USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, presented by Visa
Held: June 23-26, 2005 at the Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
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Sunday - Day 4
anything but cruise control
Since breaking Michael Johnson's world indoor 400m record this
winter (44.57), some observers had questioned whether Kerron Clement should
forsake his specialty, the 400m hurdles, for the 400m dash.
Clement's performance on Sunday demonstrated the validity of his
decision-making as he won in a stunning time of 47.24 seconds. It is
the fastest time in the world since 1998, makes him the
seventh-fastest man in history, and gave him the title of Visa
Clement ran a smooth race throughout, but his final two hurdles were
particular strong as the 6-2, 184 pounder sailed over barriers that
often crush dreams the 400 hurdles, considered by many to be track's
toughest running event. Bershawn Jackson, the #1 ranked American in
2004, held on for second place in 47.80, running out of lane 1. Two-time
Olympian James Carter led the race early and finished third in 48.03.
Gatlin completes historic double
Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin completed a rare sprint double Sunday
afternoon, running an impressive final stretch to win the Nike men's 200 meters.
Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford got out to a great start in lane 9,
leading around the curve. But Gatlin turned it on down the stretch, taking the
win in 20.04. Combined with his 100m win on Saturday, it made him the first man
to win U.S. 100 and 200-meter titles in the same year since Kirk Baptiste in
1985. Tyson Gay, the 2004 NCAA 100m champion, ran down Crawford for second in
20.06, with Crawford third in 20.12. The 2005 world leader, Wallace Spearmon,
got a slow start and was fourth in 20.16.
posts world leader in 200
Olympic silver medalist and Olympic Trials champion Allyson Felix
won her second straight national title in the Visa women's 200
meters, turning back fierce competition.
National 100m champion Lisa Barber took and early lead, but Felix
used her superior strength to power to the lead in the last half of the
race. Her winning time of 22.13 beats her own previous 2005 world leader
of 22.14, run on this track at the adidas Track Classic. Rachel Smith
moved up to place second in 22.22, and Olympic Trials 100m champion
LaTasha Colander nipped Barber at the line for third, running 22.34.
Perry wins Nike women's 100H
Michelle Perry has been the world's top hurdler in 2005, and Sunday did
nothing to disabuse the track world of that notion. The former heptathlete ran
brilliantly in the second half of the Nike women's 100-meter hurdles, winning in
12.66 (-0.7mps) to relegate Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes to second in
12.77. Virginia Powell of Southern Cal was third in 12.87, making the U.S. team
for Helsinki an all-California affair, as both Perry and Hayes are UCLA alumnae.
Perry warmed up with a world-leading time of 12.43 seconds in the semifinals,
running into a .3mps headwind. The performance improved her personal best and
world leader by .01. Hayes won her semi in 12.59.
2004 world indoor champion Christian Cantwell returned to his
world-leading form in the Visa men's shot put. Coming back from a
sub-par indoor season, Cantwell won his first U.S. outdoor title
with a throw of 21.64m/71 feet, 1 inch. Two-time world and Olympic
silver medalist Adam Nelson was second with 21.52m/70-7.25, and
three-time world champ John Godina, nursing an ailing foot and
ankle, third with 20.99m/68-10.5.
Elizabeth Jackson re-emerged as the top American women's 3,000-meter
steeplechaser, just in time for the steeple to be contested for the
first time at the World Championships level. The 1999 and 2002 U.S.
champion overtook American record holder Briana Shook in the last two
laps, winning in 9:39.78 - the #3 U.S. time in history. Lisa Galaviz was
second in 9:40.58, and Carrie Messner was third for the second straight
year in 9:41.37.
Hyleas Fountain, the 2005 USA indoor pentathlon champion and 2003 NCAA
heptathlon champion, won her first national crown as a professional in the
heptathlon with a strong second-day performance, winning with 6,208 points. The
2004 NCAA long jump champion leaped 6.25m/20-6.25 in the long jump (927), threw
46.05 in the javelin (784) and ran 2:16.88 in the 800 (867) to move from fourth
after day 1 to first at the close of competition. First-day leader GiGi Miller
placed second overall with 6,192 points, and Fiona Asigbee was third in 5,994.
