FEARLESS FORECASTING by Jack Pfeifer
as of May 22
Team USA for August’s World Championships will be chosen at the USATF Championships (Eugene, July 06–09).
With 3½ weeks from the end of the NCAA to the start of the selection meet collegians will have roughly twice as much time for recovery as they had last year.
From the tenuous vantage point of 7 weeks out, here’s our Top 10 charting for each women’s event. The listing of an athlete in a discipline doesn’t guarantee she’ll contest that event (or events).
Note that athletes who won individual golds at the ’22 WC and those who won Diamond League titles in ’22 have earned the right to WA Wild Cards for this summer and need put in only a token appearance (event doesn’t matter) at the Nationals.
The 6 American Wild Card holders: 800 — Athing Mu; 400H —Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone; PV — Katie Moon; SP — Chase Ealey; DT — Valarie Allman; HT — Brooke Andersen (Allman won the DL title, the other 5 WC golds). Kara Winger also holds a Wild Card in the javelin but retired after winning the DL title.
The Top 10s (the number in the right-hand column represents the athlete’s placing in last year’s U.S. Rankings; athletes with asterisks have achieved the WC qualifying standard):
|2.||*Gabby Thomas||(New Balance)||2|
|1.||Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone||(New Balance)||nr|
|4.||*Gabby Thomas||(New Balance)||nr|
|6.||*Tierra Robinson-Jones||(Texas A&M)||nr|
|7.||*Jermaisha Arnold||(Texas A&M)||nr|
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