Friday, June 22, 2012

Olympic Trials: Women's 10,000m

Hastings, Uhl, Cherobon-Bawcom headed to London

The women's 10,000 meter race at U.S. Olympic Trials had much less on the line than did the men's event. With only 4 women having run the Olympic "A" standard and one of them being Shalane Flanagan - who says she will NOT run the 10k in London to focus on the marathon - it basically meant that the 3 women that have the A standard were in regardless of their finish place/time (unless someone from the field managed to run under the A standard in the race).

Those 3 women of course are: Amy Hastings (@HastyHastings), Lisa Uhl (@lisa_uhl) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (@JanetRuns).

Natosha Rogers - who fell early in the race - made an amazing move inside of 300 meters to go, but it was Amy Hastings, another 4th place marathon finisher, who took the win ahead of Rogers and Shalane Flanagan. Lisa Uhl finished 4th. Final lap was 65 seconds and it looked tough. Bawcom finished way back, but she's still going to London. It was a 16 second PR for Rogers, kudos.

Flanagan did do a 2h50m "training run" marathon earlier this week, so no sweat that she was outkicked. But I'm sure she's not psyched she didn't win.

Note: Rogers finished 2nd, but does not get to go to London because she failed to meet the Olympic A standard. As Nate pointed out on Twitter, it's messed up - but that's our system.


1 Amy Hastings Brooks                                        31:58.36
2 Natosha Rogers  Texas A&M                           31:59.21
3 Shalane Flanagan  Nike / Oregon TC Elite          31:59.69
4 Lisa Uhl  Nike / Oregon TC Elite                        32:03.46
5 Alisha Williams  Boulder RunCo/adidas              32:08.51
6 Tara Erdmann  Unattached                                 32:09.15
7 Janet Cherobon-Bawcom  Nike                         32:17.06
8 Stephanie Rothstein  adidas/McMillan Elite        32:24.25
9 Deborah Maier  Unattached                              32:25.82
10 Kellyn Johnson  adidas/McMillan Elite            32:30.40
11 Alissa McKaig  ZAP Fitness Reebok              32:31.66
12 Meaghan Nelson  Iowa State                          32:32.45
13 Rebecca Donaghue  New Balance                  32:37.39
14 Adriana Nelson  Unattached                           32:38.95
15 Rachel Ward  Ragged Mountain Racing          32:39.53
16 Liz Costello  Unattached                                32:53.31
17 Alvina Begay  Nike                                        32:58.63
18 Katie McGregor  Reebok                              33:11.92
19 Addie Bracy  Unattached                               33:14.12
20 Wendy Thomas  Boulder/adidas                    33:17.40
21 Katie DiCamillo  New Balance Boston           33:26.72
22 Katie Matthews  Boston University                33:45.22
DNF Sarah Porter  ZAP Fitness Reebok
DNS Allison Kieffer  Unattached


Collin said...

The fact that Rogers doesn't get to go is not a fault with our system. Rogers has not run an Olympic qualifying time, therefore she does not get to go to the Olympics, simple as that. She should be grateful to our system, as it provided her with the opportunity to still try to make the team even though she had not previously proven that she was fast enough to go. As a result of getting 2nd in what is essentially a USATF Championship event, she will now have better sponsorship opportunities in the future, so she should have nothing but gratitude towards our system.

Brian Godsey said...

You're right that it isn't "our" system as Americans, but instead the Olympic system. Their rules are that a country can send three A standards *or* one B standard. Technically speaking, the US has the option of sending only Rogers to the Games, since she has the B standard. If Rogers had won the race, she could have made a good case for letting her be the lone rep from the US. If this was a World Championship instead of the Olympics, she'd be on the team with Hastings and Uhl, as there you are allowed to send two As and a B if the country chooses. Worlds has it right.