Monday, June 20, 2011

Chris FitzSimons Readies for USA Junior Championships

Chris FitzSimons didn't get much of a chance during his just completed redshirt freshman year at Villanova to showcase his considerable 800/1500 talent. One year ago at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals he was leading Hamden (CT) high school to the national prep title in the DMR (with a 4:05.70 1600 anchor) and 4 x 800 meters (with a 1:47.15 anchor). He followed those stunning performances by finishing 3rd in the 800 meters (in 1:48.83) at the 2010 USA Junior Nationals, trailing only Casimir Loxsom and Robby Andrews (Andrews is a 2-time NCAA champion at 800 meters, and Loxsam is a 2-time All American at that distance). Neither Loxsom nor Andrews are eligible for Juniors, so FitzSimons must be considered one of the favorites in the event. Here is the Status of Entries for the 800 meters:

Name Affiliation Time Seed
William Ledder Georgetown Univ 1:49.60 1:49.60 qualified declared
O'Neal Wanliss New Horizon TC 1:49.61 1:49.61 qualified declared
Immanuel Hutchinson unattached 1:49.63 1:49.63 qualified declared
Christopher FitzSimons unattached 1:49.91 1:49.91 qualified declared
Nathan Strum California-Davis 1:50.19 1:50.19 qualified declared
Chris Low College Canyons 1:51.19 1:51.19 qualified declared
Connor Reck unattached 1:51.38 1:51.38 qualified declared
Jani Lane unattached 1:51.82 1:51.82 qualified declared
Joseph Woiwode unattached 1:52.15 1:52.15 qualified declared
Matthew Bevil Brown University 1:52.24 1:52.24 qualified declared
Sean Canavin unattached 1:52.28 1:52.28 qualified declared
Dalen Fink Univ of Kansas 1:52.28 1:52.28 qualified declared
Nathan Prom Univ of Iowa 1:52.45 1:52.45 qualified declared
Chrisshun Jamerson unattached 1:50.32 1:50.32 updated pending
Nick Hartle PS Vegas Flyers 1:49.91 1:49.91 qualified open
Christopher Hall unattached 1:50.06 1:50.06 qualified open
Derrick Daigre unattached 1:50.26 1:50.26 qualified open
Myles Andrews unattached 1:50.63 1:50.63 qualified open
Sean Kluttz Charlotte 1:51.37 1:51.37 qualified open
Taylor Wardall Univ of Oklahoma 1:51.45 1:51.45 qualified open
Zavon Watkins Syracuse TC 1:50.61 1:50.61 pending
Gabriel Genovesi Univ of Akron 1:52.26 1:52.26 pending
Desmond Pierce E. Tennessee State 1:52.53 1:52.53 pending
Will Drinkwater unattached NT NT not qualified open
Thomas Mullen UMass--Amherst 1:52.66 1:52.66 not qualified open
Austin Mudd unattached 1:49.25 1:49.25 qualified scratched
Matthew Hillenbrand Univ of Kentucky 1:50.83 1:50.83 qualified scratched

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