|Suhr sets world record to win USA Indoor Championships
ALBUQUERQUE – Jenn Suhr cleared 5.02m/16-5.50 to set the womenÛªs pole
vault indoor world record and win her seventh USA Indoor title as the
USA Indoor Track & Field Championships continued Saturday at the
Albuquerque Convention Center. Competition concludes Sunday.
The USA Indoor Track & Field Championships serve as the final stop
of the 2013 USATF Indoor Championship Series. The event can be viewed
Sunday LIVE on NBC Sports Network from 4-6 p.m. ET. Portions of todayÛªs
competition can be viewed online via RunnerSpace.com.
Suhr was in excellent form as she sailed through each progression of
the bar. Suhr won the competition as she cleared 4.80m/15-9 on her
first attempt. The bar then moved to 4.90m/16-0.75, which she also
cleared on her first attempt. It was again one-and-done when the bar
raised to the world record height of 5.02m/16-5.5. This was SuhrÛªs
ninth American record in six years and her first world record. The
previous world record of 5.01m/16-5.25 was set in by Yelena Isinbayeva
Kylie Hutson finished as the runner-up with a personal best of
4.75m/15-7 to become the third-best indoor American vaulter of all-time.
Gunnar Nixon set a meet and facility record en route to winning his
first indoor heptathlon national title. Nixon not only set the pair of
records Saturday, but his winning score of 6,232 points is the best
score in the country this season as Nixon recorded personal bests in
four of the seven events. Over the two days, Nixon, who is the 2012
World Junior gold medalist in the decathlon, recorded personal bests in
the 60m (6.86), shot put (14.27m/46-10), 60m hurdles (7.93) and pole
Competing in front of his hometown crowd, Curtis Beach moved from fifth
place all the way up to second after running away from the competition
in the 1,000m to win in a time of 2:33.40. Beach finished with 5,895
Janay DeLoach Soukup won her third consecutive USA Indoor title with a
leap of 6.75m/22-1.75. With the winning jump coming on her second
attempt, DeLoach Soukup moved past runner-up Whitney Gipson who jumped
to an early lead with a 6.61m/22-8.25 best on her first attempt.
Despite fouling three attempts, Jeremy Hicks claimed his third USA
Indoor title in four years in the menÛªs long jump. Hicks, who also won
national indoor titles in 2010 and 2011, recorded a winning jump of
7.99m/26-2.75 to finish ahead of Michael Hartfield (7.85m/25-9.25) and
Mikese Morse (7.66m/25-1.75), who were second and third.
A new champion was crowned in the womenÛªs weight throw for the first
time since 2007 as Gwen Berry won with a mark of 24.70m/81-0.50 on her
second attempt. In all, Berry threw farther than the previous world
lead three times. Six-time USA Indoor champion Amber Campbell finished
second with a best of 23.68m/77-8.25 on her fourth attempt.
Jake Freeman overtook seven-time USA Indoor champion A.G. Kruger on his
fourth overall throw to win the menÛªs weight throw with a toss of
23.51m/77-1. Kruger placed second at 23.37m/76-8. It was FreemanÛªs
second USA Indoor title in the weight throw after also winning in 2011.
Benjamin Bruce hung with Will Leer through much of the menÛªs 3,000m
before Leer proved to be too much in winning in a time of 8:07.84.
Bruce placed second in 8:16.69 and Tommy Schmitz was third in 8:30.92.
It was LeerÛªs first national title indoors or outdoors.
In the womenÛªs 3,000m, Chelsea Reilly charged to the lead at the
bell-lap and won in dramatic fashion as she tumbled to the track with
Lisa Uhl at the finish line. Reilly won in 9:23.12, with Emily Infeld
in second in 9:23.24 and Lisa Uhl third in 9:23.37.
Competing in his first USA Indoor Championships in a brilliant career,
Jeremy Wariner was the fastest qualifier into SundayÛªs menÛªs 400m
final. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Outdoor
Championships gold medalist, Wariner won the opening heat in a time of
46.40. Marcus Boyd (46.77) and Michael Courtney (46.94) recorded the
next fastest times in qualifying along with 2005 world 400m hurdles
champion Bershawn Jackson (47.36).
