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Running shorts, June 29

by Charlie Ban June 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Kerri Gallagher pushes the pace against the USATF 1500m field, including eventual champ Jenny Simpson. Photo: Michael Scott

Kerri Gallagher pushes the pace against the USATF 1500m field, including eventual champ Jenny Simpson. Photo: Michael Scott

  • Local runners won four events at the USATF Outdoor Nationals: TC Williams’ Noah Lyles in the 100m (10.14) and 200m (20.18), Lake Braddock’s Kate Murphy in the 1500m (4:16.98) and Lake Braddock alumna Hannah Christen (UNC) in the 3k steeplechase (10:40.61). Lyles’ 200 time, wind legal, is the fastest 19 and under time in the world this year and the third-fastest high school 200m ever run.
    • West Springfield alumna Caroline Alcorta (UNC) was second in the 5k (16:31.08), Poolesville alumnus Chase Weaverling (UVA) was second in the 10k (31:32.88) and Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter was second in the 1500m (3:53.29). Hunter ran a nation-leading, and state record 8:42 two mile at the Brooks PR invitational the week before in Seattle.
    • Arlington’s Kerri Gallagher finished third in the 1500m at USATF Outdoor Nationals in 4:15.81 and D.C.’s Rachel Schneider was fifth in 4:16.09.
  • Falls Church’s Susanna Sullivan achieved the Olympic A standard at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Saturday, running 2:35:37. She had twice run B standard times in half marathons. Tyler Andrews, of Arlington, also ran an A standard time at Grandma’s, clocking 2:17:19. He had previously achieved the A standard while living in Massachusetts.
    • The immediate D.C. area is now home to four runners with the A standard and three with the B standard. The Olympic Marathon Trials are Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, and the qualification window is open until Jan. 17.
  • The Hugh Jascourt Four Mile, originally scheduled for June 20, was called on account of rain. The D.C. Road Runners are exploring rescheduling it, and if it is run on its usual USATF-certified course, it will count as a first-half race for the RunWashington runner rankings.

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