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.

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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?

Eaton vs Hardee

Hardee vs Eaton

First of all. it’s GREAT to be back. School sucks, it;’s very time consuming and at the end of the day, I just could not muster the energy to put together a couple of sentences.

Anywho….

… The Decathlon, absolute fvcking hell, a combined event consisting of 10 track and field events. It is an event created for people who are not great at one specific event, but consistent at around 8 events.

Told ya

Sad Fact: I cannot name a Decathlete outside of the US: Dan O’Brien, Bryan Clay, Trey Hardee, Ashton Eatin’. *notice 3 of 4 named are bi/tri/quad-racial. Coincidence or Conspiracy???

Pika!?!

Ashton Eaton is a MONSTER. He is a WR holder(Heptathlon), and he is possibly not even in the prime of his career. His strengths are the running events. He has 45 second 400m and 10-low 100m speed. He isn’t too shabby at the Long Jump, but his major downfall is the throwing events. He doesn’t suck, but he has work w3rk to do.

Smell ya l8tr

And then there was Trey Hardee. The Trey Hardee. 2-time World Champion Trey Hardee. Vestavia Hills, AL’s Finest. Trey is also an amazing athlete. He is Kobe Bryant to Ashon Eaton’s Lebron James. He performs when it counts.

Looks about right to me.

Unlike Eaton, Hardee excels in the throws; but it wouldn’t hurt if he improved in the running events.

So Let’s look at both athletes PRs Head-to-Head:

James Hardee | Ashton Eaton

100m – 10.40 | 10.26 100m

Long Jump – 7.88 | 8.16Long Jump

Shot Put 15.63  | 14.74 – Shot Put

High Jump – 2.05 | 2.11 – High Jump

400m – 47.51 | 45.68400m

110m Hurdles – 13.71 | 13.35 110m Hurdles

Discus 52.68 | 47.36 – Discus

Pole Vault 5.25 | 5.20 – Pole Vault

Javelin 68.00 | 57.23 – Javelin

1500m – 4:42.23 | 4:18.941500m

Potential PR 9,091 | 9,012 – Potential PR

Silver et Gold

So what do stats really tell us? Stats tell me that although Eaton has a better PR than Hardee in 6 of 10 events, Hardee has a better Potential PR because some of his marks are waaaaaay better than Eaton’s.

That being said, i gotta go with:

Eaton < Hardee . At least for 2K12. Anything after the Olympics is all Eaton. and then Gunnar Nixon

na-na na-na boo-boo

 

Rupp vs. Solinsky

This is probably the biggest TAF rivalry in recent years. And even if it isn’t, I am the moderator and what I says goes. With that being said, lets loook at some facts…

Peter Pan vs The Cheese Steak

Solinsky has the 10,000m AR of 26:59.60.

I just kicked Rupp's Ass

Rupp is the current KING AR holder of the 10,000, 26:48.o0

Alberto touches me..

Since I don’t have time want to do head-to-head comparisons, lets compare stats:

1500m

3:39.14 (Rupp) 3:35.89 (Solinsky)

One Mile

3:57.72 (Rupp) 3:54.10 (Solinsky)

3000m

7:43.24 (Rupp) 7:34.32 (Solinsky)

5000m

13:06.86 (Rupp) 12:55.53 (Solinsky)

10000m

26:48.00 (Rupp) 26:59.60 (Solinsky)

Now I am no genious, but it seems to me that the longer the distance, the better chance Rupp has. So probably anything 10K and up is all Rupp and 9999m and below is all Solinsky. But it is said that Rupp can run a 10.9 100m, so maybe if he would man up, he could do a bit better in the shorter distances.

In comparison, Solinsky > Rupp. But Rupp currently holds two AR’s to Solinsky’s one zero. Also, Solinsky is recovering from hamstring surgery which will probably keep him from ever reaching the heights that he has once reached. (I hope he does though because American Distance Running is getting very interesting)

Final Verdict: Rupp > Solinsky. You can’t fvck with AR’s.

Definitions:

  • AR- American Record.

* shoutout to EatRunSwag for coining the term Peter Pan. some LetsRun poster for calling Solinsky a Cheese (he is from Wisconsin) Steak (he is a very hearty size, for a distance runner).