This past weekend saw the running of the 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, as well as a big last chance meet in New York at the Armory. Both meets gave athletes the opportunity to hit time standards and make teams to represent the U.S. in the IAAF World track and field championships.
Armory Last Chance Meet
Though there were a few distance events at this meet, the real talk of the race was the men’s 5K. The Nike boys who run for Jerry Schumacher were all entered in the race in hopes of hitting the IAAF ‘A’ standard of 13:15. After going out in perfect splits to run around 13:13, Lopez Lomong and Chris Derrick found themselves as the only two competing with 1500m to go. Derrick tried to take the lead, but with 1K left, Lomong took a commanding lead he would never relinquish, finishing in a new American Indoor Record of 13:07:00. Chris Derrick came second in 13:12, with Andrew Bumbalough finishing 3rd in 13:23.
USA Indoor Championships
This race was all about will Leer. Only 4 racers toed the line, and of them, Leer was by far the most deadly. In a pedestrian race, Leer took the win in a time of 8:07:84, blowing out second placer Ben Bruce in a time of 8:16:69. Tommy Schmitz took 3rd in 8:30:92.
The women’s 3K ended in a horrific fashion, but luckily nobody got hurt. In the last 10 meters, eventual 3rd placer Lisa Uhl ended up bumping winner Chelsea Reily from behind, which lead to the two pushing one another over the finish line. Uhl fell off the track and hit the electronic scoreboard, and in the midst of the action, Emily Infeld of Oregon snuck in to get second place.
New American 600M Indoor Record holder Eric Sowinski continued to dominate in 2013, besting Robby Andrews in a time of 1:47:09 to 1:47: 13. Andrews tried his patented kick from behind, but didn’t have enough to eclipse Sowinski. Tyler Mulder of Nike came in third in 1:47:82.
This was one of the most exciting races of the night, seeing teenage phenomenon Ajee Wilson battle it out with another teenage phenomenon in Chanelle Price. Ajee Wilson is a World Junior Champion in the 800M, and after turning pro this year, went wire to wire to win her first USA Championship in 2:02.64. Price held on for second place.
This race saw a stunning field who were all crippled by prior races this weekend. Though Matthew Centrowitz is a bronze medalist of the World Championships, having run the 800m final only an hour or so before, was a none factor. The race was taken out quick by Macklin Chaffee, but after he faded, saw Craig Miller take control. While the race looked as if it was Miller’s to loose, with only 200m left, Will Leer snuck by to win his second USA title of the weekend. Miller came in second with Cory Leslie coming in third.
The most exciting race of the night was the women’s mile. With High Schooler Mary Cain competing in only her 3rd pro race (though she is not a pro) all eyes were on her. Cain did not disappoint. While the race went out at a molasses pace, with 400M to go, Cain took the lead from Sarah Vaughn and never looked back. She blew away the field, winning by nearly a second in a time of 5:05:68. She beat multiple U.S. Champion Treniere Moser who came in second, as well as Brie Felnagle, finishing 3rd, who was an NCAA champ in the 1500M. Cain is definitely making a splash in the distance world.