1. Jessica Judd--only 18. Today won the Euro Team Champs, leading the whole way. Consistently runs below 2:01. Why ranked this high? Because she's 18, a serious student/part-time runner who has lived and trained BELOW sea level her entire life and is setting her times running from the front without competition.
2. Amy Weissenbach--Made the US finals (sub 2:01) as a frosh, after a record-setting HS career. Great loping kick.
3. Mary Cain--I'm lowering her ranking because she has been dragged to her best times by professionals, unlike the Judd or Hinriksdottir. The potential is unquestionable, but Salazar is a distance man and will probably push her towards longer events.
4. Laura Roesler--her range is ridiculous, from sub 51 relay splits to, I believe, a 4:19 1500 this year without distance training. She has trained with sprinters at Oregon and only recently begun to do some distance work. After graduation, she can focus on the 800 and the sky is the limit.
5. Ajee Wilson--Full time professional runner, with top competition in every race, yet her times are no better than Judd's or the others. Makes me question her ceiling.
6. Anita Hinriksdottir--faces the worst competition and comes from a poor country for training (Iceland), and will never develop until she leaves, but all you have to do is watch the videos, and you know she's got it.