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  • Which Leg For Melaine?

    I, like many others have wondered this for awhile. Exactly why isn't Melaine Walker on JA's 4x4 team? I imagine she could be good for AT LEAST (at the VERY least) a 50.flat leg, which could help Jamaica tremendously. I think she could bring Jamaica to challenge the U.S.What are the odds of her running it in Daegu? And as the title states, which leg for Melaine? I personally would throw her on 3rd or 1st, given that those are the U.S's ''weaker'' legs, she could take advantage.

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    Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

    The US has no weak legs this year, unless McCrory is injured. Sanya, Allyson, Debbie, Francena. Rightr now Sanya is the weak leg which is a good problem to have. I don't expect i9t to stay that way though. Beard is another possibility, a great "weak"
    leg for any team to have.
    Yeah, I'd love to see Melaine on the 4x4 too. This year I'll wait until after trials to say anything.
    Kaliese may run both at trials. Melaine doesn't have to run the hurdles at trials. Hopefully she runs the flat 4 to put her in contention for a 4x4 spot. Goule the 800 specialist is running the 400 at trials to try to get a 4x4 spot, we'll see how that goes- 51.52 in this her debut year of running flat 4. Shericka has shown nothing yet this year, I suspect she has been nursing injuries. Novlene and Rosemarie aren't doing too badly as is Kaliese. We'll see. 4/4h double is not doable at the WC so Kaliese will run the 4h only if she makes it (which barring injury/mishap she should)
    why don't people pronounce vowels anymore

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    • #3
      Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

      Originally posted by DentyCracker
      The US has no weak legs this year, unless McCrory is injured. Sanya, Allyson, Debbie, Francena. Rightr now Sanya is the weak leg which is a good problem to have. I don't expect i9t to stay that way though. Beard is another possibility, a great "weak"
      leg for any team to have.
      Yeah, I'd love to see Melaine on the 4x4 too. This year I'll wait until after trials to say anything.
      Kaliese may run both at trials. Melaine doesn't have to run the hurdles at trials. Hopefully she runs the flat 4 to put her in contention for a 4x4 spot. Goule the 800 specialist is running the 400 at trials to try to get a 4x4 spot, we'll see how that goes- 51.52 in this her debut year of running flat 4. Shericka has shown nothing yet this year, I suspect she has been nursing injuries. Novlene and Rosemarie aren't doing too badly as is Kaliese. We'll see. 4/4h double is not doable at the WC so Kaliese will run the 4h only if she makes it (which barring injury/mishap she should)
      When I said ''weaker legs'' I don't mean weak in general. I mean ''weak'' compared to the legs run by Richards and Felix. I know we're pretty deep this year, however I can't stop thinking that JA's best team isn't complete without Walker.

      Kaliese has been improving and improving over the 400m, it seems. I keep hearing a lot of hype about Natoya Goule, but I'm not really familiar with her. Do you know her best 4x4 split? As much as I like Kaliese, I could definitely see her getting run down on anchor, even by an out-of-shape Richards (although I'm sure by Daegu Sanya will be doing fine). If not run down, then I could definitely see her fading while trying to make up ground ala Penns 2010. I think anchor should go to Novlene, she's been proving herself to be the best Jamaican 400m runner over the past year or so. I don't know what Shericka's deal is, but she needs to get it together! Ain't no room for any slouches :arrow:

      Right now I'd say:

      Kaliese-Shericka-Melaine-Novlene

      or

      Shericka-Kaliese-Melaine-Novlene

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      • #4
        Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

        I think with the rising talent of McCorory and Beard, a lot of people are selling the Jamaicans short.

        Kaliese Spencer has an open 400m PB just faster than Jessica Beard (50.55 to 50.56) and just slower than McCorory (50.50)

        Now, McCorory has shown this year that she can run a pretty fast leg (49.8), Jessica Beard has run (49.1). I think this year Kaliese can get into the 49.xx range on a relay.

        Novlene Williams-Mills has a open PB of 49.63 and has been doing exceptionally outdoors. Her best split is 48.9.

        Shericka Williams open PB is 49.32. I believe her best split is 50-flat, which she's run while on 1st and again on anchor.

