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TRAIL TO THE TRIALS

TRAIL TO THE TRIALS

Kara Clark / May 18, 2021

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“Anything is possible.” Every athlete training for the Olympic Trials is familiar with that mantra. Possibility gets them out the door and keeps them focused at the track. The delayed 2021 Olympic Trials feels different - after 2020 and Covid-19 we are all changed people. But what remains unchanged is the fire all of the athletes bring to the moment - they all step up in the Olympic year! The Oiselle Haute Volée are in the final countdown to the Trials, looking for those windows of opportunity. Follow their progress here as we break down who has qualified, who’s in the hunt, and their pathway to start lines and runways!

Riley Cooks: Heptathlon. Stats: PB + SB = 6,160 points, currently 3rd on 2021 US list, 9th on World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 6420. The scoop: Riley has been on a tear this year, training at the Olympic training center at Chula Vista. She has already set personal bests in 2 of the 7 heptathlon disciplines (shot put and 100mH) and is stronger than ever. The US heptathlon team is one of the best in the world, and Riley can definitely break into that top 3. Seven events = 7 windows of opportunity. [The 7 heptathlon events: LJ, HJ, Shot, Javelin, 100mH, 200m, 800m over 2 days] Fun fact: Riley’s first job was at Jamba Juice!

 

Riley's athlete page: Riley Cooks – OISELLE

Riley's Instagram Handle: @rileycooks

 

Malaina Payton: Long Jump, PB + SB = 6.89m (22’7.25”), currently 7th on US list, 14th on World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard met! The scoop: Malaina has been so consistent at the 6.7+m range every time she jumps. She’s just waiting to pop a long one! Nothing beats long jump for the excitement factor, so get your rhythmic clapping ready. 3 prelim jumps, 3 final jumps, and adrenaline all the way.

Malaina’s superpower is turning nothing into something - she has an eye and determination for all DIY projects.

Malaina's athlete page: Malaina Payton – OISELLE

Mailaina's Instagram Handle: @maypay_

Mel Lawrence: 3k Steeplechase, PB + SB 9:27.34, currently 5th on US list, 14th on World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard met. The scoop: Mel took a nice break last summer/fall to fully heal an injury and rest her body, and her training has never been better. She also PR’d and auto-qualified for the Trials in the 5k! The steeple in the US is incredibly deep so look for a lot of tactics and guts on display during this trials/ final format. Fun Fact: Mel’s combined score for all 4 years at Foot Locker in HS was 11! (2nd three times and 5th once!)

 

Mel's athlete page: Mel Lawrence – OISELLE

Mel's Instagram Handle: @mellawrence29

Megan Clark: Pole Vault, PB 4.63m, SB 4.58m (15’.25”), currently 6th on US list, 21st on World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 4.70m. The scoop: Megan has nothing to lose this year, and she’s been raising those bars with longer poles and more strength work. Talk about an “anything is possible” event - pole vault gives you 3 attempts at each bar height, no do-overs. Megan is looking to give it her all and leave the sport on a high; she is entering medical school at University of Arkansas in fall of ‘21! Megan highly recommends you follow Ryan Crouser, because he’s “pretty cool.”

 

Megan's athlete page: Megan Clark – OISELLE

Megan's Instagram Handle: @mpcvaults

Maria Michta-Coffey: 20k Race Walk, PB 1:30:49, SB 1:38:47, currently 2nd on US list, NR World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 1:31:00. The scoop: the Race Walk has a slightly different qualification process than other events; racers get points from times and places at races and the total of the three best races can qualify them for the Olympic Games. Two-time Olympian Maria is returning to Race Walk after having her first baby; she’s been surprised by how good she feels. We believe she has the best form of anyone in her event - she has a great shot to make another Olympic Team! Go, Maria!

 

Maria's athlete page: Maria Michta-Coffey – OISELLE

Maria's Instagram handle: @michtacoffey

Rebecca Mehra: 800m PB 2:01.09, SB 2:01.85 currently 22nd on US list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 1:59.50. 1500m PB/SB 4:06.28. Trials auto-Q 4:06.00, Olympic standard 4:04.20. The scoop: Rebecca kicked off her ‘21 racing season late, so look for a ton of improvement as she gets into the summer. As an 800m/ 1500m dual specialist, she can either choose one of the events to compete in at the Trials, or she can double (1500m is the first weekend, 800m the 2nd weekend). Don’t let the rankings fool you, Rebecca’s competitive moxie puts her in the mix in every race. Fun fact: Rebecca had a poster of her current coach, Lauren Fleshman, on her bedroom wall growing up!

 

Rebecca's athlete page: Rebecca Mehra – OISELLE

Rebecca's Instagram Handle: @rebecca_mehra

Jenna Fesemyer: Pushrim, distances 400m to 5k. Jenna is already qualified for the Paralympic Trials (read her blog here to learn all about her qualification process for the Paralympic team!), and is looking to improve her times to be in team consideration. Jenna loves the feeling of going fast, and is competing in Switzerland for 2 weeks for high quality competitions to get her sharp. Jenna has already PR’d 4 times in the last 2 weeks! Go, bird!!

