Wings Out for Nationals!
Update June 24, 2014 (see group run schedule below)
On June 25th, the USATF Outdoor Championships begin in Sacramento, CA at Hornet Stadium. Oiselle has a bunch o great birds competing and spectating.
This year is technically an “off year” i.e. no World Championship team to make…which means athletes may be trying out a different event. Top performances still garner prize money and status, so expect all-out efforts. Many athletes are gearing up for a European season (a block in July and August). Every national meet has high drama and breakout performances…my birthday falls during the Olympic Trials or Nationals every year so I count those performances as my birthday present. I can’t wait to see what the birds give me this year!
I’ve highlighted a few favorite races and athletes to watch below, along with our O athletes of course, but check USATF Outdoor Championships event schedule and status of entries for start lists. Although the shot put is contested Wednesday, June 25th, the meet starts in earnest on Thursday.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
Women's 800m (1st round): Hometown favorite Lauren Wallace
Men’s 1500m (1st round): Chock full O studs
Women’s Steeple (1st round): Megan Rolland, Jordan Hamric
Women’s 10K (final): Oiselle kewpie doll/badass Kara Foster
Watch for Shalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Amy Hastings, Kim Conley
Men’s 10K (final)
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
4:00pm - 9:40pm PST
Men's Steeple (1st round)
Women’s 1500m (1st round): Kate Grace, Amanda Winslow, Amanda Mergaert
Men's/Women's 800m (semi-final): Potentially Lauren Wallace
Women’s 5K (final): Lauren Penney
Watch for Molly Huddle, Katie Mackey, Laura Thweatt, Shannon Rowbury
Men’s 5K (final): Watch for Hassan Mead, Lopez Lomong, Andrew Bumbalough, Bernard Lagat
Women’s Pole Vault (final): Watch for Jenn Suhr and Mary Saxer
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
Hammer Throw: Britney Henry (hammerlover!)
Women’s Steeple (final): Potentially Megan Rolland and Jordan Hamric.
Watch for Emma Coburn, Ashley (Higz) Higginson, Stephanie Garcia, Bridget Franek
Men's/Women's 400m (finals): So many superstars!!!
Men’s 1500m (final): Loaded!
Evening: Oiselle partay!! Yes, the banner will be there.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST
Men’s Pole Vault (final): Beautiful to watch.
Men's/Women's 800m (finals): Chock full of talent
Men’s Steeple (final)
Men's/Women's 400m Hurdles (finals): Hardest track race? Watch for Lashinda Demus.
Women’s 1500m (final): Kate Grace (and so many fast women!!)
In addition to our killer athletes, we’ve got Fleshman, Sally, Lesko, JJ, KMet, Shanna, and a group of Oiselle Volée coming to cheer and #fangirl, section 118 of Hornet Stadium.
And we’ve got group runs planned as well. Meet at designated times at Rio Americano High School (parking lot) to run at the American River Trail! Rumor has it we may have a few ElliptiGO's available stay tuned!
Friday, June 27th - 9:00am
Saturday, June 28th - 8:30am (...so we can make Britney Henry's hammer throw!)
Sunday, June 29th - 9:00am
Who’s coming??? Meet us at the group runs and DM @oiselle if you want a party invite!