2013: The Winners, The Losers

Back for the first time? Or something like that.. let’s get to it!

The Winners

Jamaican SprintersUsain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Frasyer-Pryce.. need I say more? Ok! Warren Weir, Kerron Stewart, Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter.. they’ll be set for a few years.

Waxed Dat' Azz x's 2

Waxed Dat’ Azz x’s 2

Nike Oregon Project – Mary “Hurricane” Cain is a Goddess among women, although she’s not officially a member of NOP. Mo Farah won another gold in the 10,000m, and has a beautiful new PR in the 1,500m, 3:28.81!!! 3:28.81. It looks so good it deserves its own sentence, They’ve got a new website and sell some generic sweet merch. They also added Jordan Hasay, hopefully her professional career is a bit more fulfilling than her collegiate one.. although she is very accomplished, but I mean who wouldn’t want to improve. Right? Oh yeah, Mary Cain will be running in the 1,500m Final tomorrow (she’s frigggin 17, her potential is through the roof), Galen Rupp and Mo Farah will be running in the 5,000m Final on Friday, and Matt Centrowitz (sportin a fresh cut) will be running in the 1,500m Semi Final on Friday as well.

clearly a photoshop expert..

clearly I’m a photoshop expert..

The Eaton Family – First things first, their baby will probably score like 9300+ in decathlon and/or 7500+ in the heptathlon. And even after Brianne attempted murder, Ashton still married her. Don’t you just love that awkward shift? And then they won Gold (Ashton) and Silver (Brianne). Ashton is fresh off of a WR in London and Brianne just PR’d with a 6530. The future is hella bright for this couple.

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Tirunesha Dibaba – Undefeated at 10,000m. 5 Golds at 10,000m. The end.

Sh!t King Booker says..

Sh!t King Booker says..

Nick Symmonds – Finally won that elusive medal, congrats on the World Silver Medal!!!! You deserve it. Not only that, dudes a pretty big advocate of Equality.

if only..

if only..

US Mens 400 Runners – After a disappointing showing in London, LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay have restored all hope in US 400 Operation Domination.

–> LaShawn Merritt (11.1, 10.1 [21.2], 10.6 [31.8], 11.9) (21.2/22.5) <—- a 10.1 split tho?? dudes ridiculous.

–>Tony McQuay (11.1, 10.6 [21.7], 11.1 [32.7], 11.7) (21.7/22.7)

Blackman & Robbin'

Blackman & Robbin’

Alan Oliveira – Is this the face of the Rio 2016 games? I think yes. If not at least he has got the para-athlete WR for the 100m and 200m.

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The Losers

DruggiesTyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, the entire Turkish team, Alice Decaux… and there are definitely more to come. A lot of disappointed track fans worldwide, I just wish they’d stopped making excuses and be 100% transparent. SORRY, y’all get no pics. At least not today lol.

Amantle Montsho – She got out-leaned by like one thousandth of a second. Leanin’ back has been outta style since Fat Joe got skinny.. #sorryboutit

.. I can't

.. I can’t **(sidenote, Christine Ohuruogu resembles Dwain Chambers in this pic)

Injured athletes – Yohan Blake – defending 100m World Champ is out nursing a hamstring injury, Ryan Bailey – hamstring strain, Bershawn Jackson – tore hamstring at World Champs in 400m Hurdle Semi Final, Angelo Taylor – ???, Brandon Byram – pulled up in 200m Semi Final at US Champs, Christophe Lemaitre – tore hasmtring after running the 100m Final at World Champs, he slipped after finishing according to his camp, Bryshon Nellum – strained hamstring Thank God 2014 isn’t a major outdoor championship year. 2013 may forever go in history as the year of the hamstrings revolted.

LoLo Jones – Although she is an accomplished multi-sport athlete, she kinda makes it easy for people to hate her. She is always in the news which means her PR people are doing their job.. but she seems a bit desperate for attention —–> Whining, Fighting, and Making Light of a Sensitive Issue. LoLo is a very beautiful competitor; at least she’s got that going for her.

