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LetsRun.com's Recap Of 800 & 1500 Prelims At Day 1 Of The 2009 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships
The story of the 800s for us was the unreal second heat.
2008 Olympic Trials champ Hazel Clark took the field through 200 in 29.6 and 400 in 59.81. At 400, 2007 NCAA runner-up Katie Waits was in 2nd about 3 meters back. Just after 600, Waits fell back to 3rd or 4th and looked like she might be going out the back door, but she ended up rallying in the homestretch to finish in 3rd. NCAA 3rd-placer Lativia Thomas got 2nd as Clark got the win in 2:04.39. Lap-by-lap splits are here.
1 Hazel Clark Nike 2:04.39Q [2:04.388] 2 Latavia Thomas L S U 2:04.58Q 3 Katie Waits Reebok 2:04.76Q 4 Angee Henry Team Nebr/Brks 2:05.02Q 5 Dominique Jackson North Carolina 2:05.41q 6 Katie Palmer Brigham Young 2:06.25 7 Colleen Newhart Fleet Feet/Nike 2:06.46 8 Becky Horn unattached 2:08.80 9 Ty Davis Team Indiana/Brk 2:11.55
Maggie Vessey Post Race Comments
The field went through
200 in 30.37 and hit 61.94 at the bell. At this point, we turned to
the guy next to us and asked which one is Maggie Vessey (the winner of the Pre
Classic 800), as we weren't really paying attention since, after all, it's
just the first round. He said, "Oh, that girl in last about 15 meters
At 600, Vessey was still way back, but in the end, she made up a ton of ground and automatically advanced to the semis.
Afterwards, we caught up with Vessey and asked her if she was ever a bit nervous being that far back (the answer was yes) and asked about her new threads, as she was sporting some sweet New Balance gear. Apparently, they picked her up after the Pre Classic win. Lap-by-lap splits are here.
1 Geena Gall Michigan 2:04.92Q 2 Maggie Vessey unattached 2:05.44Q 3 Molly Beckwith Indiana 2:05.88Q 4 Heather Dorniden Minnesota 2:05.97Q 5 Chantee McBride unattached 2:05.98 6 Trisa Nickoley unattached 2:06.22 7 Nikeya Green Reebok 2:07.13 8 Ashley Puga unattached 2:09.70Heat 3
2007 NCAA and USA champ Alysia Johnson got the win as 7 of 9 advanced. Lap-by-lap splits are here.
1 Alysia Johnson Nike 2:04.39Q [2:04.383] 2 Sara Vaughn adidas 2:04.60Q 3 Phoebe Wright Tennessee 2:04.66Q 4 Laura Hermanson North Dakota State 2:04.68Q 5 Brenda Martinez Cal Riverside 2:04.78q 6 Morgan Uceny Reebok 2:05.24q 7 Aja Jackson Charlotte 2:05.59q 8 Jesse Carlin Nike 2:06.90 9 Nicole Cook Reebok 2:08.20
Men's 800 - Wheating DNS As The Idiotic IAAF Rule Lets Us See Lagat For 1:48.59
The big news in the 800 was that Andrew Wheating's calf injury at NCAAs must have been more serious than most thought as he was a DNS in heat 3.
All of the big names advanced to the semis. The real performance of the day was Golden Coachman advancing in heat 2 with one shoe for the last lap. The Iraq veteran is literally Army tough.
KD took it out as he does, passing through 400 in 54.08. At this point, he was followed closely by UConn's Michael Rutt, who redshirted outdoors this year to focus on academics and, 3-4 meters back, Lagat was in 3rd. On the backstretch, Rutt made a move to pass KD, but KD accelerated to keep the lead. He clearly wanted to lead wire-to-wire. He passed 600 in 1:20.9 with Lagat still 3-5 meters back. Lagat tried to make a move up coming off the homestretch but the position of the top 3 stayed the same. Michael Rutt, you can tell your grandkids you beat Lagat.
