olorin wrote: Given Lasaz slow start of the season I think that Cato is the favorite for the NCAA title and should score 62xx. If only he could throw...
Lazas is competing in Fayetteville in the Heptathlon. After the first day he leads with 3277 (7.09-7,25-14.63-1.98) He is a wonderful Pole Vaulter so he can push his score to ~6000. Still he will need to improve a lot in order to defend his title against Cato.
Gunner Nixon is competing in Boise Idaho and show mix fortunes. In the first three events he was roughly on the same pace as his Albuquerque results (6232) with 6.96 (6.86), 7.49 (7.42) and 14.31 (14.27). Then he had a mini disaster in his best event and jumped only 2.02 (2.14) and probably lost his chance for 6100+ results.
Results from the german indoor champs: http://www.hlv.de/ERGEBNISSE/2014/DMHMK/140201MK.asp Kai Kazmirek with three PBs on day one, but only in third place because Maathias Prey is also having a good day (16.26m SP), but surprisingly Rene Stauß took the lead with a 2.18m HJ.
Deanna Latham (Wisconsin) added 50 points to her PR, 4117 now. She did it with a poor SP (10.92) 5 feet (1.6m) short of her PR 12.56cm, so she could hit 4250 just be getting a PR there (one meet shows a 12.97 during a multi, but it might be a typo).
norunner wrote:Results from the german indoor champs: http://www.hlv.de/ERGEBNISSE/2014/DMHMK/140201MK.asp Kai Kazmirek with three PBs on day one, but only in third place because Maathias Prey is also having a good day (16.26m SP), but surprisingly Rene Stauß took the lead with a 2.18m HJ.
Results after four events: Rene Staub 3393 Kai Kazmirek 3352 Prey Mathias 3273 Kazmirek has by far a better second day than both Staub and Mathiasas. He is much better pole vaulter and hurdler (on paper his advantage in the PV is more than half a meter or ~160 points). He should score more than 6100 points while the other two are unlikely to score above 6,000. If Mayer and Sintnicolaas (both ~6300 points) will challenge for a spot in Sopot then he will need to bit the American challenge (Nixon, Horn, Beach and company) in order to capture the third place.
Opened with a fine 8.03 60H, but struggled with a 1.57 / 5-2 HJ (her PR is 1.73 / 5-8). Came back with a respectable PR in the SP (13.44 / 44-1) and LJ'ed 6.23 / 20-5 and DNF the 800. I see she's done a pentathlon before, but no outdoor heptathlon.
For Wisconsin as a red shirt (unattached) competitor so far this year, Georgia Ellenwood (Langly BC, CA), 18th at 2012 WJr in the Hept (12 at WY 2011) has hit:
60 Hurdles 8.91 1-25-14 [has an outdoor PR of 14.46 100h] High Jump 5-7 3/4 (1.72m) 1-25-14 [PR is 175/5-9]
Her teammate, Deanne Latham, went a PR 8.33 in the 60h; she went 8.41 when she scored 4117 last weekend. Since she went 13.15w/13.3 last spring, I suspect she has more to come in the 60h.
Finally, in what was his first LJ comp since injuring his achilles last April, Cato went 7.48/24-6.5 [PR is 7,85, so it was a solid but not spectacular mark for a first outing]. Zach Ziemek had a so-so LJ (~7m?)
olorin wrote:Gunner Nixon is competing in Boise Idaho and show mix fortunes. In the first three events he was roughly on the same pace as his Albuquerque results (6232) with 6.96 (6.86), 7.49 (7.42) and 14.31 (14.27). Then he had a mini disaster in his best event and jumped only 2.02 (2.14) and probably lost his chance for 6100+ results.
Nixon is competing in Brimingham. After the first day he leads the competition with 3511 points (6.93-7.50-14.42-2.12). This is only 16 points behind his results in Albuquerque. He set two PBs in the 60h and the PV in Albuquerque so it will be hard for him to get to ~6,200 points. However, relatively modest marks of 8.05 (PB 7.93) - 4.50 (4.80) and 2:40 (2:39.08) will be enough for a WL mark and ensure his spot for Sopot. With only 10 days for the deadline still (as far as I know) no marks from both Mayer and Sintinicolaas so qualifying may be much easier than I thought.
Ashton Eaton, Damian Warner, Andrei Krauchanka and Pascal Behrenbruch have confirmed for Sobot. Same for Claudia Rath, Hanna Melnychenko, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Sharon Day. Kai Kazmirek, still second in this years world list, mentioned in an interview he would not accept an invitation for Sobot.
