Team USA's quest to win the DecaNations meet starts tomorrow. It's an early meet, it's over by 4:30pm local time. I love meets like this. Just wake up, roll out of bed and hit the track. You don't have to sit around the hotel all day long, walking around with a whole bunch of nervous tension until 10pm.
We are fielding a very strong team here. Our roster:
100m- Mike Rodgers, Mechelle Lewis
400m- Reggie Witherspoon, Monica Hargrove
800m- Christian Smith, Maggie Vessey
1500m- Will Leer, Sarah Hall
High Hurdles- D.O., Damu Cherry
3000 Steeple- Billy Nelson, Lindsey Anderson
Pole Vault- Jacob Pauli, Stacy Dragila
Long Jump- Trevell Quinley, Hyleas Fountain
Shot Put- Dan Taylor, Kristin Heaston
Discus- Ian Waltz, Stephanie Brown-Trafton, Aretha Thurmond
I go off at 2:55pm, here's how the lanes break down in our race:
Lane 2: D.O.T.K. (USA)
Lane 3: Alexander John (GER)
Lane4: Samuel Coco-Viloin (FRA)
Lane 5: Oleksandr Vahnyakov (UKR)
Lane 6: Iban Maiza (ESP)
Lane 7: Yakov Petrov (RUS)
I thought that Ladji Doucoure (FRA), Thomas Blascek (GER), Serghi Demedyuk (UKR) and Jackson Quinonez (ESP) would be representing their respective countries in the hurdles, but I guess they had something else better to do. This gives their younger guys a chance for some experience and a start. This was my first international competition my rookie season in 2005, so you never know.
The meet record is 13.29, set by Doucoure last year. My goal for this meet is to win the race, score the max points for the team and to break that record. Hopefully that will all happen.
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