 

Jenna's athlete page: Jenna Fesemyer – OISELLE

Jenna's Instagram Handle: @jenfesemyer

Alli Cash: 1500m PB +SB 4:05.90 currently 8th on US list, 22nd on World list. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 4:04.20. 5k PB + SB 15:19.00. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 15:10.00. The scoop: whoa whoa whoa! Alli Cash (or CashMoney) is shattering all of her previous bests this year. This former U. of Oregon All-American turned UW volunteer assistant coach is proving that happiness + health = big-time success. Scarily enough, Alli has just turned her sights to the 5k, where she hopes to bust through the Olympics (15:10) standard. We’re betting cash money she does it!

 

Alli's instagram handle: @allicashmo 

Madeline Strandemo: 3k Steeplechase, PB + SB 9:46.43. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 9:30.00. The scoop: Maddie is perhaps the most persistent athlete on the squad, sticking it out for more than 2 years of injuries. Her training is finally on the upswing, and just crushed that OT qualifier. She’ll be racing for the next several weeks to chip her time closer to that 9:30 mark. Go, Maddie!

 

Maddie's athlete page: Madeline Strandemo – OISELLE

Maddie's Instagram Handle: @mstrandemo

Sadi Henderson: 800m PB + SB 2:01.23. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 1:59.50. The scoop: Sadi is a speed demon (opened with a 54.84 400m in April) and put in her best strength fall/winter training ever. Look as she puts together the phases of the 800 and races her way to and through Eugene. When Sadi fires all her cylinders, she inspires full drop-jawed awe.

 

Sadie's athlete page: Sadi Henderson – OISELLE

Sadie's Instagram Handle: @sadihenderson

Angel Piccirillo: 800m PB + SB 2:01.51. Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 1:59.50. 1500m PB 4:10.89, SB 4:12.44. Trials auto-Q 4:06.00, Olympic standard 4:04.20. The scoop: Angel joined the Littlewing group in Bend last fall, and keeps the team cranking with her speed and positivity. Angel’s training has really been clicking, and combined with her competitive instincts she will be looking to shave seconds off her time with every race. It’s go time!!!

 

Angel's athlete page: Angel Piccirillo – OISELLE

Angel's Instagram Handle: @angelp_1010

Kendra Chambers: 800m PB 2:00.76, SB 2:01.01 Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 1:59.50. The scoop: Kendra radiates composure and confidence every time she steps to the start line. She has been racing aggressively; look to her to start chopping her times down in every race - Kendra’s competitive fire is unmatched!

 

Kendra's athlete page: Kendra Chambers – OISELLE

Kendra's Instagram Handle: @ms_kchambers

Dani Aragon: 1500m PB/SB 4:05.46 Trials auto-Q met, Olympic standard 4:04.20. The scoop: Dani is a NYC Volée and Empire Elite TC teammate. She successfully fought her way out of an injury cycle and now is happy, training hard, and racing brave. Look for Dani to keep setting personal bests as she sharpens up for the Trials. And with her vicious kick, Dani is capable of making some Trials magic!

 

Dani's instagram handle: @dandan398

Glossary:

PB = personal best

SB = season best

Trials Auto-Q: has qualified for the Trials unconditionally

Olympic Standard: automatically qualifies athlete for the Olympic Team if top 3 in event


TRIALS SCHEDULE: JUNE 18 - 27

Day 1 - Friday, June 18, 2021

TV: NBCSN 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT

12:00 p.m. Shot Put Men Qualifying

12:05 p.m. Hammer Throw Men Qualifying

4:00 p.m. Discus Throw Women Qualifying

4:03 p.m. 1500m Women 1st Round Rebecca Mehra, Dani Aragon, Alli Cash

4:30 p.m. 400m Women 1st Round

4:45 p.m. High Jump Women Qualifying

4:58 p.m. 400m Men 1st Round

5:26 p.m. 800m Men 1st Round

5:54 p.m. 5000m Women 1st Round Alli Cash

6:15 p.m. Triple Jump Women Qualifying

6:30 p.m. Shot Put Men Final

6:37 p.m. 100m Women 1st Round

7:25 p.m. 10,000m Men Final

 

Day 2 - Saturday, June 19, 2021

TV: NBCSN 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT

1:00 p.m. 100m Men Decathlon

1:50 p.m. Long Jump Men Decathlon

2:15 p.m. Javelin Throw Men Qualifying

2:50 p.m. Shot Put Men Decathlon

4:00 p.m. High Jump Men Decathlon

4:30 p.m. Pole Vault Men Qualifying

5:04 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women 1st Round

5:15 p.m. Triple Jump Men Qualifying

5:34 p.m. 100m Men 1st Round

6:03 p.m. 100m Women Semi-Finals

6:18 p.m. 400m Men Decathlon

6:40 p.m. 1500m Women Semi-Finals Rebecca Mehra, Dani Aragon

6:42 p.m. Discus Throw Women Final

7:04 p.m. 800m Men Semi-Finals

7:20 p.m. 400m Women Semi-Finals

7:35 p.m. 400m Men Semi-Finals

7:51 p.m. 100m Women Final

 