1 Katarina JOHNSON THOMPSON LIVERPOOL 1.96 NR 2 Jayne NISBET EAC 1.87 PB 3 Isobel POOLEY AFD 1.87 SB 4 Bethan PARTRIDGE BIRCHFIELD 1.81 5 Poppy LAKE CHELMSFORD 1.81 PB 6 Hayley PITMAN B&W 1.81 PB 7 Trudy THOMPSON AUS 1.73 8 Jordanna MORRISH CORNWALL 1.73 9 Theodora SPATHIS GRE 1.73 Ayamba AKIM WOODFORD G NM
Details 1.69 1.73 1.77 1.81 1.84 1.87 1.90 1.92 1.96 NISBET - O O O XO XO XXX PITMAN O O XXO XXO XXX POOLEY - - O XO O XXO XXX MORRISH O XO XXX JOHNSON THOMPSON - - O O O O XO XO XXO PARTRIDGE O O O XO XXX LAKE O O XO XXO XXX AKIM XXX SPATHIS XO XO XXX THOMPSON XXO O XXX
Interestingly none of the top Estonians competed in Tallinn for a number of reasons, despite having home advantage. They are one of the most improved nations on the women's side, with Sadeiko's great NR and Klaup going over 6000 for the first time last season. Sadeiko finished the season with a niggle so not so surprised she didnt do Tallinn while Klaup missed a lot of training last spring with an ankle injury so didnt want to do an indoor pentathlon. On the men's side Uibo and Pahapill were in good form in 2013 too, but again, neither started here. Uibo is studying over in the States (or was; not sure if he has graduated yet)
Some background on the top Estonian's for anyone interested
On Grit Sadeiko, her SP is very weak, and her HJ/LJ can be erratic, as seems to be the pattern for female Estonian women. However, she's a great hurdler and decent sprinter, as well as a regular 46+ javelin thrower. Whether it's psycholgical or injury, she has DNF in 4 out of her last 6 heptathlons when in a decent position, all at the JT/800 stage. However, she has the abililty to go over 6400 this season.
Mari Klaup is a great javelin thrower (over 50m) but really needs to fix her speed. She has only nipped under 14secs in the 100h and her 200 and LJ are poor. But she has something about her and I think she could be one to improve a lot this season.
Maicel Uibo is only 21 but went out to 8223 this season. Some of the Americans may recognise him from the NCAAs where he came 5th last season. He peaked far too early but still managed 3 PBs in Moscow (SP, JT and 400m).
Mikk Pahapill is on his way out at 30, but is still going over 8000pts and was 3rd at the Euro Cup. Andres Raja is 31 now too, and both men 2012 with injury. All 3 men above are way ahead of the next best Estonian, 23 yr old Kaarel Joevali (7658) but the point is there is still a core group of Estonian multi eventers, some of who are coached by former heptathlete Remigija Nazaroviene or former decathlete Andrei Nazarov, who coached Erki Nool. And interestingly these two coaches/former athletes used to be married, so maybe there's a bit of healthy rivalry there
The key with KJT last season, for me, was her JT and 800 improvements. The other events we knew she could do and she's been progressing nicely, but breaking 40m in the JT and then running that superb sub 2:10 in the 800 gave her tonnes of confidence I think. Just missing that bronze medal must also have given her motivation.
Like many I believe KJT is one of the future world beaters in this event. She can do 6600-6700 this season for sure. When she comes back in 2015, after misisng 2 seasons, I do wonder whether Ennis will be able to be on the top of the podium again. I think KJT will take over as UK/World number 1.
Gabriella wrote:In her post LJ interview KJT implied she would focus on the Commonwealth Games heptathlon and do the HJ or LJ at the Europeans Did anyone else think that, or did I get them the wrong way round?
That's what I got too. Sounds like CWG are her main focus, hence the hep there and then Europeans an extra
Surely she has that the wrong way round. Bar 2 Americans all the worlds best high jumpers are European, no doubt she will make some improvement until then but that's a tough feat . She could potentially win Gold at Commies in LJ and HJ, then do Hept at Euros. I would fancy her chances of medal success like that rather than LJ and HJ at euros.
athlete101 wrote:Surely she has that the wrong way round. Bar 2 Americans all the worlds best high jumpers are European, no doubt she will make some improvement until then but that's a tough feat . She could potentially win Gold at Commies in LJ and HJ, then do Hept at Euros. I would fancy her chances of medal success like that rather than LJ and HJ at euros.
Doing hept at the Commonwealth Games gives her a definite gold medal, while at the euros she may be beaten.
BTW, Cato and Ziemke both NH at the Armory meet in the PV (opening at 500 or higher, but Cato has been opening at 500 so far this season, so I was a bit surprised (unless he opened at 515, which might have been the case).