2019 Des Moines Diary, Days 1-4, Just the Facts...

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What did Mark Twain say? " There's lies, damned lies and statistics."

Kerley-Norman1a-USAo19.JPGFred Kerley upsets Mike Norman in a fab 400m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well, the statistics below tell a story. One of the true gems in the sport world is the USATF championships, which is minimally promoted locally and domestically. Tickets are still reasonable, and whole familes can attend without taking a second mortgage.

SissonLedsHallHuddle-USAo19.JPGEmily Sisson leading the players in the 10,000m, photo by PhotoRurn.net

The USATF Championships may be the biggest secret global sports deal, only known to the athletes, coaches and families of athletes. The stadium was 1/3 full on Thursday, 1/2 full on Friday and 2/3 full on Saturday and Sunday (track holds 14,500).

Houlihan_Shelby5kFH1-USAout19.jpgShelby Houlihan, photo by PhotoRun.net

I can not say enough about the event. Check out the facts...

Lyles_NoahFH -USAout19.jpgNoah Lyles, taking the 200m, photo by PhotoRun.net


2019 TOYOTA USATF CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES

Drake Stadium, Des Moines Iowa

July 25-28, 2019

Total Attendance: 30,367

Thursday: 5,179

Friday: 7,150

Saturday: 8,218

Sunday: 9,820

TOTAL WORLD RECORDS SET-- 1

Women's 400 hurdles --52.20, Daliliah Muhammad (old mark, 52.34, Yuliya Pechonkina, Russia, 2003)

TOTAL U.S. RECORDS SET--3

Women's 400 hurdles --52.20, Daliliah Muhammad (old mark, 52.34, Yuliya Pechonkina, Russia, 2003)

*Women's hammer throw -- 78.24m/258-8, DeAnna Price (old mark 17.74m/58- 21/2 by Price, 2018 USATF Championships, Drake)

*This marked the third straight time an American record was set in women's hammer throw during a USATF Championship held at Drake. Others were in 2018, Price; 2013, Amanda Bingson)

Men's Pole Vault - 6.06/19-10 ½ , Sam Kendricks (old mark: 19-10 ¼ Mondo Duplantis, 2018)

TOTAL USATF MEET RECORDS SET-- 3

Women's hammer throw -- 78.24m/256-8, DeAnna Price (old mark, 78.12, DeAnna Price, 2018)

Men's pole vault -- 6.06m/19-10 ½ Sam Kendricks (old mark, 6.02m/19-9 Jeff Hartwig, 1999)

Women's 400 meter hurdles -- 52.20, Daliliah Muhammad (old mark 52.64, Dalilah Muhammad, 2017)

TOTAL DRAKE STADIUM RECORDS SET -- 14

Men's 10,000 -- 27:30.05, Lopez Lomong (old mark 28:07.14, Cameron Levins, 2012.)

Men's Hammer -- 78.14m/256-4, Conor McCullough (old mark, 251-0 Jake Freeman, 2010.)

Men's Triple Jump -- 17.68m/58-0 ¼ , Will Claye (old mark, 57-1, Christian Taylor, 2011.)

Compiled results from all four days of competition are attached or at results.usatf.org.

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