Monday, July 26, 2010

Recruiting Class Brings 26 Newcomers to Cal Track & Field

Courtesy Cal

July 26, 2010

BERKELEY - California director of Track & Field Tony Sandoval and his staff will welcome another strong recruiting class for 2010-11 that includes seven student-athletes who ranked among the top 20 in the country in their respective events last season. The group of 14 women and 12 men also features 10 who were finalists at the state championships this past year.

Highlighting the list of women to join the roster is heptathlete Ashley Smith from Millikan High School in Long Beach. The runner-up at the USATF Junior Championships with a score of 5,270, she represented the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships in July. Her best individual event is the 200 meters, where she posted the No. 4 time in the country in 2010 with a 23.55 clocking.

Ashley Cooke (Corona / Colony HS) ran the sixth-fastest 300-meter hurdle time in the United States last year when she was clocked in 41.38. She placed fifth at the California state meet in 42.01. In the sprints, Charnell Price from St. Mary's Academy in Los Angeles was a state finalist in both the 100 (5th, 11.74) and 200 (7th, 24.30). Her PRs of 11.65 in the 100 and 23.75 in the 200 put her in the top 20 in the country in both events.

On the men's side, high jumper Harrison Steed (Coto de Caza / Junipero Serra HS) owns a best clearance of 7-2.50, a height he achieved this past January that was also No. 4 in the high school rankings this past season. Third at the California state meet in the spring, he captured the title as a sophomore in 2008 when he jumped 7-0.

Monte Corley out of Union City's James Logan High School set the top times in the state in both the 300- and 400-meter hurdles as a senior. His mark of 36.58 in the 300 hurdles was also the No. 2 prep time in the United States in 2010. In the 110-meter hurdles, Merritt College transfer Ray Stewart was a two-time California junior college champion and was a semifinalist at the 2010 USATF Championships with a time of 13.74 seconds.

A complete rundown on each of Cal's new recruits follows.

California's 2010-11 Track & Field/Cross Country Recruiting Class

Idarre Coles
Visalia, Calif. / Redwood HS
Expected to compete as a decathlete for the Bears ... a state meet qualifier in both the high jump and triple jump as a senior ... owns best marks of 10.85w in the 100 meters, 22.94 in the 200, 6-9 in the high jump, 21-5.25 in the long jump and 47-0.5 in the triple jump ... high jump PR, which came during a runner-up finish at the Arcadia Invitational, tied for seventh best in California in 2010 ... seventh at the indoor state meet in the long jump (21-4.50) ... the Tulare County outdoor champ in the long jump and triple jump.

Monte Corley
Union City, Calif. / James Logan HS
Ranked No. 1 in California for his PRs in both the 300- and 400-meter hurdles in 2010 ... captured the 300 hurdles at the Meet of Champions in 36.58, the second-fastest time in the country last year ... also won the 400 hurdles title at the Stanford Invitational (54.12) ... has a best of 13.94 in the 110 hurdles.

Daniel Davis
Danville, Calif. / San Ramon Valley HS
Ran a best of 49.07 in the 400 meters as a high school senior ... placed 11th at the state meet with a time of 49.20 ... also helped his school's 4x400 relay take ninth at the meet when he ran the leadoff leg.

Scott Esparza
Pleasanton, Calif. / Amador Valley HS
Placed 21st at the state meet in the shot put, throwing 48-4.75 ... best effort of his senior year was 56-6.50 at the Arcadia Invitational ... also has a PR of 164-6 in the discus, a 15-foot improvement from his junior year.

Taylor Kientzel-Means
Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz HS
A jumps and sprints specialist ... took seventh at the state meet in the triple jump with an effort of 47-11.50w ... PR is 48-2.00 ... also won the CCS title in the triple jump (47-8.00) ... qualified for the state meet in the long jump and placed 19th (22-1.75) ... best mark in the event is 22-10.50 ... other PRs include 11.81 in the 100 meters and 6-4 in the high jump.

Jordan Locklear
Oakland, Calif. / American Indian Public School
Ran unattached in 2010 and recorded personal bests of 1:53.68 in the 800 meters at the Stanford Invitational and 3:54.28 in the 1500 at the Sac State Open.

Nick Ridge
Sacramento, Calif. / Jesuit HS
Took second in the state meet in the high jump with a clearance of 6-9 as a senior ... owns a PR of 7-1, which he attained at the Golden West meet in June 2010 and was the best mark in California last season ... won nine high jump competitions his senior year ... greatly improved from his junior season when his best in the event was 6-6.5.

Javert Solorzano
Northridge, Calif. / Granada Hills Charter HS
Took eighth at the state meet in the 1600 meters (4:24.40), while he was 22nd in the 3200 (9:28.72) ... PR in the 1600 is 4:14.68 which came in a runner-up finish at the L.A. City championships ... ran the mile in 4:23.57 at the Arcadia Invitational ... as a junior, also took second the 1600 at the L.A. City meet (4:20.97) ... in cross country, was eighth at the CIF state meet his senior year, covering the 5000-meter course in 15:24 ... second at the L.A. City championships.

Harrison Steed
Coto de Caza, Calif. / Junipero Serra HS
Captured the CIF state championship in the high jump as a sophomore with a clearance of 7-0 ... placed fourth in the state meet his senior season with a leap of 6-9, while he was third at the CIF state championships as a junior (6-9) ... top mark as a senior was 6-10, which rated third in California in 2010, and he jumped 6-11 as a junior ... owns an PR of 7-2.50 set in Cerritos last Jan. 23, a mark that rated as the No. 4 among high schoolers in the country last year.

Ray Stewart
Oakland, Calif. / James Logan HS / Merritt College
A two-time California JC champion in the 110-meter high hurdles ... captured the 2010 race in 13.95w and the 2009 race in 13.83 ... also won the Big 8 Conference championship as a freshman (14.23) and sophomore (14.02w) ... a semifinalist at the 2010 USATF Championships with a mark of 13.74 ... as a freshman at Merritt, had season bests of 13.72 in the 110 hurdles at the Mt. SAC and Jim Bush invitationals ... also timed in 10.78 in the 100 ... in high school, helped James Logan HS place fifth at the state meet in the 4x100 relay in 2006 ... a state championships qualifier in the 110 hurdles.

Chioma Amaechi
San Francisco, Calif. / Lincoln HS
Second in the state meet in the shot put with a mark of 47-1.75 ... had a best of 47-9.25 in winning the Arcadia Invitational, a mark that stood as No. 2 in the California prep ranks, as well as 12th in the country, for 2010 ... captured the Meet of Champions (44-7.00) ... also qualified for the state championships in the discus, with a best of 134-10, but did not reach the final.

Brooke Arthur
Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei HS
Placed fifth at the 2010 state championships with a clearance of 12-3.00 in the pole vault, matching her career best ... also vaulted 12-3.00 on her way to victory at the CIF Southern Section meet ... first cleared 12 feet as a sophomore in 2008 (12-0) ... fourth at the state indoor meet her senior year (11-6) and vaulted 11-10 indoors later in the season.

Heather Cerney
Danville, Calif. / Carondelet HS
Expected to contribute in cross country ... placed 14th at the 2009 CIF state cross country meet her senior year, finishing the 5000-meter course in 18:12 ... also fourth at the North Coast Section meet ... on the track, ran a 4:59.81 in the 1600 meters to place second at the Mt. SAC Invitational and covered the 3200 meters in 10:44.74 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

Ashley Cooke
Corona, Calif. / Colony HS
Finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles at the California state meet her senior year with a time of 42.01 ... personal best was 41.38, which ranked third best in the state and No. 6 among U.S. high school runners last season ... won the 300 hurdles at the Arcadia Invitational and the Meet of Champions ... placed third in the 400 hurdles at the Stanford Invitational in 1:03.14 ... also had a best of 14.32 in the 100 hurdles ... ran anchor on the Colony HS 4x400 relay that was fifth at the state meet her senior year in 3:46.93.

Juliana Green
Davis. Calif. / Davis Senior HS
Another runner who will also compete in cross country ... set bests of 2:24.27 in the 800 meters and 5:11.09 in the 1600 meters as a senior ... PRs in both events came during her junior year (2:20.65 and 5:03.77) ... during the cross country season, placed second at the Yolo Invitational ... also competed at the CIF state meet ... best time over a 5000-meter course was 19:02 at Stanford.

Elisa Karhu
San Diego, Calif. / Rancho Bernardo HS
A distance runner who, in her first year of training, recorded bests of 5:18.50 at 1600 meters and 11:18.83 at 3200 meters as a senior ... will also run cross country at Cal ... won the 3200 at the Bronco Invitational her senior season (11:18.91) ... placed 20th at the CIF state cross country championships when she was timed in 18:25 over 5000 meters.

Sarah Keddington
Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar HS
Participated in the 2010 CIF state cross country meet where she placed 72nd (19:22) ... a veteran runner on a three state cross country championship teams at Corona Del Mar HS ... during the track season, ran a best of 5:00.30 in the 1600 meters at the Trabuco Hills Invitational and 2:14.60 in the 800 meters at the Orange County Championships ... also a member of her school's 4x400 relay.

Nicole Larson
Upland, Calif. / Upland HS
Cleared 12-1.00 in the pole vault at the Arcadia Invitational, placing fourth ... eighth at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet (11-3.00) ... finished ninth at the 2010 state indoor meet with a best of 11-0.

Taylor Lawson
El Sobrante, Calif. / St. Mary's HS
A three-sport athlete at St. Mary's HS, competing in cross country, basketball and track & field ... named the Cal-Hi Sports 2010 Division IV Athlete of the Year ... placed second at the Division IV NCS cross country meet and was the No. 1 runner on state qualifying teams three times ... finished 17th at the state Division IV meet as a senior ... in track, recorded her best 300-meter hurdles at NCS Meet of Champions (43.79). ... helped her school's 4x100 relay finish sixth at the state meet, while the 4x400 was 12th at the state championships ... has a career best of 56.77 in the 400 ... will run the 800 at Cal ... started at point guard on the St. Mary's basketball team that finished as the state runner-up in 2010 ... received the Sportsmanship Award for the championship game.

