1. Hassay reaches world championships “B” standard
2. Thorpe Cup set for July 27-28
3. Team USA wins four gold, one silver at World University Games
Hassay reaches world championships “B” standard
On Sunday Jordan Hassay joined the list of distance runners that have successfully chased world championships qualifying standards, which also includes Ryan Hill, Leo Manzano and Lopez Lomong.
Hassay ran 31:46.42 in the 10,000 meters late Sunday at the Roughrider Twilight meet in Portland to run under the World Championships “B” standard and assure her spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Outdoor Championships August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia. Hassay was forced to chase the “B” standard after finishing second to Shalane Flanagan, who already possessed the “A” standard, at the recent USA Outdoor Championships.
On Saturday, Hill improved his 5,000m personal best by more than 12 seconds to 13:14.22 to grab the World Championships “B” standard at a race in Belgium and secure his spot on Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships.
The pair joined Manzano and Lomong after each successfully chased down the world championships “A” standard earlier in the month and will represent Team USA in the men’s 1,500m.
The World Championships roster will be announced July 29.
Thorpe Cup set for July 27-28
For the 20th straight year, athletes will gather at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., July 27-28, for the annual Thorpe Cup competition.
An international multi-event competition between USA and Germany, teams feature up to seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon. Athletes receive a predetermined number of points based upon their performances in each of the events. The top five men’s and top three women’s scores are added together to determine the overall men’s and women’s team winners.
The 2013 edition of the Thorpe Cup will feature full live coverage on www.usatf.tv. A complete roster can be found below and more information on the Thorpe Cup can be found here.
Germany has won the last three Thorpe Cup men’s competitions while the Team USA women have won the last three heptathlon competitions.
The Team USA men’s roster for this year’s Thorpe Cup includes: Gray Horn, Wesley Bray, Austin Bahner, Danial Gooris, Dakota Keys, Isacc Murphey and Ryan Harlan.
The women’s heptathlon team roster includes: Ryann Krais, Heather Miller, Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Shakeia Pinnick, Lindsay Schwartz, Kiani Profit and Sami Spenner.
Team USA coaches include: Jamie Cook (men’s coach); Travis Geopfert (men’s coach); Kendra Reimer (women’s coach) and Josh Priester (women’s coach).
Team USA wins four gold, one silver at World University Games
Members of Team USA wrapped up track and field competition at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, by winning a total of five medals, which included four gold and one silver. A complete summary of Team USA results can be found here.
Competition was highlighted with gold-medal performances from Gavin Kendricks (men's pole vault), Aurieyall Scott (women's 100m), Vashti Thomas (women's 100m hurdles) and Jeneva McCall (women's hammer throw). Team USA also picked up a silver medal in the women's 4x100m relay.
Academy of Art Universtiy's Thomas set the Universiade record in the women's 100m hurdles in a time of 12.61. McCall, a three-time NCAA champion, became the first American woman to win the hammer throw at the World University Games when she defeated world-leader Oksana Kondrateva of Russia with her throw of 73.75m/241-11.
Competitors in the World University Games includes athletes between the ages of 17 and 27 that have taken at least one three-credit course towards a degree in the last year.