Stuczynski sets American record at 2008 adidas Track Classic

05-18-2008

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CARSON, Calif. - The third woman ever to clear the 16-foot barrier in the pole vault, Jenn Stuczynski, became the #2 performer all-time in that event Sunday at the 2008 adidas Track Classic at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Held under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80s, the adidas Track Classic is the second event of USA Track & Field's 2008 Visa Outdoor Championships Series.

A two-time USA Outdoor champion, Stuczynski cleared 4.90 meters/16 feet .75 inch in bettering her own American record of 4.88m/16 feet set on June 2, 2007 in New York City. Only Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia has soared higher in the history of the event. For her efforts, Stuczynski was named The Team USA Athlete of the Meet, presented by Visa.

April Steiner was the runner-up to Stuczynski with a clearance of 4.47m/14-8, with Jillian Schwartz third with a best of 4.47m/14-8. Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Stacy Dragila was fourth, also clearing 4.47m/14-8.

Rowbury runs stunning time in women's 1,500 meters

2005 Atlantic Coast Conference champion, 2006 NACAC champion and USA Indoor champion Shannon Rowbury won the women's 1,500 meters in 4:01.06, which is the fastest time in the world this year by nearly four and a half seconds, and ranks her as the #5 U.S. performer of all-time. Rowbury returns to competition this season after recovering from a stress fracture in her hip last year that kept her competing from April until July.

2007 USA Outdoor runner-up Christin Wurth-Thomas finished second to Rowbury in 4:04.94 and Lisa Corrigan of Australia was third in 4:06.97.

Gay, Campbell-Brown win 100m races

The men's 100 meters was a blistering affair that saw reigning world 100m and 200m champion Tyson Gay challenged by 2007 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Darvis Patton. The last 30 meters saw the two combatants even all the way to the finish with Gay just sneaking ahead of his rival in winning in 10.05 seconds. Patton was the runner-up in 10.06 with World Championships silver medalist Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas third in 10.16.

The most anticipated event in Carson was the women's 100 meters featuring seven of the world's top sprinters. The end of the race resembled the final at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, as Jamaican standout Veronica Campbell-Brown hit the finish line first in 11.14 seconds, with 2005 World Outdoor champion Lauryn Williams on her heels, placing second in 11.15. Jamaican Kerron Stewart was third in 11.16 seconds, with reigning World 200m champion Allyson Felix fourth in 11.21.

Gay wins 200 meters

Tyson Gay set out to win two events at the adidas Track Classic and he ended the event in style with his convincing victory in the men's 200 meters. Gay got out fast and showed no mercy to the rest of the field in winning in 20.08 seconds, which equals the second-fastest time in the world this season. The third-fastest 200m runner of all-time, Xavier Carter, was the runner-up in 20.30 seconds, with 2007 World Outdoor Championships third-place finisher Rodney Martin third in 20.55.

Wariner wins 400 meters convincingly

World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner won the men's 400 meters in the second fastest time in the world and the fastest time on American soil so far this season when he crossed the finish line first in 44.42 seconds. Canadian standout Tyler Christopher was the runner-up in 44.71 seconds, with Bahamian Chris Brown third in 44.94 and reigning World 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement fourth in 45.10.

Women's quartet dominates the world

The women's 3,000 meters on Sunday will register prominently on the 2008 world outdoor list as the four top finishers posted the four fastest times in the world this season. Canadian standout Meagan Metcalfe won the contest in 8:51.97, followed by Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, who finished as the runner-up in 8:53.72. 2007 USA Outdoor Championships 5,000m runner-up Jen Rhines was third in 8:56.26 and 2007 World Championships 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher was fourth in 9:00.53.

Lagat wins again

Reigning World 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat took command coming off the final turn and won the men's 1,500 meters in 3:35.14, which is the fastest outdoor time by an American this year. New Zealand standout Nick Willis finished close behind Lagat as the runner-up in 3:35.75, with Canadian Kevin Sullivan placing third in 3:35.78.

Hayes, Moore win high hurdles races

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes faced a strong field in winning the women's 100m hurdles in 12.64 seconds, which is the second-fastest time by an American this season. 2008 World Indoor silver medalist Candace Davis was the runner-up in 12.71 seconds, with 2004 NCAA Outdoor champ Nichole Denby finishing third in 12.72.

The men's 110m hurdles was a hotly contested affair that came down to a close finish between Anwar Moore and Terrence Trammell. Moore, who ended the 2007 season ranked #4 in the world, won the race in 13.39 seconds, with two-time Olympic silver medalist Trammell the runner-up in 13.40. The hurdlers ran into a -1.3 meters per second headwind.

