Begley & McLain post record-setting performances at USA Outdoor Championships

06-24-2010

Contact:
Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field
317-713-4690

DES MOINES - Amy Begley and Erica McLain each set stadium records Thursday at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The championships will run through Sunday.

The USA Outdoor Championships are the third stop of the 2010 USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series, which concludes July 3 with the Nike Prefontaine Classic from historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Begley wins second national 10,000m title

2008 Olympian Amy Begley won her second consecutive U.S. 10,000m women's title this evening over former Iowa State University standout and 2008 NCAA champion Lisa Koll in a highly competitive race.

The sixth-place finisher at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany, Begley broke away from Koll in with one lap remaining before crossing the finish line first in 32:06.45, which shattered the previous Drake Stadium record of 32:44.95 set by Koll in 2008. Koll finished as the runner-up in 32:11.72, with Desiree Davila third in 32:22.32 and Blake Russell fourth in 32:46.73.

McLain sets stadium record on second best jump

2008 Olympian Erica McLain won her second USA Outdoor title and set a Drake Stadium record in dominating the women's triple jump competition.

McLain ended the suspense in the first round with what would be the winning leap of 14.18 meters/46 feet 6.25 inches, which would have given her the stadium record. However, McLain soared to the pit with a 2.1 meters per second wind at her back, which is slightly over the allowable for record purposes. On her final attempt she sailed to 14.15m/46-5.25 (+0.4 mps), which bettered the previous stadium record of 13.79m/45-3 set by Shani Marks in 2003.

McLain has been knocking on the door of her second U.S. Outdoor title since her first triumph in 2005. She finished second at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, and placed third in 2007 and 2008.

Two-time Olympic Trials runner-up and 2009 national outdoor champion Shakeema Welsch was the runner-up and first competitor to break the stadium record this evening with a best of 14.07m/46-2. Former University of Oklahoma standout Toni Smith finished third for the second year in a row with her third round leap of 13.69m/44-11.

Rupp wins again in men's 10,000m

Former University of Oregon great Galen Rupp won his second consecutive U.S. national men's 10,000m title in a spirited battle with 2007 Pan Am Games 1,500m gold medalist Ed Moran.

Moran, who finished fourth in the 10,000m at the 2008 Olympic Trials and fifth last year at Nationals, held a slight lead over Rupp over the final three miles until Rupp turned on the afterburners with 600 meters to go before crossing the finish line first in 28:59.29 in adding to an expanding resume that includes an eighth-place finish at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. Rupp posted the fourth-fastest time in the world this year with his 27:10.74 clocking in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 1.

Moran finished as the runner-up in 29:03.07, with Patrick Smyth third in 29:18.13 and Ryan Sheehan fourth in 29:18.55.

Speed to burn in 100m qualifying

2007 World Outdoor Championships 200m finalist LaShaunte'a Moore won the third heat of women's 100m qualifying in 11.26 seconds, which was the fastest time of the day. Three-time World Outdoor 200m champion Allyson Felix won Heat 2 in 11.32, and 2009 NCAA 100m champion and USA Outdoor Champs fourth-place finisher Alexandria Anderson won Heat 1 in 11.29.

In men's 100m qualifying, three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion and 2008 Olympic Trials fourth-place finisher Travis Padgett had the fastest time of the three qualifying heats when he captured Heat 1 in 10.23 seconds. 2008 Olympic Games 100m and 200m bronze medalist Walter Dix won Heat 3 in 10.27, and Leroy Dixon, who has finished sixth in this event the last three years, won Heat 2, also in 10.27.

Dunn does it in 400m qualifying

2009 USA Outdoor Champs runner-up and World Outdoor Championships sixth-place finisher Debbie Dunn led the women's 400m qualifiers in winning Heat 1 in 51.74. Last year's fourth place finisher Natasha Hastings came up with the second-fastest time of the day from her win in Heat 3 in 51.91, and reigning World Outdoor champion Sanya Richards-Ross, who has been ranked #1 in the world at 400m over the last five years, won Heat 2 in the identical time posted by Hastings.

