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Payton Jordan U.S. Open

Held: May 29-30, 2005 at Cobb Track and Angell Field, Palo Alto, CA

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John Godina

Godina owns 2005 world list

After winning the 2005 USA Indoor title, and with it the inaugural USATF Indoor Visa Championship Series crown, Godina entered Monday's action owning the longest throw in the world this outdoor season with his personal best toss of 22.20m/72 feet, 10 inches in winning the adidas Track Classic last weekend.

Godina won Monday's competition with his third round throw of 21.93 meters/71 feet, 11.50 inches, the second-best performance in the world this year. Godina's second-round throw of 21.84m/71-8 is the third-best throw globally this season. Godina now owns the top four throws in the world in 2005, and is the only winner of the men's shot put (5 titles) in the history of the Payton Jordan U.S. Open. 2004 Olympic Trials finalist Jamie Beyer was the runner-up with a best of 21.13m/69-4, with two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson third with a throw of 20.72m/67-11.75.


Tracey O'Hara

O'Hara posts personal best

2002 NCAA Outdoor champion Tracey O'Hara set a new personal best in winning the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.60m/15 feet, 1 inch, a performance that ranks as the second-best in the world this year. Only Stacy Dragila, Mary Sauer and Kellie Suttle have jumped higher than O'Hara in U.S. history. Dana Ellis of Canada was the runner-up (4.60m/15-1), with Suttle placing third with a best of 4.25m/13-11.25.

2004 Olympic Games finalist Kenta Bell won the men's triple jump in his final attempt on Monday, as he did in winning the adidas Track Classic last week in Carson, Calif. Bell's winning leap of 16.93 meters, 55 feet, 6.50 inches is the fourth-best by an American this outdoor season. Former University of Mississippi standout Marcus Jones was the runner-up with a best of 16.57m/54-4.50.

In other men's field events, 2004 Olympic Trials finalist Jacob Pauli was the surprise winner in the men's pole vault with his clearance of 5.75m/18-10.25. Brad Walker was the runner-up with a best of 5.65m/18-6.50. In long jump competition, former Southern University standout Brian Johnson won the event with a best of 8.17m/26-9.75, with Miguel Pate finishing as the runner-up in jumping the identical distance. Johnson was the declared the victor due to his second-best jump outdistancing Pate's. Their performances equal the second-best jumps by an American this season.


Jarred Rome

Rome, Heaston, Upshaw win field events

Current U.S. leader and 2004 Olympian Jarred Rome won the men's discus on his final attempt with a throw of 63.04 meters/206 feet, 10 inches. Rome's 2004 Olympic teammate Ian Waltz was the runner-up with a best of 63.02m/206-9.

In women's field events, 2004 Olympian Kristin Heaston won the shot put competition with a best of 18.55 meters/60 feet, 10 inches, the second-best throw by an American this season. Current U.S. 2005 leader Liz Wanless (18.58m/60-11.50) was the runner-up with a best of 18.00m/59-0.75.

2004 Olympic finalist Grace Upshaw equaled the second-best performance by an American this season with her winning leap of 6.73 meters/22 feet, 1 inch in the women's long jump. Brianna Glenn was the runner-up with a best of 6.60m/21 feet, 8 inches.


Muna Lee

Perry sets hurdles personal best

In women's action on the track, 2004 Olympic Trials finalist and Athens Olympic Games heptathon competitor Michelle Perry set a lifetime best in winning the 100m hurdles in 12.65 seconds. Her performance is the second-fastest time by an American this year. 2004 Jamaican Olympian Delloreen Ennis-London was the runner-up in 12:77, with 2005 USA Indoor champion Danielle Carruthers placing third in 12.83.

In other women's running events, 2004 Olympic Games 200m finalist Muna Lee won the 100 meters in 11.16 seconds, with Rachelle Boone-Smith the runner-up in 11.23 and 2005 USATF Indoor Visa Championships Series winner Angela Daigle third in 11.30.

2004 Olympic Trials fifth-place finisher Frances Santin broke away from the field coming down the final stretch to win the women's 800 meters in 2 minutes, 01.44 seconds, the second-fastest time by an American this outdoor season. Amy Teteris of Canada was the runner-up in 2:01.90, with Alice Schmidt finishing third in 2:02.71.


