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LetsRun.com's 2009 USATF Coverage: Day 2 Recap
Eugene, OR - Friday, June 26 - Here we recap the semifinal races from day 2 of the US championships.
Men's 800 Semis
Everett did what we thought he'd do - take it out. Running into a 13 mph wind, he took it out in a 24.54 - slow by his standards - and only KD was with him as they were 5-6 meters up on the field. After 400 (51.96), Everett did what he always does, which is crawl the next 200. KD sensed the pace was dawdling and tried to pass Everett at the 550 mark, but then Everett did another thing he always does, which is refuse to cede the lead.
We seriously can't remember if we've ever seen someone start and stop so many times in an 800 as Everett does in virtually every race (Tevan if you are reading this, here is a tip: slow down the first 200 and press a little bit more from 300 to 600). At 600, the whole field had caught up and we had a race.
KD pulled away for an impressive win as 2006 Ryan Brown closed well to get 2nd. In the end, it wasn't a surprise that Christian Smith, who found a way to get 3rd at the Trials last year, found a way to get by Everett for the 3rd and final auto qualifing spot. In the end, Everett would get in on time.
Nick Symmonds was clearly the class of the 2nd heat. It was a bit of a surprise that the runners in heat 2 didn't get both time qualifiers as they knew they just had to break 1:48.00. The filed got out well for the first 600 - 1:19.07 for the leader compared to 1:20.65 in the first heat - but didn't close very well. Symmonds won the heat by closing in 28.20, whereas guys in the 1st heat were closing in the 26s.
Women's 800 Semis
In the first heat, Hazel Clark took the lead just before the bell and had it until just getting passed before the line by 2008 and 2009 NCAA champ Geena Gall and Tennessee's Phoebe Wright. The top 5 in the heat all advanced, as all 5 runners ran faster than anyone in heat 2.
In the 2nd heat, Pre Classic winner Maggie Vessey brought her A game today. A day after running 10 meters behind the field and nearly giving her fans cardiac arrest, she stayed closer to the action today. She ran in last for the 500 but wasn't gapped by the field. When she made her move on the backstretch it was impressive. By 700, she was in total control. Training partners Morgan Uceny and Katie Waits grabbed the other two spots. Uceny, who battled injury last fall and winter,
looked a lot better than she did yesterday.
Women's Steeple Semis
Heat 1- Two minutes in and Jenny Barringer and Nicole Bush probably had close to a 30-meter lead on the field. On the 2nd or 3rd water jump, Bush had some serious trouble and appeared to sprain her ankle. It didn't stop her from qualifying, but we'll see if it hurts her in the final.
Heat 2 - Not much to report.
Editor's Note: We were wrong on this one. Apparently the water jump was set at the men's height of 36 inches instead of 30 inches causing problems. More info here
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Jennifer Barringer Colorado 9:47.94Q 2 Bridget Franek Penn State 9:51.16Q 3 Nicole Bush Michigan State 9:57.06Q 4 Lisa Galaviz Nike 9:59.74Q 5 Kara June Asics Aggie 10:02.57q 6 Kristin Anderson RIADHA 10:02.94q 7 Shauneen Garrahan RIADHA 10:03.80q 8 Erin Bedell Baylor 10:06.87q 9 Sarah Pease Indiana 10:14.25 10 Patricia Loughlin Duke 10:21.77 11 Lois Keller unattached 10:30.54 12 Jennifer Donovan New Balance Boston 10:37.40 13 Jane Rudkin unattached 10:48.90 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Anna Willard Nike 9:52.98Q 2 Lindsey Anderson Nike 9:55.76Q 3 Lindsay Allen McMillan Elite 9:56.24Q 4 Marie Lawrence Washington 9:56.42Q 5 Delilah DiCrescenzo Puma 9:59.97q 6 Amanda Lorenzen unattached 10:05.17q 7 Sarah Madebach unattached 10:17.76 8 Kristen Hemphill Colorado State 10:19.88 9 Stephanie Garcia Virginia 10:22.14 10 Andrea Parker unattached 10:23.53 11 Mason Cathey Indiana Invaders 10:30.13 12 Danielle Bradley Baylor 10:31.56
Women's 400h Semis
Heat 1 Semi-Finals 1 Kerron Clement Nike 45.08Q 2 Gil Roberts Texas Tech 45.18Q 3 Lionel Larry adidas 45.35Q 4 Calvin Smith Florida 45.44Q 5 Xavier Carter Nike 45.55 6 Bobby McCoy Tucson Elite A C 45.97 7 Jamaal Torrence Nike 46.03 8 Darius Law Charlotte 46.29 Heat 2 Semi-Finals 1 LaShawn Merritt Nike 45.45Q 2 Darold Williamson Nike 45.97Q 3 Miles Smith unattached 46.08Q 4 David Neville Nike 46.18Q 5 John Bailey unattached 46.42 6 Antione Drakeford Cincinnati 46.50 7 Jeremy Davis unattached 46.81 8 Reggie Witherspoon unattached 46.88
Women's 400 Semis
Heat 1 Semi-Finals 1 Shareese Woods adidas 51.46Q 2 Monica Hargrove unattached 51.54Q 3 Natasha Hastings Nike 51.59Q 4 Keshia Baker Oregon 52.10Q 5 Moushaumi Robinson unattached 52.35 6 Shana Cox adidas 52.80 7 Nina Gilbert unattached 52.99 8 DeeDee Trotter adidas 53.84 Heat 2 Semi-Finals 1 Sanya Richards Nike 50.96Q 2 Debbie Dunn unattached 51.39Q 3 Jessica Beard Texas A&M 51.88Q 4 Dominique Darden unattached 52.27Q 5 Leslie Cole Oklahoma 52.76 6 Valerie Brown unattached 53.02 7 Joanna Atkins Auburn 53.12 -- Monique Hennagan Nike DNF