Pro Track and Field Buffs (& current Buffs in pro races)- 2019 news and highlights

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  1. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

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    As with the last couple years, thought I'd start this thread to keep up with the MANY #ForeverBuffs pro track and field stars (lead by Olympic medalists and past world champions Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn) and their progress throughout the 2019 seasons.

    Best wishes to ALL the pro track and field Buffs in 2019!

    This IS an Outdoor World Championships year, so assume the dates for that are THE circled ones in the top stars' calendars. (They are scheduled to be competed in (toasty***) Doha Qatar from September 28th through October 6th. ***Believe I heard, because of the anticipated heat, the marathons are scheduled to start at/ around midnight.)

    Other major 2019 dates that I'd assume might be of interest, especially for the elite level athletes, include:
    • Some of the Diamond League meets (schedule - https://www.diamondleague.com/calendar/ ),
    • The U.S. Outdoor Championships from July 25th-28th.
    • IF any of the athletes decide to worry about indoor track and field, the U.S. Indoor Championships are scheduled for Feb. 26th-28th (on Staten Island). (There is no World Indoor Championships in 2019.)
    • I'd assume it won't be much of an issue for top level competitors like Ms. Coburn and Ms. Simpson, but wanted to mention, with 2020 being an Olympic year, that I assume many hopefuls (including many #ForeverBuffs and maybe even current ones like Dani Jones) will also be looking at, starting this summer, possibly attaining 2020 U.S. Championships and Olympic Games qualifying times. (I couldn't find standards or timing yet for 2020, but for 2016 (Per http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calen...Athlete-Information/Qualifying-Standards.aspx) , looked like qualifying times for all distances under 10K could be earned starting on May 1st of the year before the Olympics. For 10K distances and above, and the multi-events (men's decathlon, women's heptathlon), marks from January 1st of the year before the Olympics could be used for qualifying.)
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    I'm starting this thread now as Ms.'s. Simpson and Coburn are both formally opening up their 2019 indoor seasons this Saturday (Jan. 26th) in Boston at the "2019 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix". Ms. Coburn is racing in the mile (scheduled to start at 3:50 PM MT/ 5:50 PM ET), and Ms. Simpson is going up in distance to race the 5000 meters starting right after (scheduled for a 4:00 PM MT start).
    (Don't believe either of them typically emphasize the indoor season much, but I believe they always run at this meet, I assume mainly because both are sponsored by New Balance.)

    A few links for the Grand Prix-
    Event home page - https://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/

    Event schedule (and live results as races complete) - https://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/events-results/

    Television - Per https://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/meet-info/ , "The 2019 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Saturday, January 26. " (Those are, I assume Eastern Time, so coverage will be from 3:00-5:00 Mountain time.)
     
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    I've been lazy on updating this thread, but wanted to mention the seasons for the pro track and field athletes (and aspiring current Buffs) is getting serious (with the U.S. Championships only a month and a half or so away), and Buff great Jenny Simpson is about to tow the line in her biggest race of the year so far against a TOUGH field, as she's competing today in the Rome Diamond League Meet in the 1500 meters. (Live coverage on NBCSN starts at noon MT, with the 1500M scheduled for a 1:15 PM start.)



    (Instagram she posted a couple days ago training on what looks like a VERY cool track -


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    Nice start to the season for Jenny Simpson, as she snags 4th place running 4:01.18. (Results available at https://rome.diamondleague.com/en/p...un#RunSubFrame#Rome2019_TIMING_ATW015101_json.)

    She was smiling after the race, assume because:
    • That's a nice early season time for her.
    • She earns 5 Diamond League qualifying points in her attempt to qualify to be one of 12 finalists for the Diamond League finals.
    • Although it probably wasn't much if any concern, she also can "check the box off" regarding earning a 2020 Olympics qualifying standard time, as she easily exceeds the 4:04.20 standard time.
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    A couple other big upcoming dates for the elite Buffs-
    (Along with the opportunity to face off against the best in the world, assume she'll also be looking to earn the Olympic Standard, or at minimum this year's World Championships standard (4:06.50 (per http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calen...Info/Standards-and-Qualifying-Guidelines.aspx). Her current PR (from last summer) is 4:07.33.)​
     
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    SIAP speaking about Dani Jones, this may be one of my favorite calls of all time in any CU sport. Almost right up there with the Michigan game. If you haven't already seen this, it's worth a watch as CU started out so slowly we were hardly visible in the pack. Once Dani got going things certainly changed.

    If you have no interest in the beginning of the race, skip to 1:00 left and watch her go. The announcer made this an absolute classic, and I wish there were someway to have the final call somehow played at the stadium during football games.

    https://or.milesplit.com/videos/190427
     
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    Love that video.

    And, for those who want to watch a Dani Jones double, an ~3 minute highlight (with the same announcer) from her 3000M race the next night (back in 2017) - https://www.flotrack.org/video/5765...n-the-field-for-2nd-ncaa-title-of-the-weekend.
     
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    Holy crap!
     
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    Forgot to mention that Emma Coburn was running her 1st race of the year in her specialty event, the 3000M steeplechase, at today's Oslo Diamond League Meet. Per https://oslo.diamondleague.com/en/p...un#RunSubFrame#Oslo2019_TIMING_ATW033101_json , looks like it was a good 1st race, with everything I noted about Jenny Simpson's 1st race in post #3 also applying to Ms. Coburn's run (Good opening season time, 4th place Diamond League points, Olympic qualifying time, etc.).
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    And, speaking of Ms. Simpson, she will be racing this Sunday at the next Diamond League meet, this one in Rabat, Morocco. Per https://rabat.diamondleague.com/en/programme-results-rabat/ , looks like her 1500M race is scheduled to start 7:41 PM Rabat time, which I believe works out to 12:41 PM Mountain Time.

    I can't find a live broadcast yet, but these meets are typically on one of the NBC channels. However, assume it's possible this meet may only be getting shown on NBC's premium Sports Gold stream.
     
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    That DMR call was great. I wish dude had been on the call of the 5000 this year. That guy barely mentioned who won was more concerned with 4th and 5th place
     
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    Another upcoming race featuring a Buff running great - Kara Goucher, after being a top national marathoner and, sometimes, 10000M runner, for many years, is racing in her 1st trail race in (and/ or around) Leadville this weekend.


     
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    Kara Goucher came in 5th overall among women and 1st in her age group at what sounds like a BRUTAL race yesterday in Leadville.

    https://runningmagazine.ca/trail-ru...e-wins-age-group-at-leadville-trail-marathon/

    And, Jenny Simpson came in 7th at the Rabat Diamond League meet held Sunday in a FAST 1500M race. She broke the 4:00 minute barrier for the 10th time, the only U.S. women's runner to ever hit double digits in that stat.


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    As I've already mentioned in post #3, believe the next big meet featuring Buffs is the Prefontaine Classic coming up on June 30th (being held at Stanford this year due to the re-building of the track in Eugene). In addition to Dani Jones racing her biggest race to date against many of the best in the world in the 1500M, also racing that day is Emma Coburn in the 3000M steeplechase.
    (For Ms. Jones, it will not be realistic for her to actually contend against runners such as, among others running, the current Olympic, U.S. and European Champions. Along with just having a satisfying race being the main thing, assume a couple qualifying marks might (???) be on her checklist if she has a great race and has sufficiently recovered from her early season injury - those for the 2019 World Championships (4:06.50) and the 2020 Olympics (4:04.20). Her current personal best (4:07.74) from last summer has already qualified her for this year's U.S. Championships.)

    Schedule, entries and live results (as they become available) are at https://eugene.diamondleague.com/program-results-eugene/ .
     
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