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Rupp and Patterson make history on Day 2 of USATF Outdoor Championships

6/26/2014
 

SACRAMENTO -- For the first time in USA Track & Field history, two female throwers sent the javelin more than 200 feet, and a distance runner put a sixth national title in the record books at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

To cap the night, Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) won a record, sixth USA Outdoor 10 km championship, steadily sneaking his way from 11th on the fourth lap to a solid seventh with a few laps to go. In signature style, Rupp kicked to the front on the bell lap to take the title in 28:12.07.

Kara Patterson (Vancouver, Washington) and Brittany Borman (De Soto, Missouri) made USATF history in the women’s javelin as for the first time, two women surpassed 200 feet at a U.S. Championships. Patterson earned her fifth USA Outdoor Championship, throwing 62.43m/204-10 on her third attempt. Borman’s best mark, also on the third attempt, was 62.05m/203-7.

Along with the USATF Outdoor Championships, the junior combined events finished up Thursday. Both the junior decathlon and heptathlon champions were crowned and the top two athletes will compete for Team USA in July at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

In perfect conditions, junior decathlete Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tennessee) surpassed a previous lifetime best of 7,525 total points to finish the day with 7,734. He made pole vault his top event, soaring 4.90m/16-0.75 for first place as the top three junior multi-eventers all set lifetime bests, including second-place finisher Gabriel Moore (Freeport, Florida).

Moore punched his ticket to 2014 World Juniors, and also surpassed lifetime best of 6,881 in the process. His 7,594 points came after he ran 14.98 in the 110m hurdles and and threw the discus 43.43m/142-6.

In heptathlon, Ashlee Moore (Chandler, Arizona) started the day in first place and continued her winning form with a wind-aided 5.78m/18-11.75 (+1.4) in long jump. She threw the javelin 36.31m/119-1 before coasting to a 2:34.66 final event in the 800m.

Shaina Burns (Lakeville South, Minnesota) was runner-up with 5,363 points, marking her best Thursday performance with second place in the javelin (36.56m/119-11).

After five Thursday events in the senior decathlon, Trey Hardee (Austin, Texas) leads by 368 points with a score of 4,441. Hardee is on track to break the track record for the decathlon, aided by a PR-matching 2.05m/6-8.75 in the high jump.

Oregon’s Laura Roesler (Fargo, North Dakota) won the women’s 800-meter prelims in a competitive fourth heat, which featured the event’s top-three finishers. Roesler crossed in 2:01.64, despite Molly Beckwith-Ludlow (Bloomington, Indiana) taking the lead in the final lap. Beckwith finished second place in 2:01.81. Brenda Martinez rounded out the top three after making a move on the final straightaway to nip at the heels of Beckwith and finish in 2:01.83.

Advancing in the men’s 800m were five runners from the first heat including Duane Solomon (Los Angeles, California), who led the entire race and set the fastest prelim time of 1:47.17. Mike Rutt (Plainsboro, New Jersey) and Erik Sowinski (Iowa City, Iowa) will also compete in the final.

Kibwe Johnson (Suwanee, Georgia) and AG Kruger (Ashland, Ohio) were the last men standing in hammer throw as the two previous national champions each reached the greatest distance on their second attempts. Johnson’s 74.16m/243-4 was enough for the championship as Kruger’s event best was 73.34m/240-7.

Four-time national triple jump champion Amanda Smock (Minneapolis, Minnesota) won the 2014 indoor title, and she now adds this year’s outdoor title to that list after leaping 13.77m/45-2.25 on her final attempt. 

Moving on from the Women’s BMW 400 prelims are Jessica Beard (Euclid, Ohio) in 51.14 for the top time, as well as Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in 51.48, Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) in 51.64, Dee Dee Trotter (Orlando, Florida) in 51.83 and Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) in 52.39.

The Men’s BMW 400m saw Gil Roberts (Lubbock, Texas) take the top prelim time in 45.16, while LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Virginia) cruised to a heat win in 45.19. Kyle Clemons (Lawrence, Kansas) finished in 45.45, while David Verburg (Fairfax, Virginia) crossed in 45.61 and Manteo Mitchell (Cullowhee, North Carolina) finished in 46.00 to all make the final.

The last two heats of the Women’s BMW 100m made for an interesting finale of the short sprint prelims. All eyes were on English Gardner (Vorhees, New Jersey) and Tori Bowie (Clermont, Florida) in Heat 4, as Gardner finished in 11.30 and Bowie, and finished in 11.33. Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California) also moves on to the finals with her time of 11.53.

Mike Rodgers led prelims of the Nike Men’s 100m with a time of 10.11. Ryan Bailey’s (Los Angeles, Calif.) 10.24 (Salem, Oregon), Sean McLean’s 10.29 and Marvin Bracy’s (Clermont, Florida) 10.37 also lead them into the finals.

Kim Conley (West Sacramento, California) and Jordan Hasay (Portland, Oregon) ran an exciting final lap in the women’s 10 km. Conley took her first lead with six laps to go as Hasay remained quick on her heels and within a strides. Conley led at the bell before Hasay overtook the lead on the back curve. In the end, Conley put in a strong kick at the final 80 meters to confidently earn the win and her fourth national title.

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USATF Outdoor Championships continue Friday at 11:45 a.m. PT with the men’s decathlon 100mH.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE - USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday 6/27
2:45pm-10pm ET/11:45am-7pm PT - All Events - LIVE on USATF.tv
10pm-Midnight ET/7pm-9 PT - LIVE on NBCSN (Field Events will be LIVE on USATF.tv)
Midnight-12:40am ET/9pm-9:40pm PT - LIVE on USATF.tv
12:40am ET/9:40pm PT - COOL DOWN - on USATF.tv

Saturday 6/28
10am ET/7am PT Racewalk - LIVE on USATF.tv
1:30pm-4pm ET/10:30am-1pm PT - All Events - LIVE on USATF.tv
4pm-6pm ET/1pm-3pm PT - LIVE on NBC (Field Events will be LIVE on USATF.tv)
6pm-7pm ET/3pm-4pm PT - on Universal Sports
6pm ET/3pm PT - COOL DOWN - on USATF.tv

Sunday 6/29
10am ET/7am PT - Racewalk - LIVE on USATF.tv
2:30pm-3pm ET/11:30am-12pm PT - All Events - LIVE on USATF.tv
3pm-4pm ET/Noon-1pm PT - LIVE on Universal Sports (Field Events will be LIVE on USATF.tv)
4pm-6pm ET/1pm-3pm PT - LIVE on NBC (Field Events will be LIVE on USATF.tv)
6pm ET/3pm PT - COOL DOWN - on USATF.tv


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