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2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Highlights

Monday, June 28th, 2010

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Lauren Fleshman, Women’s 5,000 meter Champion

Lauren Fleshman, Women's 5,000 meter Champion

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Chaunte Lowe set a new American Record in the Women’s High Jump

Chaunte Lowe set a new American Record in the Women's High Jump

Chaunte Lowe set a new American Record in the Women's High Jump

Des Moines native Lolo Jones won the 100 meter hurdles

Des Moines native Lolo Jones won the 100 meter hurdles

Dan Huling, Men’s Steeplechase

Dan Huling, Men's Steeplechase

Lisa Aguilera, Women’s Steeplechase

Lisa Aguilera, Women's Steeplechase

Lopez Lomong held off Leonel Manzano in the Men’s 1,500 meters

Lopez Lomong held off Leonel Manzano in the Men's 1,500 meters

David Oliver dominated the 110 meter hurdles competition

David Oliver dominated the 110 meter hurdles competition

2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — Day 1

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Distance runner Amy Begley and triple jumper Erica McLain each set stadium records on Day 1 of the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, IA. Begley, a 2008 Olympian, and reigning national champion in the 10,000 meters, surged away from home state favorite Lisa Koll, the previous owner of the stadium record, with a little more than one lap to go.

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Amy Begley surges past Lisa Koll, en route to a new Drake Stadium record, and the fastest 10,000 run by a woman in the state of Iowa.

Galen Rupp also successfully defended his 10,000 meter national title in Des Moines.

Galen Rupp also successfully defended his 10,000 meter national title in Des Moines.

Athletes with Arizona connections that competed in Des Moines on Day 1 included Fasil Bizuneh, Desiree Davila, Amy Hastings, Tara Erdmann, Lisa Aguilera, Lindsay Allen, Dominique Maloy, Donald Sanford, and Charonda Williams.

Fasil Bizuneh

Desiree Davila, followed by Amy Hastings

Tara Erdmann

Lisa Aguilera and Lindsay Allen

Dominique Maloy

Donald Sanford

Charonda Williams

AZRunning photos in print

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The April 2010 edition of Japan’s top track and field magazine, Gekkan Rikujyo Kyogi, published three of our photos from the 2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Thanks guys!

Photo credit in Japanese monthly track and field magazine.

2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Day 2

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

2009 World Outdoor men’s shot put champion Christian Cantwell and 2008 Olympian and former New Mexico resident Amber Campbell won their respective events at the 2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Their marks were also good enough for both to win the respective men’s and women’s 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series titles, which were awarded at the conclusion of Day 2 of the competition.

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On the track, Nick Symmonds won the second USA Indoor title of his career, by finishing first in the men’s 800 meters.

2008 Olympian and 2009 World Outdoor Championships finalist Nick Symmonds won the second USA Indoor title of his career when he finished first in the Nike Men's 800m in 1:48.10.

For the second day in a row, Shannon Rowbury was involved in a come-from-behind photo finish, this time, in the women’s 1,500 meters. Morgan Uceny surged to the lead in the middle of the race, and held on for a 0.02 second victory.

For the second day in a row, Shannon Rowbury was involved in a come-from-behind photo finish

2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Day 1

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Soon after the starter’s pistol fired in the women’s 3,000 meter run, the final event on Day 1 of the 2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM, Renee Metivier Baillie opened up a sizable lead. Despite the spirited attempt by Shannon Rowbury and Sara Hall to close the gap on the final lap, Metivier Baillie held on for a narrow win over the hard charging Hall, with Rowbury in third place.

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Renee Metivier Baillie held off the hard charging Sara Hall in Day 1's last event, the 3,000 meters.

In a close men’s 3,000 meter final, Bernard Lagat, the recently crowned American Record holder for 5,000 meters indoors sprinted away from Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky in the final laps to claim the title.

Indoor 5,000 meter American Record holder Bernard Lagat sprinted away from Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky

2009 Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational features the top-20 ranked boys and girls Arizona high school cross country teams, regardless of class level, as well as the top seven individuals from non-invited teams. Due to construction at the traditional Kiwanis Park location, the Conley meet returned to its original location, the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Tempe.

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2009 Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational results

Sarah Schmidt from Mesa Mountain View High School led a 1-2 sweep of the Girls Varsity podium positions. Pinnacle High School won the team competition.

Sarah Schmidt from Mesa Mountain View High School led a 1-2 sweep of the Girls Varsity race

Steve Magnuson from Ironwood Ridge won the Boys Varsity race. Mesa Mountain View won the team competition.

