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Field stars fire up crowd at Hayward

6/23/2011
 
Eugene - Michelle Carter and Jillian Camarena-Williams thrilled the crowd with an epic series of throws, while Kibwé Johnson continued his streak in the hammer cage with the best throw seen by an American in more than a decade at the first day of the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Updates were provided throughout the day and can be reviewed below. Action resumes tomorrow at Hayward Field, and can be followed on a live webcast provided in partnership with RunnerSpace.com - view online here.

9:00 p.m. -- Rupp wins third consecutive title
The men's 10,000m race ran in a tight pack through the first five miles. It was a revolving door for first place, with Abdi Abdirahman, Jason Hartmann, Galen Rupp, Luke Puskedra, Matt Tegenkamp and Bobby Mack all taking turns in the lead. With one mile to go, Rupp began to pull away and string out the field with Tegenkamp, Curtis and Bauhs chasing. Rupp won in 28:38.17, followed by Tegenkamp in 28:39.97 and Scott Bauhs in third in 28:40. Rupp, Tegenkamp and fourth place Bobby Curtis have the "A" standard, while Bauhs has the "B" standard.

8:40 p.m. -- All discus roads lead to Rome

2004 Olympic Trials champion Jarred Rome won his second national title with a fourth-round throw of 63.99/209-11, taking over the lead from Jason Young, who ended up second at 63.81/209-4. Third place went to Lance Brooks at 63.42/208-1. Fourth-placer Russ Winger has the World Championships A standard, while the top three have achieved the B standard.

8:05 p.m. -- Déjà vu in Women's 10,000m
Shalane Flangan lead from the gun and never looked back. Putting on a one-woman show, she gained nearly 100m over the field and ran her 4th fastest time ever in 30:59.97 without any other women challenging for the lead. Not much has changed since the 2008, with a finish order identical to the Olympic Trials with Kara Goucher in second and Jen Rhines in third. All three women met the "A" standard, with Goucher running 31:16 and Rhines finishing in 31:30.

8:00 p.m. -- Carter, Camarena scintillating in see-saw shot showdown

Rarely, if ever, has there been such enthusiasm for a women's shot put competition in the United States, but Michelle Carter and Jill Camarena-Williams roused the crowd with the greatest head-to-head competition ever between two Americans. Carter came out the better by one centimeter, recording the third-best throw in U.S. history with her 19.86/65-2 in the second round in response to Camarena-Williams'19.85/65-1.5. Camarena-Williams, who set the American indoor record at 19.87 in February, followed up with a monster foul in the third round, then went 19.61, 19.84 and 19.79 on her last three attempts. Carter, whose father, Michael, holds the national high school record and won the silver at the 1984 Olympic Games, wins her third national title and becomes the No. 2 all-time U.S. outdoor performer. Sarah Stevens-Walker finished third with a throw of 18.12/59-5.5.

7:20 p.m. -- Eaton in a class of his own after first half of decathlon
A rousing 400 in 46.35 was the perfect cap to a magical day for Ashton Eaton in the decathlon, taking him to a lifetime-best first day tally of 4,604 points after five events. Eaton's lead over Bryan Clay is 408, with Edward Broadbent third at 4,175. NCAA champ Michael Morrison of Cal is sixth with 3,984 points.

7:15 p.m. --Wheating clockest fastest men's 1500m prelim
Andrew Wheating won the first and fastest heat of the men's 1500m prelim in 3:39.88. Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon won heat two with the second fastest time of the day in 3:40.00, and Bernard Lagat won a slow third heat in 3:44.04. While Russell Brown entered the meet at the top of the U.S. standings, he was unable to advance to the finals out of the third and slowest heat.

7:00 p.m. -- Wurth-Thomas leads women's 1500m prelim
Christin Wurth-Thomas lead the second heat of the women's 1500m prelim from the gun to stretch the race out to a pace much faster than the first heat. Wurth-Thomas clocked 4:08.32 to advance. Jennifer Simpson won a tightly bunched first heat in 4:14.20. Others to advance include: Morgan Uceny, Shannon Rowbury and Anna Pierce.
6:40 p.m. -- Dynamic Gator duo dominate men's triple jump
They went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, and the result was the same today for Christian Taylor and Will Claye of Florida, if not quite at the same magnitude. The dynamic duo staged an epic battle in the best collegiate triple jump competition ever 12 days ago, but today the focus was on finishing in the top three and clinching a spot on Team USA for the World Championships. Taylor, the 2007 World Youth champion, could have quit jumping after his first attempt of 17.19w/56-4.75w, but he increased his lead on attempt number two with a leap of 17.49w/57-4.75. After one more attempt, Taylor passed the remainder of his jumps. Claye, the American Junior record holder, had his best effort in round two at 17.09w/56-1, and also passed on his final three attempts. Third place went to veteran Walter Davis, the 2005 world champion, at 17.02/55-10.25. Taylor and Claye have the A standard for Daegu, Davis the B.

