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

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.

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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

Athlete Mark Date Location
Boris Berian 1:43.34 7/17/2015 Monaco
Donavan Brazier 1:45.93i 1/16/2016 College Station

Men’s 1500

Athlete Mark Date Location
Matthew Centrowitz 3:30.40 7/17/2015 Monaco
Evan Jager 3:32.97 6/14/2015 Portland
Ben Blankenship 3:35.28i 2/21/2015 Birmingham
Robby Andrews 3:53.16i 2/20/2016 New York
Cory Leslie 3:53.87i 2/20/2016 New York
Pat Casey 3:54.36i 2/14/2015 New York
Bernard Lagat 3:54.91i 2/14/2015 New York

Men’s 3000

Athlete Mark Date Location
Garrett Heath 7:37.97 7/17/2015 Monaco
Ben Blankenship 7:38.08 7/17/2015 Monaco
Bernard Lagat 7:37.92i 2/25/2015 Metz
Hassan Mead 7:38.85i 2/20/2016 New York
Eric Jenkins 7:39.43i 2/20/2016 New York
Evan Jager 7:40.10i 2/20/2016 New York
Matthew Centrowitz 7:40.74i 2/5/2016 Portland
Andy Bayer 7:42.33i 2/20/2016 New York
Lopez Lomong 7:43.01i 2/20/2016 New York
Trevor Dunbar 7:43.33i 2/5/2016 Portland
Paul Chelimo 7:44.68i 1/22/2016 Portland
Will Geoghegan 7:45.71i 2/14/2015 New York
Jeff See 7:46.72i 2/13/2016 Nashville
Donn Cabral 7:47.18i 2/20/2016 New York
Will Leer 7:48.80i 2/7/2015 Boston
Woody Kincaid 7:48.89i 1/22/2016 Portland
Ben True 13:05.54 (5k) 9/11/2015 Brussels
Ryan Hill 13:05.69 (5k) 9/11/2015 Brussels
Galen Rupp 13:08.38 (5k) 9/12/2015 Brussels

Women’s 800

Athlete Mark Date Location
Ajee Wilson 1:57.87 5/30/2015 Eugene
Brenda Martinez 2:00.14i 2/20/2016 New York
Laura Roesler 2:00.49i 2/20/2016 New York
Raevyn Rogers 2:00.90i 2/20/2016 New York
Treniere Moser 2:01.79i 1/31/2015 New York
Charlene Lipsey 2:02.05i 2/14/2015 New York

Women’s 1500

Athlete Mark Date Location
Shannon Rowbury 3:56.29 7/17/2015 Monaco
Jenny Simpson 3:57.30 7/17/2015 Monaco
Brenda Martinez 4:04.58i 2/14/2016 Boston
Kate Grace 4:06.75i 2/14/2016 Boston
Cory McGee 4:11.49i 2/14/2016 Boston
Alexa Efraimson 4:12.06i 2/14/2016 Boston
Kerri Gallagher 4:26.18i 2/20/2016 New York
Amanda Eccleston 4:26.63i 2/20/2016 New York
Leah O’Connor 4:27.18i 3/14/2015 Fayetteville
Heather Kampf 4:27.26i 2/20/2016 New York
Treniere Moser 4:27.49i 2/14/2015 New York
Kim Conley 4:27.88i 1/24/2016 New York
Morgan Uceny 4:27.99i 2/20/2016 New York
Stephanie Charnigo 4:28.02i 2/14/2015 New York
Jordan Hasay 4:28.27i 2/14/2015 New York
Stephanie Garcia 4:28.47i 1/30/2016 Winston-Salem
Rachel Schneider 4:28.50i 2/28/2016 Boston
Shelby Houlihan 4:28.71i 3/14/2015 Fayetteville
Katie Mackey 4:28.84i 2/20/2016 New York
Erin Donohue 4:29.07i 2/12/2016 Boston
Colleen Quigley 4:29.67i 2/13/2015 Boston
Elinor Purrier 4:29.71i 2/12/2016 Boston

Women’s 3000

Athlete Mark Date Location
Jenny Simpson 8:34.43 9/3/2015 Zurich
Jordan Hasay 8:50.21i 2/21/2015 Birmingham
Emily Sisson 8:52.60i 2/14/2015 New York
Stephanie Garcia 8:53.20i 2/20/2016 Glasgow
Shannon Rowbury 8:53.52i 1/15/2016 Portland
Marielle Hall 8:54.70i 2/6/2016 New York
Kerri Gallagher 8:56.52i 1/30/2016 Winston-Salem
Abbey D’Agostino 8:56.77i 2/14/2016 Boston
Laura Thweatt 8:57.11i 2/14/2016 Boston
Lauren Paquette 8:57.78i 2/13/2016 Nashville
Ashley Higginson 8:57.86i 2/14/2015 New York
Heather Kampf 8:58.34i 2/6/2016 New York
Rachel Schneider 8:58.84i 1/30/2016 Winston-Salem
Elise Cranny 8:58.88i 3/14/2015 Fayetteville
Amanda Eccleston 8:59.69i 2/6/2016 New 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.
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