Part three of the USATF Championships prediction series. Note that Allyson Felix in the 200 meters and Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 meters have byes to the World Championships on the basis of being defending champions in those events.
1. Carmelita Jeter, 2. Marshevet Myers, 3. Lauryn Williams
Jeter and Myers went 1-2 at Pre and should earn spots on the team. Williams is a risky pick as she had a down 2010 and has started this season slowly, but the Saucony pro has always been able to put things together at nationals and qualify for Team USA.
1. Bianca Knight, 2. Kimberlyn Duncan, 3. Shalonda Solomon
Knight has run well thus far in 2011 and finally shown the promise exhibited her freshman season at Texas. She won the Rome Diamond League meet and placed second behind Allyson Felix in New York. Duncan dominated the NCAA 200 two weeks ago where she ran a personal best of 22.24 seconds.
1. Allyson Felix, 2. Jessica Beard, 3. Francena McCorory
Felix’s entrance in the 400 meters keeps the door open for her to double in Daegu. Beard’s spectacular 49.1 4×4 split shows she is ready for compete against America’s best. McCorory is in her first full season as a pro and has run 50.50 seconds in early April. Sanya Richards-Ross only needs to run one round to qualify for Worlds which will give her time to build fitness coming off a down 2010 campaign.
100 meter hurdles
1. Kellie Wells, 2. Danielle Carruthers, 3. Dawn Harper
Wells has been the world’s most consistent hurdler this year, placing first and second in all of her major competitions. Carruthers (Hengelo and New York) and Harper (Rome) are coming off wins in major competitions. If Lolo Jones is healthy and on her game, she is the most talented in the field and will contend for a top three spot.
400 meter hurdles
1. Lashinda Demus, 2. Ti’erra Brown, 3. Sheena Tosta
Demus got a huge win against Jamaican rivals Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker at the Pre Classic and is looking good heading into nationals. Brown, a recent graduate of the University of Miami, narrowly won the NCAA title in the rain of Des Moines two weekends ago.