There was both good and bad news following Jordan Hasay’s performance on Sunday night, July 14, at the 2013 Roughrider Twilight Meet in Portland, OR.
First, the good news: Hasay ran the 10,000 meters in 31:46.42—fast enough to better the IAAF “B” qualifying standard and officially punch her ticket for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.
Unfortunately, the 21-year-old former University of Oregon star narrowly missed the “A” standard—31:45 or faster—that she’d been aiming for, and that puts the pressure on her Nike Oregon Project teammate Tara Erdmann.
Erdmann finished third in the 10,000 meters at the USA Track & Field Championships last month, and had Hasay—runner-up in that race—achieved the “A” standard on Sunday, Erdmann would have needed only the “B” to secure her trip to Russia in August.
Unfortunately, Hasay’s near miss of the “A” (by 1.42 seconds) in Portland means that Erdmann has between now and July 20 to run her own “A” time. Making that task slightly more difficult is the fact she’s been struggling with a sore Achilles’ tendon.
In an interview with Flotrack.org, Erdmann’s coach, Alberto Salazar, said he’d monitor Tara’s health and this week’s weather reports to pick the best possible time for her to try for the “A” standard. She’ll likely hit the track tomorrow, Friday, or Saturday.
“She has no pain—just a little bit of tightness in the Achilles’,” Salazar said. “I don’t like the idea of an athlete running feeling something if you have the ability to wait until they don’t feel it at all.”
Should Erdmann fall short of the “A” standard, Amy Hastings will join Hasay and U.S. champ Shalane Flangan on the squad that represents America in the 10,000 meters.
“I wanted to try to get the ‘A’ for Tara, but I was really close,” Hasay said after Sunday’s Portland meet, according to Letsrun.com. “I feel bad but I tried my best. I felt really good but am just still learning the event and get a little scared in the fourth and fifth miles.”
“[But] I’m really proud that I get to go [to Moscow],” she added.
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