1997 U.S. champion Khadevis Robinson ran a wire-to-wire time trial to win the
Herhsey's men's 800 meters. Running clear of the field throughout the race,
Robinson won in 1:45.27, followed by 2003 world indoor champion David
Krummenacker (1:46.80) and Kevin Hicks (1:46.99).
Two-time Olympian Hazel Clark (1:59.74) won her second U.S. outdoor title in
the women's 800 with a strong stretch run. Her training partner, Kameisha
Bennett, followed her across the line in 2:00.59, with Alice Schmidt third in
American record holder Tim Seaman won his fourth U.S. title in the men's 20
km race walk, winning easily in 1:26:41.36, ahead of fellow Olympian John Nunn
breaks AJR in women's triple jump
Erica McLain of Stanford had a huge day in the women's triple
jump, breaking the American junior record en route to her first U.S.
title. McClain's mark of 14.01m/45-11.75 was the best of three jumps
she had that surpassed Brittany Daniels' old record of
13.71m/44-11.75. Candice Baucham was second at 14.00m/45-11.25, and
Nicole Whitman was third with 13.78m/45-2.5
Olympic silver medalist Matt Hemingway won the first U.S. outdoor
title of his career in the men's high jump with a first-attempt
clearance at 2.27m/7-5.25. Jesse Williams and Keith Moffatt were second
and third, respectively, at the same height, but Williams'
second-attempt clearance gave him second over Moffatt's third-attempt
In exhibition events, USATF Athlete of the Week Willie Gault won the
masters men's 110-meter hurdles in a wind-aided (+2.7mps) 13.87 seconds,
and Mary Thane won the masters women's 1,500 meters (4:42.19).
Saturday - Day 3
wins battle of titans in Visa men's 100
The Visa men's 100 meters continued to provide drama after being
the center of attention during first-round heats on Friday. Saturday
afternoon's nine-man final was a much-anticipated affair pitting
2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin against 2000 gold medalist
and three-time world champion Maurice Greene, as well as Olympic
200m gold medalist Shawn Crawford, who had been the class of the
first two rounds.
As the gun went off in the final, Leonard Scott burst from the blocks
in lane 4, clear of the field, with Greene getting out well in lane 6
while Crawford got left flat-footed in lane 5. At 30 meters, Greene,
Gatlin (in lane 7) and Crawford began moving on Scott. Greene began
surging but then pulled up and crumpled to the track, grabbing what
appeared to be his left hamstring, 70 meters into the race.
In the meantime, Gatlin put on a stunning burst of speed in the final
third in the race. Looking as if he were launched from a slingshot
despite a 2.3mps headwind, the 23-year-old Jesse Owens Award winner won
easily in 10.08, with Crawford showing great composure to move up to
second in 10.17, and Scott finishing third in 10.18.
In the semifinal round earlier Saturday afternoon, Crawford ran a
U.S.-leading time of 9.99 in heat 1, followed by Gatlin in 10.00. Greene
won heat 3 in 10.01.
Richards leads remarkable Visa women's 400m
The Visa women's 400 meters rewrote several record books and many
personal-record ledgers, marking the first time in history three Americans have
broken 50 seconds in the same race. Olympic relay gold medalist Sanya Richards,
now training with Clyde Hart - the coach of Jeremy Wariner, Darrold Williamson
and Michael Johnson, among others - was the class of an impressive field,
winning in 49.28 seconds.
The time is a huge personal best for the 2003 USA and NCAA champion, the top
time in the world in 2005, a USA Championships record, and it makes the
20-year-old the third-fastest American of all time. The old meet record of 49.40
was set by Jearl Miles-Clark in 1997, the previous world leader was 49.85 by
Olympic gold medalist Tonique Darling of Bahamas, and Richards' old personal
best was 49.89.
