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Felix completes historical hat trick

6/25/2011
 
EUGENE - Allyson Felix left no question that she is the most versatile sprinter the U.S. has ever seen. Felix won her first national title in the 400 meters making her the first woman ever to complete the hat trick of winning U.S. titles in the 100, 200, and 400.

Felix's performance highlighted Saturday's competition that also included a breakthrough performance from Tony McQuay in the 400m and David Oliver's third national title in the110m hurdles at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships.

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. Tomorrow's broadcasts will air on Universal from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET and NBC from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET.
 
4:20 p.m. -- 14 women run sub-23 in first round of 200
100 champ Carmelita Jeter was the fastest qualifier from the first round of the women's 200, running a windy 22.37 to lead 14 women under 23 seconds. Bianca Knight had a wind-legal 22.39 in the fourth heat, and NCAA champ Kimberlyn Duncan was an easy winner in heat one at 22.54. Last year's U.S. champion, Connie Moore, failed to advance to the semifinals after a 23.30 clocking.

4:10 p.m. -- Old guard lead the way in men's 200 heats
Two of the veterans of the field were the top qualifiers in the men's 200 first round, with Shawn Crawford winning heat four at 20.24w and Doc Patton taking the first heat in 20.32w. Collegians La'Shawn Butler of Arkansas and Justin Austin of Iowa won the other two heats. Wallace Spearmon, the 2009 World Championships bronze medalist, failed to advance after a 20.82.

4:00 p.m. -- Cosby regains national pre-eminence in women's hammer
After a runner-up finish last year at Des Moines, Jessica Cosby was on a mission to regain the national champion status she had held three times previously, and her third-round 71.33/234-0 held up to give her a fourth U.S. title in the women's hammer. Amber Campbell vaulted from fifth to second on her final throw with a 70.07/229-10, and Keelin Godsey was third at 68.90/226-0.

3:50 p.m. -- True to form, Fountain sits first after day one of heptathlon
2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain won the Trials here that year and also picked up a national gold last year in Des Moines. From today's first four events, it looks like the Georgia grad is on her way to yet another U.S. win as she holds a 45-point lead over Sharon Day. Fountain, who has 3,706 points, won the 100H at 13.17 and had the fastest 200 at 23.77. She dropped points to Day in the high jump when she cleared a much-below-average 1.72/5-7.75. Bettie Wade is third with 3,637 points.

3:45 p.m. -- Nelson snags steeple gold
In the men's steeplechase final, defending outdoor champion Dan Huling led the second half of the race, but he was unable to hold off Billy Nelson's charge off of the last steeple. Nelson charged for the line to win his first USA outdoor title in 8:28.46.

3:15 p.m. -- Goodwin leaps to gold, wins clash of collegians

Texas football star Marquise Goodwin took one more step toward becoming an international track star by capturing his first senior U.S. championship with a wind-aided 8.33/27-4 leap in round four. Goodwin, who set the high school national record here in 2009, took the lead for the first time on his initial attempt with a windy 8.15/26-8.25. Florida's Will Claye snatched the lead in round three with an 8.19/26-10.5, but Goodwin responded with his monster effort after that for the win. Claye maintained second and former LSU star Jeremy Hicks was third at 8.10w/26-7 as no one but Goodwin improved in the final three rounds. The best wind-legal jump was also turned in by Goodwin at 8.15/26-9.

3:10 p.m. -- Kicker's race in the men's 1500m
The men's 1500m set up to be a thrilling kick for the finish after starting at a pedestrian pace going through the 800m in 2:11- slower than the women. As the bell ran for the last lap, David Torrence led the charge; however, down the backstretch Bernard Lagat moved into the lead. As the entire field began their kick for the finish, recent NCAA champ Matthew Centrowitz took the lead to narrowly win over Bernard Lagat. Centrowitz finished in 3:47.63 and Lagat in 3:47.96. In a close call for third, Leo Manzano moved up on the outside to take third in 3:48.16.

2:45 p.m. -- Oliver powers to defense of his U.S. 110H title

More workmanlike than wowing, defending champion David Oliver ran a steady race to claim his second straight and third overall national 110H championship with a 13.04. 2004 World Junior champion and 2009 World Championships team member Aries Merritt was second at 13.12. Third place went to 2003 World Youth double gold medalist Jason Richardson, who matched his 13.15 PR to claim his first-ever senior international team spot.

