DES MOINES, Iowa – Amy Weissenbach finished seventh in the women’s 800-meter final at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Sunday, completing an incredible season for the Stanford freshman.
Weissenbach ran 2:01.74, the second-fastest time she’s ever run. Her fastest was Friday, when she broke the Stanford and collegiate freshman records with a 2:00.98 to earn the final qualifying spot for the final.
Also competing on the meet’s final day were brothers Garrett Heath ’08 (sixth, 14:58.85) Elliott Heath ’11 (seventh, 15:02.07) and in the men’s 5,000 final, Chauntae Bayne ’06 (eighth, wind-aided 22.56) in the women’s 200 final, and incoming freshman Valarie Allman (15th, 154-11) in the senior women’s discus.
In all, 22 current, former, and future Cardinal competed in the meet. Highlights included sophomore Brianna Bain’s sixth in the women’s javelin, third place and a World Championships berth for Chris Derrick ’12 in the men’s 10,000, and Weissenbach’s records and advancement to the 800 final.
In the concurrent U.S. junior championships, Stanford had two winners – freshman Justin Brinkley in the men’s 1,500 and incoming freshman Megan Glasmann in the women’s javelin. In addition, freshman Megan Lacy was second in the women’s 5,000 and incoming freshman Dylan Duvio was second in the men’s pole vault. All but Lacy met IAAF junior standards and have earned spots on the U.S. team for the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia, on Aug. 23-25.
Weissenbach opened in the back of the pack as Alysia Montano broke to a huge early lead. She passed Geena Gall on the final turn, but was unable to catch up to fifth.
Weissenbach had much to be proud of. The 19-year-old was one of two collegians to reach the U.S. final – the other being Oregon’s NCAA runner-up Laura Roesler, who was fifth – and her semifinal time placed her No. 5 on the all-time American Junior list (19 and under). Interesting to note that three of those times were set this month -- Ajee Wilson’s No. 2 of 1:59.55 from her third-place effort Sunday, and high schooler Mary Cain’s record-setting 1:59.52 from the Prefontaine Classic.
Weissenbach’s semifinal time of 2:00.98 broke the 46-year old national freshman record of 2:01.6 by Tennessee State’s Madeline Manning.
In the men’s 5,000, Garrett Heath led much of the tactical and plodding race before Ben True quickened the pace with less than a mile to go. Garrett Heath remained in the lead pack going into the final lap, with Elliott Heath straining to hold up the back end of it. But Galen Rupp and eventual winner Bernard Lagat gapped the field and the Heaths were unable to maintain contact.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Stanford senior Alyssa Wisdom won the Jamaican national championship on Saturday in the women’s shot put, with a toss of 52-9½. She won by more than five feet.
Wisdom, a Florida native whose mother is Jamaican, has not yet reached World Championships ‘A’ or ‘B’ standards, so a possible spot in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 10-18 is not guaranteed.