But Richards' was not the only remarkable performance in the race. Her
Olympic relay teammates and fellow gold medalists, Dee Dee Trotter (49.88) and
Monique Henderson (49.96) also broke the 50-second mark. Both women charted
personal bests with their efforts, and Henderson, recently of UCLA, broke her
own collegiate record.
in Nike men's 400 meters
The only thing that was certain entering the Nike men's 400m
final was that it featured the youngest, most talented corps of
quarter milers in at least a generation. Olympic gold medalist
Jeremy Wariner, 21, entered the race as an underdog on paper, with
Darrold Williamson, 22, owning the 2005 world leader and 18-year-old
LaShawn Merritt turning heads. Also in the field were Olympic bronze
medalist Derrick Brew and Olympic relay gold medalist Andrew Rock.
Brew set the early pace, with Merritt also out well. But coming
around the final turn, Wariner displayed the speed and composure that
made him the toast of the track world in 2004, winning comfortably in a
world-leading time of 44.20. His former Baylor teammate and Athens relay
teammate, the NCAA champion Williamson, was second in 44.62, with former
NCAA Division III champion Rock, 23, passing Merritt a foot from the
finish line, to place third in 44.70. Merritt was fourth in 44.73.
AR, WL for Gilreath in hammer; AR for Vaill in walk
Erin Gilreath already had her second straight USA outdoor title in the
women's hammer throw wrapped up when, on the final throw of the competition, she
unleashed a throw of 73.87m/242-4 to break her own American record and post the
top mark in the world so far in 2005. The mark was an improvement on her
previous AR of 72.12m/236-7 from 2004 and is nearly a meter better than Russian
Yekaterina Khoroshikh's previous 2005 world leader of 73.08m/239-9. Bethany Hart
placed second with 69.15m/226-10, and Amber Campbell was third with
Teresa Vaill, the 42-year-old, 2004 Olympian, broke the American record in
the 20,000m race walk with her time of 1:33:28.15. The time is believed to be a
world masters record as well. Amber Antonia was second in 1:36:03.23, followed
by Joanne Dow 1:37:14.81. Vaill's time easily topped Danielle Kirk's American
record of 1:38:19.1, set in 2000, and it also is a USA Championships record.
scalps Hershey's women's 100m field
The surprise of the sprinting world in 2005, Lisa Barber
continued her eye-opening season with a convincing win in the
Hershey's women's 100 meters. Barber got out well and displayed
control and smooth form as she breezed to a win in 11.10, running
into a headwind of 1.6 meters per second. Muna Lee, an Olympian at
200m, was second in 11.28 with Olympic silver medalist Lauryn
Williams third in 11.29. Barber ran the fastest time in the world in
any conditions of 2005 with her wind-aided (+3.0mps) semifinal
clocking of 10.87.
U.S. track titles for Demus, Lincoln, Webb, Clement,
World junior record holder and 2004 Olympian Lashinda Demus, a Long Beach
native, moved powerfully on the final turn and easily won the women's 400-meter
hurdles. Her personal-best time of 53.35 is a U.S. leader and the second-fastest
in the world so far this year. Shauna Smith was second in 54.21, with Sandra
Glover third in 54.62.
2004 Olympic Trials champion Daniel Lincoln broke away from Olympic Trials
runner-up Anthony Famiglietti in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with 500
meters to go. Surging away easily, Lincoln went on to win in a 2005 U.S.-leading
and stadium-record time of 8:17.27. Famiglietti was second in 8:20.49, with
Steve Slattery third in 8:25.52.
The Nike men's 1,500m was a tactical affair as the pack came through 800
meters in just 2:04.1. The pace then picked up marginally, with Olympian Charlie
Gruber taking the lead, followed by Olympic Trials champion Alan Webb. With 275
meters to go, the pack quickened its pace as one, with Webb on the rail. The
American 2-mile record holder successfully held off Chris Lukezic of Georgetown,
6th at the NCAA Championships and Webb's training partner, to win in 3:41.97.
