10 Events To Catch At The Music City Distance Carnival
Be sure to catch it LIVE on FloTrack beginning at 8 PM ET on Friday, June 9.
When: 9 PM, Friday
Why: The man to watch in this race will be 45-year-old Kevin Castille. He's already run 14:19 indoors this year, and the 45-50 age-group world record is 14:21.77. Castille has a fascinating story; he spent most of the 1990s as a drug dealer. He could put the age-group world record way out of reach in this one: The race is being paced to 14:00, led by Middle Tenn. State's Kigen Chemadi.
Who: Jenny Simpson, Chrishuna Williams, Laura Roesler, Natoya Goule, Kendra Chambers, Latavia Thomas, Emily Richards
When: 7:50 PM, Saturday
Why: Two of America's best 800m runners -- Williams and Roesler, who were both on the winning 4x800m at World Relays -- are joined by America's best 1500m runner, Jenny Simpson. Williams isn't the only Rio Olympian in this race as she'll be joined by Jamaica's Natoya Goule. Interestingly, despite being a 3:57 1500m runner and closing the Rio 1500 in 1:59.9, Simpson has never broken 2:00 in the open 800, so look for her to PR here.
Watch our feature on Jenny Simpson here:
Who: Alex Amankwah, Edose Ibadin, Ryan Martin, Ryan Manahan, Sampson Laari, Patrick Rollo, Anthony Romaniw
When: 9 PM, Saturday
Why: Rio Olympian Alex Amankwah of Ghana leads a field here of six sub-1:48 performers, fresh off his 1:44.8 to win the Georgia HS Meet of Champs last month. Furman Elite's Ryan Martin and Garden TC's Edose Ibadin will be among the chase pack with a good shot at breaking the 1:45.90 Worlds standard. Canada's Anthony Romaniw is another sub-1:46 performer pushing up the international contingent.
Watch Amankwah after his 1:44 here:
Women's 3K Steeplechase
Who: Sarah Pease, Erin Teschuk, Katie Landwehr
When: 9:10 PM, Saturday
Why: Canada's 2016 Olympian Erin Teschuk and U.S. Olympic Trials finalist Sarah Pease will headline this race as both will be gunning for the 9:42 Worlds standard.
Men's 3K Steeplechase
Who: Mason Ferlic, Brian Barraza, Michael Jordan, Caleb Hoover, Mark Parrish, Donnie Cowart, Kent Pecora
When: 9:25pm Saturday
Why: The Worlds standard of 8:32 is in reach of many of these athletes as eight of them have run 8:40 or better, led by former NCAA champ Mason Ferlic, who is now running professionally for Nike. In the chase pack, Lamont Marshall has a shot to break the Bermudan national record in this event of 8:53.6 from 1996, having run 8:58 last year.
High School Girl's Mile
Who: Rebecca Story, Taylor Cuneo
When: 9:40 PM, Saturday
Why: A slew of girls will be looking to break 5:00 in this race, the fastest among them being Christian Academy of Knoxville's Rebecca Story, who ran sub-10 minutes in the 3200 last year and ran a 4:48 1600m PR earlier this season. Two-time Olympian in the marathon Margaret Sloan (formerly Gross) will be at the meet, and she just may see her own Tennessee state record of 4:46.9 set in 1977 broken on Saturday.
High School Boy's Mile
Who: Brody Hastey (ran 8:45y national title indoors), Waleed Suliman
When: 9:50 PM, Saturday
Why: This race will be a real treat and is set up near perfectly to get close to the four-minute barrier, with a rabbit set to come through 1200m in 3:00, a rarity in a high school-only race. The man with the best shot may be Douglas Freeman High School's Waleed Suliman, having run a 4:04 1600m earlier this season. But don't sleep on Brentwood's Brodey Hasty, who ran a ridiculous PR of 8:45 for a full 2-mile (previous PR was 9:01 3200) earlier this season and was the fastest high schooler not named Reed Brown at last week's Festival of Miles, where Hasty ran 4:06.81.
Watch Waleed Suliman blast some sub-60 400s in this week's WOW here:
Who: Matthew Elliott, Kevin Green, Andy Trouard, Anthony Kostelac, Jackson Thomas, Philo Saunders
When: 10 PM, Saturday
Why: USAs fourth-placer Matt Elliott may be the most accomplished runner in this field, but with four men seeded at 4:02 or better, look for several sub-four-minute hopefuls to break through in this race. Of particular note will be Kevin Greene, who ran a PR of 4:00.00 indoors in 2016 but hasn't broken it since. NAIA senior Jackson Thomas of Bacone College comes in to this race with a 4:04 PR from the indoor season, and if he breaks the elusive barrier he will be the first Native American to do so since 1992. Lastly, headlining the masters crew will be 41-year-old Philo Saunders with a 4:01 PR from two years ago. If he breaks on Saturday, he will be the oldest person ever to crack four minutes in the mile for the first time.
Who: Stephanie Garcia, Shannon Osika, Sasha Gollish, Sara Vaugh, Lauren Paquette, Gabe Grunewald
When: 10:15 PM, Saturday
Why: Doubling back from the 800m just a few hours earlier, Laura Roesler is rabbiting this race at the world standard pace of 4:07.50. Gabe Grunewald will be making a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the U.S. Championships in the 1500, just after beginning chemotherapy for her cancer treatment on Tuesday, and she'll need to better a 4:09.50 to guarantee her spot in Sacramento, CA. Ahead of that the field contains five sub-4:10 1500m performers, led by two-time Worlds team steeplechaser Stephanie Garcia, who will be looking to be dragged along to a fast time.
Who: Chad Noelle, Nate Brannen, German Fernandez
When: 10:30 PM, Saturday
Why: Canada's 2016 Olympic finalist Nate Brannen highlights this field, and he'll be joined by former NCAA Division I champions German Fernandez and Chad Noelle, both of whom are looking to return to form following some struggles after their NCAA title years.
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