This is one of the most exciting times for Track and Field fans. The USA Olympic Trials are coming up in just a few days.
Athletes will be making their final preparations, in hopes of being sharp enough to grab a spot to Rio. While there are tons of events going on, I’d like to point out, and talk about the one I’m looking forward to the most at the moment. The Men’s 10,000 meter run.
Why I’m Excited: Not only is Galen Rupp coming back from his Marathon win a few months back, but some of my favorite runners are lining up. This is the list as of 6/26/2016 5:52am from the USATF site.
|Open Men Men 10000m (M)|
|Galen Rupp||Nike OP / Nike Oregon Project||27:08.91||qualified||declared|
|Juan Diego Estrada Constantino||ASICS||27:30.53||qualified||declared|
|Hassan Mead||Nike OTC / NIKE OTCE||27:33.04||qualified||declared|
|Eric Jenkins||Nike OP / Nike Oregon Project||27:48.02||qualified||declared|
|Jason Witt||Hansons-Brooks Distance Project||27:54.25||qualified||declared|
|Robert Curtis||Hansons-Brooks Distance Project||27:56.59||qualified||declared|
|Leonard Korir||U.S. Army||27:58.65||qualified||declared|
|Shadrack Kipchirchir||U.S. Army||27:58.91||qualified||declared|
|Jacob Riley||Hansons-Brooks Distance Project||27:59.37||qualified||declared|
|Jonathan Grey||adidas / Boulder Track Club||27:59.88||qualified||declared|
|Scott Fauble||HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite||28:00.43||qualified||declared|
|Brendan Gregg||Hansons-Brooks Distance Project||28:03.27||qualified||declared|
|German Fernandez||Nike BTC / Bowerman Track Club||28:06.64||qualified||declared|
|Alex Monroe||Brooks / Boulder Track Club||28:17.03||not qualified||not accepted|
|Jim Spisak||NE Distance||28:20.65||not qualified||not accepted|
|Noah Droddy||28:22.62||not qualified||not accepted|
|Scott Smith||HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite||28:24.27||not qualified||not accepted|
|Benjamin Bruce||HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite||28:25.32||not qualified||not accepted|
|Erik Peterson||Butler||28:26.08||not qualified||not accepted|
|Johnny Crain II||ZAP Fitness Reebok||28:26.98||not qualified||not accepted|
|Martin Hehir||28:27.70||not qualified||not accepted|
|Robert Cheseret||U.S. Army||28:31.91||not qualified||not accepted|
|Erik Olson||28:32.39||not qualified||not accepted|
|George-Byron Alex||ZAP Fitness Reebok||28:32.68||not qualified||not accepted|
|Cameron Marantz||Adidas Garden State Track Club||28:38.63||not qualified||not accepted|
|Futsum Ziensellassie||Northern Ariz.||27:52.70||qualified|
|Chris Derrick||BTC / Bowerman Track Club||28:31.75||not qualified|
|Benjamin Payne||U.S. Air Force||28:36.43||not qualified|
Good stuff. I’m pumped to see True take another stab at the 10,000m, but I’d have to wager he would again drop the 10k if he qualified for both. Time will tell.
I’m also looking forward to Chelenga putting his nose in the mix for a spot on the team. Dropping out of the Marathon Trials, Chelenga should be well poised and ready for whatever comes his way.
Bias aside, I’ll give you my top 4 predictions, and a short, mildly uneducated note about why I put who, where.
- Hassan Mead: I feel like with his recent form, and the fact that he made the World’s Team last year, it will be an upset victory to dethrone Rupp.
- Ben True: A storm has been brewing in his favor, and after a nice 1500m run the other week, I feel True will just get nipped at the line. For me, this was a tough call between Mead and True.
- Rupp: Still looking at the Marathon, I think it would be kind of foolish to discount Rupp and his experience. He recently ran a 13:20 5k, so all hope isn’t completely lost.
- Chelenga: Odd man out.
Will my thoughts be popular? Probably not. What fun is betting on favorites (if you even consider them that)? Regardless, I’m excited to see how these trials turn out. What do you guys think? Who will make it to Rio to run 25 laps? Let us know in the comments below!
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