London Calling: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Second Half Preview

Reigning national champion and American record-holder Molly Huddle leads the women's 5,000m field. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s 5,000m

Final: Thursday, June 28 — 7:15 PM

Molly Huddle holds the American record in this event (14:44.76) and a second consecutive 5,000m title is her’s to lose. Pre-meet favorites Amy Hastings and Angela Bizzarri didn’t make it out of Monday’s qualifying rounds, nor did Jackie Areson, a University of Tennessee grad who opened up her outdoor season in April with a huge personal best of 15:18.31 at the Stanford Invitational. So who’s left? It’s wide open. Lisa Uhl, who has already qualified for the team in the 10,000 meters, will line up for Thursday’s final, as will Eugene-based Julia Lucas, the fastest American this year with a 15:08 clocking. Abbey D’Agostino and Elizabeth Maloy both looked solid in winning their qualifying heats on Monday night, while Kim Conley of Sacramento Elite, Alisha Williams of Colorado, and veteran Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet are all outside shots to contend for a spot in the top-3.

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