Sunday, May 22, 2011

Koons & Muncan at Occidental USATF High Performance Meet

Frances Koons and Marina Muncan ran Saturday at the Occidental College USATF High Performance meet in California, with mixed results. Running in the fastest seeded 1500 race of the day, Koons ran 4:15.51 -- about 2.4 seconds off her outdoor PR of 4:13.23. Koons has been focusing most of her attention recently on the 5000 meters, and set a big PR early this month at Stanford. Marina Muncan, a 1500 meter specialist, fared less well in the race, running 4:19.88, well off her normal standard. Marina's outdoor PR is 4:08.02 and she has consistently had season's best performamces in the 4:08-4:11 range (2007: 4:08.02, 2008: 4:08.18, 2009: 4:10.19, and 2010: 4:11.60). She's in the early stages of her outdoor season after a superlative indoor campaign and a big road mile win in Boston. A week ago in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Muncan won the Ponce Grand Prix 1500 in 4:15.72. As the video above shows, Koons and Muncan ran at the rear of the pack for the majority of the race.

USATF High Performance
Occidental College

Event 12 Women 1500 Meter Run Championship
Name Year Team Finals
1 Katie Follett Brooks 4:07.44
2 Treniere Moser Nike 4:08.10
3 Phoebe Wright Nike 4:08.60
4 Nicole Sifuentes Canada/Saucony 4:10.02
5 Brie Felnagle adidas 4:10.12
6 Jemma Simpson O T C/Great Britain 4:10.29
7 Brenda Martinez New Balance 4:10.77
8 Angela Bizzarri Brooks 4:11.26
9 Shannon Rowbury Nike 4:11.67
10 Gabriella Anderson Brooks 4:12.02
11 Lauren Bonds adidas/Raleigh 4:12.18
12 Heidi Dahl New Balance 4:12.78
13 Malindi Elmore Canada 4:13.78
14 Frances Koons New Balance 4:15.61
15 Marina Muncan New Balance/Serbia 4:19.88
-- Leanna MacLean Phoenix Ath. Can DNF

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