Former Villanova All-American Nicole Schappert continued her excellent 2012 outdoor season with a monster 5-second PR over 1500 meters tonight at the OXY High Performance meet in Los Angeles. Nicole ran 4:07.79 in her heat, a full 5+ seconds faster than her recently-established 1500 PR of 4:12.95 set last month. Her time easily assured her of an automatic qualifier for the US Olympic Trials (where the AQ is 4:12.93), and surpassed the Olympic "B" standard of 4:08.90. She fell just short of achieving the Olympic "A" standard of 4:06.00. Overall, an excellent race for for the former Wildcat.
Marina Muncan ran in the same heat, and came 7th in 4:09.06, just one-sixth of a second outside the Olympic "B" standard. Its the fastest time achieved by Muncan outdoors since June 2008, when she ran 4:08.18. Her all-time 1500 meter PR is 4:08.02 (2007), so her race tonight was only 1 second off that career best. Still, Muncan, who is the Serbian national record holder at 1500 meters and the mile, was in search of an Olympic standard in the hopes of punching her ticket to London. The race shows her to be very fit and bodes well for attaining the standard in a subsequent race.
Event 5 Women 1500 Meter Run =============================================================== Name Year Team Finals =============================================================== Section 1 1 Gabriele Anderson Brooks 4:06.46 2 Morgan Uceny adidas 4:06.52 3 Katie Mackey Brooks 4:06.67 4 Hilary Stellingwerff Speed River TC 4:07.64 5 Nicole Schappert New York AC 4:07.79 6 Brie Felnagle adidas 4:08.80 7 Marina Muncan New Balance 4:09.06 8 Elizabeth Maloy New Balance 4:09.64 9 Treniere Moser Nike 4:10.79 10 Lea Wallace Nike 4:12.87