Laura Roesler primed for IAAF World Indoor Championships
FARGO -- Laura Roesler has a more settled feeling for this weekend's IAAF World Indoor Championships.The former University of Oregon track and field standout has raced seven times this season heading into the heats of the women's 800 meters today...
FARGO - Laura Roesler has a more settled feeling for this weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The former University of Oregon track and field standout has raced seven times this season heading into the heats of the women’s 800 meters today at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, March 20.
“The unknowns are kind of known now,” said Roesler, a Fargo South High School graduate.
The uncertainty for Roesler was the product of missing most of 2015 with an Achilles injury. She competed only a few times last year.
“I like where she’s at,” said Rose Monday, Roesler’s coach. “I think she is ready to run well. ... The goal for this weekend is to win a medal.”
Roesler finished second at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships on March 12 at the Oregon Convention Center in a time of 2 minutes, 2.44 seconds. Ajee’ Wilson won the race in a time of 2:00.87.
Wilson enters the World Indoor Championships as the 800 favorite, with a field-best time of 2:00.09. Roesler has the third-best time in the field in 2:00.49. There are 17 athletes entered in the women’s 800, representing 14 countries. Roesler has the top time in her heat. The three heat winners and next three fastest times make the final.
This will be the first time Roesler has represented the United States on a senior women’s team for a world competition.
“It’s all exciting,” Roesler said. “I’m going to treat it as a major championship and see what happens. ... I’m not looking past that first round. It’s going to be a hard final to make.”
Roesler has already clocked an Olympic qualifying standard time (which is 2:01.5) in the women’s 800 with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field a few months away.
The Trials are scheduled for July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore., at historic Hayward Field, which was Roesler’s home track at Oregon. If Roesler finishes in the top three in the 800 at the Trials, she would make the U.S. Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which are being hosted in Rio de Janeiro next August.
“The training is geared toward July,” Monday said.
Roesler is viewing the World Indoor Championships as the next step toward her ultimate goal of becoming an Olympian.
“I’m just enjoying being able to race again,” Roesler said. “I think everything I’m doing right now is going to set me up well for the end of the year, the good stuff and the bad stuff that’s happening right now.”
Roesler thinks it will take a sub-1:59 time in the 800 to make the U.S. Team at the Trials, which is an outdoor event. Her career-best time is a 1:59.04, which was at the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2014.
Roesler has been pleased with her performance during this indoor season.
“It’s hard to run crazy fast indoors because it is indoors,” Roesler said. “I consider 2 (minutes) flat to be solid. That puts me in the mix at the top of the U.S., so on the right track.”