The second day of competition boasted three women’s finals: Discus, 10,000 meters, and long jump. Other events included the 800 and 400 semi-finals and the first round of the 100 meter dash.
The 10,000 started at 11:04 am and the track was already very hot without any cloud cover. Water stations were set up on the back stretch (as they were in the men’s race the night before.) Molly Huddle took the lead from the gun running the first few laps in 74, 77, 76, 76 (5:05 at the mile.) There were 16 women in the lead pack led by Huddle with most of the anticipated contenders. The pace slowed to 80, 78, 78 for 3200-4000 meters and the bunching caused some bumping. Kim Conley had to sit on the track during this time to fix her shoe and lost seven valuable seconds. Perhaps knowing Conley was in trouble, the pack picked it up.
Hasey was amongst the first contenders to falter from the lead pack as the pace quickened and the heat began to take its toll around the 6800 meter mark. Conley bravely fought her way back up to Hasey and 6th place, but the effort expended to catch up took its toll and Conley dropped out around the 8000 meter mark.
The pace stayed between 75 and 76 through 8800 and the lead group was down to three (Huddle, Infeld, and Hall.) The last ones to falter from the lead group were Taylor and Thweatt who finished 4th and 5th respectively. With a lap to go Infeld and Huddle were clear and Huddle threw in a 68 last 400 to avoid a reoccurrence of the 2015 Outdoor World Championships and getting edged by Infeld at the line. Regardless, Infeld was pleased to make the team after taking time off after the Indoor World Championships with a stress fracture.
Marielle Hall made her first Olympic team finishing in 3rd. When asked about the heat she reminded everyone that she went to college in Texas, so the heat was no big deal. She felt that the pressure of the event was more worrisome going into the race than the weather.
After the race, Taylor was obviously disappointed in being the first one off the Olympic Team but kept her composure in the media tent. She finished 6th in a hot Marathon Olympic Team Trials in LA in February. When asked about the jostling early in the 10K, Taylor said that she was often frustrated that women race more sloppily than men which frequently results in a messy race.
Next on the track were the two semi-final heats of the 800 where the top three from each heat and the two next best times advanced to the finals. Heat 1 boasted Wilson and Grace who took care of business finishing 1-2. Fricker took the heat out in 58.06 followed by Wilson. By 600 Wilson took over (1:29.72). Grace needed a 30.56 to place second to Wilson (2:00.81 to 2:00.94). Williams took the third automatic spot in 2:01.29.
Heat 2 was a fast one given only the top three automatically moved on and the field included Martinez, Ludlow, Montano, Rogers, and Wright. Montano went to the front going through 200 in 28.04 and 400 in 58.12. The field stayed with her and by 600 she was passed by Martinez and Ludlow with Rogers on her shoulder. Martinez and Ludlow each split 30.12 over the final 200 to finish 1-2 in 1:59.64 and 1:59.81, respectively. Montano took the third spot in 2:00.20, followed by Rogers (2:00.61) and Wright (2:01.39). Rodgers and Wright made the final on time.
Next were five preliminary heats of the 100; the top three from each heat and the next six fastest advanced to three semi-finals. Tianna Bartoletta and Jasmine Todd had to manage time between the long jump final and the 100 as they were going on simultaneously. Bartoletta easily won the second heat in 11.03 and Todd made the next round on time. Other heat winners were Gardner (10.90), Akinosum (10.99), Prandini (10.81), and Bowie (10.91). Jeneba Tarmoh, who was a part of some drama with Felix at the 2012 Trials did not advance.
The long jump was taking place parallel to the 100 meter race. Bartoletta’s first attempt was her best (23-0 ½) and she would hold on to first place until Reese’s 4th jump where she set a meet and personal record of 23-11 ¾. In a fitting tribute she was awarded her championship medal by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the American record holder. JJK held the meet record since 1988. Janay DeLoach finished third with a jump of 22-9, which came on her final attempt.
Ashley, Vaughan, and Card finished 1-2-3 in the discus. 2012 Olympian, Brown Trafton finished 5th.Powered by Sidelines