Plenty of great storylines throughout the field:
- Look for Ford Palmer to push the pace in the 3rd quarter. Pretty much created the momentum for those guys to run 3:55 in Ireland after the pacer stepped off, and he's got some ties to this race as the '14 champ.
- Merber has had a front row seat to Alexander and Gregorek taking wins over the Mile, could be his turn. Sure seems like he's progressing along with his NJNY counterparts well after a late start to the year.
- Crawford ran semis at the trials, looks like he's beginning his journey into the post-collegiate scene the same way guys like Palmer have: putting together good performances at grassroots events with good exposure. He'll get his first shot at padding that resume tonight.
- If I told you a year ago that you'd see Chris Derrick and Drew Hunter square of in a Mile, would you have believed me? Great surprise when I first heard both of these guys in there. Will be interesting to see where Hunter has this fitting in his progression, would be so much fun to see him roll with these guys if he already recovered from a long HS season. Just happy to see Derrick healthy again, last week I came across his Arcadia 5000m from back in the day, always stood out to me as a time when an athlete just captured that feeling of rolling through a race & feeling comfortable being uncomfortable. Might be a bit uncomfortable tonight, a shock to the system but a good fitness benchmark, hope to see him turn it over into a strong fall if he's aiming for it, or simply a healthy fall/winter/spring of training.
- Which Williams ya got?
- Hudgins and a few others are due for a PR, lets hope the pace is on for them to run fast.
As far as a winner? I'll take Merber, or whoever has the coolest headband. Alexander, Gregorek, Leslie will be in the mix, Crawford can get in the money too IMO.