6:10 p.m. -- Forget Hammer time, it's Kibwe time!
2011 has been the year of Kibwe Johnson in U.S. men's hammer throwing, and the Ashland University graduate upped the ante with his final-round 80.31/263-6, the best throw by an American since 2000 and a personal best by more than eight inches to win his first national title. Johnson, who set his previous PR with his first 80-meter throw in Brazil in May, was the runner-up last year and has moved into third on the all-time U.S. performers list. Behind him were two relatively fresh faces in Michael Mai of the U.S. Army and Matthew DiBuono of Shore AC. Mai's 74.69/249-0 in round three moved him from fifth to second, and DiBuono opened with a 73.06/239-8 for his best of the day. Johnson has the A standard for Daegu, while Mai and DiBuono have met the B standard.

5:50 p.m. -- Myers, Jeter zip to sub-11 centuries in opening round
Cool and breezy weather had no apparent effect on Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter as they blasted to sub-11 second clockings in the first round of the women's 100. Myers won the first heat in 10.87 (+1.6 wind), just .01 off the PR she set at the Pre Classic, while Jeter, the 2011 world leader at 10.70, responded with a 10.88 (+1.5) in heat three.

5:20 p.m. -- McQuay dashes to fastest men's 400 qualifier
NCAA runner-up and 2011 U.S. list leader Tony McQuay of Florida was very impressive in winning heat four in 45.25 to lead all qualifiers in the first round of the men's 400. 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner was another heat winner at 45.94, along with Jamaal Torrance and Greg Nixon.

5:15 p.m. -- Brown Trafton picks up first gold of '11 Championships
It only took one throw for 2008 Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton to claim her spot on the World Championships team, as her first effort of 63.35/207-10 stood up to the challenges of Aretha Thurmond and Gia Lewis-Smallwood. The top three have all met the A standard for Daegu.

5:00 p.m. -- Stars shine in women's 400 first round
Reigning world champion Sanya Richards-Ross and 2011 world leader Allyson Felix were heat winners in the first round of the women's 400, but it was American indoor record holder Francena McCorory who had the fastest time with her 51.46 to win heat two. Debbie Dunn was the other heat winner, clocking the second-fastest time overall at 51.56.

4:30 p.m. -- Demus fastest in women's 400H first round

2009 World Championships silver medalist Lashinda Demus was the fastest qualifier in the women's 400H, winning the third heat in 55.15. Other heat winners were defending champ Ti'erra Brown of Miami, Arizona State's Jasmine Chaney and Christine Spence. 2008 Olympic silver medalist Sheena Tosta did not start.

4:05 p.m. -- Pre-meet favorites move on in men's 800
Nick Symmonds, the 2010 champion, and six-times World Championships qualifier Khadevis Robinson, who has been rejuvenated this year at age 34, were among the 16 men who moved on to the semifinals of the 800. Mark Wieczorek was the fastest qualifier at 1:46.82, while the most notable casualty was last year's runner-up, Duane Solomon.

3:40 p.m. -- Wright leads women's 800 advancers
Phoebe Wright won the fourth and final heat of the women's 800 in 2:03.42 to lead all qualifiers for the semifinal. Four other women dipped under 2:04, including 2010 champ Alysia Johnson.

3:00 p.m. -- Another dec PR for Eaton, this time in the shot put
Eaton increased his personal best in the decathlon shot put to 14.14/46-4.75, upping his three-event score to 2,763 to lead by 177 over Clay.

1:00 p.m. -- Eaton sets dec PR in 100
Former Oregon star Ashton Eaton set a decathlon personal best in the 100 meters with a 10.33 (+0.6 wind), with 2008 Olympic champion Bryan Clay behind him at 10.64. Defending world champion Trey Hardee will contest only two of the individual events in this decathlon since he has a wildcard qualification to Daegu.

For more information on the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships, including complete results and broadcast information, visit the event page or www.VisaChampionshipSeries.com



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