On top of that, cross country fans got their days' worth in St.Louis as Bobby Mack won over Aaron Braun in the US XC Club champs, by ten seconds. In the women's race, Molly Huddle and Sarah Hall dueled to a photo-finish less than one hundredth of a second. Sarah Hall was given the win!
Great weekend of sports, and stories abound on how great our athletes are in this sport!
LAGAT 5K RECORD
NEW YORK (USA, Feb 11): It was a record-breaking night at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, with athletes setting American, collegiate, high school records and three world leads (men 500 m, women 400 m and 1500 m) on the Armory's fast 200m track. It was the first edition of the 105 year-old Millrose Games to be held in the Armory. In the men's 5000m, 37-year-old Bernard Lagat broke the U.S. indoor mark for that distance, running 13:07.15, a substantial improvement of four seconds over the previous record held by rival Galen Rupp, who broke Lagat's 2 mile record in Fayetteville, Ark., tonight. With his second-place showing in 13:08.28, Kenyan Lavi Lalang broke the American collegiate record that had been held by Galen Rupp since 2009. Third Stephen Sambu of Kenya 13:13.74. Seventh Juan Luis Barrios new Mexican record 13:23.61 and eighth Edward Cheserek, a Kenyan who attends St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., became the first high school student in the United States to break 14:00 for 5000m indoors, clocking 13:57.04. In the famed NYRR Wanamaker Mile, the final event of the evening, Matthew Centrowitz set a new Armory record in his professional debut as a miler, running 3:53.92, the fastest time by an American this indoor season. Centrowitz's win was hard-fought with Brigham Young University standout Miles Batty pushing him all the way to the tape. Batty took second in 3:54.54, a new collegiate record, toppling German Fernandez's previous mark of 3:55.02. Garrett Heath took third in 3:55.24. In the NYRR Wanamaker Metric Mile for women, reigning 1500m world champion Jenny Simpson held off Shannon Rowbury to win the 1500m race in a world-leading 4:07.27. Rowbury clocked 4:07.66, and Spain's Isabel Macias finished third in 4:08.80. Other winners included Morgan Uceny in the women's 800m (2:03.35). Reigning olympic champion LaShawn Merritt came not close to all time best 1:00.17 in the 500 m, his winning time was 1:01.39. Hurdler Jeshua Anderson as second got 1:01.86. Sanya Richard-Ross ran a world-leading 50.89 in the 400m (second Natasha Hastings 51.85) and Jesse Williams jumped an Armory record and season best for them 232m in the high jump. Trinidad´s sub 10 sprinter Keston Bledman was the best in the men´s 60 m (6.62, PB), women winner was Bianca Knight 7.25. In close hurdles David Oliver in 7.51 returned the US Open defeat to Terrence Trammell 7.52. Third Aries Merritt was also very close 7.53. In women hurdles Kristi Castlin improved to 7.91 and second Tiffany Porter clocked European lead of 2012 7.93. Jenny Suhr cleared her opening 458 to win the pole vault (missed 471 afterwards). Russian world medalist Olga Kucherenko was the best in the long jump with 675 cm. With the help from Race Results Weekly.
TWO US RECORDS, BUT SENSATION FROM MADISON
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Feb 11): Jillian Camarena-Williams and Galen Rupp set American records as six world-leading marks (men 60 m, 400 m, mile, 2 miles, women twice 60 m) were posted at USA Track & Field Classic. In the very first event of the night, Camarena-Williams picked up where she left off in 2011, breaking her own American record in the women's shot put with her toss of 19.89 m. Defending U.S. indoor champion Ryan Whiting won the men's shot with a mark of 21.43, second-farthest throw in the world this year. Canadians behind him Justin Rodhe with PB 20.95 and world medalist Dylan Armstrong in his season opener third 20.63. Rupp's performance came near the end of the evening. In his first attempt at the distance, Rupp with 8:09.72 improved Bernard Lagat's 2-mile American mark of 8:10.07, set in 2011. The Geoff Hollister men's mile lived up to the excellence of the race's namesake, with six men running under the 2012 world-leading time. World Outdoor silver medalist Silas Kiplagat chalked up his second win in the 2012 Indoor Visa Championship Series, edging out Kenyan countryman Caleb Ndiku with a time of 3:52.63 (also Kenyan indoor record). Ndiku was just a whisker behind in 3:52.66, followed by Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (3:53.93), American Russell Brown (3:54.08), Amine Laalou of Morocco (3:54.49) and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix winner Ciaran O'Lionard of Ireland (3:54.76). In the first running event on the track, World Outdoor champion Kirani James of Grenada won the men's 400 in 45.19 to post a 2012 world-leading mark, with Calvin Smith second in 45.73. Bahamian Demetrius Pinder was second fastest in another heat with 45.40. 