EUGENE, Ore. - Michelle Carter became a second-generation Olympian and Jessica Cosby made some history as the women's throws took center stage Saturday at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field.
U.S. high school record holder Michelle Carter made her first Olympic Team as an elite athlete, winning the women's shot put with a personal-best and U.S.-leading mark of 18.85m/61-10.25. In becoming an Olympian, she follows in the footsteps of her father, 1984 Olympic shot put silver medalist and boys' high school record holder Michael Carter. The 22-year-old Michelle Carter is the 2004 World Junior champion and 20003 Pan Am Junior gold medalist. At the 2003 Texas state meet, she set the national prep record with her throw of 16.73m/54-10.75. Michael Carter's national HS record of 81 feet, 3.5 inches is considered by many to be the greatest high school record in any event in history.
Three-time national outdoor champion and 2004 Olympian Kristin Heaston finished second in Saturday's competition with 18.34m/60-2.0, and three-time USA indoor champion Jillian Camarena was third with 18.12m/59-05.5 as seven women exceeded 58 feet.
Cosby breaks OT record
2006 champion Jessica Cosby won her second career U.S. title in the hammer throw, topping the field with an Olympic Trials record throw of 70.72m/232-0. Two-time indoor weight champion Amber Campbell was second with a mark of 69.24m/227-2, with Sarah Veress third with 68.60m/225-1. Because Veress lacks the Olympic "A" standard of 69.50 m/228-0, fourth-place finisher Loree Smith (67.11m/220-2) will be on the roster for Beijing.
Tumultuous times in 200
The women's 200 saw all the favorites - all of them capable of making the Olympic Team - make it to Sunday's final. In the first semifinal, Bianca Knight (22.53, -0.1mps) led Marshevet Hooker (22.55), Lauryn Williams (22.59)and Torri Edwards (22.66) through to the final. Two-time world champion Allyson Felix won the second semi in a U.S.-leading time of 22.22 (+0.0 mps), followed by 100m champion Muna Lee (22.33), Shalonda Solomon (22.4) and Carmelita Jeter (22.61). Solomon had been quickest in the quarterfinal round, winning heat 1 in 22.68.
Oliver, Jones lead hurdle qualifying
The women's hurdles suffered no significant loses as World Indoor gold medalist Jones had posted the fastest time in the first round with her heat 4 win of 12.68 (+1.5mps) and again in the second round, when she won heat 2 in 12.59 (+1.1mps). Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes won her semi in 12.65 (+1.7) and Kellie Wells won the first (12.82, -1.3mps). Running with a heavily taped left thigh, two-time world champion Michelle Perry was fourth in the third semi to advance.
In exhibition races, Donna Lawrence won the masters women's 200m in 25.79 (+1.4mps), Eric Keck won the men's Special Olympics 100m (13.05) and Stephanie Johnson won the women's race (15.04).