EUGENE, Oregon — Hayward magic was on full display on day two of the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships with both the men’s and women’s 100m finals producing historically fast races and a seismic performance in the men’s shot put. 

All Ryan Crouser (Redmond, Oregon/USATF Oregon) did last year here at Hayward Field was break a world record that had stood for more than 30 years. For an encore today, the world indoor and outdoor record holder and two-time Olympic champion produced the greatest series of throws in men’s shot put history. 
Starting off behind reigning world champion Joe Kovacs (Brentwood, Tennessee/USATF New York), who unleashed a season best 22.87m/75-0.5 on his first attempt to almost equal the mark that won him that 2019 title in Doha, Crouser went 22.42m/73-6.75. He fouled his second attempt when he lost balance, but on throw number three blasted a 23.12m/75-10.25 that was the fourth best in history and would have tied the world record before he broke it last year. 
The Oregon native fired up the crowd again in round four with a 23.01m/75-6 and followed up with a 23.11m/75-10 in the penultimate round. His final toss landed at 22.98m/75-4.75, and he went into the history books as the only man to throw 23m or better three times in one meet. Behind Kovacs, Josh Awotunde’s (Columbia, South Carolina/USATF New Jersey) 21.51m/70-7 in round three earned him third, while NCAA champion Tripp Piperi (Austin, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) of the University of Texas made his first World Championships team with a 21.43m/70-3.75 to take fourth.
Coastal Carolina’s Melissa Jefferson (Conway, South Carolina/USATF South Carolina) stunned the Hayward crowd as she pushed to the front near the end of the women’s 100m and stopped the clock at 10.69w, the eighth fastest all-conditions performer in world history. Propelled by a 2.9 m/s wind that rendered her time illegal for record purposes, Jefferson nonetheless made her own piece of history with her win. Jefferson, who was eighth in the NCAA Championships here two weeks ago, came into 2022 with an 11.22 lifetime best and dropped that to 10.88 to win the Sun Belt Conference title in mid-May.
Aleia Hobbs (Geismar, Louisiana/USATF Southern) and TeeTee Terry (Sunrise, Florida/USATF Florida) grabbed the other two World Championships berths as the top four women broke 10.8. Hobbs was second in 10.72w, Terry took third in 10.74w, and 19-year-old Tamari Davis (Gainesville, Florida/USATF Florida) placed fourth in 10.74w. Davis’ time is the fastest ever run in any conditions by a U20 athlete.
In the semis, seven of the eight women who qualified for the final set lifetime bests, led by Hobbs in 10.81. Jefferson was only steps behind her, narrowly placing second in 10.82. Terry prevailed in the second semi, running 10.87 to hold off Davis and Celera Barnes (Oxnard, California/USATF Southern California). 
Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley (Miami, Florida/USATF Gulf) backed up his stellar performance in the semifinal of the men’s 100m, winning the final with a convincing 9.77. Equaling his lifetime best of 9.85, Marvin Bracy-Williams (Jacksonville, Florida/USATF Florida) nabbed the runner-up spot in 9.85 and Trayvon Bromell (Jacksonville, Florida/USATF Florida) was third in 9.88. All seven finalists broke 10 seconds, the first time that has ever happened.
Kerley rocketed to the lead in the first semifinal and powered on to win in a world-leading 9.76, making him the equal third-fastest American performer ever. All eight men who qualified for the final broke 10 seconds. Bromell won a high-powered second semi in a season best 9.81, with Bracy-Williams taking second in 9.86 and reigning world champion Christian Coleman (Lexington, Kentucky/USATF Kentucky) third in 9.87. Coleman, who has a bye to the World Championships, chose not to contest the final.
World Indoor champion Sandi Morris (Marbleton, Georgia/USATF Arkansas) had to sweat it out at her second height in the women’s pole vault but quickly got back in rhythm and went on to go over 4.82m/15-9.75 for the victory. Morris needed three attempts at 4.60m/15-1, but then scaled 4.65m/15-3 first time and 4.70m/15-5 on her second try. A surprise second place finish went to Alina McDonald (Pacolet, South Carolina/USATF South Carolina), who made her lifetime best of 4.65m/15-3 on her first attempt, while Olympic champion Katie Nageotte (Powder Springs, Georgia/USATF New York) needed two attempts and placed third before retiring when she knew her World Championships berth was assured.
Winning her 11th national title indoors and outdoors, Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada/USATF Nevada) was the only woman to navigate 1.93m/6-4 in the women’s high jump. The 2016 World Indoor champion and 2019 World Championships bronze medalist had to take two attempts at 1.90m/6-2.75, but sailed over her winning height first time. She made two attempts at 1.99m/6-6.25 before passing up her final try. Last year’s NCAA champion, Rachel Glenn (Long Beach, California/USATF Southern California), placed second with a clearance at 1.90m/6-2.75, the same height as third-placer Rachel McCoy (Austin, Texas/USATF Texas Southern).
Reigning Olympic champion and American record holder Valarie Allman (Austin, Texas/USATF New York) had three throws long enough to win the women’s discus, with a best of 66.92m/219-7 in round three. Since Allman has a bye into the World Championships as the 2021 Diamond League winner, the tussle for the next three places gained interest. Laulauga Tausaga-Collins (El Cajon, California/USATF San Diego-Imperial) snagged the runner-up spot with a lifetime best 64.49m/211-7 in round four, and Rachel Dincoff 
(Tallahassee, Florida/USATF Inland Northwest) was third at 62.14m/203-10. USATF Throws Festival winner Veronica Fraley (Clemson, South Carolina/USATF North Carolina) was fourth with a best of 59.90m/196-6.
