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A Fan's Guide To Day 1 Of The 2010 USA Track And Field Championships

By LetsRun.com
June 23, 2010

To help you follow the 2010 USA Track and Field championships, we have created the following preview for you. We preview all of the distance events - 800 and up - and tell you when they'll take place. We also give you last year's results, this year's entrants and then give you predictions for what we think will happen. We hope you enjoy the meet.

More Info: *Meet Website *Start Lists *Schedule & Live Results *Live Webcast & Videos

Thursday's Distance Events (Not counting Juniors)- All Times Listed are Central
4:45 Women's 800 1st Round
5:05 Men's 800 1st Roun
5:50 Women's 1,500 1st Round
8:20 Men's 10,000 Final
8:55 Women's 10,000 Final
Note: Robby Andrews runs in the junior 800 at 1:10 pm.

4:45 PM - Women's 800 - 1st Round: The Start Of A Great Event
Once again USATF has idiotically set up the heats in the 800. We complained about this two years ago at the Olympic Trials, but they apparently don't listen. Thursday's action is the first of three rounds of the 800. For the women, there will be 31 women in the women's 800 and for the men there will be 29. You think given those numbers they'd have four heats of 7 or 8 and let the athletes start in lanes, as all elite level 800s should start in lanes in our book. Instead, they will run three heats with 9, 10 or 11 in each heat.

Ridiculous. For the record. USATF, please do yourself a favor and let in 32 athletes each year for the 800 and put them in four heats of 8.

Anyway, the women's 800 is one of the more loaded events in the meet. The event features four women with qualifying times under 2:00 - Maggie Vessey (1:57.84), Christin Wurth (1:59.35), Alysia Johnson (1:59.60), and Hazel Clark (1:59.96). Plus the field also includes the NCAA champ from 2008 and 2009 in Geena Gall, the 2010 NCAA champ in Phoebe Wright, 2008 US Olympian Alice Schmidt and 2:00.01 performer Morgan Uceny. One of those women will win. The question is who?

And that is why this event is worth watching.

It should be noted that Wurth is attempting the 800/1,500 double. The first round of the 1,500 is one hour and five minutes after the 800 first round. The 1,500 final is on Saturday - a day when there are no rounds of the 800.

It also is worth noting that - despite all of the publicity that others brought to the event last year - it was the veteran Clark who was the US champion last year. In fact, Clark has won USAs two years in a row and five times in her career.

Predictions:
We'll wait until the final to make a firm prediction. We'd go with Johnson if we knew what was up with her, but this is her first outdoor 800 of the year. It's hard to imagine Vessey getting the tactics right to win it, although over 60% of the LetsRun.com visitors are picking her to win and Wurth isn't really an 800 runner in our minds. That would leave us with Clark, whom we just can't imagine would win yet again.

LRC Prediction: 1) Johnson 2) Vessey 3) Wurth

This year's entrants and last year's results appear below.

2010 Entrants


Event 8  Women 800 Meter Run Senior/Open
16 Advance:  Top 3 Each Heat plus Next 7 Best Times
Thursday 6/24/2010 - 4:45 PM
 2 Alleys-6 inside and 3 outside
       World:  1:53.28  7/26/1983   Jarmila Kratochvilova, CZE                 
    American:  1:56.40  8/11/1999   Jearl Miles-Clark, Reebok                  
           Name                        Year Team     
Heat 1  Prelims
  1    630 Andria Nussey                    Angelo State                
  2    927 Phoebe Wright                    Tennessee                   
  3    389 Holli Hosch                      unattached                  
  4    866 Maggie Vessey                    New Balance                 
  5    346 Lindsey Hartman                  Indiana                     
  6    487 Annick Lamar                     unattached                  
  7     66 Molly Beckwith                   Indiana                     
  8    888 Christine Whalen                 Georgetown                  
  9    858 Morgan Uceny                     Reebok                      
 10    708 Christina Rodgers                Arizona                     
 11    235 Heather Dorniden                 Team USA Min                
Heat 2  Prelims
  1    458 Tamika Kinchen                   unattached                  
  2    554 Kimarra McDonald                 unattached                  
  3    682 Mary Quiett                      DePaul                      
  4    439 Lauren Johnson                   unattached                  
  5    832 Latavia Thomas                   LSU                         
  6    599 Treniere Moser                   Nike                        
  7    211 Ty Davis                         Team Indiana                
  8    169 Hazel Clark                      Nike                        
  9    435 Alysia Johnson                   Nike                        
 10    494 Anna Layman                      Washington S                
Heat 3  Prelims
  1    294 Geena Gall                       Oregon TC El                
  2    844 Renee Tomlin                     Georgetown                  
  3    742 Lindsey Schnell                  unattached                  
  4    872 Lea Wallace                      Cal State Sa                
  5    318 Nikeya Green                     unattached                  
  6     88 Joan Bohlke                      New Balance                 
  7    928 Christin Wurth                   Nike                        
  8    739 Alice Schmidt                    Nike                        
  9    424 Laura Januszewski                Team NoDak                  
 10     81 Keri Bland                       West Virgini          

