4 Storylines to Watch at Inaugural Pacific 10000m Pursuit





The inaugural Pacific 10,000m Pursuit is scheduled to take place this Sunday at Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium, and holds promise for a highly competitive distance competition. With Olympic qualifying standards on the line, deep fields, and a much anticipated rematch, the 10K track race is setting up to be an exciting start to the 2016 Olympic year. Here are four storylines to keep in mind while watching the meet live on FloTrack Sunday night. 
 

Rematch of Kim Conley and Jordan Hasay

At the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships, hometown favorite Kim Conley won her first ever national title in the 10K against Nike Oregon Project’s Jordan Hasay. At the same green and gold track of this Sunday’s race, the two athletes battled through 25 laps until Conley unleashed a kick down the final straightaway to claim the victory in 32:02, just one second ahead of Hasay. The race was remembered as one of the most exciting battles of the championship and even made FloTrack’s list of top five races of 2014
 
 
A year and a half later at the same track, Conley and Hasay will meet once again to throw down another memorable performance. 
 

NCAA Champ Molly Seidel Will Utilize XC Fitness

Fresh off of her NCAA Cross Country Championship performance, Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel is set to roll into her first track race of the season against a professional field. Seidel is riding a breakout year that also included an NCAA 10K title on the track in June. The cross country season proved to be just as dominant as the Notre Dame standout captured the school’s first ever national title in cross country, which also broke the long-standing “Foot Locker Curse,” where a female athlete won both the Foot Locker Championships while in high school and went on to win the NCAA Championships in college. 
 


Fit as ever from her best cross country season to date, Seidel is poised to contend well with the field on Sunday.
 

It’s Going to Be Olympic Trials Fast

In collaboration with Sacramento State Track and Field, the NorCal Distance Project and Strava Track Club, the field was assembled with two objectives in mind —
 
1. To provide a competitive race designed for the pursuit of marks for the 2016 Olympic Games. Those qualifying standards are 32:15 for women and 28:00 for men. 
 
2. To provide a race that enables athletes to run a time fast enough to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. 
 
Led by Hasay’s 10K personal best of 31:39, the women's race has 11 athletes who have run under 32:30. The men’s race includes eight athletes who have run under 28:50, including Christopher Thompson who holds a 27:27 personal best. 
 

The Fields Are STACKED

Along with Conley, Hasay and Seidel, the women’s field includes a number of legitimate contenders. The Boston Athletic Association is bringing a host of superstars including three-time Olympian Jen Rhines, former Boise State NCAA Champion Emma Bates, and 2011 NCAA Champion Juliet Bottorff. 2:31 marathoner and new mom Sara Hall will be going back down to the 10K distance and holds a personal best of 32:50 in the 10K, which she ran this year in Portland. 2013 CIM Marathon winner Becky Wade will be running her first track race of the year in Sacramento and will contend with a 32:40 PR. 
 
In the men’s race, Thompson leads the charge with the fastest seed time of 27:27 and will be chased by athletes like former Stanford standout Erik Olson, Boulder’s Sean Quigley, Nick Hilton of Team Run Flagstaff, Mauricio Gonzalez of Posso Sports, and Marvin Blanco from Venezuela. Also, a surpise entry in Oregon TC's Ben Blankenship. It will be interesting to see how the 1500/3K runner handles a 25 lap race.

 

Catch all the action live on FloTrack Sunday night starting with the women’s race at 6:00 p.m. PT, followed by the men’s race at 6:50 p.m. PT. 

Brian Herron Plans To Skip HS Outdoor Season And Run Unattached

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Brian Herron is quickly becoming one of the nation's top sprint talents, but he may soon join a very rare list of athletes with great potential who never won a state championship. 

Christian Coleman, Natoya Goule Highlight Professional Weekend

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Last Friday, Christian Coleman jump-started the professional indoor season with his 6.37 performance in the 60m. While there’s still uncertainty about whether or not the time will be ratified as an American and world record — there are different requirements for each — it signals that Coleman’s 2017 wasn’t an aberration. 

Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen To Race Napoli Half Marathon

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Sondre Nordstad Moen will begin his 2018 racing season in the Napoli City Half Marathon (February 4th) after a sensational final few months in 2017.  In September he began with a personal best 27:55 for 10K in the Birell Prague Grand Prix and concluded with a December victory in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon in a European Record 2:05:48.  In the interim he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.