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News and Notes, Volume 14, Number 16

Americans to complete in Rome Diamond League
A strong group of Americans will compete at the next stop of the 2013 Diamond League Series in Rome on Thursday. Some of the top events to watch include:

The 2012 Olympic trio of gold medalist Brittney Reese, bronze medalist Janay Deloach Soukup and Whitney Gipson will lead a strong U.S. contingent in the women’s long jump along with 2008 Olympian Funmi Jimoh. Top international contenders include 2012 Olympic silver medalist Yelena Sokolova of Russia and Shara Proctor of Great Britain.

Current world leader Johnny Dutch will face 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico. This will be the fourth meeting of the duo in 2013 - Dutch has beaten Culson two of the three times this year. Other athletes to watch include Jeshua Anderson and Justin Gaymon of the U.S. and Omar Cisneros of Cuba.

Jenny Simpson and Morgan Uceny are the only Americans in the women’s 1500m. The field includes five of the top ten women on the current world list, including current world leader Abeba Aregawi of Sweden.

The U.S. women will be out in full-force in the 100m hurdles. Current world leader and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson and Queen Harrison are the top two athletes in the world this year. Other women to watch include Nia Ali, Lolo Jones and Ginnie Crawford.

Olympic champion Allyson Felix and 2012 Diamond League champion Charonda Williams will compete in the 200m event. Other contenders include Americans Lauryn Williams and Jeneba Tarmoh, along with Kerron Stewart of Jamaica.

In what is sure to be the biggest race of the day, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin and two-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica will go head-to-head. Gatlin has already run under 10-seconds on three occasions this year and sits at No. 2 on the current world list with his mark of 9.91. This will be Bolt’s first race outside of the Caribbean this year, and he enters the meet with a season best of 10.09. This will be the fourth time the two have faced each other in competition. Other top competitors include Americans Mike Rodgers and Mookie Salaam.

Other 2012 Olympic medalists competing include Reese Hoffa in the men’s shot put, Christian Taylor in the men’s triple jump and 4x400m relay medalists Keshia Baker and Francena McCorory in the women’s 400m.

More information including full start lists and live results can be found at

Chicagoland Summer Throws Series hosts best in nation
Many of the best throwers in the nation will compete at Saturday’s Chicagoland Summer Throws Series event hosted by Benedictine University. This is the second consecutive year that USA Track & Field’s High Performance Domestic Competitive Opportunities has supported the meet.

The 2012 Olympians scheduled to compete include four-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond in the discus, current U.S. discus leader Gia-Lewis Smallwood and current U.S. leader AG Kruger in the hammer throw. Other top athletes include Russ Winger, who is one of the nation’s best throwers in the discus and shot put, and Olympic Trials runner-up in the hammer throw Chris Cralle.

More information on the Chicagoland Summer Throws Series can be found here.

NCAA Outdoor Championships kick off in Eugene
The NCAA Division I Championships got underway today at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon and will run through Saturday.

The championships feature a full schedule of online and television broadcasts. View the complete broadcast schedule here.

2012 Team USA Olympians competing in the NCAA Championships include:

Isiah Young (Ole Miss) is a favorite in the 100m and 200m. The 2012 Olympian is the only one entrant in the 100m to dip under 10 seconds this season. In the 200m, Young will face off against Jackson State’s Anaso Jobodwana, who qualified with the top time of 20.13, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Young. 

Bryshon Nellum (USC) gained national fame as the Team USA flag bearer at the 2012 closing ceremonies in London. The Olympic silver 4x400m medalist will compete in both the 200m and 400m. Nellum is one of only two athletes entered in the 400m with sub 46-second times. His top competition will come from Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore.

Erik Kynard (Kansas State) and Canadian Derek Drouin (Indiana) could send the all-time collegiate record crashing down. Kynard, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, bested Drouin in two of last three outdoor championships.

Brigetta Barrett (Arizona) has won the last five indoor and outdoor NCAA crowns, and will look to add her sixth title to her resume. Barrett has the second best jump in the world this year, with her clearance of 1.99m/6-6.25.

Georganne Moline (Arizona) will look to win her first NCAA title after a stumble in the 2012 semifinals left her sitting out of the finals. The Olympic 5th placer has run the 4th fastest time in the world this year in 54.54. She will have to face Stanford’s Kori Carter who has already run the top time in the U.S. this year in 54.21. These championships will provide the fourth time these two will matchup. Moline is looking to end Carter’s three-race win streak against her.

Tia Brooks (Oklahoma) will look to win her sixth NCAA title after winning the shot put both indoors and outdoors at every championship since 2011. Brooks bettered the collegiate record at this year indoors, and could repeat the feat again with the outdoor mark.

Emma Coburn (Colorado) posted the fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase at 9:28.26 more than 20 seconds faster than the next competitor. After competing in the Olympic finals last year, Coburn is set to defend her 2011 national championship.

Diamond Dixon (Kansas) is hoping a repeat performance in the 400 meters from the indoor season finale in Fayetteville, Ark. Dixon, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x400m relay, will have to knock off defending champion Ashley Spencer from Illinois.

In the race for the men’s team title, the Texas A&M Aggies and the Arkansas Razorbacks hold the top two spots respectively in the USTFCCCA rankings. Both teams bring more than 20 entries to Eugene, Ore. The next closest competitor is No.8 Texas with 15. Other teams to watch include the Oregon Ducks who will be enjoying the home field advantage and the Florida Gators who will look to defend their 2012 title.

On the women’s side, competition for the team title will be fierce. Oregon, who will have 15 entries this week, is going for the triple crown with an outdoor championship, having already won the indoor and cross country national titles during the 2012-2013 school year. The USTFCCCA rankings have Kansas as the favorite to win its first title in school history and Texas A&M ranked second.

View the full men’s and women’s start lists here:

Men participants

Women participants

For live results click here.

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