Last Year's Results

Event 8  Women 800 Meter Run
===============================================================
 2 Alleys-6 inside and 3 outside                               
       World: W 1:53.28  7/26/1983   Jarmila Kratochvilova, CZE
    American: A 1:56.40  8/11/1999   Jearl Miles-Clark, Reebok 
     Hayward: S 1:57.57  1997        Maria Mutola, Mozambique  
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Hazel Clark                  Nike                   2:00.79
  2 Geena Gall                   Oregon TC Elite        2:01.01
  3 Phoebe Wright                Tennessee              2:01.12
  4 Maggie Vessey                unattached             2:01.19
  5 Laura Hermanson              North Dakota State     2:01.28
  6 Morgan Uceny                 Reebok                 2:01.32
  7 Alysia Johnson               Nike                   2:01.58
  8 Katie Waits                  Reebok                 2:01.69
  9 Brenda Martinez              Cal Riverside          2:09.44
               

5:05 PM 800 Men - 1st Round - The Start Of The Nick Symmonds Show
Seeing the entrants for the men's 800 is a bit depressing, as this event could have been the event of the championships. Unfortunately, 2010 NCAA outdoor 800 and 1,500 champ Andrew Wheating isn't running USAs this year. Wheating's rival in freshman phenom Robby Andrews is running USAs - but only the junior meet as he wants to go the world juniors.

So what does that leave us? It leaves us with Nick Symmonds. He's in fantastic form and will win. The question is who gets second. The leading contenders are LetsRun.com favorite Khadevis Robinson, who ran 1:45 at the adidas Grand Prix in New York, and Duane Solomon, who ran 1:45 on June 12th in Indianapolis. They both are in form and have credentials behind them. The other guys who have run 1:45 this year are Cory Primm of UCLA and Karjuan Williams of UCLA.

LRC Prediction: 1) Symmonds 2) Robinson 3) Solomon

2010 Entrants


Event 7  Men 800 Meter Run Senior/Open
16 Advance:  Top 3 Each Heat plus Next 7 Best Times
Thursday 6/24/2010 - 5:05 PM
 2 Alleys
       World:  1:41.11  8/24/1997   Wilson Kipketer, KEN                       
    American:  1:42.60  8/28/1985   Johnny Gray, Santa Monica TC               
           Name                        Year Team   
Heat 1  Prelims
  1    740 Alan Schmitz                     unattached                  
  2    177 Golden Coachman                  US Army                     
  3    680 Cory Primm                       Cal Los Ange                
  4    870 Ryan Waite                       Brigham Youn                
  5    790 Duane Solomon                    Saucony                     
  6    602 Tyler Mulder                     Oregon TC El                
  7    367 Jacob Hernandez                  Nike                        
  8    726 Michael Rutt                     Connecticut                 
  9    792 Erik Sowinski                    unattached                  
 10    293 Brian Gagnon                     Connecticut                 
Heat 2  Prelims
  1    895 Mark Wieczorek                   Oregon TC El                
  2    125 Ryan Brown                       Asics                       
  3    705 Khadevis Robinson                Nike                        
  4    413 Blake Irwin                      Missouri                    
  5    320 Elijah Greer                     Oregon                      
  6    632 James O'Brien                    Indiana Inva                
  7    445 Richard Jones                    LSU                         
  8    761 Brandon Shaw                     unattached                  
  9    908 Karjuan Williams                 adidas                      
 10    228 Aaron Dixon                      Missouri                    
Heat 3  Prelims
  1    432 Charles Jock                     Cal Irvine                  
  2    853 Sean Tully                       NYAC                        
  3    738 Matt Scherer                     Oregon TC El                
  4    712 Lance Roller                     Virginia                    
  5    819 Nick Symmonds                    Oregon TC El                
  6    594 Jeff Moriarty                    Columbia                    
  7    212 Owen Dawson                      Penn State                  
  8    538 Ryan Martin                      Cal Santa Ba                
  9    702 Patrick Roach                    unattached                          

