Sandi Morris

2018 USA Track & Field Championship Pre-Meet Notes by Mike Mahon

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist ©Jim Kirby 2018

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist
©Jim Kirby 2018

Seventy athletes (36 men, 34 women) who represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio De Janiero Summer Olympicsare scheduled to compete in meet. That doesn’t include another nine athletes who performed at the 2012 London Olympics, that also will compete at Drake.

Feature photo: Sandi Morris Competing at the Drake Relays Pole Vaulting Competitions


—There are 6 gold medalists, 4 silver medalists and 5 bronze medalistscompeting from 2016 Summer Olympics


-Tianna Bartoletta, women’s long jump

-Michelle Carter, women’s shot put

-Matthew Centrowitz, men’s 1500

-Ryan Crouser, men’s shot put

-Jeffrey Henderson, men’s long jump

-Christian Taylor, men’s triple ump


-Paul Chelimo, men’s 5,000

-Evan Jager, men’s 3.000 steeple

-Joe Kovacs, men’s shot put

-Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault


-Emma Coburn, women’s steeplechase

-Sam Kendricks, men’s pole vault

-Clayton Murphy, men’s 800

-Jenny Simpson, women’s 1,500

-Ashley Spencer, women’s 400 hurdles


—The list of entries includes13 current American record holders:

Tyson Gay, men’s 100 —9.69, 2012

Aries Merritt, men’s 110 hurdles—12.80, 2012

Evan Jager, men’s 3,000 steeple—8:00.45, 2015

Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump—59-9, 2015

Ajee’ Wilson, women’s 800—1:55.61, 2017

Keni Harrison, women’s 100 hurdles—12.20, 2016

Emma Coburn, women’s 3,000 steeple—9:02.58, 2017

Molly Huddle, women’s 10,000—30:13.17, 2016

Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault—16-4 3/4, 2016

Gia Lewis-Smallwood, women’s discus—226-11, 2014

Michelle Carter, women’s shot put—67-8 1/4, 2016

Gwen Berry women’s hammer throw—255-2, 2018

Kara Winger, women’s javelin—218-8, 2010


—A combined five American track & field recordswere set the last two times (2010, 2013) Drake Stadium served as host of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

—women’s 100 hurdlers                                   —women’s high jump

—women’s javelin                                 —women’s shot put

—women’s hammer throw


—16 Drake Stadium records, including nine in the women’s division, were set at the 2013 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships.


—There are 19 champs (10 women, 9 men) from recent NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championshipswho are entered in meet.




Iowans Competing For National Titles

Jenny Simpson, reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500 as well as former World Outdoors champ (2011), is entered in women’s1500. Born in Webster City, Ia., Simpson has combined to win 11 U.S. indoor and outdoor national titles. Simpson became the first American woman ever to earn a medal in the Olympics in the 1500 when she captured a bronze medal in the 2016 Games.


—2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan, a native of Sioux City, returns to defend her outdoor title in the women’s 5,000. She also is a four-time USA Indoor champ. Houlihan won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds.


—Six-time NCAA champ Karissa Schweizer, a former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic prep standout, also will run in her first race as a professional.


—Former Iowa State three-time NCAA All-American Hillary Bor, who ran for Team USA in 2016 Olympics, returns to Drake to contend for men’s 3,000 steeplechase title.


—Former five-time NCAA All-American Iowa standout Erik Sowinski, a two-time U.S. Indoor champ, is among top contenders in the men’s 800.


—Former 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champ Brandon Carnesfrom UNi is entered in both the men’s 100 & 200.


—There are nine athletes from either Iowa, Iowa State, UNI and St. Ambrose entered in the USA Championships


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