2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Day 1

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For 2012, the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships returned to Albuquerque, NM for the third year in a row. In the last track event on Day 1, Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap, to defend his title in the men’s 3,000 meters.

Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap.

Bernard Lagat raised the roof with a breathtaking 26 second final lap.

Jenny Simpson, the 2011 World Outdoor champion for 1,500 meters, successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women’s 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Jenny Simpson successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women's 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Jenny Simpson successfully defended her USA Indoor title in the women's 3,000 meters, and will return on Day 2 to try and defend her title in the 1,500 meters.

Will Claye won his first USA Indoor title in the men’s triple jump, with the third best indoor mark in American history.

Will Claye won his first USA Indoor title in the men's triple jump, with the third best indoor mark in American history.

Amanda Smock took the lead in the women’s triple jump on her 5th attempt.

Amanda Smock took the lead in the women's triple jump on her 5th attempt.

AG Kruger won the men’s weight throw.

AG Kruger won the men's weight throw.

Crystal Manning placed third in the women’s triple jump, but I think she should receive top marks for her colorful uniform.

Crystal Manning placed third in the women's triple jump, but I think she should receive top marks for her colorful uniform.

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