Women’s 1500 Prelims: Al Sal’s Gals Treniere Moser and Mary Cain Impress; Favorites Move On

by LetsRun.com
June 20, 2013

Des Moines, IA – The women’s 1500 went largely according to form as 7 of the 8 women with a seasonal best time of sub-4:10 all moved on to Saturday’s 1500 final. The one casualty was Renee Tomlin (4:08.09 seasonal best) who missed advancing by .06.

Mary Cain comfortable in the back early on

Mary Cain comfortable in the back early on

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Heat 1: The two Alberto Salazar coached athletes Treniere Moser and Mary Cain did not disappoint in this heat as they were a class above everyone else and went 1-2. The two started out in last on the first lap but at 700 Moser moved up into the third and she had the lead by 900 and would never relinquish it. Cain was never too far behind.

Quick Thought (QT) #1: We thought coming in the at that the US leader for 2013 Moser was going to make the team for Moscow and we are even more confident in that pick now.

QT #2: We also thought Cain had a real good shot and her performance tonight didn’t make us nervous at all. At Oxy, when she ran her 1500 pb, Cain lost to Katie Mackey. Tonight, she beat Mackey by more than 2 seconds. Cain continues to get better and better.

QT #3: Our video interview with Cain and Moser is worth a watch as it’s interesting to see the dynamic between the veteran and high school runner. Cain takes the opportunity to joke around with the interview and is clearly enjoying herself.

Splits: 71.3, 2:23.2, 3:26.5

Place Ht Pl Athlete Time          
1 1 Treniere Moser
4:11.20 Q
2 2 Mary Cain
4:11.48 Q
8 3 Katherine Mackey
4:13.90 Q
9 4 Cory McGee
University of Florida
4:14.03 q
13 5 Renee Tomlin
15 6 Carly Hamilton
16 7 Amanda Winslow
Florida State
18 8 Emily Lipari
19 9 Lauren Penney
Syracuse University
20 10 Nicole Schappert
Brooks / New York Athletic Clu
24 11 Laura Roxberg
26 12 Dana Mecke
27 13 Lianne Farber
North Carolina
28 14 Amanda Eccleston
University of Michigan
29 15 Rebecca Friday
DNF DNF Christina Cazzola

Heat 2:

2011 World #1 Morgan Uceny looked like the Uceny of old for 1400 of 1500 meters as she controlled this heat from the front. However, in the last 100, fans were reminded that Uceny only ran 4:17 in April when she was last in this stadium at the Drake Relays as she was passed by four people. Uceny would end up advancing to the finals on time though as the top seven finishers in this heat all moved on to the final.

QT #1: 2012 Olympic Trials fourth placer Gabriele Anderson got the heat win here late but we were more impressed by Shannon Rowbury. If we had to pick the team now, we’d go with Moser, Cain and Rowbury. But Anderson shouldn’t be discounted and we’re not ruling out Uceny either even though she didn’t look good tonight.

QT #2: Uceny felt the heat was “a bit of a shock coming from England” and that said, “I’ve gotta get my shit together over the next couple days.”

QT #3: Speaking of the heat, Rowbury was using an ice vest after the race. You can watch her interview below to find out more about that.

Splits: 69.6, 2:19.7, 3:26.6.

Place Ht Pl Athlete Time          
3 1 Gabriele Anderson
Brooks / Team USA Minnesota
4:11.55 Q
4 2 Shannon Rowbury
4:11.71 Q
5 3 Kerri Gallagher
Pacers/New Balance
4:12.58 Q
6 4 Sarah Brown
New Balance
4:12.93 q
7 5 Morgan Uceny
4:13.82 q
10 6 Hillary Holt
College of Idaho
4:14.89 q
11 7 Heather Wilson
4:14.91 q
12 8 Amanda Mergaert
University of Utah
4:15.54 q
14 9 Rebecca Tracy
Notre Dame
17 10 Stephanie Brown
University of Arkansas
21 11 Ashley Miller
22 12 Rachel Schneider
Georgetown University
23 13 Kristen Findley
Vanderbilt University
25 14 Jordyn Smith
Team Run Eugene
30 15 Callie Thomas
DNS DNS Kate Grace
Oiselle / NJNYTC

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