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Buffs (and alums) racing towards the Olympic Trials (Being held July 1st-10th)

Discussion in 'University of Colorado News and Olympic Sports' started by AztecBuff, May 28, 2016.

  1. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

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    I keep on meaning to write something up about the many (mainly former) Buffs looking to earn Olympic berths, with most of those I know about being in track and field. However, I haven't got around to it. (I may edit this OP when I DO write something up.)

    So, I did want to start this thread up anyways to let folks know today should be an exciting day for probably the two best (former) Buff chances to make it to and then medal at the Olympics, 1500 meter runner Jenny Simpson and steeplechaser Emma Coburn. Today is the end of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, probably the preeminent annual professional American meet, and both are in races which can be watched on TV or online (with proper cable/ satellite subscription):

    1) Ms. Coburn will be racing 1st, with her steeplechase race scheduled for a 2:12 MT start, and can be seen on TV's NBC Sports Net (NBCSN) Channel. (Their TV coverage of the meet starts at 1:30 PM MT.) This will be Ms. Coburn's 1st steeple of the year, as she's evidently been re-habbing from an injury. (She did race a 1500M last week, and had a solid time for a 1st race. A 4:41 video interview after that race is available at http://www.dyestatpro.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=88&do=videos&&video_id=176615 .)

    2) Ms. Simpson's 1500M race is scheduled for a 3:22 PM MT start, and is also available on TV, on NBC. (NBC is where the "the Pre" can be seen from 3:00-4:00 PM MT.) Ms. Simpson has also raced lightly this year, I assume looking to peak at the Olympic trials and then Olympics. She's gone ~4:04 in both her races so far, which while good early season times aren't near what she'll be looking to run later in the year, so I'm sure she'll looking for improving that time today, assuming the race strategy allows it. (I'm sure she'll be working towards improving on her great PR, 3:57.22, by the time of the Olympics.)

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    Various resources:
    U.S. Olympic Trial standards- http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calen...Athlete-Information/Qualifying-Standards.aspx

    List of U.S. athletes who have met Olympic time standards (not always current, and not sure if official. Note- These are people who've met the Olympic standards, which are in most cases tougher than the U.S. Olympic TRIALS standings. In some events, many more have met the Olympic TRIALS standards.)-
    Men - http://www.flotrack.org/ranking/1157-men-s-2016-olympic-standard-lists
    Women - http://www.flotrack.org/ranking/1158-women-s-2016-olympic-standard-lists

    Status of Entries- http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calen...Trials---Track---Field/Status-of-Entries.aspx
     
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  2. AztecBuff

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    GREAT race for Emma Coburn, as she finishes 3rd but sets a new American Record with her (unofficial?) 9:10.76 steeple!!! VERY impressive, more so since its her 1st steeple race of the year.


     
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    Well, doesn't quite equal her teammate's American Record performance today, but a VERY good run by Jenny Simpson, as she finishes 4th in a season's best team and is the 1st American in (by ~1.8 seconds, with many/ most of the top major Olympic Trials competitors in the field). Another FAST race, with the winner setting the Kenyan and Hayward Field 1500M record.

     
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    Official full results for the women's steeple and women's 1500 Meters today-


    1500M-
    Pos Name Country Result
    1 KIPYEGON Faith KEN 3:56.41F
    2 SEYAUM Dawit ETH 3:58.10
    3 TSEGAY Gudaf ETH 4:00.18
    4 SIMPSON Jenny USA 4:01.57
    5 HALL Linden AUS 4:01.78
    6 WEIGHTMAN Laura GBR 4:03.04
    7 HOULIHAN Shelby USA 4:03.39
    8 MARTINEZ Brenda USA 4:03.57
    9 REID Sheila CAN 4:03.96
    10 ROWBURY Shannon USA 4:04.65
    11 MOSER Treniere USA 4:07.04
    12 EFRAIMSON Alexa USA 4:08.81
    DNF PRICE Chanelle USA DNF
    DNF EMBAYE Axumawit ETH DNF
    DNF PLIŚ Renata POL DNF
     
  5. L Buff

    L Buff Commissar of the Albuffs Collective Left Club Member

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    Couldn't find another thread on the Rio Olympics so I'll just put this here.

    Looks like they need to find another venue for the outdoor water sports:

    Or maybe, between this and the Zika virus, they should just call off the Games altogether. Brazil is a mess.
     
  6. AztecBuff

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    In the monthly (?) departmental update I just received via email, Rick George included a nice paragraph regarding the current and former Buff track and field athletes definitely or possibly competing in the trials. Quoting that email-

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    Speaking of the Olympics, we have several athletes with CU ties competing in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials, most coached by head coach Mark Wetmore (who once again was named the Pac-12 Cross Country Coach of the Century last fall) and assistant coach Heather Burroughs. Sophomore Erin Clark qualified for the trials when she won the Pac-12 title in the steeplechase, and she’ll join former Buffs Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp in the event. Other former athletes who have qualified include Jenny Barringer Simpson and Sara Sutherland (1,500-meters), Jessica Tebo (5,000) and Sara Gorton Slattery and Laura Thweat (10,000). Those who have qualified on a provisional basis (they’ll know at the end of June) include junior Ben Saarel (1,500) and throws coach Casey Malone (discus), along with former Buffs Aric Van Halen (steeplechase), Emily Hunsucker (hammer throw) and Sara Vaughn (1,500).
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    With the championships now less than a week away, was just browsing the status of entries lists (See OP for link), and one Buff Alum I saw I wanted to mention not previously noted in this thread who's qualified and declared for the Trials is sprinter Joseph (Joe) Morris in the 100M(eter). Best of luck to him!

    I also noticed that some of the Buffs are still showing as qualified but not declared, but with the declaration period still having awhile to go, nothing big about that. (The declaration due dates vary based on event, and can be seen at http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calen...try-Information--Entry-Form-Declarations.aspx .)

    Also, I've seen a few articles about some of the various Buffs over the last couple weeks-
    An article on Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn in the Denver Post (Last updated 6/20)- http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/2...for-olympics-as-two-of-americas-best-runners/

    Sarah Vaughn article in Buffzone from ~10 days ago- http://www.buffzone.com/cross-country/ci_30025602/former-buff-sara-vaughn-preps-rio-bid
     

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