Hastings on top of the world in 400m–

Improving the meet record set by Debbie Dunn at this event last year, Natasha Hastings clocked a blazing 50.83 to claim her first indoor national crown. Her time is the fastest run in the world this year, and narrowly off her indoor best of 50.80, a mark she set in 2007. Two-time indoor champion DeeDee Trotter finished second in 51.36–


Suhr, Rodgers win Visa Championship Series at USA Indoor Championships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two American Records highlighted the day as the women stole the show in Albuquerque. Jillian Camarena-Williams broke a 24-year-old record in the shot put, while Jenn Suhr broke her own record on her way to winning the women’s 2011 Indoor Visa Championship Series title.

Suhr leaps to record in Visa Women’s Pole Vault

Jenn Suhr (photo by William Thomas)

Jenn Suhr etched another line in the history books with a new American record of 4.86/15-11.25 in the Visa Women’s Pole Vault. She already owned the records both indoors and outdoors. Her mark also secured her  1,211 points to win the 2011 Indoor Visa Championship Series title. Suhr previously claimed the top spot in the 2008 Outdoor Visa Championship Series.

Suhr, formerly Stuczynski, won her first national title in 2005 as a virtual unknown and has gone on to become a 2008 silver medalist in the Olympics and an eleven time national champion. En route to her eleventh national crown, Suhr opened at a height of 4.55/14-11.0, won the competition with a clearance at 4.75/15-07.0 and then missed on three attempts at 4.86/15-11.25. However, Suhr was given another attempt at the record height as the officials ruled that the standards were not properly set on her third vault. Seizing the opportunity for one more attempt, she sailed over the bar to secure the American Record.

American Record Throw by Camarena-Williams

In winning her seventh consecutive indoor U.S. title, Jillian Camarena-Williams opened the second day of competition with a stunning 19.87/65-02.25 throw that broke the 24-year-old American record set by Ramona Pagel in 1987.

Camarena-Williams set the record on her third attempt, which also moved her to the top of the current world-standings lists. This mark gave Camarena-Williams a new personal record, bettering her outdoor best of 19.50/63-11.75.

“I’m shocked! I’ve been training well, but you never expect that,” Camarena-Williams said. “I knew I had a big throw coming, but I didn’t know how big.”

DeLoach leaps to first U.S. crown in long jump

In the biggest upset of the day, Janay DeLoach leapt to a world leading mark of 6.99/22-11.25 to take her first U.S. national title. DeLoach moved up to first after sitting in twelfth in the world standings based off of her jump of 6.67/21-10.75 earlier this month in Albuquerque. Reigning world indoor and outdoor champion, Brittney Reese, opened the series with a jump of 6.86/22-6.25; however, she fouled on the next five attempts and finished in the runner-up spot.

Wells dominates BMW Women’s 60m Hurdles

If you don’t know the name Kellie Wells, it’s time to take notice. She not only won the BMW Women’s 60m Hurdles, but now also owns the nine fastest times for the 60m hurdles in the world this year. Wells ran back-to-back world leading marks of 7.79 in the semifinals and finals. Wells was the only athlete to dip under 8 seconds in the final round, with Nichole Denby clocking 8-flat as the runner-up.

Anderson wins Visa Women’s 60m

Alex Anderson ran a season best in the semis, and entered the finals of the Visa Women’s 60m with the 4th fastest qualifying time. Defeating Carmelita Jeter, the #1 sprinter in the world as ranked byTrack & Field News, by one hundredth of a second, Anderson took the win in 7.12. Anderson earned her first U.S. title since winning the 100m at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. With the win, Anderson also moved up on the current world standings to hold the second best time in the world this year.

