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I just returned home to San Diego after spending 11 days in Eugene, Oregon covering the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. It was an exciting, drama-filled stretch of competition that kept me and many others on the edges of our seats for the duration of the meet.
My favorite races to watch, of course, were the middle distance and distance events. Not to take anything away from the other incredible performances that took place in Track Town, U.S.A., from June 21 through July 1, such as Ashton Eaton’s thrilling world record in the decathlon or Allyson Felix’ dominating win in the women’s 200 meters, the events from 800 meters through the 10,000 are always the ones that get me the most excited!
In this photo gallery, I share my top-10 moments from what was arguably the most memorable Olympic Trials to date. You may or may not agree, so please share with me YOUR top moments from last week’s Olympic Track & Field Trials in the comments section below. It’s always fun to talk track and compare picks!
5. Morgan Uceny Wins Women's 1500
Morgan Uceny, the top-ranked 1,500-meter runner in the world who tripped and fell during last summer's world championship final, took control of the women's 1,500 meters with one lap to go and held on for victory in 4:04.59. Photo: PhotoRun.net
6. Nick Symmonds Repeats As 800 Trials Champion
Nick Symmonds came from behind to repeat as Olympic Trials champion in the men's 800 meters, running 1:43.93. Photo: PhotoRun.net
1. Two Victories, Two Trials Records For Galen Rupp
Galen Rupp, shown here outkicking American record holder Bernard Lagat in the 5,000 meters, won the race in a Trials record 13:22.67. Earlier in the meet, Rupp won the 10,000 meters in a Trials record time, running 27:25.33. Photo: PhotoRun.net
9. Alysia Montano Goes Wire To Wire In Women's 800
Alysia Montano got off to a quick start in the women's 800 meters and led from start to finish to win in 1:59.08. Photo: PhotoRun.net
7. Leo Manzano Kicks To Victory In Men's 1,500
With a late surge, 2008 Olympian Leo Manzano scooted past defending national champion and world championship bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz to win the men's 1,500m in 3:35.75. Photo: PhotoRun.net
8. Evan Jager Bombs The Field In Men's Steeplechase
Even Jager, running just the fourth steeplechase of his young career, won the Olympic Trials in 8:17.40. Photo: PhotoRun.net
4. Amy Hastings Reigns In Women's 10,000
Shooting past American record holder Shalane Flanagan and young Natosha Rogers coming off the final turn, Amy Hastings redeemed her fourth-place finish at January's Olympic Marathon Trials with a thrilling victory in the women's 10,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 31:58.36. Photo: PhotoRun.net
3. Julie Culley Out-duels Molly Huddle In Women's 5000
Julie Culley held off American record holder Molly Huddle over an exciting final 400 meters to win the women's 5,000m final in 15:13.77. Both women qualified for their first Olympic team. Photo: PhotoRun.net
2. Kim Conley, The Improbable Olympian
In perhaps the finish of the meet, unheralded Kim Conley kicked like mad over the final 400 meters, moving from 7th to third over the last lap to cross the finish line in 15:19.79. Conley outleaned Julia Lucas at the finish line to place third, barely eclipsing the Olympic "A" standard of 15:20, to earn a spot on her first Olympic team. Photo: PhotoRun.net
10. Emma Coburn Dominates Women's Steeplechase
Colorado's Emma Coburn led from start to finish to win the women's steeplechase in 9:32.78. Coburn's college teammate Shalaya Kipp crossed in third, running 9:35.73 to also earn a spot on the Olympic team. Photo: PhotoRun.net