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Bloom, Wheeler earn top marks at USATF Midsummer Classic


Melissa Beasley
Elite Athlete Coordinator
USA Track & Field
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Several of the world’s best throwers converged on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis Sunday to compete in the USATF Midsummer Classic, which consisted of two throwing events.

In the men’s shot, 2000 Olympian Andy Bloom’s top throw of 20.94 meters/68 feet-8.50 inches gave him a first place finish. Three-time World Outdoor Championships team member Kevin Toth finished 2nd with a throw of 20.43m/67-0.5, and Jamie Beyer finished 3rd (18.90m/62-0.25)

1996 Olympian Erica Wheeler set a PR in the modified women’s javelin, winning the event with a throw of 56.81m/186-4. 2001 National Champion Kim Kreiner took second with a throw of 54.77m/179-8. Serene Ross, who will compete at the World University Games next month in Beijing, set a PR while finishing 3rd with a throw of 54.72m/179-6. Ann Crouse set a seasonal best mark with a throw of 54.58m/179-1 while placing 4th.

Ron White won the men’s javelin with a throw of 71.03m/233-0, while 2001 U.S. Outdoor third-place finisher Kristen Heaston won the women’s shot with a throw of 16.16m/53-0.25.

Indiana Invaders win inaugural USATF National Track and Field Club Championships

A dominating performance on the women’s side by the Indiana Invaders propelled the team to the overall win in the inaugural USATF National Track and Field Club Championships, held at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Invaders totaled 204 points on the women’s side, compared to 42 points for second-place team Maryland Elite.

The Invader’s Judy Porter set a PR by 12 seconds in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:25.21. Porter’s performance earned her the “Outstanding Female Performer of the Meet” honors.

In the distance medley relay, the Invaders put together the second fastest time in the world for 2001 with a 11:06.56.

The “Outstanding Male Performer of the Meet” was the Invader’s Kirt Thompson. The Olympian won the men’s javelin with a throw of 73.04m/239-7.

The Nashville Elite won the men’s title with a total of 92 points.

Dragila wins again in London

Stacy Dragila recorded another win in the women’s pole vault Sunday at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix, an IAAF Grand Prix meet. Dragila earned the win after neck and neck competition from Russian European record holder Svetlana Feofanova.

At 4.65m/15-3, the two vaulters were still even until Dragila cleared 4.72m/15-5.75. Dragila then attempted to break her own world record of 4.81m/15-9.25, but to no avail.

100m record holder Maurice Greene won the men’s 100 with a time of 9.98. Bernard Williams finished 3rd with a time of 10.13, while Jon Drummond placed 4th (10.21) and Dennis Mitchell was 6th (10.36).

Angelo Taylor suffered his first loss this season in the men’s 400m hurdles, placing second with a time of 48.36, behind the Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez (47.95), who equaled Taylor’s world best time this season. Larry Wade finished 2nd in the men’s 110m hurdles (13.45). In the men’s javelin, Breaux Greer placed 3rd with a throw of 85.91m/281-10. Kevin Little took 3rd in the men’s 200 in 20.45, as Dennis Mitchell placed 6th (20.93). Trinity Gray was 3rd in the men’s 800 (1:46.89).

Marion Jones won the women’s 100 with a time of 11.00 seconds. Monique Hennagan took 2nd in the women’s 400 in 51.38. Marla Runyan’s time of 15:05.48 in the women’s 5000 was a new PR, good for a 4th place finish. Sandra Glover took 3rd in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 56.04.

Hudson Smith International’s 4x100 relay team ran a blazing time of 37.93 to win the men’s 4x100m relay. The relay order was not listed.

USA struggles in dual decathlon meet

Several U.S. athletes competed in a decathlon dual meet against Germany over the weekend in Filderstadt-Bernhausen. David Lemen was the top U.S. finisher, placing 7th with a total of 7542 points. Bevan Hart placed 8th with 7506 points. Germany’s Mike Maczey won the event with a total of 8139 points.

Germany won the event with a team total of 39,605 points compared to 36,991 for the U.S. The U.S. owns a 6-3 edge over Germany in the nine-year series.

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