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Tyson Gay and Allyson Felix will lead the way into the Crystal Palace as Team USA looks to continue their dominance at the Aviva London Grand Prix this Friday and Saturday. The two-day competition is the 11th of 14 meets in the prestigious Samsung Diamond League series.
Fresh off his big win last week in Stockholm, 2009 World Outdoor silver medalist Tyson Gay will be joined by 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix and 2009 USA Outdoor champion Mike Rodgers in the men’s 100m. They’ll have to watch for Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson (TRI) who could be a strong contender. The men’s 400m will showcase 2008 Olympic silver medalist and 2009 World Outdoor silver medalist Jeremy Wariner, who holds the second best time in the world this year, and will face off against world-leader Jermaine Gonzales (JAM).
Reigning World Indoor and Outdoor champion Christian Cantwell will lead the men’s shot put field along with 2007 World Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson. 2008 NCAA champion Cory Martin, with the second best throw in the world this year, 2009 USA Indoor champion Dan Taylor and two-time NCAA champion Ryan Whiting, who holds the third and fourth best world marks, will round out the competitive field.
Doubling in the women’s 200m and 400m, Allyson Felix currently holds the second fastest 200m time in the world this year. She has been running strong this season in both events, and currently leads the Diamond race in both events. Joining her in the 400m will be current world-leader and World Indoor champion Debbie Dunn.
SACRAMENTO – National and meet records were set each day of the 2010 Junior Olympic Championships, and the sixth and final day of competition was no exception with Elijah Zoucha, Trinity Wilson and a Quiet Fire relay team’s National marks. The meet, which began July 27, was held at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif.
The final day of the meet featured more incredible performances on the track and in the field, led by Elijah Zoucha’s (West O Throw, Omaha, Neb.) record-setting performance in the Midget Boys shot put. His distance of 16.36m/53-8.25 broke the 30-year-old record of 16.15m/53-0 set by Troy Fowler in 1980. Zoucha, who won the Bantam Boys shot put in 2008, also placed second in the discus on Friday.
Youth Girls 100m hurdles National record holder Trinity Wilson (East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland, Calif.) tied the Intermediate Girls 100m hurdles meet record with a swift time of 13.87. Yolanda Johnson also ran that record time in 1994. As a part of Team USA, Wilson will attempt to chase down the National record at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore later this month.
Ending the meet on a exciting high note, Quiet Fire TC’s (Hawthorne, Calif.) Midget Girls 4x400m relay team set a National record at 3:56.86. The team of Lauren Williams, Jeanette Paul, Kayla Richardson and Kyla Richardson battled against the team from 3M TC (Oakland, Calif.) through the first two legs before gaining a 10m lead and maintaining that position through the finish.
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Team USA picked up 31 more medals on Sunday to bring the total to a record 74 medals as action concluded on Sunday at the 2010 NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships, held at Ansin Sports Complex, in Miramar, Florida.
LeJerald Betters, who recently took second in the 400m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in 44.70, ran lead-off leg duty for the men’s 4x400m in an unofficial 44.3 before handing off to O’Neal Wilder. It was then Wilder to Joey Hughes, who handed off to Tavaris Tae for the anchor leg. Tate blazed the track in an unofficial 44.1 to cross the finish line in a meet record 2:58.83. The previous record of 3:01.15 was set in 2002.
Team USA destroyed the competition in the women’s 4x400m as Ebony Collins, Amber Purvis, Shelise Williams, and Tameka Jameson got the baton around the track in 3:29.80. Heading off the final turn, Jameson had more than a 50m lead over Jamaica, who finished as the runner-up well back in 3:38.05.
Charles Jock ran away from the pack in the men’s 800m, winning by almost two seconds in 1:45.65. Bermuda’s Aaron Evans was the runner-up in 1:47.79. Cory Primm, who had been sitting in second place for the first 700m, faded to fifth in 1:49.04. Canada’s Jessica Smith won the women’s 800m in 2:04.96 as Christine Rodgers claimed silver in 2:05.00 and Anna Layman took bronze in 2:05.39.
