The womens 10,000 meters tonight in the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Sacramento State is anyones race after American record-holder Shalane Flanagan surprisingly pulled out of her specialty.
Even though she withdrew, Flanagan posted on her Twitter account that she was Healthy and excited to start fall marathon training!
Flanagan ran the Boston Marathon in April in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 2 seconds, the fastest time by an American women, and she was the clear favorite in tonights race. Her withdrawal opens the way for contenders Kim Conley, a UC Davis graduate, and Jordan Hasay, the former Oregon Ducks star who dazzled track enthusiasts with five appearances in the Golden West Invitational, one the best high school meet in the country. Both have cracked 32 minutes in the 10,000 in 2014.
Conley stormed onto the national scene in 2012, when she took the third and final Olympic berth in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. And she has improved her speed, clocking a 4:24.54 mile, the fifth-fastest time by a U.S. woman. She trains with UCD coach Drew Wartenburg.
Others in the mix tonight include 2014 NCAA champion Emma Bates of Boise State and Amy Hastings, the 2012 Olympic Trials champion
Others with local ties competing later today:
• Diondre Batson (Laguna Creek High School, American River College), mens 100 meters, first round, 7:25 p.m.: Batson, now at Alabama, won the NCAA Indoor title in the 200 but has battled hamstring injuries this spring.
• Lea Wallace (Sacramento State) and Lauren Wallace (UC Davis), womens 800 meters, first round, 4:15 p.m.: These two runners arent related, but theyre both hoping to advance to Fridays semifinals. Lea Wallace, a former Hornets All-American, is on familiar turf at Hornet Stadium. She ran her lifetime best of 2:00.30 last summer on the European circuit, and she ran a leg on the USA 4x800 relay that broke the American record at the 2013 Penn Relays. Lauren Wallace was eighth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month.
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