Track & Field Weekend (7/14-7/16) Viewing Guide: Burns Goes for High School 5000m Record, McGorty, Waskom Chase Worlds Standards, Silesia Diamond League Caps It Off on SundayBy Alex Geula
Professional track and field resumes this weekend with jam-packed action in Europe.
Things kick off on Friday in Italy with Joe Waskom chasing the World 1500m standard, then on Saturday in Belgium is the Heusden Night of Athletics meet where Connor Burns will chase high school history and Sean McGorty the 5000m world standard. The weekend caps on Sunday with the Silesia Diamond League meet and loaded action across the board, followed by a LIVE LetsRun.com recap show at noon eastern.
Below we detail the biggest meets of the weekend in the order that they will take place with viewing info and links to results.
Friday July 14: Meeting Internazionale Sport e Solidarieta’: Joe Waskom Goes for World Championship Qualifier
Men’s 800m (3:20 PM ET): British champion Daniel Rowden takes on 2022 800m NCAA champion Moad Zahafi.
Women’s 800m (3:25 PM ET): Former Oregon Duck and pacer for Faith Kipyegon’s 1500m WR, Brooke Feldmeier, will race against Americans McKenna Keegan and Kristie Schoffield.
Men’s 1500m (4:15 PM ET): A huge American contingent is in this race, highlighted by none other than the 2022 NCAA 1500m champion and 2nd place finisher at USAs in the 1500m last weekend, Joe Waskom. Waskom is currently within the world ranking quota to make the world championship team that goes to Budapest, however, securing the WCH standard of 3:34.20 will help him rest easier knowing he has a spot at Worlds, as Waskom is right inside the world ranking quota and there is still some time for things to shift (window closes 7/30). He will have former UW teammate Kieran Lumb in this race as well. Lumb, a Canadian, is also trying to secure his spot on Canada’s world championship team. Canada’s selection process has a discretionary spot, and having the WCH standard would benefit Lumb greatly. Other notable runners in this race include Sam Ellis, John Reniewicki, and former D2 NCAA 1500m champion Callum Elson of Great Britain.
Update at 535 pm ET: Waskom’s race went great. LRC Joe Waskom’s Big Kick Travels Well, Waskom Runs 3:34.64 PB To Win 1500 in Lignano, Italy
Women’s 1500m (4:22 PM ET): Empire Elite’s Helen Schlachtenhaufen will look to improve on her 4:01.09 PB.
Saturday July 15: Heusden Night of Athletics 2023: Connor Burns Goes for High School 5000m Record, Sean McGorty Chases World 5000 Standard, Cooper Teare in 1500
Women’s 1500m (12:15 PM ET): Recently crowned U.S. steeplechase champion Krissy Gear will test her speed over 1500m against an international field.
Men’s 1500m (1:28 PM ET): 2022 U.S. 1500m champion Cooper Teare lines up against Tinman Elite’s Drew Hunter. Teare will look to bounce back after a rough showing at USAs this past weekend.
Men’s 5,000m (1:47 PM ET): Sean McGorty, who just placed 3rd at USAs in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, will be looking to hit the WCH standard of 13:07 to guarantee his spot on Team USA for Budapest. McGorty will be racing with his Bowerman teammate and Harvard alumni, Kieran Tuntivate, who represents Thailand. Tuntivate will also be looking to hit that WCH standard so he can secure his Budapest 2023 spot as well. LetsRun.com Track Talk Podcast guest and 3:29 1500m runner Narve Nordås will also be in this race. Nordås has already secured his spot for Budapest in the 1500m, and told LetsRun.com earlier this year that he wants to lower his 5,000m PB to sub-13. Finally, American high schooler and future Oregon duck, Connor Burns, will look to reclaim his American HS 5,000m record. Burns held the American HS 5,000m record for 20 days, before Lex Young took it from him running 13:34.96.
Sunday July 16: Diamond League Poland: Sha’Carri vs Shericka, Jakob Ingebrigtsen
There are many mouthwatering events including Sha’Carri Richardson v Shericka Jackson in the 100m, and Jakob Ingebrigtsen looking to run fast in the 1500m, and more. Jonathan Gault previews all of that and more here.