Thanks to Victor Sailer at Photo Run for the four mid-race photos (all rights reserved, PhotoRun, Inc.) of Adriana Nelson (ASICS), Diane Nukuri-Johnson (ASICS), Sam Chelanga (Nike), and Freya Ross (adidas); and also to Jane Monti for the nice shot of Diane with the Burundi flag. Some great running on a very cold day in the Big Apple!
Adriana Nelson (ASICS) was officially named this week to her first-ever USA national team, getting the nod to represent America in the October 6th IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships to be held in Kavarna, Bulagria. Adriana has been having a strong year following her shift to the coaching of Brad Hudson, as well as a move to Boulder as her new training base. Top-five finishes in both the US 15K and 20K national championships and an 8th place finish at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Bolder-Boulder 10K, as well as an improvement in her 10,000m to 32:38.95 and a berth in the US Olympic Trials 10,000m, have been the highlights of her year’s successes.
This will be Adriana’s third appearance at an IAAF half-marathon or road race world championship. She twice represented her native Romania, finishing an impressive 10th at the 2005 World Half-Marathon Championships in Edmonton, where she also won a team gold medal; and 29th at the 2006 World Road Race (20K) Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
Adriana is joined on the USATF women’s team by Shalane Flanagan, Maegan Krifchin, Michelle Frey, and Alvina Begay.
At this weekend’s Portland Track Festival, Adriana Nelson (ASICS) knocked five seconds off the 10,000m PB she set at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational with a 32:43.48 that brings her just under the USATF “A” qualifying mark of 32:45.00.
The USATF National Championships/Olympic Trials will take place from June 21st to July 1st in Eugene, Oregon.