1 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:48.07Q [1:48.062] 2 Michael Rutt Connecticut 1:48.24Q 3 Bernard Lagat Nike 1:48.59Q 4 Mark Wieczorek Oregon TC Elite 1:49.17 5 Matt Scherer Oregon TC Elite 1:49.27 6 Anthony Luna Metropolitan State 1:49.59 7 Christopher Bilbrew Arkansas 1:49.69 8 Duane Solomon unattached 1:49.85 9 David Krummenacker unattached 1:50.44 10 Cory Primm U C L A 1:53.43
1 Christian Smith Nike 1:47.84Q 2 Dustin Emrani Pride Products 1:48.22Q 3 Jeffrey Fisher Santa Monica T C 1:48.47Q 4 Gered Burns N Y A C 1:48.75q 5 Brandon Shaw Oregon TC Elite 1:49.04 6 Tetlo Emmen unattached 1:49.19 7 Brian Gagnon Connecticut 1:49.21 8 Michael Carmody unattached 1:49.28 9 Jason Collett Kansas State 1:55.29
1 Tevan Everett unattached 1:49.15Q 2 Jonathan Johnson Reebok 1:49.36Q 3 Golden Coachman U.S. Army 1:49.44Q 4 Kevin Hicks Oregon TC Elite 1:49.72 5 Carlos Phillips Florida 1:50.13 6 Raphael Asafo-agyei unattached 1:50.65 7 Marcus Mayes unattached 1:51.11 8 Steve Ludwig Wisconsin 1:51.15 -- Andrew Wheating Oregon DNS
1 Nicholas Symmonds Oregon TC Elite 1:48.07Q [1:48.064] 2 Ryan Brown Asics 1:48.17Q [1:48.167] 3 Tyler Mulder Northern Iowa 1:48.17Q [1:48.170] 4 Karjuan Williams unattached 1:48.29q 5 Sean Tully unattached 1:48.44q 6 Andrew Dawson unattached 1:48.85q 7 Alex McClary Arkansas 1:49.30 8 Kenneth Jesensky unattached 1:49.71 9 Mason McHenry Arizona State 1:52.74
The race began with a tight pack that was led by Willard. Willard looked comfortable leading the pack through 400 in 67.85. About 600 in, Christin Wurth-Thomas made a move that shot her into first place. Sarah Bowman of the University of Tennessee went with Wurth-Thomas and Willard dropped back to the middle of the chase pack. Nobody went with Willard exccept for Bowman, as Willard was content to stay with the pack since the top 3 in each heat and the next six fastest would qualify.
Wurth-Thomas and Bowman passed through 800 in 2:16.2 with the strung out chase pack that included Willard about 10 meters back. Wurth-Thomas continued leading through the bell lap with Bowman on her shoulder in 3:05.07. They passed the 1,200 mark in 3:21.3. With 100 to go, Willard moved up to the front of the chase pack and began to catch the leaders. Wurth-Thomas won the heat in 4:11.84, Bowman second in 4:12.24, Willard in third at 4:13.3.
In the end, the next three, including multi-time US champ Treniere Clement, would advance on time.
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Christin Wurth Nike 4:11.84Q 2 Sarah Bowman Tennessee 4:12.24Q 3 Anna Willard Nike 4:13.31Q 4 Heidi Dahl East Tenn St 4:14.00q 5 Treniere Clement Nike 4:14.05q 6 Lauren Hagans unattached 4:15.57q 7 Kellyn Johnson unattached 4:16.71 8 Katherine Follett Washington 4:17.70 9 Renee Metivier Baille Nike 4:18.39 10 Lisa Senakiewich Michigan State 4:19.34 11 Jessica Pixler Seattle Pacific 4:21.31 12 Amanda LoPiccolo Syracuse Charger 4:24.08 13 Natalie Picchetti unattached 4:30.57 -- Susan Hendrick N Y A C DNS
Donahue took the lead from the beginning, bringing the tightly-grouped pack through the 400 in 69.61 with Amy Mortimer on her shoulder, Rowbury hanging in the middle of the pack and Hasay also in the pack. The 800 was passed in 2:21.15 with Donahue in the lead, Mortimer on her shoulder and Lauren Centrowitz having moved into the third position. At this point, Hasay remained in the middle of the tight pack. The leaders went through the bell lap in 3:13.31 - 8 seconds slower than the first heat - and 1,200 in 3:29.17, with Donahue still in the lead. With 200 to go, Rowbury began her kick and moved into the lead, which is where she remained, winning the heat in 4:15.19. Without a doubt, she was the class of this heat. Donahue got second in 4:15.63 and Centrowitz grabbed the third auto spot in 4:16.05.