Cantwell, Rome win men's throws

Two-time World Indoor champion and current world outdoor leader Christian Cantwell won the men's shot put with a heave of 21.39 meters/70-2.25 on his fourth throw. Two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2005 World Outdoor champion Adam Nelson finished second with a best of 21.13m/69-4.

In the men's discus, 2004 Olympian Jared Rome set a new meet record with his winning toss of 65.09 meters/213 feet 6 inches, which bettered the previous meet standard of 63.64m/208-9 he set in 2005. Two-time U.S. champion Ian Waltz was the runner-up with his best of 63.40m/208-0, with two-time national champion John Godina placing third with a toss of 61.85m/202-11.

Meet record for Donohue.

Another meet record was set by 2007 USA Outdoor Championships third place finisher and World Outdoor Championships team member Erin Donohue, who took command on the backstretch of the final lap and won the women's 800 meters going away in 2 minutes, 2.04 seconds. Her performance is the second-fastest by an American this outdoor season. Other top American finishers included Kameisha Bennett-Martin (3rd-2:02.94) and Nicole Cook (4th-2:03.57).

Lee wins women's 200 meters

2004 Olympian and 2005 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay champion Muna Lee won the women's 200 meters in 22.30 seconds, which is the fastest time by an American this season. 2007 World Outdoor Championships 100m bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter was the runner-up in 22.47 seconds, with Marshevet Hooker placing third in 22.49.

Three's a crowd in men's 3,000m

Josh Rohatinsky, Galen Rupp and Jonathan Riley engaged in a terrific men's 3,000m tussle that saw all three competitors with the lead during the bell lap. Rohatinsky, who had the lead with two laps remaining, held on to the top spot until he was passed with 300 meters to go when Riley surged past him for the lead. Riley came around the final turn just ahead of 2007 NCAA and USA 10,000m second place finisher Rupp, who sailed past Riley with 30 meters remaining and held on to finish first in the fastest clocking by an American this outdoor season and a new personal best time of 7 minutes 51.17 seconds. Riley was the runner-up in 7:51.40, with Rohatinsky third in 7:52.83.

Batman leaves no doubt

The suspense ended early in the men's 400m hurdles as 2005 World champion Bershawn "Batman" Jackson took command with 300 meters to go and extended his lead throughout the race in winning in 48.94 seconds. Three-time Pac-10 champion and 2007 NCAA runner-up Brandon Johnson was the runner-up in 49.62 seconds, with 2006 NCAA champion Michael Tinsley third in 49.68.

Howard dominates women's high jump

2005 World Outdoor silver medalist and 2006 USA Outdoor champion Chaunte Howard, who returned to competition this season after becoming a mother last year, won the women's high jump on Sunday in convincing fashion. Howard cleared 1.98m/6 feet 6 inches to win the event, which is the best by an American this year. Mexico's Rosemary Rifka was the runner-up with a best clearance of 1.92m/6-3.50.

Upshaw one-ups the competition

2004 Olympian and two-time USA Outdoor champion Grace Upshaw won the women's long jump competition with a leap of 6.68 meters/21 feet 11 inches. Jamaica's Patricia Sylvester was the runner-up with a best of 6.45m/21-2, with 2001 USA Outdoor champion Jenny Adams third with a jump of 6.39m/20-11.

The women's 400 meters was won by Jamaican standout Novlene Williams, who won the race in 50.38 seconds. 2007 World Outdoor Championships relay gold medalist Mary Wineberg was the runner-up in 50.41 seconds, with Jamaican Shereefa Lloyd third in 50.93.

In the 100m "B" races, Bahamian Debbie Ferguson won the women's race in 11.18 seconds, with Mechelle Lewis the runner-up in 11.23 and Alexis Joyce was the third-place finisher in 11.25. The men's race was won by 2007 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Rodney Martin in 10.13, with Steve Mullings the runner-up in 10.20.

In events contested Saturday night, Brandon Shaw, who ended the 2007 ranked #9 last season, won the men's 800 meters in 1 minute 47.51 seconds, with 2003 NCAA runner-up Sam Burley the runner-up 1:47.91. In the men's 5,000 meters, Ethiopia's Ali Abdosh won the hotly contested race in 13 minutes 08.64 seconds over his countryman Dejen Gebremeskel, who crossed the finish line in 13:08.96

For more information on the 2008 adidas Track Classic, including the complete results, visit www.usatf.org. The 2008 Visa Championship Series will continue May 31 with the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, N.Y.