Men’s field also has Jack Bolas,Mac Fleet and Kirubel Erassa while the women are lead by Lauren Johnson, Nicole Tully, Rachel Schneider and Ashley Higginson.
*BBTM Prediction Contest
Higginson was 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013 and 2014, but came up short this year.
Defending champ Rachel Schneider faces Ashley Higginson, Anna Willard and Lauren Wallace.
Includes a funny anecdote about why Coach Gags wanted Cabral on the team.
"When I first was looking to join New Jersey*New York Track Club, I met with Coach Gags [Frank Gagliano], and he gave me this big hug and welcomed me to the team. He’s like, “Donn, do you (know) why I think you’ll be good for the team and why I really want you on the team?” And I was thinking that he was going to say he saw me at Penn Relays, he likes the way I finish races or my toughness or how hard I train — all the reasons that people are confident in themselves. And his answer, why he wants me on the team, is because I’m from the East Coast. He was telling me that he thinks that everyone shouldn’t have to uproot their lives and move out to Oregon if they want to be the best runner they can be. And so I don’t think that’s on my mind every day at the club, but I think occasionally it is really refreshing."
She's considering this her "senior year" as she may retire after the 2016 Olympics to focus on her legal career.
Clayton Murphy and Ryan Martin both won their 800 heats as did Chanelle Price.
*Throwers win gold during first Morning Session at NACAC Lolo Jones had the fastest time in the heats of the 100mH.
*Team USA prepares for NACAC Champs Andrew Wheating in the 1500, Lopez Lomong in the 5000, Shelby Houlihan and Rachel Schneider (1500), Ashley Higginson and Shalaya Kipp (steeple), Andy Bayer and Stanley Kebenei (steeple).
Wheating won in 3:41.41 to win over Canada's Nate Brannen (3:41.66). Higginson ran a Pan Am record to win in 9:48.12 while Shalaya Kipp made it a US 1-2 taking silver in 9:49.96. In the women's 200, US's Kaylin Whitney and Kyra Jefferson took gold and silver for Team USA.
*US Athlete Quotes Including Wheating And Higginson
*MB: Wheating provides a beating
Ashley Higginson and Bridget Franek are in the steeple. Mike Rodgers and English Gardner are in the 100s. Full fields can be found here.
Highlights from day 1 include Oiselle's Amanda Winslow running the #3 time in the world in the mile with 4:26.28 (field also included World Championships steepler Ashley Higginson in 5th 94:39), Providence's Emily Sisson winning the 3K in 9:00.76 and NJ-NY TC's Stephanie Charnigo winning the 800 (2:02.15).
It's interesting to just go down the list of names and realize how stacked this team is now: Robby Andrews, Russell Brown, Kyle Merber and Donn Cabral to name a few.