Simpson doubles with win in Nike Women’s Mile

Following up on her win in last night’s 3,000m, Jennifer Barringer Simpson claimed her second national title of the weekend in the Nike Women’s Mile. She is only the fourth woman to win the double at the U.S. Championships. Simpson clocked a 4:34.96 in the thin air of Albuquerque after setting the U.S. leading mark of 4:28.60 earlier this year. On the two-year anniversary of her collegiate record of 4:25 set at the Big 12 Championships, she demonstrated that she is truly back to her winning ways after a disappointing injury in 2010.

courtesy usatf press release


February 26-27, 2011
Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Amber CampbellPhoto of Amber
2010 Indoor Visa Champion

2008 Olympian Amber Campbell reached 24.70 meters/81 feet 0.50 and sailed past the field in the women’s 20-lb. weight throw at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Earning 1,213 points and her first Visa Champion title, Campbell took home $30,000.

Finishing in second place for the Visa Championship Series title was Carmelita Jeter, who fell just one point short of Campbell’s winning tally. Jeter’s world-leading time (to date) of 7.02 in the 60m at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships earned her 1,212 points and $15,000. On the same day, Debbie Dunn earned 1,200 points for her 50.86 time in the 400m, making her  the third place Visa Championship Series finisher and $5,000 award recipient.

The second stop of USA Track & Field’s 2011 Visa Championship series, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Phoebe Wright isn’t yet a household name in U.S. middle-distance circles, but she may well be after she won the women’s 800 Saturday night at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Hastings wins again–
Natasha Hastings remained undefeated in the 2011 Visa Championship Series, winning the women’s 400m in 51.88 eight days after taking the title at the 104th Millrose Games. Hastings held off 2004 Olympic Trials champion
Deedee Trotter on the final backstretch, with Trotter finishing second in 52.37 and Mary Wineberg third in 52.78.

2005 World Outdoor champion Lauryn Williams continued her return from what was essentially a season off in 2010, coming from behind to win the Visa women’s 60m in 7.17 seconds. Marshevet Myers narrowly missed the win, taking second in 7.18, and 2006 World Indoor champion Lisa Barber was third in 7.23.

American record holder Jenn Suhr was an easy winner in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.61m/15-1.5.

In exhibition races, Millrose high school mile runner-up Lindsay Crevoiserat led New England to a team victory over New York in the junior women’s mile, winning easily in 4:52.60.
Heading into the USA Indoor Championships Presented by BMW at the end of this month, weight thrower Amber Campbell remain atop the standings for the Visa Championship, her performance at the Millrose Game earned Campbell 1178 points.
Team USA Tops Jamaica in Millrose ‘Challenge’

Veronica Campbell-Brown (left) pulls ahead of the field. Me'Lisa Barber, USA (right) finished 3rd. (William Thomas)

Two-time Olympic Games 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) was the class of the field in the Visa Women’s 60 meters, part of the USA vs. Jamaica Sprint Challenge.

Campbell-Brown turned on the afterburners with 20 meters remaining in the race and sailed through the finish first in 7.11 seconds. 2005 World Outdoor 100m champion Lauryn Williams returned to competition at Millrose and ran well in finishing as the runner-up in 7.22.

Lisa and Mikki Barber finished third and fourth respectively in 7.23 and 7.30 and in so doing contributed greatly to the American side taking a 12-9 lead after one event.

Jamaican up-and-comer Nesta Carter posted a world-leading time of 6.52 in winning the Visa Men’s 60 meters. As strong as Carter looked, it wasn’t good enough to keep the Americans from winning the challenge as Michael Rodgers finished as the runner-up in 6.56 and Trell Kimmons placed third in 6.57.

When the racing was over, Team USA was victorious in the USA vs. Jamaica Challenge by the final score of 23-17.
Dixon posts world leader–

(l-r) N.Denby, D.Carruthers, Q.Harrison, P.Felicien (CAN), V.Dixon (JAM) (William Thomas)

(l-r) D.Carruthers, Q.Harrison, P.Felicien (CAN)

Jamaican star Vonette Dixon posted the fastest time in the world this season with her victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in 8.00 seconds.

Danielle Carruthers, who ended the 2010 season ranked #9 in the world, was the runner-up in 8.03 seconds, with Canadian star Perdita Felicien 8.05.


Natasha Hastings (William Thomas)

In other women’s running events, Natasha Hastings entered the race wanting to get to the front early and hold on for the win and that’s exactly what she did in capturing the Howard Schmertz Women’s 400 Meters in 53.60.

Dee Dee Trotter finished second in 53.82 with Angee Henry third in 54.53 and Moushaumi Robinson fourth in 54.28.

Hastings leads (William Thomas)


Pole Vault:
2010 World Indoor champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil, who entered this season ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News, lived up to her lofty status by winning the Fred Schmertz Women’s Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.74m/15-6.25, the highest clearance in the world this year.

Murer, who won this evening in her second appearance at Madison Square Garden, defeated 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist and American indoor/outdoor record holder Jenn Suhr, who finished as the runner-up with a clearance 4.64m/15-2.75.

Visa Championship Series Standings

1.Amber Campbell – 1178
2. Danielle Carruthers – 1154
3. Lauryn Williams – 1152
4. Natasha Hastings – 1105
4. Sara Hall – 1105

USA vs. Jamaica Challenge

courtesy of usa track & field press release

NEW YORK – Returning for its 104th edition, the Millrose Games in 2011 will give one of its greatest stars (Bernard Lagat) his biggest challenge and will feature the most heated national sprint rivalry in the world.

The 104th Millrose Games will be contested Friday, January 28, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The first event of USA Track & Field‘s Visa Championship Series, the Millrose Games will be televised live from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.

Campbell-Brown to lead USA vs. Jamaica Challenge Event

Few stories in track and field have been as compelling on an international level as the sprint rivalry between the United States and Jamaica – a rivalry that beginning in 2008 went from U.S.-dominated to Jamaica-led.

For the first time, that rivalry will hit the indoor venue at Millrose. The defending indoor 60m world champion, two-time Olympic 200m gold medalist and 2007 100m world champ, Veronica Campbell-Brown is the veteran star of the Jamaican women’s sprint corps. She headlines the “USA vs. Jamaica Challenge,” where three Americans will race against three Jamaicans in both the men’s and women’s 60-meter sprints. Points will be awarded according to place, and the scores of the two races combined. Additional athletes in the 60m fields will be announced in early 2011.

Stay tuned for major athlete announcements in all events.


USA & JAMAICA battle in Visa Women’s 4×100

The Visa women’s 4x100m relay was equally exciting. Team USA had a slight lead at the first handoff, whenLisa Barber gave the stick to Allyson Felix. Running the second leg against the Olympic and World Outdoor silver medalist Kerron Stewart, Felix kept USA Blue in the lead. Miki Barber also maintained the lead.

It looked like a shaky handoff to Carmelita Jeter on anchor, but the #2 all-time 100m runner out-ran Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser to get USA Blue to the line first in 42.74. Jamaica was second in 42.94. The USA Red team of Tiffany Ofili, Ginnie (Powell) Crawford, Rachelle Boone-Smith and Alex Anderson was third in 43.69.

Women’s 4×400

USA all the way in Nike Women’s 4×400

As world champion Sanya Richards sat on the sidelines with a sore quadriceps, Jamaica had an opening in this race. But after Debbie Dunn’s first leg, it was Team USA Blue by 10 meters, and that position never changed. Jamaica was sitting in second and USA Red third at the break.

Lashinda Demus had second leg duty and when she handed off it was USA Blue, Jamaica, USA Red, each about 5 meters apart. DeeDee Trotter extended the lead for USA Blue on the third leg, and Allyson Felix brought it home for the win in 3:26.12. Jamaica finished second in 3:27.72 and USA Red was third in 3:28.48.

60m Women Final Doha 2010 World Indoor Championship

1. Veronica Campbell-Brown 7.00 sec.
2. LaVerne Jones Ferrette 7.03 sec.
3. Carmelita Jeter 7.05 sec.

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