1500 should be really interesting. You have 5 primary contenders in Hasay, Infeld, Flood, Van Dalen and Piliusina. 3 of the 5 are individual NCAA champs, Flood powered Washington to the DMR championship and Piliusina has 2 runnerup 800 finishes. All very solid runners so just depends on who is feeling good during the race. No idea.
Feldman has been running well and she could certainly contend on a good day. All of my primary contenders are established. They all have been to NCAAs and have either won or have finished near the top. There are other runners in the field who are certainly capable (Feldman, Schneider, Friday, Tracey, McGee come to mind) I still rate Van Dalen ahead of Feldman goin in to NCAAs. Regionals mean something but not everything. Look at Reid last year with her 4th place finish. Look at Infeld this season. She coasted in both her races at regionals and took easy seconds. Van Dalen did what she had to do and advanced.
Btw, good picture. Van Dalen does seem to be giving it her all. Feldman does have a great kick.
punky bowles wrote:
I do enjoy hallucinogens...but that has nothing to do with my predictions. Did you listen to her Flotrack interview post Prelim Round in Austin? Did you see her run in that race? She's coming off an injury; was surprised by her Payton Jordan result; skipped Pac-12. Let me tell you...I was generous in my prediction.
Check back with me on Thursday.