ALBUQUERQUE — A USA Indoor Championship meet record went down Sunday, as Olympian Ryan Whiting (Port Matilda, Pa.) etched his name in the record books as competition wrapped up at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Whiting was second until his fifth throw of the meet, tossing a mark of 22.23m/72-11.25 to become the fifth-best indoor performer in the world all-time and third in the U.S. all-time. Whiting broke USA Track & Field Hall of Famer John Godina’s previous mark of 21.83m/71-7.50 (2005).
The men’s 60-meter hurdles result was taken to the hundredth, as Omoghan Osaghae (Lubbock, Texas) defended his national title in 7.553, just edging Dominic Berger (Mitchellville, Md.) in 7.556.
On the women’s side, it was Nia Ali and Janay DeLoach Soukup who were neck-and-neck in the 60-meter hurdles, with Ali (Philadelphia, Pa.) finishing just ahead of DeLoach Soukup (Ft. Collins, Colo.) in 7.80. Ali and DeLoach Soukup (7.82) are now the fifth and seventh-fastest Americans of all-time.
Teenage phenom Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) defended her national title in the women’s 1,500m, besting the field in 4:07.05. Cain finished nearly three seconds in front of training partner Treniere Moser (Portland, Ore.), who earned the runner-up spot in 4:09.93
Another teenager took home her second straight national championship, as Ajee’ Wilson (Neptune, N.J.) was impressive in the women’s 800m. Wilson outkicked Chanelle Price (Walnut, Calif.) to take the title in 2:00.43, a new indoor personal best.
There was an upset in the women’s pole vault courtesy of Mary Saxer (Lancaster, N.Y..), who dethroned defending champion and indoor world record holder Jenn Suhr (Churchville, N.Y.) to take her first national title. Saxer cleared 4.71m/15-5.50 to capture the U.S. crown, besting Suhr’s 4.66m/15-3.50.
Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) was virtually unstoppable in the women’s 400m, turning in the fastest time in the world this year in 50.85.
In the men’s 3,000 meters, Tim Seaman captured his 14th USA Indoor title and fought off a final surge in the last 10 meters by Olympian John Nunn. Seaman announced his retirement prior to the final. After his storied career, he is the most decorated athlete in USATF race walking history.
The men’s 1,500m was also down to the wire, as Lopez Lomong (Tully, N.Y.) staved off a strong kick from Will Leer (Santa Monica, Calif.) to take the national championship in 3:43.09 over Leer’s 3:43.21.
In celebration of Black History Month, USA Track & Field recognized Hayes Jones and John Carlos, two all-time greats who found their athletic glory in the 1960’s — a pivotal decade for civil rights.
For complete results from the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, please visit usatf.org.
The next stop for Team USA is the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 7-9, in Sopot, Poland. The roster for Team USA will be announced later this week.
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