Team USA dominates at 2006 NACAC U23


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

Team USA dominated the action over the weekend by taking the top two positions in twelve separate events at the 2006 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Track and Field Championships at the Panamerican Stadium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Five hundred athletes from 28 countries competed in the fourth edition of the championships. The NACAC Athletic Association's U23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Team USA sprints past competition

Team USA's sprinters took center stage this weekend. Carlos Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) won the men's 100 meters in 10.23 seconds Friday while soon-to-be senior at Florida A&M, Chris Hargrett (Orlando, Fla.), finished just behind him in 10.26 for second.

In the women's 100 meters, 2005 Pan Am Junior champion Cleo Tyson (Huntsville, Texas), who will be a junior at the University of Tennessee, took home the crown in a meet record time of 11.25 seconds. 2004 World Junior 200m and 2006 NCAA 200m champion Shalonda Solomon (Inglewood, Calif.) was the runner-up in 11.39.

Solomon, who will be a junior at South Carolina in the fall, came back Sunday to win gold in the women's 200 meters in 22.90 seconds. UC Berkley graduate Antonette Carter (Concord, Calif.) claimed the silver medal in 23.05.

In the men's 200 meters, 2005 Pan Am Junior champion Otis McDaniel (San Antonio, Texas), who will be a junior at Texas Christian University, took home the gold winning in 20.61 seconds.

Penn State junior-to-be Shana Cox (Westbury, N.Y.), who took third at the 2006 NCAA Championships, set a meet record in winning the women's 400 meters in 51.15 seconds. 2003 World Youth and 2004 World Junior champion Natasha Hastings (Rosedale, N.Y.) grabbed the silver medal in 52.11. On the men's side, Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.), who will be a junior at USC, took home the silver in 45.38.

Dominic Berger (Mitchellville, Md.), a rising junior at the University of Maryland, won his first international title in the men's 110 meter hurdles in 13.78 seconds. Berger set a meet-record in the preliminary rounds running 13.61. Jason Richardson (Cedar Hill, Texas), a junior-to-be at South Carolina who finished third at the 2006 NCAA Championships, claimed silver in 13.87.

Dawn Harper (East St. Louis, Ill.), the 2003 Pan Am Junior champion and a recent graduate of UCLA, won the women's 100 meter hurdles in 13.06 seconds. A senior-to-be at the University of Washington, Ashley Lodree (Richmond, Calif.) was third in 13.31.

2003 Pan Am Junior champion Ken Ferguson (Detroit, Mich.) dominated the men's 400 meter hurdles winning in a meet-record 48.80 seconds, while 2005 Pan Am Junior champion Reuben McCoy (Sicklerville, N.J.), who will be a junior at Auburn, was second in 49.56. For the women, Erin Crawford (Hillsborough, N.J.), a promising senior at the University of Virginia, claimed the bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles in 58.70.

The men's 4x100 meter relay team of Garry Jones (Oakland, Calif.), Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga.), Carlos Moore and Chris Hargrett brought home the gold medal with their winning time of 39.38 seconds. The men's 4x400m team of Reggie Darder (Cecilia, La.), Carey LaCour (Humble, Texas), Ken Ferguson and Lionel Larry claimed silver crossing the line in 3:05.10.

Brooklyn Morris (Houston, Texas), Shareese Woods (Fort Lee, Va.), Shalonda Solomon and Cleo Tyson combined to win the women's 4x100 meter relay in 43.53 seconds. The women's 4x400m team of Ashley Kidd (St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Deonna Lawrence (Elk Grove, Calif.), Shana Cox and Natasha Hastings took home the gold crossing the line in a meet record 3:29.05.

Going the distance

In the distance events, Alysia Johnson (Canyon Country, Calif.), a soon-to-be junior at Berkeley, brought home the gold in the women's 800 meters winning in a meet-record 2:03.87. In the women's 1,500 meters, Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, Calif.), a rising junior at Duke who finished sixth at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, won the title in 4:20.57.

Wichita State graduate Desiraye Osburn (Lyndon, Kan.) was second in the women's 5,000 meters in 16:22.61. Stephanie Rothstein (Phoenix, Ariz.), a UC Santa Barbara senior-to-be, won the women's 10,000 meters in 37:57.94, almost 45 seconds ahead of second place finisher Shannon Elmer of Canada (38:42.87).

