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first_imgLONG BEACH – It was three days before the biggest race of his life and Jimmy Grabow was jumpy. Oh, was he ever. “I’m trying to read or hang out with people,” he added, “but I’m like a volcano ready to erupt.” If you’re a distance runner, competitively or just as a method to burn calories and keep the cardiovascular system chugging along, you might be able to understand what he was enduring as he prepared to compete in the 5,000 meters during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend. If not, you haven’t a clue. The 5-foot-7, 115-pound Grabow, a 4.0 student who picked up his bachelor’s degree in history last spring and is now taking post-graduate courses in counseling and student development, has been “tapering” this week to prepare for his race at the University of Arkansas today. And that means trimming his usual 125 miles per week of running. “Yesterday I ran 13 miles and today only seven,” he said, sighing. “Coach (Matt Roe) knows I hate not working out. So I’m giving in to him on this.” Grabow, who transferred to Long Beach State from San Bernardino Valley College 2 1/2 years ago, broke his own school record by running a 13:44.0 in Seattle on Feb. 10. He arrived on campus the same time that Roe did after being hired by the track and field program’s head coach, Andy Sythe. Tonight he will take the sixth fastest time in America into the field of 16 that also includes a handful of elite foreign competitors, Roe said. Needless to say, Grabow will take a lot of pent-up energy onto the track with him. “The field will be loaded but Jimmy is going to be ready to battle,” Roe said. He concedes that getting Roe to strategically ease off in his training regiment is akin to a jockey pulling back hard on the reins of a thoroughbred. “We’ve been trying to get him to rest because he’s done all the work he needs to get ready for the race,” Roe said of the first Long Beach distance runner to compete in the championships since 1990. “But it’s difficult because it’s taking away something he craves.” Grabow craves pounding a running track or trail, or pavement, the way most of us crave fries with our cheeseburgers. “And it’s funny,” he said, “because I used to hate running.” But that’s before a buddy convinced him to go out for the cross country team as a freshman at Rim of the World High in Lake Arrowhead. “I thought `Sure, why not? I can run three miles,”‘ he said, laughing. After the first couple of workouts, though, he had a question for his pal. “It was a rude awakening,” he said. “It was, like `Dude, tell me why we’re doing this?”‘ His high school coach, Glenn Mitchell, apparently had an eye for distance running talent, even if it came in the body of a scrawny ninth grader. “Coach Mitchell asked me to stick it out,” Grabow explained. “I told him, `Just give me three reasons to come back.”‘ And? “I don’t remember what he said,” Grabow said, laughing again. “But if not for him, I sure wouldn’t be here.” Grabow, who also holds the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:59.40) and was second in the 5,000 during the Big West Conference outdoor championships last spring, wasn’t recruited by any NCAA Division I program before enrolling at San Bernardino Valley. And he was lightly recruited before signing with Long Beach. “You know, what I’m doing now wasn’t even fathomable two years ago,” he said. “I had very humble beginnings as a runner. Even now, I don’t think about winning titles. I see it as a process of `How much can I improve?’ I see it a race of me vs. me.” And you know who wins that one every time. 49er notes: Also competing for Long Beach is triple jumper Ronald Carter, who was an All-American selection last spring after finishing seventh (51-4 1/2) in the outdoor championships in Sacramento. He has the third best mark in the country – 52-7 1/4 – during the indoor season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m like an egg waiting to hatch,” the Long Beach State graduate student said earlier this week. And then he polished off the 1-2 metaphorical combination. last_img
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first_img1 Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard celebrates his brace in the League Cup There were no major shocks in Wednesday’s League Cup third round action, as Manchester City led the way for the Premier League sides with a monumental 7-0 victory over ten-man Sheffield Wednesday.The game was goalless at half-time, but the Etihad Stadium crowd witnessed an attacking masterclass after the break, as both Frank Lampard an Edin Dzeko netted fine braces to book the holders’ spot in the last-16.Man-of-the-match Lampard opened the scoring shortly after the restart after he recreated his famous goal against former club Chelsea by converting a cross from James Milner, with Dzeko soon making it two with a tap-in from Jesus Navas’s pass.Spanish forward Navas then added a goal of his own, dashing past the Owl’s defence and blasting in with a fierce strike.City then took full advantage of Kamil Zayatte’s sending off after he tripped Lampard in the box, as Yaya Toure netted a fourth from the spot, with Dzeko’s header, a debut goal for 17-year-old ‘Mini Messi’ Jose Angel Pozo and another cool Lampard finish sealed an emphatic start to City’s cup defence.Meanwhile, Tottenham left it late to clinch their progression as three goals in the final 20 minutes saw them come from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 3-1.It was another barren first-half at White Hart Lane, but Championship outfit Forest took a deserving lead when 19-year-old Jorge Grant scooped in from close-range on his full debut.Spurs were uninspired throughout but suddenly kicked into life following the introduction of young duo Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, with 23-year-old Mason pulling the hosts level with his first senior goal – a stunning strike from 30-yards.Much-maligned striker Roberto Soldado then put Tottenham in front when he diverted Andros Townsend’s mis-hit shot into the back of the net, with Kane coolly slotting home in stoppage-time to seal victory.Meanwhile, Chelsea had Brazilian playmaker Oscar to thank as his second-half strike proved the winner in a slim 2-1 win over Bolton at Stamford Bridge.Young defender Kurt Zouma put the Blues in front on his debut with a neat finish after some hesitant defending, but the Trotters were level just six minutes later when Matt Mills headed in.Chelsea rallied after the break and, after dominating the chances with 28 to the visitors’ three, Oscar popped up in the 55th minute with a low strike to save the Blues’ bacon.Newcastle needed extra-time to see off Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with Paul Dummett’s late diving header handing the ten-man Magpies a 3-2 triumph.Dwight Gayle’s first-half penalty gave the Eagles the lead but two goals from new striker Emmanuel Riviere, one either side of the break, put the visitors in front.Neil Warnock’s stubborn side then grabbed a 90th minute equaliser through Sullay Kaikai to force an additional 30 minutes, but, despite losing Mehdi Abeid to two yellow cards, Dummett stepped up just nine minutes shy of a shoot-out to send Newcastle through.Finally, West Brom netted twice in the final four minutes to secure a last-gasp 3-2 win over Hull City, Saido Berahino’s 88th minute winner putting the Baggies into the next round, while ten-man Brighton ended League Two outfit Burton Albion’s run in the competition with a 3-0 away victory.Capital One Cup third round results:Burton 0-3 BrightonChelsea 2-1 BoltonMan City 7-0 Sheffield WedTottenham 3-1 Nottingham ForestCrystal Palace 2-3 NewcastleWest Brom 3-2 HullClick here to see the full League Cup last-16 drawlast_img read more

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