<3

Oscar Pistorius – It sucks to have your WR’s shattered while you are on a hiatus; not being able to do shiiit about it for the foreseeable future only adds insult to injury.

The Rest

Sanya Richards-Ross – I understand that reality TVs the new thing to do, but……… really tho? Team SRR.. get yo money, baby. Regardless, I’ve seen every episode and plan on continuing. Good luck with your foot!

Gunnar Nixon – this kid is cool. He allegedly smokes weed.. regardless, dude has a helluva lotta potential. If he’s a stoner, that just makes his accomplishments even more impressive.

cute pic, bro

cute pic, bro

Ashley Spencer – 2012 and 2013 NCAA 400m Champion. 3rd place at 2013 US Champs. The future is looking super bright for her. She’s even on Twitter.

Brandon Johnson – Who? Oh yeah, that 400m Hurdle guy who is now a world class 800m runner. Dude is legit. I guess I’m starting to believe in reincarnation or something along those lines.

1:43.84.. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

1:43.84.. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Oregon 1500m guys (not named Centrowitz) – McNamara – its time to make a championship team.. what else is there?, Acosta – 2014 would be a great year to make a comeback, Wheating – umm -_- we miss ya…

Duck Domination

Duck Dynasty Domination

Jacques Borlée – He had 3 kids at Moscow World Championships. Jonathan got 4th in 400m, Kevin missed the final by .19 seconds, and Dylan is the new kid on the block. *Dylan lowered his PR from 47.94 to 45.80 in 2013. **his daughter Olivia is also a world class athlete (100m).

the family that runs together, stays together

the family that runs together, stays together

Lol consistency is the key to life and as I try and get everything situated, this blog is one thing that I’d like to update a lot more consistently; it’s pretty fun. Anyways, be on the lookout for the next post which will be out sometime next week-ish lol.

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Mens NCAA Predictions

OVERWHELMING…

My life in a word.

Pretty basic/bland/boring but whatever. Listening to the Justin Bieber XMAS Album ♥.

Anyways, I am coming back right before the National Championships for NCAA XC. Here are my predictions.

The Individual race will be DOMINATED by Lawi Lalang for the 2nd year in a row! If Stephen Sambu isn’t 2nd, i expect to see Mohammed Ahmed. Henry Lelei and Girma Mecheso should round out the top 5. Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech is a new face in the crowd, he is a 2 time NAIA XC Champ. I think in his first NCAA Championship, he will definately get top 10, no better than 6th though.

For the team race, it’s anybody’s race. Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Stanford appear to be front runners for the title. But Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia and OK State had BADASS showings at their Regional and it looks like they may be in the hunt.

1. Stanford – Those Ginger twins are crazy good! But, I think they have a solid team and I think they will be pretty close throughout the race. They were 5th last year, but the team has a completely different look. It would be badass if their entire team dyed their hair Orange for Nationals!

Does the carpet match the drapes?

2. Texas – (although they recieved a Laker-esque signing with Kyle Merber) they’ll fall short. I like Craig Lutz a lot more than I should and they have a pretty solid 1-5. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did better? They were only 11th last year, is Merber enough to bring them up 9 places? Only time will tell.

Merber & Lutz > Kobe & Dwight

3. Colorado – You guys are already winners (peep the photo below)! On another note, what happened to Ammar Moussa?!?! Anyways, I know that Colorado was 3rd last year but I don’t think that they’ll go any higher than that this year either.

1st Place Babii!

4. Florida State – Pretty Sick Squad. They dominated the South Regional. The guys were only good enough for 12th last year but I expect that they will improve this time around. Don’t know much about them but, Genevieve Lacaze is from Florida so…

Not Quite FL State but, close enough 😉

5. Wisconsin – Ahmed just is not enough. Also, Maverick Darling had a wardrobe malfunction last year at NCAAs and when  Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction, her career went to shit. They won NCAAs last year but they lost Elliot Krause and Ryan Collins. I think they won’t have a problem making top 5 but anything more, they’ll have to really work for.

this SUCKS.

Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Virginia, NAU, and Iona to round out the top 10.

6 more friggin’ days!! The race is scheduled for November 17, 2012 at 12:15 Central/1:15 Eastern. I hope that Flotrack does a live feed like they did last year. That would be ballin’. The course is in Louisville, KY.. it could be a fast one.

USATF vs The World

I know I know I am late as heck but, better late than never.

Over the past month or so a lot has been going on in the world of track and field. Many countries have been getting their Olympic Trials over with and getting their Olympic Teams finalized. ..here’s what the USATF has been up to… (all of this happened at the trials).

The Fam Debacle: Anthony Famiglietti is a very well established runner, 2 time Olympian to be exact. Famiglietti was three spot/less than a second away from the qualifying standard for the 3,000m steeplechase. Being the reigning US Trials Champion, one would have thought he would be able to make an appeal and be allowed entry into the race. So that’s what he did. He paid $250.00 to have an appeal opened and was literally robbed because he had to beat the results out of the USATF. His appeal to run was denied without adequate reasoning. It may have something to do with his previous sponsors, Adidas, Saucony, and he now runs under his own Reckless Running brand. USATF = another name for Nike. USATF MLDR Glenn Latimer called track fans “little wonks” when replying to emails from Famiglietti and his supporters.

Congrats on the son!!

Thank you, Anthony Famiglietti for following protocol, thank you for trying to give track fans what they deserve, a field of the best runners, and thanks for your relentless fight against the “powers that be”. More on the story can be read on Fam’s Blog.

which brings us to…

Alan Webb: Allowed to run in the 5,000m race because he reps the Swoosh on his chest. He was skipped over 10 runners with faster times than his. He was the slowest in the field by over 10 seconds!! How did he get accepted into an event he had no chance of making it to London in? He didn’t even have the A standard in his marquee event (1,500m) and he didn’t make the Olympic team in 2008. How did he get his appeal accepted? He went on to run a 14:01, one place away from DFL in the qualifying round! He then pulled out of the 1,500m.

Alan Webb rockin’ the REEBOK!! *gasps*

Congrats on the daughter!!

Brooks Running: 4 Brooks employees including their CEO were escorted from the US Trials. It was insane, Nike has a monopoly on every market for most major sports, and track and Field is a major sport so why not monopolize it? Nike in London.

 

Brooks = Bad Azz

Brooks = Bad Azz

Read more on the Brooks story here USATF kicks out Brooks Employees.

Allyson Felix/Jeneba Tarmoh: Damn! This was the biggest story at the Trials. Bigger than Ashton Eaton’s WR, bigger than Lolo Jones’ butt scratch that, she has NO ASS!

told ya

You can’t script shizz like this…or can you? Cycle back a few weeks ago to the Women’s 100m Final, Felix in lane 2, Tarmoh in lane 1. BANG, the gun goes off and Allyson Felix has a terrible start (Nike’s worst nightmare seeing how Felix is their poster child). Tarmoh, also a Nike athlete, has an amazing start and looks to be in the lead for the first 30m of the race. Felix’s strength brings her back into the race as she attempts to catch Tarmoh for the 3rd and final spot on the US Olympic 100m team. Just like that it’s over, Jeter in 1st, Madison in 2nd, and Tarmoh in 3rd with a 11.07, Felix came in 4th with an identical time. Fast forward a few minutes later and BAM, we have a tie! NEVER in my life have I heard of a tie on such a big stage for track and field. So what is to be done? Can all 4 athletes go to London in the open 100? Will they have to draw straws? Will there be a runoff? After days of anticipation, Felix and Tarmoh agree on a run-off that will take place on the last day of the Trials. in the meantime, Felix goes on to win the 200m in 21.69!! Tarmoh comes in 5th in 22.35. Regardless of the outcome of the run off both runners will go to London as a part of the 4×100 relay team and since Felix just won the 200m, you would think that she would pull out of the runoff and allow her friend/training partner to have the final spot in the 100m. Weeellll, she didn’t; Allyson was being greedy, do you blame her? Needless to say Tarmoh decided that her heart wasn’t in the right place and pulled out of the runoff herself. A move that made me smile, I must agree.  Not because Felix is now running the open 100m, but because Tarmoh did not let Nike/ABC/USATF make more money off of her; they made such a big deal about it and at the last minute she pulled the plug. Sucks to suck!

tie?