Sunny Margerum
Los Altos Hills, Calif. / Gunn HS
A long jumper, sprinter and hurdler in high school ... slowed by an injury her senior season ... still posted bests of 15.19 in the 100-meter hurdles, 18-0.00 in the long jump and 45.82 in the 300 hurdles ... as a junior, established a PR of 18-1.25 in the long jump, which gave her a victory at the CCS meet ... also covered the 100 hurdles in 15.03, the 100 meters in 12.62 and the 300 hurdles in 44.58 ... granddaughter of Cal Hall of Famer Monte Upshaw ... parents Kenny (football) and Joy (track & field) Margerum previously served as assistant coaches for the Bears.

Tiarra Pittman
Portland, Ore. / Lincoln HS
Captured the 300-meter hurdles at the Oregon state meet her junior year in 2009 with a time of 43.51 ... also anchored her school's 4x100 relay to a title (48.01), as well as the 4x400 relay to a fifth-place finish (4:00.24) ... only competed in the 300 hurdles once her senior year in 2010 (47.99) ... sixth in the 100 meters at the state meet her sophomore season (12.78) and had a best of 12.29 ... also seventh in the 300 hurdles that year (46.91) ... won two additional championships in the 4x100 relay as a freshman and sophomore.

Charnell Price
Los Angeles, Calif. / St. Mary's Academy
A 2010 state finalist in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays for St. Mary's Academy ... took fifth in the 100 (11.74) after running a PR 11.65 in the prelims (#18 among U.S. preps) and seventh in the 200 (24.30) ... owns a best of 23.75 in the event, which was 12th-fastest in the country last season ... the 4x100 relay took eighth, while the 4x400 relay was third with Price as the anchor ... as a junior, was 12th at the state meet in the 100 (11.97) and fourth in the 4x100 relay ... also ran cross country as a senior.

Brianna Schofield
Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad HS / UC San Diego
A transfer from UC San Diego who will be a junior for the Bears this year ... placed seventh at the NCAA Division II meet in the 1500 as a sophomore in 2009 with a time of 4:34.20 ... set a school record in the event in qualifying (4:29.67) ... took sixth at NCAA her freshman year (4:33.87) ... owns a best of 2:14.73 in the 800 ... member of the coaches association all-academic team ... an All-American in cross country her freshman season in 2008 after placing 22nd at NCAA's ... in high school, earned team MVP, all-league, all-CIF and all-state honors ... also participated in surfing and soccer.

Ashley Smith
Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan HS
A multi-talented athlete who will compete in the heptathlon for the Bears ... won her first heptathlon at the Arcadia Invitational with a score of 5,202 points in 2009 ... runner up at the 2010 USTAF junior meet with a score of 5,270, the No. 2 prep mark in the U.S. ... represented the United States in the heptathlon at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, in July ... a state qualifier in three events as a senior ... finished as the California runner-up in the high jump (5-8.00) and was sixth in the 200 meters (24.24) ... also placed 16th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.67w) ... owns PRs of 11.83 in the 100, 23.55 in the 200 (#3 state mark in 2010), 13.79w in the 100 hurdles (#8 state mark in 2010), 19-0.25 in the long jump and 5-9 in the high jump ... her 200 time was also the fourth-fastest wind-legal mark in the country in '10 ... third in the high jump at the CIF state championships as a freshman and junior.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Irene Obera (Fremont, CA) W75 200m 35.26 American Record

Harvey sets world record as USA Masters Championships conclude

SACRAMENTO - Sabra Harvey of Houston, Texas, set the world masters W60 1,500m record on the final day of 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif.

During the Championships, many of the world's best athletes ages 30-96 demonstrated speed, power, skill and endurance, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. The Spanos Sports Complex was the site of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field, and will play host to the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, July 6-17.

Another USA Championship, another world record for Harvey

In only her second year competing in track and field, longtime road and cross country runner Sabra Harvey set the W60 800m world record of 2:34.66 at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She came to Sacramento this week on a mission to set the W60 world record in the 1,500 meters, and she did exactly that.

Harvey crossed the finish line this morning in a blistering 5:12.27, which shattered the previous listed WR of 5:18.14 by Corrie Keijsers of the Netherlands in 2002. Although her performance was a surprise to some observers, Harvey expected it all along. "It was in my head to do it," she said. "I knew I could, it was just a matter of whether I could hold it. The track, to me, takes a lot of focus to hold the pace that you want lap after lap, and that is different from the roads and cross country. Track is a challenge to me."

Although Harvey has accomplished a lot in her short track career, she believes there's more she can do. "I want to see how much faster I can go," she said. "I like the challenge of trying to bring my times down and setting PRs. I don't have any specific goals - I just want to see how fast I can go."

Also setting a record in the 1,500 meters this morning was Mary Harada, who set the W75 American record with her time of 7:31.56. Harada's time easily bettered the previous record of 7:42.30 by Bess James in 1985.

Hurd sets American triple jump record

2004 Olympian Tiombe Hurd won the W35 triple jump this morning with an American age-group record of 12.41m/40-8.75. Her performance betters the previous standard of 11.74m/38-6.25 by Regina Richardson in 2008.

Hurd, who set the open American record of 14.45m/47-5 in winning the 2004 Olympic Trials here in Sacramento, flew in from her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, yesterday, and had difficulty adjusting to her morning start time of 8:45 a.m. "I have to admit, I'm having trouble getting my legs to move and turn over the way I want them to," she said. "I love this track. I had my personal best here and this is where I set my other American record. I wanted to jump further today, and I think I would have done so if it were in the afternoon. I'm just really fatigued. So we used this day to work on technique (laughter).

Hurd is enjoying her recent success after battling a series of injuries. "In 2008, I tore all the ligaments in my left ankle when I fell over a hurdle, and last year I had a herniated disc in my back, so this is only my fourth meet in over a year," she said. "I'm definitely rusty, but it's coming."

More records

Karen Steen set an American W45 record in the 400m hurdles with her clocking of 1:08.91. Steen's time bettered the standard of 1:09.34 by Caryl Senn-Griffiths from 2008. Also in 400m hurdles action, Darnell Gatlin won the M50 age group in 56.88 seconds, which demolished the previous listed American record of 58.1 by Jack Greenwood in 2003.

In 200m finals action, Irene Obera set an American record in the W75 age group with her time if 35.26 seconds, which bettered the previous long-standing record of 35.93 by Polly Clarke from 1985. Also in the 200 meters, Kathy Bergen, who set the W70 world high jump record Saturday of 1.30m/4-3.25, set the American record in the 200 meters this afternoon of 32.35 seconds, which improved upon the former record of 33.90 by Audrey Lary in 2004.

In today's relay action, American records were set by the Athena Track Club (W40-49, 53.06), Atlanta Track Club (W50-59, 56.98) and the So Cal Track Club (W60-69, 1:25.73).

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Conor McCullough AJR 80.79 265-0 Hammer

McCullough, relays golden on final day of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Conor McCullough of Princeton crushed the meet record and his own American Junior record in the hammer, and Team USA swept the 4x400 relays Sunday on the final day of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships. The team ended up tied with Kenya atop the medal table with 15 -- six gold, five silver and four bronze -- and dominated the placings table to score 183 points to 119 for Kenya and 104 for Germany.

McCullough, who was the silver medalist at this meet in 2008, had a massive personal best of 80.79-meters on his second attempt to add more than eight feet to his previous AJR. He followed up with two more 80m+ throws as he dominated the competition and defeated top-ranked Akos Hudi of Hungary. Ohio high schooler Justin Welch was 10th at 67.20.

"The atmosphere here today was great," McCullough said. "I was well-rested, and I wanted to put the pressure on right away. The Hungarian was pushing me, so it was good to get a big one on my second throw. This ring is great and my technique was good." His father injured himself in a fall earlier this week in Moncton, and had surgery back home in California and according to McCullough is doing well.

After a relatively sub-par qualifying run, the women's 4x400 relay put together a superb final to beat favored Jamaica convincingly. The team of Texas prep Diamond Dixon (54.3), Stacey-Ann Smith (52.1) of Texas, North Dakota high schooler Laura Roesler (52.3) and Regina George (52.5) of Arkansas zipped to a 3:31.20, the fastest junior time in the world this year.

George said, "When I got the stick in the lead, I just didn't want to let anyone catch me. I wanted to show respect for my teammates and for all the hard work they had done to get me the lead." Smith added, "This is the best feeling ever to run around on a victory lap with the American flag. We came together as a team, we kept the faith, and we came to win. Regina and I were motivated a lot by not being able to medal in the open 400."

Roesler, who narrowly missed making the 800 final, said, "I knew I could afford to let the leader gap me a bit because I felt so good and I have that 800 strength. I also wanted to show everyone I am a sprinter."

In the meet's final event, the U.S. men's 4x400 were clearly the class of the field and completed a sweep of the four relays, winning in 3:04.76, the fastest junior time in the world this year. California high schooler Joshua Mance ran the opening leg in 46.5 before Houston's Errol Nolan rolled to a lead that the team would not relinquish, splitting 45.5. George Mason's David Verburg maintained the lead with a 46.8 third circuit, and Washington high schooler Michael Berry anchored in 46.0.

"We wanted to get the record," Nolan said. "We fell a little short, but we won and that is the most important thing." Verburg added, "Seeing the women win right before us put the pressure on and was a big motivation to win."

Knowing that Team USA had never won a medal in the event before, men's 800 finalists Casimir Loxsom of Penn State and Robby Andrews of Virginia set out to make history. The pair ran in or near the lead from wire to wire, hitting 200 in 24.8, 400 in 52.2 and 600 in 1:19.0. A mad dash down the final stretch saw Loxsom overtaken for the gold with about 30 to go by Kenya's David Mutua, while Andrews held off Britain's Niall Brooks to capture the bronze in 1:47.00.

"I had the same race plan as yesterday," said Loxsom, who set a PR with his 1:46.57. "The Kenyan was really strong at the end, and I think I may have used up too much energy in my semi. Missing the two NCAA finals was a terrible feeling, but this makes up for it. I am really happy with the silver and a PR."

Andrews said, "There was definitely a change in my strategy. I know at this level everyone can close as fast as I can, so I wanted to be in it and not have to come from behind. I do think I may have gone out a little too fast early, but it is great to win the first medals for the U.S. It has been a cool experience being a teammate with Casimir, and we both hope that continues to the next level at the Worlds and Olympics."

Team USA's 15th medal came from Florida triple jumper Omar Craddock, who overcame a 3.6 mps headwind to leap 16.23. All six of Craddock's jumps were over 16 meters. Maryland high schooler Marquis Dendy ended up eighth with a best of 15.53.

