Complete USATF Championships Recap
(by Mike Mahon)


June 19-23 Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa

Weather: Sunday tmperature reached high of 81 degrees at noon. Winds were variable east-southeast from 3 miles per hour. Humidity reached high of 77 percent.

Note: Sunday Men's 20k race walk scheduled for 7 a.m. was moved back to 11 a.m. because of rain and was run in conduction with jr. women's 20k race walk which was originally scheduled at 8:45 a.m.

Sunday Attendance: 10,003



U.S. Championship Records - 5

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

-Women's shot put - 20.24m/66-5 Michelle Carter, Nike (old mark: 19.96m (65-2), Michelle Carter, Nike, 2011)

-Women's hammer throw - 75.73m/248-5 Amanda Bingson (old mark 73.87m/242-4 Erin Gilreath, NYAC, 2005)

-Men's 100 - 9.75, Tyson Gay, adidas, (old mark: 9.77 Tyson Gay, adidas, 2008)

-Men's 800 - 1:43.27 Duane Solomon Jr., Saucony (old mark, 1:43.9, Rick Wohlhuter, UCTC, 1974)


2012 Olympic silver medalist and U.S. record holder Galen Rupp becomes first runner ever to win five straight 10,000 titles at USA Outdoor Championships

American Records Set  — 3

Saturday  - Three (Note: 2 American records were set @2010 U.S. Championships held @Drake: women's high jump, women's 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)

All-time world bests

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


The times for all places in the finals of the women's 100 finals and the top six in the men's 100 finals are the fastest ever run in a U.S. Outdoor Championship meet that wasn't an Olympic Trials and that also includes the NCAA Championships.



TWO IN 12 TRIVIA: Two world leading marks were set in a 12-minute span at USA Outdoor Championships Friday night.

At 6:20 p.m. two-time Olympian Sharon Day won the 800 to capture the two-day heptathlon with a world-leading and personal best score of 6,550 points. Day's point total ranks No. 5 on all-time U.S. list. Then at 6:32 p.m. Barbara Pierre ran a world best in heat one of the women's 100 in 10.85.


Drake Stadium Records Set - 18

Sunday - Eight

-Men's 200 -- Tyson Gay, 19.74 (old mark 20:02. Wallace Spearmon, Saucony, 2012)

-Men's 800 -- Duane Solomon, 1:43.27 (old mark: 1:44.71, Robbie Andrews, Virginia, 2011)

-Men's Steeplechase -- Evan Jager, 8:20.67 (old mark: 8:24.87, Matt Hughes, Lousville, 2011)

-Men's Javelin -- Riley Dolezal, 273-11 (old mark: 268-1, Chris Georgia, 2008)

-Men's Shot Put -- Ryan Whiting, 72-6.50 (old mark: 72-6.25, Christian Cantwell, Nike, 2006)

-Women's 800 -- Alysia Montano, 1:58.67 (old mark: 1:59.43, Alysia Johnson, Nike, 2010)

-Women's 400 hurdles -- Dalilah Muhammad, 53.83 (old mark: 54.41, Zuzana Hejnova, Czech Republic, 2013)

-Women's Discus - Gia Lewis-Smallwood, 213-8 (old mark: 211-3, Becky Breisch, Nike, 2010)

Saturday — Five

-Decathlon - 8,291 points, Ashton Eaton, Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite (old mark  8215 Jake Arnold, Asics, 2010)

-Women's hammer throw - 248-5, Amanda Bingson (237-11, Brittany Riley, Southerm Illinois 2007)

-Women's 100 hurdles - 12.26, Brianna Rollins, Nike (12.50 Lolo Jones, Asics, 2013)

-Women's Shot put - 66-5, Michelle Carter (old mark: 63-0.25, Teri Steer, Nike, 2001)

-Men's 400 - 44.21, LaShawn Merritt

Friday - Four

-Women's 100 hurdles - Lolo Jones, 12.50 Friday prelims (12.65, Damu Cherry, Nike, 2010)

-Women's 100  - Barbara Pierre, 10.85 Friday semis (old mark; 11.06 LaShauntea Moore, 2010

              English Gardner, 10.85 Friday's finals

-Men's 400 -- LaShawn Merritt, 44.36 semis (old mark: 44.41, Michael Johnson, Nike, 1996)

-Men's 100 - Tyson Gay, 9.75 (old mark: 9.89 Ngonidzashe Makusha, Florida State, 2011)

Thursday - One

-Women's 10,000 - 31:43.20, Shalane Flanagan, Nike/Oregon Track Club (old mark: 32:06.45, Amy Begley, Nike, 2010)


2013 World Leading Marks - 8

Sunday - Two

Men's 200 -- Tyson Gay, 19.74

Men's 800 -- Duane Solomon, 1:43.27

Saturday - 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

Friday - Three

Heptathlon - Sharon Day, 6550 points

W 100 - Barbara Pierre, 10.85  semis & English Gardner, 10.85 finals

M 100-- Tyson Gay, 9.75  finals


1. 10.85, Barbara Pierre, Nike (semis)    10.85 English Gardner, Nike (finals)

2. 10.87, English Gardner, Nike (semis)

3. 10.90, Octavious Freeman, Central Florida (semis)

4. 10.91, Alexandria Anderson, Nike,  (semis)


