Indoor Champs Recap, by Walt Murphy, note by Larry Eder



Allyson Felix, anchoring the 4 x 400 meter relay to victory, plus an American record at the World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar! photo by

In his unique style, Walt Murphy gives us the recap of a championship weekend in indoor track & field: our final four. Walt covers the World Indoors, the NCAA 1,2,3, National Scholastics and Nike Indoor, with links, comments, enough to turn your brain into a track & field reference book! Enjoy!

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2010 Indoor Championships Recap

World Indoor Championships
Doha, Qatar, March 12-14

IAAF Site:
RunningNetwork gallery:

LoLo Jones defending her World Indoor Champs title, Doha, Qatar, photo by

Lolo Jones won the women’s 60-meter hurdles and ran 7.72 to break Gail Devers’ 7-year old American Record of 7.74.
Terrence Trammell was edged for the gold medal in the men’s hurdles by Cuba’s Dayron Robles(7.34), but his time of 7.36 gives him 3-way share of the American Record with Greg Foster and Allen Johnson.
A 3rd AR was set by the women’s 4x400 relay, which won in 3:27.34. The lineup consisted of Debbie Dunn (51.2); Deedee Trotter (52.5); Natasha Hastings(52.7), and Allyson Felix (50.9). Finally, Hyleas Fountain tied DeDee Nathan’s AR in the pentathlon with her totoal of 4,753 points, which left her just short of winning the bronze medal.
Other winners for Team USA--Christian Cantwell came from behind in the final round to win his 3rd World Indoor title in the men’s shot put; Debbie Dunn won the women’s 400-meters(51.04); Bernard Lagat repeated as the World Champion in the men’s 3000-meters(7:37.97); Brittney Reese won the women’s long jump(21-11 3/4), Bryan Clay(6204) won the Heptathlon(Trey Hardee[6184] finished 2nd); and the U.S. men won the 4x400(3:03.40).

NCAA Indoor Championships

Division One
Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 12-13

Results: Video(check system requirements):
Flotrack Coverage:
Robby Andrews Article:
Andrews Flotrack Interview:
Many highlights at this meet, starting with Oregon senior Ashton Eaton’s World Record in the Heptathlon. Setting PRs in five of the first six events, Eaton finished off his record effort with a personal best of 2:32.67 in the 1000-meters. His score of 6,499 points took down Dan O’Brien’s World & American Record of 6,476, which was set at the 1993 World Indoor Championships in Toronto. Finishing 1st in the 1000 was Duke freshman Curtis Beach, who ran 2:27.88, a “world record” of its own within a heptathlon. Eaton added a 46.4 split on Oregon’s 4x400 relay team
Hampton senior Francena McCorory, winner of the women’s 400 last year out of the “slow” section, won again, this time from the seeded section, and her time of 50.54 broke Diane Dixon’s 19-year old American Record of 50.64, which was set in 1991. It’s the 2nd AR for McCorory, who set the mark for 300-meters(36.67) in 2007.
2008 U.S. Olympian Andrew Wheating, all 6’-5” of him, had anchored Oregon to victory in the previous night’s DMR and was favored to win the men’s 800. Using his typical come-from-behind style of racing, Wheating was on the verge of winning, but Virginia freshman Robby Andrews, coming from farther back than Wheating, accelerated off the final turn and went on to edge Wheating for the win (1:48.39-1:48.40).
Andrews’ style of racing, which he also used in his qualifying race, brings back memories of another Virginia Cavalier who ran the 800, one Paul Ereng, the 1988 Olympic Champion and 1989 NCAA and World Indoor Champion.
Said a stunned Andrews, who set National H.S. Indoor Records in the 800 and 1000 last year (Manalapan,NJ), in his post-race TV interview, “I was out in Eugene when Wheating ran such a great race at the Olympic trials. I’ve been a huge fan since. I was just trying to jump him so that he didn’t have time to react. THis is surreal”.
Virginia coach Jason Vigilante said of the race gameplan, "It unfolded exactly as we had planned. We wanted Robby to run last for the first 400 meters and keep within striking distance of the leaders for the next 200 meters, and then kick for the final 200 meters.
"He caught Wheating with about 75 meters to go and passed him 50 meters from the finish. He passed him so close to the finish that Wheating didn’t have time to recover. It was tremendously exciting. I’ve made a lot of mistakes as a coach, but this worked out exactly as planned. It was a good day."
Oregon (women) and Florida (men) each won their first NCAA Indoor team title.
Division Two
Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 12-13, 5,000; altitude.
Adams State:
Flotrack Articles:
Jason Stomps(winner of the men’s WT):
Scoring an amazing 65 points in just two events, the mie and 5000, Adams State won its first NCAA Div.II Indoor men’s team title, beating St.Augustine’s, 89-72.
In the mile, senior Aaron Braun(4:07.44) won for the 2nd year in a row and was followed across the line by teammates Ryan McNiff, Reuben Mwei, Brian Medigovich, and Anthony Gauthier for a 1-5 sweep. Braun, who also has two Outdoor Div.Two 1500-meter titles to his name, had earlier anchored the Grizzlies to victory in the distance medley, again for the 2nd year in a row.
Medigovich, a senior, won his first national title with a come-from-behind effort in the 5000(14:28.46), with Braun finishing 2nd. Abilene Christian’s Amos Sang finished 3rd to prevent another sweep, but Reuben Mwei, Florian Theophile, Luke Cragg, amd Ryan McNiff finished 4-5-6-7 to clinch the team title for coach Damon Martin.
Josh Scott, a junior at St.Augustine’s, took advantage of Albuquerque’s altitude to set meet records in the 200(20.91) and 400(46.05). He also anchored St.Aug to a win in the 4x400 relay.
Semoy Hackett won the 60(7.24) and 200(23.32-meet record) to lead Lincoln University(Missouri) to its 2nd straight women’s title. Said head coach Victor Thomas, "The fact that we continue to win championships without an indoor track or place to train is a testament to their drive and dedication. I was very proud of how the women responded, because we had a few injuries that first day and I didn't know if we'd be able to pull it out, but they stepped up.".
Seattle Pacific senior Jessica Pixler, the 2-time Div.II X-Country Champion, won the mile(4:46.42) for the 3rd year in a row(she also won the Outdoor 1500 in 2007 and 2009), and Shippensburg sophomore Neely Spence won the 5000(17:19.98) to go with the outdoor title she won in 2009.

