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One man, four records on final day of USA Champs

6/26/2011
 
EUGENE - Trevor Barron set four American Junior Records in one race to win the men's 20 km national title and claim his spot as the youngest member of the U.S. team bound for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu on the final day of the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

David Oliver and Carmelita Jeter were the big winners of the day, walking away with the $25,000 Visa Championship Series checks. Oliver & Jeter's performances from the Nike Prefontaine Classic put them atop the standings with 1,253 for Oliver and 1243 for Jeter.

Updates were provided throughout the day and can be reviewed below:

3:25 p.m. -- Solomon mines gold with huge PR in women's 200
Foiling a sprint double by 100 champ Carmelita Jeter, Shalonda Solomon ran a masterful race to win her first U.S. 200 title with a lifetime-best 22.15, making her the 12th-fastest U.S. performer all-time. Jeter also had a lifetime best in second place with a 22.23, and Texas A&M's Jeneba Tarmoh ran the race of her life from lane eight to take third with a PR 22.28.

3:20 p.m. -- Dix does double, Dodson surprise world team member
With a swift wind of +2.4, Walter Dix and Darvis Patton dipped under the 20-second mark to punch their tickets to Daegu. With Dix injured in 2009 and Patton injured in 2010, both men have firmly established that they are back and in top form. Jeremy Dodson a former Colorado standout shocked the field to take the third spot on podium and make his first international team. In his first U.S. final, Dodson clocked a wind-aided 20.07.

2:50 p.m. -- Reese leaps lifetime best, wins 4th U.S. LJ gold

Defending world champion Brittney Reese opened up with a world-leading 7.02/23-0.5 and after a pass and three fouls finished off with a lifetime-best 7.19/23-7.25 to win her fourth straight U.S. women's long jump title. Indoor national champion Janay DeLoach almost matched the PR she set in Albuquerque in February, finishing second at 6.97/22-10.5, and 2008 Olympian Funmi Jimoh placed third at 6.88/22-7.

2:45 p.m. -- World leader for Wells, #9 all-time U.S. in 100H
Kellie Wells led from start to finish to move to No. 9 on the U.S. all-time performers list with a world-leading 12.50 in the women's 100H. Silver went to Danielle Carruthers at 12.59, and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper took the bronze at 12.65.

2:43 p.m. -- Veterans Symmonds and Robinson kick to 800m podium
In typical Nick Symmonds style, he ran through 400m in fourth place, and began to quickly move through the field on the backstretch. Overtaking Charles Jock of Cal-Irvine for the lead, Symmonds powered to the finish in 1:44.17. Veteran Khadevis Robinson also unleashed a late kick to move up on the outside and claim second place in 1:44.49, with Jock finishing third in 1:44.67.

2:35 p.m. -- Hutson grabs first U.S. title in women's PV

Two-time NCAA champion Kylie Hutson won her first U.S. outdoor title with a 4.65/15-3 clearance, but all eyes were on American Record holder Jenn Suhr, who was competing in her first meet of the outdoor season. Suhr struggled on her first two atempts at 4.50/14-9, but cleared that and went on to finish second at 4.60/15-1. Lacy Janson took third, clearing 4.50/14-9.

2:30 p.m. -- Montano wins again in women's 800
Alysia Johnson Montano took to the lead as the field broke the stagger at 100m, and set a quick pace. Alice Schmidt and Phoebe Wright pursued in a fight for second place; however, Maggie Vessey stuck to a tactic that has worked for her before and unleashed a late kick with 200m to go. Montano won her second consecutive outdoor title, winning in 1:58.33, followed by Vessey in 1:58.86. Schmidt narrowly took third in 1:59.21, with Wright diving at the line to fall just short of the podium in 1:59.25.

2:20 p.m. -- Rejuvenated Nelson wins fifth shot crown with big blast in round two

Timeless Adam Nelson, who will turn 36 in July, blasted a 22.09/72-5.75 in the second round to win his first U.S. title since 2006 and his fifth overall, with the best throw by an American this year. Defending world champion Christian Cantwell continued his comeback from shoulder surgery to finish second with a throw of 21.87/71-9 in the first round, and 2007 world champion Reese Hoffa took third after an opening-round 21.86/71-8.75. Four men were past 70-feet in one of the best competitions in recent memory.

2:10 p.m. -- Williams soars to #3 on all-time HJ list
With the showmanship of the wrestlers he enjoys watching, Jesse Williams soared over 2.37/7-9.75 to win the men's high jump and move to equal third on the all-time U.S. outdoor performers list. Only American Record holder Charles Austin and Hollis Conway have ever jumped higher outdoors for the U.S. The competition behind Williams was stellar, with five more men over 2.28/7-5.75. Dusty Jonas nabbed the silver with his 2.31/7-7 clearance, and Erik Kynard of Kansas State was third.

2:09 p.m. -- Anderson beats Batman in photo-finish
In an agonizingly close finish Washington State University's Jeshua Anderson claimed his first USA Championship title in a dive and tumble to line. Coming down the final 100m, Anderson battled with Angelo Taylor and was able to hold off a late charge from Bershawn "Batman" Jackson after the final hurdle. Anderson and Jackson finished in an identical time of 47.93, with the tie being broken by nine thousandths of a second. Taylor was not far behind in 47.94.

1:50 p.m. -- Coburn continues Colorado steeple legacy

In the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Emma Coburn and Bridget Franek took turns leading the pack from the start. With 800m to go, Stephanie Garcia of Virginia moved up into the mix; however, she tripped on the final water jump, giving Delilah DiCrescenzo the opportunity to sprint by to the final podium spot. In a close finish, Colorado's Coburn won her first USA title in 9:44.11 with Franek taking second in 9:44.90.

12:50 p.m. -- Carruthers rides wind to fastest semi time in 100H

Beneficial breezes blew semi one winner Danielle Carruthers to a swift 12.37w win over Ginnie Crawford, who clocked 12.47w. 2008 Olympic champ Dawn Harper and 2011 world list leader Kellie Wells were the other semi winners, with Harper notching the fastest wind-legal time at 12.58. 2008 Olympic Trials winner Lolo Jones failed to advance after her 12.81 in semi three.

12:30 p.m. -- Jeter closer to sprint double after PR in 200 semi
100 champion Carmelita Jeter sizzled to a lifetime best in the semis of the women's 200, winning the third section in 22.24. Bianca Knight also set a personal best at 22.37 in semi two, while NCAA champion Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU eased to a 22.80 win in semi one.

12:15 p.m. -- Doc vs. Dix heading into the deuce final
2003 World Championships silver medalist Doc Patton was the fastest semifinal winner at 20.25, and 100 champ Walter Dix took one more step toward completing the sprint double with his 20.30 win in semi three. Iowa's Justin Austin was the other semi winner, taking section two at 20.47. Xavier Carter did not advance to the final after a 20.53 clocking to take fourth in his semi.

Michta walks away with national title
Maria Michta has now established herself as the woman to beat in the race walk. Michta won her second consecutive 20 km race walk title dropping a whopping 4:55 off of her winning time in 2010.

Barron blasts records
Youth sensation Trevor Barron sailed over the roads to become the youngest winner ever at 18-years-old to win the USA title in the men's 20 km race walk. In winning the national title in 1:23:25.10, Barron set the American junior record for 20 km. En route to his win, his splits were quick enough to earn him three more Junior records along the way: 5 km - 21:05; 10 km - 41:35; 15 km - 1:02:16. Barron's has the IAAF "B" standard, qualifying him as the youngest member of the world championship team.

Complete results, photos and videos can be found on the event webpage or at www.VisaChampionshipSeries.com



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