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U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field | Allyson Felix smashes Trials Record

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field | Allyson Felix smashes Trials Record

6/30/2012

Eugene, Ore. – Allyson Felix shattered the 200m Olympic Trials record in front of a crowd of 20,791 on a drizzly day at Hayward Field.

Running away from one of the best fields of American 200-meter women ever assembled, Felix stunned the Hayward Field crowd with a 21.69 victory that took down the 24-year-old meet record of 21.77 set by Florence Griffith-Joyner and became the fourth-fastest woman in history. In her wake, 2011 World silver medalist Carmelita Jeter finished second with a lifetime-best 22.11, and 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross claimed her second spot on the London squad with a 22.22. NCAA winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU placed fourth at 22.34. Felix had a margin of victory of .42 seconds, the largest in the electronic-timing era at the Trials.

Chaunte Lowe, the American record holder, and Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett waged one of the best head-to-head U.S. women’s high jump competition ever, and it was Lowe who came out on top at a meet-record 2.01m/6-7 with no misses through that height. Barrett also cleared 2.01, the highest ever by a collegian, but had one miss at 1.95m/6-4.75 and placed second. Ageless Amy Acuff, who will turn 37 in a couple weeks, made her fifth Olympic team in placing third with a best of 1.95/6-4.75. She is only the fifth American woman ever to make five Olympic teams. 15-year-old Nevada high schooler Gabrielle Williams was a surprise fifth at 1.89m/6-2.25.

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Sanya Richards-Ross’s record leads busy day of finals at U.S. Olympic Trials

6/24/2012

Eugene, Ore. – In a day packed with finals, no fewer than 21 athletes punched their tickets for the London Olympic Games in front of a crowd of 27,013 to set a Hayward Field attendance record for the second day in a row.

Sprinting to the front with 120 meters to go, Sanya Richards-Ross raced her way into the record books Sunday with a world-leading 49.28 in the 400 that tied the Olympic Trials meet record set by Chandra Cheeseborough in 1984. Francena McCorory, the indoor American Record holder, set the early pace in the lane outside Richards-Ross, but had to hang on down the stretch as DeeDee Trotter clocked 50.02 to make her third-straight Olympic squad. McCorory was third in 50.43.

Reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton qualified for her third Olympic team with a massive 65.18m/213-10 on her final attempt in the women’s discus, and two of her other throws would have been good enough to win. Making her fourth Olympic team in second place was Aretha Thurmond with a toss of 62.23m/204-2, and third went to former American Record holder Suzy Powell-Roos. Since Powell-Roos does not have the A standard, the third spot on the London squad will go to sixth-place Gia Lewis-Smallwood.

It only took three jumps for 2008 pole vault silver medalist Jenn Suhr to claim her sixth U.S. outdoor title and second straight Trials gold. The American record holder entered the competition at 4.55m/14-11 and cleared on her second try, then made it over 4.60m/15-1 first time to take the top spot. Former Oregon Duck Becky Holliday’s 4.55m/14-11 leap gave her the runner-up spot, while Lacy Janson, who took fifth at this year’s World Indoor Championships, garnered her first Olympic berth with a 4.50m/14-9 clearance

Story (edited) provided by usatf press release

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Women’s 100m update – Dead heat for third place

06/23/12

Women's 100m Photo finish (photo credit: usatf.org)

Saturday night’s final of the women’s 100 meters at the 2012 Olympic Trials involved a photo-finish image to determine third place. Timers use two camera positions for photo finishes: one on the outside of the track and one on the inside.

The outside camera is traditionally the one used in photo-finish images. In the women’s 100, the outside camera was inconclusive for determining third place due to athletes’ arms blocking a clear view of their torsos. Torso position is used to determine finishes and times.

Looking at the inside camera images, timers initially looked at the twisting upper bodies of Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix and interpolated the obscured body positions from the photo finish image. They posted Tarmoh as finishing third in unofficial results on the Hayward Field scoreboard.

Timers then immediately called referees to notify them of a potential dead heat. The photo-finish image, shot at 3,000-frames-per-second, was then analyzed by timers and referees and unanimously ruled to be a dead heat based on visual evidence. Tarmoh and Felix are both officially timed in 11.068 seconds. An image of the photo is attached.

Officials are meeting to decide on procedures for determining who will be named to the third position on the Olympic Team in the women’s 100 meters.

