Des Moines, IA (Sporting Alert) — Day 1 of the USA Track and Field Trials get underway on Thursday as several of the country’s top male and female athletes go in search of places on the World Championships team this summer.
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2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Junior Track & Field Championships
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June 20th – 11am to 10:25pm
Of course the main attention will come from the sprinting events on both sides, especially with the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter in their respective line-ups.
However, there should be some highlighted moments in the distance events as well, particularly in the women’s women 1500m and 5000m, where a certain prodigy Mary Cain, a Junior at Bronxville High, stands a glorious chance of making the team in both events.
The 17-year-old is being coached by world renowned long/middle distance coach Alberto Salazar and he also backs her to make the world championship team for Moscow, Russia.
Her goal is the 1500m, which she covered in 4:04.62 this season, but Salazar also wants her to race in the 5,000m, where she has a personal best of 15:45.46 – should something goes wrong in her main race.
In the meantime, 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner will be hoping to find his best form this season at the trial as he seeks to win a place on the men’s 400m team.
Wariner has been struggling this year will need to overcome his sluggish campaign to beat out the likes of Bryshon Nellum, LaShawn Merritt, Tony McQuay and Manteo Mitchell.
The men’s 5000m will have Galen Rupp and Chris Derrick, who will both race in the men’s 10,000m as well, in addition to Bernard Lagat.
Felix has been scratched from the women’s 100m, as she’s yet to master the event and will concentrate on just running her specialty, the 200m, while Jeter, who has been battling with injury problems this season, will only race in the 100m.
USA Track and Field Trials Schedule – Day 1
2:35pm 100m hurdles women heptathlon
3:00pm 3000m St women 1st round
3:00pm triple jump women final
3:30pm 800m women 1st round
3:50pm 800m men 1st round
4:00pm high jump women heptathlon
4:10pm 400m hurdles men 1st round
4:40pm 1500m women 1st round
4:45pm pole vault jr. men final
5:00pm 1500m men 1st round
5:20pm 400m women 1st round
5:45pm 400m men 1st round
6:00pm triple jump men final
6:15pm javelin throw women final
6:15pm shot put women heptathlon
6:25pm 100m women 1st round
6:50pm 100m men 1st round
7:15pm 5000m jr. men final
7:35pm 200m women heptathlon
8:20pm 10,000m women final
9:00pm 10,000m men final