Steve Magnuson from Ironwood Ridge won the Boys Varsity race

2009 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The 2009 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships for athletes 14 – 19 years old, took place in Eugene concurrent with the USA Outdoor Track and Field championships for open athletes. The meet served as the selection meet for the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which will be held at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad on July 31 – August 2. The top two finishers in each event qualified to compete in the Pan American Championships.

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Curtis Beach literally ran away with the decathlon, finishing with 7,599 points. It was the best score ever by an American using the junior implements. Beach ended the two-day 10-event competition with a world junior decathlon best 4:07.85 in the 1,500 meters.

Curtis Beach ran away with the decathlon, finishing with 7,599 points. It was the best score ever by an American using the junior implements.

2008 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Jordan Hasay won her third-consecutive junior women’s 1,500m title over 2009 NCAA finalist Morgane Gay of Virginia.

2008 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Jordan Hasay won her third-consecutive junior women's 1,500m title over 2009 NCAA finalist Morgane Gay of Virginia

2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day 4

Monday, June 29th, 2009

On the final day of competition at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2008 Olympian Nick Symmonds continued his dominance of the 800 meters at Hayward Field. For his efforts, Symmonds was named the Visa Athlete of the Meet.

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For his dramatic win over Khadevis Robinson in the Men's 800 meter run, Nick Symmonds was named Visa Athlete of the Meet

Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in the 100 meter hurdles, won her first national championship in 12.36 seconds (wind aided), the fourth-fastest time ever by an American under any conditions.

Dawn Harper won the 100 meter hurdles final in 12.36 seconds

2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day 3

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Day 3 of the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships featured a full schedule of compelling finals. LaShawn Merritt claimed the national title at 400 meters and remained undefeated in 2009.

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LaShawn Merritt claimed the national title at 400 meters and remained undefeated in 2009

2004 Olympian and 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Lashinda Demus won the 400 meter hurdles in 53.78, the fastest in the world this year and a new Hayward Field record.

2004 Olympian and 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Lashinda Demus won the 400 meter hurdles in 53.78, the fastest in the world this year and a new Hayward Field record

Former Arizona State University Sun Devils Dwight Phillips and Kyle Alcorn earned spots on Team USA for the 2009 World Championships by placing on the podium in their respective events. Phillips, the 2004 Olympic champion in the long jump, claimed his fourth outdoor national title. Alcorn, the 2008 NCAA steeplechase champion, earned his first berth to the world championships, after placing 3rd in the 3,000 meter steeplechase final. Former Sun Devils Ryan Warrenburg and Aaron Aguayo also competed in Saturday’s steeplechase final.

2008 NCAA steeplechase champion Kyle Alcorn placed third in Saturday's 3,000 meter steeplechase final

Former Sun Devils Aaron Aguayo and Ryan Warrenburg

2008 Olympic Trials champion and Olympic Games finalist Shannon Rowbury took the lead in the final 100 meters to claim her second 1,500 meter title at Hayward Field.

Shannon Rowbury

2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day 2

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Carmelita Jeter, the 2007 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist, was declared the winner of the Visa Women’s 100 meters by one-1,000th of a second in a photo finish with 2008 Olympic Trials champion Muna Lee, on Day 2 of the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Carmelita Jeter was declared the winner of the 100 meters by one-1,000th of a second over Muna Lee

The men’s 100 meters was also a close duel. 2009 USA Indoor 60m champion and two-time NAIA outdoor sprint champion Michael Rodgers held off Beijing Olympic finalist Darvis “Doc” Patton by one-100th of a second, in a wind-aided 9.91 seconds.

Michael Rodgers won the 100 meters in 9.91 seconds

2007 World Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher and 2008 Olympic Games finalist Matt Tegenkamp won his first USA Outdoor title and led an Oregon Track Club sweep of the men’s 5,000 meters over teammates Chris Solinsky and Evan Jager.

Matt Tegenkamp led an Oregon sweep of the men's 5,000 meters

2008 Olympian Kara Goucher, who already qualified for the World Championships team in the marathon, claimed her second consecutive national title at 5,000 meters. Goucher is expected to only compete in the marathon in Berlin.

For the second year in a row, Kara Goucher won the national title at 5,000 meters over Jen Rhines

2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day 1

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

After thrilling the Track Town USA crowd last year in the Olympic Trials with her desperate race against both the clock and her competitors on the track, Amy Yoder Begley returned to Eugene, Oregon and rocked the house. Yoder Begley captured her first USA championship in the 10,000 meter run with an inspired stretch run, to defeat 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan and set a new Hayward Field record.

