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Patterson sets American record at USA Outdoor Championships, and Felix wins 100m title
DES MOINES - 2008 Olympian and Olympic Trials record holder Kara Patterson set an American record in the women's javelin Friday evening at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The championships will run through Sunday.
The USA Outdoor Championships are the third stop of the 2010 USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series, which concludes July 3 with the Nike Prefontaine Classic from historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Patterson dominates women's javelin field with American record
Former Purdue standout and 2009 Big Ten champion Kara Patterson won her second consecutive U.S. women's javelin throw title with her final attempt that soared to 66.67m/218-8, which bettered the previous AR of 64.19m/210-7 set by Kim Kreiner in 2007.
Earlier in the competition, Patterson twice hurled the spear to the third-farthest distance in U.S. history, beginning with her third-round throw of 62.61m/205-5, followed by her toss in the fifth-round of 62.80m/206-0. Patterson's impressive performance makes her the 13th best performer all-time.
Two-time NCAA Outdoor champion and 2009 World Outdoor Championships finalist Rachel Yurkovich was the runner-up to Patterson with a best of 56.31m/184-9, with 2009 USA Champs fourth-place finisher Alicia deShasier taking third with a toss of 55.53m/182-2.
Felix captures Nike Women's 100m title
Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Outdoor champion in the 200 meters, Allyson Felix won her first U.S. Nike Women's 100m championship this evening after taking the lead for good with 40 meters to go.
Felix and the rest of the field were hindered by a 2.5 meters-per-second headwind, with Felix emerging as the convincing winner in 11.27 seconds. Her previous best 100m finish at Nationals was fourth in 2007. 2008 Olympic Trials eighth-place finisher LaShaunte'a Moore was the runner-up in 11.34, with 2005 World Outdoor long jump champion Tianna Madison finishing third in 11.43.