In the heats of the womenÛªs 400m, Mary Wineberg clocked the fastest
time of the day out of heat two in 52.51, while Ebonie Floyd had the
second-fastest time of the day at 53.38 to win the first heat.
In qualifying rounds, Ajee Wilson delivered the fastest time of the day
in the womenÛªs 800m in 2:04.76, with all of the top contenders
advancing to SundayÛªs final. In the menÛªs 800m, Tyler Mulder leads six
men into SundayÛªs final after recording the fastest qualifying time in
1:47.18. The final will also include American 600m record holder Eric
Sowinski and 2012 Olympian Matthew Centrowitz.
For more information and complete results check www.usatf.org.
ÛÏI was in a groove tonight. I put a lot of pressure on myself; I want
to perform well and perform what I am capable of, so I naturally put
pressure on myself. I knew some big things could happen, I just need to
be healthy and come down the runway. That was the main goal, just to be
healthy. I knew if I could execute and stay focused and listen to the
instructions I had that it could happen. I guess I knew where I was in
my training, I just wasnÛªt going to let everyone else know. IÛm glad
that I got 5 meters out of the way, 5.02, because it is a mental
barrier, and once you clear it, you know 4.80 is going to look really
bad to me.Û
ÛÏThe girls in this field jumped so well today. Kylie [Hutson] jumped
well, my training partner Janice [Kepler] jumped good. There are just a
bunch of girls who jumped good today. The U.S. is starting to bring up
the womenÛªs vault and I think you can see it. Around the world they are
going to see the results.Û
ÛÏI had PRs (personal records) in four events – 60m, shot put, 60m
hurdles and pole vault. I did see this kind of coming and I knew that I
was capable. This is awesome and all of these (wins) are great to me.
Winning for me is always a goal. I think I am a mental giant and that
is where my athletic ability comes from.Û
ÛÏI had my best throw in the fourth round and I took the lead from AG
(Kruger) then and kept it. That was a season best for me. IÛªve beat
(Kruger) before and itÛªs fun to come in here and win. ItÛªs a friendly
competition between us. IÛªve known him for a long time. There wonÛªt be
a huge amount of talking between us, but I can always hear him. This
definitely gives me a lot of confidence for the outdoor season.Û
ÛÏI went in there confident and knowing that I prepared for war, and I
threw hard and didnÛªt let my nerves get in the way. It means a lot to
me to win, and it gives me the confidence to know that I can possibly
make this yearÛªs outdoor world team. I missed the Olympic team and last
world team by a spot, so IÛªm just ready to breakthrough.Û
Janay DeLoach Soukup
ÛÏI struggled a little bit with myself this time around. IÛªm coming off
a little bit of a sickness earlier this week, so IÛªm feeling a little
bit down. So IÛªm happy with my performance considering I havenÛªt been
feeling 100 percent. It was a struggle, but another win, so IÛªm
content. Having a national title under my belt three times is amazing,
it give me more incentive to come back next year and win again.Û
ÛÏIÛªm fine, obviously it was quite a dramatic finish, but I just wanted
to get across the line first, that is all that matters here. I
definitely felt pressure behind me, I knew that Emily [Infeld] has an
amazing kick, IÛªve raced her before, and you can never count out an
Olympian with Lisa Uhl. It was a great race, and we are so lucky we had
such great competition. If nothing else, it was a great show for
everyone who came out to watch.Û
ÛÏI am a miler and a miler is always confident in his finish. I tried to
use as little energy as possible because I am coming back in the mile
(Sunday). The altitude was a little tricky, but I felt good (Saturday).
I felt relaxed. I was in Flagstaff (Ariz.) for one week to get me ready
for this competition. This is fun because it was my first national
championship. Everyone had a chance to enter this race, but a lot of
people didnÛªt. A racer loves to race and I am a racer at heart.Û