• Meet records fall on final day of USATF Outdoors

    EUGENE, Oregon – The final day of action at the USATF Outdoor Championships was a showstopper, as two meet records, including a history-making 200 meters from Justin Gatlin, fell on Sunday in front of over 10,000 track & field faithful at Historic Hayward Field.

    Gatlin (Clermont, Florida) was the clear favorite Sunday, striding to victory with the top time of the semifinals in 19.90. In the final, he was on fire with his finish of 19.57. Gatlin’s time was not only a meet record, but also a Hayward Field record and the fifth-fastest 200m performer ever. Gatlin has not lost a race since September 6, 2013 in Brussels.

    Jenn Suhr (Fredonia, New York) reigned supreme once again, winning her 15th overall pole vault title on Sunday with a clearance of 4.82m/15-9.75. Suhr will be joined on Team USA by two collegians who have battled throughout 2015. Sandi Morris (Greenville, S.C.) of Arkansas and Demi Payne (New Braunfels, Texas) of Stephen F. Austin finished 2-3 in the event, clearing 4.65m/15-3 and 4.60m/15-1, respectively.

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  • Photo finishes run rampant as action heats up at USATF Outdoors

    EUGENE, Oregon -- The USATF Outdoor Championships delivered in terms of excitement on Saturday, as world leads and photo finishes highlighted day three action at Historic Hayward Field.

    Matt Centrowitz (Portland, Oregon) cruised in the men’s 1,500 meters, stamping his ticket to Beijing in 3:37.25. It was a photo finish for silver and bronze, as Robby Andrews (Manalapan, New York) and Leo Manzano (Austin, Texas) emerged as the second and third finishers in 3:38.75 and 3:38.76, with Ben Blankenship (Eugene, Oregon) finishing just outside medal contention in 3:38.78.

    Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) was in fantastic form Saturday, winning the women’s long jump title with a world-leading and personal best mark of 7.12m/23-4.50. Bartoletta led from the get-go, with her second jump catapulting her into the record books. Her jump of 7.12m/23-4.50 makes Bartoletta the fourth-best performer in U.S. history.

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  • Bowie and Gay take home titles, teenager Bromell makes history

    EUGENE, Oregon -- The temperature wasn’t the only hot thing about Friday at Historic Hayward Field, as Tori Bowie and Tyson Gaytorched the track to win the 100 meter titles at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

    Bowie (Clermont, Florida) turned in top times in both the semifinals and the final, storming to a windy victory in the second semifinal in 10.72, good for the top spot overall. English Gardner (Los Angeles) won the first semifinal with a wind legal 10.79, a new personal best. In the final, Bowie overcame a slower start to edge out Gardner (10.86) and Oregon redshirt sophomore Jasmine Todd (Chandler, Arizona), who stunned the field with her third-place finish of 10.92. In total, six women ran under 11 seconds, making it the deepest women’s 100-meter final in history. The previous best was five women in 2013.

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  • Carter, Furey and Rupp repeat, Dendy keeps Hayward streak alive on opening day of USATF Outdoors

    EUGENE, Oregon -- Three multi-time USATF champions returned to the top of the podium Thursday and one collegian continued his runway reign, as competition at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships kicked off from Historic Hayward Field.

    The men’s long jump was one for the record books, as seven-time NCAA Champion Marquis Dendy captured his first USATF Outdoor title. Dendy bookended his series Thursday with personal bests, leaping an all-conditions best 8.68m/28-5.75 (+3.7) to start the competition. On his final jump of the afternoon, Dendy turned in a new wind-legal personal best of 8.39m/27-6.50. Dendy battled with Jeff Henderson (Chula Vista, Calif.)and Mike Hartfield throughout the afternoon, as Henderson and Hartfield turned in jumps of 8.44m/27-8.25 and 8.42m/27-7.50 to round out the long jump medalists. Hartfield’s leap just knocked Olympian and Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (Lubbock, Texas) out of medal contention, as Goodwin returned to Hayward Field and the long jump runway with a mark of 8.37m/25-5.50. The trio all hold IAAF A standards and will represent Team USA in Beijing.

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  • RRCA Announces Grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers and Elite Athletes

    $65,000 guaranteed funding for Rio hopefuls plus bonus money - Arlington, VA - The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce that the RRCA Board of Directors has developed a one-time special grant project designed to support U.S. Distance Training Centers and elite U.S. athletes as they prepare for competition heading into the Olympic Games qualifying marathon that will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA in February 2016.

    Since 1962, RRCA has provided financial support to elite runners, and in 1996, Montreal Olympic Marathoner Don Kardong was elected as RRCA president and through his leadership, the highly successful Roads Scholar® program was launched. The goal of the Roads Scholar program is to assist post-collegiate American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class distance running athletes. In 1997, during the second year of the Roads Scholar grant program, the RRCA gave a grant to a young, promising distance runner by the name of Deena Drossin (Kastor) who later won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon.

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