the letter why wrote:
I have said on this board many times that the U.S. women's 5k record is quite soft, it should be in the mid-14-30s. Several European and Oceania women have run faster, Sally Kipyego and Besty Saina ran faster than the U.S. record their first year out of college. There are about a half dozen U.S. women on paper who should be able to break that record. I think Shannon will break the record, but not by much because she probably just going to shoot for the record. I think the problem is we haven't had a lot of 5K specialist.
Btw, what did Molly go through her 5K in the Rio 10K?
Half a dozen?
Is that the new way of saying three? Because I completely agree that Jenny, Shannon, and Molly could break the AR. But who else can come within 10 seconds of it?[/quote]
I hope that Rowbury breaks the record, and not just because I'm generally a fan. Even if you are a NOP hater, you have to agree that women's 5000m AR is way soft and that the 5000m is ripe for improvement in the US. We are competitive in the 1500m, steeple, and 10000m (relatively speaking...30:13 is a fantastic time). Meanwhile it seems like a rarity when many American women break 15:00. If Rowbury can take the record down, I could see several women chipping away at it. If the 5000m AR starts approaching 14:30, I think women in general will set a higher bar and be shooting for 14:45 instead of sub 15. Then we might become competitive in the 5000m.