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Jeter, Harper win at U.S. Olympic Trials

6/23/2012

Carmelita Jeter (l) - Jeneba Tarmoh (r)

World 100m champion Carmelita Jeter dashed to her third U.S. title in the short sprint, all won at Hayward Field, with a swift 10.92. 2005 World long jump gold medalist Tianna Madison was second in 10.96. The event’s drama came in the tussle for the third spot where three-time World 200m champion Allyson Felix and former Texas A&M star Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat at 11.07 (11.068). See photo finish here.

Reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper out-sprinted Kellie Wells and Lolo Jones to win the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.73, with 2011 U.S. champion Wells second in 12.77 and two-time World Indoor 60m hurdle winner Jones surging to place third in 12.86. It was the second national title in the 100m hurdle for Harper, who also won in Eugene in 2009, and Jones makes her second straight Olympic team after winning the ‘08 Trials and finishing seventh in Beijing.

Lolo Jones

Qualifying Roundup

Amanda Smock was the top qualifier in the women’s triple jump, as the defending national champion spanned 13.80m/45-3.5 in the second round. Oregon’s Lauryn Newson used a huge PR leap of 13.52/44-4.25 to advance, but American record holder Tiombe Hurd finished just outside the top 12 and failed to advance.

Running more like a sprinter than a middle distance ace, Alysia Montano covered the first 400 of her 800 semi in 55.65 and held on to grab the fastest qualifying time at 2:00.25. Alice Schmidt clocked 2:00.50 in pursuit of Montano, with Molly Beckwith and Geena Gall taking the top two spots in the other semifinal heat.

Francena McCorory at 50.55 and golden-tressed Sanya Richards Ross at 50.81 led the way in the women’s 400m semifinals. 2009 World 4×400 gold medalist Debbie Dunn was the other athlete to dip under 51 seconds with her 50.99 behind McCorory.

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Campbell, Johnson win U.S. Olympic Trials hammer throw

6/21/2012

Beaverton, Ore. – Amber Campbell and Kibwe Johnson were crowned as the first champions of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field as they took first place in the men’s and women’s hammer throw.

Approximately 3,000 fans were on hand to watch the hammer throw on the campus of Nike’s world-wide headquarters at Ronaldo Field.

Campbell (Myrtle Bach, S.C.) took the lead after the first round with her throw of 69.48m/227-11, but three throws later she faded to fourth. Newcomer Amanda Bingson (Las Vegas, Nev.) jumped into the lead on her second throw, but Bingson still needed to throw the Olympic “A” standard of 71.50m to have a chance of representing Team USA at the London Olympic Games. Bingson did just that on her fourth attempt with a PR of 71.78m/235-6.

It was on her fifth throw that Campbell recorded the winning mark of 71.80m/235-6 to claim the title of U.S. Olympic Trials hammer champion. Campbell’s mark bettered Bingson’s best mark by only two centimeters, but it was enough to secure her place in the lead.

American record holder Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, Calif.) started the day in third place, and moved up as high as second place on her third and fourth attempts. However, once Campbell sent the hammer sailing past the 70-meter mark on her fifth attempt, Cosby moved back to third place with her best mark of 70.77m/232-2.

The women’s hammer throw was one for the record books with all of the top-three women bettering the previous meet record of 70.72m. Campbell bettered the mark twice on her last two throws.

Campbell and Cosby were both on the 2008 Olympic Team; however, Bingson had never even heard of the hammer throw during the last Olympiad. The 22-year-old Bingson recently finished competing for UNLV and only took up the hammer throw in the spring of 2009. Bingson has never competed against international competitors outside of the U.S.

On the men’s side, there was far less movement in the rankings as Kibwe Johnson threw his way into first place on his first attempt and was not moved from the top spot through the next six throws. Johnson, who trains in Kamloops, B.C., had his best throw on his fifth attempt in 74.97m/245-11.

Chris Cralle (College Station, Texas) moved into second on his second attempt and maintained that position throughout the series. Cralle’s best mark came on his fifth throw in 74.36m/243-11.

A.G. Kruger (Ashland, Ohio) was steady throughout the series as well as he moved to third place on his second attempt and remained there to the end. Kruger’s best mark came on his first throw of the day when he sent the hammer flying 73.93m/242-6.

Both Johnson and Kruger entered the Trials with Olympic “A” standard, but Cralle has yet to meet the mark. Johnson and Kruger will compete in London for Team USA; however, Cralle’s Olympic “B” standard will not secure him a place on the roster.

Johnson is now a two-time USA Outdoor Champion and will be a first-time Olympian. Johnson advanced to the Olympic Trial finals in 2008 but did not record a mark. Kruger made his third Olympic team after winning the Olympic Trials in 2008 and finishing as the runner-up in 2004.