Last Year's Results

Event 7  Men 800 Meter Run
================================================================
 2 Alleys                                                       
       World: W 1:41.11  8/24/1997   Wilson Kipketer, KEN       
    American: A 1:42.60  8/28/1985   Johnny Gray, Santa Monica T
     Hayward: S 1:44.01  2008        Alfred Kirwa Yego, Kenya   
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Nicholas Symmonds            Oregon TC Elite        1:45.86 
  2 Khadevis Robinson            Nike                   1:45.97 
  3 Ryan Brown                   Asics                  1:46.67 
  4 Christian Smith              Nike                   1:46.92 
  5 Tevan Everett                Texas                  1:47.06 
  6 Michael Rutt                 Connecticut            1:47.57 
  7 Karjuan Williams             unattached             1:47.87 
  8 Tyler Mulder                 Northern Iowa          1:47.98
 

5:50 PM - Women's 1,500 -  A Race For the Ages - Rowbury, Wurth Or Pierce?
We will barely bother to criticize USATF for only accepting 20 people into the women's 1,500 when they clearly should let at least 12 run per heat. That is old news, just as it is with the 800.

Even more so than the women's 800, the women's 1,500 is one of the better events in the championships. It's worth the price of admission alone!!!

Last year, three USA women broke 4:00 for 1,500 (Jenny Barringer, Anna Pierce and Christin Wurth) and a fourth ended up with the bronze at the World Championships (Shannon Rowbury). Three of the four are running the 1,500 this week, as Barringer has opted for the 5,000 of all events. Also in the field are 2008 Olympian Erin Donohue as well as 2008 Olympic 10k bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan. Flanagan, who is now trained by Jerry Schumacher of Nike, is clearly going for the Galen Rupp/Nike training plan of racing under-distance as she prepares for her marathon debut this fall. Three-time US champion Treniere Moser (Clement) is also in the field, as is former NCAA champ Sarah Bowman.

But let's be honest, this race is going to be won by one of the sub-4 women in Pierce or Wurth or the bronze medallist Rowbury. Since Wurth is doubling, most people are discounting her chances, including us. That leaves us Pierce or Rowbury. The LetsRun.com visitors are giving the edge to Pierce over Rowbury, 49.7% to 44%, but we don't understand why. Rowbury is the bronze medallist and Rowbury won last year. Thus it's disrespectful not to say she is the favorite until she is beaten.
LetsRun.com Prediction: 1) Rowbury 2) Pierce 3) Wurth
Editor's Addition:
It's just been pointed out to us that Rowbury is also entered in the 5,000. Thus Pierce is the only one fresh. As a result, we'll switch our picks to Pierce, Rowbury, Wurth.

2010 Entrants

                 
Event 10  Women 1500 Meter Run Senior/Open
12 Advance:  Top 3 Each Heat plus Next 6 Best Times
Thursday 6/24/2010 - 5:50 PM
       World:  3:50.46  9/11/1993   Yunxia Qu, CHN                             
    American:  3:57.12  7/26/1983   Mary Slaney, Athletics West                
           Name                        Year Team  
Heat 1  Prelims
  1     90 Lauren Bonds                     Kansas                      
  2    269 Shalane Flanagan                 Oregon TC El                
  3    205 Heidi Dahl                       New Balance                 
  4    410 Margaret Infeld                  NYAC                        
  5    599 Treniere Moser                   Nike                        
  6    411 Emily Infeld                     Georgetown                  
  7    498 Molly Lehman                     NYAC                        
  8    718 Shannon Rowbury                  Nike                        
  9    928 Christin Wurth                   Nike                        
 10    273 Katherine Follett                Brooks                      
Heat 2  Prelims
  1    598 Amy Mortimer                     Reebok                      
  2    328 Lauren Hagans                    unattached                  
  3    347 Jordan Hasay                     Oregon                      
  4    233 Erin Donohue                     Nike                        
  5     29 Gabriele Anderson                Minnesota                   
  6    331 Sara Hall                        Asics                       
  7    100 Sarah Bowman                     New Balance                 
  8    158 Lauren Centrowitz                unattached                  
  9    661 Anna Pierce                      Nike                        
 10    336 Karly Hamric                     unattached                                

Last Year's Results

Event 10  Women 1500 Meter Run
================================================================
       World: W 3:50.46  9/11/1993   Yunxia Qu, CHN             
    American: A 3:57.12  7/26/1983   Mary Slaney, Athletics West
     Hayward: S 3:59.19  1984        Mary Slaney, USA           
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Shannon Rowbury              Nike                   4:05.07 
  2 Christin Wurth               Nike                   4:06.00 
  3 Anna Willard                 Nike                   4:07.70 
  4 Erin Donohue                 Nike                   4:08.96 
  5 Treniere Clement             Nike                   4:09.10 
  6 Lauren Centrowitz            Stanford               4:11.21 
  7 Heidi Dahl                   East Tenn St           4:11.58 
  8 Molly Lehman                 Duke                   4:12.13 
  9 Amy Mortimer                 Reebok                 4:12.94 
 10 Margaret Infeld              Georgetown             4:13.25 
 11 Sarah Bowman                 Tennessee              4:16.29 
 12 Lauren Hagans                unattached             4:17.05

