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2006 USATF Nationals Day 1 Recap: 10,000m Rained out, Kevin Hicks, Jonathon Johnson Out of 800
June 22, 2006


The weather was the story of the day on Day 1 of the 2006 USATF Nationals in Indianapolis as thunderstorms postponed the much anticipated matchup at 10,000m between Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Anthony Famiglietti and late addition Jorge Torres who will be making his 10,000m and 2006 debut. The 10k final was pushed back to Friday.

Before the inclement weather postponed the meet there was qualifying action in the men's 800m and the women's steeplechase.

The only surprises came in the first round of the men's 800m.

Men's 800
In heat 1, 2005 US Indoor Champ, 2005 NCAA Indoor Champ,  and World Championship team member, Kevin Hicks did not advance. Hicks was fifth in his heat in 1:49.78 but is not showing the form that led him to his success and his 1:44.94 pb in 2005. His best this year was his outdoor opener (1:47.58) at the Kansas Relays.

The next surprise was in Heat 2 where 3 time US 800m outdoor champ and 2003 World Indoor Champion, David Krummenacker, almost didn't qualify for the final.  Krummenacker was leading his heat at 600 (1:21.2 we believe) but faded down the home stretch to finish only 6th in his heat in 1:48.42. There were a tense few minutes for Krummenacker as he had to watch the 2 remaining heats, but  16 of the 38 runners would advance to the semifinals on time and Krummenacker would get the last time qualifier. Krummenacker had not raced since he fell in the 800m at the Adidas Track Classic on May 21st.

In the last heat the casualty was 2004 US Olympic Trials Champion, Jonathan Johnson (1:44.77 pb to win the Trials). Fortunately for Krummenacker, the last heat did not go out fast and Johnson would not advance despite finishing 3rd in 1:48.77. Johnson has not shown his previous form in 2006 as his best time is the 1:47.33 he ran at the Reebok Grand Prix two weeks ago in NY.

The women's steeplechase had heats to eliminate 2 runners. What a waste of time.


Men 800 Meter Run
 Two alleys, 6 and 4 in 1st round only
       World: W 1:41.11  8/24/1997   Wilson Kipketer, KEN
    American: A 1:42.60  8/28/1985   Johnny Gray, Santa Monica T
        Meet: M 1:42.80  6/24/1992   Johnny Gray, SMTC
    Name                    Year Team                   Prelims
Heat  1
  1 Jacob Koczman                Indiana Invaders       1:49.01Q
  2 James Hatch                  The Farm Team, Inc.    1:49.18Q
  3 Trent Riter                  unattached             1:49.38
  4 Gered Burns                  unattached             1:49.54
  5 Kevin Hicks                  Nike                   1:49.78
  6 Raphael Asafo-agyei          U S C                  1:49.80
  7 Timothy Dunne                New York A C           1:50.18
  8 Tim Harris                   Miami                  1:50.52
  9 Ryan Brown                   unattached             1:52.62
 -- Philip Sakala                U S Military Aca           DNS
Heat  2
  1 Jon Rankin                   Nike                   1:47.47Q
  2 Bryan Berryhill              Reebok                 1:48.03Q
  3 Nicholas Symmonds            unattached             1:48.05q
  4 Duane Solomon                unattached             1:48.18q
  5 Jebreh Harris                Reebok                 1:48.18q
  6 David Krummenacker           adidas                 1:48.42q
  7 Ricardo Bell                 Indiana Invaders       1:48.82
  8 Elliott Blount               The Farm Team, Inc.    1:49.16
  9 Ali Najjar                   unattached             1:49.53
 10 Matthew Groose               Wisconsin R R T        1:51.38
Heat  3
  1 Khadevis Robinson            Nike                   1:47.47Q
  2 Kevin Elliott                The Farm Team, Inc.    1:47.58Q
  3 Samuel Burley                Asics                  1:47.73q
  4 Neville Miller               Missouri               1:47.99q
  5 Michael Inge                 unattached             1:48.06q
  6 Brendon Mahoney              The Farm Team, Inc.    1:48.19q
  7 Wil Fitts                    Baylor                 1:48.44
  8 Harun Iman                   unattached             1:48.45
  9 Richard Smith                Nike                   1:48.64
 10 Adam Steele                  Reebok                 1:51.76
Heat  4
  1 Derrick Peterson             adidas                 1:48.52Q
  2 Tetlo Emmen                  unattached             1:48.53Q
  3 Jonathan Johnson             Reebok                 1:48.77
  4 Marcus Mayes                 Missouri               1:48.79
  5 Brandon Shaw                 The Farm Team, Inc.    1:48.98
  6 Joel Legare                  Connecticut            1:49.02
  7 Timothy Ramirez              Azusa Pacific          1:49.55
  8 Joel Williams                Jackson State          1:49.80
  9 Paul Moser                   New York A C           1:51.20
 -- Nicholas Thornton            unattached                 DNF


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