"From the beginning I felt like I had a PR in me," Craddock said. "The headwinds were tough, though, and that made it hard to jump far. The medal is what I was after, and I have come through a lot over the past few years. I am happy to do so well for my country." Dendy said, "If it was stiller and hotter, the way I felt today I think I could have jumped 16.50. It was my first experience like this and it was very, very good. Top eight in the world isnt bad but I know I can do better.

Oregon's Jordan Hasay had a bold strategy to hang with the leaders in the women's 1500, and it almost paid off with a medal as she finished fourth in 4:13.95, just off her personal best. The lead runners came through the first 400 in just over 60 seconds, with Hasay fifth at that point in 62. She moved up over the next two laps and was fourth with a lap to go, but could not make up more ground on the top three.

"My plan was to stay with the leaders, and they went out really hard," Hasay said. "With a lap to go I felt really good, but when they made a move at 300 to go I just couldn't respond. I guess I am pretty happy I was close to my PR, I just wish I had gone a little quicker. Now I wish I had gone out slower like the Irish girl (Ciara Mageean, who set a national record for the silver). In 2008 the race was very tactical, this time was completely different. I just didn't think anyone would go out that fast. This shows how strong the Africans really are."

A pair of solid fifth-place efforts came from Iowa high schooler Hannah Willms in the women's high jump and Caleb Cross of Arkansas in the men's 110 hurdles. Willms cleared 1.82 to improve on her pre-meet ranking, while Cross had the gold in his hands before clipping the ninth hurdle and finishing in 13.86.

Willms, a volleyball star who had never previously jumped outside the state of Iowa, said, It was windy out there. Its the first time Ive missed that many attempts.Im happy with it, though. This experience makes me look at the sport differently.

Cross said, "I wasn't really pressing, I just couldn't keep my balance when I hit that hurdle with my lead leg. I am disappointed of course, but I will use this as motivation for next year."

In the day's first final, Virginia Tech's Jared Berman almost notched a second personal best of the Championships, placing 10th at 8:57.53. "I felt great out there the whole time until I stepped on the rail (coming down from a barrier at the start of the fifth lap). It felt like I was in great shape, and I know I can race with these guys now, but that messed me up mentally more than physically."

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Kathy Bergen W70 HJ 4-2 WR

SACRAMENTO - Kathy Bergen set the world masters W70 high jump record Friday at the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The event runs through Sunday.

Throughout the Championships, many of the world's best athletes ages 30-96 will demonstrate speed, power, skill and endurance, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. The Spanos Sports Complex was the site of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field, and will play host to the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, July 6-17.

Bergen's breakthrough

After setting the American W70 high jump record of 1.25m/4-1.25 in June, Kathy Bergen, who resides near Pasadena, Calif., tore a quadriceps muscle and didn't train for a month, and did not know how competitive she'd be this week in Sacramento.

Bergen's goal here was to break the listed W70 world record of 1.27m/4-2 set by Christiane Schmalbruch of Germany in 2007. Bergen not only set the record with her clearance of 1.28m/4-2.25, she broke it again when she soared to the current world record of 1.30m/4-3.25.

Bergen was especially pleased to set the record after overcoming her recent injury. "I'm healthy as a horse but I have little nagging soft tissue injuries," she said. "The older you get the more careful you have to be. I'm really pleased. It's a good day."

Bergen adds this performance to previous world records in the indoor 60m, 200m and high jump, in addition to her outdoor 100m world record and five world championship titles. Also this morning, Bergen won the W70 100m title in 15.88 seconds.

Sprinters torch the track in 100m finals

The very first final of the day produced the first record as the oldest person entered in the championships, 96-year old Leland McPhie of San Diego, won the M95 age group 100m in 37.16 seconds, which bettered the previous AR of 38.66 by Everett Hosack in 2000. McPhie owns world records in the M95 long jump, triple jump, shot put and high jump.

Elsewhere, Irene Obera posted an American record with her victory in the W75 100m in 16.26, which improved upon her listed AR of 16.67 from 2009.

Another day, another record for MacLeod

After setting the W75 world 400m record of 1:25.40 on Friday, Suzy MacLeod put another dent in the record books this afternoon with an American age group record in the 800 meters with her time of 3:25.73, which easily bettered her own pending AR of 3:35.22 from June 27 in Eugene, Ore.

In men's pole vault action, Charles Brown set an M55 American record with his clearance of 4.20m/13-9.25, which improved upon the previous standard of 4.13m/13-6.50 by Dennis Phillips from 2001. In addition, Tom Langenfeld set the M75 American high jump record by clearing 1.41m/4-7.50, which bettered the previous standard of 1.40m/4-7 by Richard Lowery in 2006.

Also on Saturday, Barbara Brandt threw an American W80 record in the javelin with her toss of 18.18m/59-7.75, which surpasses the previous AR of 17.89m/58-8 by all-time masters great Johnnye Valien from 2005. Brandt also owns the W75 AR of 20.91m/68-7 set in 2007.

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California high schooler Johnathan Cabral did not advance after placing fourth in his semi at 13.80

Double relay gold for Team USA on sixth day of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Team USA romped to a pair of gold medals in the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays Saturday at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, turning in two of the fastest times in Junior history.

The women's quartet of 200-meter gold medalist Stormy Kendrick of Clemson, Takeia Pinckney of LSU, Wisconsin high schooler Dezerea Bryant and Texas prep Ashley Collier got out to an early lead and Bryant's carry blew open the race as Collier crossed the line at 43.44, the fifth-fastest time ever by a Junior squad. It was the perfect birthday present for Pinckney, who turned 19 today.

"We had great chemistry," Pinckney said. "The teamwork was great, we got the stick around, we won, and we got the leading time in the world this year." Bryant added, "All I was thinking when I got the stick was go, go, go, go. I was so happy to had it off in the lead."

Team USA's men zipped to the third fastest time ever by a Junior squad at 38.93, trailing only the U.S. teams from the 2004 and 2002 World Junior meets. Michael Granger of Mississippi, Charles Silmon of TCU, Eric Harris of Georgia and Kansas high schooler Oliver Bradwell won by more than half a second over Jamaica, which was anchored by 100 champ Dexter Lee.

Silmon, who yesterday predicted a sub-39 effort in the final, said, "We were all feeling really good out there. The track was hot." The team said that watching an inspirational television show and the women's relay win were motivational, and during the post-race interview on CBC they danced and sang to J. Flash's "Doing His Thang."

Penn State's Evonne Britton opened the day's medal haul with a bronze in the women's 400 hurdles, setting a lifetime best of 57.32 despite running in lane eight. "Running on the outside is pretty tough," Britton said. "I tried to get out and control the pace. It is hard to judge how other people are running when you can only see your own lane. I am very pleased with the PR, and knew that if I brought it in strong off the final curve I had a chance."

The day's other finals saw Texas Tech's Shade Weygandt and Indiana's Kelsie Ahbe tie for seventh in the women's pole vault with clearances at 3.95. Andrew Evans of Michigan was 10th in the discus at 56.91, and Portland's Trevor Dunbar took 11th in the men's 5000 at 14:16.08.

"I wasn't really prepared to run without a second pack," said Dunbar, who ran much of the race by himself. "I thought I would have some company out there, but maybe I should have gone out harder from the start. When I was running alone, I was just waiting to get picked off by someone fresh. I made up a bit of ground on the leaders, but really didn't know what to do in that situation."

Collegians Casimir Loxsom of Penn State and Robby Andrews of Virginia were impressive winners in the semifinals of the men's 800. Loxsom dominated the third heat in 1:46.91, while Andrews outkicked the field to finish in 1:48.76. Loxsom said, "I felt the first 600 was really strong so I kept a bit in reserve. I did move a bit quicker in the final 100 to just make sure. In the final, I expect the Kenyans to take it out very fast. The U.S. has never won a medal in this event, so it would be great to win two tomorrow."

Andrews said, "It was a rough race out there, much more physical than usual. I am well prepared and very excited for the final."

Both 4x400 teams advanced to the final, and the men turned in the fastest Junior time in the world this year with a 3:05.84. Ohio high schooler Blake Heriot ran the lead leg in 47.3, and handed off to George Mason's David Verburg, who split 46.2. The third carry by Florida high schooler Joshua Edmonds was 46.6, and Washington prep Michael Berry anchored in 45.8. Berry said, "We ran really well for the first time together. We just wanted to win and make the final, and I knew I had to hold the lead. They did all the dirty work, and I just brought it home."

The women's squad finished second in their heat at 3:35.26 with a team of North Carolina high schooler Sanura Eley-O'Reilly (54.9), Texas prep Diamond Dixon (53.3), North Dakota high schooler Laura Roesler (53.1) and South Carolina prep Briana Nelson (54.0).

Caleb Cross of Arkansas ran 13.72 to take second in his semifinal of the men's 110 hurdles and qualify for the final, but California high schooler Johnathan Cabral did not advance after placing fourth in his semi at 13.80. Cross said, "I hit a lot of hurdles, but I can't complain because I made the finals. I swerved a little off to the side after hurdle 10 and had to correct that for the run in."

Triple jumpers Omar Craddock of Florida and Maryland high schooler Marquis Dendy advanced to the final, as Craddock hit the auto qualifying mark with a 16.11 on his second attempt. Dendy jumped 15.69 on his final effort to garner a spot in the final.

With one day remaining in the Championships, Team USA has nine total medals, three of them gold, and leads the placings table with 126 points. The final day's competition starts Sunday at 1:30 with the women's high jump.

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Hall, Koll take USA 7 Mile Championships

DAVENPORT - As midsummer thunderstorms blew through the Quad Cities, 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon champion Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) stormed past early race leader Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.) at five miles to take the men's title at the USA 7 Mile Championships, running 32:55. In her professional road racing debut, Lisa Koll (Ames, Iowa) easily took the women's title in 37:52. The championships were hosted Saturday for the second consecutive year by the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

After passing the first mile in 5:04, Vega, Scott Bauhs (Chico, Calif.) and James Carney (Boulder, Colo.), separated from the pack that included Hall, Ed Moran (Williamsburg, Va.) and Sean Quigley (Philadelphia, Pa.). As the leading trio approached the turnaround point, Vega held a small lead over Bauhs.

Shortly before four miles, Vega began to pull away from Bauhs and looked to be on his way to his second USA title of the year but Hall, Moran and Quigley were working together to pass Carney and were closing in on Bauhs.