Lukezic was second in 3:42.06, and 2004 U.S. indoor champ Rob Myers was third in
Georgetown alum Treniere Clement ran a personal best and the fastest time by
an American this year in the women's 1,500m, winning in 4:06.73. Two-time U.S.
indoor champion Jen Toomey was second in 4:07.39, and Amy Mortimer was second in
Davis win in the field
Continuing her climb back from Achilles tendon injuries, Stacy
Dragila won her ninth U.S. outdoor and 17th overall national title
in the women's pole vault. Dragila successfully negotiated
4.45m/14-7.25 for the win. U.S. leader Tracy O'Hara was second at
4.40m/14-5.25, with Olympian Jillian Schwartz third at the same
Two-time Olympian Walter Davis won the men's triple jump with a mark
of 17.15m/56-3.25. Fellow Olympian Kenta Bell was second with
16.82m/55-2.25, and Aarik Wilson was third with 16.73m/54-10.75.
Perry rolls in rounds
Posting top marks in the rounds on Sunday were Michelle Perry in the women's
100m hurdles (12.52, third fastest in world in 2005), Kenneth Ferguson in the
men's 400m hurdles semifinals (48.65), Rachelle Boone-Smith in the women's 200
first round (22.53), and Tyson Gay in the men's 200m first round (20.38).
GiGi Miller led after day 1 of the women's heptathlon with 3,705 points,
posting marks of 13.03 in the 100m hurdles (1,120 points), 1.69m/5-6.5 in the
high jump (842), 13.05m/42-9.75 in the shot put (731) and 23.68 in the 200
Friday - Day 2
wins blazing hurdles race
Four-time world champion Allen Johnson won one of the greatest
110-meter hurdles races in history, leading the way for an amazing
American contingent for Helsinki that ran the three fastest times of
2005 in Friday's final.
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell got out to a great
start, with Johnson and Dominique Arnold - second to Johnson at the
Reebok Grand Prix June 11 - moving well in the last half of the race.
The 34-year-old Johnson crossed the line in 12.99 seconds, his
fastest time since 2003 and the fastest in the world in 2005, to win his
seventh U.S. outdoor title. Arnold was just .02 behind, in a
personal-best 13.01, while Trammell also had a personal-best 13.02 to
post the fastest third-place time in hurdling history. Joel Brown was
fourth in 13.28 and also will be on the team for worlds, since Johnson
as defending champion has an automatic berth into the world
Decathlon discus WR for Clay
Olympic silver medalist Bryan Clay dominated the men's decathlon field,
scoring 8,506 points for an easy win over Paul Terek (7,976) and Phil McMullen
Clay opened Friday with the fastest 110-meter hurdle time of the day, 14.06,
for 967 points. He then broke the 26-year-old world decathlon record in the
discus, his throw of 55.87m/183-3 surpassing the previous record of 55.00m/180-5
set in 1979 by Bulgarian Razvigor Yankov. The mark earned Clay 993 points.
Clay's day concluded with marks of 5.0m/16-4.75 in the pole vault (910
points), 60.02m/196-11 (738) in the javelin and 4:57.11 in the 1,500 (576
magnificent in 5,000
Two-time defending champion Tim Broe shattered the Championships
record in the men's 5,000 meters, his time of 13:12.76 leading three
men under Doug Padilla's 1985 mark of 13:16.42.
The American indoor record holder at 3,000 meters, Broe led former
Stanford stars Ian Dobson, the 2001 USA junior champ, and Ryan Hall
around the track at 13:20 pace for nearly the entire race. But with
1,000 meters to go, Broe threw in a 61.7-second lap, followed by 59.9
circuit. He covered his final 400 in 59.1, and he crossed the finish
line in 13:12.76. Dobson followed him in 13:15.33, with Hall third in
13:16.03. All three met the world championships "A" qualifying standard
with their times.
The women's 10,000 was a four-woman race as Katie McGregor, Jen
Rhines, Blake Russell and American record holder Deena Kastor led
throughout. With two laps to go, McGregor, Rhines and Russell dropped
Kastor, who recently suffered and ankle injury. Russell took over
leading duties with a lap to go, and McGregor began making her move with
300 left. McGregor passed Russell off the final turn, winning in
31:33.37. Russell was second in 31:35.24, Rhines third in 31:37.20 and
Kastor fourth in 31:45.08.
Field event finals
In the field, Breaux Greer won his sixth U.S. title with a big helping of
intestinal fortitude. After knee surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ACL,
the American record holder is coming back from shoulder surgery earlier this
summer. His weeks of inactivity left him in second place behind John Hetzendorf
(78.23m/256-8) after three rounds of throwing. Greer's fourth-round throw sailed
79.19m/259-10 to give him another title and a ticket to Helsinki.
