The Olympic Track and Field Trials begin this weekend in Eugene, Oregon with the men's and women's 10,000m Finals highlighting the first day of competition. ZAP athletes David Jankowski, Sarah Porter, and Alissa McKaig will all be competing. Jankowski will kick things off at 6:45pm local time when he toes the line in what will be arguably the best 10,000m Olympic Trials field in history. Jankowski is coming off a tune-up 1500m race in Indiana on June 13th where he ran 3:47 in a tactical, rough and tumble race that almost saw him go down with 500m to go. Jankowski punched his ticket at the Payton Jordan Invitational on the campus of Stanford University May 28th with a new PR of 28:14, which currently has him seeded 20th in the field.
First year ZAP athlete, Sarah Porter, ran a personal best of 32:37 to earn an automatic birth just two weeks ago at the Portland Track Festival. Porter improved on her previous best by 20 seconds in her close second place finish at Portland. Porter will toe the line along with her ZAP teammate, Alissa McKaig. McKaig secured her position in the Olympic Trials thanks to her ZAP record mark of 32:14, run at last year's Payton Jordan Invitational. Since then McKaig has placed 8th at the Olympic Marathon Trials and competed in the marathon for the US at last summer's World Championships. McKaig most recently competed at the New York Grand Prix, a Diamond League event, where she was the top finishing American in the 5,000m. McKaig will enter the Trials as the 8th seed while Porter will be seeded 14th among the 24 person field.
McKaig will have two days rest after the 10,000m before competing in the first round of the 5,000m on Monday night. McKaig owns a personal best at 5,000m of 15:28 and was 9th in the event at last year's National Championships. Cameron Bean will hopefully be joining McKaig in competing on Monday in what would be the first round of the Men's 3,000m Steeplechase competition. Bean is currently qualified on a provisional basis for the Trials and will not know if he will have a spot on the starting line until Saturday night. The finals for both the Men's Steeplechase and the Women's 5,000m will be Thursday night, June 28th.
While a few of the athletes will be competing in Eugene this weekend others will be taking to the roads of Boston to contest the B.A.A. 10k. Esther Erb, Cole Atkins, Landon Peacock, and Chris Clark will all travel to Boston for this weekend's race. Erb is fresh off a big 10,000m personal best set at the Portland Track Festival, where she ran 34:09. Clark and Atkins will be coming into the event fresh off their race at the Litchfield Hills Road Race where they took 8th and 9th respectively. Peacock will be making his return to the roads where he has seen a lot of success in his first year at ZAP. Peacock was 2nd at the Manchester Road Race in November. He followed that up with a win at the New York Road Runners Midnight Run on New Year's Eve before turning in a 13:59 5k performance at the Armagh Road Race in Ireland this winter.
Updated on May 20, 2013, 7:11am