Returning to Worlds

Abbey D’Agostino earned her opportunity to represent Team USA for the second time last night at the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Ore.  D’Agostino had already met the IAAF World Qualifying time in the 3,000m earlier this season, but the final step to secure her trip to the IAAF World Championships (which will be held in Portland next week) was a top 2 finish in the women’s 3,000m final at USATF Championships.  With the second fastest final 400m in the field, she finished second overall with 8:57.31.  D’Ags was the only athlete among the top 5 who was able to respond with Shannon Rowbury when she made her move with 400m to go.  Rowbury went on to defend her USATF 3,000m title in 8:55.65 and will represent Team USA in the event with D’Ags.  Brown’s Natalie Schudrowitz was the one of two collegiate athletes in the 3,000m final.  After going out on personal-record pace, Schudrowitz had a minor injury at the 2km point, forcing her to reduce her pace and finish 17th in the field in 9:37.13.

Other HepsNation results at USATF Indoor Nationals:

  • Imani Oliver finished third in the women’s triple jump with 13.59m (44-07) – a new lifetime personal best
  • Princeton senior Adam Bragg finished in a tie for third place in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 5.50m (18-00 1/2).  This was Bragg’s second time this indoor season that he cleared 18-feet.  He will be back for collegiate competition for the outdoor season.
  • Danielle Barbian advanced to the 60m semifinals as a time-qualifier.  She ran 7.41 in her preliminary heat.
  • Megan Krumpoch ran 2:06.63 in the 800m preliminary round, finishing third in her heat.  Only the top 2 and the next two fastest advanced to the finals.
  • Justin Frick was the only HepsNation athlete to make a height in the men’s high jump.  Frick finished fifth overall at 2.18m (7-01 3/4).  Garrett Huyler and Montez Blair both competed but did not clear opening height.
  • Emmaline Berg finished 15th in the women’s shot put final with a mark of 51-04 1/4.

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