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USATF Outdoor Championships tuned in to TrackTown USA

6/23/2015
 

EUGENE, Oregon -- The USATF Championship Series rolls to a final stop in Eugene, as TrackTown USA plays host to the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships, June 25-28, at Historic Hayward Field. Hundreds of athletes will live out their dreams to make Team USA and earn a spot to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China this August.

 

The USATF Outdoor Championships boast a full slate of coverage between NBC, NBCSN and USATF.TV this week. A full broadcast and webcast schedule can be found here.

 

While every event at USATF Outdoors is sure to be a showstopper, here are a few to keep an eye on:

  • Women’s and men’s short sprints

    • While collegians are found throughout the start lists, it’s important to remember that the world leader in the 100m and 200m, Justin Gatlin, has a wild card in the 100m in Beijing. So Gatlin will only be competing in the 200m in Eugene, leaving the door open for Tyson Gay, Marvin Bracy, and more to solidify their spots on Team USA. On the women’s side, Tianna Bartoletta, looking to double dip in the women’s 100m and long jump, hopes to finish top 3 in both. Previous USATF champion and one of the fastest women in the world this year, English Gardner, has thrown down on the track, setting world bests and leaving impressive performances in her wake.

  • Women’s 800 meters

    • Team USA’s deepest race varies between the women’s 800 meters and the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The 800 meters boasts World Championship team members Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Ajee’ Wilson, while World Relays gold medalists Molly Ludlow, Chanelle Price, and Maggie Vessey. The U.S. has seven women in the top 20 worldwide in the event.

  • Men’s 110-meter hurdles

    • David Oliver is competing in the event but holds the wild card to Beijing, leaving the door wide open for 2015 breakout star Aleec Harris to nab his first spot on Team USA. Harris will be challenged by Olympic champion Aries Merritt and Olympians Jason Richardson and Jeff Porter in gaining a chance to compete for Team USA in Beijing.

  • Women’s 100-meter hurdles

    • While Brianna Rollins has the wild card in the event, she’ll face stiff competition from defending Diamond League champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, Olympians Queen Harrison and Lolo Jones, and 2015 Diamond League darlings Jasmin Stowers and Sharika Nelvis.

  • Men’s Shot Put

    • Reese Hoffa has the auto qualifier for this event, earning the wild card to Beijing with his 2014 Diamond League victory a year ago. Joe Kovacs has been nearly unstoppable this season, last taking a victory at both the Nike Prefontaine Classic and the adidas Grand Prix in the last few weeks. He’ll face opposition from Olympians Ryan Whiting and Christian Cantwell, as well as 2014 World Indoor Championship team member Kurt Roberts.

  • Men’s Long Jump

    • With Will Claye a recent scratch, the field for the men’s long jump is open for a position to compete in China. World leader Jeff Henderson seems primed and ready for his place on Team USA, while Marquis Dendy, seven-time NCAA Champion and 2013 World Championship team member, is coming off back-to-back NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in both the triple jump and long jump. He’ll compete in both at TrackTown. Olympian Marquise Goodwin is coming back to TrackTown looking to replicate that Hayward magic, while Olympic gold medalists and Beijing wild cards Ashton Eaton (decathlon) and Christian Taylor (triple jump) look to put on a show in front of an entertaining crowd.

 

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