Spiked Up, Psyched Up is a site dedicated to the elite running scene in California.  The Golden State has long been a national leader in track and field whether being the home of professional training groups, sub-elite clubs or top university and prep squads.  The goal of the blog is to present to you the stories of our state’s best through news, interviews and feature pieces as well as opinion articles on the latest events in the world of track and field.

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Lead Editor:

Kevin Liao is your typical running nerd, following the sport for years before starting Spiked Up, Psyched Up.  Kevin was previously the cross country and track & field correspondent for Capital One Cup.   When not writing, watching Flotrack videos and reading Letsrun.com, Kevin also finds time to run fairly competitively with PR’s of 4:12 (1500) and 15:23 (5k) and more famously winner of the 2009 Marshall Clark 4 Mile road race.  He is a junior at UC San Diego (explaining the site color scheme) majoring in political science and aspires to be a top operative in American politics.  Among his other sporting interests are rooting for his hometown teams, the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors.

Contributing Writer:

Sam Juliano has been a sports fan since he was young boy but did not start becoming active in organized sport unitil 8th grade.  Deciding to join the track team at C.E. Utt Middle School Sam’s vain attempts at sprints led him to distance running which he has continued up to this day.  In his running Sam competed at Tustin High School, Santa Ana College and continuing to compete unattached while at UC San Diego.  His favorite races are the steeplechase (10:17) and 5k (16:03) but he is also a big fan of cross country.  A recent graduate of UCSD, Sam is going to attend graduate school at Chico State where he will study political science. In his off time he will cheer for the Chicago Bulls, Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Angels while hoping the Tritons can move to Division I.


Tom Liu.  The guy with too many hobbies.  Junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Cell Biology.  Likes playing trumpet and piano, runs for fun, sleeping in and thinking about life.  Aspiring photographer.  Tom is always looking forward to the next big adventure in his life, new experiences and great memories.  Raised in San Jose, California.  As for other sporting interests, Tom doesn’t play favorites and watches sporting events to see who can be the most epic.  Future goals include running sub 4:00 in the 1500, becoming an epic photographer, and making it into medical school.   Find some of Tom’s work here.