First, a bit of breaking news before moving onto this past weekend’s results, USATF has named a new CEO in Max Siegel. Siegel was previously president of global operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc. and a senior vice president at Sony/BMG, and has served on the boards of USATF and the USA Swimming Foundation. Read more here. Now this past weekend’s results:
Oregon Relays-Sara Vaughn won the 800 meters in 2:05.29. Most impressive performance of the meet was of Sally Kipyego who won the 1500 meters in 4:08.59 followed by Julia Lucas in 4:10.75, Geena Gall in 4:13.49 and Jordan Hasay in 4:15.00.
Kansas Relays (race video here)- DeeDee Trotter won the 400 meters in 50.94 followed by Diamond Dixon in 51.80, Mary Wineberg in 52.10 and Faun Dorr in 53.13. Kristi Castlin won the 100 meter hurdles in 12.87 followed by Tiki James in 13.12 and Nai Ali in 13.25. LaShaunt’e Moore took the 100 meters in 11.14 followed by Gloria Asumnu in 11.30 and Ezinne Okparaebo in 11.47.
Mt. SAC Relays (race video here)- Mt. Sac Relays is chance for elites to run fast and they did not disappoint this weekend. The first elite event was of course the steeplechase on Thursday. Korne Hind ran a 9:42.27 to win with Mason Cathey in 9:48.67 and Lennie Waite in 9:52.64 to follow. Penn State’s Kara Millhouse won the 10k in 33:31.37.
Friday, Yan Bo Yang won the discus in 61.56m followed by American record holder, Suzy Powell in 60.64m. Washington’s Katie Flood took the win in the 1500 meters in 4:11.66 followed by Nicole Schappert in 4:12.94 and Arkansas’s Kristen Gillespie in 4:13.41. In the Puma mile where prize money was on the line, Hilary Stellingwerff barely ran over 4:30 with 4:31.04, behind her was Marina Muncan in 4:31.52 and Delilah DiCrescenzo in 4:32.11. In a 5,000 meter full of names (though not Jenny Simpson who scratched), Molly Huddle took control running a 15:15.91. In the last 400 meters she distanced herself from second place Eloise Wellings who ran a 15:20.67. The top collegiate runners were Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino in 15:23.35, Stony Brook’s Lucy Van Dalen in 15:23.54 and Villanova’s Sheila Reid in 15:23.64.
Saturday, the third and final day was full of sprints and middle distance. Nigeria’s Bukula Abogunloko won the 400 meters in 51.87. Second was Keshia Baker in 52.06 and in third was Nicola Sanders in 52.63. In the women’s 800 meters Molly Beckwith barely missed dipping below 2:00 with a win in 2:00.34. BYU’s Nachelle Mackie was second in 2:01.11 followed by Latavia Thomas in 2:01.81 and Treniere Moser in 2:01.93. Maggie Vessey had her fastest open in 2:02.16. In the 100 meters, Lauryn Williams took the win with an 11.17. Trinidad-Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahyee was second in 11.19 followed by Lisa Barber in 11.20. In the 100 meter hurdlers Michelle Perry took the win in 12.70. In her second race back, Joanna Hayes was second in 12.72 followed by Yvette Lewis in 12.74. In the 200 meters Leslie Cole ran a 22.63 followed by Blessing Okagbare in 22.70 and Natasha Hastings in 22.98.
Saturday was not all about running, the majority of the field events took place. Brittany Reese took the win in long jump with a jump of 7.12 meters. Jillian Camarena-William took the win in the shot put with a throw of 19.80m. Arizona’s Alyssa Hasslen was second with a 18.35m and Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks was third in 18.14m. The high jump saw Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett win with a jump of 1.95m followed by Inika McPherson in 1.95 and Becky Christensen with a 1.92m. In the hammer throw, Amber Campbell took the win with a throw of 71.57m followed by Jessica Crosby in 71.29m and Sophie Hitchon in 70.47m.
London Marathon– Kenya’s Mary Keitany became the 3rd-fastest woman in history as she won the 2012 Virgin London women’s marathon in 2:18:37.Her last 10k ran somewhere between 31:30 and 31:40. Edna Kiplagat was second in 2:19:50 followed by Priscah Jeptoo in 2:20.14 completing the Kenya sweep of the podium.
Other of note: Sanya Richard Ross soloed a 50.18 at the Michael Johnson Pepsi Classic.