USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Held: February 25-27, 2005 at Reggie Lewis Track
and Athletic Center, Boston, MA
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Sunday - Day 3
Angela Daigle had never been considered a contender for the Visa
Championship. Although she had looked strong at Millrose on February
4, her personal best of 7.21 seconds was nowhere near the 7.10 that
she needed to surpass Visa Championship leader Erin Gilreath's 1,199
points. With Daigle running out in lane 8, the possibility of a fast
time seemed even more remote.
But she delivered a Hollywood ending.
With a phenomenal reaction time of .124 seconds out of the
blocks, Daigle threw down a time of 7.09. It was no runaway victory,
however, as 2004 Olympic 200m finalist Muna Lee was close behind in
second, in 7.11. Lisa Barber finished third in 7.18.
A teary-eyed and slightly stunned Daigle happily accepted her
$25,000 Visa Debit card from Paul Tsuchiya, Vice President, Event
& Sponsorship Marketing for Visa USA.
Entering Sunday's competition, all eyes were on hurdler Danielle Carruthers.
Needing a time of 7.94 seconds to win the Visa Championship, Carruthers ran
7.95 seconds in the Nike women's 60-meter hurdles on Sunday to miss knocking off
Gilreath by the narrowest of margins.
Although Carruthers had led the Race for the Championship throughout the Visa
Championship series, Gilreath's toss of 24.46 meters/80 feet, 3 inches in
Friday's weight throw competition gave the outdoor American record holder the
lead with 1,199 points, surpassing Carruthers' previous leader of 1,191 points
for her 7.98-second time at the Powered by Tyson Invitational on February 11.
When Carruthers crossed the line .01 too slow, in the penultimate women's
event of the day, the Race for the Championship was over ... everyone thought.
Everyone was wrong.
Dee Dee Trotter
Jackson get first titles
The 60 hurdles was not the only event on the track, however. Dee
Dee Trotter, the 2004 NCAA champion and Olympic 4x400m relay gold
medalist, won her first USA title in the 400 with a dominant
performance. Trotter ran 52.01 to post the fastest time at the USA
Indoor Championships since Jearl Miles-Clark ran 51.97 to win in
1999. Mary Danner was second with 53.25, with Maisha Pinkard third
2003 USA outdoor 400m hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson won his
first national crown on the flat oval in the men's 400 dash. The
former NCAA Division II hurdles champ led from start to finish,
holding off James Davis to win in 46.05. Davis was second 46.75 and
Ashton Collins third in 47.26.
Two-time Olympian Hazel Clark won her second career indoor 800m
title in 2:01.98. Alice Schmidt of the University of North Carolina
was second in 2:02.32, followed by Kameisha Bennett in third in
Kevin Hicks of Florida A&M University was an unexpected winner in the
men's 800 in 1:48.73, with Richard Smith second (1:48.80) and Joel Legare third
(1:48.86). Pre-race favorite Derrick Peterson, the 2002 USA indoor champion and
2004 Olympian, fell with 400 meters to go.
Walter Davis easily won the men's triple jump. His leap of 17.31m/56-09.50
gave the two-time Olympian and 2002 USA outdoor champion his first U.S. indoor
title. Fellow 2004 Olympian Kenta Bell was second (16.86m/55-03.75), with Chris
Hercules third (16.83m/55-02.75).
2002 NCAA champion Mardy Scales, 2003 Pan Am silver medalist, won
a very close men's 60 meters with a time of 6.61. He out-leaned
Joshua Norman in second (6.62) and Aaron Armstrong in third (6.64).
A two-time PAC-10 champion and 2002 NCAA runner-up for the
University of Washington, Brad Walker won his first national title
in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 5.65m/18-06.50. Tommy
Skipper was second (5.55m/18-2.5) and Paul Litchfield third
Amber Antonia was a somewhat surprise winner in an eventful women's
3,000-meter race walk in 12:55.69 after Jolene Moore, who crossed the finish
line first, was disqualified. Defending champion Joanne Dow was second in
13:09.62, with Deb Huberty third in 13:26.03.
Shani Marks won the women's triple jump with a best mark of 13.65m/44-09.50.
Nicole Whitman (13.23m/43-05.00) and Simidele Adeagbo (13.19m/43-03.25) placed
second and third, respectively.
Former NCAA All-American Joel Brown was the winner in the men's 60-meter
hurdles in 7.60, followed in short order by Anwar Moore (7.63) and David Payne
Saturday - Day 2
Godina wasted no time in staking his claim to the Visa
Championship, worth $25,000 and a trip to a premiere Visa event. His
first-round, 2005 world-leading throw of 21.83meters/71 feet, 7.5
inches gave him the win and broke Ulf Timmerman's meet record of
21.63m/70-11.75, set in 1987. The rest of Godina's series was nearly
as impressive as he threw 21.33m/69-11.75, 21.31m/69-11,
20.73m/68-0.25, 21.47m/70-5.5, and 21.12/69-3.5.
2004 world indoor silver medalist Reese Hoffa, two-time Olympic
silver medalist Nelson and 2004 world indoor champion Christian
Cantwell all gave chase in an attempt to wrest the U.S. title and
cash prize from their compatriot. Hoffa's fifth-round throw of
21.74m/71-4 is the #2 throw in the world this year, but it wasn't
enough to unseat Godina.
