Alana Hadley: The Future Starts Now?
Name: Alana Hadley
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Marathon PR: 2:38:34 (Indianapolis 2014)
Best Trials Qualifier: 2:38:34 (Indianapolis 2014)
Previous Trials Results: n/a
Our Take: Alana Hadley will toe the line in February age-ineligible for the Olympics as the youngest qualifier in the field. Her 2:38 turned heads in the running world, especially since she had already qualified the year before at age 16 with a time of 2:41.55.
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But Hadley’s recent string of disappointments, including dropping out of 3 — yes 3 — marathons in 2015 is alarming. If she can finish, and place well, mind you, Hadley’s future in the marathon could take a turn for the better. Because at this point, it needs to. Young professional athletes suffer such scrutiny from fans after every performance because of their decision to forego their NCAA eligibility. Think Mary Cain, whose move back to New York triggered a flood of articles questioning whether she was still training under Alberto Salazar.
February 13 will mark her first attempt at completing the full 26.2 race since her personal best was set at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in September of 2014. Is Hadley the future of American marathoners? Only a finishing time will tell.