Division Three
Greencastle,IN, March 12-13

Results: (Click on NCAA)
North Central:
North Central College was an easy winner in the race for the men’s team title (52-1/3 to Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s 34), but the women’s champion wasn’t crowned until the final event, the 4x400 relay.
Sitting in 3rd place at the time, six poiints behind leader Wisconsin-Oshkosh(29-23), which didn’t have a relay team entered, Wartburg College’s foursome of seniors Jenny Kordick and Chelsey Jacobs, and sophomores Nevada Morrison and Faith Burt came through with a win(3:48.73) to give Wartburg its 2nd straight National Indoor title.
Said Wartburg coach Marcus Newsom, “I had a choice to make before we ran the 4x400… either tell the group where we were at in the team points race or trust their ability and let them go out and perform. I knew they were capable of what they did”.
St.Lawrence junior Wendy Pavlus, the 2009 Div.III X-Country Champion, won the 5000 in 16:59.40.
Salisbury senior Delannie Spriggs set a meet record in the men’s 55-meters--6.20.
The lone women’s meet record was claimed by Moravian senior Anna Heim winning the pole vault with a clearance of 13-7 3/4.

National Scholastics
New Balance T&F Center-Armory,NY, March 12-14

Junior Shelby Ashe (St.Pius,Ga) set a National Record of 65-4 in the girls 20-pound weight throw and Ashton Purvis (St.Elizabeth,Ca) won a sprint double (7.36, 23.22) to highlight the National Scholastics.

Nike Indoor Nationals
Reggie Lewis Center-Roxbury,Ma, March 12-14.

RunningNetwork gallery:
Senior Alex Hatz (Fayetteville-Manlius,NY) moved to #3 on the All-Time H.S. Indoor list with his 4:05.50 win in the mile. Hatz trails Alan Webb (3:59.86/2001) and Thom Hunt (4:02.7/1976), but his time is the fastest ever run in a high school-only race, bettering the 4:06.6 that Vince Cartier (Scotch Plains,NJ) ran 38 years ago in 1972!

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