USATF's distance stars set for quick qualifiers at HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic
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LOS ANGELES -- Some of the best middle distance athletes in the country will take to the track on Friday, May 20 as the USATF Championship Series heads to Los Angeles for the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic. Held at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College, general admission tickets are available at the gate for $10. Students and USATF members can purchase tickets for $5.
An all-star team of broadcasters will bring the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic webcast to life, live on USATF.TV on Friday, May 20. Veteran broadcaster Paul Swangard joins forces with distance legends Alan Webb, Carrie Tollefson and Chris Solinsky for the meet webcast, which will be webcast free as a trial for USATF.TV’s new +PLUS webcasting platform.
Live streaming of the meet begins at 6:15 p.m. PT. The women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase will kick off action from Occidental College and races will continue through 9 p.m. PT. Friday evening will be a night of fast times, as athletes, including 12 Olympians, will look to meet qualifying standards for this summer’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field. A full list of declared athletes can be found on USATF.org.
The men’s 800m pits 2015 IAAF World Championships team members Robby Andrews and Casimir Loxsom against two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong and HOKA ONE ONE standouts Mike Rutt and American record holder David Torrence. 2013 IAAF World Championships team member Brandon Johnson and Oregon Track Club Elite teammates Harun Abda, Elijah Greer and Charles Jock round out an impressive men’s 800m field.
The women’s 800m features Olympians Geena Gall and Shannon Rowbury, as well as IAAF World Championships medalist Brenda Martinez. Former Arizona State standout and 2014 NCAA 1500m Champion Shelby Houlihan will join 2014 Bowerman Trophy winner and 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships team member Laura Roesler in the women’s 800m
Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating will go head-to-head once again at the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic. In 2015, the duo battled under the lights at a rain-soaked Jack Kemp Stadium with Manzano emerging victorious courtesy of a vicious kick with 250m to go. Joining Manzano and Wheating are cross country king Garrett Heath, Oregon Track Club Elite teammates Mo Ahmed, Pat Casey, Jordan McNamara and Hassan Mead, as well as Bowerman Track Club’s German Fernandez, Heath’s Brooks Beasts training partner Riley Masters and Canadian Olympian Cam Levins.
On the women’s side, Olympians Emma Coburn, Kim Conley, Morgan Uceny join Rowbury to highlight the women’s 1500m field. The quartet will see challenges from Canadian Olympian Sheila Reid, HOKA ONE ONE standout and USATF Champion Nicole Tully and Pan Am Games gold medalist Ashley Higginson, as well as 4x1500m American record holders Kate Grace and Katie Mackey.
Olympian and American record holder Evan Jager headlines Friday’s steeplechase field, joined by fellow Olympian Shalaya Kipp and three-time World Championships team member Daniel Huling. HOKA ONE ONE’s Ben Bruce also leads a talented field that includes Pan Am Games bronze medalist Cory Leslie and Olympic Marathon Trials competitor Addie Bracy.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon competitors Sam Chelanga and Gabe Proctor will drop down to the 5,000m distance to get some track under their feet ahead of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field in Eugene. The duo is joined by Stanley Kebenei and Leonard Korir, as well as USARC standouts Jon Peterson and Sean Quigley, and former UO All-American Eric Jenkins.
On the women’s side, multi-time national team member, three-time USARC Champion and LA 2016 competitor Sara Hall will look to put in some shorter distances on the track this spring after her switch to the marathon during the 2015 season. Hall, 2013 IAAF World Championships team member Jordan Hasay and Oiselle marathoner Stephanie Bruce will take to the track in Los Angeles and will be joined by former University of Oregon standout Nicole Blood and HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite teammates and USARC mainstays Rochelle Kanuho and Kellyn Taylor to round out a solid women’s 5000m field.
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