The men’s 800m semi-finals produced two memorable races highlighted by wins from veteran Brannon Kidder (Seattle, Washington/USATF Pacific Northwest) and collegian Brandon Miller (O’Fallon, Missouri/USATF Ozark). In the first heat, 2020 Olympian Isaiah Jewett (Inglewood, California/USATF Southern California) characteristically shot to the lead and took the pack through 400m in 52.92, but his lead would not last as Kidder, Isaiah Harris (Lewiston, Maine/USATF Pacific Northwest), Jonah Koech (Boulder, Colorado/USATF Colorado) and high school phenom Cade Flatt (Benton, Kentucky/USATF Kentucky) made their vies for the three spots in the final. Harris and Koech would hold on for second and third, with Flatt just missing out on the final in his first U.S. Championship appearance. Miller completed the wire-to-wire victory in heat 2, with veteran U.S. stars Bryce Hoppel (Midland, Texas/USATF Missouri Valley) and Clayton Murphy (Macedonia, Ohio/USATF Lake Erie) following closely to secure their spots in Sunday’s final. 
The legend of Athing Mu (Trenton, New Jersey/USATF New Jersey) continued to grow in heat two of the 800m semi-finals, with the two-time Olympic medalist bounding her way to the final with a victory in 1:57.55 that easily gave her the fastest time of the day. Several of the best half-milers in the U.S. filed in behind her, with Sage Hurta (Longmont, Colorado/USATF Colorado), Olivia Baker (Atlanta, Georgia/USATF Georgia), and Allie Wilson (Atlanta, Georgia/USATF Georgia) all securing their spot in the final with times well under 1:59. The esteemed Ajee’ Wilson(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/USATF Mid-Atlantic) was also very impressive in her heat one victory; easing past fellow Olympian Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas/USATF Oregon) in the last few meters, 2:00.81 to 2:01.15. Boise State’s Kristie Schoffield (Boise, Idaho/USATF Snake River) utilized an impressive kick to secure the third and final auto-qualifying spot in 2:01.43.
On the same day her mother, Joetta Clark-Diggs, was honored as part of the First Family of American women’s middle distance running, NCAA winner Talitha Diggs (Hellertown, Pennsylvania/USATF Mid-Atlantic) was the fastest qualifier for the final of the women’s 400m, winning the first semi in 50.88. Behind her in fourth, Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California/USATF Southern California) had to play the waiting game to see if she would advance, and advance she did with a 51.32 that put the Olympic legend into the final U.S. final of her storied career. Kendall Ellis (North Hollywood, California/USATF Southern California) won the second semi in 51.06.
The top names sailed through the men’s 400m semis, led by Michael Norman (Los Angeles, California/USATF Southern California) and Randolph Ross (Burlington, North Carolina/USATF North Carolina). Norman won the first semifinal in 44.28, with NCAA champion Ross second in 44.36. Olympic relay medalist Bryce Deadmon (Arlington, Texas/USATF Gulf) was also under 45 for third, clocking 44.95. Georgia’s Elija Godwin (Athens, Georgia/USATF Georgia) took the second semi in 44.66, and Florida’s Champion Allison (Gainesville, Florida/USATF Florida) was the runner-up in 44.80.
All the major players advanced to the next round in the women’s 100m hurdles, with Alaysha Johnson (Fort Lauderdale, Florida/USATF Florida) leading all qualifiers at 12.41, just off the lifetime best of 12.40 that she set in winning the USATF NYC GP. World record holder Keni Harrison (Pflugerville, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) looked smooth and powerful on her way to a 12.47 win in the final heat, and Tia Jones (Orlando, Florida/USATF Georgia) took heat two in 12.57. NCAA champion Alia Armstrong (New Orleans, Louisiana/USATF Southern) of LSU lowered her lifetime best to 12.51 to place second in the opening heat.
Olympic silver medalist Courtney Frerichs (Beaverton, Oregon/USATF Oregon) flexed her pedigree in heat one of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, controlling the race from the front en-route to a win in 9:31.25 - the fastest of the day. Gabbi Jennings (Greenville, South Carolina/USATF South Carolina) would finish closely behind in 9:32.06 and Olympian Colleen Quigley (Flagstaff, Arizona/USATF Arizona) continued her comeback campaign with an impressive third-place finish in 9:36.26. Three-time Olympian Emma Coburn (Boulder, Colorado/USATF Colorado) ran impressively in the second heat, leading a majority of the race to win in 9:40.53.
World record-holder Sydney McLaughlin (Playa Vista, California/USATF Southern California) continued her dominance in the 400m hurdles, winning heat one in 52.90 and running over two seconds faster than any other competitor in the semifinal round. Masai Russell (Upper Marlboro/USATF Potomac Valley) and Ashley Spencer (Austin, Texas/USATF Texas Southern) would round out the automatic advancers alongside McLaughlin. NCAA champion Britton Wilson (Richmond, Virginia/USATF Virginia) emerged victorious in the second heat, running to the line side by side with Anna Cockrell (Fort Worth, Texas/USATF Southwestern) and Shamier Little (Farmington, Arkansas/USATF Arkansas) in second and third, respectively. 
Olympic silver medalist and American record holder Rai Benjamin (Mount Vernon, New York/USATF New York) was clearly the best in the first round of the men’s 400m hurdles, clocking 48.41 to win his heat by more than a half second and end up as the only man to break 49 seconds. Other heat wins went to Benjamin’s Tokyo teammate, Dave Kendziera (Chapel Hill, North Carolina/USATF North Carolina), along with Khallifah Rosser (Fort Worth, California/USATF Southwestern) and Quincy Hall (Gainesville, Florida/USATF Florida).
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