Readers Roundtable: 2016 Track Trials Most Inspiring Moments

WOW! What a great ten days of American Track and Field. I think I might still have goosebumps after that 1500 meter finish and also my neighbors might have heard me screaming, BRRRREEEEENNNNDDDDDAAA! when Brenda Martinez (after stumbling how many times?) threw herself over the lineย for third place in the 1500 meters and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. I mean, watch the video of the aftermath. Unbelievable.

But that wasn’t the only amazing moment. The rise of the indomitable and adorable Tori Bowie in the sprint events, Stephanie Garcia giving it EVERYTHING. SHE. HAD. in the steeple. Bernard Lagat closing in sub-53 in the 5,000 for the win and a trip to his fifth Olympic Games.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us:

What was the most inspiring moment of these Olympic Trials to you?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. There were SO MANY. If I had to pick I’d say the women’s steeple chase– there was inspiration of Emma being so dominant, of the BTC girls totally losing it after they made the team, and Stephanie Garcia being so tough and positive after her near miss of making the team.
    Actually- I guess the most inspirational thing was probably seeing all the Bowerman Track Club women make the team. It was really amazing to see even at the elite level how supporting each other and having a ‘positive’ competitiveness with each other made them all better athletes.

  2. I thought Kendell Williams running a HUGE PR in the heptathlon 800m to secure third place was pretty exciting actually. I’m not super familiar with her, or the heptathlon for that matter – but that took guts man.

  3. I was basically in tears the entire week. I couldn’t watch any of the coverage live because I was traveling, but OH MY GOD. Just knowing how hard all of these people worked, and seeing it pay off for so many. Jenny Simpson and Brenda is so hard to top. I think Barley nailed it, though. Any moment when women were supporting each other added that magic element that is so unique to running (or at least feels that way to me).

    And then the heartbreak, too. We talked about the 800 last week, but I was just in shock imagining how all those runners felt. So happy for the ladies who qualified, but I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for Molly Ludlow to come in 4th by such a small margin for 2 trials in a row.

    Best week ever, let’s be real.

  4. Best moment: Jenny Simpson looking at the leader board and then running to Brenda to tell her she had made it – yes, I was crying. Yes, it was the best moment of the entire week.

  5. Umm I definitely had to pretend I wasn’t crying when Jenny Simpson smothered Brenda Martinez in a giant hug and an “I’m SO proud of you!”

  6. Sydney McLaughlin in the 400m Hurdles was so amazing to me! It’s awesome to see such a young athlete being so composed and together competing against other women of the highest caliber. She’s got a bright future ahead of her!

  7. I might have gotten a bit vocal during the women’s pole vault final cheering Alexis Weeks as she hit a new PB and qualified. (I also may have booed NBC for botching coverage of the event during the switch from digital to the national broadcast.)

    The high school guys in the 200m – Noah Lyles and Michael Norman – were sensational. And I’m really glad I had the opportunity to follow them from the preliminary rounds through the final.

    I also really enjoyed watching Inika McPherson in the high jump – her technique is just mesmerizing.

    None of these are people I’d heard of before (I don’t follow T&F); now, I’m excited to see what comes next!

  8. Its so hard to pick the most inspiring moments as there really were so many! Definitely up top is Brenda/Jenny after the finish line- it was an amazing teammate moment, much like the one between Emily Infeld and Shelby after the finish of the 5k- I love seeing the women support each other like that. I know they are teammates but you can tell they are like family and friends too- it’s not just because they run for the same club. They work hard together, sweat, practically live together- and now get to experience the Olympics together in many ways. On that same note how could I forget the Colleen Quigly and Courtney F, post- steeple moments…again, teammates both heading to Rio.

    I also really was on edge for the 200 finals, I really wanted to see Prandini make it and her dive across the finish was just…YES! I have a love hate with post-race immediate interviews, because emotions are so raw. This can be so good or bad (see Kara’s post race interviews, many times). But after the 200 I loved seeing Jenna, Torie and Deajah interviewed. They were so honest and real and excited- Deajah is so young and her emotions/shock was cool to see. It’s hard to grasp the concept of becoming an Olympian for even me,…let alone someone who is close to it and then makes it happen!

    1. The post-race interview with Deajah Stevens – Interviewer: “Deajah can you describe for us what you’re feeling right now?” DS: “No.”

      Agree with the mixed feelings about the post race interviews but that one cracked me up for the pure honesty of it. I certainly wouldn’t know what to say!

    2. Agree- there were many great teammate moments! So glad Brenda made it, and Jenny Simpson seems like such a happy person to race against! All the races Sunday were so exciting, and I too was happy to see Prandini make the 200 after such a close loss in the 100, but sad to see Allyson Felix miss out. Another person I thought raced really well- Sara Vaughn (mom of 2- have to throw that in there!) in the 1500- led much of the race and didn’t die off in the end, but stayed fighting to finish 7th.

  9. Absolutely loved watching and reading about ALL the amazement at the track trials. Lagat’s win at 41 years old brought tears!!! Cannot wait for the games to begin!!