Shortly after passing five miles in 23:42, Vega was caught and passed by Hall, who quickly opened a five meter gap. From there, Hall cruised down the Brady street hill for his first U.S. title since the 2008 Olympic Trials. Moran and Quigley also overtook Vega to finish second and third in 33:00 and 33:05 respectively. Vega held on for fourth in 33:08, while Carney took fifth in 33:21.

In the women's race, local favorite Koll, became the first woman from Iowa to win the Bix 7 since 1981 as she cruised to a decisive win for her first U.S. road title. Amy Hastings (Flagstaff, Ariz.) took the runner-up position in 38:33 with Andrea Walkonen taking third in 38:43. Rounding out the top-five were Blake Russell (Pacific Grove, Calif.) and Lindsay Allen (Flagstaff, Ariz.) in 39:23 and 39:57 respectively.

About the USARC

The USA 7 Mile Championships was the sixth stop for men and the fifth for women on the 2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and offered $45,000 in U.S. prize money with Hall and Koll taking home $10,000 each.

The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women. Vega has retaken the lead in the men's standings with 32 points and Katie McGregor (Saint Louis Park, Minn.) leads the women with 30 points.

The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.

The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Willie Banks second in M50 high jump at 1.86m/6-1.25 using straddle technique

Valle sets world record at 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Championships
SACRAMENTO - Lisa Valle of Albuquerque, N.M., set the world masters W40 steeplechase record for the second time in two weeks Friday at the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The event runs through Sunday.

Throughout the Championships, many of the world's best athletes ages 30-96 will demonstrate speed, power, skill and endurance, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. The Spanos Sports Complex was the site of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field, and will play host to the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, July 6-17.

Lisa Valle set the W40 world masters 2,000m steeplechase record when she crossed the finish line in 6:51.92, after setting the previous world record two weeks ago of 6:52.6. "I had it stuck in my head that I wanted to break my record, so I guess I barely made it," she said. "I just tried to stick to my pace and it worked out. I thought I could've broken 6:50, but I'm happy with it here in the heat. It was a good run."

The heat (temperatures in the low 90s) may have affected some competitors, but not Valle. "I'm from Albuquerque, where I train in 90 degree weather at 5,000 feet altitude, so I come prepared and it didn't bother me."

MacLeod posts 400m world record

In women's 400m finals action, Suzy MacLeod won the W75 age group with her world record time of 1:25.40, which is faster than the previous listed world record of 1:27.17 set last year by Margaret Peters of New Zealand. Her time also bested the previous W75 American record of 1:27.41 set by Audrey Lary at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

American Records set in race walk, steeplechase, shot put, 400m

Maryanne Daniel posted the W50 American 5,000m race walk record with her time of 26:72.0, which bettered the previous listed AR of 26:29.20 by Lynn Tracy in 2004. All-time masters great Kathryn Martin set the W55 2,000m steeple record in winning the national title in that age-group in 8:13.10, which improved upon her own listed AR of 8:23.20 from 2008. Also in the women's 2,000m steeple, Cheryl Bellaire won the W50 title in the American record time of 8:14.35, which far surpasses the previous listed AR of 8:31.15 by Karen Kunz in 2004. Bellaire also won the W50 age group 400m national title this afternoon with her time of 1:06.77.

In men's steeple action, David Taylor won the M60 2,000m steeplechase with his AR of 7:21.09, which improved greatly upon the previous listed record of 7:37.20 by Robert Barber in 2006. Also in men's action, Ty Brown won the M65 100m hurdles in the American age group record time of 15.48. Emil Pawlik posted the previous standard of 15.81 in 2005.

In women's field event action, after setting an American hammer throw record on Thursday, the incredibly versatile Flo Meiler set the W75 American record in the pole vault with her clearance of 1.92m/6-3.50, which bettered her own AR of 1.90m/6-2.75 from 2009. Also in the field, Chrystel Donley won the W75 shot put with a toss of 8.21m/26-11.25, which bettered the listed American record of 7.51m/24-7.75 by Gloria Krug from 2007.

Contrasting styles highlight M50 high jump competition

Masters record holder Bruce McBarnette and former world triple jump record holder Willie Banks staged a fascinating competition in the M50 high jump, demonstrating that contrasting to popular belief, there is still more than one way to clear a bar.

Banks and McBarnette were the final two contestants remaining in the competition when the bar was raised to 1.89m/6-2.25. Banks had two misses before slipping into the pit on his final attempt, which forced him out of the competition in second place after previously clearing 1.86m/6-1.25. Banks watched as McBarnette cleared that height on his second attempt in winning his 23rd-career U.S. title.

The most interesting part of the competition was the contrasting styles of the two competitors. Banks, a National Track & Field Hall of Famer for his prowess in the triple jump, uses a three-step run-up and jumps using the outdated straddle style, while McBarnette jumps with the modern day Fosbury Flop, with an extended run-up of 81 feet, 7 inches.

McBarnette, who is an 8-time world masters champion, showed his appreciation for Banks following the competition. "You don't see many people who are using the straddle, and you certainly don't see anybody using it with that amount of proficiency," said McBarnette. "It takes a tremendous amount of strength to do what Willie is doing and it's a testament to him as an athlete that despite using an antiquated technique he still is able to perform so very, very well."

McBarnette, who owns the listed M50 AR of 1.93m/6-4, took three unsuccessful attempts at 1.95m/6-4.75, but was still pleased with his effort. "Anytime you jump high enough to take a crack at the American record, that's a good day," he said. "I'm particularly pleased because I'm recovering from plantar fasciitis and I really didn't know how it would hold up today, but I was able to perform well and I'm grateful for that."

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Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth HS, Oakland) 3rd 200 23.62, Karyn Dunn (Stanford) 11th LJ 5.83 19-1 1/2

Kendrick storms to Team USA's first gold on day five of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- In what must surely rank as the upset of the meet, Clemson's Stormy Kendrick ran a spectacular curve and held on down the stretch to win the women's 200 in 22.99 for Team USA's first gold medal Friday at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships.

Running in lane six outside heavily favored 100 champ Jodie Williams of Great Britain, Kendrick blasted through the first 100 and had a three-meter lead coming into the straight. She maintained her form all the way to the line to record a lifetime best.

"I just ran my own race and was patient," Kendrick said. "I was feeling very good, and I came here to win. There was great competition but I kept my focus on me. I love running because I am good at it and I have been doing it forever."
California high schooler Ashton Purvis finished fifth at 23.62.

Georgia prep star David Smith added a silver medal to the count with his lifetime best 2.24-meter clearance in the high jump. Smith was perfect at his first four heights before having one miss at 2.24, and he narrowly missed at 2.26 to go out. "I just wanted to medal," Smith said. "I had to take a quick break before 2.24 and it kind of threw me off when I came back to the competition area and was up right away, but I put it back together and was able to have a good jump on my second attempt. Last year's World Youth meet (he was seventh) motivated me a lot. Seventh place is nowhere. I have to give thanks to God for it all."

Improving his personal best twice on the day, Washington's Joe Zimmerman added more than six feet to his previous PR with a 74.64 to place fifth, the best finish ever for a U.S. javelin thrower. The previous best finish was eighth by Art Skipper in 1988. "Honestly, my first PR throw felt horrible, but it got me three more throws," Zimmerman said. "Then, I relaxed and got good rotation on my fifth throw and hit it through the point. I have thrown far in practice before, so it felt great to do it at such a big meet. My strength is great, now I just need to work on my flexibility."

Hoping for a top-10 finish coming into the meet, Iowa prep Alex Gochenour did just that in the heptathlon, scoring 5,260 points to take tenth in a very strong field. "This was fun, and I am very happy," Gochenour said. "I have so much room for improvement, I am just excited to grow and get stronger and better. I was happy to finish so well in a great group. My calf tightened up at the 500 mark in the 800, so I might have been able to run a bit faster and score a few more points. Overall I am just so excited to have had this experience."

In the evening's other field event final, Stanford's Karyn Dunn placed 11th with a jump of 5.83.

Both 4x100 relay squads were successful in moving on to the final with ease. Kendrick ran a superb first leg for the women before 100 silver medalist Takeia Pinckney of LSU blew it open on the second carry. Wisconsin high schooler Dezerea Bryant and Texas prep Ashley Collier completed the quartet, and Collier crossed the line at 43.56, the fastest time overall. "We did our job," Collier said. "The handoffs were good, we got the stick around and now we just need to win the gold."

The men's squad got a good lead leg from Mississippi's Michael Granger, and TCU's Charles Silmon, the 100 silver medalist, opened up a big gap on the second leg. Joeal Hotchkins of Central Arizona and Florida high schooler Marvin Bracy ran the third and fourth legs as the team won in 39.69, the fastest junior time in the world this year. "We were just working the zones, trying to make the final," Bracy said. "It felt good to run fast and qualify, and we are ready for the final."

Team USA finished the fifth day with the medal tally at six. Day six competition begins at 1:30 pm Saturday with the women's hammer final and the men's 110 hurdles semifinals.For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships, visit

Friday, July 23, 2010

Athletes on the hunt for repeat wins at USATF Junior Olympics

Returning champion Jasmyne Graham (Moreno Valley, Calif.) looks to rewrite the record books and highlight this year's 44th USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento California, July 27-August 1, at Hughes Stadium.

The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the most visible youth athletic development program in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at Preliminary, Association and Regional levels of the 2010 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in five two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 8 and 18.

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Inspired by the legendary 'Flo Jo,' Graham won last year's Midget Girls pentathlon event (3,346 points), set a Junior Olympic 80m hurdle record (11.94), took first in long jump (5.41m/17-9w)and ran as a part of the California Rising Stars' sixth-place finishing 4x100m relay team. This year won't be much different, as Graham will compete in the Youth Girls' pentathlon, long jump, 200m and 100m-hurdle events.

Also looking to hunt down multiple event records, The Wings TC's Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) will compete in the Youth Girls 200m, 400m and 800m events. Rogers won the 2009 Junior Olympics Youth 400m and 800m events, setting a meet record in the latter (2:08.17). She currently holds the National record in both the Midget Girls and Youth Girls 800m events.

Last year's Midget Girls javelin champion Mystasia Alexander (Lynwood, Calif.) of the LA Jets Girls will also be on the look out for a great record setting performance as she returns to compete in the Youth Girls javelin event. Alexander owns the Bantam Girls javelin record at 37.15m/121-10. Adding to her repertoire, she will also compete in this year's discus throw, an event in which she placed fifth in last year's competition.

