By RIch Winter
As the U.S.A track and field nationals get underway Thursday in Sacramento, I gotta think the women's 1500 could be something special.
Jenny Simpson has the top time in the United States this season, (3:58.28) set on May 31 at the Prefontaine classic.
That time is also 5th in the world at the moment.
3:55.17i Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) Karlsruhe 02/01
3:57.05 Hellen Obiri (Kenya) Eugene DL 05/31
3:57.57 Abeba Aregawi (Sweden) Eugene DL 05/31
3:58.01 Faith Kipyegon (Kenya) Eugene DL 05/31
3:58.28 *Jenny Simpson (US) Eugene DL 05/31
While fellow American Shannon Rowbury hasn't competed at the 1500 meter distance, she did lower the American record at 3200 meters when she ran a 9:20.25 in the same meet in Eugene.
That 3200 is the 4th fastest time in the world this year at a distance that is not run at World or National championship races.
Both women appear to be in fantastic shape and under the right circumstances could challenge Mary Slaney's 3:57.12 American record set all the way back in 1983.
Youngster Mary Cain, who just turned 18 could also be in the mix although her training early this summer is a little suspect.
Cain dropped out of the Indoor World championships after experiencing some tightness in her calf.
Although she was scheduled to run some meets prior to these United States championships, to my knowledge, the only competitive race she has run this year was a 2:01 800 meters at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in New York on June 14.
While most championship races don't have American record potential, this one might as Simpson and Rowbury, if both in the 1500 could push each other to a fantastic time.