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Bryan’s Top Ten US Debuts


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These are my top 10 US debut performances over roughly the past 10 years (as long as I've been following them).

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Bryan’s Top Ten US Debuts

  1. 1. And Five for the Future!<br />Bryan’s Top Ten US Debuts<br />
  2. 2. Took place in the past 10 years or so (before that I wasn’t paying attention)<br />Expectations leading up to it<br />Quality of performance<br />Surprise factor<br />*I’m completely aware that this is a subjective list that blatantly leaves out many great old debuts. Please feel free to add them to this list in the comments!<br />Criteria<br />
  3. 3. #10<br />Much anticipated<br />#6 US all-time<br />Course record victory<br />Ideal course, weather<br />My take: Honestly, didn’t it seem like a safe performance? I don’t think she really went for it in Houston.<br />Image:<br />Shalane Flanagan – 1:09:41 half (2010)<br />
  4. 4. #12 US all-time<br />11th place World Half Marathon Champs<br />Weather, course less than ideal<br />My take: Not as impressive as Flanagan’s debut on paper, but I was more surprised by Begley<br />Amy Yoder Begley – 1:10:09 half (2009)<br />#9<br />
  5. 5. Pretty big surprise<br />US Junior Record<br />#2 freshman all-time<br />My take: She may be the future of US distance running if she gets & stays healthy<br />LaurynneChetelat – 15:43.31 5k (2009)<br />#8<br />
  6. 6. #4 US debut time ever<br />#27 US all-time performer<br />6 seconds off of Frank Shorter’s PR<br />Wait…Brett Gotcher?<br />My take: Huge potential for “If Brett Gotcher can do it, I can too” impact on US distance running<br />Brett Gotcher – 2:10:36 marathon (2010)<br />#7<br />Image:<br />
  7. 7. College sophomore<br />Fastest 10k debut by American (at the time)<br />US collegiate 10k record (at the time)<br />Next day he won the Big 12 5k!<br />My take: This race was the one that convinced me Ritz would own US 10k record (still waiting…)<br />DathanRitzenhein – 27:38.5 10k (2004)<br />#6<br />
  8. 8. Highly anticipated<br />#1 US debut all-time<br />#6 US performance all-time<br />My take: With every passing year, this performance looks better and better<br />Ryan Hall – 2:08:24 marathon (2007)<br />#5<br />
  9. 9. Much hyped<br />3rd US all-time<br />3rd in race (behind Radcliffe, Petrova)<br />My take: Underrated debut because of course difficulty and competition (article here)<br />Kara Goucher – 2:25:53 marathon (2008)<br />#4<br />
  10. 10. Out-kicked Ritz<br />Displayed never before seen range for US miler<br />Solidified his status as most talented American runner<br />My take: Completely blew my mind. Still seems unreal.<br />Alan Webb – 27:34.72 10k (2006)<br />#3<br />
  11. 11. Technically not a debut? (close enough for me!)<br />Indoor junior world record<br />1st ever indoor race<br />Exceeded very high expectations<br />My take: This race completely reset my expectations for German<br />German Fernandez – 3:56.5i mile (2009)<br />#2<br />Image: Runner’s World<br />
  12. 12. Came out of nowhere<br />First white athlete sub-60<br />Still 73rd all time (25th at the time)<br />It was a solo effort!<br />My take: This was the ultimate combo debut: historic performance that completely caught me by surprise!<br />Ryan Hall – 59:43 AR half (2007)<br />#1<br />
  13. 13. Jordan Hasay – 5,000m:Hasay has the speed and strength to get the US Junior Record<br />Matt Tegenkamp – 10,000m: I know, I know, Teg doesn’t run the 10k<br />Galen Rupp – half marathon: It may be awhile, but he seems like the guy to drop a bomb when he debuts<br />Anthony Famiglietti – half/marathon: He’s sure to run reckless, which will make predicting it fun<br />Shalane Flanagan – Marathon: Will she be able to move up the way Kastor and Goucher have?<br />Bonus: Five To Look Forward To!<br />