Sunday was day five of the 2014 U.S.A. Track & Field Outdoor Championships. The meet was held inside Hornet Stadium located on the campus of Sacramento State University. It has been an exciting five days of athletic competition between the athletes vying for medals and possible U.S, and World records. The hot weather did not deter the fans who arrived watching current and future track & field stars.
Today’s events started early this morning at 7:00 A.M. for the men’s 20,000 meter Race/Walk. John Nunn won the gold with a time of 1:27:56.39 followed by Patrick Stroupe and Nick Christie who had a close finish for second and third place. Just like yesterday, the race/walk was just a warmup for fan favorites the track & field finals. The Men’s Pole Vault finals were held at 11:30 and a lot of the athletes had a hard time trying to cross the bar. But Sam Kendricks managed to clear a height of 18 feet 10 1/4 inches to win the event and the gold. The women’s discus throw finals began at 11:45 and the winner was Gia Lewis-Smallwood with a distance of 216 feet 5 inches.
Noon time was the finals for the men’s javelin throw which was held on the field adjacent to the stadium. The winner of the event was Sean Furey with a distance of 266 feet 1 inch. He won the gold on his last throw which topped the second place finisher Riley Dolezal’s mark of 260 feet 1 inch which he established on his first. The women’s high jump finals took place in the southern endzone of Hornet Stadium and Inika Mcpherson won the gold with a jump of 6 feet 6 3/4 inches. At 12:10 and 12:15 the boys and girls 100 Meter Dash Finals took place. Malachi Fletcher won the boys event with a time of 14.16 and Daisy Fountaine won the girls dash with a time of 15.04.
12:15 was the start of the Men’s Long Jump Finals. Jeffery Henderson won the event with a distance of 27 feet 11 1/2 inches. The finals for the women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Final took place at 1:05. Kori Carter edge out second place finisher Georganne Moline with a time of 53.84 to 54.00. The women’s 800 Meter Hurdles Finish started at 1:30 and it was another close finish as Ajee Wilson squeaked passed Laura Roesler 1:58.70 to 1:59.04 to claim the gold. The men’s 800 Meter Run was won by Duane Solomon who dominated the run from the get go and took the gold with a time of 1:44.30 and beat the runner up Casimir Loxsom with a second and a half lead.
The men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Final was won by Evan Jager with a time of 8:18.83. At 2:09 was the start of the men’s 200 Meter Dash Final. It was a very tight race with a finish that was decided by a fraction of nanosecond. Curtis Mitchell won the event with a time of 20.13. Second place runner Wallace Spearmon’s time was 20.19 giving him the silver. The men’s 400 Meter Hurdles Finals were held at 2:19. The winner of the race was Johnny Dutch with a time of 48.93, runner up was Michael Stigler (49.63).
The afternoon grew even hotter as the final day of the outdoor championships came to a close. The women’s 200 Meter Dash started at 2:29 and it was another close finish that was decided by a nanosecond. Jeneba Tarmoh defeated Kimberlyn Duncan with a time of 22.06 which was 0.04 better than the runner up. The women’s 1,500 Meter Run Finals started at 2:39 and it was won by Jenny Simpson with a time of 4:04.96 for the gold. The meet ended at 2:52 with the men’s finals in 110 Meter Hurdles. The race was decided by a photo finish when Devon Allen defeated Ryan Wilson to win the gold with a time of 13.16.
The fans made the event not only lively but the athletes fed upon the crowd noise. Some of the competitors played to the audience motioning them to “make some noise”. A total of 32, 7830 fans attended the four day event at Hornet Stadium with a Sunday’s total of 9,601. A great meet that was exciting and action filled extravaganza that will hopefully return again soon because Sacramento truly loves their track & field.