Recent Brown graduate Anna Willard (Greenwood, Maine), who placed sixth at the 2006 NCAA Championships, manhandled the competition in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase winning in a meet record 10 minutes 23.23 seconds. Cassie King (Kernersville, N.C.), a North Carolina graduate, claimed silver in 10:36.97.

Aaron Aguayo, who will be a senior at Arizona State, led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in the men's 5,000 meters clocking 14 minutes 54.55 seconds. Berkeley graduate Giliat Ghebray (Union City, Calif.) was second in 14:55.52.

Duane Solomon (Lompoc, Calif.), a rising junior at USC who placed seventh at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, won the men's 800 meters in 1 minute 48.96 seconds. University of Portland's Male Athlete of the Year, John Moore (Olympia, Wash.) claimed victory in the men's 10,000 meters winning in 30:16.03.

In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, rising Eastern Michigan junior Corey Nowitzke (Monroe, Mich.) claimed silver in 9 minutes 8.63 seconds. Arizona State graduate Ryan Warrenburg (Franklin, Ind.) took the bronze in 9:11.36.

Team USA harvests field event medals

On the field, soon-to-be Michigan State senior Brad Gebuaer (Bad Axe, Mich.) conquered the field in the men's pole vault, winning the gold with his clearance of 5.51 meters/18 feet 1 inch. Jimmie Heath, who will be a junior at McNeese State, took home the bronze with his clearance of 5.05m/16-6.75. University of Arkansas rising senior Jodi Unger (Abilene, Texas) took home the silver medal in the women's pole vault with her clearance of 3.90 meters/12 feet 9.5 inches.

Nick Owens (Shelton, Wash.), a rising senior at UNC who took third at the 2006 NCAA Championships, took the gold in the men's hammer with his winning toss of 67.87 meters/222 feet 8 inches. Auburn's Jake Dunkleberger (Smyrna, Ga.) took the silver with a heave of 66.91m/219-6. For the women, Southern Illinois junior standout Brittany Riley (Flossmoor, Ill.) won the hammer throw with a personal best and met-record throw of 66.30m/217-6. University of Oregon fifth-year senior Britney Henry (Spokane, Wash.) took third with a throw of 65.41m/214-7.

Southern Illinois graduate Amarachi Ukabam (Creve Coeur, Mo.) captured the gold in the women's shot put with her heave of 16.82 meters/55 feet 2.25 inches. 2006 NCAA and 2004 World Junior champion Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) took the silver medal with her toss of 16.74m/54-11.25.

The U.S. also enjoyed success in the discus throw as 2006 NCAA runner-up Adam Kuehl (Monmouth, N.J.), a senior at the University of Arizona, dominated the field in the men's discus with a toss of 59.04 meters/193 feet 8 inches. Over five meters back, Rashaud Scott (New York, N.Y.), who will be a junior a Mesa CC, threw 53.36m/175-1 for the silver medal. Southern Illinois standout Amarachi Ukabam claimed her second title of the meet in winning the women's discus with a meet-record heave of 53.45m/175-4, while Kate Hutchinson (San Clemente, Calif.), a senior at USC, took third with her throw of 47.40m/155-6.

Team USA's horizontal jumpers also fared well as recent University of Maryland graduate Kierra Foster (West Palm Beach, Fla.) leaped her way to a silver medal with a personal best mark of 6.48 meters/21 feet 3.25 inches. Brenda Faluade (Katy, Texas), a senior at the University of Miami who placed fourth in the 2006 NCAA Championships, jumped captured the bronze medal with a leap of 6.43m/21-1.25. 2005 USA Outdoor champion Erica McLain (Plano, Texas) took home the silver medal in the women's triple jump with her bound of 13.92m/45-8. Michigan senior Michael Whitehead (Norristown, Pa.), who was the 2006 NCAA runner-up, brought home the bronze medal in the men's triple jump with his leap of 15.85m/52-00.

Two-time NCAA champion Dana Pounds (Lexington, Ky.), a graduate of the Air Force Academy, broke her own meet record in winning the women's javelin throw with a heave of 55.24 meters/181 feet 3 inches. Pounds set the previous meet record of 53.15m/174-4 in 2004.

Note: Final results for the men's 800m, 1,500m, high jump, long jump, shot put, decathlon and women's high jump and heptathlon have yet to be released.

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