Grace Upshaw won a very close women's long jump. Her best mark of
6.70m/21-11.75 was matched by 2005 NCAA champion Tianna Madison of Tennessee,
but Upshaw's second-best mark of 6.60m/21-8 surpassed Madison's 6.58/21-7.25.
2002 U.S. champion Brianna Glenn was third with 6.68m/21-11.0.
James Parker won his third straight title in the men's hammer throw with a
best mark of 74.15m/243-3, with 2004 NCAA champion Jake Freeman second
(72.60m/238-02) and Olympic Trials runner-up A.G. Kruger third (71.48m/234-06).
Kristin Heaston, a 2004 Olympian and the 2003 U.S. champion, won her second
national title in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 18.68m/61-3.5.
Michelle Carter of the University of Texas was second with a personal-best
18.26m/59-11, with Elizabeth Wanless third with 18.14/59-6.25.
men's 100 heats
The first round of the men's 100 meters provided perhaps the most
stunning moment of the Championships when reigning Olympic gold
medalist Justin Gatlin apparently false started and disqualified.
Lined up for the first heat of the round, Gatlin and the rest of the
field all were changed with a false start when runners came out of
the blocks without the gun sounding.
Lining up for a second try at a start, Gatlin's reaction time
registered as .095 seconds, or .005 faster than the allowable. His lane
was flagged and he was escorted from the track. DaBryan Blanton went on
to win the race, after a third try at a start, in 10.17. Gatlin quickly
filed a protest, however, and after looking at a print-out of the start,
the head men's referee determined that the runner in lane 5, adjacent to
Gatlin, was not motionless. Gatlin therefore was advanced into the
2000 Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene had better luck in heat 2,
winning in 10.12 after Olympic 200m silver medalist Bernard Williams
false started. Leonard Scott won heat 3 in 10.20, American junior record
holder Walter Dix took the fourth heat in 10.27, and Olympic 200m gold
medalist Shawn Crawford looked brilliant in winning heat 5 in 10.10, the
fastest time of the day. Former world record holder Tim Montgomery
withdrew from the competition earlier in the day.
The women's 100 heats were significantly less dramatic, with Me'Lisa
Barber running the fastest time by an American with her win in heat 3
(11.04). Also winning their heats were indoor Visa Champion Angela
Daigle (11.40) and Marshevet Hooker (11.32). Two-time world champion
Marion Jones withdrew after warming up shortly before race
Favorites advance in rounds
Favorites ran well in the semifinal rounds of other races. Olympic gold
medalist Jeremy Wariner practically walked the last meters of his men's 400m
semifinal, yet still posted the fastest time of the round with 44.82. His former
Baylor teammate, 2005 world leader Darrold Williamson, won the first heat in
44.83. Other fastest qualifiers from semifinal rounds were Olympic relay gold
medalist Sanya Richards in the women's 400m semis (51.09), Olympian Lashinda
Demus in the women's 400m hurdles (54.19), two-time Olympian Hazel Clark in the
women's 800 (2:02.47), 2004 Olympic Khadevis Robinson in the men's 800 (1:47.53)
and American record holder Briana Shook in the women's steeplechase semis
(10:07.37). Top performers in first-round action were U.S. leader Me'Lisa Barber
in the women's 100 (10.04 U.S. leader, personal-best), two-time Olympian James
Carter in the men's 400m hurdles rounds (49.65).
Thursday - Day 1
upsets Phillips in LJ, Walker takes PV
Two-time USA indoor champion Miguel Pate announced that he has
fully recovered from a blown out knee suffered in 2003 by upsetting
reigning Olympic and world championships gold medalist Dwight
Phillips. Only the third man in history to jump over 28 feet indoors
(8.59m/28-2.25 at 2002 USA indoor championships), Pate popped off a
mark of 8.35m/27-4-.75 in the second round of jumping on Thursday,
securing his win with the best mark by an American so far this year.
