Morning Session - Day Two Quotes
SOPOT, Poland -- It was an impressive morning for Team USA on day two of the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships, as nearly every athlete competing in qualifying rounds advanced automatically. World Indoors runs through Sunday, March 9 at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.
Defending heptathlon world champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) moved himself into world record position Saturday morning, turning in a record time of 7.64 (1,074 points) in the 60-meter hurdles, the fastest time ever recorded in the heptathlon 60m hurdles. Eaton’s time was so quick, he would have qualified for the semifinals of the open 60-meter hurdles and defeated 23 competitors.
Eaton then moved to the pole vault, where he cleared 5.20m/17-0.75 to score 972 points to put himself at 5,699 points with only the 1,000m remaining. Eaton needs a time of 2:33.54 or better to break his world record (6645). His PR in the event is 2:32.67.
Chris Carter (Hearne, Texas) jumped 16.54m/54-3.25 on his final attempt in qualifying to finish fifth and advance to tomorrow’s final. This is Carter’s first national team and he’ll look to earn a fourth-straight triple jump medal for the U.S.
Omo Osaghae (Lubbock, Texas) and Dominic Berger (Newport News, Va.) both cruised through their heats in 7.61 to advance to the semis. Berger won his heat easily, while Osaghae (7.61) crossed just behind Great Britain’s William Sharman (7.59).
Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) threw a season’s best 18.79m/61-7.75 to hit the auto-qualifier for tonight’s women’s shot put final. Jeneva McCall (Carbondale, Ill.) moved into 8th on her last attempt, unleashing an 18.20m/59-8.50 toss sending her into tonight’s final.
Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Fla.) and Lekeisha Lawson (West Covina, Calif.) both advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 60 meters. Bartoletta looked to be in top form, easily crossing in 7.13 to turn in the third-fastest time of the round and win her heat. Lawson qualified in 7.19, finishing second in her heat and nabbing one of the automatic qualifying spots.
The U.S. 4x4 squads breezed through qualifying Saturday morning, taking the top times of all qualifiers. The men’s relay of Clayton Parros (Clermont, Fla.), Ricky Babineaux (College Station, Texas), Kind Butler III (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Calvin Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) bided their time in the first heat, tucking behind Jamaica for the first two legs. Butler made his move with one lap remaining on the third leg and gave the U.S. the lead for good. Smith widened the gap to cross in 3:04.36, nearly two full seconds in front of Jamaica (3:06.12).
The U.S. women led from start to finish, utilizing a strong opening leg from veteran Natasha Hastings (Round Rock, Texas), who was a member of the silver medal women’s 4x4 in Istanbul two years ago along with Jernail Hayes (Petersburg, Va.), who continued to hold Hastings’ lead on the second leg. Strong performances by Monica Hargrove (Marietta, Ga.) and Cassandra Tate (Baton Rouge, La.) sealed the victory for Team USA in a world-leading 3:29.06.
Erik Kynard (Manhattan, Kan.) easily qualified for the finals of the men’s high jump, clearing 2.28m/7-5.75 to qualify for Sunday’s final. 2010 World bronze medalist Dusty Jonas (Lincoln, Neb.) was unable to join his teammate, clearing 2.21m/7-3 to finish 13th.
Tori Polk (Plano, Texas) advanced to the finals of the women’s long jump, leaping 6.53m/21-5.25 to qualify seventh for the finals. Tori Bowie (Chula Vista, Calif.) did not fair as well, leaping 6.12m/20-1 to finish 13th.
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