With 400m to go in the men’s 5,000m, four athletes were in the hunt for the gold medal. When the bell rang, Mike Crouch and Diego Borrego (MEX) separated themselves from Mohamed Ige and Jose Mireles (MEX). Crouch and Borrego battled the entire way with Borrego puling away in the last few strides for the win (14:32.90). Crouch won silver in 14:33.33 while Ige took bronze in 14:38.95 and Mireles was fourth in 14:39.75.
The fastest woman in the world in 2009, Carmelita Jeter will take on reigning Olympic and World Outdoor champion Shelly Ann Fraser (JAM) in the women’s 100 Sunday at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, the second event on the IAAF’s Diamond League schedule, in China.
A two-time World Outdoor bronze medalist, Jeter and Fraser will go head-to-head over 100m. The last time Jeter competed in Shanghai, she became the second-fastest woman ever in the 100m dash, winning the race in an astonishing 10.64. She also has run two of the three fastest times in the world so far this year, with an early season-best of 10.94.
In the men’s 400m, a rematch is set between Jeremy Wariner and David Neville. Two weeks ago, Wariner lost to Neville over 400m at a race in Puerto Rico, running 45.47 to Neville’s 45.44. It was the first time Wariner lost to someone not named Lashawn Merritt since 2005. At just 26 years old, Wariner already has 10 Olympic and World Outdoor Championship medals in his trophy case.
The women’s 400m hurdles features the reigning Olympic and World Outdoor gold and silver medalists, Sheena Tosta and Lashinda Demus, who have each taken a back seat to Melaine Walker (JAM) in the recent past. First it was Tosta, who brought home the silver from the 2008 Olympics when Walker won gold. Then it was Demus last year in Berlin at the World Outdoor Championships when Walker once again won gold and Demus brought home the silver.
DOHA, Qatar – University of Oregon senior Ashton Eaton set a world record on his way to winning his second-consecutive NCAA title Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Eaton beat 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien’s world record when he scored 6,499 points over two days this weekend. O’Brien’s previous record of 6,476 was set back in 1993 when Eaton was just five years old.
In seven events over two days, Eaton had five personal bests: 60m (6.71), 60mH (7.86), high jump (2.11m/6-11), long jump (7.73m/25-4.5) and 1,000m (2:23.67). He also had marks of 13.12m/43-0.5 in the shot put and 5.10m/16-8.75 in the pole vault.
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Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.), won his third straight USA 50 km Championships on Sunday, running 2:55:50 at the Caumsett State Park 50K in Huntington N.Y, according to the USA Track and Field organization. Yolanda Flamino (Hancock, N.H.) won the overall women’s title in 3:34:26.
Annette Bednosky, (Jefferson, N.C.), finished second overall in the women’s race as she captured the masters women’s title in 3:43:48, while Scott Jaime (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) took the masters men’s crown in 3:13:25.
This year’s event was hosted by USATF Long Island and was held for the fifth consecutive year in Caumsett State Historic Park, the fourth largest of Long Island’s 25 state parks. The park boasts 1,500 acres and is located 35 miles from New York City. The USA 50 km Championship will be held at Caumsett for the next two years.
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KAMLOOPS, B.C., CANADA – Led by a paid of world age-group records from Christel Donley and Christopher Bates, Team USA paced the gold-medal race after Day 2 of the 4th World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
The American team, boasting 290 athletes age 35 to 92, collected 30 gold medals and 71 total, compared with host Canada’s 24 gold and 71 total. Germany was third with 11 golds and 29 total.
Donley, a Masters Hall of Famer from Colorado Springs, won the W75 pentathlon Monday and set a world record in the event’s 60-meter hurdles. Her 14.22-second clocking erased the listed 14.68 worldbest by Sweden’s Asta Larsson in 2008. On Tuesday, Bates of Portland, Ore., scored 4,110 points to win the M45 pentathlon, bettering the listed World Masters Athletics record of 4,062 jointly held by Jean-Luc Duez of France and American Gregory Foster. Bates’ marks were 9.28 in the 60m hurdles, 6.08m/19-11.50 in the long jump, 11.99m/39-4 in the shot, 1.82m/5-11.50 in the high jump and 3:09.49 in the 1,000m run.
