Cantwell, Campbell win Visa Championship Series titles at 2010 USA Indoor Championships

02-28-2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Christian Cantwell and Amber Campbell won the respective men's and women's 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series titles on the final day of the 2010 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

The USA Indoor Championships are the third and final event of USA Track & Field's 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series. Top finishing athletes at the championships earn the opportunity to compete at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 12-14, in Doha, Qatar.

The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the New Mexico Sports Authority, the University of New Mexico and USATF New Mexico, are the official hosts for the championships, which will also be held in Albuquerque in 2011 and 2012. For the second consecutive day, Albuquerque filled the Convention Center with a sell-out crowd, with 3,150 fans on hand to watch the action.

Cantwell continues winning ways in Visa Men's Shot Put

2009 World Outdoor men's shot put champion Christian Cantwell, who entered the 2010 season ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News, won his fourth USA Indoor title with a best throw of 21.13 meters/69 feet 4 inches.

Cantwell, who owns four of the top six throws in the world this indoor season, finished ahead of 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion Ryan Whiting, who finished second with a best throw of 21.03m/69-0, with 2009 USA Indoor Championships fourth-place finisher Cory Martin finishing third in 20.60m/67-7.

The 2007 Indoor Visa champion, Cantwell won the men's Visa Championship Series title and a $30,000 bonus from Visa by the narrowest of margins over two-time indoor Visa Champion Terrence Trammell. Cantwell tallied 1,238 points for the win with Trammell finishing as the runner-up with 1,237 points ($15,000) and Bernard Lagat finished third with 1,219 points ($5,000).

Campbell wins Visa Champion title and $30,000

2008 Olympian and former New Mexico resident Amber Campbell truly enjoyed her homecoming by dominating the field in the women's 20-lb. weight throw on Saturday and ending up with the women's Visa Championship Series title on Sunday.

Campbell ended the suspense Saturday on her first throw, which sailed to 24.70 meters/81 feet 0.50 inch, which is the third-farthest throw ever in history and gave her a fourth consecutive U.S. Indoor title.

Campbell's performance gave her the lead in the Women's Indoor Visa Championship Series with 1,213 points, and it held up through Sunday as Campbell was awarded her winner's bonus of $30,000 from Visa.

Finishing as the runner-up was sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who fell just one point short of Campbell's winning tally. Jeter, who earned $15,000 for her efforts, finished just ahead of third place Visa Championship Series finisher Debbie Dunn, $5,000 (1,212 and 1,200 respectfully).

Powell wins Visa Women's 60m hurdles

Two-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion Ginnie Powell added the first USA Indoor title of her career to her resume by winning the Visa Women's 60m hurdles final in 7.87 seconds.

Powell won a tough battle with three-time USA Indoor champion and two-time USA Indoor Visa Championship Series winner Lolo Jones, who pressed Powell all the way to the finish before finishing as the runner-up in 7.89 seconds. 2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry finished third in 7.90.

Trammell wins men's 60m hurdles again

Two-time Olympic Games and three-time World Outdoor Championships 110m hurdles silver medalist Terrence Trammell made it a clean sweep of the three USATF Indoor Visa Championship Series meets with his 60m hurdles win this afternoon in Albuquerque in the world-leading time this season of 7.41 seconds.

Trammell, who also won the hurdles at the 2010 Millrose Games and Reebok Boston Indoor Games, now has five USA Indoor titles, with his previous triumphs coming in 2000, 2001, 2006 & 2009.

Finishing as the runner-up was 2008 Olympic Games 110m hurdles bronze medalist and 2008 USA Indoor champion David Oliver, who crossed the line in 7.54 seconds, and former University of Michigan standout Jeff Porter finished third in 7.62.

Jeter sails to win in women's 60 meters

Two-time World Outdoor Championships 100m bronze medalist and 2007 USA Indoor Championships 60m runner-up Carmelita Jeter got out fast and was never seriously challenged in winning the women's 60 meters in 7.02 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Jeter, who posted the third-fastest time globally this season of 7.05 seconds earlier this month in Stuttgart, Germany, finished well ahead of runner-up Miki Barber, who crossed the line in 7.15 seconds with Gloria Asumnu, who finished the 2009 season ranked #8 in the U.S. by T&FN, placing third in 7.18.

Camarena wins women's shot put

2008 Olympian Jillian Camarena was victorious in the women's shot put with a best throw of 18.63 meters/61 feet 1.50 inches. For Camarena it was her sixth career U.S. Indoor title to go along with her triumphs from 2005, '06, '07, '08 & '09.

Finishing as the runner-up was two-time USA Outdoor champion and 2004 World Junior Championships gold medalist Michelle Carter, who had a best throw of 18.03m/59-2.

Williams' season of dominance continues in Visa Men's 60 Meters

2009 USA Outdoor Championships 100m seventh-place finisher Ivory Williams, who posted wins earlier this season at the Millrose Games in New York City and at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, was victorious again today in the Visa Men's 60 meters.