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Amy Yoder Begley set a new Hayward Field record for 10,000 meters.

In the men’s 10,000 meter final, local favorite Galen Rupp captured the title in his last appearance in an Oregon Ducks uniform.

Galen Rupp was victorious in his last appearance in an Oregon Ducks uniform

2009 NJCAA Region I Track and Field Championship

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Mesa Community College hosted the 2009 NJCAA Region I Track and Field Championship on May 12 and 14.

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Meet Results, Day 3 (Tuesday)

Meet Results, Day 4 (Thursday)

Justin Royer from Mesa Community College won the 10,000 meter run during Tuesday’s competition, and came back to win the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Thursday.

Justin Royer won the 10,000 meter run during Tuesday's competition

Kierre Beckles from Central Arizona College set a new meet record in the 100 meter hurdles and won the 400 meter hurdles during Thursday’s competition.

Kierre Beckles set a new meet record in the 100 meter hurdles during Thursday's competition

2009 adidas Track Classic

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

For its 2009 edition, organizers of the adidas Track Classic shifted the competition schedule from mid-afternoon to early evening, in order to take advantage of more favorable weather in the Los Angeles area for distance running, while retaining fast conditions for sprint events. The format change was a success, with impressive early season results in both the sprint and distance events.

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2008 U.S. Olympic Trials champion Anna Willard ran the fastest women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase on American soil.

Anna Willard ran the fastest women's 3,000 meter steeplechase on American soil.

2008 Olympic 400 meter champion LaShawn Merritt stepped down half a lap to the 200 meters for the adidias Track Classic, and emerged with a convincing victory.

2008 Olympic 400 meter champion LaShawn Merritt was victorious in the adidas Track Classic 200 meters

2009 Sun Angel Track Classic

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Despite cold and rainy conditions, the Sun Angel Track Classic celebrated its 30th edition in style. Meet honoree, former Sun Devil and 2004 Olympic long jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips participated in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Fireworks punctuated the start of the Premiere (evening) session, and sparkling pyrotechnics lined the runway for Matt Turner’s final long jump. The meet concluded with fans lining the track for the Premiere heat of the men’s 1,500 meter run.

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Competitors and fans at the 2009 Sun Angel Track Classic did not let the rain dampen their enthusiasm

The evening ended with a thrilling stretch run in the Premiere Men's 1,500 meter run

2009 Carlsbad 5000

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The 2009 Carlsbad 5000, also known as the World’s Fastest 5K came down to sprint finishes to decide the winners of both the men’s and women’s elite invitational races.

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U.S. Olympian Anthony Famiglietti missed Marc Davis’ 13-year-old U.S. record (13:24) by four seconds, finishing in sixth place overall in 13:28.

Anthony Famiglietti just missed Marc Davis' 13-year-old U.S. record (13:24) set at Carlsbad, finishing in sixth place overall in 13:28, the #3 U.S. all-time performance on record standard courses.

Aheza Kiros (F2) of Ethiopia won the women’s race, edging out 2008 U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury (F1) and Lara Tamsett (F3) from Australia.

Aheza Kiros (F2) of Ethiopia won the women's race, edging out 2008 U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury.

2009 ASU Invitational

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

On March 28, the Arizona State University Track and Field program hosted its second meet of the 2009 outdoor season, the ASU Invitational. The meet produced 17 NCAA regional qualifying marks for the Sun Devils, 120 total NCAA regional qualifying marks, seven meet records, and one stadium record. Kara Patterson, the 2008 US Olympic Trials champion competing for Purdue, established the new stadium record when she tossed the javelin 58.41m to win the women’s competition. Local track fans also had a chance to see former Arizona high school state champions Kristin Phillips and Natalie Johnson compete for their respective out-of-state schools.

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Kara Patterson set a new stadium record for the women's javelin

ASU freshman Mason McHenry recorded the sixth best time in school history, 1:48.25, in his outdoor 800 meter debut with the Sun Devils

2009 Baldy Castillo Invitational

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

On March 21, the Arizona State University track and field teams hosted the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, AZ. In College Station, Texas on the previous weekend, both teams placed fifth at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet is named in honor of former Sun Devil track and field coach Senon “Baldy” Castillo, who passed away on January 31 at the age of 90.

