Cory McGee Punches Her Ticket To Moscow – Runs 4:06.67 In Belgium

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by LetsRun.com
July 13, 2013

The University of Florida’s Cory McGree, the third placer at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, will be going to the 2013 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.  With the July 20th deadline for time qualification approaching, McGee punched her ticket to Moscow in style tonight at the 2013 KBC-Nacht meet in Heusden, Belgium.

Needing the the 4:09.00 ‘B’ standard to go to Moscow, McGee ran 4:06.67, a big personal best as McGee’s personal best was 4:09.85 coming in.

McGee ran aggressively throughout. For the first two laps, she was in second behind the rabbit as the rabbit took the field through 400 and 800 in 63.30 and 2:08.19. With the fast early pace (2:08.19 is 4:00.35 pace), McGee and one other competitor were clear of the rest of the field.

Cory McGree(r)  in the lead shortly after 800

Cory McGree(r) in the lead shortly after 800

Once the rabbit was passed shortly after 800, McGee found herself in the lead briefly but at the bell (2:59 high) and 1200 (3:16.53), McGee was in second yet again.

Over the final 200, McGee was swallowed up by close to half of the field as the fast early pace took its toll on McGee. McGee’s last last lap was definitely her slowest as she probably ran 66 high-67 flat, but in the end, she was very happy to be the 7th of the 15 finishers as her 4:06.67 meant she was going to Moscow.

In the final 100, McGee was actually passed by two other Americans. The 9th placer at USAs, Katie Mackey (4:04.60 pb) was fourth in 4:05.35. 2007 NCAA 1500 champ Brie Felnagle, who was 7th in the 5000 at USAs,  lowered her personal best from 4:08.54 to 4:05.64 to finish sixth.

The race was won by Eritrea’s Meraf Bahta, who came in with a 4:09.60 personal best, in 4:05.11.

More: Discuss on the MB: Florida’s Cory McGee gets 2013 world championship qualifier – 4:06.67

More photos and results appear below.

The top 3 clear of the field early in the race

The top 3 clear of the field early in the race

Cory McGee fading at the finish

Cory McGee fading at the finish

Cory McGee is officially going to Moscow

Cory McGee is officially going to Moscow

Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Cat Result Info
1 1 79 BAHTA MERAF 4:09.60 ERI Sen 4:05.11
2 4 83 EMBAYE AXUMAWIT 4:06.03 ETH Jun 4:05.16
3 3 93 TEFERI SEMBERI 4:06.06 ETH Jun 4:05.35
4 13 87 MACKEY KATIE 4:04.60 USA Sen 4:05.35
5 8 91 SUJEW DIANA 4:05.71 GER Sen 4:05.62
6 2 84 FELNAGLE BRIE 4:08.54 USA Sen 4:05.64
7 12 88 MCGEE CORY 4:09.85 USA Sen 4:06.67
8 11 89 ROMAN SONIA 4:02.13 SLO Sen 4:07.32
9 9 92 SUJEW ELINA 4:07.36 GER Sen 4:09.58
10 16 86 HIGGINSON ASHLEY 4:12.80 USA Sen 4:11.82
11 6 80 BELETE ALMENSH 4:06.87 BEL Sen 4:12.33
12 15 85 GARCIA STEPHANIE 4:14.47 USA Sen 4:13.33
13 10 90 ROSTKOWSKA ANNA 4:09.39 POL Sen 4:14.67
14 5 82 DE GRANDE LINDSEY 4:09.20 BEL Sen 4:17.54
15 9 81 CHEROTICH SAMMARY 4:15.10 KEN Sen 4:20.73
14 94 TVERDOSTUP TAMARA PACE UKR Sen DNF

More: Discuss on the MB: Florida’s Cory McGee gets 2013 world championship qualifier – 4:06.67

Editor’s note: This article initially incorrectly stated that the IAAF ‘A’ standard was 4:07.00.

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