2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Recap
The USATF Outdoor Championships returned to Sacramento for 2014. The 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships brought the nation’s best athletes to Northern California while also serving as the final stop of the 2014 Outdoor USATF Championship Series.
Men’s and Women’s 100m: In the 100m men’s final, Mike Rodgers (St. Louis, Missouri) rocketed to his first U.S. title since 2009, crossing in 10.09. Tianna Bartoletta (Elyria, Ohio) cruised to her first U.S. outdoor title in the women’s 100m by clocking in at 11.15. Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi), who had won the 100m semifinal, ended up withdrawing from the final.
Men’s 10,000m: Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) won a record sixth USA Outdoor 10k championship, steadily sneaking his way from 11th on the fourth lap to a solid seventh with a few laps to go. In signature style, Rupp kicked to the front on the bell lap to take the title in 28:12.07.
Women’s 10,000m: Kim Conley (West Sacramento, California) and Jordan Hasay (Portland, Oregon) ran an exciting final lap in the women’s 10 km. Conley took her first lead with six laps to go as Hasay remained quick on her heels and within a strides. Conley led at the bell before Hasay overtook the lead on the back curve. In the end, Conley put in a strong kick at the final 80 meters to confidently earn the win and her fourth national title.
Men’s triple jump: Will Claye blasted to a lifetime-best 17.75m/58-3 on his last jump to move to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. list. Claye (Phoenix, Arizona) never trailed in the competition, spanning 17.64m/57-10.5 on his third attempt, then adding a centimeter in round five before his big final leap.
Women’s triple jump: Four-time national triple jump champion Amanda Smock (Minneapolis, Minnesota) won the 2014 indoor title, and she now adds this year’s outdoor title to that list after leaping 13.77m/45-2.25 on her final attempt.
Men’s 5,000m: 39-year-old Bernard Lagat won the 5000m at 13:31.41, just edging out Andrew Bumbalough by .60 seconds.
Women’s 5,000m: Molly Huddle claimed her second career US Women’s 5,000 title at 15:01.56, beating Shannon Rowbury by .15 seconds.
Hammer throw: Kibwe Johnson (Suwanee, Georgia) and AG Kruger (Ashland, Ohio) were the last men standing in hammer throw as the two previous national champions each reached the greatest distance on their second attempts. Johnson’s 74.16m/243-4 was enough for the championship as Kruger’s event best was 73.34m/240-7.
(From USA Track & Field Press Release)