ORPJT Women's Winter/Spring Preview January 26 2017
The Rio Olympics capped the most successful year in the history of the Oregon Project, where athletes won 6 medals, 4 of which were Gold. Most of the group took some well-deserved time off to be with their families and recover from a long year. As 2017 gets rolling we will take a look at each athlete and their goals for the Winter/Spring Season.
The Oregon Project welcomed Sifan Hassan to the team in late 2016. Sifan won Gold in the Indoor World Championships in 2016 and finished 5th in Rio.
Alberto commented on Sifan, “Sifan is entering our program as one of the top 1500 meter runners in the World. I believe there is a lot of low hanging fruit for her, particularly her strength and racing tactics. The indoor season will be a chance to see how she is reacting to our training.”
Sifan will start the year off at the Boston Indoor on Jan 28th and then she will travel to Millrose two weeks later.
Jordan Hasay ended 2016 with a bang in winning the USA 10 Mile Championships on the roads. Jordan trained through the new year and came back in 2017 with her best run as a professionalm running 68:40 in the Houston Half Marathon. The time was the 6th fastest American Half ever and only a minute off the American Record. Jordan now turns her attention to the Boston Marathon where she will look to continue her success on the roads.
Salazar remarked, “2016 has been trying for Jordan both on and off the track. We are thrilled with the success that she is now having and look forward to her first Marathon in Boston.”
Shannon Rowbury started 2016 on a high note winning a Bronze Medal in the World Indoor Championships. Later in the year she followed up a 4th place finish at the Olympic Games with the fastest 5000 meters ever run by an American, running 14:38. She is now the American record holder in the 1500 and 5K. It will be hard to improve upon such a successful 2016 but that is exactly what Shannon plans to do.
Coach Pete Julian said, "Shannon is coming off a consistent and healthy block of altitude training down in Mexico. When Shannon is healthy and fit, I've learned to put no limitations on what she's capable of, so we will seek the best races we can find for her.”
Shannon will start the 2017 season off at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix and then return to Millrose to go after her 3rd straight Wannamaker Mile.