The results as of 7/21/2012

The moral of the post is: if you aren’t apart of Nike, you’re basically screwed. If you are not a top name at Nike, you’re basically screwed, and if you don’t  you may be SOL.

Oh, so that’s how it works

** Will the fans stand up and make their voices louder and presence stronger?  You can make a difference and can change the sport for good forever!  Use social media and your voice to make that happen. Call this office number to directly contact John Chaplin and tell him what you think 509-595-7355.  Email USATF. Email John Chaplin jpchaplin@hughes.net Email Fred Finke.  Email USATF CEO Max Siegel, Max.Siegel@usatf.org  Be the change you want to see in the sport. – Anthony Famiglietti

Definitions (brought to you by UrbanDictionary.com):

  • SOL – Shit Out of Luck.
  • DFL – Dead F*ckin’ Last.

Womens 400m

I was disappointed to hear that Allyson Felix wasn’t going to go for the triple, she definitely could have made it in the 400m. Such is life, the girls competing for this years spots are by no means slow.

Sanya Richards-Ross (48.70): 3rd in Beijing, 1st in Berlin, 7th in Daegu…she is like a bipolar runner. She runs some of the best times each year but she sometimes has trouble maintaining her steam. She has been running very well in 2012 and seems determined to redeem her 08 mishaps. Trains with Clyde Hart aka Mr. 400m.

when Sanya’s at her best, she’s untouchable

Diamond Dixon (51.09): Diamonds are Forever, or so Kanye West says. Diamond won the NCAA 400m Indoor title this past March and was 3rd at Outdoors. She is right up there with Ashley Spencer leading the 90’s babies in the 400.

Francena McCorory (50.06): She is the one of the fastest indoor runners, ever. Her speed transfers quite nicely outdoors, she was 2nd at Nationals last year to Allyson Felix.

Natasha Hastings (49.84): My most memorable moment of Hastings is when she ran like 95% of Penn relays 4×400 missing one shoe. She isn’t under contract with Nike and since the split her times have gotten slower. She is now with Under Armour and this year might be her year. If nothing else, she is a very reliable relay leg, she split 49.87 in Beijing.

No Shoe Swagg

Jessica Beard (50.56): Went to World Championships in 2011 in the 400 and 4×400. She won NCAA title in the 400 and 4×400 in 2011, she came from way behind in the 4×400 to lead her team to victory. Don’t let the PR fool you, she is definitely capable of a sub-50 clocking. Has run 51.19 this year, expect something faster in a few days.

Ashley Spencer (50.95): Freshman phenom, won NCAA 400m Crown in 2012. Has a lot of upside, has proven herself in rounds, she may be the heir to Sanya Richards-Ross’ thrown in a few years. She was born in 1993!! Damn

My Predictions:

Richards-Ross, McCorory and Beard will be sporting their pearly whites in London.

Womens 100m

Lets be real, there are only 4 3 real “contenders” in the Womens 100m, and they are nothing to play with.

Allyson Felix (10.93): She has been American Track and Field’s poster child since she graduated high school. Anyways, she is hella fast and is looking to get 2 Gold medals at this game (100/200). But seriously, she is what they wanted Marion Jones to be. I would say she is the closest thing to 2000 Marion Jones ever, if she trains for the 100, 200 or 400 she could win them at any level.

