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?