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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Isles Skipping Vancouver, Will Run Track


The already depleted Eagles are going to be even more shorthanded this weekend. In speaking at the US Olympic team summit on Monday Carlin Isles said that he was skipping this weekend's Vancouver 7s and instead will run in an indoor track meet in Portland. Isles is hoping to make it to the Olympics both as a rugby player and as a sprinter and getting back into competitive track meets allows him to do that.

With Maka Unufe and Will Holder out for this weekend with injuries picked up in Vegas and now Isles missing out as well you can expect several players from the Falcons to be brought into the team. After the Falcons won the LVI Mike Friday singled out Seth Halliman, Pat Blair, and Peter Tiberio as players who had solid weekends. 

9 comments:

  1. Better to do it now and find out how he does than to do so later in the circuit. If he didn't place well, my guess is that this will be the end of the attempt to get back on the track.

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  2. There is more to this story...........

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  3. When did Carlin get his qualifying time? I don't recall him in any races in the last 24 months.

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  4. Well, I checked the USA Track & Field entries and Carlin has qualifying time of 6.65 for 60 meters. In addition, his entry status is "Declared", which means he is entered.

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  5. This is a strange and in my view risky choice by Isles. I can't see where Coach Friday wants a player that is not 100% committed. Just as an example if the Eagles go down a try or two in a pool match will Isles be fully switched on or will he be thinking about saving a little for track. Can't have that. I could also see a scenario where Friday tells him one or the other but not both, Isles walks and then fails to qualify for track. Then what has he gained? I'd rather a fully committed guy with a little less speed than the "worlds fastest rugby player" who is not all on.

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  6. Time for Rick Kirkland to get a shot

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  7. Didn't get much playing time. That has to be an issue.

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  8. This will actually be good for rugby in the long run. If he makes the team it will generate 100 times the press. If he doesn't but still competes in the Track trials, it'll be 50 times the press. Win/win.

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