Alana Hadley: At 19, Youngest Qualifier Has Dropped Out of Last 3 Marathons

Leading up to the February 13th U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, FloTrack will highlight the storylines of the contenders on both the men's and women's side.

Alana Hadley: The Future Starts Now?


Name: Alana Hadley

Age: 19

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.


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Norman's Absurd Debut, Divine's Double | Weekend Recap

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Michael Norman runs ahead of schedule. 

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Michael Norman Debuts With 43.45 400m, #4 All-Time

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It’s only April 20, but already 21-year-old Michael Norman has put the 400m world record on notice:

Asbel Kiprop Banned Four Years For Doping Violation

Former 1,500m Olympic and World champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya has been banned four years for a doping violation, the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Saturday. The 29-year-old Kiprop tested positive for EPO in a out-of-competition test in late 2017, and was provisionally suspended from competition on February 3, 2018.

Weekend Watch Guide: Loaded Distance Races At Bryan Clay, Cardinal Classic

Another busy weekend of college and professional track and field is on tap, and FloTrack has you covered Thursday through Saturday with five live events:

FloTrack To Stream 2019 London Marathon In Select Countries

AUSTIN, Texas — April 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an agreement with London Marathon Events to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in Canada, Australia, Pan Europe (excluding UK, Ireland, and Italy) and Pan Asia (excluding China and Japan). The deal was agreed to in collaboration with TCB Sport Media.

Bryan Clay Is The Place To Be For NCAA Champs This Weekend

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Good weather and deep fields will once again make the Bryan Clay Invitational fast. Here are four events to watch on Thursday and Friday at Azusa Pacific University.

'It's About Dang Time': Fauble, Ward Break Through In Boston

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The last time that an American man not-named Galen Rupp broke 2:10 in the marathon before Monday, a 25-year-old Jared Ward owned a 2:16 PB and Scott Fauble was a junior in college.

House Of Run: Two Ohhhh Nine

Jason and Kevin discuss a tight finish in the men’s race, a dominant performance by Worknesh Degefa, the American men smashing the 2:10 barrier, Jordan Hasay bouncing back and all the other news from the 2019 Boston Marathon.

'SPEED CITY' Episode Two Debuts LIVE On April 17 At 6PM CT

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Two weeks ago, we debuted our season-long series, "SPEED CITY: A Season With The Houston Cougars," which follows the Houston men's track and field program as they pursue their first-ever NCAA team title.