College Track and Field Barefoot

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    Just learned, TJ, that Nicole is not permitted by the school to run barefoot in meets because the school has a apparel contract with Nike which includes shoes and spikes,according to her teammate. This also means that she cannot wear her toe shoes on track in meets either.
     
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    TJ, I finally went back to the South Alabama website and did find out that Nicole(van der Merwe) actually won the women's 1500 with a PR time of 5:11.92 despite, as mentioned earlier, running in spikes instead of barefoot.

    I do remember Nicole saying prior to the season on Instagram that if she couldn't wear tape on her feet while running in her bare feet, she would wear spikes instead because she doesn't like running completely barefoot w/o any tape on the feet or her toes.

    Have to see how far it goes as to if anything changes. If this is any indication,sad to say, Nicole may not go barefoot in races for the time being.
     
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    TJ, I came across this today:
    There is a new addition to the small list of runners who are competing barefooted in track meets.
    Her name is Quin Johnson. She competes in cross country and track at Mesa Community College in Arizona.
    She competed in this weekend's junior college indoor track national meet in the women's 1000 meter race and the final leg of the 4x800 relay in her BARE FEET!
    She finished 15th in the 1000 and the relay finished 9th.

    Two other things for you about her:

    She also ran barefoot at last fall's NJCAA Region 1 cross country meet, finishing 11th.
    She also has her own Instagram page which I will double check on. I am now following her Instagram page, which has a number of pics of her barefoot. I will post some on the Facebook page.

    Looks like Quin will be running barefoot every meet the rest of the season. More in the coming weeks,TJ!
     
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    TJ, here is Quin's Instagram page handle. It is: @_quiniie .
    She just told me on IG that she runs all her track races barefoot, including the previous "indoor" meets.
     
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    Just saw a pic on Instagram showing that South Alabama freshman Nicole van der Merwe DID compete in her taped bare feet on Saturday in her team's track invitational. Her teammate Katelyn was caught up in prepping for her own event and gave me info based on what she thought had happened and seemed unsure about what the rules allowed.Apologies to her! I will post the pic to the Facebook page.
     
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    TJ, I just learned on IG that another junior college runner is going to run some outdoor meets barefooted this spring. Her name is Joanna Topham and she competes for Hawkeye Community College in Iowa. She has competed against some barefoot runners from last fall's cross country season(didn't know who specifically), but she did text me on IG that she has wanted to try running barefoot this season. She didn't think about it during indoor season, but after competing against the aforementioned barefooted Quin Johnson of Mesa CC at last weekend's indoor nationals she has decided to give competing barefooted a shot in the outdoor season. She also said that she would run barefoot in her first outdoor meet on Saturday, March 24th at Augustana Outdoor meet. She does post running pics on IG, so I will be looking for them that weekend.
     
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    Her boyfriend blocked her page because he was upset that I was following her page, thinking that she was being stalked and bullied by all the apparent unwanted attention from her competing barefooted( thought that a fetish issue was taking place).

    You can try to access it yourself to see if you can get in or not.
     
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    Sighting from today(March 10) -

    At the Coastal Carolina Doug Shaw Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC :

    Coastal Carolina sophomore Lisha van Onselen (who was celebrating her 21st birthday today) competed in her bare feet today in the women's seeded 1500 meter race, finishing 2nd in a time of 4:42.05.

    It was her first barefoot race of the season.

    Everyone else was off this weekend due to many schools going on spring break.
     
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    Some possible opportunities this upcoming weekend for runners to go barefoot in meets:

    Coastal Carolina- hosts their Shamrock Invitational Thur-Fri-Sat in Myrtle Beach, SC(Lisha van Onselen)

    Texas Tech- Texas San Antonio Invitational in San Antonio, TX(Nokuthula Dlamini)

    Mesa CC- Willie Williams Invitational at Tucson,AZ or Baldy Castillo Invitational at Tempe,AZ(split squad)(Quin Johnson)

    South Alabama- hosting the Jaguar Classic in Mobile,AL (Nicole van der Merwe)

    Hope for some pics,maybe.
     
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    Today:

    Texas Tech's Nokuthula Dlamini is not competing in this weekend's UTSA Invitational meet. Not injured, just resting this weekend. Was not listed on event heat sheets.

    Coastal Carolina sophomore Lisha van Onselen ran barefoot today in a rare college track discipline, the women's 3000 meter steeplechase, at the Shamrock Invitational meet in Myrtle Beach, SC.She finished 2nd in her heat and also 2nd overall in a time of 11:09.23.Top 7 finishers overall all ran in the first of two heats.

    More to come, TJ.
     
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    A little late, but...

    Saturday:

    Ikageng Gaorenkwe of Central Arizona finished 13th in the men's 3000 meter race at the Arizona Willie Williams Invitational, but he ran in shoes instead of barefoot because the race was at night and temps were cooler under the lights.(15:37.68)

    Lisha van Onselen of Coastal Carolina was withdrawn from the women's 3000 meter race at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach,SC. It was a coach's decision due to the fact that she ran the aforementioned steeplechase race the previous night(no injury involved).

    Nicole van der Merwe of South Alabama finished 3rd in the women's 3000 meter race at the Jaguar Invitational in 10:50.32 in her usual taped bare feet.

    Mesa CC's Quin Johnson finished 11th in the women's 800 meter race at the Arizona State Baldy Castillo Invitational in her bare feet in 2:23.68.
     
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    Here's this week's schedule for possibility of barefoot running:

    South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe is at the Samford Invitational on Friday.

    Mesa CC's Quin Johnson is at Distance in the Dark meet at Paradise Valley(AZ) College on Thursday and Mesa's own Cody McBride Memorial Invitational Friday & Saturday.

    Hawkeye(IA) CC's Joanna Topham is at the Augustana(IL) Invitational Saturday.(Note: Temps predicted to only be in the mid to upper 30s with 20+ mph winds- possibility that she might run in shoes instead of barefoot; will be up to her to decide.)

    Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen is at the Weems Baskin Invitational in Columbia,SC ( U.of South Carolina) on Friday and Saturday.

    Texas Tech's Nokuthula Dlamini is at the Abilene Christian Invitational in Abilene,TX on Friday and Saturday.
     
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    TJ, here's a update:

    Hawkeye (IA) CC's Joanna Topham will not be competing at Augustana Saturday. Meet has been cancelled due to a winter storm in southern Illinois that comes in tomorrow night into Saturday. 4 to 8 inches of wet snow is likely in the area and a winter storm watch is out for the area.
     
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    Another update:

    South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe is not competing this week at the Samford Invitational. She is not among the athletes listed by the school for this meet.She should be back next weekend when the Jaguars compete in the Mobile Invitational. Nothing injury or discipline related,just a coach's decision to rest her this week.
     
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    TJ, another update:

    Mesa CC's Quin Johnson competed barefoot Thursday night at the Distance in the Dark meet at Scottsdale CC. She competed in the women's 1500 meter race. No results have been posted yet, but I found a pic through the IG site of one of the runners from Central Arizona. Will post it on the Facebook page.
     
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    TJ, this storm wasn't even in the forecast until a couple days ago. Previously they were only forecasting cold and windy conditions.
     
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    TJ, here is the result from that meet: She finished 2nd with a time of 4:57.17(BARE FEET!), qualifying her for the NJCAA outdoor national meet in mid-May. She was already going to the outdoor nationals as part of the 4x8 relay based on their 7th place finish at indoor nationals.
     
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