Today’s Olympic qualifiers join the athletes who qualified in the marathon and 50 km race walk earlier in the year. Competition resumes tomorrow at Hayward Field in Eugene and runs through July 1. Full results and more information can be found at www.usatf.org

Athlete Quotes

Amber Campbell, 1st place

“I knew I needed a big throw going into the 5th round. As soon as I let it go and hit it I knew it would be a good throw.  “The energy was through the roof, everybody was into every throw, and I was excited about it. “Goals are important to have. I am always striving to reach the next level. I am honing in on my technique, making sure things are tight, and being a well rounded athlete. There are really no limits if you let yourself get out of the way.”

Amanda Bingson, 2nd place

“I treated this as every other day at practice. To hit it here is phenomenal and I went off that.
“The atmosphere is way different than college. I was getting energy from the crowd and feeling support that pushed me there.

“I’m only 22. I’m very young. I’ve only been doing this three years. I have nothing to compare it to…I was focusing on the 2016 Olympic Trials. I had an emphasis on the NCAA’s, not so much the Trials, but I kept pushing it and pushing it and here I am!

“I knew I needed 71.50 to go anywhere. I went in then with a clear mind, relaxed, trusted what I was going through, and when I hit it I had a sigh of relief.”

Jessica Cosby, 3rd place

“I wanted to win, but I had to think about the big picture. I needed to be in the top three, and I placed there. “  “I have never experienced this. It’s good prep for London. This is good building blocks toward the Olympic games.”

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Eugene, Ore. – More than 100 athletes will be selected to represent the U.S. at the London Olympic Games as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field begin today and run through July 1. Action starts first with the hammer throw in Beaverton, Oregon and continues with eight days of action over the next ten days.

Sanya Richards-Ross

The hammer throw will be highlighted in a unique day of competition that takes place at the Nike Worldwide Headquarters on the Ronaldo Field where a spectator-friendly venue has been built specifically to showcase the hammer.

All eyes will be on the decathletes when competition kicks off at Hayward Field on Friday. With the reigning Olympic champion Bryan Clay, World champion Trey Hardee and current World indoor record holder Ashton Eaton, competition for the title of Olympic Trials champion will be fierce. If all three men qualify for the Olympics, Team USA will be well positioned for an Olympic podium sweep.

The first final on the track will be the men’s and women’s 10,000 meter races Friday evening. Amy Hastings (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Dathan Ritzenhein (Portland, Ore.) will be looking for redemption after taking heart-wrenching fourth place finishes at the U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon held in Houston earlier this year. Other athletes to watch include: Lisa Uhl (Portland, Ore.), Janet Bawcom (Rome, Ga.), Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.), Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.), Bobby Curtis (Louisville, Ky.)

Over the next 10 days, the U.S. top track super stars will still have to put it all on the line in order to make Team USA, which is often dubbed as the “toughest team in the world to make.” With nearly 1,000 athletes set to compete, fan favorites are sure to include:

Carmelita Jeter (women’s 100m/200m)
Allyson Felix (women’s 100m/200m)
Sanya Richards-Ross (women’s 200m/400m)
Lolo Jones (women’s 100m hurdles)
Dawn Harper (women’s 100m hurdles)
Kellie Wells (women’s 100m hurdles)
Lashinda Demus (women’s 400m hurdles)
Jenny Simpson (women’s 1500m)
Molly Huddle (women’s 5,000m)
Chaunte Lowe (women’s high jump)
Brittney Reese (women’s long jump)
Jenn Suhr (women’s pole vault)
Jillian Camarena-Williams (women’s shot put)
Stephanie Brown-Trafton (women’s discus)
Hyleas Fountain (women’s heptathlon)
Tyson Gay (men’s 100m)
Walter Dix (men’s 100m/200m)
Justin Gatlin (men’s 100m/200m)
Wallace Spearmon (men’s 200m)
Lashawn Merritt (men’s 400m)
Jeremy Wariner (men’s 400m)
David Oliver (men’s 110m hurdles)
Jason Richardson (men’s 110m hurdles)
Bershawn Jackson (men’s 400m hurdles)
Angelo Taylor (men’s 400m hurdles)
Nick Symmonds (men’s 800m)
Andrew Wheating (men’s 800m/1500m)
Galen Rupp (5,00m/10,000m)
Bernard Lagat (men’s 5,000m)
Jesse Williams (men’s high jump)
Christian Taylor (men’s triple/long jump)
Will Claye (men’s triple/long jump)
Reese Hoffa (men’s shot put)
Christian Cantwell (men’s shot put)

Story courtesy of usatf.org (unedited)

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