Also watch for some of last year's event winners returning for more action: Kennedy Blahnik, returning in the Youth Girls shot put and discus throw; Jordie Munford (SoCal Comets) in the Intermediate Girls 100m hurdles and triple jump; racewalkers Caitlin Palacio (LSI Sprint) in the Midget Girls 1,500m and Erika Shaver (Miami Valley TC) in the Young Women 3,000m; Sara Tolson (Pawhuska, Okla.) in the Young Girls discus and shot put; and Melissa Parks (Norfolk, Neb.) in the Young Girls 2,000 steeplechase.

This year's event will also host a 3k run for everyone on Sunday, August 1 across from Hughes Stadium. To enter, visit:

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Tyler Sorensen 15th 10k Walk 43:55.49, Johnathan Cabral 1h5 120HH (39in.) 13.63, Jordan Hasay 2h2 1500 4:16.74Q, Connor McCullough HT 76.05Q 249-6

Barron smashes American Junior record on day five of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Trevor Barron smashed his own American Junior record in the 10,000-meter race walk Friday, stopping the clock at 41:50.29 to place seventh at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships. Barron, a Pennsylvania high schooler, clipped more than 30 seconds off the previous AJR of 42:22.79.

"The first couple kilometers they were walking 4:04's, and I didn't think I could go that fast," Barron said in explaining his conservative early pace. "I knew a lot of the guys who were ahead of me couldn't hold that pace, and I had planned on moving up as the race went on. I was really closing until about 8K, then the top four guys took off again. This is a great meet for top competition, and I was hoping for a higher placing. I really want to thank the USOC for supporting me and letting me train at the Olympic Training Center."

California prep Tyler Sorensen was the youngest walker in the field, and finished a very solid 15th in 43:55.49, just two seconds off his PR. "I am just enjoying the moment," Sorensen said. "I have only been in one international race before, and I was expecting a top-20 finish, so I am very happy to place so high considering how young I am. It felt good to be on pace and picking people off made me feel great. The 10K distance is great for me, but I am really looking forward to my first 20K."

In qualifying rounds, Team USA had great success in the men's 110 hurdles as both Caleb Cross of Arkansas and California high schooler Johnathan Cabral won their heats with personal bests. Cross took heat four in 13.56, while Cabral zipped to a 13.63 in heat five. "It felt good to finally run," said Cross. "I have been sitting around here for a week. I want to stay strong for the semis and final, and enjoy my last junior meet. It is more fun running over these shorter (39-inch) hurdles after a whole season of 42's."

Cabral said, "I really need to get up faster from my start and keep attacking. Now I have to come back tomorrow and do exactly what I did today, just faster."

Both U.S. runners advance easily to the semifinals of the men's 800, led by national Junior champ Casimir Loxsom of Penn State. Loxsom won heat four in 1:49.48, and NCAA indoor champ Robby Andrews of Virginia was second in the first heat at 1:50.80. Loxsom, whose mother is Lithuanian, said, "I felt a lot better today than I have in a while. I had a lot of confidence and thought I could go 1:45 if I had to. Now I just hope I keep feeling this way. We have more support here than anyone but the Canadians, and that really helps."

Oregon's Jordan Hasay was an automatic advancer in the women's 1500, coming back from her PR 3K run on Monday to take second in the second heat at 4:16.74. Rachel Schneider of Georgetown was seventh in heat one at 4:20.99 and did not advance.

One of the surprises of the morning was Virginia Tech's Jared Berman in the men's 3000 steeplechase. Berman, the U.S. runner-up, shattered his PR with an 8:55.33 in the second heat to take sixth and advance as a time qualifier. "I am so totally happy with this PR," Berman said. "I ran a smart race and didn't take it out too fast, so I was able to stay in there all the way. You have to be confident in yourself and keep training to reach this level. It doesn't mess up your cross country season, and this is the greatest experience of my life. I was so nervous coming onto the track, this was like the Olympics for me." High Point's Dakota Peachee did not fare as well, finishing 15th in heat one at 9:27.68.

Field event qualifying saw several of the U.S. contingent move on. Connor McCullough of Princeton, the American Junior record holder and silver medalist at this meet in 2008, had to take only one throw to get the auto mark in the men's hammer, launching the six-kilogram ball 76.05 meters. "I am feeling about ready," McCullough said. "I was decent technically, I just need to push across all the way and get a good counter. It's going to take a really long throw to medal here." Ohio high schooler also advanced with a throw of 67.46.

Both Americans made it through in the women's pole vault, with Shade Weygandt of Texas Tech clearing 4.05 and Kelsie Ahbe of Indiana squeaking in with a clearance at 3.85. In the women's high jump, Iowa high schooler Hannah Willms was perfect on the day with no misses through 1.81 to qualify for the final. Auburn's Maya Pressley was close to advancing with her 1.78, but lost out on the countback.

"It was a lot of fun," Willms said. "There was so much more competition here than I am used to in Iowa, you have to be at your highest level all the way. I was not too nervous because I have been here all week."

Andrew Evans of Michigan had a 57.18 on his third and final attempt to move on in the men's discus, but Central Michigan's Alex Rose did not advance with his 53.46. "There were good conditions today," Evans said. "I was trying to keep it slow and controlled and I accomplished what I set out to do. I was really nervous out there, and now I know what it is like at this high level I feel like a big throw is in me for the final."

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Josh Mance 5th 400 46.84, Kyle Ballew 10th PV 5.00 16-4 3/4, Ashley Smith 10th HEP 3,182, Ashton Purvis 200 3rd h1 23.48 advances to final

Pendleton silver, Nolan bronze pace Team USA on day four of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA - Michigan's Erin Pendleton had the best series of her life Thursday on the way to a sliver medal in the discus at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, and Houston's Errol Nolan added to Team USA's medal count with a bronze in the men's 400.

Pendleton came into the competition ranked third, but she uncorked a 53.57 on her first attempt to take the early lead. Cuba's Yaime Perez moved into the top spot in round three with a toss of 56.01, and Yuliya Kurylo of Ukraine passed Pendleton in the fourth round. In round five, Pendleton had an excellent 54.15 to take back second, and she solidified her hold on the silver with a 54.96 last attempt.

"I had a really good series, the best of my season," Pendleton said. "The wind was pretty good out there, and I wanted to make sure to get a good one early. After I did, I just went from there and my last was my best. I was here to do my best and I just stayed focused on my throws all the way."

Nolan, who received a yellow warning card for moving in his blocks before the set command, was running in lane eight and had to make a late charge to finish in the medals at 46.36. "It was a blind race all the way," Nolan said. "I saw Kirani [James] at the 230-meter point, and then saw some others near me. I wanted to win a medal and didn't want to go home empty-handed, so I just kept pushing." California high schooler Joshua Mance, the 2009 World Youth silver medalist, ended up fifth at 46.84.

In the women's 400 final, Stacey-Ann Smith of Texas also started in lane eight, and after blasting around the first turn, she came back to the field before making a strong run in to take fourth at 53.42. Regina George of Arkansas was seventh at 53.83. "I decided to go out as hard as I could," Smith said. "I slowed a little on the second curve, and on the run in I just gave it all I had to get back into the mix. It has been a very long and tiring season, but now I want that gold in the 4x400."

New Jersey prep Ajee Wilson produced a lifetime best of 2:04.18 to take fifth in the women's 800, leading the race at 200 (27.69) before passing the 400 mark at 58.5 in fifth. After a 1:32.5 at 600, Wilson closed well as she improved greatly on her pre-meet ranking. "I wanted to stay close so I could be in it at the end," Wilson said. "I may have gone out too fast, so I backed off after the first lap. My legs didn't feel as good as I hoped, and I may have done better with a slower first part. This was my first meet ever where everyone is at a very high level."

Evonne Britton of Penn State, who earlier in the day advanced to the semifinals of the 400 hurdles, came back to place sixth in the 100 hurdles in 13.50. "I had a bad start, a very bad start, and it was just disappointing," Britton said.

In other field event finals, Los Angeles Valley College pole vaulter Kyle Ballew cleared 5.00-meters on his first attempt, but went out after three misses at 5.10 and ended up in a tie for seventh with Vitaliy Tsepilov of Ukraine. Triple jumper Andrea Geubelle of Kansas placed ninth with a 12.87 leap.

The women's 3000 steeplechase promised to be a bright spot for Team USA before a pile-up at the first water jump put paid to any medal or PR hopes for Shelby Greany of Providence and Colorado high schooler Eleanor Fulton. Both runners were in good position and running comfortably when an Ethiopian runner fell into the water jump and caused Greany, Fulton and several others to go down in the deep, cold water. The two U.S. runners never quite recovered, as Greany ended up 10th in 10:27.33 and Fulton 12th.

"The Ethiopian girl went down in front of me and I belly-flopped on her," Greany said. "Then someone fell on me, and I don't really remember what happened right after that. I felt great running before that happened, but I don't know, I might even have screamed right after that pile-up. In the NCAA's, everyone hurdles pretty well. Here, a lot of them just run really fast between the hurdles and then jump over and kick your butt."

Fulton may have had the worst of it when she cleared the barrier and came down awkwardly, stepping on the pile of runners and tweaking her ankle. She gamely continued to run and made up a lot of ground on the way to a 10:47.72.

After the first four events of the women's heptathlon, Iowa high schooler Alex Gochenour had a sunny and positive outlook despite the relatively miserable conditions throughout the day, standing a very surprising third on the points table with 3,294.

"There was a great atmosphere here today," Gochenour said. "I am really pushing myself to be in the top 10, and I had a good day. I love competing in weather like this. I probably could have done better in the high jump if conditions were better, but I finally went sub-14.0 in the hurdles and had a heptathlon PR in the shot put. My 200 was close to my PR too. I can't wait for the second day because I love throwing the javelin. My dream has always been to wear the USA uniform, ever since I started doing track when I was nine."

California high schooler Ashley Smith was not so positive about the wet and cold after finishing the first day in 10th place with 3,182. "I have never ever competed or practiced in conditions like this. My high jump was really bad and even though I PR'ed in the shot, I was not that happy with my 200 time."

Semifinals in the men's and women's 200 produced contrasting results.