Nike looks good on you, Allyson

Carmelita Jeter (10.67): The 2nd Fastest Woman…EVER! She missed the finals of the US Trials in 2008, but has made every major championship since then, winning Gold in the 100m in 2011. She is 32, but seems to not be slowing down significantly, 10.70 in 2011 and 10.81 in 2012.

she RaTcHeT

Kimberlyn Duncan (10.96): The NCAA Runner-up over 100m, and the NCAA Champion over 200m, Duncan is flat out talented. Her loss in the 100m was a bit of a shock, because she went into the meet with world class times. She is only a junior in college so expect an amazing career out of her. She scratched :/

The Tigers have something to look forward to next season

Tianna Madison Bartoletta (10.97): Originally a long jumper; had a stellar Indoor campaign and since then, I’ve had my eye on her. She is has a great start, and she has great top-end speed. Earlier this month she whooped up on Jeter and Felix at the Adidas Grand Prix, beating them by .08 and .10 respectively.

Ditch the Pit

My Predictions:

Madison, Jeter, Felix will be donning the in reppin’ the Land of the Free

Mens 100m

So here’s the skinny..

Tyson Gay (9.69): Winner of Olympic Trials in 2008, Silver medal in 2009. Beat Bolt in 2010 and was injured most of 2011. First race of 2012, 10.00. Definately not going to win Trials but for a season opener, not bad at all. When healthy, America’s most dominant sprinter, he’s run 9.69 (American Record), 19.58, and 44.89.

USA USA USA

Justin Gatlin (9.77 9.85): At one point a very promising young sprinter, He won Gold in Athens in 2004 at 100m, Bronze at 200m. But, he tested positive for some crap messing around with Trevor Graham (Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Justin Gatlin, Antonio Pettigrew, CJ Hunter) <—- Just a few of the athletes who tested positive for banned substances under his coaching. But he came back in 2011 and was 2nd at US Championships. He won Gold in Doha at 60m Indoor World Championships, has run 9.87 in 2012.

 

Lean with it, Rock with it (yes this is from 2013)

Lean with it, Rock with it (yes this is from 2013)

Ryan Bailey (9.88): For some weird reason he was labeled as the answer to Usain Bolt…he is not that, probably never will be. But he is tall, 6 ft 4 and he is fast. He hasn’t had a spectacular 2012 campaign running only 10.01 but, he will more than likely go sub-10 at Trials. In hopes of making the Olympic team, Bailey moved to Cali to train with Walter Dix and Richard Thompson.

Jeff Demps (10.01): World Junior Record Holder at 100m, but has not been consistent at all. A two sport athlete at University of Florida (Football/Track) he has been apart of many NCAA Championship but is injured a lot. Pulled out of the 2012 NCAA Championships because of hamstring problems, hopefully he comes to Trials in good health because he has raw speed.

Walter Dix (9.88): The Bronze medalist in Beijing, Dix is looking for a 100/200 double at this years trials. He has a PR of 19.53 in the 200, so expect something spectacular out of him later in the summer. Trains with Bailey and Richard Thompson, and he ran a 9.85 wind-aided in April.

Mookie Salaam (9.97): Love his name, Mookie, Cookie, Rookie, Snooki…but he is a stellar athlete. He is also very fst at 200m (20.05), decided to forgo senior year at Oklahoma to focus on Trials, signed with Adidas  and has run 9.98 this year.

Mike Rodgers (9.85): Fast little guy, won US Championships in 2009. Has run 9.99 and 9.97 wind-aided in 2012. He ran his PR at Pre Classic in 2011, maybe he will have a good showing in Eugene this year?

Doc Patton (9.89): The man who dropped the baton in Daegu, has put a lot of pressure on himself this year because of a disappointing conclusion to his 2009/2011 campaign. Has ran 10.04 in 2012.

My Predictions:

Gatlin, Rodgers and Gay will be rockin’ that Red singlet in August.

The 100/110 Hurdles

So I decided that this is time consuming as hell and so some of my predictions will be condensed.

