Only question at Boston: How fast will Alisa Harvey go?

According to the Status of Entries page at USATF, 20 masters entrants (10 men and 10 women) are good to go in the exhibition 800s slated for the USA open indoor nationals this Sunday in Boston. If the seed times are any indication, the races won’t be close. Alisa Harvey will easily take the women’s race, and Peter Hegelbach will win the men’s. Of course, races aren’t run on paper (or blogs), so we’ll see who might challenge these front-runners. My main interest will be seeing whether Alisa (who ran an American record 4:42 mile two months ago) can improve on her own W40 indoor AR at 800 — 2:07.23. (The indoor WR is outtasight: 2:01.59 by Russia’s Yekaterina Podkopayeva in 1994.)

Here are the entrants at Boston:
Peter Hegelbach Fleet Feet Racing – Boulder 1:57.60 qualified declared
Christopher Potter Nike Central Park Track Club 1:59.33 qualified declared
Kevin Paulk Bowerman Athletic Club 2:00.23 qualified declared
Scott Landis Philadelphia Athletic Charities T.C. 2:01.87 qualified declared
Conor O’Driscoll Westchester Track Club 2:01.92 qualified declared
Kevin Forde Philadelphia Athletic Charities T.C. 2:02.58 qualified declared
Jim Watts Greater Boston Track Club 2:03.06 qualified declared
David Bynoe unattached 2:03.39 qualified declared
Norman Bouthillier unattached 2:03.82 qualified declared
Mark Alexander Seattle Frontrunners 2:04.01 qualified declared
Alisa Harvey unattached 2:07.23 qualified declared
Mary Thane Mountain West Track Club 2:20.89 qualified declared
Lesley Chaplin-Swann So Cal Track – Fleet Feet 2:20.99 qualified declared
Lorraine Jasper Athena Track 2:23.23 qualified declared
Catherine Stone-Borkowski Nike Central Park Track Club 2:24.25 qualified declared
Marisa Hanson unattached 2:24.31 qualified declared
Rebecca Connolly unattached 2:25.12 qualified declared
Julie Hayden Athena Track 2:25.16 qualified declared
Jennifer Hegarty New Balance Boston 2:27.86 qualified declared
Leslie Golemme Liberty Athletic Club 2:32.07 qualified declared

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February 21, 2007