RESULTS from Series Final in D.C.
EASTERN TRACK LEAGUE APPROACHES SERIES FINAL IN D.C.
The inaugural Eastern Track League has now had five meets play out, and the series final in Washington, D.C. on July 13th will determine the series winners and how the $10,000 in prize money will be split up.
Thus far, the series has yielded dozens of U.S Championships qualifying marks and 21 qualifying marks (7 by men, 14 by women) for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar later this year.
Here is how the current standings look going into the series final. Athletes who have committed to run in D.C. are bolded.
With 2284 points, thanks to a 4:08 1500 at Swarthmore and a 15:08 5000 at Adrian Martinez, New Balance Boston’s Elinor Purrier leads the series standings going into the final meet in D.C, where she will run the 1500m. The 31-point advantage Purrier has is worth 4 seconds, and Purrier has clocked 4:02.34 this season already. It would take a huge upset for the New Hampshire native not to win this series, and she could leave the nations’s capital $3000 richer.
- Elinor Purrier (New Balance Boston) 2284
- Helen Schachtenhaufen (Saucony Freedom TC) 2276
- Rosie Donegan (Battle Road TC/AUS) 2269
- Lauren Johnson (B.A.A) 2268
- Cory McGee (New Balance) 2254
- Katrina Coogan (New Balance Boston) 2253
- Agnes Abu (GHANA) 2252
- Yolanda Ngarambe (Atlanta TC/SWE) 2244
- Heather MacLean (New Balance Boston) 2240
- Olivia Baker (Garden State TC) 2236
Of those runners slated to race in D.C., Purrier’s training partner Katrina Coogan is next in the series pecking order, with 2253 points (4:11 at Swarthmore and 15:14 in Concord). In third spot, just a point behind, is Tennessee-based Ghanaian, Agnes Abu, who has been very consistent at 800m. Just behind Abu is Atlanta Track Club’s Yolanda Ngarambe. The Swede has had a huge breakthrough year so far, notching PBs at every distance. A couple of 2:02 800s have her poised to shake things up and, like Abu, she will run the 800 in D.C.
The X-factor may be Olivia Baker. The Garden State Track Club runner clocked 2:01.21 to win the 800 in Princeton, and appears to be rounding into form at just the right time. If she can get close to her PB of 2:00.08, she could leapfrog Abu and Ngarambe, and possibly catch Coogan.
We will have two stacked heats of the 800m and a very strong 1500m.
District Track Club’s Quamel Prince has led this series from the first meet in Atlanta, where he ran an impressive 1:45.58. The former Tennessee State University runner clocked 1:45.95 at Music City Distance Carnival two weeks later, and those two runs yielded the 2301 points that currently top the standings. Prince will run the 800 in D.C.
- Quamel Prince (District TC/Under Armour) 2301
- Edose Ibadin (District TC/Under Armour/NGR) 2274
- Sam Ellison (B.A.A) 2269
- Rob Napolitano (HOKA NJNYTC) 2238
- James Randon (Saucony Freedom TC) 2231
- Chris Giesting (HOKA NJNYTC) 2226
- Andres Arroyo (Puerto Rico) 2222
- Ben Malone (HOKA NJNYTC) 2206
- Chris Hatler (Philadelphia Runner TC) 2196
- Jesse Garn (HOKA NJNYTC) 2186
Lying in second is his teammate, Edose Ibadin. The former Hampton runner set a Nigerian record in Nashville with 1:45.60 and ran 1:46.81 in Princeton. He has 2274 points. Sam Ellison (B.A.A) is hot on his heels, though, with 2269 and looked very impressive winning in Princeton (1:46.46). Both Ibadin and Ellison will take on Prince in the 800 at D.C.
In fourth spot is Rob Napolitano (HOKA NJNYTC), who has 2238 points and will run the Mile in D.C. Napolitano was just 60 points away from dethroning Prince (see what I did there?), but Napolitano has opted not to run in D.C.
James Randon (Saucony Freedom TC), who had an outstanding run to clock 3:56.51 in the Adrian Martinez Mile last month, is next in the pecking order. Assuming Prince runs about 1:45-1:46 in D.C., Napolitano would have to run in the 3:54-3:55 range to overhaul him.
We will have two very strong 800m heats and a loaded Mile, with 13 sub-4 exponents, that is practically guaranteed to deliver the capital its first ever sub-4 clocking.
What’s at stake?
For each gender, the series winner will take home $2500. Second place will take home $1500. Third place wins $1000.
In addition, the event winners in D.C. will get $500 ($250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) with a meet record bonus of $200.
How the scoring will work
Each athlete’s two best scores going into the series final will be added to the score derived from their performance in D.C to create a 3-meet total. The performance in D.C. is not weighted differently and will be scored using the same method as the prior meets (the 2017 IAAF Outdoor scoring tables).
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