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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:36 am    Post subject: Women's Marathon Trials Reply with quote

The women have their marathon trials this Saturday in St Louis. Deena Kastor will be the favorite of course. After her, Collen Dereuck leads a group of six who have run between 2:30:00 and 2:33:00 so the next two slots could be any one of those or it could be a surprise. A potential surprise runner could be Heather Hanscom who ran a 2:37:00 at the Marine Corps marathon last Oct. It was her first marathon!!

From a personal pespective it will be very interesting to see the results. Two local runners are entered as well as one of The Daughter's high school teammates and two of her college teammates, Hanscom being one of those.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they just take the top three, or do they also have to make a certain qualifying time?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both (place and time requirements; not necessarily 3 get to go).

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, makes sense.

Canada always has really confusing methods for choosing olympic teams. There isn't really an "olympic trial" meet or anything (there is, but it's not that important) but you have to run the A standard within a certain amount of time, and then at least the B standard as the competition approaches, but that doesn't guaruntee you under some random condition because of something stupid etc etc.... I think I'm confusing myself even more. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canada is known for not sending people who are qualified, due to budget limitations.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a good chance Jeff Schiebler won't make the team... that basically means there isn't a single Canadian distance runner that the selection committee thinks is worth sending, with the exception of Bruce Deacon who somehow always goes for the marathon without making the standard Confused

What's Deena Kastor's marathon PR?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She qualified with a 2:21:16 but I am not sure if that is her PR or not. She is capable of winning a medal in Athens. It all depends on everyone's health and the weather conditions.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deena is the American record holder...broke Joan's record in her last marathon...where, Micah, Chicago?? I forget.
We have a runner from Portland who will be competing. Qualified at the Las Vegas Marathon. No chance of making the team, but from personal experience, I can tell you that going to the Olympic Trials is ALWAYS a big deal.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul wrote:
from personal experience, I can tell you that going to the Olympic Trials is ALWAYS a big deal.


Does that mean you've known other people you went to them, or you've competed at the trials yourself?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Competed in the Olympic Trials in 1984, almost made the Trials again in 1988. Weightlifting-100K class.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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100K class

And now he's a distance runner. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably one of the strongest distance runners in the civilized world! Surprised

But back to the trials. I wasn't surprised by any of the top three...just suprised that Derueck was in first. On the personal level Hanscom (college teammate of the daughter) took 6th and improved over 6 minutes from her first marathon. Turena Lane from Statesboro finished 20th but Michelle Lafluer of Savannah looks like she had a bad day and barely broke 3 hours.

The top three may be the strongest marathon team we have ever sent to the Olympics. Looking forward to seeing how they do.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad showing by your "locals." Thumbs Up

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
Not a bad showing by your "locals."


I'll say, and given that Heather Hanscom is still fairly young, she could have a really good chance of making the team in 2008.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She is one to keep an eye on. The trials was just her second marathon so who knows how much improvement she is capable of.
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