Sha’Keela Saunders, US Long Jumper, Ready for Olympic Trials

“It takes just one jump!”

That is what US long jumper, Sha’Keela Saunders told me as she prepares for the Olympic Trials in Eugene.

Suanders was the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor track and field Long jump champion. She earned 13-time NCAA Division I All-America honors in her college career. She first broke the University of Kentucky Wildcats school record in the long jump for the first time 6.53 m (21 ft 5 in) en route to a first-place finish at the 2015 University of Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet. Sha’Keela set the University of Kentucky Wildcats school record in the Long jump in 6.90 m (22 ft 8 in) in 2017 – a performance thank ranked and placed her in third on the all-time collegiate indoor list.

She’s competed in Diamond League events, World Championships and now an Olympics would complete her resume’.

She is also the Head Women’s Track and Field Coach at Hampton University in Virginia and loves passing along her knowledge to younger athletes.

Great to talk with Sha’Keela and it really only takes one jump.



Kyle Garland, US Decathlete, Heading to Olympic Trials

Rick is joined by an incredible athlete this week, US Decathlete, Kyle Garland.

Garland is a University of Georgia product, who grew up and competed in Philadelphia.

Showing promise as a junior athlete, Garland won gold at the 2018 USATF U20 Championships in the decathlon scoring 7562 points. He then went on to finish 7th at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships.

Now a pro, Garland was selected to compete at the 2022 World Athletics Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. Garland placed in the top 10 after the shot put, long jump and 100 meters events before ultimately finishing eleventh on his senior major championship debut, which was won by world-record holder Kevin Mayer of France.[4] He was selected for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest in August 2023.

The US has a long tradition of winning decathlons, and Garland wants to be a part of that.


Charlene Lipsey, American Middle Distance Runner, Preparing for Olympic Trials

Great to be joined by American middle distance runner, Charlene Lipsey to start a series of segments leading up to the US Olympic Track and Field Trials and Olympics.

She specializes in the 800 meters. She competed in the women’s 800 meters at the 2017 World Championships.

Charlene was part of Team USA setting world indoor record in the February 3 at 2018 Millrose Games in 8:05.89 – Chrishuna Williams (2:05.10), Raevyn Rogers (2:00.45), Charlene Lipsey (2:01.98), Ajee’ Wilson (1:58.37).

She was a 3-time SEC champ in college and second in the NCAAs in 2010 and 2012.

She also won the 1000m at the USA Indoor Championships in 2017.

Her personal best in the 800: 1:57.38

Charlene talks about what it is like leading up the Olympic Trials.

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Brian Knudtson, Track Coach, New Sculptor, High School Friend of Rick

A pleasure to be joined this week, by an old friend from Racine Case High School, Brian Knudtson.

Brian and Rick shared a homeroom for four years in high school.

Brian has gone on to be a popular teacher and track coach in the Royall School District in Wisconsin.

Brian was a standout athlete in high school and discusses what it it like now to coach Track and Field at a small school.

He also decided to show his creative side and made some unique track and field sculptures. We talk about that and a lot more.

Mike Barrell, Tennis Racquet Collector and Expert

Rick talks with tennis racquet collector, Mike Barrell this week.

There are 1000’s of tennis racquets out there. Where you are looking for a racquet that is functional or something to put on your wall as a piece of art, Mike helps guide you through the tennis racquet collecting universe.

As a collector, Mike feels that part of his responsibility is education others about the history and value of racquets. We then talk about Mike’s collection, how scarcity and values are determined. In the age of social media, Mike is very active with other racquet enthusiasts on Facebook.

From wood to racquets made with all sorts of materials, Mike says, it’s about the hunt and discovering something that he’s never seen before.

Enjoy this talk with tennis racquet collector, Mike Barrell. Maybe you’ll start a collection of your own!

Roxana Ehsani, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist talking Wild Alaskan Seafood

For seafood lovers, it can be hard to know which fish to eat. Fish are some of the only wild animals we consume on a mass scale. Nearly 90% of global marine fish stocks are now fully exploited or overfished. Alaska produces more wild seafood than all other states combined and accounts for about 60% of the nation’s commercial fisheries.

Joined by Roxana Ehsani.


What does it mean to eat seafood that is wild and sustainable?

What are the health benefits to eating wild-caught seafood?

How can consumers be sure they’re buying fish that is wild and sustainable?

What are the biggest misconceptions about preparing seafood?

Can you share more about the fish recipes you’ve prepared for today.

Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and a National Media Spokesperson. Roxana previously served as a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, spokesperson and on-air talent for Giant Food supermarkets, Monumental Sports Network, DOLE and the American Heart Association.

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