Day 3 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

TV: NBC 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT

12:15 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Decathlon

1:20 p.m. Discus Throw Men Decathlon

3:45 p.m. Pole Vault Men Decathlon

4:25 p.m. Hammer Throw Men Final

5:15 p.m. Javelin Men Decathlon

5:50 p.m. High Jump Women Final

5:55 p.m. Triple Jump Women Final

6:03 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals

6:15 p.m. Javelin Men Decathlon

6:19 p.m. 100m Men Semi-Finals

6:35 p.m. 3000m Steeplechase Women 1st Round Mel Lawrence, Maddie Strandemo

7:06 p.m. 400m Women Final

7:15 p.m. 400m Men Final

7:23 p.m. 1500m Men Decathlon

7:43 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Final

7:52pm 100m Men Final

 

Day 4 - Monday, June 21, 2021

TV: NBCSN 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT

3:30 p.m. Pole Vault Men Final

4:15 p.m. Javelin Throw Men Final

4:29 p.m. 3000m Steeplechase Men 1st Round

4:40 p.m. Triple Jump Men Final

5:05 p.m. 1500m Women Final Rebecca Mehra, Dani Aragon

5:28 p.m. 800m Men Final

5:40 p.m. 5000m Women Final

 

Day 5 - Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Rest Day

 

Day 6 - Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Rest Day  

 

Day 7 - Thursday, June 24, 2021

TV: NBCSN 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT

1:25 p.m. Hammer Throw Women Qualifying

1:30 p.m. Shot Put Women Qualifying

5:00 p.m. Pole Vault Women Qualifying Megan Clark

5:45 p.m. Long Jump Women Qualifying Malaina Payton

6:04 p.m. 1500m Men 1st Round

6:31 p.m. 200m Women 1st Round

7:00 p.m. 800m Women 1st Round Sadi Henderson, Kendra Chambers, Rebecca Mehra, Angel Piccirillo

7:05 p.m. Discus Throw Men Qualifying

7:32 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men 1st Round

8:00 p.m. Shot Put Women Final

8:04 p.m. 5000m Men 1st Round

8:47 p.m. 3000m Steeplechase Women Final Mel Lawrence

 

Day 8 - Friday, June 25, 2021

TV: NBCSN 2 PM PDT / 5 PM EDT

1:00 p.m. Javelin Throw Women Qualifying

2:04 p.m. 200m Men 1st Round

2:10 p.m. Long Jump Men Qualifying

2:33 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men 1st Round

3:00 p.m. High Jump Men Qualifying

3:02 p.m. 800m Women Semi-Finals Rebecca Mehra

3:18 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals

3:30 p.m. Discus Throw Men Final

3:35 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women 1st Round

4:05 p.m. 1500m Men Semi-Finals

4:25 p.m. 200m Women Semi-Finals

4:42 p.m. 3000m Steeplechase Men Final

 

Day 9 - Saturday, June 26, 2021

TV: NBC 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT

9:00 a.m. 20km Race Walk Men Final

9:01 a.m. 20km Race Walk Women Final Maria Michta-Coffey

1:15 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

2:30 p.m. High Jump Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

4:05 p.m. Hammer Throw Women Final

4:40 p.m. Shot Put Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

5:30 p.m. Javelin Women Final

5:38 p.m. 200m Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

5:40 p.m. Pole Vault Women Final Megan Clark

6:03 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals

6:19 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals

6:30 p.m. Long Jump Women Final Malaina Payton

6:35 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men Final

6:44 p.m. 10,000m Women Final

7:24 p.m. 200m Women Final

7:33 p.m. 200m Men Semi-Finals

7:51 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Final

 

Day 10 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

TV: NBC 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT

1:00 p.m. Long Jump Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

2:15 p.m. Javelin Throw Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

3:20 p.m. High Jump Men Final

3:50 p.m. 800m - B Women Heptathlon

4:00 p.m. Long Jump Men Final

4:04 p.m. 800m - A Women Heptathlon Riley Cooks

4:20 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women Final

4:30 p.m. 5000m Men Final

4:52 p.m. 800m Women Final

5:10 p.m. 1500m Men Final

5:22 p.m. 200m Men Final

Canadian Olympic Trials Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sasha Gollish - 1500m

 

PARALYMPIC TRIALS FOR JENNA FESEMYER

Thursday June 17th

Women’s T54 400m 5th 57.28

 

Friday June 18th

Women’s T54 5000m 3rd 12:40.64

 

Saturday June 19th

4:28pm CDT T54 800m final

5:50pm CDT Women’s T54/54 1500m

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