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Reese jumps into record books on Day 2 of Olympic Trials

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EUGENE, OREGON -- Producing the longest leap in the world since 2004, Brittney Reese highlighted day two action at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field on Saturday at Hayward Field.

Reese (Inglewood, California) broke the Olympic Trials meet record with a stunning 7.31m/23-11.75 in the fourth round. The previous meet record of 7.22m/23-8-0.25 was set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. Joining Reese on the U.S. team for Rio were Tianna Bartoletta (Toledo, Ohio), 7.02m/23-0.50, andJanay DeLoach (Fort Collins, Colorado), 6.93m/22-9.

Great Eight: Rupp takes record eighth-straight USATF 10,000m title, Crouser pulls off men’s shot put upset

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EUGENE, OREGON -- Hayward Field favorite Galen Rupp made history as he won his eighth consecutive USATF 10,000m title, while Oregon native Ryan Crouser highlighted a team of first-time Olympians in the men’s shot put to open track & field action at Hayward Field Friday.

Rupp (Portland, Oregon) led the pack early with the competitors going in single-file formation from the gun. In a move that seemed very un-Rupp-like, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist broke away with 14 laps remaining to put nearly 20 meters between him and the chase pack. After the ensuing 800m, Rupp looked to let up and U.S. Army’s Shadrack Kipchirchir (Eldoret, Kenya) and four-time Olympian Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Arizona) made their move to join Rupp away from the pack.

Allyson Felix & men’s long jumpers highlight third day of U.S. Olympic Trials

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EUGENE, OREGON -- Her status a question mark heading into the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, Allyson Felix (Los Angeles) erased any doubt of her fitness and form with a phenomenal comeback in the last 150 meters to win the women’s 400m title Sunday. The Hayward faithful witnessed one of the greatest long jump shows in track & field history as well, with seven men jumping 27-feet in a windy men’s long jump final.

Felix dashes doubts as she takes first 400m Olympic Trials title

Natasha Hastings(Brooklyn, New York) was out very quickly over the first 100 meters, making up the stagger on Ashley Spencer(Indianapolis, Indiana) and leading Felix and Francena McCorory(Hampton, Virginia) in the middle of the track and Phyllis Francis(Queens, New York) on the inside. Coming into the final 150 Hastings continued to lead, but Felix made a very strong move down the home stretch to take the lead and run on to her third U.S. one-lap title convincingly in 49.68, the fastest time in the world this year.

AJC Peachtree Road Race Press Conference Highlights

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ATLANTA – July 1, 2016From Scott Overall and Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history, to 91-year-old world record-holder Betty Lindberg, the theme of Friday morning’s kickoff press conference to the AJC Peachtree Road Race was “never give up.”

The largest road race in the U.S. and largest 10K in the world, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be run for the 47th time on Monday morning, July 4, with approximately 60,000 runners on the start line for what Mary Ford, chair of Atlanta Track Club’s board of directors, called “both a tradition and a destination,” showcasing participants of all ages and abilities.

Highlighting the press conference was the return of 2016 champion Scott Overall and runner-up Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history when Overall came from behind in the closing moments to edge Payne at the line by 9/100ths of a second to win in 29:30.

Ticket to Rio: Men's and Women's 20k Race Walks

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Mark Cullen wrote for us in Beijing in 2015. Here is his first piece of the Olympic Trials for RunBlogRun, on the men's and women's 20k race walks. Mark has a superb blog at www.trackerati.com.

Ticket to Rio

Men's and Women's 20k Race Walks

Thursday, 6/30/16

Salem, OR

"This is my ticket to Rio!" exclaimed Maria Michta-Coffey while holding her Olympic Trials 20k race walk gold medal. Michta-Coffey won Thursday's Olympic Trials race in Salem, OR, in 1:33:40.8, under the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:36:00. She is joined on the US team by Miranda Melville who was 2nd in 1:34:11.1. Bronze medal winner Katie Burnett finished in a non-qualifying 1:41:12.2.

Heather Kampf, Biya Simbassa to Compete at U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene July 1-10; Team USA Minnesota Board Member Lance Elliott to Run in Masters 1500m Exhibition Race at Trials

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 28, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Abbabiya “Biya” Simbassa will be among the competitors at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field that will be held July 1-10 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  The top three athletes in each event who have achieved the Olympic qualifying standard will make the U.S. team that will compete in the Olympic Games that will be held in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-21.

Also running in Eugene during the Trials will be Board member Lance Elliott who will race in the men’s masters 1500 meter exhibition event.

Kampf qualified to compete in the women’s 1500 meters with a time of 4:04.46, well under the qualifying time of 4:09.50 for the U.S. Trials.  The four-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion and U.S. team member in the 1500m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships also has met the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:07.  In a recent tune-up race at the adidas Boost Boston Games on June 17, Kampf posted 2:00.55 in the 800 meters.