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USATF Championships history at Drake Stadium

6/21/2018
 

USATF Championships history at Drake Stadium

 

In the heart of Iowa's largest city sits a blue oval that annually plays host to one of the world's great relay meets, as well as the state high school championships. It has also been the site of more than a dozen world records, four NCAA national championships, and a variety of other memorable events.

 

Two meets stand above the rest, though -- the 2010 and 2013 USA Track & Field Championships.

 

Taking advantage of a super-fast surface and some of the best field event facilities to be found, female athletes set five American records at the two meets, including two that still stand today.

 

2010

Chaunté Lowe doubled the crowd's pleasure in 2010, setting a national record with her 2.05m/6-8.75 high jump before grabbing the silver in the long jump with a 6.90m/22-7.75 leap that was bettered only by world champion Brittney Reese.

 

On the javelin runway, Kara Patterson (now Winger) had the best series in U.S. history, notching three of the top five American throws ever, topped by her final-round 66.67m/218-8 that added eight feet to the previous AR, set by Kim Kreiner in 2007.

 

Not to be outshone in the verticals, Jenn Suhr sailed over 4.89m/16-0.5 on her second attempt in the pole vault to win her fifth straight U.S. title and claim the yearly world lead. Hyleas Fountain climbed to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. heptathlon list with her 6,735-point effort.

 

Hurdlers David Oliver and Bershawn "Batman" Jackson were the marquee performers for the men in '10, led by Oliver's 12.93 win in the 110H that moved him to equal-seventh on the world all-time list. Jackson's 47.32 win in the 400H came after a stirring battle with Johnny Dutch, who was runner-up with a PR 47.63.

 

2013

With berths on Team USATF for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow up for grabs, the women once again took top billing. Hammer thrower Amanda Bingson twice set American records, with her best of 75.73m/248-5 coming in round three to add almost three feet to her previous AR throw of 74.92m/245-9 in the second stanza.

 

Giving a preview of what was to come three years later at the Rio Games and World Indoors, Michelle Carter blasted a 20.24m/66-5 in round five of the shot put, taking down an AR that had stood for 25 years.

 

The third AR of the meet went to Brianna Rollins in the 100m hurdles. Rollins had already won the NCAA title in a sizzling 12.39, and at Drake she sliced .07 off Gail Devers' AR with a 12.26 that put her equal-third on the world all-time list.

 

A sprint double by Tyson Gay (9.75/19.74) provided most of the fireworks for the men, along with Ryan Whiting's big 22.11m/72-6.5 in the shot put, and Duane Solomon's 1:43.27 win in the 800.

 



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