Uceny, Willis Win B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Schlicting, Hazzard take Scholastic Mile at Boston Marathon weekend event
By David Monti, Race Results Weekly
BOSTON -- Rounding the final turn of the three-lap course at Saturday’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile here in Back Bay, Morgan Uceny looked every bit the two-time USA 1500m champion that she is. Shoulders back, arms pumping, she smoothly accelerated over those final 70 meters to the finish line on Boylston Street, beating back credible challenges from Heather Kampf and Brie Felnagle.
“It’s 2011/2012 Morgan,” observed her coach Terrence Mahon, referring to Uceny’s two best seasons where she was both IAAF Diamond League and USA Olympic Trials 1500m champion. He continued: “She’s officially put the past behind her.”
Uceny’s winning time of 4:44.0 wasn’t impressive, but how she controlled the race was. It was her third victory here (she also won in 2010 and 2012), and she was clearly feeling that she was beginning to regain her old form. Coach Mahon had her focusing on endurance and strength training this winter; she showed off parallel bruises on her thighs from where a barbell had bumped her multiple times doing “cleans.”
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