Rowbury's last lap was 61.74. The big change in pace didn't suit Hasay well at all. Hasay, who is known to have problems with sudden changes in pace, finished last in the heat in 4:19.61 after a 65.94 last lap.
1 Shannon Rowbury Nike 4:15.19Q 2 Erin Donohue Nike 4:15.63Q 3 Lauren Centrowitz Stanford 4:16.05Q 4 Amy Mortimer Reebok 4:16.18q 5 Margaret Infeld Georgetown 4:16.37q 6 Molly Lehman Duke 4:16.54q 7 Frances Koons Villanova 4:17.04 8 Mary Jayne Reeves unattached 4:17.37 9 Alex Kosinski Oregon 4:18.87 10 Jordan Hasay San Luis D C 4:19.61
Men's 1,500 - One Favorite Falters As Webb Barely Survives (Thank You USATF)
Not sure if this setup was worse than last year's disaster or not. Last year, USATF capriciously limited the field size to 30 and there were three rounds. Thus, they ran 3 heats of 10 to eliminate 6 people. In heat 3, everyone advanced. Last year, the races were a waste of the athletes' and fans' time. This year, the heats certainly were a must-see but for the wrong reason. Since people train a lifetime to make meets like this, we like seeing the larger fields, but they need to have 3 rounds. If you are only going to have two rounds, go from at most 36 to 12.
Combine the two years' formats and you have it perfect. Three rounds and 48 entrants. Go from 48 to 24 to 12. In the 800, go from 32 to 16 to 8.
Since there were four heats, it was top 2 and next 4 best times. All of the time qualifiers came from the last heat as ex-CU Buff Stephen Pifer did what he is known for - rabbit the field out. As a result, guys like Darren Brown, who had a seasonal best of 3:41.78 this year and closed in 1:58.35 to run 3:41.60, advanced to the final, whereas someone like Rob Myers, who had a 3:36.66 seasonal best and closed in in 1:55.57 and ran 3:42.35 in heat 1, didn't advance.
Also not advancing from heat 1 was Liam Boylan-Pett. The guy closed in 1:54.75 - 3.6 seconds faster than Brown - and ran just .25 slower overall than Brown (3:41.85) but didn't advance. In that same heat, Garrett Heath closed in 1:55.09 and ran 3:41.83 and also didn't advance.
Nothing against Brown. He stepped it up at USAs, set a PR and moved on, which is what you want an athlete to do. But please don't try to tell us what he did was a better performance than what any of the top 6 runners in the first heat did, as it wasn't. They brought it just as much as Brown. They were just screwed by USATF's decision to let 51 people into a 2-round 1,500. Ridiculous.
The 1,500 is not a race where the time often means much of anything in a championship and USATF needs to recognize that fact and set it up so the advancement formulas reflect it.
Myers was in great position all race but he just didn't have much left in the tank the last 150. The class of the field was Arkansas' Dorian Ulrey, who looked great the last 150 and pulled away to get a surprising victory. Virginia's Andrew Jesien, who didn't make the finals at NCAAs this year, stayed out of trouble and kicked at the right time and was the shock 2nd qualifier.