Stormy Kendrick of Clemson ran a PR 23.28 to win heat three, and California high schooler Ashton Purvis was third in heat one at 23.48 as both advanced to the women's final, but the U.S. men did not move on. Kansas high schooler Oliver Bradwell lost out on a photofinish for second in heat one, ending up third at 21.12, while Eric Harris of Georgia had a disappointing race in heat three to end up fifth at 21.23.

Day five competition gets under way Friday at 9 am with heats in the women's 1500.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alysia Johnson 1:57.34WL, Carmelita Jeter 10.82, Shannon Rowbury 8:31.38

Johnson and Phillips' world leaders highlight Monaco competition

MONACO- 2010 USA Outdoor champions Alysia Johnson and Dwight Phillips are two of several athletes who finished with new world-leading marks at the Heculis Samsung Diamond League meeting at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Johnson had an incredible kick in the women's 800m to pull ahead of the pack on the last stretch, winning in a new world-leading 1:57.34. Johnson beat Jemma Simpson (GBR) by more than 1.6 seconds. Although Simpson squeezed in for second, Anna Pierce finished in a close third with a season best time of 1:58.89.

Phillips also found his name on top of the leader board with his first round leap of 8.46m/27-9.25 in the men's long jump. His jump not only claimed first at the meet, but also furthered his previous world leading mark of 8.42m/27-7.5 from the Golden Gala in Rome.

In the women's 100m hurdles, world-leader and two-time World Indoor champion Lolo Jones made a move over the final few hurdles to finish ahead of Danielle Carruthers and take the win in 12.63. That mark maintains her lead in the event in the Samsung Diamond Race.

Two-time World Outdoor bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter also maintained her Diamond Race lead with a strong 10.82 win in the women's 100m. Jeter led the field the entire race, easily beating world-leader and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) by a margin of .16 seconds and tie Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) for the second fastest time in the world so far this year.

In the final event of the meet, 2009 World Outdoor 1,500m bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury, who finished third at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships, cut more than 15 seconds off her season-best time to finish third in the women's 3,000m with a time of 8:31.38.

Tyson Gay set a meeting record in the men's 200m with a swift 19.72 second finish. He got a great start to lead the race in its entirety and lead third-place finisher Wallace Spearmon (19.93), fourth-place finisher Xavier Carter (20.14) and fifth-place finisher Shawn Crawford (20.53).

Also setting a meeting record, American record holder David Oliver won the men's 110m hurdles event, posting a 13.01 second finish. Oliver's victory marked his 13th consecutive victory, including finals only. Finishing not far behind Oliver, Ryan Wilson claimed second with a time of 13.13 seconds.

Andrew Wheating was the first American to cross the finish in the powerhouse field of the men's 1,500m race. In what proved to be a fast track, the top eight finishers all ran season or personal bests, with Kenya's Silas Kiplagat posting a world leading time of 3:29.27. Finishing third, Wheating ran a strong last 100m to cross the line in a personal best time of 3:30.90. Lopez Lomong was the second American to cross the line, also finishing in a personal best of 3:32.20 to claim sixth. Right on Lomong's heels, Bernard Lagat finished seventh after running a season best of 3:32.51.

Americans finished first through fourth in the men's 400m hurdles with two-time World Outdoor medalist Bershawn Jackson barely finding victory over two-time Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor. Jackson won by a lean in 47.78 while Taylor finished right behind him in a season best 47.79. Justin Gaymon, also running a season best, finished third in 48.65 with USA Outdoors runner-up Johnny Dutch behind him in 48.73 to take fourth.

In the men's high jump, Jesse Williams finished third at 2.28m/7-5.75 and Dusty Jonas finished fifth at 2.25m/7-4.5. Rounding out a competitive field in the event, four of the five men who shared the world leading height of 2.33m competed, with Russia's Ivan Ukhov finding the win and a new world leading clearance of 2.34m/7-8.

For more information and complete results from the Samsung IAAF Diamond League Monaco Meeting, visit

Ashton Purvis 24.26Q, Karyn Dunn 5.85m 19-2 1/4

Weather dampens spirits on day four of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Miserable conditions with heavy rain and gusty winds marred the morning session Thursday on day four of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships. That didn't keep one Team USA athlete from excelling, though.

Iowa high schooler Alex Gochenour set a lifetime best in the 100 hurdles to open the heptathlon competition, ripping to a 13.97 for the second-fastest time overall. "I am freaking stoked," Gochenour said. "I love these conditions. I wrote on the back of my shoes 'bring the rain' and I am so happy with my first event."

Both U.S. runners advanced to the final of the women's 400 hurdles, led by Penn State's Evonne Britton, who ran 59.62 to take second and nab an auto qualifying spot. Baylor's Christina Holland ran a bit quicker in heat three at 59.11 and took third, advancing as a time qualifier.

Britton, who also qualified for the final of the 100 hurdles, said, "You can't let the conditions bother you. All the rain does is makes you get wet. I went out harder than usual to make sure I was in contention. My main goal was just to make the final."

Holland said, "I was trying to relax because I was a bit nervous. I am a good finisher so I knew I could stay near without having to go out too hard. The rain was really making me blink a lot."

All four Team USA entrants in the 200 advanced to the semifinals, with Clemson's aptly named Stormy Kendrick clocking the third-fastest women's time at 23.75 to win heat two. California high schooler Ashton Purvis, who was fourth in the 100 last night, also moved on with a 24.26 to take third in heat three. Kendrick said, "The rain doesn't affect me at all. I worked on running the curve, running really smart, and relaxing down the stretch."

Eric Harris of Georgia was an auto qualifier after finishing second in the first men's heat at 21.22, while Kansas high schooler Oliver Bradwell was a time qualifier at 21.42 in heat five.

Stanford long jumper Karyn Dunn survived brutal conditions to qualify for the final with a 5.85 leap, but Andrea Geubelle of Kansas, who will compete in the triple jump final tonight, failed to advance with her 5.71 effort. The best mark overall was only 6.07, by Chantel Malone of the Virgin Islands.

Three other Team USA athletes didn't fare as well as hoped. Texas prep Sheroid Evans had a tough time in the men's 400 hurdles, clocking 53.03 to finish sixth in his heat and fail to advance. Hammer throwers Shelby Ashe, the Georgia high schooler who is the American Junior record holder, and Lauren Chambers of USC both struggled and did not advance. Ashe managed a 50.59 throw, and Chambers hit 46.02.

The women's pole vault qualifying round was postponed to Friday morning, and the men's javelin qualifying will be held later today if conditions permit.

For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships, visit

Herculis Monaco

Herculis Monaco
Thursday, July 22, 2010
by Keith Conning

Alysia Johnson (Canyon HS, Canyon Country 2004; California 2008), the USA and NCAA champion in 2007, won the 800 meters in 1:57.34, a personal record. She is the world leader. It makes her the fifth fastest American all-time with the tenth best performance.

United State All-Time List
1:56.40 Jearl Miles-Clark 1999
1:56.90 Mary Slaney (Orange HS) 1985
1:56.91 Kim Gallagher 1988
1:57.04 Meredith Rainey 1996
1:57.34 Alysia Johnson 2010

Carmelita Jeter (Cal State Dominguez), two-time World Outdoor bronze medalist, won the 100 meters in 10.82 (+0.4), the American leader. Shalonda Solomon (Poly, Long Beach 2004) was sixth in 11.14.

Ryan Wilson (Southern California 2003), the 2003 NCAA high hurdle champion, placed second in the 110 meter hurdles in 13.13 (+1.0).

Shannon Rowbury (Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, San Francisco) was third in the 3,000 meters in 8:31.38, a personal record. That is an improvement of 15.80 seconds! She is #3 in the world. She is the third performer with the fifth best performance all-time in the U.S. Lauren Fleshman (Canyon, Canyon Country 1999; Stanford 2003) was tenth in 8:46.97. Fleshman and Alysia Johnson graduated from the same high school.

3000 Metres 2010
8:28.41 Sentayehu Ejigu ETH 28/06/1985 1 Monaco 22/07/2010
8:29.20 Maryam Yusuf Jamal BRN 16/09/1984 2 Monaco 22/07/2010
8:31.38 Shannon Rowbury USA 19/09/1984 3 Monaco 22/07/2010

Jesse Williams (Southern California 2006), the 2008 Olympic Trials champion, placed third in the high jump at 2.28 meters 7-5 3/4.

Lashinda Demus (Poly HS, Long Beach) was fourth in the 400 meter hurdles in 54.54.

Felix Sanchez (Southern California; Dominican Republic) placed fifth in the 400 meter hurdles in 49.39. He won the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic in August 28, 2004 during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Ginnie (Powell) Crawford (Southern California 2006) was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles in 12.88 (+0.0).

Jillian Camarena-Williams (Woodland HS, Stanford) was sixth in the shot put at 18.60 (61-0 1/4).

David Torrence (Loyola HS, Los Angeles 2003; California 2008), the USATF Junior 1500 meter champion in 2004, placed seventh in the 800 meters in 1:45.14, a personal record.

Erica McLain (Stanford) was eighth in the triple jump at 13.78 45-2 1/2 -0.7.


