>I picked the men yesterday.
Women’s 60 meters
Carmelita Jeter will win unless she false-starts.
Women’s 400 meters
Allyson Felix will open her season here, and that makes this a bit unpredictable, but she’s so much better than anyone else entered that I consider her a safe pick.
Women’s 800 meters
Anna Willard is entered in both the 800 and 1500, and both finals are on the same day, so there’s some risk involved in picking her since she’ll drop out of one event or the other. All indications are that she’ll run the 800, and if so I can’t see her being beaten. Otherwise the favorite’s role would be shared by Alysia Johnson and Erin Donahue.
Women’s 1500 meters
Rowbury likewise is entered in both the 1500 and 3000, but it’s possible she could compete in both. She’d be a heavy favorite in the 1500. But what if she doesn’t run the 1500? Willard. And if she doesn’t run the 1500? Sara Hall. But Hall is entered in both the 1500 and 3000, so what if she doesn’t run the 1500? Then we go down to Erin Donahue…who is also entered in both the 800 and 1500, so if she’s not in this race I’d take Sara Bowman. Just keep your eyes peeled for any kind of indication of who is running what. The default position is Rowbury but stay vigilant.
Women’s 3000 meters
Rowbury, and if she drops out then Hall, and if she drops out then Desiree Davila. Again, keep up on the details.
Women’s 60m Hurdles
Lolo Jones is head and shoulders above the rest.
Women’s 3k Race Walk
Women’s High Jump
Chaunte (Howard) Lowe for the win.
Women’s Pole Vault
Jenn (Stuczynski) Suhr was entered but dropped out, leaving Chelsea Johnson as a heavy favorite.
Women’s Long Jump
Hyleas Fountain has a (marginally) better mark in 2010 than Brittney Reese, but I like the world champ to win.
Women’s Triple Jump
No Americans have achieved a world-class mark this year, making this choice a bit hard. Oddi says Shakeema Welsch, I won’t disagree.
Women’s Shot Put
Michelle Carter is the big name, but Jill Camarena-Williams has had a superior season. I’ll go for the “upset”, if you can call it that, and take Williams.
Women’s Weight Throw