 

8:20 PM - Women's 10,000 Final: Lisa Koll Or Amy Begley?
Now this race will certainly be one to excite the crowd, as the Des Moines fans will be cheering madly for Iowa State's Lisa Koll. She will be challenged by Olympian Amy Begley. Unfortunately for the fans in Des Moines, as good as Koll is, Begley is even better. It needs to be remembered that Begley stunned the Olympic medallist Flanagan to win the 10k last year at USAs and then went on to get 6th at the World Champs. Begley's PRs also are better than Koll's and Begley is in good form. Begley PRed in the 10k the last time she ran it (31:13 at Worlds) and she PRed in the 5,000 earlier this year (15:05). For comparison's sake, Koll has run 31:18 and 15:17 this year.

Even if Koll had the better PRs, we'd have to go with Begley, as she's more experienced and used to racing at the elite level, whereas Koll is used to running away from people. The battle for third should come down to Katie McGregor, Amy Hastings and Desiree Davila. Davila ran 32:06 to Hastings' 32:30 at Stanford, so she's the favorite for 3rd, although the veteran McGregor can't be discounted.

LRC Prediction: 1) Begley 2) Koll 3) Davila

2010 Entrants

                 
Section 1  Timed Finals
  1    231 Danielle Domenichelli            Cal Santa Ba                
  2    262 Nicole Feest                     Boulder Runn                
  3     38 Meghan Armstrong                 Team USA Min                
  4    315 Clara Grandt                     West Virgini                
  5    810 Tara Storage                     Infinite Run                
  6     93 Rachel Booth                     New Balance                 
  7    184 Kim Conley                       Asics Aggie                 
  8    724 Blake Russell                    Reebok                      
  9    308 Amanda Goetschius                Charlotte                   
 10    882 Brooke Wells                     Impala Racin                
 11    482 Natasha LaBeaud                  Georgetown                  
 12    672 Sarah Porter                     unattached                  
 13    935 Tanya Zeferjahn                  Queens Univ-                
 14    247 Megan Duwell                     unattached                  
 15    774 Cassandra Slade                  Boulder Runn                
 16    809 Kara Storage                     Infinite Run                
 17    608 Erin Nehus                       unattached                  
 18    255 Tara Erdmann                     unattached                  
 19    313 Allison Grace                    ZAP Fitness                 
 20    617 Katherine Newberry               NYAC                        
 21    381 Megan Hogan                      George Washi                
 22    557 Katie McGregor                   Team USA Min                
 23    348 Amy Hastings                     Brooks                      
 24    209 Desiree Davila                   Hansons-Broo                
 25    471 Lisa Koll                        Iowa State                  
 26     68 Amy Begley                       Nike         
                                                                                        
Event 14  Women 10000 Meter Run
================================================================
 2 alleys, 1 turn stagger                                       
       World: W 29:31.78  9/8/1993    Junxia Wang, CHN          
    American: A 30:22.22  8/15/2008   Shalane Flanagan, Nike    
     Hayward: S 31:34.81  2008        Shalene Flanagan, USA     
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Amy Begley                   Nike                  31:22.69S
  2 Shalane Flanagan             Nike                  31:23.43S
  3 Katie McGregor               Reebok                32:08.04 
  4 Magdalena Lewy Boulet        unattached            32:20.45 
  5 Molly Huddle                 unattached            32:43.11 
  6 Amy Hastings                 adidas                32:56.20 
  7 Serena Burla                 RIADHA                32:56.40 
  8 Melissa Cook                 New Balance           33:02.90 
  9 Sally Meyerhoff              unattached            33:03.19 
 10 Allison Grace                ZAP Fitness           33:12.34 
 11 Katherine Newberry           N Y A C               33:21.56 
 12 Jill Steffens                New Balance           33:27.43 
 13 Kara Storage                 RUNOHIO R T           33:27.75 
 14 Melissa White                Hansons-Brooks D P    33:34.64 
 15 Erin Nehus                   unattached            33:37.76 
 16 Tara Storage                 RUNOHIO R T           33:39.57 
 17 Danielle Domenichelli        unattached            33:41.72 
 18 Catherine White              Arkansas              33:42.55 
 19 Mattie Bridgmon              Oregon                34:10.51 
 20 Clara Grandt                 West Virginia         34:13.76 
 21 Alissa McKaig                ZAP Fitness           35:41.80 
 22 Aileen Conlon                Nike Central Pk       35:51.52 
 -- Wendi Robinson               Indiana                    DNF 
 -- Lisa Koll                    Iowa State                 DNS 
 -- Denise Bargiachi             Arkansas                   DNS 
                        