2:40 p.m. -- Uceny kicks to 1500m win
Morgan Uceny won a calculated race to win her first national title and punch her ticket to Daegu on her first world championship team. While Christin Wurth Thomas took out the race at a quick pace and quickly distanced herself from the field, Uceny stayed with the pack, and worked her way to the front of the chase pack with 400m to go. Over the last lap, Uceny and Jennifer Simpson quickened their pace, and coming out of the last turn, Uceny stormed to the lead to win in 4:03.91. Simpson claimed the runner-up spot in 4:05.66, while Shanon Rowbury caught Wurth at the line in a close finish. Rowbury claimed the final podium spot in 4:06.20, while Wurth took fourth in 4:06.21.

2:35 p.m. -- Proud mom Demus leads from start to finish for 400H gold

2009 World Championships silver medalist Lashinda Demus used her trademark fast start and had only one bobble at hurdle seven on her way to a convincing win in the women's 400H with a time of 54.21, giving her a chance to give a shout out to her twin sons. Queen Harrison was stuck in lane one in the final, but ran brilliantly over the second 200 to take the silver at 54.78, while Arizona State's Jasmine Chaney, the NCAA fourth-placer, chopped almost a full second off her lifetime best to finish a surprising third at 55.22.

2:25 p.m. -- McQuay steals the show in the Men's 400m
Running the two fastest times of his life in two days, Florida Gator Tony McQuay won his first U.S. title and earned a spot on the world team. Clocking a U.S. leading time of 44.68 and the second fastest time in the world this year.Jeremy Wariner and Greg Nixon both crossed the line in a photo finish. Both recorded a time of 44.98, with Wariner taking second by seven thousandths of a second over Nixon. All three have the "A" standard for the world championships team.

2:20 p.m. -- Felix fends off Francena for 400 crown

A battle between the early pacemaker and the furious closer went to Allyson Felix, who ran a rapid first 200 and held off fast-closing Francena McCorory over the final 50 meters to win the women's 400 in 50.40. McCorory, the American indoor record holder, finished in 50.49, with Debbie Dunn rounding out the team for Daegu with a 50.70 in third. Texas A&M's Jessica Beard, the NCAA champion, was fourth at 51.06.

2:10 p.m. -- Two in a row for jav queen Patterson
American record holder Kara Patterson won the competition with her first throw, a 59.34/194-8 toss, to defend the title she won in Des Moines last year. The throwers faced an unfriendly headwind that kept distances below par, but Nevada high schooler Avione Allgood overcame that handicap to break the national prep record with a throw of 53.85/176-8. The previous record of 53.77/176-5 was held by Rachel Yurkovich, who was second here today. Alicia DeShasier took the third spot ahead of Allgood with a 54.01/177-2.

2:10 p.m. -- Miles, Scott vault way to worlds
Derek Miles, the 2008 Olympic Trials Champion, won his second national title in the Men's pole vault. Miles cleared 5.66m/18-6.75 on his second attempt at the height. Jeremy Scott, took the runner-up spot with a clearance of 5.60m/18-4.5. Both Miles and Scott have the IAAF "A" standard.

1:30 p.m. -- Wells continues hot hurdles streak, leads women's 100H qualifiers

It was a tad windy but Kellie Wells will take it. The 2011 world leader ran away from the field in her first round heat of the 100H, finishing in 12.53 with a 3.4 aiding breeze. Lolo Jones, who won the 2008 Olympic Trials here, won her heat in 12.73w, and Danielle Carruthers was victorious in heat one at 12.67w. USC's NCAA champion Nia Ali was the heat four winner at 12.73.

1:15 p.m. -- Oliver, Richardson again atop the 110H qualifiers list
Eugene is apparently becoming a favorite place for 110 hurdlers David Oliver and Jason Richardson. Oliver, who blasted to a world-leading 12.94 at the Pre Classic earlier this month, was the fastest semifinal winner at 13.12 in the third section. Richardson, who dropped his PR to 13.15 yesterday in the first round, zipped to a windy 13.14 to take the first section. Aries Merritt was the other semi winner at 13.25. Terrence Trammell, the 2009 World Championships silver medalist, easily advanced with a 13.19w behind Richardson.

12:30 p.m. -- Anderson, Dutch semifinal winners in men's 400H
All the major players made it out of the semifinal heats of the men's 400H, with Jeshua Anderson and Johnny Dutch picking up the wins. Dutch won the first semi in 49.38, with Anderson clocking 48.99 in section two for the fastest time overall. Two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor advanced with a fourth-place finish in semi two, while 2010 world No. 1 Bershawn Jackson placed second in that semi to move on.

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