ALBUQUERQUE -- Bernard Lagat ran the fastest time by an American in meet history and took home the men’s 3000m title in a time of 7:46.01 to highlight day two of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Lagat (Tuscon, Ariz.) stayed in the middle of the pack til the 2800 meter mark when he and Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) took off ahead of the fray. Lagat sat patiently in sixth before turning on his kick with 120 meters to go to finish first ahead of Rupp who crossed the line 7:48.19.
Several protests were filed in relation to the women's 3000m final. After two reviews, including enhanced video evidence, Gabe Grunewald was disqualified by the Jury of Appeals for clipping and impeding the stride of Jordan Hasay. Olympian Shannon Rowbury (Portland, Ore.) won in 9:25.49, with Sara Vaughn (Boulder, Colo.) taking second in 9:26.46.
In total, nine national champions were crowned Saturday, including Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio), who cleared 2.30m/7-6.50 to take his first U.S. indoor title.
Gray Horn (Waynesfield, Ohio) earned his first U.S. title in the men’s heptathlon, finishing with a new PR of 6,071 which is the American lead and fifth in the world in 2014.
Horn won the 60-meter hurdles (8.03, 974 pts) and finished third in the pole vault (4.90m/16-0.75) to set up an ideal situation in the 1,000m. Horn, whose 1,000m PR is 2:39.96, only needed to finish faster than 2:58.00 to set a new PR in the heptathlon and crossed in 2:48.51, scoring 781 points for a lifetime best of 6,071 points.
Tyron Stewart (Cedar Hill, Texas) captured the men’s long jump crown, leaping a personal best 8.22m/26-11.75 on his final jump to win his first national championship. On the women’s side, Tori Polk (Marietta, Ga.) also turned in a personal best in the long jump to take the title, posting a lifetime-best 6.70m/21-11.75.
The final day of action Sunday gets started with the women’s triple jump at 12:45 p.m. ET. All of Sunday’s events will be broadcast live beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET on USATF.tv. National television coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on Universal Sports and moves to NBC Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. ET. During the TV broadcast windows, live field events will be shown on USATF.tv.
The USA Indoor Track & Field Championships are the final stop of the 2014 USATF Indoor Championship Series. The event serves as the selection process for the members of Team USA who will represent the U.S. at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.
With the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Mexico Sports Authority, the University of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque and USATF New Mexico again serving as official sponsors, this is the fifth consecutive year the Albuquerque Convention Center has hosted the USA Indoor Championships. For complete start lists and more information on the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.
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Live results will be available on usatf.org, and recaps and quotes will be posted daily at the conclusion of each day’s events.
Day Two Quotes