It is a long road to the 2012 London Olympics. In the sport of running, only the marathoners have been picked with Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davilia and Kara Goucher representing the United States. We’re only 67 days from the start of USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, and 102 days away from the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympic Games! Until then, I’ll review where these elite women are racing and the times. If you see anything missing, leave the performance in the comment section. If you know ahead of time where an elite is racing let me know in the comment, also.
Texas Invitational– The Texas invitational was a small meet held at the University of Texas on a very windy day. It presented the perfect chance for local training groups to get in some races. The women’s 100 meters saw the 2011 USA 60 meter champ taking the win in a time of 10.88. She was followed by Laushauntea (10.93) and Porsha Lucas (11.02). In the 200 meters, Laverne Jones-Ferrette took the win with a 22.68. Patricia Hall was second in 22.69 followed by Anderson in 22.84. Natasha Hastings was 7th in 23.15. In the 400 meters, Patricia Hall won with a 51.74 followed by Texas sophomore Briana Nelson in 52.83 and Chantel Malone in 53.07. Bianca Knight was 9th in 55.35.
Sea Ray Relays– The Sea Ray Relays is one the premier track events that happens in Tennessee (if not the premier). Sarah Bowman, University of Tennessee alum, was back on the track winning the 3000 meters in 9:23.61. Alana Hadley, who many have called a distance prodigy, won the 10000 meters in 34:59.38.
B.A.A. Events While the marathon might be the main event but B.A.A. puts on both a 5k and a mile event. In the mile, Morgan Uceny became the first two-time winner leaving behind her three rivals on the final lap for victory in 4:43.8. Defending champion Marina Muncan of Serbia was runner-up, in 4:44.5, with Americans Gabriele Anderson (4:46.3) and Treniere Moser (4:48) close behind.
Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, took the lead early and held it in a fast women’s B.A.A. 5K on Sunday morning, winning the event in 15:12 and broke the course record of 15:51. Following Kidane was countrywoman Aheza Kiros (15:21), with New Zealand’s Kim Smith third (15:26). The top six women were rounded out by Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, Diane Johnson and Sarah Porter, all of the United States. Desiree Davila was 10th in 16:03 in a PR of 12 seconds.
The main event, the Boston Marathon, came down to a sprint type finish much like last year. Smart pacing and a strong kick helped Sharon Cherop achieve victory. She crossed the finish line in 2:31:50, her victory good for a. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong followed Cherop by just two seconds in the long chase down Boylston Street to collect second-place prize. Georgina Rono, also of Kenya, placed third in 2:33:09.