200 Metres - M
Official Results - Men - 200 Metres - Wind : +0.1 m/s Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Tyson Gay USA 19.72
2 Yohan Blake JAM 19.78
3 Wallace Spearmon USA 19.93
4 Xavier Carter USA 20.14
5 Shawn Crawford USA 20.53
6 Ainsley Waugh JAM 20.70
7 Aaron Armstrong TRI 20.94
8 Ryan Bailey USA 21.45
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
400 Metres - M
Official Results - Men - 400 Metres Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 44.40
2 Ricardo Chambers JAM 44.54
3 Chris Brown BAH 45.05
4 Renny Quow TRI 45.10
5 LeJerald Betters USA 45.31
6 Kévin Borlée BEL 45.46
7 David Neville USA 45.65
8 Greg Nixon USA 46.38
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
800 Metres - M
Official Results - Men - 800 Metres Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:43.10
2 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang KEN 1:43.29
3 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi RSA 1:43.29
4 Jackson Mumbwa Kivuva KEN 1:43.72
5 Abraham Kiplagat KEN 1:43.77
6 Nick Symmonds USA 1:44.06
7 David Torrence USA 1:45.14
8 Belal Mansoor Ali BRN 1:45.46
9 Brice Etès MON 1:47.61
10 Jeff Lastennet FRA 1:48.44
Khadevis Robinson USA DNF
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
1500 Metres - M
Official Results - Men - 1500 Metres Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:29.27
2 Amine Laalou MAR 3:29.53
3 Augustine Kiprono Choge KEN 3:30.22
4 Andrew Wheating USA 3:30.90
5 Ryan Gregson AUS 3:31.06
6 Lopez Lomong USA 3:32.20
7 Bernard Lagat USA 3:32.51
8 Taoufik Makhloufi ALG 3:32.94
9 Nicholas Kiptanui Kemboi KEN 3:33.76
10 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen KEN 3:34.84
11 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:37.80
12 Remmy Limo Ndiwa KEN 3:38.30
13 Leonel Manzano USA 3:42.93
Collins Cheboi KEN DNF
David Krummenacker USA DNF
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
110 Metres Hurdles - M
Official Results - Men - 110 Metres Hurdles - Wind : +1.0 m/s Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 David Oliver USA 13.01
2 Ryan Wilson USA 13.13
3 Dwight Thomas JAM 13.29
4 Petr Svoboda CZE 13.30
5 Jason Richardson USA 13.34
6 Garfield Darien FRA 13.41
7 Joel Brown USA 13.54
Dimitri Bascou FRA DNF
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
400 Metres Hurdles - M
Official Results - Men - 400 Metres Hurdles Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Bershawn Jackson USA 47.78
2 Angelo Taylor USA 47.79
3 Justin Gaymon USA 48.65
4 Johnny Dutch USA 48.73
5 Felix Sánchez DOM 49.39
6 L.J. van Zyl RSA 49.58
7 Héni Kechi FRA 49.73
8 Isa Phillips JAM 49.96
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
High Jump - M
Official Results - Men - High Jump Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Ivan Ukhov RUS 2.34
2 Andrey Silnov RUS 2.28
3 Jesse Williams USA 2.28
4 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.28
5 Dusty Jonas USA 2.25
6 Raul Spank GER 2.25
7 Mickael Hanany FRA 2.25
8 Sylwester Bednarek POL 2.22
9 Donald Thomas BAH 2.22
10 Keith Moffatt USA 2.19
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Long Jump - M
Official Results - Men - Long Jump Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind
1 Dwight Phillips USA 8.46 +0.1
2 Fabrice Lapierre AUS 8.18 +0.2
3 Pawel Shalin RUS 8.15 +0.7
4 Kafétien Gomis FRA 8.11 -0.1
5 Irving Saladino PAN 8.09 +0.1
6 Michel Tornéus SWE 7.96 -0.1
7 Tommi Evilä FIN 7.94 -0.1
8 Salim Sdiri FRA 6.41 +0.1
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Discus Throw - M
Official Results - Men - Discus Throw Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Gerd Kanter EST 67.81
2 Zoltán Kövágó HUN 66.89
3 Piotr Malachowski POL 66.45
4 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 65.26
5 Casey Malone USA 65.13
6 Märt Israel EST 65.01
7 Mario Pestano ESP 64.98
8 Ehsan Hadadi IRI 63.49
9 Jarred Rome USA 61.91
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
100 Metres - W
Official Results - Women - 100 Metres - Wind : +0.4 m/s Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.82
2 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.98
3 Kelly-Ann Baptiste TRI 11.03
4 Sherone Simpson JAM 11.03
5 Blessing Okagbare NGR 11.10
6 Shalonda Solomon USA 11.14
7 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 11.22
8 Carrie Russell JAM 11.22
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
800 Metres - W
Official Results - Women - 800 Metres Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Alysia Johnson USA 1:57.34
2 Jemma Simpson GBR 1:58.74
3 Anna Pierce USA 1:58.89
4 Halima Hachlaf MAR 1:59.04
5 Elisa Cusma Piccione ITA 1:59.13
6 Phoebe Wright USA 1:59.21
7 Egle Balciünaité LTU 1:59.29
8 Kenia Sinclair JAM 1:59.76
9 Hind Déhiba Chahyd FRA 1:59.99
10 Neisha Bernard-Thomas GRN 2:00.95
11 Maggie Vessey USA 2:01.85
Ekaterina Kostetskaya RUS DNF
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
3000 Metres - W
Official Results - Women - 3000 Metres Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Sentayehu Ejigu ETH 8:28.41
2 Maryam Yusuf Jamal BRN 8:29.20
3 Shannon Rowbury USA 8:31.38
4 Mimi Belete BRN 8:32.18
5 Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet KEN 8:37.48
6 Margaret Wangari Muriuki KEN 8:37.97
7 Beleynesh Oljira ETH 8:40.73
8 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 8:45.28
9 Zakia Mrisho TAN 8:46.57
10 Lauren Fleshman USA 8:46.97
11 Krisztina Papp HUN 8:48.25
12 Natalya Popkova RUS 8:50.80
13 René Kalmer RSA 8:52.28
14 Iness Chepkesis Chenonge KEN 8:54.70
Erin Donohue USA DNF
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
100 Metres Hurdles - W
Official Results - Women - 100 Metres Hurdles - Wind : 0.0 m/s Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 LoLo Jones USA 12.63
2 Danielle Carruthers USA 12.68
3 Sally Pearson AUS 12.76
4 Perdita Felicien CAN 12.79
5 Ginnie Crawford USA 12.88
6 Kellie Wells USA 12.90
7 Christina Vukicevic NOR 12.98
8 Delloreen Ennis-London JAM 13.08
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
400 Metres Hurdles - W
Official Results - Women - 400 Metres Hurdles Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Kaliese Spencer JAM 53.63
2 Natalya Antyukh RUS 54.24
3 Sheena Tosta USA 54.52
4 Lashinda Demus USA 54.54
5 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu NGR 54.68
6 Yevgeniya Isakova RUS 55.17
7 Josanne Lucas TRI 55.92
8 Dominique Darden USA 56.79
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Pole Vault - W
Official Results - Women - Pole Vault Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Fabiana Murer BRA 4.80
2 Svetlana Feofanova RUS 4.70
3 Lacy Janson USA 4.60
4 Silke Spiegelburg GER 4.60
5 Yuliya Golubchikova RUS 4.60
6 Jirina Ptácniková CZE 4.60
7 Anna Rogowska POL 4.60
8 Jillian Schwartz ISR 4.50
9 Aleksandra Kiryashova RUS 4.40
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Triple Jump - W
Official Results - Women - Triple Jump Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind
1 Yargeris Savigne CUB 15.09 +0.2
2 Olga Rypakova KAZ 14.78 -0.4
3 Anna Pyatykh RUS 14.43 -0.2
4 Dana Veldáková SVK 14.23 -0.2
5 Petia Dacheva BUL 14.18 +0.1
6 Snežana Rodic SLO 14.16 -0.5
7 Ekaterina Kayukova RUS 13.85 -0.6
8 Erica McLain USA 13.78 45-2 1/2 -0.7
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Shot Put - W
Official Results - Women - Shot Put Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Nadzeya Ostapchuk BLR 20.23
2 Valerie Vili NZL 20.20
3 Natallia Mikhnevich BLR 19.43
4 Misleydis González CUB 19.07
5 Michelle Carter USA 18.70
6 Jillian Camarena-Williams USA 18.60 (61-0 1/4)
7 Christina Schwanitz GER 18.00
Herculis Monaco (MON) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Javelin Throw - W
Official Results - Women - Javelin Throw Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Barbora Špotáková CZE 65.76
2 Kara Patterson USA 64.21
3 Sunette Viljoen RSA 59.93
4 Madara Palameika LAT 59.64
5 Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir ISL 59.55
6 Mareike Rittweg GER 57.18
7 Rachel Yurkovich USA 55.95
8 Elisabeth Pauer AUT 55.33

High School Women's All-Time Outdoor List 5,000 meters

15:48.91 Emily Sisson (Millard North, Omaha, Nb)09
15:52.88 Caitlin Chock (Granite Bay, Ca) 04
16:00.4# Cathy Shiro (Dover, NH) 85
16:10.05 Megan O'Reilly (Mt. Spokane, Mead, Wa) 06
16:10.60 Chock 04
16:13.7 Mary Shea (Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, NC) 79
16:14.69 *Erin Keogy (Langley, McLean, Va) 86
16:18.91 *Ashley Brasovan (Wellington, West Palm Beach, Fl) 08
16:29.83 Laure Zeigle (Bingham, South Jordan, Ut) 02
16:30.90 *Nicole Blood (Saratoga Springs, Fl) 05
16:31.2 **Julia Stamps (Santa Rosa, Ca) 95
16:33.32 Whitney Anderson (Summit, Frisco, Tx) 05
16:34.7 ***Kim Gallagher (Upper Dublin, Ft. Washington, Pa) 79
16:36.24 Marissa Treece (Glen Lake, Maple City, Mi) 07
16:38.51 Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck, NJ) 07
16:42.38 *Sarah Andrews (The Woodlands, Tx) 09
Source: High School Track 2010 p. 51

Caitlin Chock's (Granite Bay) 5,000m HSR broken by Emily Sisson

First medals, high school record top day three for Team USA at IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Two silver medals and a high school record in the women's 5,000-meters highlighted Team USA performances Wednesday on the third day of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships.

LSU's Takeia Pinckney put the U.S. on the medal board for the first time as she raced to a silver in the women's 100 at 11.49. Pinckney had a decent start and executed her phases well, but couldn't make up enough ground on Britain's Jodie Williams, who remained undefeated in more than 100 races as she won in 11.40. California high school sprint champion Ashton Purvis finished fourth in 11.60.

"I think I was just a bit tired from running two rounds today," said Pinckney. "My semifinal was not good at all, but tonight I got out better and just said to myself 'catch, catch, catch'."

Charles Silmon of TCU ran a lifetime best 10.23 into a 0.7 mps wind to take silver in the men's 100, just .02 behind Jamaica's Dexter Lee, who defended his title. "I didn't execute well," Silmon said. "This was a tough race and I wasn't in it at first, but I pushed late in the race and was thinking I had it. I leaned too early. It has been a long year and it will be good to get a break, but I am ready to compete with the big boys now."

Mississippi's Michael Granger placed fourth behind Silmon with a 10.32. "I knew I lacked top-end speed," Granger said. "I tried to have a good start and hold it, but I just couldn't quite hold it. I'm not happy with the time, but the U.S. won a medal, so it's good."