The Ladies

Lolo Jones (12.43): She is a VIRGIN. But these days, I prefer a woman with more experience. She has the experience, she won the 100 Hurdles at Beijing should have won the 100 Hurdles in Beijing but she fell and fooked it up for herself, ended up getting 7th place. She has not ran as well in the past couple of years, dealing with the injuries of being a 29 year old VIRGIN. But c’mon, do you really thinks she’s a VIRGIN, she is too (maybe three) fine. She has something to prove.

virgins don’t take pics like this, slore

Kellie Wells (12.50): US Champ in 2011, and US Leader this year with (12.55), Wells is looking ready to do something special in Eugene. She ran a 12.35 wind aided time in 2011, the girl is fast. Trains with Dawn Harper.

Kristi Castlin (12.56): Just ran a  PR of 12.56 on June 7, she is a force to be reckoned with. Saw her run indoors once, she ran a 7.94.

Dawn Harper (12.48): Olympic Champion in Beijing, nuff said. Trains with Kellie Wells.

Teeth 4 Dayz

Christina Manning (12.68): NCAA Champion in the 100 Hurdles, in my eyes (not a hurdler, or a hurdle coach) she runs a flawless race. She is very consistent throughout rounds and her headgear is dope.

lookin’ rough

Others to Watch: Queen Harrison, Jackie Coward

 

 

The Guys

David Oliver (12.94): 12.94 in 2011, 2012 a more pedestrian 13.13. Kinda annoying, reminds me of Dwight Howard because of his shoulders. US Champ in 2011. Had a crappy subpar showing at Pre Classic against a very strong field.

Terrence Trammell (12.95): TrackStar Apparel, possibly the ugliest track gear I have ever seen. He has consistently been a top name in US Hurdling, but lately, he hasn’t really been in “the mix”. He is a bit on old side (1978), having made 3 Olympic teams already.

You Can’t See Me – John Cena

Aries Merritt (13.06): No relation to LaShawn, but fast in his own sense. Ran a wind aided 12.96 at Pre Classic this year, but double false started at Adidas Grand Prix. He beat Liu Xiang at World Indoors in Istanbul at 60m Hurdles. US Runner-up in 2011

Jason Richardson (13.08): NBA Slam Dunk Champion World Silver Medalist Champ in 2011 at 110m Hurdles, has very long hair. Long Hair, Dont Care.

Not Jason Richardson

Dexter Faulk (13.13): Can never count this guy out, he is consistently top 5 in America. Ran a PR of 13.13 in Ostrava in May, ran the same time in 2007.

 

My Predictions:

The Ladies: Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, Kristi Castlin

The Guys: Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson, Dexter Faulk

And those 6 will be reppin’ the US in London.

Mens 10K

The Mens 10k should includes at least 1 medal contender for London: Galen Rupp (12:58.90/26:48.00). Without Chris Solinsky in the mix, the next two spots are up for grabs. Injuries in an Olympic year are a bee-yach, so hopefully Chris will be ok, mentally of course.

Finish Him

Dathan Ritzenhein (27:22.28/12:56.27)Recently blogged about training with Galen and Mo and he seems to believe he is close to 12:56 shape. He has the A standard in the 5K, but is a few seconds off of it in the 10K. Has the sixth fastest American 10K time this year. He is undecided about if he will double or just chose one, but if the race is paced correctly, he could easily get the 10K A standard. Oh yeah, he just barely missed being on the Olympic Marathon Squad with a 4th Place finish 😦

Matt Tegenkamp (27:28.22/12:58.56)Track and Field’s “Token Ginger“, Tegenkamp is a hoss. He was 2nd at US Championships last year, although he has been quoted saying’ ‘I will never run a 10K”. He was the first American to break 13 minutes for 5K, and now he has decided to move his talents to South Beach the 10K, a la LeBron James (see what I did?). He has the A standard in both the 5K and the 10K, may go for double.

i NEED that singlet

Chris Derrick (27:31.38/13:19.58): Did not show up for the NCAA Championships. Ran a 27:31 late-April and then ran a 28:17 in June. Chris, if your goal was to get on the medal stand, CONGRATULATIONS! Clearly a talented athlete but his inexperience may not play in his favor.