 

8:50 PM - Men's 10,000 Final - The Galen Rupp Show
Galen Rupp earned his first USATF outdoor title last year at USAs. We fully expect him to repeat, as he's run the #2 time in the history of the country already this year at 27:10. The next best entry mark is 28:00 for New Balance's Fasil Bizuneh, as 27:30 guys Tim Nelson and Bobby Curtis are running the 5,000. Bizuneh has been doing road races so far this year, so we don't expect him to amaze. Last year's 4th placer in James Carney is entered but he's coming off an April marathon (2:15:50).

As a result, the battle for second may come to former 27-minute guys Scott Bauhs and Ed Moran. Bauhs has run 13:29 this spring and is a former 27:48 guy and Moran ran 13:29 on June 11th and is a former 27:43 guy. Between the two, Moran gets the edge in our book, as his 13:29 was on June 11th whereas Bauhs ran his in April.

Prediction: 1) Rupp 2) Moran 3) ??? Bauhs?

2010 Entrants

                 
Section 1  Timed Finals
  1    392 Sean Houseworth                  US Air Force                
  2    312 Jimmy Grabow                     unattached                  
  3    591 Edward Moran                     Nike                        
  4    693 Sergio Reyes                     Asics Aggie                 
  5    165 Robert Cheseret                  unattached                  
  6    421 David Jankowski                  ZAP Fitness                 
  7     33 Marco Anzures                    Cal Los Ange                
  8    763 Ryan Sheehan                     Hansons-Broo                
  9    566 Brian Medigovich                 Hansons-Broo                
 10    869 Christian Wagner                 Hansons-Broo                
 11    580 Joshua Moen                      Team USA Min                
 12    758 Charlie Serrano                  unattached                  
 13    285 Crosby Freeman                   Asics Aggie                 
 14    474 Jonathan Kotter                  Brigham Youn                
 15     37 Jesse Armijo                     Brooks                      
 16    479 Michael Krisch                   Georgetown                  
 17    786 Patrick Smyth                    Team USA Min                
 18    736 Mikhail Sayenko                  Club Northwe                
 19    771 Josh Simpson                     NYAC                        
 20    146 James Carney                     New Balance                 
 21    127 Daniel Browne                    unattached                  
 22     61 Scott Bauhs                      adidas                      
 23     78 Fasil Bizuneh                    New Balance                 
 24    723 Galen Rupp                       Nike                        
 
                                            

Last Year's Results

Finals                                                         
  1 Galen Rupp                   Oregon                27:52.53
  2 Dathan Ritzenhein            Nike                  27:58.59
  3 Tim Nelson                   Oregon TC Elite       28:01.34
  4 James Carney                 New Balance           28:13.37
  5 Edward Moran                 Nike                  28:34.54
  6 Meb Keflezighi               Nike                  28:35.49
  7 Patrick Smyth                unattached            28:35.70
  8 Abdi Abdirahman              Nike                  28:35.79
  9 Jorge Torres                 Reebok                28:42.13
 10 Forest Braden                Brooks ID / Brooks    28:43.98
 11 Josh Rohatinsky              Nike                  28:46.65
 12 Seth Pilkington              New Balance           28:50.86
 13 Joshua Moen                  Team USA Min/Str      28:57.31
 14 Jeremy Johnson               Team Indiana/Brk      29:02.64
 15 Charlie Serrano              unattached            29:04.63
 16 Luke Puskedra                Oregon                29:11.32
 17 Lucas Meyer                  Boston A A            29:14.08
 18 James Strang                 Arkansas              29:17.96
 19 Juan Carlos Trujillo         unattached            29:31.01
 20 Michael Kilburg              Hansons-Brooks D P    29:48.14
 21 David Jankowski              Hansons-Brooks D P    30:15.82
 -- Scott Bauhs                  adidas                     DNF
 -- Michael Krisch               Georgetown                 DNF
 -- Edwardo Torres               Reebok                     DNF
 -- Sean Houseworth              unattached                 DNF
 -- Mikhail Sayenko              unattached                 DNF
 -- Louis Luchini                Oregon TC Elite            DNS
 -- Stephen Haas                 Team Indiana/Brk           DNS

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