David Krummenacker

Capel, Arnold & Krummenacker win on the track

2003 World Outdoor 200m champion John Capel won the men's 100 meters in 10.08 seconds, the third-fastest time by an American this season. Jamaica's Dwight Thomas was the runner-up in 10.12, with Brian Lewis third in 10.16. In the men's 110m hurdles, Dominique Arnold posted the second-fastest time by an American this season with his win in 13.21 seconds. Arend Watkins was the runner-up in 13.35.

In other men's running events, 2003 World Indoor champion David Krummenacker won the 800 meters in the second-fastest time by an American this season of 1 minute, 45.19 seconds, and 2003 USA champion Steve Slattery won the men's steeplechase in 8:38.89.

In Olympic Development events on Monday, 2004 Olympic Trials 1,500m finalist Scott McGowan won the men's 800 meters in 1 minute, 49.49 seconds, with former Stanford great and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Gabe Jennings the runner-up in 1:49.67. Two Olympic Development men's 1,500 meter races were contested Monday with Jim Sorenson winning Section 1 in 3 minutes, 45.09 seconds, and Julius Achon picking up the win in Section 2 in 3:41:58.


Werknesh Kidane

Kidane sets U.S. All-Comers record

Ethiopian star Werknesh Kidane bettered her own U.S. women's all-comers 10,000m record Sunday night at the 2005 Payton Jordan U.S. Open. 

Running virtually by herself throughout the race, Kidane, who placed fourth in the 10,000m at the 2004 Olympic Games, finished in 30 minutes, 19.38 seconds to better her previous U.S. all-comers standard of 30:41.40, set June 7, 2003, also at Stanford. Her performance is the fastest time in the world this year. Fellow Ethiopian Merima Hashim was the runner-up in 32:14.18.

Another 2005 world outdoor best was posted by Ethiopian standout Markos Geneti, who won the men's 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 8.59 seconds. Kenyan Meshack Sang was the runner-up in 13:20.26, with 2003 U.S. Outdoor Championships third-place finisher Jorge Torres bettering the 'A' qualifying standard for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships with his third-place finish in 13:20.57.

In the men's 10,000m, Ethiopian standout Gebre-agzibher Gebremar ran the fifth-fastest time ever on U.S. soil in winning the race in 27 minutes, 11.57 seconds. Kenya's Dejene Berhanu was the runner-up in 27:12.22, with Ethiopia's Solomon Molla third in 28:25.27


Lauren Fleshman

Fleshman posts U.S. seasonal best

A three-time NCAA women's outdoor 5,000m champion while at Stanford, Lauren Fleshman looked right at home on her collegiate track Sunday night in posting the fastest time by an American this year. Fleshman ran alone for most of the race in winning the 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 15.63 seconds. Last year's U.S. Open winner Blake Russell was the runner-up in the second-fastest time by an American this season of 15:26.60, with 2004 Olympic Trials third-place finisher Carrie Messner, placing third in 15:47.37.

Two-time Olympian and four-time national champion Seilala Sua posted a seasonal best Sunday night in winning the women's discus against a solid field. Sua's winning throw of 60.83 meters/199 feet, 7 inches, bettered two-time Olympian Suzy Powell's runner-up toss of 59.86m/196-5. 2002 national champion Kris Kuehl was third with a best of 57.78m/189-7, with 2004 Olympian Stephanie Brown placing fourth with a throw of 55.35m/181-7.

2004 Olympic Trials champion Erin Gilreath posted the second-best mark by an American this season in winning the women's hammer with her winning throw of 70.14 meters/230 feet, 1 inch. Gilreath owns the best throw by an American this season with her toss of 71.14m/233-5 May 13 in Atlanta. LSU standout Brittany Henry was the runner-up with a best of 68.17m/223-8.

Top U.S. Performances - Payton Jordan U.S. Open

Event Mark
1. John Godina Shot Put 21.93m
2. Dominique Arnold 110m Hurdles 13.21/0.0
3. Jamie Beyer Shot Put 21.13m
Event Mark
1. Michelle Perry 100m Hurdles 12.65/-1.4
2. Danielle Carruthers 100m Hurdles 12.83/-1.4
3. Muna Lee 100m 11.16/0.0

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June 4, Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR. On NBC June 5, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET.

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