U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials: 12 Runners To Watch

Hall dominated in winning the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials and is the favorite heading into this year's race. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Amy Hastings

Amy Hastings, aka "Little Deena" will be aiming to make her first Olympic team on January 14. Photo: PhotoRun.net

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.

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