Track and Field

Oregon’s Devon Allen stuns as U.S. hurdle champ in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A stunning men’s hurdle race closed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships Sunday, as NCAA champion and Oregon freshman hurdler/wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona) captured the national title in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 13.16 (+2.1). 32,783 fans enjoyed the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships, as well as 5,500 at the Capitol Shot Put.

Allen edged defending U.S. champ Ryan Wilson (Westerville, Ohio) by five-thousandths of a second, defeating Wilson (13.160) and defending world champion David Oliver (Denver, Colorado), who crossed in 13.23.

Ronnie Ash (Raleigh, North Carolina) was impressive in the semifinals of the event, running a world-leading 12.99 (+1.2) for the first sub-13 since Aries Merritt’s world record in 2012 (12.80). Ash suffered an unfortunate fall in the finals, opening the door for Allen to become the first NCAA/USATF 110mH doubler since Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland (1979).

McCorory becomes fifth-fastest American, Coburn and Harper-Nelson capture third U.S. titles

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SACRAMENTO, California — The accolades for Francena McCorory continued from indoors to outdoors as her USATF Outdoor Championships finish in the BMW 400 meters not only earned her a title, but also ranked among the top-five all-time American performances.

The BMW women’s 400m came down to the last 100 as reigning World Indoor champion McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) added a USATF Outdoors title to her belt. McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross(Austin, Texas) moved ahead of the pack after the final curve before McCorory kicked in an extra gear for a close finish in 49.48, a mark that makes her the fifth-fastest American woman ever. Richards-Ross, the American record holder, had a season-best 49.66 in second.

Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) overcame an early bobble to win the men’s high jump with a clearance at 2.35m/7-8.5, equaling the Hornet Stadium record set at the 2000 Olympic Trials by Nathan Leeper. Kynard, who missed his first try at 2.25m/7-4.5, had the bar raised to 2.41m/7-10.75, one centimeter better than the American record, but missed on all three attempts.

Rupp and Patterson make history on Day 2 of USATF Outdoor Championships

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SACRAMENTO -- For the first time in USA Track & Field history, two female throwers sent the javelin more than 200 feet, and a distance runner put a sixth national title in the record books at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

To cap the night, Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) won a record, sixth USA Outdoor 10 km championship, steadily sneaking his way from 11th on the fourth lap to a solid seventh with a few laps to go. In signature style, Rupp kicked to the front on the bell lap to take the title in 28:12.07.

Kara Patterson (Vancouver, Washington) and Brittany Borman (De Soto, Missouri) made USATF history in the women’s javelin as for the first time, two women surpassed 200 feet at a U.S. Championships. Patterson earned her fifth USA Outdoor Championship, throwing 62.43m/204-10 on her third attempt. Borman’s best mark, also on the third attempt, was 62.05m/203-7.

Tori Bowie wins third straight, Henderson and Merritt set adidas Grand Prix records

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NEW YORK, New York -- A little wind didn’t stop Saturday from being one of the greatest Diamond League meets in history, as the adidas Grand Prix saw multiple meet records and personal bests fall at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

Tori Bowie, reigning USATF Athlete of the Week, won her third straight Diamond League meeting, taking the BMW women’s 100 meters in 11.07. Bowie has been on fire in 2014, making the national team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships and the IAAF World Relays. Bowie ran new lifetime bests in the 200 and 100 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic and Rome Golden Gala, respectively. Watch Tori take her third straight title on USATF.tv.

Jeff Henderson set a new adidas Grand Prix record in the men’s long jump, leaping 8.33m/27-4 on his fourth attempt to break the previous mark. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor proved his versatility by finishing in the runner-up spot, leaping a season’s best 8.06m/26-5.25. Watch the men’s long jump recap on USATF.tv.

LaShawn Merritt resumed his winning ways in the men’s 400m, setting a new meeting record of 44.19. Merritt secured his sixth victory of the 2014 outdoor season, bringing the crowd at Icahn Stadium to its feet. Watch LaShawn take home the victory on USATF.tv.

Stahl, Murer and Weir get world leads in New York – IAAF Diamond League

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It took Germany's 2010 European champion Linda Stahl a couple throws to get in the swing, but when she finally did, she was able to score her first victory of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League season with a world-leading mark of 67.32m in the women's javelin at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday (14).

Unlike Kathryn Mitchell of Australia, who took the early lead with a 66.08m on her very first throw of the competition, it took Stahl until round three to launch the spear more than a metre past Mitchell's mark, taking the world lead from Mitchell’s compatriot Kimberley Mickle, who threw 66.83m in Melbourne in March.

"I am very satisfied with the personal best today," said Stahl. "I came in a little tired with three competitions in the last week but felt great after warm-ups. My first throw was a season's best and I knew it was not a perfect throw, so it progressed from there."

The competition also saw Madera Palameika set a Latvian record of 64.86m for third place.