Battling foot and back injuries over the last several weeks,
Nelson used the crowd to help him rally and pop off a throw of
21.59m/70-10 on his fourth attempt. Cantwell was fourth with
Eight is great for Seaman
Two-time Olympian Tim Seaman won his eighth U.S. indoor title in the men's
5,000-meter race walk in dominating fashion, finishing in 19:56.41 to nearly lap
the field. Fellow double Olympian Curt Clausen was second (20:41.33) and
Benjamin Shorey was third (21:48.56).
runners make good
Local favorites Jonathon Riley and Jennifer Toomey pleased the
local crowd by successfully defending their titles in the Nike men's
3,000 meters and women's 1,500, respectively.
A Brookline, Mass., native, Riley won his third consecutive U.S.
indoor title, moving past Bolota Asmerom to win in 7:53.73. Asmerom
was a stride back in 7:53.81, with Luke Watson third in 7:57.23.
Toomey, a Salem, Mass., resident, made history in 2004 when she
became the only person ever to win the 800 and 1,500 at the same USA
Indoor Championships. Injured since last August, Toomey raced for
the first time since last summer on Saturday. She showed very little
evidence of rust, using her 800-meter speed to distance herself from
the field in a winning time of 4:13.25. Treniere Clement was second
in 4:14.20, with Christin Wurth third in 4:14.74.
More middle distance
World indoor bronze medalist Shayne Culpepper successfully defended her title
in the women's 3,000 meters. The two-time Olympian sprinted away from Amy
Rudolph and Lauren Fleshman to win in 8:55.57. Rudolph was second (8:57.42) and
Fleshman third (8:59.93).
Scott McGowan, whose previous claim to fame was being the first person from
Montana to break 4:00 in the mile, was a surprise winner in the Nike men's 1,500
meters. With his winning time of 3:44.06, McGowan handily defeated defending
national indoor champion Rob Myers (3:45.18) and Olympic Trials runner-up
Charlie Gruber (3:46.11).
2004 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion Tora Harris won his
first U.S. title in the men's high jump, clearing 2.27m/7-5.25 on
his first attempt to defeat a solid field that included Olympic
fourth-place finisher and defending USA indoor champion Jamie Nieto
(second, 2.24m/7-4.25) and 2003 NCAA indoor champion Adam Shunk
Gwen Wentland won the second U.S. indoor title of her career, ten
years after her first victory in 1995. The 32-year-old, who did not
compete in 2004 in order to give birth to her now 9-month-old
daughter, Paris, cleared 1.88m/6-2 to win over Kaylene Wagner in
A promising new talent emerged in the women's pole vault as
Jennifer Stuczynski, from tiny Roberts Wesleyan College in
Rochester, N.Y., won the competition with a height of 4.35m/14-3.25.
The 5-11 former basketball player took up the vault only eight
months ago and is a sometime training partner of national high
school record holder Mary Saxer. Becky Holliday placed second at
4.30m/14-1.25, with 2002 USA indoor champion Mary Sauer third at the
Brian Johnson won a close competition in the men's long jump with
a best mark of 7.89m/25-10.75. Tony Allmond was second with
7.76m/25-5.50 and Juane Armon was third with 7.73m/25-4.5. Rose
Richmond won the women's long jump with a best of 6.44m/21-1.5.
Hyleas Fountain was second (6.29m/20-7.75) and Ola Sesay third
2004 Stanford graduate and Olympic Trials third-place finisher
Jillian Camarena won her first U.S. title in the shot put with a
throw of 17.31m/56-9.5.
In qualifying rounds, Kameisha Bennett was the fastest qualifier into
Sunday's final of the women's 800 meters, winning heat 1 in 2:03.85. Two-time
Olympian Hazel Clark won the second heat in 2:05.45. Kevin Hicks posted the
fastest men's qualifier with 1:47.98. Bershawn Jackson had the fastest 400m
qualifier with his second-heat win in 46.96.
Friday - Day 1
takes the lead
Erin Gilreath, who won her first indoor title last year, took the
lead in the 2005 Visa Championship Series over 60m hurdler Danielle
Carruthers with her winning weight throw of 24.46 meters/80 feet, 3
inches. Gilreath's performance totaled 1,199 points toward the
Championship, which betters Carruthers' 1,191 points from her win
(7.98 seconds) February 11 at the Powered by Tyson Invitational.
Carruthers must run 7.94 seconds on Sunday to retake the Visa
Championships Series lead over Gilreath.
Though Gilreath's winning throw in Boston surpasses her world
best in Bloomington, it will not be considered for record purposes.
"The weight was certified prior to (the competition),"
said meet referee Rita Somerlot. "It was the right weight and
the right length. When it was re-certified [after the record throw],
it was too long in overall measurement. When it landed it changed
things, and it was too long. It will not count as the American
record. It does count as the winning mark."
Amber Campbell put the pressure on Gilreath in round three when
she took the lead with a meet-record throw of 23.99m/78-8.50.
Gilreath answered Campbell's effort in the third round with her
winning toss of 24.46m/80-3, leaving Campbell to finish as the
runner-up. LaQuanda Cotton placed third with a best of
Men's weight wrap-up
In the men's competition, 2004 Olympian and 2003 U.S. Indoor champion A.G.
Kruger won his second national 35-pound weight throw title. He took the lead in
the fourth round with a throw of 22.44m/73-7.50 before eventual runner-up Jake
Freeman threw 23.16m/76 feet, in round five. Kruger answered Freeman's effort
with his fifth-round throw of 23.47m/78-0 that won the event. Kibwe Johnson
placed third with a throw of 22.27m/73-0.75.
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