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The Monday Morning Run: 15 Thoughts from the Weekend

The Monday Morning Run: 15 Thoughts from the Weekend

| On 29, Jun 2015

It was another exciting weekend at Historic Hayward Field. I was in attendance, so Kevin gets the day off and will return next week. Below, I’ll tell the story in a series of tweets from the mixed zone, but here are “15 thoughts from the weekend’s action in Eugene”

  1. Nick Symmonds can still win. After bouncing back from a tough year, he delivered the goods by taking top honors in the 800. Then he hosted a great Run Gum party at Hop Valley Brewing. He never stops. Best interview in Track as well.
  2. David Oliver is warming up. 3 solid rounds, concluding in a wind legal 13.04, has to have him thinking gold.
  3. Alysia Montano is back too, with familiar faces, Brenda Martinez and shoeless Ajee Wilson (see below) joining her in Beijing. I predict medal(s).
  4. Robby Andrews gambled on the 1500, and won. Well, he got second, but he’s on the Beijing team. Maybe the fastest last 100 in an 800 ever? Maybe not, but he was flying. And “(Andrew) Wheating got Wheating-ed” (his own phrasing of the race)
  5. Matt Centrowitz looks ready for anyone in Beijing. Swag levels at all time high as well.Centro Swag
  6. The Women’s 1500 team looks quite different. Sure, Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury made it, but Kerri Gallagher and Lauren Johnson? New faces are great for the sport.
  7. The Women’s 5000 was absolutely incredible. 10k qualifiers, Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld made the race, then Nicole TullyMarielle Hall, and Abbey D’Agostino slammed the door. It took 15:06.59 to qualify. Fast stuff.
  8. Ryan Hill’s ascent continues. Made the World team in 2013, won the indoor 2 mile title this winter, and now takes the US 5000 title, pulling Ben True along in the process.
  9. Despite skepticism from fans and press, Justlin Gatlin’s American competitors seem to appreciate what he is doing. Nothing but respect from his sprinting peers this weekend.
  10. Tarmohgeddon now a thing of the past. Jeneba Tarmoh narrowly missed the 100 team again, but rallied and made the World team at 200. She’s also having an excellent Diamond League season.
  11. The Steeples were fast. Both American Men and Women continue to improve in the event, sending their strongest squads ever to Beijing with medal potential for Emma Coburn and Evan Jager.
  12. Drew Hunter is the real deal. Beat sub 4 miler, Grant Fisher, in the Brooks 2 mile last week, and does so again in the 1500 Junior final, narrowly losing to Oregon’s Blake Haney, who ran 52.9 for the last 400. Hunter has another year of high school and is officially on sub 4 watch for next year.
  13. Bowerman Track Club had a very good weekend, and added Steeple qualifer and NCAA champ, Colleen Quigley, and former NCAA 1500 champ Shelby Houlihan.
  14. Carl Stones may not have won the Men’s Steeple, but he did represent Jacuzzi Boys Athletic Club.
  15. The Alberto Salazar vs. Past Athletes/Coaches/Court of public opinion situation isn’t going away anytime soon.

Seen and heard over the weekend:

 

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