2005 long jump world champion Tianna Madison (26, previous PB 7.18 from 2009) ran a world leader in the first round of the 60 meters with her personal-best time of 7.05, while Allyson Felix ran a personal-best time of 7.10 in taking second in heat 2 (fourth in the final 7.11). In the final, Madison improved upon her own world leader, winning in 7.02 to defeat defending world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (7.08) and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast (7.09, but 7.08 NR in heats). In the men's 60 meters, Lerone Clarke of Jamaica ran a world-leading time of 6.52, followed by Justin Gatlin in second and Trell Kimmons in third, both in 6.57. Fourth Gerald Phiri national record for Zambia 6.59 and olympic medalist Richard Thompson after fastest heat time 6.56 was a non-finisher in the final. Morrocans Siham Hilali (4:09.36) and Btissam Lakhouad (4:09.72) dominated in the women 1500 m. Ginnie Crawford got out to a fast start in the women's 60m hurdles, holding off Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper's strong finish. Crawford clocked 7.97 to Harper's 8.03. Jamaican Andrew Riley improved to 7.53 at 60 m hurdles as the winner. 2011 USA indoor and outdoor champion Janay DeLoach topped a great field in the women's long jump with a best jump of 683. Bianca Stuart was second at 679, with reigning world indoor and outdoor gold medalist Brittney Reese third with 6.65. Informs USATF website.
BLAKE PB AT 400 M
KINGSTON (JAM, Feb 11): World 100m champion Yohan Blake said he is much stronger this year after opening his season here with a 400m personal best. Blake's time in the one lap event was 46.49 for second behind Jamaica's quarter mile specialist Allodin Fothergill, who did 46.29. „I am much, much stronger this year and faster. Running 46.4 in my first outing is wonderful," said Blake, who was very easy for the first half of the race. Informs Trackalerts. Rosemarie Whyte took the women's event in 52.38 ahead of Davita Prendergast 52.68 and Schillonie Calvert 53.50 (new PB for the 100 m runner). Oshane Bailey took the men's 100m in 10.49 ahead of quarter-miler Edino Steele 10.55.
ASAFA WITH MVP LOST THE 4X100 M
MONTEGO BAY (JAM, Feb 11): At the 34th staging of the Milo Western Relays the MVP quartet of Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Barbadian Andre Hinds lost to Swept TC of Ainsley Waugh, Dexter Lee, Keneil Lee and Sheldon Mitchell who won in 38.84 against 38.97 at the 4x100 m. Lansford Spence won the men's 100 m in 10.37. In the women 4x100 m the MVP (Fraser-Pryce, Simpson, McLaughlin, Hutchinson) failed to pass the baton at the first exchange as UTech's ‚A' team won in 44.70. 15-years old Chris Bryan cleared impressive 220 in the high jump. „We were leading up to the final change over, and then I don't know what went wrong," said Powell, whose MVP team holds the record for the event. „I felt good. It is just disappointing that we did not win,"added Powell for Jamaican media. „The baton fell so I never got a chance to run, which was disappointing," said Simpson, clearly dispirited with the turn of events. With help from Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer.
KOFANOVA WL, ORLOVA WB
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 12): During second day of Moscow City Championships Yelena Kofanova clocked first season sub 2 minutes in the 800 m with 1:59.80. Russian European 2006 6th placer Yelena Orlova (at that time Sidorchenkova) clocked all-time indoor world best at 2000 m steeple with 6:06.11 beating Lyubov Kharlamova 6:13.34. Olga Golovkina won the 3000 m in 9:07.13 and Yekaterina Vukolova the 200 m in 23.42. In the triple jump wins for Lyukman Adams 16.72 and European junior champion 2011 Yana Borodina 14.10. In the high jump 2009 World champion Yaroslav Rybakov was third with 218, winner Sergey Mudrov cleared 224 cm.
SEATTLE (USA, Feb 11): Second day at Husky Classic registered at oversized track here fast 3000 m by Ryan Hill 7:43.08 ahead of Diego Estrada 7:44.63 and Ross Millington of Great Britain 7:49.11. Lopez Lomong won the 800 m in 1:47.87 after close finish with Aaron Evans 1:47.88. 10 000 m world medalist Sally Kipyego was fast over the mile with oversized world lead 4:28.41 ahead of Katie Flood 4:28.48 and Canadian Hillary Stellingwerf 4:29.37. Kim Conley posted 8:57.62 over 3000 m. In technical events Norris Frederick leaped to 792 in the long jump.
