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Chanelle Price and Becky O'Brien. Photos by Vic Sailer
Women Shot Put
Top 8 advance to final
World: W 22.50m 2/19/1977 Helena Fibingerova, CZE
American: A 19.83m 2/20/1987 Ramona Pagel, Mazda TC
Meet: M 20.23m 2/27/1987 Ilona Briesnick, E. Germany
Name Year Team Finals
1 Jillian Camarena New York Ath 18.11m 59-05.00
17.80m 17.90m 17.42m 17.39m 17.46m 18.11m
2 Abigail Ruston unattached 18.03m 59-02.00
17.80m 17.31m 17.67m FOUL 17.79m 18.03m
3 Elizabeth Wanless New York Ath 18.01m 59-01.25
17.38m 17.16m 18.01m 16.82m 17.26m 17.26m
4 Kristin Heaston Nike 17.78m 58-04.00
17.35m FOUL 17.78m 17.29m 17.44m FOUL
5 Chandra Brewer unattached 16.51m 54-02.00
15.99m FOUL 16.19m 16.51m 16.44m 15.51m
6 Becky O'Brien unattached 15.52m 50-11.00
15.08m 15.19m 15.52m 14.90m 14.51m 15.32m
7 Billie-Jo Grant Virginia 15.50m 50-10.25
15.02m 15.48m 14.80m 15.50m FOUL 15.44m
8 Sarah Vance unattached 15.07m 49-05.50
14.59m 14.18m 15.07m 14.89m 14.23m 14.15m
9 Kenitra Woods unattached 14.81m 48-07.25
14.58m 14.81m FOUL
-- Gail Lee unattached DNS
-- Adriane Blewitt unattached DNS
-- Susan King unattached DNS
Women 800 Meter Run
Advance 6 to final; heat winner + next 3 fastest
1 turn stagger
World: W 1:55.82 3/3/2002 Jolanda Ceplak, SLO
American: A 1:58.71 3/2/2002 Nicole Teter, Nike Farm Tea
Meet: M 1:58.41 3/4/1995 Maria Mutola, Mozambique
Name Year Team Prelims
1 Nicole Cook Reebok 2:04.03Q
2 Tiffany McWilliams adidas 2:04.91Q
3 Nicole Teter Oregon TC Elite 2:06.68Q
4 Morgan Uceny Reebok 2:04.19q
5 Miesha Marzell unattached 2:05.14q
6 Alisa Harvey Pacers/Brooks 2:06.08q
7 Lindsey Schnell Arizona Elite 2:06.57
8 Laura Hermanson N. Dakota St. 2:06.99
9 Sasha Spencer Nike 2:07.35
10 Joan Bohlke New Balance Boston 2:07.65
11 Jennie Castle unattached 2:07.68
12 Chanelle Price unattached 2:08.39
13 Georganne Way Team Indiana Elite 2:08.47
14 Julian Clay Nike 2:08.73
15 Caryn Waterson Gehrke Nike Central 2:10.86
16 Tasha Stanley unattached 2:11.34
17 Jennifer Metz unattached 2:14.45
Five preps will be among the professionals and collegians competing at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, Feb. 23-24, at the Reg in Boston. They include prep track and field’s top athlete, one of its greatest relay performers, two rising sprint stars, and a young shot putter who shone on the world stage last summer.
- Easton PA sr Chanelle Price, women’s 800: DyeStat’s 2007 Athlete of the Year is the biggest star in our sport right now. Her foray into the USATF 800 will be nothing new, as she did the same in impressive fashion last summer at the outdoor senior nationals, placing 7th in the final with a PR 2:02.38. Chanelle has the top five prep 800 times in the country this year, including a 2:07.3, despite not running the event on a banked track or against any competition to push her.
A clearer picture of Chanelle’s fitness level was the 1:10.30 500m US prep record she ran in January at The Armory. Another record attempt, at the 1000m, fell short due to the overly blazing pace she set at the beginning, but the 2:45.76 she finished with is still fast enough to lead the entire US in the infrequently-run event.
It’s fair to say Chanelle’s at least in shape to smack down her indoor PR of 2:04.96, and maybe even chase her outdoor PR. The best listed entry mark in the field is 2:03.17 and it’s not outlandish to say she could be competing in the top half of the field in the final, if she runs well and smart. It will also be excellent preparation for her planned participation in the Olympic Trials this summer.
- Eleanor Roosevelt sr Tasha Stanley, women’s 800: This will be a new experience for Tasha, but she knows how to handle the heat. There will never be any more pressure than there was when she powered to the tape last spring ahead of her Jamaican foe to give her team the Penn Relays 4x800 title, one of the year’s most thrilling moments. Tasha’s outdoor PR of 2:09.17 puts her near the back of the field, but it’s not unreasonable to think she could lower that. Making the final will be a tall order, but a great accomplishment. Earlier this week, Tasha blazed a flat-track 1:13.66 500m at the PG Sportsplex (she has run US#2 1:12.81 on a banked track). She’s ready.
- (ED. NOTE: Qualified but did not declare) Overland CO jr Jeremy Rankin, men’s 60: While Jeremy is not as heralded as Chanelle, the fact is that he has a great chance to make the final and do some damage. Jeremy ranks 10th in the US, overall, for the year and is seeded 7th in the field. His US#1 6.64A PR is just .07 behind the US professional leader of 6.57 (Michael Rodgers).
Jeremy benefits from the fact that this isn’t exactly a banner year for US pro sprinters; there are no Maurice Greenes (6.39 world record) this year and no one has approached the all-time US top ten. Meanwhile, Rankin is the 4th-best prep ever with his PR. It also helps that Jeremy got to run under the bright spotlight earlier this month at the Millrose Games, where he won a Junior 60 in 6.68 against Texas prep star Rynell Parson and two top Jamaicans.
- (ED. NOTE: Qualified but did not declare) Golden CO sr Joe Morris, men’s 60 – Most of what has been said about Jeremy Rankin applies to his in-state rival Joe Morris. While Joe is 17th-ranked in the US (9th among entries), the disparity between him and Rankin is misleading since their PRs are just .01 apart. Yes, there is a logjam of US runners in the 6.64/6.65 slots. But they’re not all in Boston this weekend and Joe has a great chance to make the final, too. He also owns an early-season win over Jeremy up in Colorado and his recent 6.65 makes him US#2 and #6 all-time among high schoolers.
- Greely ME sr Becky O’Brien, women’s SP – With her 50-06 PR last week, #10 all-time for preps and US#2 this year by less than 2 inches, Becky elevated her game up to this level. While she hasn’t competed in a USATF senior event yet, her experience last summer at the World Youth Championships should prove valuable. There she was 4th in the shot and 8th in the discus. In the shot, in fact, her best throw tied for 3rd, but she lost the bronze on the 2nd throw tiebreaker.