I’m such a homer.  Top three men at Lincoln this Sunday, in no particular order: Levi Ashley, Tom Nichols, James McGown.  For the women Kaci Lickteig, Ann Marie Chappell*, Roxi Erickson Olsen and Maureen Larsen* should all factor in the top spots.  Chappell ran a sub 2:46 last year so that sets up a great race between her and Kaci as they both pursue the standard.  And of course Roxi is a 48 year old phenom.    Women’s Half- Kayte Tranel, Bridget Easely, Rachel Carrizales*, and Jen Viehrig will all battle for the top spots.  Men’s Half-Eric Rasmussen, Ryan Salem, Matt Pohren, Kyle Smith and Dustin Llewellyn will all factor in.  Also a great battle brewing between Linda Barnhart and Stacy Shaw for the Masters Half title.  Kraig Vanderbeek will be tough to beat in the men’s Masters Half and Kelley Crawford has been given the green light to giddyup!  Todd Nott is always a top 40+ in the full, so we’ll have top runners in all the open and masters divisions.

                                    Levi is like the Loch Ness Monster, rarely seen but creates a huge stir when he surfaces.

                                                                     Levi & training partner Tom Nichols will both be shooting for the sub 2:19:00 USA Olympic Trials standard.

                                                                     James McGown is a 2 time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier and can never be counted out of the running.