Friday, April 26, 2013

Sheila Reid 2nd to World Leader Jenny Simpson at Drake 1500

Tonight in Des Moines Sheila Reid ran close to her 4:07.07 PR set last year to finish 2nd in a very deep field in the Women's 1500 meter "London Games Rematch."  The race was dominated by 2011 world champion Jenny (nee Barringer) Simpson, who ran a world-leading 4:03.35.  As the results below show, the field was chock full of experienced international runners, who competed against a rather staunch wind.  Reid ran her usual race tactics, settling in at the rear over the first part of the race, making a steady climb through the field to finish second in 4:07.92.  Reid admitted after the race (see interview below) that she made a tactical error and "kind of fell asleep" -- letting Jenny Simpson get too far ahead.  Reid then decided her only option was to protect second place.

High schooler Mary Cain's time of 4:10.77 set an all-time USA prep record.

2013 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee             
                  America's Athletic Classic                   
 Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa  - 4/24/2013 to 4/27/2013  
Event 465  Women 1500 Meter Run London Games Rematch
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
  1 Jenny Simpson                New Balance            4:03.35
  2 Sheila Reid                  Nike                   4:07.92
  3 Kate Grace                   United States          4:08.24
  4 Shannon Rowbury              Nike                   4:09.05
  5 Gabriele Anderson            United States          4:10.32
  6 Mary Cain                    United States          4:10.77
  7 Sarah Bowman                 New Balance            4:11.31
  8 Emma Coburn                  Colorado               4:11.36
  9 Morgan Uceny                 adidas                 4:17.71
 10 Ashley Miller                Asics                  4:19.86
 11 Heather Kamph                Asics                  4:20.80
 -- Renee Tomlin                 United States              DNF

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