1 Dorian Ulrey Arkansas 3:41.42Q 2 Andrew Jesien Virginia 3:41.78Q 3 Garrett Heath Stanford 3:41.83 [3:41.828] 4 Liam Boylan-Pett Georgetown 3:41.85 5 Rob Myers Reebok 3:42.35 6 Mark Matusak California 3:43.29 7 John Jefferson Oregon TC Elite 3:44.28 8 Ian Cronin unattached 3:45.02 9 Cory Nanni Duke 3:46.07 10 Patrick Sovacool Miami/Ohio 3:50.30 11 Korey Edwards unattached 3:50.54 -- Michael Coe California DNF
The weird thing about this race was how easily Lopez Lomong won it. He closed the last 800 in 1:55.30 with a 56.58 last 400 and ran 3:44.62 to win by almost a full second. Compare that to Myers in the heat before, who closed in a very simlar 1:55.57 and ran more than two seconds faster (3:42.35) and was only 5th in his heat.
Thank you, USATF.
1 Lopez Lomong Nike 3:44.62Q 2 Christopher Lukezic Reebok 3:45.60Q 3 Russell Brown Oregon TC Elite 3:46.27 4 Austin Abbott unattached 3:46.82 5 Benjamin True unattached 3:46.96 6 Macklin Chaffee unattached 3:47.21 7 Jonathan Pierce unattached 3:48.04 8 Derek Scott Team Indiana/Brk 3:48.75 9 Emory Gibbs unattached 3:48.87 10 David Juiliano New Balance Boston 3:49.43 11 Daniel Castle unattached 3:50.78 12 Tommy Schmitz Wisconsin Runner 3:53.37 13 Erik Van Ingen Binghamton 3:53.73
Alan Webb led this race through 800 in a pedestrian 2:04.03 before David Torrence shot to the lead at 900 and got the ball rolling. Torrence hit the bell in 2:47.55 and was followed closely by Webb and OTrials 4th placer Will Leer. Over the last 150, Leer was clearly the best guy in this race, as he accelerated by Webb with about 150 to go. Webb did a good job of coming on late in the last 50 and really digging deep to edge Torrence by .05 - 3:42.35 to 3:42.40.
It was a real battle and pretty exciting. Webb's last 400 was 54.54 and last 800 was 1:53.51, although they didn't really rock until 600 to go.
It's a good thing Webb dug deep and found that extra .05 or he would have been joining Rob Myers on the sideline as a non-qualifier, as Torrence didn't get in on time.
We announced this race live on runnerspace.com and were pretty excited by the finish but now are a bit shocked to realize it's somewhat weird to be excited about Webb barely making it to the final of USAs.
1 William Leer Oregon TC Elite 3:42.18Q 2 Alan Webb Nike 3:42.35Q 3 David Torrence unattached 3:42.40 4 Matthew Elliott unattached 3:44.65 5 Steve Sherer N Y A C 3:44.94 6 Andy McClary Arkansas 3:45.18 7 Alex Tatu Ragged Mountain 3:45.90 8 Adam Perkins unattached 3:47.01 9 Chad Hall Cal Riverside 3:50.80 10 Brian Graybill Missouri 3:50.87 -- Andrew Wheating Oregon DNS -- German Fernandez Oklahoma State DNS
Pifer took the field through 400 in 58.31 and 800 and 1:56.96. It would be hard to pay a rabbit to produce better splits than that. Very even, pretty fast, but not too fast.
Pifer hit 1,100 in 2:41.81 and was followed closedly by Leonel Manzano. Manzano cruised the final lap in 57.93 to be the only guy to break 3:40 for the day.
1 Leonel Manzano Nike 3:39.91Q 2 Stephen Pifer Oregon TC Elite 3:40.83Q 3 Jeff See Ohio State 3:40.95q 4 Craig Miller unattached 3:41.10q 5 Jordan McNamara Oregon 3:41.15q 6 Darren Brown unattached 3:41.60q 7 Aucencio Martinez Boulder R C 3:41.83 [3:41.829] 8 John Bolas unattached 3:42.44 9 Daniel Strackeljahn unattached 3:47.55 10 Michael Wickman Chico State 3:49.62 11 Tim Cornell Missouri 3:51.25 12 Scott Smith Cal Santa Barbara 3:55.53 -- Gabriel Jennings unattached DNF