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2013 USA Track & Field Championships – Women’s Distance Declarations

The last time Drake Stadium in Des Moines hosted the USA Championships was 2010

The last time Drake Stadium in Des Moines hosted the USA Championships was 2010

The 2013 USA Championships are upon us. Athletes at this year’s USA Championships will be vying for spots to represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.

This will be the first Olympic Trials or USA Championships that I have missed since 2007. I attended the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene and the USA Championships in 2009 and 2011 (also in Eugene) and in 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa.

That means I will be cheering for Shannon Rowbury and other athletes from my computer and television rather than from the stands. USATF just announced that there will be over 50 hours of webcast coverage of the meet on their new internet broadcasting outlet, USATF.TV. In addition, ESPN2, Universal Sports, and NBC will be broadcasting more traditional television coverage of the meet.

The broadcast information from USATF is as follows:

USATF.TV Webcasting Schedule
2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Junior Track & Field Championships
All times Eastern

June 19, 1pm to 7:20pm
June 20th, 11am to 10:25pm
June 21st, 11am to 10:35pm (Only field events from 8-10pm)
June 22nd, 7:30am to 7pm (Only field events from 4-7pm)
June 23rd, 8am to 6pm (Only field events from 3-6pm)

Broadcasting Schedule
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
All times Eastern. Check Local Listings.

June 21, LIVE 8-10 p.m. on ESPN2
June 22, LIVE 4-5 p.m. on Universal Sports, LIVE 5-7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
June 23, 2-3 p.m. on Universal Sports, LIVE 3-4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, LIVE 4-6 p.m. on NBC

Athletes who achieved the qualifying standards and entered the USA Championships were required to declare their intent to compete in their event(s) last Sunday and Monday. There were several declarations in the women’s distance races of particular note that directly affected the event I follow the most, the women’s 1500 meters.

Women’s 800 – Brenda Martinez, who had qualifying times in both the 800 (1:58.18) and 1500 (4:04.86), chose to scratch from the 1500 and focus solely on the 800. Her time of 1:58.18 is the second fastest in the world so far in 2013.

Women’s 1500 – High school phenom Mary Cain, who seems to have set a new record every time she’s stepped on the track to race this year, also had qualifying times in multiple events (including an impressive 1:59.51 in the 800). She decided to declare for the 1500, where her time of 4:04.62 makes her a legitimate contender to make the team for Moscow. There was also some speculation about which event Treniere Moser would chose since she had qualifying times in both the 1500 (4:02.85)and 5000 (15:11.00). Moser is still declared in the 5000, but she has indicated that is just a back-up race and her intent is to compete for a spot on the team in the 1500.

Women’s 5000 – Jenny Simpson, as the defending World Champion in the 1500 meters, has an automatic wild card entry into the World Championships. To get this wild card, USATF rules only require that she compete in an event at the USA Championships. That event does not need to be the 1500 meters and that event could be just a preliminary round race. Simpson decided to make her USA Championship event the 5000 meters. So although Simpson will race the 5000 in Des Moines (and who knows, might qualify in the top three and make the team in the 5000 as well) she will be an automatic fourth qualifier for the USA in the 1500, in addition to the top three finishers in the race in Des Moines on Saturday.

Women’s 10,000 – Neely Spence, who was granted a World Championship 10,000 meter “A” standard by virtue of her top 15 finish at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships, has a stress fracture and had to withdraw from the 10,000 meters.

Women’s Steeplechase – Emma Coburn, a 2012 USA Olympian in the 3000 steeplechase, scratched due to a back injury.


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