Jamaal Torrance, who ended last season ranked #9 in the U.S. by Track & Field News, posted the fastest time in men's 400m qualifying of 45.49 in winning Heat 4. Other first round winners included 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Outdoor champion Jeremy Wariner (Heat 3 - 45.80), LeJerald Betters (Heat 2 - 45.68) and Steven Willey (Heat 1 - 46.35)

Johnson, Williams lead 800m qualifiers

The fastest qualifier in the first round of the women's 800m was 2007 USA Outdoor and NCAA champion Alysia Johnson, who won Heat 2 in 2:02.19, with the University of Tennessee's Phoebe Wright winning the first heat in the second-fastest time of the day of 2:02.33. Wright won the NCAA Outdoor crown earlier this month in Eugene, and finished third at last year's USA Outdoor Championships.

Two-time USA Junior champion Karjuan Williams led the men's 800m qualifiers with his win in Heat 2 in 1:47.02. 2009 USA Outdoor Championships eighth-place finisher Tyler Mulder won the first heat in the second-fastest time of the day of 1:47.18, with two-time defending champion Nick Symmonds winning Heat 3 in the third-fastest time of 1:47.91.

Donohue, Pierce post fastest times in women's 1,500m

2008 Olympian and 2009 USA Outdoor Champs fourth-place finisher Erin Donohue was the fastest of 18 competitors in women's 1,500m qualifying. Donohue won the second of two heats in 4:11.72, with 2009 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m sixth-place finisher Anna Pierce finishing as the runner-up in that heat in 4:11.82, which was the second-fastest time of the day.

2009 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist and reigning national champion Shannon Rowbury won Heat 1 in 4:11.87, with 2008 Olympic Games 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan finishing as runner-up in 4:11.94.

Jackson leads the way in men's 400m hurdles

2005 World Outdoor champion Bershawn "Batman" Jackson is the unquestioned favorite in the men's 400m hurdles and his performance in the opening round confirmed his status as the man to beat.

The bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Outdoor Championships, Jackson won the third of three heats in 49.58 as he begins the quest to win his third consecutive USA Outdoor title. 2009 NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson won Heat 2 in 49.61, and last year's USA runner-up and 2010 NCAA champion Johnny Dutch was the victor in Heat 1 in 49.64.

Franek in first in women's steeple

A competitive first heat of women's steeplechase qualifying was won by Penn State University's 2010 NCAA champion Bridget Franek, who finished third at last year's USA Championships and crossed the finish line first today in 9:58.91. 2008 Olympic Trials fourth-place finisher Nicole Bush was the runner-up in 10:00.69

2006 national steeple champion Lisa Aguilera won Heat 2 in 10:02.75, with former Stanford standout Lindsay Allen, who finished seventh at last year's championships, placing second in 10:03.81.

USA Outdoor Championships network television coverage begins Friday night!

The 2010 USA Outdoor Championships will be televised on the following dates (All times Eastern):

June 25 - 8:00 - 10 p.m. on ESPN

June 26 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on ESPNJune 26 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on NBC

June 27 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on ESPN

June 27 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on NBC

USA Track & Field, in conjunction with RunnerSpace, is providing real-time coverage of all events not broadcast on television. Highlighted competitions in the webcast include Thursday's men's and women's 10,000m as well as extensive field event coverage. Webcasts will also include the voices of elite athletes as guest commentators. The webcasts will be found on the USATF 2010 Championships page in addition to an already posted video clip from USATF CEO Doug Logan on the partnership at: www.usatf.org

Tickets for the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships may be purchased by dialing 515-271-3647 or by visiting: www.godrakebulldogs.com

For more information on the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships and the USATF Visa Championship Series, visit: www.visachampionshipseries.com.