than Carlson’s.“I still have a year of school left,” said Steele, who finished her eligibility last semester. “So I am going to come back and work with the team as a student coach.”last_img read more

No charges in Shannon Brooks’ alleged domestic assault

first_imgIn his one game with the Gophers this season, he ran 22 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, and fumbled twice. He injured his leg — the one that wasn’t injured previously — in the fourth quarter, and didn’t return to the field.He isn’t expected to play this Saturday at Illinois. Freshman Mohamed Ibrahim, who was out with an injury last week, is listed as the No. 1 running back on the depth chart.Brooks has ran 358 times for 1,882 yards in 29 career games with the Gophers. He has tallied 18 rushing touchdowns at Minnesota. No charges in Shannon Brooks’ alleged domestic assaultThe veteran running back was arrested Oct. 14 on a domestic violence complaint involving his male roommate.Tony SaundersRunning back Shannon Brooks avoids a tackle from Indian on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium. Brooks finished his first game back from an injury with 154 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jack WarrickNovember 2, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minneapolis attorney’s office declined to press charges against Gophers’ running back Shannon Brooks for the domestic violence complaint that got him arrested in October, the Pioneer Press first reported on Friday.Brooks was suspended for the Nebraska game after an alleged role in a fight between him and his male roommate. He was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 14 for the alleged incident. Brooks made his season debut last week against Indiana, returning from a leg injury and surgery in the spring. He was cleared to play a week before last week’s game, but didn’t return because of the allegations.Fleck said his status on the team was “evolving” after he returned from the suspension. last_img read more

Steven Gerrard: Morelos ‘going nowhere’ in January window

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard has warned clubs Alfredo Morelos is not for sale in the January transfer window.The Colombian was once again the match winner for Rangers on Sunday as they came from behind to beat St Johnstone 2-1 and stay within a point of league leaders Celtic.The hitman, who has banged in 19 goals already this season, was reportedly wanted by Chinese side Beijing Rehne last January but the Ibrox side’s manager has told any potential suitors that they would be wasting their time.He said: “He’s a top-class finisher. He must be a nightmare to play against because I see him constantly keep giving defenders tough afternoons. And Gerrard also admits he is weighing up whether to gamble on Ryan Kent’s fitness ahead of the crucial double-header. Borna Barisic has already been ruled out after suffering a hamstring complaint during Sunday’s win over St Johnstone while Scott Arfield, Gareth McAuley and Ryan Jack are also doubts. Kent has managed just one appearance in the last six weeks and Gerrard said: “Ryan is working hard with the physio. It’s a tough one as you can’t rush hamstring injuries. “He’s not a million miles away and we’re analysing him every day. “Might we take a gamble? We’re always prepared to listen to the player. If the player tells us it’s fine to take a risk of course we’ll listen to it. But I’ll always listen to the medical department, they are the experts. “But we have a slight advantage in that we have the winter break after these next two games then if anyone is a bit sore, we have that to fall back on. But we don’t want to be careless and have someone ruled out for weeks and months.” “He comes alive in the box and at big times and big moments he has stepped up for us. “So we’re really pleased with him. All good players around the world receive interest and bids – that’s football. “I won’t turn my phone off. I’ll listen to what (interested clubs) have to say. I’ll be respectful – but he’s going nowhere and that’s the message.”Rangers play Hibernian at Ibrox on Boxing Day before hosting their Old Firm rivals in the last game before the winter shutdown on December 29.last_img read more