Williams final burst with about ten meters remaining was enough to win the race and his first USA Indoor title in the world-leading time of 6.49 seconds. 2008 USA Indoor champion and 2009 USA Outdoor champion Mike Rodgers was the runner-up in 6.52 seconds, with Trell Kimmons finishing third in 6.56. Two-time Olympic medalist Walter Dix finished fourth in 6.58 seconds.

Hicks wins men's long jump

Former LSU standout Jeremy Hicks, who finished as the runner-up in the long jump at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships and ended the 2009 season ranked #9 in the country by Track & Field News, won his first-ever U.S. national title with a leap of 7.94 meters/26 feet .75 inch.

Jeff Henderson's best jump was the identical distance of Hicks' best leap, but Hicks posted five other legal jumps, while Henderson, who ended up in second place, fouled on his five other attempts, thus making Hicks the victor.

Former University of Washington standout Norris Frederick finished third with a best of 7.89m/25-10.25.

Uceny upsets Rowbury in Nike Women's 1,500 Meters

Former Cornell standout Morgan Uceny, who finished fourth in the 800 meters at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships, was victorious in the Nike Women's 1,500 meters in winning her first ever USA Indoor title.

Uceny crossed the finish line first in 4:19.46, just barely edging out 2009 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury, who finished as the runner-up in 4:19.48.

2009 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Erin Donohue placed third in 4:21.86, with 2005 USA Junior champion Sarah Bowman placing fourth in 4:22.28.

Symmonds captures Nike Men's 800 Meters

2008 Olympian and 2009 World Outdoor Championships finalist Nick Symmonds won the second USA Indoor title of his career when he finished first in the Nike Men's 800m in 1:48.10.

Symmonds, who first won the USA Indoor men's 800m crown in 2007, had been living and training in Albuquerque for the last month and his training came in handy as he faced a strong challenge from former University of Southern California standout Duane Solomon, who finished as the runner-up in 1:48.41. Tyler Mulder finished third in 1:48.53.

Pierce wins women's 800 meters in U.S. leading time

Former U.S. women's 3,000m steeplechase record holder Anna (Willard) Pierce entered the 2010 season ranked #2 in the world at 800 meters and she rose to the occasion in the women's 800m final, winning it in 2:00.84 seconds. For Pierce, she adds this title to the USA Indoor 1,500m crown she won in 2009.

Finishing as the runner-up was Alysia Johnson, who crossed the finish line in 2:01.45, with Heather Dorniden placing third in 2:02.33.

"Batman" wins men's 400 meters

2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Outdoor Championships 400m hurdles bronze medalist Bershawn "Batman" Jackson won the men's 400 meters in 45.41 seconds. Jackson, who first won this event in 2005, finished just ahead of 2009 USA Indoor champion Jamaal Torrence, who was the runner-up in 45.76 seconds, with Greg Nixon placing third in 45.77.

2008 Olympic Games 400m hurdles silver medalist Kerron Clement won heat 1 of the two-section final in 46.29 seconds.

Manzano wins hard-fought men's 1,500 meters

2008 Olympian and 2009 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m finalist Leo Manzano won his first career USA Indoor title when he crossed the finish line ahead of the field in the men's 1,500m final in 3:49.16.

It was a three-man battle coming off the final turn between Manzano, 2008 Olympic Trials fourth-place finisher Will Leer and 2009 USA Indoor 3,000m champion David Torrence, but Manzano had too much in reserve in the end to be defeated.

Leer finished as the runner-up in 3:49.31, with Torrence placing third in 3:50.08.

Dunn does it in women's 400 meters

2009 World Outdoor Championships 4x400m relay gold medalist Debbie Dunn blistered the track in posting the fastest time in the world this year in winning the women's 400 meters (in a two section final) in 50.86 seconds.

2004 Olympic Games 4x400m relay gold medalist DeeDee Trotter finished as the runner-up in 51.23, with two-time Olympic Games 200m silver medalist and three-time World Outdoor champion Allyson Felix finishing third in 51.37 seconds,

Janson takes Gill Women's Pole Vault

Former Florida State standout Lacy Janson, who failed to clear a height at this event last year, improved considerably on that performance by winning the Gill Women's Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.65 meters/15 feet 3 inches.

2009 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Chelsea Johnson finished as the runner-up by soaring over 4.60m/15-1, with 2003 NCAA Outdoor champion Becky Holliday finishing third by clearing 4.55m/14-11.

Michta captures women's 3,000m race walk crown

Maria Michta of Walk USA won her first career U.S. Indoor title when she crossed the finish line first in the women's 3,000m race walk in 13 minutes 51.33 seconds.

Finishing as the runner-up was four-time USA Indoor champion Joanne Dow (14:01.53), with seven-time USA Indoor champion Teresa Vaill placing third in 14:09.42.

In masters exhibition competition today, Paul Ossman won the men's shot put with his first round throw of 15.58 meters/51 feet 1.50 inches, and Charles Brown was victorious in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 4.20m/13-9.25.

For more information on the 2010 USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque and the 2010 Visa Championship Series, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com or www.usatf.org.