Rising stars and decorated veterans among women at Prefontaine Classic
American Milers Simpson and Rowbury will clash in Eugene, Oregon this weekend for the 2015 Prefontaine Classic; third stop of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League calendar.
By Chris Chavez, Sporting News
Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury meet in their first clash since the epic finish at the 2014 Brussells Diamond League meet. The win helped secure the Diamond League title for Simpson and now she has a spot at the 2015 IAAF World Championships locked up.
Rowbury is coming in hot after a strong indoor season where she captured national titles in the Mile and two-Mile. Her outdoor opener was shaky with a 4:12.62 1500-meter race at the HOKA One One Middle Distance Classic after running a 2:03.46 for 800 meters. A recent altitude stint in Utah should pay off this weekend.
The toughest international challenger will be Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who finished second at the Doha Diamond League meet 1500-meter run in 4:01.40.
U.S. runners Katie Mackey, Treniere Moser, Lauren Wallace and Alexa Efraimson are looking to make a statement that would put them into deeper conversation at the U.S. Championships. Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught look to use the 1500-meters as a speed base for their steeplechase races.
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