Montaño went down with 200 to go in her heat and her protest was unsuccessful so she'll sit out the semis and final. Molly Ludlow was only sixth but her heat was by far the fastest on the day and she made it in on time (2:00.70) while Brenda Martinez had to work for it in the final 100 after being boxed in. Ben True comfortably grabbed an auto qualifier in heat 1 of the 5,000 while Ryan Hill and Galen Rupp made it on time in a much faster heat 2.
Track events start on Tuesday and there will be some star power in the 100/200 with hometown phenom Andre De Grasse. The men's 5,000 (Cam Levins, Garrett Heath, David Torrence, Juan Luis Barrios) figures to be exciting, as does the women's 800, which features three sub-1:58 women, led by Alysia Montaño. Plus Andrew Wheating, Kyle Merber and Nate Brannen in the 1500, PPP in the TJ & David Oliver in the 110 hurdles.
Alberto and Galen were notably absent but the stars were out in full force at the Portland Track Festival with Shannon Rowbury, Steve Magness, the Gouchers, Alan Webb, Kevin Hanson, Desi Davila, Mark Wetmore, Shalane Flanagan, Evan Jager, Chris Solinsky, and many more in attendance. Employee 1.0 is back to recount the surreal scene in light of the Nike Oregon Project Doping investigation.
Evan Jager surprised even himself with a 3:32.97 clocking at the Portland Track Festival as Garrett Heath helped make the race. In other action, Shannon Rowbury nearly ran an 800 pb and then doubled back in the 1500 just 12 minutes later, Cam Levins got the standard in the 5000 as Chris Derrick struggled, and Andy Bayer got the standad in the steeple.
Women's 5000: Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Jordan Hasay. Men's 5000: Chris Derrick, Bobby Curtis, Cam Levins. Men's 1500: Galen Rupp, Will Leer, Garrett Heath, Evan Jager. Shannon Rowbury listed in 1500 and 800. Andy Bayer and Sara Hall in the steeples. Ben Blankenship, Pat Casey, Lopez Lomong in men's 800. Men's 10K has Jake Robertson, Japan NOP member Osako Suguru and Rupp is also listed (maybe pacing?).
Farah faces World bronze medalist Paul Tanui, Josphat Bett, Emmanuel Bett, Teklemariam Medhin and World XC champ Geoffrey Kamworor. Other big names in the race include Diego Estrada, Cam Levins, Hassan Mead and Zane Robertson in his track 10K debut.
After some recent struggles, can Nick Symmonds return to form? What about Galen Rupp, Cam Levins and the NOP? Are former NCAA stars Andrew Wheating and Robby Andrews back? The highlight is an incredibly deep 1,500 which contains former NCAA champs Wheating, Andrews, Leo Manzano, Mac Fleet, Nate Brannen and a slew of others.
One final look at the 2015 NYRR Millrose Games, the law of averages, sub-four mania in the USA, break-up advice, drones, and Florence Kiplagat coming oh-so-close to a 1:04:X half marathon. We break down the last week in track and field.
Nike Oregon Project's Cam Levins had an off day and the rival Bowerman Track Club's Lopez Lomong and Ryan Hill were glad to pick up the slack going 1-2 in the men's 5000m. German Fernandez DNFd as he was having a terrible day and going to get lapped.
The stars of track and field are in the Big Apple for Saturday's NYRR Millrose Games (tickets still available) and LRC was on hand to talk to Bernard Lagat, Shannon Rowbury, Mary Cain, Matt Centrowitz, and Cam Levins.