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Athletics - 21. May 2007.

Stuczynski sets new American Record

CARSON, Calif. - Jenn Stuczynski set a new American record in her respective event Sunday, while Meseret Defar broke world mark to highlight a day full of top performances at the adidas Track Classic. Held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the meet is the second event of USA Track & Field's 2007 Outdoor Visa Championship Series.

2006 U.S. Outdoor champion Jenn Stuczynski surpassed the American record in the women's pole vault with her clearance of 4.84m/15-10.5. The previous record of 4.83m/15-10 was set in 2004 by 2000 Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila. 2002 U.S. Indoor champion Mary Sauer was second with a height of 4.44m/14-6.75. Continuing her comeback from two years of injury, Dragila finished in a tie for sixth with her clearance of 4.29m/14-00.75.

2004 Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia became the fastest woman in the world for the two mile, racing to the finish in 9:10.47. She surpassed Regina Jacobs previous world best of 9:11.97 from 1999.

2003 World champion Torri Edwards stole the show in a spectacular women's 100m, sprinting to the finish in a world-leading and personal best 10.90. Veronica Campbell of Jamaica was second in 10.91 and 2006 World Indoor champion Lisa Barber was third in 10.95.

The women's 200m proved the event to watch as Allyson Felix produced 2007 world-leading times. 2005 World Outdoor champion Felix cruised her way to 22.18.

The women's hurdles saw exciting performances as 2005 World champion Michelle Perry ran a world-leading 12.58, just ahead of Ginnie Powell and Lolo Jones at 12.61,

Other notable performances were turned in by Jamaican Kenia Sinclair won the women's 1,500m in 4:05.56, outsprinting 2006 U.S. indoor champion Shayne Culpepper (4:05.98 PR). Novlene Williams of Jamaica won the women's 400m in 50.66.

For more information on the adidas Track Classic, including live results, visit www.adidastrackclassic.com. For information on the Visa Championship Series, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com.

Jenn Stuczynski - women's pole vault winner

"Entering today I was not feeling my best, I was happy I did so well. I couldn't put it together (on my first attempt at the American record), but the second time I cam down I just got it. It is inspirational to see other women jump at 17 feet."

Stacy Dragila - women's pole vault

"It's great motivation and I'm glad she (Jenn) was able to do it (break the American record). Right now, I'm working on some issues and my running is coming together."

Michelle Perry - women's 100m hurdles winner

"That was really my goal (to run that fast). I still have a long way to go. I think it is going to be a great year. My start is what I need to work on. I'm happy with my race. I believe I can break the American record."

Torri Edwards - women's 100m winner

"I really didn't have any expectations. I just wanted to compete to the best of my ability. Hopefully take top three but 10.9, I really wasn't expecting that. This is definitely a great way to come back and start the season. I knew last year was going to be just getting back into it and running fast here and there but this year I want to be more consistent."

Meseret Defar - women's 2 mile winner

"I expected to run well, but before I started I was vomiting. I was surprised, but with two laps left I knew I was going to do it. As soon as I started the race, I was ok. I'm doing fine now, maybe it's because I am in top shape. My plan for Osaka is to run the 5,000m."

Allyson Felix - women's 200m winner

"My (first) 100 needs a little more work. We've been focusing on the start and staying close to the curve. For nationals, I'm looking to run the 100 and 200."

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