Running the 5,000 as an afterthought following her PR in the 3K on Monday, Missouri prep Emily Sisson was relaxed enough to smash the national high school record with a 15:48.91 to take sixth. The previous HSR was 15:52.88 by Caitlin Chock at the World Juniors in Italy in 2004.
"I went along for the ride with a fast pack," said Sisson. "I didn't feel too exhausted after the 3K, and I am so glad I ran this. I didn't even know what the national record was, and I am so excited to break it at this big meet. The crowd was awesome. I didn't think it could beat Monday's crowd, but it was great. I was more excited than nervous, because I cam in with my focus on the 3K, and this was just for fun. It was different being able to hang of their pace and not have to do all the work."

Despite entering the championships as a medal hopeful, New Jersey high schooler Nick Vena had an off day in the shot put, taking fourth with a best of 19.72, well off his personal best. "I honestly don't know what happened today," Vena said. "I was trying my best out there, and usually I can tell what I am doing wrong, but not today. It is great being on Team USA and now I need to go back and train some more and get ready for the next time." Hayden Baillio of Texas fouled three times.

Virginian Justin Hunter, who will play football at Tennessee this fall, finished sixth in the men's long jump with a 7.47-meter jump. "The crowd on that side of the stadium was pumping everyone up, but I just couldn't get in my rhythm today," Hunter said. "I just got off a few weeks of football training, so I am not track sharp."

A first-throw effort of 50.08 was good enough to put Pennsylvania prep Allison Updike in eighth place in the women's javelin. "It was overwhelming at first," Updike said. "Everything felt wrong in the qualifying, but tonight I had a smooth first throw and that got me my place. You just have to concentrate on yourself and believe you can do your best when you throw at meets like this."

Decathletes Neamen Wise of South Florida and Tennessee high schooler Kevin Lazas were unhappy with their performances, as Wise placed 12th with 7,132 points and Lazas took 14th with 7,028. Wise said, "I didn't perform as well as I hoped. Sometimes you just don't do well, but in the decathlon you always hope to get better every meet. I tore my hamstring about six months ago and missed a lot of training, but that is no excuse. I also was a little uncomfortable with some of the rules and procedures they used with us, especially not getting enough warm-up throws."

In qualifying rounds, both men advanced to the final in the 400, led by California prep Joshua Mance, who won the third heat in 46.43, the fourth-fastest time overall. Houston's Errol Nolan eased through with a second-place 46.47 in heat one. "The wind was a killer," Mance said. "I won my heat so I am happy about that. Coming off the last turn I could feel them moving up on me so I picked it up a bit. I need to get out faster in the final."

Nolan said, "I ran very smooth and just counted people to make sure I would qualify. I saw a shadow off the curve so I knew someone was coming up on me. My goal was to be in the top two."

One major casualty came in the women's 100 hurdles semis, where Donique Flemings of Texas A&M had a poor race to finish fifth in the first heat and fail to advance to the final. Penn State's Evonne Britton looked better in the second heat, winning in 13.58. "My plan was just to execute," Britton said. "My focus was on my start and drive phase today, and I made the final so I am satisfied."

Day four of the Championships starts at 9 am Thursday with qualifying in the women's hammer throw.

For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships, visit

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Keflezighi, Huddle lead fields in Davenport for USA 7 Mile Championships

INDIANAPOLIS - 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) and Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) will face loaded fields in Davenport, Iowa Saturday as they seek to defend their titles at the 2010 USA 7 Mile Championships. The championships will be hosted for the second consecutive year by the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

Keflezighi, the 2009 half marathon, marathon and cross country champion will face U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon champion Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.), as well as champions from four out of five of this year's USA Running Circuit events. Leading the charge of 2010 champions will be recent USA Men's 10 km champion Ed Moran (Williamsburg, Va.) and Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.), this year's USA 15 km champion and runner-up and the 10 km championships. Also on the start line will be USA Half Marathon champion Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.) and USA 25 km champion Andrew Carlson (Flagstaff, Ariz.).

One of Huddle's main challengers will be Iowa native and NCAA 5,000 and 10,000 meter champion Lisa Koll (Ames, Iowa). Huddle and Koll are both coming off strong 5,000 meter races at the Meeting Areva in Paris, France, where they ran personal bests of 14:51.84 and 14:55.74 respectively.

Also challenging Huddle and Koll will be 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.); Amy Hastings (Flagstaff, Ariz.), the third-place finisher at the 2010 USA Cross Country Championships; 2004 Olympic marathoner Blake Russell (Pacific Grove, Calif.); and Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.), the runner-up at the 2009 USA Women's 10 km.

Video highlights

The USA 7 Mile Championships will be streamed live beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST in cooperation with at

About the USARC

The USA 7 Mile Championships is the sixth stop for men and the fifth for women on the 2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and will pay $45,000 in U.S. prize money with $10,000 going to the respective men's and women's champions.

The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women. Trafeh now leads the men's standings with 27 points and Katie McGregor (Saint Louis Park, Minn.) leads the women with 30 points.

The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.

The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2010 USA 7 Mile Championships visit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

High School Men's All-Time Outdoor List 10,000 meters

10,000 Meters
28:32.7 Rudy Chapa (Hammond, In) Des Moines, Ia) 4/24/76
28:55.0 Eric Hulst (Laguna Beach, Ca) 76
29:06.8 *Bill McChesney (South Eugene, Eugene, Or) 76
29:09.56 Galen Rupp (Central Catholic, Portland, Or) 04
29:32.23 Parker Stinson (Cedar Park, Tx) World Junior, Moncton, Canada 7/20/10
29:17.6 Gerry Lindgren (Rogers, Spokane, Wa) 64
29:33.1 George Watts (Edison, Alexandria, Va) 75
29:46.0 *Thom Hunt (Henry, San Diego, Ca) 75
29:54.8 Mohamed Trafeh (Duarte, Ca) 04
29:55.8 Terry Williams (Lompoc, Ca) 73


Ashton Purvis and Joshua Mance advance

Stinson's record 10K finish tops Team USA performances on day two of IAAF World Junior Championships

MONCTON, CANADA -- Texas high schooler Parker Stinson turned in the best finish ever by an American in the men's 10,000-meters Tuesday, crushing his lifetime best by more than a minute to take sixth in 29:32.23 at the IAAF World Junior Championships. The previous best finish was seventh by Tom Paskus in 1986. Stinson, who recently graduated from Cedar Park High School, also moved to sixth on the all-time prep 10K list with his effort.

"My goal coming in was to break 30 and finish in the top 12," Stinson said. "This feels so good! I was in great shape all year and it feels great to finally have a performance that shows that. I knew I had to stay with the second pack no matter what, and after the 14:42 first 5K I knew I was on good pace. Even when I was running by myself later in the race it felt good because I was picking people off. My USA teammates were going crazy for me and that helped a lot. This is a great finish to my high school career." Maryland high schooler Graham Bazell ran well early but struggled later in the race and finished 16th at 30:59.57.

In the evening's other final, Brittany Smith of Illinois State took seventh in the women's shot put with a 15.47-meter throw.

All eight Team USA athletes in qualifying races advanced to the next round, including pre-meet women's 100 favorites Ashton Purvis and Takeia Pinckney, and Errol Nolan in the men's 400.

Pinckney, the US junior champ from LSU, had a superb technical effort in heat three of the 100 to record the day's fastest time at 11.48, and Purvis overcame a poor start to win heat two in 11.73. "I was feeling good and relaxed, and made it through to the next round," Pinckney said. "I maybe could have got out stronger, but my transitions were good and I was happy with my phases. I love being the 'surprise" runner and getting the silent treatment."

Purvis, the double California prep sprint gold medalist, said, "I stumbled out of the blocks. They wouldn't let me bring my measuring tape out for the blocks, so I didn't have them set right. I had to overcome that, and I felt I did a good job. I just want to keep improving into the final."

In the men's 400, Nolan, an NCAA qualifier for Houston as a freshman, had the fastest time of the day at 46.67. California high school champ Joshua Mance, the World Youth silver medalist last year, also had an easy road to the next round with a 47.29 to win his heat. "This was a good race to build back my confidence after not racing for a few weeks," Nolan said. "I feel fine, and after my unexpected improvement this year, I look forward to getting even better."

Mance, who has a season best of 45.90, said, "I wanted to run 47 in this round and I did it. I didn't want to do too much today, and I was able to back off a bit near the end. I didn't mind running in lane eight since I have been a target all year and I am used to people chasing me."

Collegians Donique Flemings of Texas A&M and Evonne Britton of Penn State were among the fastest qualifiers for the semifinals in the women's 100 hurdles, with Flemings winning the first heat in 13.50, the third best of the round, and Britton placing second in heat two at 13.57. Flemings, who had a slowish start and made up ground on hurdles 7-9, said, "The starting noise was unusual (electronic clap) and it left me in the blocks for a bit. I just focused on qualifying after that and it went pretty well."

Britton said, "I was a little nervous because I was late to check-in. I got more into my rhythm on hurdles 3-5, and I know I need to drive a bit more and focus on technique. I feel good and confident."

Team USA's decathletes had varying levels of success on day one. Neamen Wise of South Florida won the 100 in 10.84 and had a solid long jump at 7.29 before a subpar shot put brought him back to the field. He cleared 1.92 in the high jump to stay in the top 10, but a 50.33 in the 400 gave him 3,923 points after five events to put him in 11th. Tennessee high schooler Kevin Lazas, a better second day performer, stands 14th with 3,732 points.

"My shot was not very good," Wise said. "I have been transitioning from the glide to the spin. You just try to set PR's in every event in the decathlon, and then you have to forget and move on. You can't think about what happened in the last event. Hurdles and discus are some of my strongest events, and I have been improving a lot in the pole vault, so the second day should be good for me."

Lazas said, "It was not a good day for me. I was not happy with any of my events. The second day is my stronger day, so I should move up."

Men's long jump qualifying saw Virginia prep Justin Hunter advance to the final with a 7.64 leap, the seventh best effort of the day. Pennsylvania high schooler Carlton Lavong was below par and finished 28th with a 7.14 jump.

Day three of the Championships starts at 9 am Wednesday with the decathlon 110 hurdles.

(For stats nuts, here are Parker Stinson's 400 splits for the 10K -- 69.5, 74.7, 73.7, 71.9, 72.2, 69.0, 69.2, 68.9, 69.5, 69.8, 69.6, 70.4, 70.0, 69.8, 69.4, 70.2, 69.8, 69.8, 69.7, 69.9, 72.8, 74.9, 74.6, 72.7, 71.0)

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