12 Crazy Things That Happened The First Day At USAs

Lopez Lomong Is The First Man Since 1916 To Win U.S. 1500 and 10K Titles

Day one of the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships is in the books! If you missed any of the action, click here for a full play-by-play, and here for the full results. Below are our top 12 things that happened on Thursday.

1) Lopez Lomong ends eight-year USATF title drought

Lopez Lomong won a thrilling 10K in 28:58 with a 54-second last lap to outkick Shadrack Kipchirchir. This was Lomong's first title since 2010, which ended an eight-year drought. It's been 102 years since a U.S. man won the 1500m and 10K in his career.


2) Molly Huddle crushes final mile of the 10K

Molly Huddle won the 10K today by closing her last 1600m in a jaw-dropping 4:38. With each lap, she got faster: 1:13/1:11/1:08/1:04. The insane closing speed led Huddle to her 27th U.S. title.


3) Robby Andrews Doesn't Make It Past Prelims

Defending 1500m champion Robby Andrews couldn't find another gear in the last 150 meters and ended up sixth in his preliminary round with a 3:43.89, which failed to qualify.

Robby Andrews Is Stunned After Missing 1500m Final


4) Sydney McLaughlin scratched at the last minute

Right when the hype of a Kendall Ellis vs. Sydney McLaughlin open 400m showdown reached its fever pitch, the former Kentucky Wildcat didn't show up for her preliminary heat due to an apparent quad issue.


5) Mike Rodgers runs a new world-leading time in the 100m

The 33-year-old bested Houston's Cameron Burrell in the final strides of the 100m prelims with a 9.89 (+1.4 m/s), which is the fastest time in the world this season.


6) Two-thirds of last year’s U.S. 800m world team scratched at the last minute

Two of the frontrunners in a packed 800m field, reigning indoor silver medalist Drew Windle and 1:43 man Donavan Brazier, unexpectedly withdrew from their heats of the preliminary round today.

Windle’s coach Danny Mackey said this about the decision:

“Nothing acute, so it’s tough to articulate, but he’s just super worn down. I know he just won Portland but he looked off, then Monday in his Pre-race my gut was telling me to pull him. I think part of my job as a coach is to look down the road and think big picture so really I just wanted to protect him from getting sick or hurt and it felt unwise making him race this weekend. He’s taking this week off and will hopefully get in a few diamond leagues.”

Windle won the 800m at the Portland Track Festival handily in 1:47 two weeks ago—watch it here.

7) 2016 Olympians on the bubble for semis

In the women's 800m, Rio Olympian Chrishuna Williams was the last one in on time (2:04.05), while Boris Berian was the first one out on time (1:47.84) in the men’s 800m.

Boris Berian Thinks He Can Get Back To His 2016 Self


8) All the favorites in the women’s 800m, 1500m, and 3K steeplechase qualified

Charlene Lipsey (800m), Ajee Wilson (800m), Jenny Simpson (1500m), Shelby Houlihan (1500m), Emma Coburn (3K SC) and Courtney Frerichs (3K SC).


9) Men's mid-distance finals are stacked

Erik Sowinski (800m), Isaiah Harris (800m), Clayton Murphy (800m), Eric Jenkins (1500m), Drew Hunter (1500m), Craig Engels (1500m) and Matthew Centrowitz (1500m) are among the notables who qualified in the mid-distance events.


10) Kara Winger continues to grow her legacy

Kara Winger won her eighth U.S. javelin title, putting her second all-time for the most U.S. women's national titles in the javelin behind Dorothy Dodson (11 titles).

Kara Winger After 8th Javelin Title, Second-Most In American History


11) Stanford’s Valarie Allman beat Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen in the women’s discus throw

If Allman had beaten Ewen at NCAAs, Stanford would’ve won the team title.

Stanford's Valarie Allman Wins Discus After Heartbreaking NCAAs


12) Keturah Orji resets triple jump meet record

Recently announced Bowerman finalist Keturah Orji won the triple jump with a 14.59m jump, which was good for a new meet record.

Keturah Orji Can Finally Accept Prize Money

Amy Cragg Withdraws From Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon women's field is down another American. 

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Oregon Shows Off Their Revamped Roster | NCAA XC Recap

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NCAA XC DII/DIII Recap: DIII Showdown Will Shake Up Rankings

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Anatomy Of A NCAA Women's Championships XC Team

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Last week, we dug into the last 20 years of the men's results from the NCAA Cross Country Championships to identify some commonalities among the championship teams. The analysis didn’t yield definitive rules to win a title, but it did provide some guidelines.

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How Men's XC All-Americans Fare The Following Season

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The standard for individual excellence in NCAA cross country is quite clear: finish in the top 40 at nationals. By doing so, an athlete earns All-American status, a title that carries significant weight on a distance runner’s résumé.

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Amid Harsh Criticism, WADA Reinstates Russian Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency removed the ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency on Thursday, setting off a wave of criticism in the athletic community. The ban was enacted in 2015 after reports of widespread state-sponsored doping.