The #1 ranked jumper in the world the last two years, Phillips was
second with a leap of 8.28m/27-2. Former NCAA All-American Brian
Johnson was third with 8.09m/26-6.5.
Yet another upset came in a windy men's pole vault competition, where
2005 U.S. leader Brad Walker, the 2005 USA indoor champion, topped an
outstanding field with a clearance of 5.75m/18-10.25. 2000 Olympic gold
medalist Nick Hysong was second with 5.65m/18-6.5, and 2004 Olympic
silver medalist Toby Stevenson was third at the same height. Reigning
Olympic champion Tim Mack tied for seventh with a clearance of
Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi
Abdi-Meb show in men's 10 km
As has played out several times on American tracks over the last five years,
two-time Olympic teammates Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi made a two-man
show of the men's 10,000 meter final. The 2001 U.S. champion, Abdirahman made it
an honest race from the gun, seizing the lead and stringing out the field within
the first 200 meters. Keflezighi, the Olympic marathon silver medalist, 10,000m
American record holder and three-time U.S. 10 km champion was on his heels, and
the two men set about striding around the track alone.
With Abdirahman leading the way, the duo came through 5,000 meters in 14:03
with no competition in sight. Keflezighi took over the lead with nine laps
(3,600 meters) remaining, but Abdi took over once again with 800 left. Most
observers likely expected Keflezighi's footspeed to prevail in the final meters,
but it was Abdirahman who crossed the line, jubilantly in first, in 28:10.38.
Keflezighi was inches back in 28:10.57, with Matt Downing third in 28:34.65.
The women's discus throw, held concurrently with the men's
10,000m at the end of the evening, featured just as exciting a
finish. 2004 NCAA champion Becky Breisch of Nebraska led the
competition through three rounds, but in the fourth, fifth and sixth
rounds she was relegated to fourth by four-time U.S. champion
Seilala Sua, 2004 Olympic Trials and two-time Pan Am gold medalist
Aretha (Hill) Thurmond, and five-time USA runner-up Suzy Powell.
The 22-year-old Breisch made the final throw of the competition
count, uncorking her winning toss of 62.92m/206-5 to vault from fourth
to first. Sua ended in second with a best of 61.82m/202-10, while
Thurmond was third with 61.77m/202-8.
Flanagan runs away with 5,000
Olympian Shalane Flanagan made a time trial out of the women's 5,000 meters,
running well clear of the field for nearly the entire race and winning in a 2005
U.S.-leading time of 15:10.96 for her first national championship. Lauren
Fleshman was second in 15:16.80 and two-time Olympian Amy Rudolph was third in
Three-time Olympian Amy Acuff won the fifth U.S. outdoor title of her career
in the women's high jumper, coming back from ankle injuries to win with a
clearance of 1.90m/6-2.75. Fellow 2004 Olympian Chaunte Howard and 2004 USA
junior champion Sharon Day of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo were second and third,
respectively, at the same height.
2003 Pan Am Games gold medalist Kim Kreiner won her third U.S. title in the
women's javelin throw with a mark of 58.95m/193-5. Ian Waltz, the 2004 Olympic
Trials runner-up, won his first national crown in the men's discus with his
throw of 64.54m/211-9.
advance in rounds
Top performers in their qualifying rounds on Thursday were
Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner in the men's 400 (45.29),
two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell in the men's
110-meter hurdles (13.37), 2003 U.S. champion Sanya Richards in the
women's 400 (51.79), Olympic Trials champion Daniel Lincoln in the
men's steeplechase (8:35.32), Olympian Lashinda Demus in the women's
400m hurdles (54.68), Sarah Schwald in the women's 1,500m (4:13.25),
Rob Myers in the men's 1,500m (3:38.96), and Duane Solomon in the
men's 800m (1:48.90).
Olympic silver medalist Bryan Clay led the men's decathlon after the
first day of competition (4,322 points), with marks of 10.70 in the 100m
(929 points), 7.44m/24-5 in the long jump (920), 14.88m/48-10 in the
shot put (782), 2.06m/6-9 in the high jump, and 49.62 (832) in the 400.
U.S. indoor heptathlon champ Ryan Harlan was second with 4,193 points.
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