notes by Scott Dance
This race only saw one leader: Jonesboro AR soph Katya Kosteskaya, US#1
by Elliot Denman and Rich Gonzalez
Third at Nike at 2:13.24 as a freshman a year ago, Katya Kostetskaya of Jonesboro, Arkansas moved all the way to the front of the pack in a breakaway 2:09.53 triumph.
The seven others in the seeded section had no shot at it once the Russian-born Kostetskaya decided it was time to say goodbye.
“I didn’t have any race plan other than to try hard and be strong in the third 200,” she said.
“I felt I was able to do that, which is so important for the 800. That’s where things really start to happen.”
Andria Smallwood, a freshman from Washington, D.C., went 2:12.52 for the silver and Detroit’s Jenaie Edwards (2:13.45) held off Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) High’s Crystal Anyanwu (2:14.32) for third.
Samantha Ference of Clifton, Va. opened the four-lap activity with a 2:19.27 breeze to the race-one wire, and Lauren Lewis of Southern Regional, Manahawakin, NJ, outclassed the race-two pack in 2:17.69.
And then they all watched Kostetskaya take the National title back to