AMES (USA, Feb 10-11): Fast times at oversized track here. Fernanda Blackley 46.45 at 400 m, Tavaris Tate in another race 46.68. Harun Abda clocked impressive 1:07.66 at 600 yards. Non-oversized all-time best is 1:07.53. Kenyan Edward Kemboi achieved 1:47.74 in the 800 m. In technical events Derek Miles cleared 552 in the pole vault, Brittany Riley 24.35 in weight throw and Canadian Tim Nedow personal best 20.35 in the shot put.
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Feb 11): Traditional fast times at 200 m oval at Texas AM Invitational. World junior medalist Errol Nolan won the 400 m in 46.12, Ameer Webb clocked 20.79 in the 200 m and Dominique Duncan 23.29 at the 200 m. Michael Preble got 1:47.52 in the 800 m.
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Feb 11): In the collegiate programme of Tyson Invitational 4x400 m world leading times for Arkansas men 3:03.76 and Louisiana State women 3:31.55 (both mixed nationalities). World medalist Will Claye improved the world lead in the triple jump to 17.39 ahead of world champion Christian Taylor 16.88 and Dutch Fabian Florant equaling his indoor national mark of 16.75. In the 200 m LaShawn Butler clocked 20.99, Estonian Marek Niit in another race 21.03. 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas of Bahamas achieved 224 in the high jump and Jamaican CAC Champion Kimberly Williams 14.28 PB in the triple jump. Kimberlyn Duncan won the 200 m in 23.23.
BOSTON (USA, Feb 11): Second day of Valentine Invitational saw Mike Rutt running fast 800 m in 1:47.11 ahead of Tevan Everett 1:47.36 and Trinidad´s Jamaal James 1:47.66. Sub 4 mile for Rich Peters 3:57.83 beating Brian Gagnon 3:57.91.
OTTAWA (CAN, Feb 11): Solid 300 m for Phil Osei 33.57.
GENEVA (USA, Feb 11): At Spire Invitational good double for Kind Butler 6.68 and 20.95. Canadian Alex Genest won the 3000 m in 7:57.46 and World junior 2010 relay gold medalist David Verburg impressed with 46.39 at 400 m. It should be noted that the track here is 300 m long.
HUAIAN (CHN, Feb 12): Chinese walking olympic trials produced new names for the national squad during second day at 20 km for men. Cai Zelin who was silver winner in Moncton 2010 at World Juniors was the best in lifetime best 1:19:42. Second Xu Wei 1:20:44 and third Chen Ding 1:21:02. Two Daegu participants Wang Hao (also silver winner from Berlin 2009) and Chu Yanfei were non-finishers. In the junior men 20 km Zhao Qi clocked personal best 1:21:06. In U17 10 km races wins for Gao Wenghui 42:16 and Su Yingqiu 47:24. Informs Tilastopaja.
CHIBA (JPN, Feb 12): Kenyan High Schooler Charles Ndirangu won the men´s 12 km at Chiba CC race (IAAF permit) in 34:59. More Kenyans followed with Martin Mathathi second 35:09 and John Gasaya (also HS) 35:38. Best Japanese Suguru Osako was fourth (35:44). In women 8 km the same scenario with Susan Wairimu (Sera High School senior) being the best in 26:41. Second Grace Kimanzi also of Kenya 26:46 and third Megumi Kinukawa (27:17). 8th place for fresh Ukrainian marathon record holder Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko 27:40.
NOBEOKA (JPN, Feb 12): Kazuya Ishida won the Nobeoka Marathon in 2:11:57, his marathon debut.
KARATSU (JPN, Feb 12): Sota Hoshi was the best at Karatsu 10 miler in 47:00 ahead of Yuichiro Ueno 47:02.
HIMEJI (JPN, Feb 11): In another ten miler of the weekend Kazuyoshi Tokumoto won the 52nd Himeji Castle in 47:34.
ST. LOUIS (USA, Feb 11): Bobby Mack just as he did when finishing an outstanding runner up in last month's Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country produced a late surge to lift the USA Cross Country title and 35:42 at 12 km. Second Aaron Braun (35:52) and third Josh Simpson 36:04. Sara Hall was also a first time winner of the women's crown taking the women's 8km race in a competition which went to the wire ahead of Molly Huddle, both sharing the same time of 26:51. Liz Costello finished third in 27:18.
SAN IGNACIO (ESA, Feb 11): Guatemala produced winners of senior races at 6th Central American CC Championships. Santos Pirir Curup in men´s 12 km (44:11) and Merlin Vinet Celi in women´s 8 km (34:36).
SAO PAULO (BRA, Feb 11): Rogerio Bispo leaped at local meet 805 (-0.3) in the long jump.