Michael Sandrock ( Buffzone ):
"Running well at New York would be a nice bookend to Thweatt's year, one that began Feb. 7 on Flatirons' fairways with a victory at the 2015 USA cross country national championships. It was the biggest win yet for the Colorado native, who had best finishes of second in cross country and the 2-mile at Durango High School, followed by a solid, not spectacular, CU career.
That day in February, Thweatt was smooth and strong in pulling away from the senior women's field on the third of the four-lap 8K course. She seemed set for a breakout summer on the track.
A foot injury, however, slowed her training and racing, and after placing 29th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in China in March, Thweatt took a break, watching from the sidelines, unable to attempt to make the team for August's World Track and Field Championships.
That left her and her coach, Lee Troop, hungry to end the year on the upswing. That is where New York comes in.
"I told Laura, 'We could do something similar to years past, or we could change it up and run the marathon,' " said Troop, a three-time Olympian. "New York is something different, to challenge her."