Like the aforementioned Flanagan, Hastings has only run one marathon, but she ran it so well that she’s one of the contenders worth keeping a real close eye on in Houston. Hastings debuted at the distance last March in Los Angeles, crossing the finish line in 2:27:03 to finish second to Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba. Since her dazzling debut, Hastings took 34 seconds off her 5K personal best, running 15:14 last summer. A teammate of Deena Kastor, Mammoth Track Club coach has dubbed Hastings “Little Deena” for her similarities to the 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist.
FILED UNDER: Features / Inside The Magazine / Race Coverage TAGS: Amy Hastings / Brett Gotcher / Dathan Ritzenhein / Deena Kastor / Desiree Davila / Galen Rupp / Jason Hartmann / Kara Goucher / Magdalena Lewy-Boulet / Meb Keflezighi / Race Preview / Ryan Hall / Shalane Flanagan / U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials