Mike Rodgers ran the 100 meters in 9.89 seconds in the preliminary rounds of the U.S. track and field national championships Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was the fastest 100 meters, anywhere in the world, so far in 2018.
This raises several questions.
Why is Rodgers running that fast in — the prelims?
Why, moreover, is a 33-year-old Mike Rodgers running in the 9.8s again after a 2017 that saw him run a best 10-flat and a 9.97 in 2016?
Rodgers ran 9.92 in Prague on June 4. And — here is the inexplicable thing about professional track and field — it has to be asked: why he is running that fast in 2018? For what reason?
Pride gets no one paid. Respect is awesome, and 9.89 is respectfully quick. But, again, track is a professional sport.
And this is what in track circles is called an “off-year.” There’s no Olympics, no world championships.