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Athletics - 04. February 2008.

Ladies shine at the 101st Millrose Games

Goucher posts comeback victory

The women's mile came down to a trophy dash between 2007 World Outdoor Championships 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher and two-time NCAA 5,000m runner-up Sara Hall. Hall held a slight lead coming off the final turn before Goucher burst past her on the inside just in front of the finish line to win in 4 minutes 36.03 seconds. Hall was the runner-up in 4 minutes 3 seconds.

Jeter, Demus win women's sprints

2007 World Outdoor women's 100m bronze medalist and 4x100m relay gold medalist Carmelita Jeter won the women's adidas 60 meters in 7.28 seconds in her Millrose debut. 2007 Pan Am Games 100m gold medalist and World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Miki Barber was the runner-up in 7.30 seconds. Angela Daigle-Bowen, who was the 2005 Visa Championships Series winner, was third in 7.32.

2005 World Outdoor silver medalist and 2006 Visa Champion Lashinda Demus grabbed the lead with two laps remaining and held on to win the Visa women's 600 yard run in 1 minute 20.79 seconds. Angel Perkins was the runner-up in 1:21.31.

Schwartz, Skipper, Acuff win vaults, high jump

2004 Olympian Jillian Schwartz posted a personal best with her winning clearance of 4.63 meters/15 feet 2.25 inches in the adidas women's pole vault. American outdoor record holder Jenn Stuczynski was the runner-up, also clearing 15-2.75. Stuczynski had two misses at 4.63m/15-2.25 to Schwartz's one miss, which gave Stuczynski the win.

Three-time Olympian Amy Acuff was victorious in the John Thomas women's high jump with a clearance of 1.92 meters/6 feet 3.50 inches. 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion and 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up Sharon Day was the runner-up with a best of 1.89m/6-2.25.

Lopes-Schliep, Hicks conquer 60m hurdles

Three-time NCAA 100m hurdles champion Priscilla Lopes-Schliep got out of the blocks first and held on the entire way out of lane two in winning the Hershey's women's 60m hurdles in 7.95 seconds. 2003 World 100m hurdles champion and 2004 World Indoor champ Perdita Felicien of Canada was the runner-up 8.05 seconds, with Damu Cherry finishing third in 8.07.



Race walk round-up

2004 Olympic Trials champion Teresa Vaill won the women's one-mile national championship race walk in convincing fashion finishing in 7 minutes 01.17 seconds, and the men's one-mile national crown was won by Ricardo Vergara in 6:29.92, finishing just ahead of his twin brother Roberto who was the runner-up in 6:37.17.

The USA Track & Field Visa Championship Series will continue February 15 with the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and February 23-24 with the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. For more information, including TV broadcast schedules, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com.

QUOTES

Kara Goucher: Sara swung a little wide coming off the final turn and I was just able to sneak in to get past her. This is awesome. I haven't run on banked tracks since 1999. This was a lot of fun. I didn't know I could win here but I thought I could be competitive.

Sara Hall: I gave my best and I'm happy with that. I'm going to do Indoor Nationals and hope to make the world championships team.

Teresa Vailll

Women's Racewalk

I haven't done this for a long time, so I had some trouble until I got going. I haven't worked on speed either. I feel good. I'm ready for a 40km.

Lashinda Demus - Women's 600m

I had run the 600 in Fresno and a girl caught me right at the end. I wanted to stay in the middle of the pack and be there at the end.

Jillian Smith - Girls High School Mile

I liked the pace and everyone did a really good job. It was not as aggressive as last year. This is a huge deal. Just hearing about it is nothing like experiencing it first-hand.

I was told to get out fast and not get behind. Last year there was a lot of bumping and I handled that a lot better this year than last year.

Kara Goucher - Women's Mile

When she went by me on the last turn and then she went wide I was able to get by her. This was awesome. I have not run on a banked track since 1999. I was unlike anything I had ever done.

This race proves that I can kick.

Sara Hall - Women's Mile

I was not sure where she was and I was trying to run her wide. I just want to build momentum in an Olympic year and be inspired by Kara.

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep - Women's 60m

I was pretty jumpy in the blocks. I can't afford to get a false start and glad I had a nice clean race. With the hurdles you have to get out. If you maintain that you just have to focus and be quick in between. I felt like I could have been quicker between the hurdles.

Carmelita Jeter - Women's 60m

In all my races, I usually come on at the end. We are trying to work on my start. You notice I came on at the 40 and people are ahead of me and I just open up.

Jillian Schwartz - Women's Pole Vault

This was a PR for me.

Stacy Dragilla - Women's Pole Vault

On my third attempt, I felt pretty good about it. I knew I needed more pole out in front on me. I still have some goals that I think I can still attain.

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