Preview of Women’s 800 Meters at 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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Montaño, Martinez and Then Who?

June 18, 2013

Here are the leading ten entrants based on 2013 seasonal best time for the women’s 800 at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which gets under way Thursday in Des Moines.

1    1:58.18                Brenda Martinez        
2    1:59.43                Alysia Montaño            
3    2:00.58                Phoebe Wright   
4    2:00.68                Latavia Thomas  
5    2:00.94                Lea Wallace    
6    2:00.98                Laura Roesler  
7    2:01.08                Ajee' Wilson 
8    2:01.11                Geena Gall    
9    2:01.14                Heather Kampf   
10   2:01.52                Chanelle Price

We’ll add in one wild-card name to consider: Maggie Vessey. The 2011 World Championship 6th placer only started her season last week with a 2:03.40 win.

Based on the above list, you should realize it’s very easy for us to pick two of the three team members for Moscow.

Brenda Martinez has been on fire this year. She’s the leader in the US at 800 (1:58.18) and also picked up an ‘A’ standard time in the 1500 of 4:04.86. She will make the team.

By her lofty standards, 2012 Olympic finalist Alysia Montaño was far from impressive at the Prefontaine Classic earlier this month, but she still ran 1:59.43 at Pre and 1:59.43 will make the team.

Alysia Montaño held of Mary Cain at Pre. Can she hold off Martinez at USAs? *More 2013 Pre Classic Photos

Assuming Montaño plays it a little bit safe and doesn’t go out crazy hard (as she often does), she too will make the team. We’re not quite convinced she’s in the same form she was last year (last year she came into the Trials after a 1:57.37 at Pre), so if she goes out in 55.88 like she did at last year’s Olympic Trials, she could conceivably blow up her own Moscow spot but that’s highly unlikely.

‘Who gets the third spot on the World Championship team?’

That’s a tough question to answer.

If you’d asked us before the Pre Classic, we’d probably have said 19-year old, 2012 World Junior champion Ajee’ Wilson. Wilson went pro after high school last year and was undefeated heading into Pre where she was third in the ‘B’ heat at 2:01.24.

After that, we’re wondering, ‘Is her limit 2:01 flat right now?’ That’s not likely good enough to make the team.

Wilson fans need to hope she just had an off day.

The winner of the Pre ‘B’ heat was Phoebe Wright. Wright is the leading candidate for the third Moscow spot as a result as in addition to Wilson, the Pre ‘B’ race had many of the other contenders for spot #3 including 2012 US Olympian Geena Gall, Latavia Thomas, Lea Wallace and Chanelle Price.

Every contender was actually there except for Heather Kampf and Kampf lost to Wright, Thomas, Wallace and Gall at the USATF High Performance meet.

As for our ‘wild-card’ Vessey, we don’t know what to expect – that’s why she’s our wild-card. She’s run 1:57 in the past, but it was nearly impossible to predict what she was going to do on a given day when she was in her prime, let alone running her second race of the year at USAs. She’s consistently been inconsistent.

She’s a big-talent, but she didn’t make the team last year at age 30 when she was racing consistently so why would we expect her to make it at 31 in race #2 of the year?

We don’t.

The wild-card, Maggie Vessey.

Quick Take (QT) #1: In the end, spot #3 may come down to Gall, Wright and Wilson – the past, present and future. Gall made the team last year, Wright seems to be in the best current form and Wilson is probably going to make it in the future.

QT #2: As for who wins between Montaño and Martinez, we’re tempted to go with an upset and say Martinez. Martinez did beat Montaño handily at Pre and Martinez can stalk the front-running Montaño, but Montaño was 5th in the Olympics so we’ll stick with her.

QT# 3: If you read our men’s 800 preview, you likely saw our rant about USATF arbitrarily filling out the fields. There just seems to be no logic. You can see more of that here in the women’s 800.

In the men’s 800, they accepted 28. In the women’s, 34 as shown below.

Email us if you see some logic behind this.

2013 Women’s 800m Declarations For the USA Outdoor Track and Field Champs
Alysia MontanoAsics1:57.93qualifieddeclared
Brenda MartinezNew Balance1:58.18qualifieddeclared
Geena GallNike1:59.24qualifieddeclared
Phoebe WrightNike1:59.72qualifieddeclared
Maggie VesseyNew Balance1:59.98qualifieddeclared
Erica MooreNike2:00.05qualifieddeclared
Chanelle Price2:00.15qualifieddeclared
Latavia ThomasNike2:00.68qualifieddeclared
Ajee’ Wilsonadidas2:00.91qualifieddeclared
Lea WallaceNike / SRA Elite2:00.94qualifieddeclared
Laura RoeslerUniversity of Oregon2:00.98qualifieddeclared
Heather KampfAsics / Team USA Minnesota2:01.14qualifieddeclared
Charlene LipseyLouisiana State University at Baton Rouge2:01.70qualifieddeclared
Kate GraceOiselle / New Jersey New York Track Club2:01.78qualifieddeclared
Shannon LeinertBig River Running Company2:02.14qualifieddeclared
Amy WeissenbachStanford University2:02.29qualifieddeclared
Cydney RossDuke University2:02.48qualifieddeclared
Christina RodgersUniversity of Arizona2:02.65qualifieddeclared
Lauren WallaceUniversity of California, Davis2:02.91qualifieddeclared
Megan MalasartieUniversity of Georgia2:03.23qualifieddeclared
Greta FeldmanPrinceton University2:03.34qualifieddeclared
Bethany Praska2:03.57qualifieddeclared
Kelsey BrownBrigham Young University2:03.95qualifieddeclared
Rebecca AddisonUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor2:04.01qualifieddeclared
Bienna FreemanJacksonville University2:04.08qualifieddeclared
Stephanie BrownUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville2:04.35qualifieddeclared
Shelby HoulihanArizona State University2:04.38qualifieddeclared
Brigitte ManiaUniversity of Connecticut2:04.40qualifieddeclared
Chelsea CoxGeorgetown University2:04.41qualifieddeclared
Christina Cazzola2:04.51qualifieddeclared
Kendra ChambersUniversity of Texas at Austin2:04.52qualifieddeclared
Jesse Carlin2:04.68qualifieddeclared
Benita Taylor2:04.72qualifieddeclared
Nijgia SnappUniversity of Tennessee, Chattanooga2:05.00qualifieddeclared
Amanda DuvendackUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2:05.07provisionalnot accepted
Dominique JacksonSRA Elite2:05.54provisionalnot accepted
Kenyetta IyevbeleNorth Carolina State University2:06.07provisionalnot accepted
Stephanie HerrickCentral Park Track Club (CPTC) New Balance2:06.11provisionalnot accepted
Ahlivia SpencerUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2:06.22provisionalnot accepted
Nevada MorrisonSpeed Factory Athletics2:06.68not qualifiednot accepted
Ericka CharlesSpeed Factory Athletics2:08.08not qualifiednot accepted
Mary CainBronxville High School1:59.51qualifiedscratched
Dana Mecke2:04.43qualifiedscratched
Lyndsay HarperBrooks / Bay Area Track Club (BATC)2:05.21provisionalscratched
Kelsey Williamson2:06.06provisional
Katie HoaldridgeUniversity of Texas at Austin2:06.81not qualified

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