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Athletics - 02. February 2011.

Campbell Brown shines in Madison Square Garden

USA vs. Jamaica Sprint Challenge
Two-time Olympic Games 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was the class of the field in the Visa Women’s 60 meters, part of the USA vs. Jamaica Sprint Challenge.  Campbell-Brown turned on the afterburners with 20 meters remaining in the race and sailed through the finish first in 7.11 seconds.  2005 World Outdoor 100m champion Lauryn Williams returned to competition at Millrose and ran well in finishing as the runner-up in 7.22. 

Lisa and Mikki Barber finished third and fourth respectively in 7.23 and 7.30 and in so doing contributed greatly to the American side taking a 12-9 lead after one event.

campbell brown wins at the 104th Millrose Games
Vonette Dixon wins at the 104th Millrose Games

Murer posts world leader in women’s vault
2010 World Indoor champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil, who entered this season ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News, lived up to her lofty status by winning the Fred Schmertz Women’s Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.74m/15-6.25, the highest clearance in the world this year. Murer, who won this evening in her second appearance at Madison Square Garden, defeated 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist and American indoor/outdoor record holder Jenn Suhr, who finished as the runner-up with a clearance 4.64m/15-2.75.

Dixon posts world leader
Jamaican star Vonette Dixon posted the fastest time in the world this season with her victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in 8.00 seconds.  Danielle Carruthers, who ended the 2010 season ranked #9 in the world, was the runner-up in 8.03 seconds, with Canadian star Perdita Felicien 8.05.In other women’s running events, Natasha Hastings entered the race wanting to get to the front early and hold on for the win and that’s exactly what she did in capturing the Howard Schmertz Women’s 400 Meters in 53.60.  Dee Dee Trotter finished second in 53.82 with Angee Henry third in 54.53 and Moushaumi Robinson fourth in 54.28.

Hall captures Fred Lebow 1,500 Meters
In winning the Fred Lebow 1,500 Meters at the 104th Millrose Games, Sara Hall completed a career double in that event.  Hall, who ten years ago captured the high school 1,500m at Millrose, won the elite version of that race this evening in 4:15.35, with former Villanova standout and World Indoor Champs silver medalist Carmen Douma-Hussar of Canada finishing as the runner-up in 4:16.73 and Heidi Dahl placing third in 4:16.99. It was Hall’s first victory after three runner-up finishes in the event at Millrose.

Throwing their weights around The women’s weight throw was won by 2008 Olympian, defending champion and event record holder Amber Campbell , who won the 2010 Indoor Visa Championship title.  Campbell’s winning toss of 24.10m/79-1 put plenty of distance between her and runner-up Loree Smith, who’s second round toss of 20.99m/68-10.50 gave her second place in the competition.  Finishing third was Kristin Smith with her best of 20.35m/66-9.25.

Seaman sails to Millrose Record 2010 winner Rachel Seaman of Canada was victorious again in the Women’s USATF National Championship One-Mile Race Walk with a Millrose Games record time of 6:41.32.  Seaman bettered the previous meet standard of 6:47.45 set by Rachel Lavallee of Canada in 2009. The first American across the finish line was Maria Michta, who won the national title and was the overall runner-up in 6:51.6, with Erin Bresnahan third in 7:03.78 and Nirvana Zalba of Mexico finished fourth in 7:05.17. 

NYPD defeats FDNY in relay race “New York’s Finest” – the New York City Police Department (NYPD) – and “New York’s Bravest” – the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) – competed head-to-head to earn the title of “New York’s Fastest.”  The event pitted two New York Police Department squads versus two New York Fire Department quartets in the New York’s Fastest NYPD vs. FDNY 4x1 lap relay.   The NYPD A squad grabbed a sizeable lead following the first baton exchange and cruised to the victory in 1:13.82.  The FDNY A team finished as the runner-up in 1:16.58, with the FDNY B squad placing third in 1:16.62.  The NYPD B team did not finish the race. The Millrose Games is the first event of USA Track & Field’s 2011 Indoor Visa Championship Series, which moves to Boston for the New Balance Grand Prix on February 5, and will conclude at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, February 26-27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Visa Championship Series Standings Women 1.  Amber Campbell - 1178           2.  Danielle Carruthers - 1154      3.  Lauryn Williams - 1152              4.  Natasha Hastings - 1105           4.  Sara Hall - 1105           

For more information on the 104th Millrose Games, the 2011 Visa Championship Series and USA Track & Field, visit:  www.usatf.org..  
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