        Melaine walker is the :?:

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        • #5
          Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

          Originally posted by DentyCracker
          Melaine doesn't have to run the hurdles at trials. Hopefully she runs the flat 4 to put her in contention for a 4x4 spot. Goule the 800 specialist is running the 400 at trials to try to get a 4x4 spot, we'll see how that goes- 51.52 in this her debut year of running flat 4.
          Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't it the rule that once you are on the Country team for the WC you can be placed on a relay team, regardless of earning an individual spot for the event itself?
          Regards,
          toyracer

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          • #6
            Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

            Yes. You could be a hammer thrower and still be placed in the relay. It just depends on the rules of the individual countries not the IAAF.

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            • #7
              Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

              Don't forget the USA can (and should) also put in Lashinda Demus
              i deserve extra credit

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              • #8
                Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                Originally posted by toyracer
                Originally posted by DentyCracker
                Melaine doesn't have to run the hurdles at trials. Hopefully she runs the flat 4 to put her in contention for a 4x4 spot. Goule the 800 specialist is running the 400 at trials to try to get a 4x4 spot, we'll see how that goes- 51.52 in this her debut year of running flat 4.
                Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't it the rule that once you are on the Country team for the WC you can be placed on a relay team, regardless of earning an individual spot for the event itself?
                Kaliese ran a leg on Jamaica's 4x400m team in Berlin even though she didn't qualify in the flat 400m or even take part in the event at trials. So, I am assuming the rule was utilized there.

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                • #9
                  Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                  I don't think Melaine has any interest to run on 4x400m, because from 2008 people saying she should run a leg on relay. In 2008 she didn't and also 2009 neither in heats or the final.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                    I happen to agree with you. I think Melaine and or Kaliese should at least be in the mix for the squad (4x4)
                    toyracer, mump, flump if she runs the 400 I believe it sort of forces the selectors hand a bit, especially if she runs as very good time. It also shows that she is interested in running it. I am well aware of the pool business.
                    why don't people pronounce vowels anymore

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                    • #11
                      Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                      Or

                      Novlene/Kaliese/ :?: /Shericka


                      Just a thought. Novlene has really been proving herself over the open 400. No way she gets completely overrun by McCorory or Beard on 1st leg. Why? Because 1st leg is essentially an open 400, no running starts! And neither FM or JB can beat NWM in an open 400.

                      The problem for JA (and basically anyone else with a pretty good team) will always, always, always be 2nd leg. There's just no one to run with Felix in the relay. :|

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                      • #12
                        Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                        As a standby, Beard's 49.14 leg is a pretty good fallback. I agree that SR is still a question mark to the fans, although those on the inside probably have more information. This is probably not (yet) the Jamaican's year, but they are getting deeper here as the women branch out beyond the 100/200 a lot more than the men.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                          Under no, absolutely no circumstance do you discuss Jamaica's female 4x4 team and not mention Rosie Whyte first...its like forgetting that Davian Clarke ran 4x4 legs for Ja's male 4x4 team.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                            Originally posted by Pelpa
                            Under no, absolutely no circumstance do you discuss Jamaica's female 4x4 team and not mention Rosie Whyte first...its like forgetting that Davian Clarke ran 4x4 legs for Ja's male 4x4 team.
                            Surely you mean Shareefa Lloyd? She's run a 49.32 split. Rosie's best is in the high 50.xx range.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Which Leg For Melaine?

                              Originally posted by NotSoOrdinary
                              Originally posted by Pelpa
                              Under no, absolutely no circumstance do you discuss Jamaica's female 4x4 team and not mention Rosie Whyte first...its like forgetting that Davian Clarke ran 4x4 legs for Ja's male 4x4 team.
                              Surely you mean Shareefa Lloyd? She's run a 49.32 split. Rosie's best is in the high 50.xx range.
                              That's the beauty of 4x4 running it falls out of the realm of toplist listings. As any other trackfan can agree, most times your best 4x4 runners aren't your most celebrated 400m competitors but those who can consistently run deliver a strong performance under any circumstance on your hardest leg dependably...believe me, just as I said Davian Clarke I meant to say Rosie Whyte. Whyte is the point lady on this team.

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