Ash heats up track at NACAC U23 Champs


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Ronnie Ash ran his way to a windy sub-thirteen in the men's high hurdles as Team USA claimed 25 medals on day 1 at the 2010 NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Miramar, Florida.

Ash blazed down the track, pulling away from the field as he went, to win the mens' 110m hurdles in 12.98 (+3.1mps). Reigning World champion Ryan Brathwaite (BAR) finished in the runner-up position in 13.10 and Johnny Dutch claimed the bronze in a personal best 13.30.

Just before Ash's race, the U.S. went 1-2 in the women's 100m hurdles. Ti'erra Brown picked up the gold, storming down the track to a windy 12.86 (+2.3mps) while Michaylin Golladay claimed silver in 13.07.

Streaking down the runway with his new red, white and blue haircut, Jordan Scott defended his title and broke his Jeremy Scott's meet record with a best clearance of 5.56m/18-2.75. Jack Whitt no-heighted.

2010 World Indoor 4x400m gold medalist Tavaris Tate took the lead with 200m to go in the men's 400 and never looked back. Rolling down the final straight, Tate crossed the line in 45.36. Joey Hughes closed strong to claim silver in 45.79.

Jeneba Tarmoh burst from the blocks and kicked into high gear, running away from the field to win the women's 100m in 11.00 (+2.2mps). Jamaica's Samantha Henry edged out Kenyanna Wilson for silver with 11.25 while Wilson took bronze with 11.32. On the men's side, Maurice Mitchell took bronze in 10.45 behind Canada's Samuel Effah (10.06) and Jamaica's Oshane Bailey (10.11). Luther Ambrose finished seventh in 10.40.

Karen Shump dominated the women's shot put, all but winning the competition on her first throw with a put of 16.69m/59-9.25. But it was Shump's fifth throw of 17.43m/57-2.25 that sealed the gold medal for her. Anna Jelmini took second with 16.58m/54-4.75. Hours before she won the silver medal, Jelmini won the women's discus with a toss of 56.70m/186-0 while Jeneva McCall took second ith 56.16m/184-3.

Man-mountain Mason Finely, who stands at 6-8 and 375 pounds, won the men's discus with a toss of 59.59m/195-6. Nick Jones picked up the bronze medal with his best effort 57.03m/187-1 while Mexico's Mario Cota took silver with 58.01m/190-4.

In another 1-2 finish for Team USA, Shelise Williams won the women's 400m in 53.08 while Ebony Collins, normally known for her 400m hurdle prowess, was the runner-up in 53.31.

Cooper Thomspon fell short of Juan Mendez's (MEX) winning throw of 69.94m/ 229-5 in the men's javelin but his best effort of 69.52m/228-1 was good enough to earn his the silver. Brian Moore took bronze with 68.41m/224-5.

On a hot and steamy morning, with temps in the 90s, Sarah Porter won the women's 10,000m by almost 45 seconds, finishing in 36:15.51. Amanda Goetschius finished third in 37:18.81. On the men's side, the U.S. went 1-2, with Ahmed Osman winning in 30:38.22 and Colin Mickow taking second in 30:42.16.

Also at the track, Ashika Charan took silver in the women's triple jump with 13.35m/43-9.75 and April Sinkler finished fourth with 13.07m/42-10.75. At the conclusion of day 1 of the decathlon, Gray Horn is leading with 3,871 points and Nick Trubachik is sitting in second with 3,809.

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