12 Crazy Things That Happened The First Day At USAs

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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House Of Run: Sprinters Have Stolen The Show In 2019

Jason and Kevin discuss the reaction to Noah Lyles’ close victory over Christian Coleman in the 100m, the budding rivalry between the two, Kenny Bednarek’s coming out party at JUCOs, Michael Norman’s smooth 19.84, Caster Semenya’s 3000m future and Matthew Boling’s superb Twitter skills.

Kelati, Oduduru & The 10 Biggest Stars At NCAA West Prelims

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Yesterday, Lincoln took a look at the top athletes to watch in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Today, I’ll do the same with the West Prelim, which begins this Thursday, May 23, in Sacramento.

FloTrack's NCAA Prelim Predictions

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FloTrack predicts the mid-distance/distance qualifiers for NCAAs.

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Roberts, Holloway & The 10 Brightest Stars At NCAA East Prelims

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The 2019 DI NCAA East Preliminary Round is this Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, in Jacksonville, Florida, and it will be LIVE on FloTrack. 

Kenny Bednarek Makes History With 19.82/44.73 Double At JUCOs

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One day after riding a blustering tailwind to the fastest wind-aided 200m in history, Indian Hills freshman Kenny Bednarek decided to give wind legal a try on the final day of the 2019 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The result? Still damn fast.

Shanghai Diamond League: Lyles Stuns Coleman, Samba Tops Benjamin

The second leg of the 2019 Diamond League season made its stop in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, and it was jam-packed with marquee matchups and tight finishes.

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Kenny Bednarek Runs Fastest Wind-Aided 200m In History

If you’ve ever wondered how fast a world-class sprinter could run with a comically strong tailwind, Indian Hills Community College freshman Kenny Bednarek had your answer on Friday with his 19.49 200m (+6.1 m/s) in the 2019 NJCAA Track and Field prelims.

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Since the NCAA moved to a two-regional system in 2010, the qualification process for the NCAA Championships has consisted of the top 48 individuals and top 24 relays in the West and East regions competing for 12 qualifying spots during the last weekend of May.

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Samba/Benjamin Pt. I, McLaughlin Debut Headline Shanghai DL

The first six-ish weeks of the professional track season have offered one clear lesson: the late World Championships aren’t going to tamp down fast times. From Michael Norman’s 43.45 to Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s 49.05, it’s feeling like mid-August already. Perhaps the non-championship year in 2018 caused some energy and emotion to be bottled up, only being released in a year with a clear championship target. 

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