The Trials Standard
September 12, 2011 - Issue 8    
In This Issue
Join the Race Crew for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon
Athlete Spotlight: Abdi Returns to Action
Trials Flashback
Fun Facts
Top 12 Men's and Women's Qualifying Times

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2012 U.S. Olympic
Trials Marathon 
January 14, 2012
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2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers 

 129 Men  
166 Women


 

In the News

 

Duluth News Tribune

Newcomers claim Minnesota Mile elite titles

 

OregonLive.com

Interview: 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Sopagna Eap

 

RunnersWeb.com

Athletics: USATF Athlete Spotlight - Magdalena Lewy-Boulet

 

The Palm Beach Post

West Palm Beach runner trying for spot on 2012 Olympics team

 

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Athlete Spotlight: Adbi Returns to Action  

 

Three-time 10,000m Olympian Abdi Abdirahman returned to action this past Labor Day with another national title at the 34th Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race 20K in 1 hour, 12 seconds. Over the past year, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier has had some downtime because of injury and has been slowly regaining his top level fitness.

 

"It might have looked easy out there, but it wasn't," said the Arizona grad to Race Results Weekly post-race. "I kept looking behind to make sure I still had a lead."

 

At New Haven, the Tucson resident won his 9th USA road title which includes the 2005 USA 20K crown in a national championship record 58:42. The versatile runner also owns four national 10,000m track titles including the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

For more than a decade, Abdirahman, 34, also affectionately known as the "The Black Cactus," has been one of America's top distance runners. He is the fourth-fastest American at 10,000 meters (27:16.99) and the sixth-fastest U.S. marathoner all-time with his 2:08:56 at 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago. A native of Somalia, Abdi, who became a U.S. citizen in January 2000, also sports a fast 1:00:29 half-marathon PR.

 

For the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in Houston on January 14, he should be one of the contenders for an Olympic team berth (his fourth) to the London Games. In addition, his family is based in Houston so he will have a large cheering section. At the 2008 Trials in New York City (2007), Abdirahman dropped out just past the 30K mark due to a hip injury.

Trials Flashback 

 

Spangler Sparkles

1996 Columbia, SC

 

With a U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon record $250,000 prize purse and U.S. Olympic team spots on the line, Jenny Spangler, 32, who came to the Trials with just the 61st-fastest qualifying time, surprised the field and herself with a stunning victory in 2:29:54, nearly a three-minute personal record and just 4 seconds from the Trials record, over a challenging course.

 

With the fastest U.S. Junior marathon time (2:33:52 from 1983), Spangler, from Gurnee, IL, showed promise, but injuries and disappointments prevented her from reaching her potential until that wonderful day in Columbia when everything came together for her.

 

Two-time USA Marathon champion Linda Somers also ran well to finish as runner up in 2:30:06, also a PR. Anne Marie Lauck placed third (2:31:18) to earn the final U.S. Olympic marathon team berth for the Atlanta Games. At the Olympic Marathon, Lauck finished 10th in 2:31:30 as top American.

 

 

Fun Facts 

 

For the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, the slower "B" qualifying standard (2:22:00 for men and 2:50 for women) was first introduced by USA Track & Field.

 

The Houston Marathon, led by race director David Hannah, stepped up to host the 1992 U.S. Women's Olympic Trials Marathon after Long Beach was unable to put on the event.

Top 12 Men's and Women's Qualifying Times*

 

*As of September 12, 2011  

 

MEN 

 

No.

Time

Name

Event

1

2:04:58

Ryan Hall (CA)

2011 Boston Marathon 
2

2:09:15

Meb Keflezighi (CA)

2009 New York City Marathon 

3

2:10:00

Dathan Ritzenhein (OR)

2009 London Marathon 

4

2:10:36

Brett Gotcher (AZ)

2010 Houston Marathon 

5

2:11:06

Jason Hartmann (OR)

2010 Chicago Marathon 

6

2:11:30

Nick Arciniaga (AZ)

2011 Houston Marathon 

7

2:12:34

Jason Lehmkuhle (MN)

2010 Boston Marathon 

8

2:13:00

Jorge Torres (CO)

2009 New York City Marathon 

9

2:13:12

Jeffery Eggleston (AZ)

2011 Grandmas 

Marathon 

10

2:13:28

Matthew Gabrielson (MN)

2011 Grandmas Marathon 

11

2:13:47

Antonio Vega (MN)

2010 Boston Marathon 

12

2:13:51

Josh Cox (CA)

2009 California International Marathon 


WOMEN

 




No.

Time

Name

Event 

1

2:22:38

Desiree Davila (MI)

2011 Boston Marathon

2

2:24:52

Kara Goucher (OR)

2011 Boston Marathon

3

2:26:22

Magdalena Lewy Boulet (CA)

2010 Fortis Marathon Rotterdam

4

2:27:03

Amy Hastings (CA)

2011 LA Marathon 

5

2:28:40

Shalane Flanagan (OR)

2010 New York Marathon

6

2:29:35

Stephanie Rothstein (AZ)

2011 Houston Marathon

7

2:29:54

Clara Grandt (WV)

2011 Boston Marathon 

8

2:30:51

Colleen De Reuck (CO)

2010 Copenhagen Marathon 

9

2:30:53

Tera Moody (CO)

2010 Chicago Marathon 

10

2:31:01

Katie McGregor (MN)

2010 New York Marathon

11

2:31:48

Dot McMahan (MI)

2011 Grandmas Marathon 

12

2:31:49

Ilsa Paulson (NY)

2009 Twin Cities 

Marathon