Don’t listen to the haters, do you Boo Boo, do you

Scott Bauhs (27:48.06/13:28.92)Truthfully never heard of the guy until today.  But, he was 3rd at US Championships last year, and for that you get a picture. Young guy with a lot of good experience, check his Wikipedia for more info. He is one to be reckoned with.

Goldie Effin’ Locks

Tim Nelson (27:31.56)see Scott Bauhs, because they look alike, because they are white, because he is another relatively young guy with a lot of good experience. He gets to train with Tegenkamp and Solinsky and Lomong and so unless he is injured, you can’t count him out.

Brent Vaughn (27:40.21/13:18.46): has the 3rd fastest time this year for 10K, that’a about it. But he clearly has talent.

Bobby Curtis (27:24.67/13:18.97): sub 4 miler, so he’s got the speed, maybe? He was 4th at last years US Championships, so expect him to be in the mix this year.

My Predictions: Kinda difficult

Rupp, Tegenkamp and Ritz (based solely on what he said about training with Rupp/Farah. If you lied Dathan I will be upset) will be reppin’ good ole ‘merica in London

Womens 10K

On June 22, the first Olympic Trials final will take place, at least on the track side (the men and women hammer are on the 21st).

*Well let me start off by saying that it would be amazing if Sally Kipyego became an American citizen.

On the ladies side, it’s a bit tough to decide who will do what because both Shalane Flanagan (American Record Holder 30:22.22)  and Kara Goucher (30:55.16) are going to be running the marathon in London, so if they run, will they use it as a workout or will they try and make the team? And if they make the team, will they run both the 10k and the marathon in London? Probably not.

Marathon Swagg

Let’s just assume that they will only compete in the marathon in London, so who will be on the team?

Amy Hastings: has a PR of 31:19.87, she ran that in April at the Payton Jordan Invitational. She is looking very good for the Trials, hopefully she hasn’t peaked.

Desi Davali: will be on the US Marathon Squad. She was 4th at last years US Championships with a time of 31:37.14, which is her PR to date. (Not sure if she will even be at Trials but just in case)

Seperated at Birth?

Amy Yoda Begley: was a member of the Nike Oregon project, but left in 2011 for OTC Eugene. She made the Beijing team and she also was on the Berlin team a year later. She didn’t have the best year in 2011, finishing 6th (32:34.75) at the championships, but her PR of 31:13.78 keeps her in the mix.

Jennifer Rhines: Rhines was 3rd (31:30.37) at last years championships. She has a PR of 31:17.31. But she is “old” for a runner, she is 37 and he birthday is July 1st, it would be an amazing present for her to make the team, she has participated in every Olympics since Sydney in 2000 (mostly in marathons).

Lisa Uhl: the current NCAA Record Holder at 10,000m, is looking to have a good year after dealing with plantar fasciitis and a stress fracture in 2011. She has run a 31:35.50 this year which is less than 20 seconds away from her PR (31:18.07) from 2010.

Janet Bawcom: 15:22/31:33.50 in 2012. With Deena Kastor out of the mix, this makes Castor’s chances of making the team even greater; she seems to be in top shape and ready to make something happen.

My Predictions:

Uhl, Hastings, Bawcom will be reppin’ the US of A in London.

The Trials Are Coming!

Anyways (my favorite way to start a post), I have been gone for like 2 months because well, firstly school is hard. I ended semester with a 3.0 so I’m happy. Secondly, I forgot my password because Cam Newton stole my laptop I broke my laptop and after that the shizz hit the fan. Well now I’m back, and just in time for the Olympic Trials.

I think it’s about time for me to test my prediction skills, get my Ms.Cleo on. So I will be trying to find out who will be on the Beijing team from the 100m to the 10k, I think this is gonna be a year of a lot of young guys to go to London.

🙂

currently listening to George Watsky: WATSKYYY. This white boy is goood.

I Track and even Field

new post coming soon, maybe today?