A Fan’s Guide To The 2019 USATF Distance Classic

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By LetsRun.com
May 16, 2019

The 2019 USATF Distance Classic — also known as Oxy — takes place tonight at Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College in California. Below we give you a schedule of events, viewing info and then briefly tell you what to look for in each event. The schedule of events is as follows.

Competition Schedule (Pacific Time)

If you are a US viewer, you can only watch the event if you subscribe to NBC Sports Gold. We have no idea why USATF puts some events on USATF.TV+ and some on Gold. It seems like it would be best if everything went to Gold or if everything was included with a USATF membership. We guess one could argue college sports go to both Fox and ESPN, but that analogy doesn’t work for us. Whatever. International viewers can watch it on through AthleticsCanada.TV.

Women’s 800 – USATF standard 2:03.00, Worlds standard 2:00.60

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The final heat is interesting as it features 2016 Olympic finalist Kate Grace versus Konstanze Kloserhalfen. So you get the Bowerman Track Club vs. the NOP and US vs. Germany. Klosterhalfen smoked Grace in their last meeting at Millrose on February 9, but that was over the mile distance.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Savannah CAMACHO-COLON Unattached
2 Ana Rosa GOMEZ Jalisco
3 Gabriela MEDINA Mx International
4 Devan WIEBE Ocean Athletics
5 Julia STEPANOVA Unattached


Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Annette MELCHER Unattached
2 Ashley TAYLOR Under Armour
3 Lauren JOHNSON Boston Athletic Association
4 Alethia MARRERO Garden State Track Club
5 Sabrina SOUTHERLAND Nike/ Otc Elite
6 Laurence COTE Unattached
7 Rebecca MEHRA Oiselle


Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Luisa REAL CRESPO Mx International
2 Cory MCGEE New Balance
3 Samantha MURPHY The Mission AC
4 Maite BOUCHARD Sherbrooke
5 Hanna HERMANSSON Craft
6 Konstanze KLOSTERHALFEN Nike Oregon Project
7 Kate GRACE Bowerman Track Club

Men’s 800 – USATF standard 1:47.50, World standard 1:45.80

In the fast heat, we get to see Olympic medallist Clayton Murphy face his teammate Craig Engels, the US indoor champ in the mile, plus Erik Sowinski.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Christian HARRISON Boston Athletic Association
2 Neil GOURLEY Oregon Track Club Elite
3 Brannon KIDDER Brooks Beasts TC
4 Drew WINDLE Brooks Beasts TC
5 Drew PIAZZA Oregon Track Club Elite
6 Kyle LANGFORD I Phoenix Track Club
7 Izaic YORKS Brooks / Brooks Beasts TC
8 Anthony ROMANIW Unattached
9 David RIBICH Brooks / Brooks Beasts TC


Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Harun ABDA Oregon Track Club Elite
2 Samuel ELLISON Boston Athletic Association
3 Erik SOWINSKI Nike
4 Clayton MURPHY Nike Oregon Project
5 Ryan SANCHEZ Puerto Rico
6 Wesley VAZQUEZ Puerto Rico
7 Robert FORD Hoka One One Njny TC
8 Craig ENGELS Nike Oregon Project

Women’s Steeple – USATF standard 9:50.00, World standard 9:40.00

Not sure what we are supposed to say about this race with 4 entrants. We guess it shows that with Worlds not starting until the end of September that it’s still way early in the season. To be honest, we have no idea who any of these runners are.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Courtney BARNES McKirdy Trained
2 Jessica FURLAN Excel Athletika
3 Maria BERNARD-GALEA Saucony Canada
4 Christine THORN Roots Running Project

Men’s Steeple – USATF standard 8:40.00, Worlds standard 8:29.00

Two-time Olympic finalist Donn Cabral is in this one as is 2016 NCAA champ Mason Ferlic. This is Ferlic’s track debut for 2019.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Frankline TONUI U.S Army
2 David GOODMAN Unattached
3 Quetzalcoatl DELGADO FITZ SR. Mv
4 Benard KETER U.S Army
5 John GAY Vancouver Thunderbirds
6 James HURT III Unattached
7 Craig NOWAK Furman Elite
8 Kaur KIVISTIK Estonia
9 Donald CABRAL Hoka One One / Hoka Njnytc
10 Troy REEDER Furman Elite
11 Adam VISOKAY Rebook Boston TC
12 Brian BARRAZA adidas
13 Mason FERLIC Unattached
14 Jordan MANN Ocean State Athletic Club/New
15 Dylan HODGSON Unattached

Women’s 1500 – USATF standard 4:09.00, Worlds standard 4:06.50

Usually USATF designs the 1500 heats to be even at this meet, but in this case the second one is more interesting. Klosterhalfen doubles back into it and will face former NCAA star Karissa Schweizer, Katie Mackey, Elise Cranny and Nikki Hiltz, the NCAA runner-up in the 1500 from last year.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Marielle HALL Nike / Bowerman Track Club
2 Courtney FRERICHS Nike / Bowerman Track Club
3 Faith MAKAU Unattached
4 Dana MECKE Cstc Elite
5 Belen CASETTA Argentina
6 Angelin FIGUEROA Puerto Rico
7 Carina GILLESPIE Air Force Wcap
8 Jenna HINKLE Hoka Aggie Running Club
9 Jessy LACOURSE Laval – Canada
10 Maddy BERKSON Peninsula Distance Club
11 Erika KEMP Boston Athletic Association
12 Tori TSOLIS Peninsula Distance Club
13 Raquel LAMBDIN The Mission AC
14 Alexina WILSON Oiselle
15 Aurelie DUBE-LAVOIE Laval – Canada


Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Amy-Eloise NEALE Rebook Boston TC
2 Karissa SCHWEIZER Nike / Bowerman Track Club
3 Elise CRANNY Nike / Bowerman Track Club
4 Konstanze KLOSTERHALFEN Nike Oregon Project
5 Sage HURTA Unattached
6 Violah LAGAT adidas
7 Hannah FIELDS Usa
8 Grace BARNETT Mammoth Track club
9 Amanda REGO Colorado Springs Track Club El
10 Katherine MACKEY Brooks Beasts TC
11 Hanna GREEN Nike/ Otc Elite
12 Dominique HILTZ adidas
13 Mariah KELLY New Balance Canada

Men’s 1500 – USATF standard 3:39.00, Worlds standard – 3:36.00

When we initially published this article, we left out the 1500 by mistake. Thankfully, a messageboard poster noticed it and published a preview for us. Here is what “chaserofsteeples” wrote about this race:

“US 2 mile champion Drew Hunter squares off with US 1000m champion Clayton Murphy who’ll be doubling back with a possibility for spoilers from newly minted 3:50 miler Sam Prakel or one of the 5k guys moving down. Couple other Bowerman guys in heat 2 as well and some throwback names running “unattached” including Chad Noelle and Mac Fleet.”

Sec Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 1 Jose MARTINEZ Mx International
1 2 Julius BOR U.S. Army
1 3 Shoma FUNATSU Chuo University
1 4 Tom FARRELL Nike / Otc Elite
1 5 Jacob EDWARDS Columbus RC
1 6 Mac FLEET Unattached
1 7 Joe COFFEY Collegeville TC
1 8 Colin SCHULTZ Unattached
1 9 Daniel ESTRADA Mexico WR NM


Sec Lane Athlete Affiliation
2 1 Chad NOELLE Unattached
2 2 Adam PALAMAR Vic City Elite
2 3 Nick HARRIS Unattached
2 4 William KINCAID Nike / Bowerman TC
2 5 Kevin ROBERTSON Saint-Laurent Select
2 6 Matt HUGHES Nike / Bowerman TC
2 7 James RANDON Saucony / Freedom TC
2 8 Hyuga ENDO Sumitomo Electric
2 9 Joshua THOMPSON Nike / Bowerman TC


Sec Lane Athlete Affiliation
3 1 Sean MCGORTY Nike / Bowerman TC
3 2 Drew HUNTER adidas / Tinman Elite
3 3 Kalle BERGLUND Arctic Approach Mgmt
3 4 Sam PARSONS adidas / Tinman Elite
3 5 Jordan GUSMAN Tinman Elite
3 6 Clayton MURPHY Nike Oregon Project
3 7 Samuel PRAKEL adidas
3 8 Daniel HERRERA High Performance West
3 9 Lopez LOMONG Nike / Bowerman TC
3 10 Moh AHMED Nike / Bowerman TC
3 11 Kirubel ERASSA American Distance Project

Women’s 5000 – USATF standard 15:25.00, Worlds standard 15:22.00

We’re sure other people will be watching for other reasons, but we’ll be paying attention to this one to see how much of a PR recent LRC podcast guest Stephanie Bruce can run at age 35. Her pb is 15:44.77.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Regan YEE Langley Mustangs
2 Aisha PRAUGHT Under Armour
3 Aminat OLOWORA Oklahoma City University
4 Sarah PAGANO adidas
5 Breanna SIERACKI Unattached
6 Helen SCHLACHTENHAUFEN Saucony / Freedom Track Club
7 Shannon OSIKA Nike
8 Margareta MONTOYA Roots Running Project
9 Allie BUCHALSKI Brooks Beasts TC
10 Rachel CLIFF ON Running
11 Erica DIGBY Mile2Marathon
12 Jessica O’CONNELL Canada
13 Elvin KIBET U.S Army
14 Stephanie BRUCE Hoka One One Naz Elite
15 Marta PEN FREITAS Brooks Beasts TC
16 Lauren PAQUETTE Unattached
17 Rachel SCHNEIDER Under Armour
18 Maya WEIGEL Peninsula Distance Club

Men’s 5000 – USATF standard 13:35.00, Worlds standard 13:22.50

The final race of the night is interesting as there are a lot of 1500 runners testing their strength in this one, including two-time Olympic 1500 medallist Nick Willis. British 1500 runners Chris O’Hare and Josh Kerr will duke it out as well in Kerr’s 5000 debut. Also included in the field is 2016 NCAA indoor mile champ Henry Wynne.

Lane Athlete Affiliation
1 Chris O’HARE adidas
2 Darius TERRY Hoka Aggie Running Club
3 William LEER Under Armour / New York Athlet
4 Sam MCENTEE Austraila
5 Lucas BRUCHET Mile2Marathon
6 Tommy CURTIN Saucony / Freedom Track Club
7 Josh KERR Brooks / Brooks Beasts TC
8 Henry WYNNE Brooks / Brooks Beasts TC
9 Nick WILLIS adidas
11 Mauricio GONZALEZ Equipo Porvenir
12 Josef TESSEMA American Distance Project
13 Lawi LALANG U.S Army
14 Craig LAUTENSLAGER Unattached
15 Dillon MAGGARD Brooks Beasts TC
16 Kyle MEDINA Tinman Elite
17 Kevin LEWIS Team Usa Minnesota
18 Jacob THOMSON Boston Athletic Association
19 Jeffrey THIES II Tinman Elite
20 Joseph BERRIATUA Unattached
21 Trevor DUNBAR Boston Athletic Association

Talk about the action on our world famous messageboard: MB: 2019 USATF Distance Classic Tonight – Official Discussion Thread

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