Surprised to see Abby D racing so soon after the stress fracture that kept her out of February's xc champs. Especially sacral stress fractures - if that was her problem - which can take months to heal. Great for her.
5k event for US women is in a state up flux now, with Huddle declaring for the 10k, Rowbury & Simpson sticking with the 1500 for now, while Hasay & Conley have already moved up to the 10k. Also Flanagan, if she jumps back onto the track for USAs in June, would be in the 10k.
Who does that leave for the 5k? Right now, best 5k'rs left would be Nicole Tully & Katie (Follet) Mackey, both with 15:04-15:05.prs. But, they are 1500 gals.
Appears the top US 5k specialist for the moment is Marielle Hall @ 15:09 from this month's Payton Jordan. After that, the rest are 15:10 on up like Abby D, Emily Sisson, Jessica Tonn, also Aisling Cuffe who is taking the school season off from racing.
Most likely, some of the 1500 & 10k runners who come in 4th or further back will double back in the 5k.
Regardless, Abby D. is in the mix for a WC spot.