Rollins 7.76 WL, Cunningham 1.99 WJR, USATF Day Two was day of racing, three world leads, A view from Europe, by EME News


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Rollins 7.76 WL, Cunningham 199 WJR

PORTLAND (USA, Mar 12): Second day of US Champs (also World Indoors qualifier, more than 5000 spectators) had three World leads, all by women. Brianna Rollins clocked excellent 7.76 in hurdles over Kendra Harrison 7.77 and only in US third Queen Harrison and 7.83 not enough for World indoors (personal bests for all). Fourth Janay DeLoach 7.86 over Sharika Nelvis 7.94 and Kristi Castlin 7.96. Nia Ali who has the Wild card achieved 7.85 in semis and was not running the final. Vashti Cunningham at age of 18 cleared 199 what is not only World lead but also World junior indoor record. Second Elizabeth Patterson with 193 beat on count-back Chaunte Lowe 193, but no one has the World indoors standard from this two. Barbara Pierre won the 60 m in 7.00 (also PB) and equaled the World lead of Dafne Schippers. Second qualifier Tori Bowie 7.15 (7.14 in semis) ahead of Tianna Bartoletta 7.17 and Jenna Prandini 7.18. Men 60 m winner Marvin Bracy 6.51 over Trayvon Bromell 6.51 PB (third Portland bound Mike Rodgers competed only in heats). Out for Trell Kimmons 6.55 and D´Angelo Cherry 6.57. In women pole vault excellent improvement for Sandi Morris 495 (she is third best ever) over Jenn Suhr 490, best ever third place Demi Payne 485 followed by Kristen Hixson (PB) and Mary Saxer both 465. Strong US women team in Portland will also have Brittney Reese 689 and Janay DeLoach 664 in long jump. Quanera Hayes 51.09 PB and Ashley Spencer 51.29 were surprise qualifiers over Natasha Hastings 51.34. Ajee Wilson 2:00.87 and Laura Roesler 2:02.44 topped the 800 m and Brenda Martinez 4:08.37 with Cory McGee 4:09.97 PB the 1500 m. In remaining men events Vernon Norwood 45.80 and Kyle Clemons 45.95 qualified in the 400 m, Boris Berian 1:47.19 in the 800 m ahead of Erik Sowinski 1:47.62 (invited by IAAF for World Indoors). Matt Centrowitz was the best in the 1500 m 3:44.33 over Robby Andrews 3:44:40. Jarret Eaton won the hurdles 7.52 and second qualifier Spencer Adams 7.58 ahead of Jeff Porter 7.61. Chris Carter won triple 17.06 ahead of Wild card holder Omar Craddock 16.96 (indoor PB) and Chris Benard 16.93. Shot put two expected qualifiers Kurt Roberts 20.08 and Reese Hoffa 20.07.

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