2013 U.S. Leading Marks- 12

Sunday - Four

Men's 200 -- Tyson Gay, 19.74

Men's 800 -- Duane Solomon, 1:43.27

Men's 110 hurdles -- Ryan Wilson, 13.08

Men's javelin -- Riley Dolezal, 273-11

Saturday - Four

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

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

Friday - Three

Heptathlon - Sharon Day, 6550 points

W 100 - Barbara Pierre, 10.85  semis & English Gardner, 10.85 finals

M 100-- Tyson Gay, 9.75  finals

Thursday - One

Women's javelin - Brittany Borman, Nike/New York Athletic Club, 199-10 (60.91m) winning event on last throw


  One of the most successful race walkers in U.S. history did it again. Tim Seaman, holder of eight American records, won his seventh USA outdoor title in 1:30:13.06. He also counts 13 USA indoor titles in his career, which started when his high school coach on Long Island asked him to compete in the walk because the team needed extra points.



  Alysia Montano raced to a big lead and had just enough to hold on against hard-charging Brenda Martinez to win the women's 800. Montano finished in 1:58.67 to break the Drake Stadium record of 1:59.43 that Alysia Johnson set in the 2010 USA Championships. Martinez also ran under the old record, clocking 1:58.78. It's the fourth straight USA outdoor title for Montano and fifth overall. She was fifth in the 2012 London Olympics.



  The top three finishers in the men's 800 all ran under 1:44, with winner Duane Solomon Jr. clocking a world-leading 1:43.27. Nick Symmonds came in right behind at 1:43.70 and Brandon Johnson took third in 1:43.97. Symmonds goes to No. 3 in the world and Johnson checks in at No. 7.

  Former Northern Iowa and Orange City Unity Christian star Tyler Mulder again was frustrated in his bid to make the U.S. team. Mulder was running second until fading in the stretch and finishing fifth in 1:45.13. Former Iowa runner Erik Sowinksi was six in 1:45.21.

  Solomon also broke the Drake Stadium record, which had been 1:44.71 by Robby Andrews of Virginia at the 2011 NCAA championships. It was the third straight USA championship for Solomon, who placed fourth in the London Olympics.




  Eric Kynard, who was a two-time NCAA champion at Kansas State, earned his first USA title in the high jump. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist cleared 7-5 3/4, a height matched by runner-up Dustin Jonas, Kynard got the title because he cleared the winning height on his first attempt. Jonas needed two tries after neither jumper missed before then. Both then missed three attempts at 7-7. Kynard is the Drake Stadium record holder at 7-8.



  Jenny Simpson continues to show her versatility as a runner. Already a world championship gold medalist in the 1500 and a two-time USA champion in the steeplechase, Simpson added to her collection with the title in the 5000. Simpson, a native of Webster City, Iowa, ran 15:33.77 to beat Molly Huddle (15:34.45) and Shannon Rowbury (15:37.27). Simpson did not run the 1500 in this meet because as the 2011 world championship, she has an automatic bye into this year championships in Moscow. In all, Simpson has won U.S. titles at five different distances.



  Tyson Gay now has the world's best time of the year in the 100 and 200. He ran a world-leading 19.74 to win his third USA outdoor title in the 200. That comes after he won the 100 on Friday night in 9.75. It's the second time Gay has won the 100-200 double. He also did it in 2007. The top three all ran under 20 seconds, with Isiah Young clocking 19.86 and Curtis Mitchell, Gay's training partner, coming in at 19.99 Three-time champion Wallace Spearmon, the Olympic Trials winner last year, finished fourth and missed out on making the U.S. team for the World Championships. Gay's time also is a Drake Stadium record.



  Shot putter Ryan Whiting now has the two best throws in the world this year after winning his first USA outdoor title, which he had had to his two indoor championships. Whiting 72-6 1/2, a Drake Stadium record, to beat three-time champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa. Hoffa, a longtime Drake Relays crowd favorite, threw 70-1/4 for second place. Whiting's throw ranks No. 2 in the world behind the 73-1 1/4 he threw at a Diamond League meet in Qatar in May.  



  While running for LSU, Kimberlyn Duncan proved to be thefastest collegian in the women's 200, winning the last three NCAA titles. Now she appears primed for a bigger stage. Duncan upset six-time USA champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix to win in a wind-aided 21.80. Only five other Americans have run faster in all conditions. Felix finished second in 21.85, keeping her in contention for a fourth world championship.




  Former North Dakota State athlete Riley Dolezal had a meet he won't soon forget. Dolezal won the javelin with a throw of 273-11, the best mark by a U.S. athlete this year. It also was a personal best by more than 20 feet. NCAA champion Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M was second at 272-9.



  Hurdler Ryan Wilson again found the Drake Stadium track to his liking. Wilson, a three-time Drake Relays champion, won his first USA title in a fast race, clocking 13.08 to match the No. 2 time in the world this year. David Oliver was second in 13.11 and world record holder Aries Merritt, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was third in 13.23.



 Bernard Lagat just keeps piling up USA championships. Lagat outran Galen Rupp to win his sixth title in the 5000, finishing in 14:54.16. The 39-year-old runner, a frequent competitor at the Drake Relays, also has won two championships in the 1500, has medaled twice in the Olympics and owns seven American records. Rupp, who won his fifth straight title in the 10,000 on Thursday, was second in 14:54.91.