Over the next few days, CITIUS MAG and Trials of Miles Racing will be unveiling some of the key athletes registered for next month’s Texas Qualifier meet happening on Feb. 26 and 27th.
The first night of the meet will be aimed for athletes to achieve the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials qualifying marks. The second night of action will get faster with some of the sport’s top stars aiming for Olympic qualifying times that would have them set for the Summer Games in Tokyo.
Race organizers plan to have strict COVID-19 protocols in place that will require athletes to get tested before the meet and implement social distancing and mask requirements before and after the race.
There will be a FREE broadcast of the meet available on The CITIUS MAG YouTube Channel. Subscribe now. If you are interested in sponsoring a race at the meet, please contact race organizer Cooper Knowlton via email – [email protected]
Also…check out the fields for the:
– WOMEN’S 800 METERS OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SECTION
– MEN’S 1,5000 METERS OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SECTION
On Friday night (Feb. 26), most of the women in the 14-person field will go after the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials qualifying standard of 4:06 for the 1,500 meters.
Among the notable women in contention are:
Lianne Farber, 4:11.30 PB
Last year, Farber ran a season’s best of 4:12.14 indoors at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. Her personal best of 4:11.30 was set in 2019.
Laura Galvan, 4:10.53 PB
Galvan could try to break her 4:10.53 national record for Mexico. She also has a gold medal from the 5,000 meters at the 2019 Pan American Games. Her most recent race was a 31:54.63 personal best in the Sound Running Track Meet’s 10,000 meters.
Dani Aragon, 4:09.03 PB
The former Notre Dame standout specialized in the mile while working with the New Jersey-New York Track Club. She recently signed a professional contract with Oiselle and will be training with the new Empire Elite training group in New York. She has run 4:31.66 for the mile indoors.
Kathryn Gillespie, 4:18.05 PB
Gillespie is looking to capture some hometown luck as a three-time Big 12 Champion and the Texas school record holder in the mile. She ran for Harvard for two seasons before transferring to Texas. She ran 4:34.64 for the mile last indoor season before the pandemic wiped away her senior year outdoor campaign.
Megan Mansey, 4:08.22 PB
Mansy owns the fastest personal best in the field with her 4:08.22 from the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series meet in New York City. Last year, she took third at the USATF Road Mile Championships.
Lizzie Bird, 4:14.6 PB
Bird qualified for the 2019 world championships in the steeplechase with a runner-up finish at the British Athletics championships. She set a personal best of 9:30.13 in Doha. She opened her 2021 season with a 9:17.30 for 3,000 meters in Manchester, England.
Marisa Howard, 4:12.62 PB
Howard finished second at the 2020 USATF Road Mile Championships in 4:32.