World Indoors Is Less Than A Month Away; Which Americans Have The Standard?

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February 29, 2016

For the first time in 29 years, the IAAF World Indoor Championships will be contested on U.S. soil as the Oregon Convention Center in Portland will host the world’s greatest athletes from March 17-20. Given that three of the U.S.’s premier elite groups are based in Oregon, there figure to be plenty of Americans vying for spots on Team USA, which will be determined at the USATF Indoor Championships on March 11-12 (also at the Oregon Convention Center).

To make it onto the team, an athlete must finish top two at USAs and have the IAAF standard. If one or both of the top two finishers at USAs don’t have the standard, USATF will select then consider the third-place finisher and pick the team based on order of finish at USAs until two athletes have met the mark.

It’s important to note that the qualifying window for achieving the standard runs from January 1, 2015 to March 7, 2016. Which means that athletes must achieve the standard prior to USAs in order to compete at Worlds.

Chanelle Price won the U.S.'s sole distance gold two years ago but has yet to qualify for this year's championships

Chanelle Price won the U.S.’s sole distance gold two years ago but has yet to post a qualifying mark for this year’s championships

With the IAAF World Indoor Tour concluded and the Millrose Games in the rearview mirror, there aren’t many more chances to hit a qualifier between now and March 7. (Note: marks from oversize tracks cannot be used to qualify in events 400m or longer)

So which Americans have the standard? And which ones still have some work to do? We’ve crunched the numbers for you, and below you will find the complete list of Americans with the standards for World Indoors in the distance events (as of February 29).

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If we were to list every U.S. qualifier in every event so far the lists would be massive so we’ve highlighted only the distance events: the 800, 1500 and 3000.

A full PDF of the IAAF entry guidelines can be found here.

Men’s 800

Boris Berian1:43.347/17/2015Monaco
Donavan Brazier1:45.93i1/16/2016College Station

Men’s 1500

Matthew Centrowitz3:30.407/17/2015Monaco
Evan Jager3:32.976/14/2015Portland
Ben Blankenship3:35.28i2/21/2015Birmingham
Robby Andrews3:53.16i2/20/2016New York
Cory Leslie3:53.87i2/20/2016New York
Pat Casey3:54.36i2/14/2015New York
Bernard Lagat3:54.91i2/14/2015New York

Men’s 3000

Garrett Heath7:37.977/17/2015Monaco
Ben Blankenship7:38.087/17/2015Monaco
Bernard Lagat7:37.92i2/25/2015Metz
Hassan Mead7:38.85i2/20/2016New York
Eric Jenkins7:39.43i2/20/2016New York
Evan Jager7:40.10i2/20/2016New York
Matthew Centrowitz7:40.74i2/5/2016Portland
Andy Bayer7:42.33i2/20/2016New York
Lopez Lomong7:43.01i2/20/2016New York
Trevor Dunbar7:43.33i2/5/2016Portland
Paul Chelimo7:44.68i1/22/2016Portland
Will Geoghegan7:45.71i2/14/2015New York
Jeff See7:46.72i2/13/2016Nashville
Donn Cabral7:47.18i2/20/2016New York
Will Leer7:48.80i2/7/2015Boston
Woody Kincaid7:48.89i1/22/2016Portland
Ben True13:05.54 (5k)9/11/2015Brussels
Ryan Hill13:05.69 (5k)9/11/2015Brussels
Galen Rupp13:08.38 (5k)9/12/2015Brussels

Women’s 800

Ajee Wilson1:57.875/30/2015Eugene
Brenda Martinez2:00.14i2/20/2016New York
Laura Roesler2:00.49i2/20/2016New York
Raevyn Rogers2:00.90i2/20/2016New York
Treniere Moser2:01.79i1/31/2015New York
Charlene Lipsey2:02.05i2/14/2015New York

Women’s 1500

Shannon Rowbury3:56.297/17/2015Monaco
Jenny Simpson3:57.307/17/2015Monaco
Brenda Martinez4:04.58i2/14/2016Boston
Kate Grace4:06.75i2/14/2016Boston
Cory McGee4:11.49i2/14/2016Boston
Alexa Efraimson4:12.06i2/14/2016Boston
Kerri Gallagher4:26.18i2/20/2016New York
Amanda Eccleston4:26.63i2/20/2016New York
Leah O’Connor4:27.18i3/14/2015Fayetteville
Heather Kampf4:27.26i2/20/2016New York
Treniere Moser4:27.49i2/14/2015New York
Kim Conley4:27.88i1/24/2016New York
Morgan Uceny4:27.99i2/20/2016New York
Stephanie Charnigo4:28.02i2/14/2015New York
Jordan Hasay4:28.27i2/14/2015New York
Stephanie Garcia4:28.47i1/30/2016Winston-Salem
Rachel Schneider4:28.50i2/28/2016Boston
Shelby Houlihan4:28.71i3/14/2015Fayetteville
Katie Mackey4:28.84i2/20/2016New York
Erin Donohue4:29.07i2/12/2016Boston
Colleen Quigley4:29.67i2/13/2015Boston
Elinor Purrier4:29.71i2/12/2016Boston

Women’s 3000

Jenny Simpson8:34.439/3/2015Zurich
Jordan Hasay8:50.21i2/21/2015Birmingham
Emily Sisson8:52.60i2/14/2015New York
Stephanie Garcia8:53.20i2/20/2016Glasgow
Shannon Rowbury8:53.52i1/15/2016Portland
Marielle Hall8:54.70i2/6/2016New York
Kerri Gallagher8:56.52i1/30/2016Winston-Salem
Abbey D’Agostino8:56.77i2/14/2016Boston
Laura Thweatt8:57.11i2/14/2016Boston
Lauren Paquette8:57.78i2/13/2016Nashville
Ashley Higginson8:57.86i2/14/2015New York
Heather Kampf8:58.34i2/6/2016New York
Rachel Schneider8:58.84i1/30/2016Winston-Salem
Elise Cranny8:58.88i3/14/2015Fayetteville
Amanda Eccleston8:59.69i2/6/2016New York

Two final notes:

  • USA Indoors and NCAA Indoors fall on the same weekend. The NCAA/Worlds double is doable for foreign athletes, but impossible for Americans as USA Indoors (in Portland) and NCAA Indoors (in Birmingham, Ala.) will both be held on March 11-12. It’s a shame as several U.S. collegians would have a shot at the U.S. team — for example, Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier is one of just two Americans with the 800 standard right now. Overall, the competition will be better at World Indoors but that’s not necessarily the case in every event. Back in 2010, World Indoors and NCAA Indoors were on the same weekend. As a result, when Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the heptathlon, he did not earn the title of world champion as he was competing at NCAAs. Likewise, Torrin Lawrence‘s winning time in the NCAA 400 (45.23) was much faster than the winning time at Worlds (45.96).
  • The IAAF guidelines state: “If the host country does not have a qualified athlete in an event, it may enter one athlete in this event regardless of any Entry Standard (except the Combined Events).” This shouldn’t be a factor since the U.S. has qualified athletes in all the distance events. But what if Brazier and Berian (the only two U.S. athletes with the men’s 800 standard as of now) skip USAs and no one else gets the standard between now and March 7? Does the U.S. still get to send someone? Or, because Brazier and Berian are “qualified athletes,” does the fact that they have the standard block the U.S. champion from going? Based on our interpretation, it’s the latter, but ultimately we don’t think this rule will come into play.