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Former Stanford All-American Lindsay Allen, now representing McMillan Elite, and current Sun Devil All-American Ali Kielty lead Heat 2 of the women's 1500 meter run

An all-star team featuring Allan Ayala from Guatemala won the men's 4x400 meter relay

2008 Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional Championships

Monday, November 24th, 2008

On Saturday, November 22, the highest ranked high school cross country teams from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada gathered in Tempe, Arizona for the 2008 NXN Southwest Regional Championships. The top two teams, and top five individuals from non-qualifying teams, in the Girls and Boys Championship races, earned the right to compete in the Nike Cross Nationals Championship meet in Portland, Oregon on December 6. In addition, four at large teams nationally will be selected to compete, based on a point scoring system.

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In contrast to last year’s runaway record-breaking performances, the individual winners of both championship races this year were decided in the final meters. Dart Schwaderer from Wheat Ridge edged out Jon Nelson from Timpview, 15:14.98 to 15:15.73 in the Boys Championship race. In the final meters of the Girls Championship race, Laura Tremblay from the Eagles XC Club surged past local favorite Jessica Tonn from the Xavier TC by three one hundredths of a second, 17:40.20 to 17:40.23.

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Dart Schwaderer

Laura Tremblay (left) emerged from the pack in the last mile to claim the Girls Championship individual title

2008 AIA (Arizona) State Cross Country Tournament

Friday, November 14th, 2008

On November 8, hundreds of Arizona high school harriers descended upon the Cave Creek Golf Course for a full day of sun, hills, and competition at the 2008 AIA State Cross Country Tournament.

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In the Boys 4A Division II race, Brian Shrader, a junior from Sinagua High School, surged past early leader Tim Freriks to claim the first individual title of the day. Rio Rico captured the team title.

Brian Shrader, a junior from Sinagua, won the first race of the day

Christina Price from Sabino High School claimed the Girls 4A Division I title, while Sandra Day O’Connor captured the team title.

Christina Price

Ryan Yazzie and Billy Orman, Tuba City’s dynamic duo, swept the top two individual places on the podium and led Tuba City to the Boys 3A team title.

Billy Orman and Ryan Yazzie

Aeoleone Bristow, a sophomore from Rio Rico, captured the Girls 4A Division II individual title. Flagstaff High School claimed the team title.

Aeoleone Bristow

Alex Evans from Sabino was the Boys 4A Division I individual champion. Catalina Foothills won the team title.

Alex Evans

Rolonda Jumbo, a freshman from Chinle, dominated the Girls 3A race, with the second fastest finishing time of the day, and led Chinle to the team title.

Rolonda Jumbo

Jorge Martinez from Alhambra held off Carlos Martinez from Dobson and Andrew Kellogg from Desert Vista to claim the Boys 5A Division I individual title. However, Jorge’s individual win wasn’t enough to prevent Desert Vista from winning the team title by two points over Alhambra.

Jorge Martinez

Lacey Kalinen from Pinnacle High School, won the Girls 5A Division II individual title. Ironwood Ridge won the team competiton.

Lacey Kalinen

Cody Rosengarten from Tombstone High School was first across the line in the Boys 1A/2A race. Hopi dominated the team competiton, with 28 points.

Cody Rosengarten

Jessica Tonn won by over a minute in the Girls 5A Division I race, with the fastest time of the day, and the only sub-18 minute 5K among the female competitors. The 1-2 finish of Tonn and teammate Sarah Penney led Xavier to the team title.

Jessica Tonn

In the final Boys race of the day, Alberto Tellez from Camelback won the 5A Division II individual title. Sunnyside won the team title.

Alberto Tellez

The full day of competition concluded with the Girls 1A/2A race. Andrea Klimowski from Northland Preparatory won the individual title. Hopi placed their five scoring runners in the top-10 to claim the team title.

Andrea Klimowski

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field, Day 8

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Jenn Stuczynski captivated the audience, when she set a new American Record for the women’s pole vault, on the final day of competition in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field.

On the track, Lolo Jones benefited from a strong tailwind, to run the 2nd fastest 100 meter hurdles race recorded under any conditions. In the ‘metric mile,’ Shannon Rowbury won in dominant fashion, while 5,000 meter champion Bernard Lagat repeated his 1,500 – 5,000 meter sweep from last year’s World Championships.

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Fans react to Jenn Stuczynski's new American Record

Shannon Rowbury celebrates her win in the 1,500 meter run

Lolo Jones ran the fastest 100 meter hurdles race ever recorded by an American

Bernard Lagat repeated his 1,500 - 5,000 meter wins from last year's World Championships