INDIANAPOLIS – Six women and six women will compete for Team USA at the 2010 International Association of Ultrarunners’ 24-hour Run World Championship, to be held in Brive, France on May 13-14, 2010. The roster, featuring high-profile athletes such as Amy Palmiero Winters and Scott Jurek, was announced by USA Track & Field this past week.
The athletes representing the United States are listed below in alphabetical order.
Suzanna Bon, 45, Sonoma, CA. A mother o five children, Bon is a former elementary school teacher. She ran her first ultra in 2003 and has specialized in trail races, collecting numerous victories and course records. Her road ultra debut was a stunning 134.7-mile victory at the San Francisco 24 Hour Race in 2009.
Jamie Donaldson, 35, Littleton, CO. Donaldson is a middle school math teacher who has been the USA’s top finisher at the 24-Hour Run World Championship the past two years, finishing fourth in 2009 world title race in Italy. She was runner-up to Kami Semick for Ultrarunning Magazine’s Ultrarunner of the Year in those years and was a USATF athlete of the week in 2009. She is a two-time winner and women’s course recordholder of the Badwater 135 mile race across Death Valley. She recently ran 21:01:28 to break the American track record for 200km.
SURPRISE, ARIZONA — Stephen Quirke won the men’s title and Erin Taylor captured the women’s crown Sunday at the 2010 USA 50 km Race Walk Championships in Surprise, Arizona.
In winning his first-ever 50 km national title, Quirke, a resident of Racine, Wis., trailed Jonathan Matthews of Helena, Mont., for most of the race until he made a final pass with less than 2 kilometers remaining. Although Matthews continued to make it interesting the rest of the way, Quirke held on for the victory by a narrow 13-second margin. Quirke was first to the finish in 4 hours 23 minutes 2 seconds, with Matthews finishing as the runner-up in 4:23:15. Allen James of Sanborn, N.Y., finished third in 4:24:0 and Ray Sharp of Atlantic Mine, Mich., was fourth in 4:31:41.
The suspense in the women’s race disappeared quickly as Erin Taylor grabbed the early lead and was never challenged in winning the race easily in 4:57:11. A resident of Johnson City, N.Y., Taylor finished well ahead of distant runner-up Kathryn Grimes of Sherwood, Ore., who crossed the line in 5:37:10. Nana Bellerud of Gresham, Ore., placed third in 6:03:27, with 2009 champion Karen Karavanic of Portland, Ore., fourth in 6:15:16.
Barron resets his own American Junior 20 km record
The winner of the men’s 20 km Open and USATF 20 km Western Regional Race Walk Championship Sunday in Surprise was 17-year old Trevor Barron of Bethal Park, Pa., who completed the course in 1:31:51. Barron’s performance shattered his own American Junior record of 1:37:49 set at last year’s USA 50 km Championships in Santee, Calif.
Also in 20 km competition, Vicki Pritchard of Cave Creek, Ariz., was victorious in the women’s race in 2:09:17.
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MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Paul Aufdemberge (Redford, Mich.) successfully defended his men’s title and Lori Kingsley (Wysox, Pa.) easily took the women’s crown Sunday at the 2010 USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships in Melbourne, Fla. The championships were hosted for the second year by the State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon.
Aufdemberge pulled away from Eric Ashton (Columbia, S.C.) and Sean Wade (Houston, Texas) after 10 miles to a 34-second win, running 1hour 8 minutes 57 seconds. Ashton took the runner-up spot in 1:09:31, as Wade took third in 1:09:51.
Kingsley cruised to the women’s overall masters title in 1:20:32, finishing one minute, 22 seconds ahead of Marybeth Reader (Bloomfield, Mich.).
Kathryn Martin (Northport, N.Y.) won the age-graded competition, while Doug Winn (Portland, Ore.) and Aufdemberge rounded out the top-three age-graded performances.
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