Track and Field

Americans set standard for season in Diamond League opener

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DOHA -- On a clear night with temperatures above 95 degrees in Qatar’s capital city, the scorching temps brought fire to the track as USATF athletes set five world leads and four meet records in the opening competition of the 2015 Diamond League.
 
Hurdle Hype meets expectations
In the highly anticipated women’s 100m hurdles, world-leader Jasmin Stowers (Pendleton, South Carolina) lined up against a stacked field, which featured two Olympic champions including Dawn-Harper Nelson (Los Angeles, California), last year’s Diamond winner, and Sally Pearson. Stowers’ steady stride broke away after the third obstacle, and she earned the win in 12.35, a PR and the third-fastest time ever by an American. That time also made her the No. 7 woman ever. Sharika Nelvis (Jonesboro, Arkansas), in second place, also set a personal best with her 12.54.

Fast times “rain” at HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Southern California broke its drought Thursday night with a downpour, lightning and even a touch of hail. But before the heavens opened, American middle-distance runners turned in brisk and competitive early-season performances at the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic, the second stop outdoors of the 2015 USATF Championship Series.

Steeple success

The first races of the night, in the steeplechase, produced six performances that qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. For the women, Stephanie Garcia ran alone in front after the pacesetter dropped off 7 minutes into the race, finishing strong in 9:37.19 to set a meet and stadium record by more than four seconds. Ashley Higginson was second in 9:41.27 and Genevieve Lalonde third in 9:42.40 to post qualifiers under the IAAF A standard of 9:44.00.

ESPN Announces Historic Live Television Coverage Schedule for NCAA DI Outdoor Championships

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Fans of collegiate track & field have long clamored for national, primetime television exposure – particularly for the sport’s crown jewel event, the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The wait is over: On June 10-13 from Eugene, Oregon, the Championships – featuring star-studded teams and world-class athletes – will take center stage on ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

The Championships’ first-ever ESPN and ESPN2 primetime broadcasts on Friday and Saturday were announced as part of network’s 12-hour live television programming schedule for all four days of the meet.

United States to host 2021 IAAF World Championships

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BEIJING -- The IAAF's crown jewel of track and field, the World Championships, will be held in the United States for the first time in 2021.

In a special vote Thursday at its meetings in Beijing, the 27-member IAAF Council awarded the 2021 IAAF World Championships to the United States and the state of Oregon. USA Track & Field, the City of Eugene and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.

It marks the first time in the 33-year history of the IAAF World Championships that the meet will be contested on U.S. soil. The 2019 IAAF World Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar, last November in a close vote that saw the U.S. bid garner significant attention and support.

IAAF President Lamine Diack announced the decision Thursday in Beijing.

MOCKO AND YANKO GARNER WINS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

Written by Mark Winitz.

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NAPA, Calif. — March 1, 2015 — Two-time Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon winners Chris Mocko and Devon Yanko ascended the winners platform yet again at today’s 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Mocko, age 28, of Folsom, Calif., who previously won the race in 2011 and 2012, emerged victorious in the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 6 seconds. Yanko (née Crosby-Helms), 32, of San Anselmo, Calif. dominated the women’s field after previously emerging victorious at the Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) in 2007 and 2012. The winners headed a sold-out field of 3,000 entrants who were greeted by blue skies, little wind, and ideal temperatures in the low 40s F rising to around 60 degrees F by the 6-hour finish cut-off time.
 
In the men’s race, a threesome composed of Mocko, 2013 NVM men’s champion Kevin Pool (Folsom, Calif.), and Ron Young (Reno, Nev.) navigated the early miles of the rolling, point-to-point 26.2 mile course from Calistoga to Napa together, hitting the 6-mile split in 33:19. Young soon fell off the pace to an eventual seventh place finish as Mocko and Pool proceeded in lockstep, hitting halfway 13.1 miles) in 1:12:25 and 18 miles in 1:38:55.