2011 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships – Day 1

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The compact venue and open schedule provided an opportunity for me to capture images from events I don’t normally cover, on Day 1 of the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Here is a cool Wonder Woman-themed uniform that Loree Smith wore for the Women’s Weight Throw:

Loree Smith, Women's Weight Throw.

Similar to last year, both the men’s and women’s 3,000 meter finals were decided during the bell lap, and featured three of last year’s four protagonists. Bernard Lagat, who recently lost his indoor American Record for 5,000 meters to Galen Rupp, sprinted away from Rupp and Aaron Braun with 1 1/2 laps to go, to repeat as Indoor National Champion.

Bernard Lagat sprinted away from Galen Rupp and Aaron Braun to repeat as indoor 3,000 meter national champion

Sara Hall, who narrowly lost to Renee Metivier Baillie in the women’s 3,000 meters last year, was defeated for the second year in a row by a Colorado alum, as Jenny (Barringer) Simpson held off Hall’s last lap challenge.

Jenny (Barringer) Simpson held off Sara Hall's last lap challenge

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