Saturday Tidbits From The USATF Championships
(from Mike Mahon)


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa

Attendance: 8638

Temperature:  Temp reached high of 88 degrees  at 5 pm. with winds from south-southwest at 5 miles per hour with the highest humidity being recorded at 55 percent.


3 American records set Saturday (Note: 2 American records were set @2010 U.S. Championships held @Drake: w high jump, w javelin)

Women's shot put - 66-5 Michelle Carter (old mark 66-2.5, Ramona Pagel, June 25, 1988)

Women's hammer throw - 248-5, Amanda Bingson (old mark 243-5  Jessica Cosby, June 1, 2012)

Women's 100 hurdles - 12.26, Brianna Rollins, Nike (old mark 12.33, Gail Devers, July 23, 2000)


2013 World Leading Marks — Three

Women's 100 hurdles - 12.26, Brianna Rollins, Nike

Women's high jump - 6-8.25 Brigetta Barrett, Nike

Men's 400 hurdles - 47.96, Michael Tinsley, adidas


All-time world bests

Women's 100 hurdles - 12.26 Brianna Rollins (matches 3rd best on all-time world list)


2013 U.S. Leading Marks — One

Decathon -  8,291 points, Ashton Eaton, Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite


Drake Stadium Records Set — Five

Decathlon - 8,291 points, Ashton Eaton, Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite

Women's shot put - 66-5  Michelle Carter

Women's hammer throw - 248-5, Amanda Bingson

Women's 100 hurdles - 12.26, Brianna Rollins, Nike

Men's 400 - 44.21, LaShawn Merritt



The women's 100-meter hurdles have been running fast times throughout the meet and Brianna Rollins ran the fastest in the final to win her first USA title in her first meet as a professional. The former Clemson star broke Gail Devers' 13-year-old American record with a time of 12.26 that's the fastest in the world this year and matches the third-best in the world all-time. Many of the races the past two days have been wind-aided, but the women's hurdles had a legal wind of 1.2 mps. Rollins also erased the Drake Stadium record that Lolo Jones had set on Friday. Devers set the previous American record of 12.33 at the 2000 Olympic Trials.

  Queen Harrison, the Drake Relays winner this year, took second in 12.41 to punch her ticket to Moscow and Nia Ali was third in 12.48. But Jones, the Des Moines native and local favorite, failed to make the U.S. team. She finished fifth in 12.55.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rollins' sensational time caught the attention of Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson tweeted this afternoon: “Looks like I am bringing my A++ game to world this year with Brianna Rollins just running 12.26 at the USA trails (sic) today!


Meanwhile, Lolo Jones responded via twitter: "It's the Hardest team in the world to make but the three that are going absolutely deserve to go. May they sweep it at World championships."



  Michelle Carter won the women's shot in record-breaking fashion, setting a new American mark with a throw of 66-5. That's No. 2 in the world this year. The old record was 66-2 1/2 by Ramona Pagel in 1988 and Jill Camarena-Williams in 2011. It's the fourth USA outdoor title for Carter, who was the indoor champion this year.

  Iowa State's Danielle Frere, who recently completed her senior season, finished seventh with a throw of 55 feet, her best ever. Christina Hillman, who's heading into her junior year at Iowa State, was ninth at 53-11 1/4.



  Amanda Bingson broke the American record in the women's hammer throw not once but twice. Bingson set a new mark on her second throw of the day, 245-9. Then she bettered that mark on her next attempt, throwing 248-5. The old record was 243-5 by Jessica Cosby in 2012. Cosby finished fourth in today's competition.



  Six-time NCAA champ Brigetta Barrett bounced up and down on the pit like a child on a trampoline after clearing a personal best of 6-8 1/4 to win the women's high jump. That's the best jump in the world this year and just half an inch short of Chaunte Lowe's American record. Barrett could have asked the bar to be moved up for a shot at the record but declined.



  Treniere Moser won the women's 1500, but teen sensation Mary Cain got most of the attention after her second-place finish. The 17-year-old from Bronxville, N.Y., led late in the race but could not answer when Moser, her training partner, kicked past her to win her fourth USA outdoor title and first since 2007 in 4:28.62. Cain ran 4:28.76 and will be part of the U.S. team for the World Championships in Moscow.



  Michael Tinsley followed up his victory in the Olympic Trials last year with the USA title in the men's 400 hurdles. Tinsley won in 47.96, the fastest time in the world this year. Kerron Clement (48.06) and Bershawn Jackson (48.09) were close behind.



  After winning the 100 on Friday night, Tyson Gay said he would decide this morning if he felt good enough to run the 200. Apparently, he felt very good. Gay cruised to a victory in his heat in 20.14 seconds to easily qualify for Sunday's semifinals. Isiah Young, a 2012 Olympian and this year's NCAA runner-up, ran the fastest opening round, a 20.09. Three-time USA champion Wallace Spearmon also advanced, as did Maurice Mitchell, the Olympic Trials runner-up to Spearmon last year, and Ameer Webb, the NCAA champion for Texas A&M.

  Iowa All-American Justin Austin, sixth at this year's NCAA meet, finished third in his heat in 20.40, good enough to get him to the semis.



  LaShawn Merritt lowered his No. 2-ranked world time in winning his fourth USA title in the 400. Merritt won in 44.21, which also lowered the Drake Stadium record he broke earlier in the meet. Merritt was the Olympic Trials champion in 2008 and 2012 and also won the USA title in 2009.



  World record holder Ashton Eaton rolled to his third straight championship in the decathlon, compiling a U.S. best 8,291 points to outdistance up and comer Gunnar Nixon. Nixon, the USA and world junior champion last year, finished with 8,198 points. Jeremy Taiwo took third with 7,925. Eaton had a PR in the javelin today after logging a PR in the shot put on Friday.



  Reigning Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt had no trouble advancing to the semifinals in the 110 hurdles. The world record holder won his heat in 13.25 seconds, the fourth best time in the opening round. Three-time USA champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver turned in the fastest time at 13.14. Merritt is hoping for a better outcome than in his last visit to Drake Stadium. He was upset by 2012 NCAA champion Andrew Riley at the Drake Relays in April.



Olympic bronze medalist Janay Deloach Soukup made just two attempts in the long jump. As it turned out, she only needed one. Deloach went 22-7 1/4 on her first jump of the day and that was enough to win her first USA Outdoor title. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese, winner of the past five USA Outdoor titles, fouled on all three of her attempts. But she's the reigning world champion, so she had an automatic bye into this year's championships.



  Maria Michta continued her domination of the women's 20,000K race walk, winning the USA championship for the fourth straight year. Awakening to muggy conditions, Michta finished in 1:37:34.46 to beat runner-up Erin Gray by almost two minutes. Her time ranks second in the world this year. Michta earned her undergraduate degree at CW Post and is seeking a PhD in microbiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.



  Courtney Okolo moved up to No. 2 in the world junior rankings with her victory in the junior women's 400. Okolo ran 51.04 in steamy weather, improving on her time of 51.89 from yesterday's semifinals. That had been the world's third-fastest junior time. Okolo, who recently completed her freshman year at Texas, was fourth at the NCAA championships earlier this month.



  Griswold's Rebekah Topham was the top finisher among the three Iowans in the junior women's 1500. Topham, a five-time Class 1A state champion in track, finished fifth in 4:32.85. She'll be a junior in the fall. Dowling Catholic's Karissa Schweizer was eighth in 4:38.68 and Waverly-Shell Rock's Anna Holdiman, who had run well in Friday's semifinals, couldn't maintain the pace and finished 10th in 4:41.98.