BOSTON - The winners' podium at the 2009 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday alternated multi-time champions with first-time winners at the Reggie Lewis Center. The final stop of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, the meet will be broadcast Sunday from 5-7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Jillian Camarena won her fifth consecutive title in the women's shot put with a toss of 18.59 meters/61 feet 0 inches. Liz Wanless was second (18.18m /59-07.75) and Karen Shump third (17.26m/56-07.50). In the 76-year history of the event at the USA Indoor Championships only Rena McDonald has won more consecutive titles than Camarena, winning six straight from 1929-1934. (The women's shot was not contested for a total of seven years in the 1930s and '40s).
Amy Acuff won her fifth national indoor title in the women's high jump, topping the competition with a leap of 1.90m/6-2.75, ahead of Dierdre Mullen in second and Sharon Day in third, both at 1.85m/6-0.75.
The women's 3,000 also featured a first-time winner. Three-time Olympian Jennifer Rhines provided early leading duties before Olympic 10,000m runner Amy Yoder Begley took over in the final laps. After the bell, 1500m specialist Sarah Hall attempted to sprint past the Alberto Salazar-trained Begley, but Begley's strength won out. She finished in 8:53.27 to Hall's 8:53.72, with Julie Culley third in 8:55.62.
Shakeema Welsch won her second straight title in the women's triple jump with a leap of 13.77m/45-2.25, with Crystal Manning second with 13.76m/45-1.75 and Erica McLain third with 13.6m/44-10.75. Randall Flimmons won the men's long jump with a best mark of 7.79m/25-6.75, with Matthew Turner second with 7.77m/25-6 and Dexter Adams third with 7.73m/25-4.5.
In Saturday's qualifying rounds, Katie Waits was the fastest woman with 2:05.35. Dominique Darden was fastest in the women's 400 rounds (53.50).
Winners of exhibition races included the Massachusetts girls in the girls' high school 4x400m relay in 3:54.20, Connecticut in the boys' high school 4x400 (3:16.67), and the Cambridge Jets in both the girls' (1:51.55) and boys' (1:44.55) 4x200m youth relays. For complete results, athlete quotes and updated Pick-n-Win standings, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com or www.usatf.org.
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