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Rupp, Flanagan win 10,000m finals at USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa — Galen Rupp and Shalane Flanagan punched their tickets to Moscow as they captured the 10,000m national titles on the first day of senior competition at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

Rupp (Portland, Ore.) became the first man to win five consecutive 10,000m national titles as he unleashed a monstrous last lap to cross the line in 28:47.32. After leading the latter portions of the race, Dathan Ritzenhein (Rockford, Mich.) took second in 28:49.66. Chris Derrick (Portland, Ore.) made it onto the podium for the first time at USA Outdoors as he took third in 28:52.25. All three men own the IAAF A stadium, and will compete for Team USA at the World Championships in Moscow.

Flanagan (Portland, Ore.) led from the gun in the women’s 10,000m to set a stadium record of 31:43.20. In her first race as a professional, Jordan Hasay (Eugene, Ore.) finished second in 32:17.34. Hasay’s new teammate Tara Erdmann was not far behind in 32:24.16. Flanagan and fourth placer Amy Hastings (32:31.28) currently have the IAAF A standard. Hasay and Erdmann will have through July 20th to chase the A or B standard.

More than 8,000 viewers tuned in on to join the 6,657 fans in the stands to view the 10,000m races. Today’s coverage is part of more than 50 hours of webcasting and nine hours of national television broadcasts, 2013 marks USATF’s most aggressive national media distribution of a national championship to date. View the complete webcast and broadcast schedule here.

Andrea Geubelle (University Place, Wash.) of the University of Kansas won her first senior outdoor national title in the women’s triple jump. Geubelle’s best jump came on her fourth attempt as she landed a hop, skip and jump of 14.03m/46-0.50. Geubelle’s win comes one day before her 22nd birthday. Toni Smith was second in 13.93m/45-8.50, with Olympian Amanda Smock (Minneapolis, Minn.) third in 13.77m/45-2.25 and Blessing Ufodiama (Los Angeles, Calif.) fourth in 13.60m/44-7.25. The top four women will be able to chase the IAAF B standard of 14.20/46-7.25 through July 20 for a spot on the world championship team.

Brittany Borman (De Soto, Mo.) had her second best throw of all time to win the women’s javelin. Borman’s best throw came on her last attempt as she sent the javelin flying 60.91m/199-10. This is Borman’s second outdoor national title after winning the Olympic trials in 2012. Former pole vaulter Ariana Ince (College Station, Texas) finished second in a personal best of 56.66m/185-11. Two-time Olympian Kara Patterson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rebounded from knee surgery last fall to finish third in 55.88m/183-4.

The University of Florida’s Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) won the men’s triple jump in 17.15m/56-3.25 with a +2.2 wind at his back. This was Craddock’s first jump over 17-meters under all-conditions. Craddock’s former teammate and  double Olympic medalist Will Claye (Phoenix, Ariz) finished as the runner-up in 17.04m/55-11. Ryan Grinnell (Idaho Falls, Idaho) improved his personal best by nearly a foot and a half to finish third in 17.02m/55-10.25. Reigning World Champion Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) has an automatic bye to the World Championships, while Craddock and Claye currently have the B standard.

In qualifying action, there were no surprises in the women’s 400 meters as Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) ran 51.38 as the fastest qualifier with Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) and Natasha Hastings (Atlanta, Ga.) also advancing from their heats. On the men’s side, Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Tony McQuay (Gainesville, Fla.) ran the fastest time in the men’s 400m prelims in 45.26. 

USA Indoor champion Barbara Pierre (Winter Haven, Fla.) led the women in the 100 meters with her time of 11.18 into a -1.9 headwind. Florida State’s Dentarius Locke (Tampa, Fla.) and former Florida Gator Jeff Demps (Gainesville, Fla.) were both clocked in 10.19 into a 1.5 headwind to lead the men’s 100m prelims.

In the prelims of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, Nicole Bush (Wyoming, Mich.) ran the fastest time of the day as she won the second heat in 9:54.41. 2012 Olympians Bridget Franek (Eugene, Ore.) and Shalaya Kipp (Salt Lake City, Utah) both advanced as well in 9:55.91, and 10:07.75.

Alysia Montano (Canyon Country, Calif.) and Brenda Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) recorded both crossed the line in 2:01.96 to clock the fastest times of the women’s 800m prelim. On the men’s side, Olympic 4th placer Duane Solomon (Los Angeles, Calif.) ran the fastest time of the day in 1:46.39 out of the fourth heat. Nick Symmonds (Springfield, Ore.) took the win in heat three in 1:47.10.

Current world leader Johnny Dutch (Clayton, N.C.) looked smooth in the prelims of the men’s 400m hurdles as he crossed the line in 49.46. Justin Gaymon (Athens, Ga.) had the second fastest time of the day in 49.60.

In the women’s 1500m, Treniere Moser (Portland, Ore.) and Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) had the fastest two times of the day out of the first heat as they ran 4:11.20 and 4:11.48, respectively.

In the men’s 1500 prelim, 2011 World Championships bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz (Portland, Ore.) ran the fastest time of the day out of heat one in 3:40.91. USA Indoor Champion Will Leer was close behind in 3:41.01. 

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