The final meet of the 2007 Visa Championship Series, the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships serves as the Team USA selection competition for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Osaka. The top three finishers in each event who have achieved the IAAF "A" standard make the team.
Williams blazes world leader in women's 400H
Two years after giving birth to a daughter, Tiffany Williams put her name atop the 2007 women's 400m hurdles world list, leading the race from early on and winning in a personal-best time of 53.28. 2004 Olympic Trials champion Sheena Johnson closed quickly and nearly caught Williams, finishing second in 53.29. Nicole Leach of UCLA passed Sandra Glover to place third in 54.49. Williams' performance was worth
Felix flies in Visa women's 200
Overcoming a slow start, world champion Allyson Felix showed her gold-medal form in the Visa women's 200 meters. Running in lane 4, Felix lagged behind Sanya Richards in lane 5 as Richards came back from her fourth-place finish in Saturday's AT&T women's 400.
In Sunday's 200, Felix came up on Richards' left shoulder, then went on to win in 22.34 seconds (+0.4 mps) with Richards second in 22.43. USA 100m champion Torri Edwards was third in 22.55, with 2004 Olympian LaShauntea Moore fourth in 22.58. With Felix enjoying a bye into the World Championships as defending champion, Moore will join the U.S. delegation.
The women's 800 was even closer. After high schooler Chanelle Price led the field through a 57.90 400m split, veterans took over. Alysia Johnson of Cal, the NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, then assumed leading duties, with three-time USA champion Hazel Clark on her shoulder. Clark moved past Johnson with 30 meters to go, but Johnson surged back to win as both women collapsed across the finish line, Johnson stopping the clock in 1:59.47 and Clark in 1:59.60. Alice Schmidt nearly caught Clark, placing third in 1:59.63.
Stuczynski comes through in Gill women's pole vault
Slick conditions and swirling winds played havoc with the jumping events, but American record holder Jenn Stuczynski still was able to come out on top in the Gill women's pole vault, clearing 4.45m/14-7.25. Nikole McEwen was second at the same height, clearing on her second attempt, with Lacy Janson third at 4.35m/14-3.25.
2005 USA champion Kristin Heaston won her second national title in the women's shot put with a personal-best throw of 18.74m/61-5.75. Jillian Camarena was second with 18.50m/60-8.5, and Sarah Stevens third in 18.02m/59-1.5.
In the lone junior event of the day, Pan Am Race Walk Cup bronze medalist Lauren Forgues of Maine Racewalkers easily won the women's 10,000m race walk in 51:49.96. Le'erin Voss was second in 53:46.42
Despite damp conditions the final two days, an impressive total of 33,540 fans attended the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
For complete results and athlete quotes, visit www.usatf.org
Teresa Vaill - Women's 20,000m Race Walk champion
I felt pretty good today, but I wish I had done a faster time. There just was never anyone that came up to push me. I'm excited about the PanAm Games and the World Championships. Hopefully I'll put up some fast times there.
Alysia Johnson - Women's 800m champion
This is such a surreal feeling. I was just focused on staying comfortable. I found another gear the last 30 meters and it ended up being enough for me to come out on top today. This is a tremendous confidence booster.
Alice Schmidt - Women's 800m 3rd place
I'm really excited to be on the World Championship. I'm really disappointed in how I ran today. I got caught in kind of a nasty race strategy. It was a really tough race. I'm disappointed with my finish today. I wanted to run closer to my PR, I wanted to win a US Championship, but making the World Championship team is awesome.
Nicole Leach - Women's 400m hurdles 3rd place
It hasn't hit me yet. What it means is more hard work. This means a lot to me. I had to run my own race. If I didn't run my own race my coach would have killed me.
Allyson Felix - Women's 200m champion
I just wanted to stay focused on myself. If my body is feeling good, I definitely want to go for it (200m/400m double at World Championships). I'm going to run a few more 400's and try to put a time out there to put me in the (4x400 relay) pool.
Sanya Richards - Women's 200m runner-up
I thought I had Allyson, but she's sharper at the 200 meters than I am. I'll be ready for Osaka. Today I dug deep within myself. I didn't want that team (World Championship) to leave me. I'm still shocked I'm not going to the World Championships in the 400m, but I'm just happy to be on that team.
Torri Edwards - Women's 200m 3rd place
I feel great. My main goal was to go out and make the team. I definitely wanted to go out and win both (100 and 200m), but hopefully I can go to the World Championships and do it then.
Jenn Stuczynski - Women's Pole Vault champion
I'm trying to keep things in perspective. My goal was to make the World Championship team. It wasn't the height I had hoped to make, but I'm happy to win. Everything I owned was wet - my poles were wet, my clothes were wet, my bodies were wet. It wasn't my best jump, but I knew it was good enough to win.
photos Janos Schmidt