- February 3, 2008 at 2:43 am #7015
NEW YORK – Reigning World Outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat won the Wanamaker Mile for the sixth time of his storied career and two-time Olympic medalist Adam Nelson posted a new shot put meet record in front of 12,647 enthusiastic fans Friday night at the 101st Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The third event of USA Track & Field's 2008 Indoor Visa Championship Series, the Millrose Games will be televised on NBC from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 2. It will be Webcast by Sportnet next week, available via link from http://www.usatf.org.
Lagat, who grabbed the lead with a lap and a half to go from Australia's Craig Mottram and held on to win in 3 minutes 57.51 seconds, is now tied with National Track & Field Hall of Famer Glenn Cunningham, who also owns six Wanamaker titles. Lagat is only one shy of the all-time record of seven victories by Eamonn Coghlan. For his efforts, Lagat was named the Team USA Athlete of the Meet, presented by Visa.
Mottram was the runner-up in 3:57.90 with Nick Willis of New Zealand finishing third in 3:58.14 and NCAA 10,000m record holder and Olympic hopeful Galen Rupp placing fourth in 4:02.17
Nelson sets MSG record in Visa men's shot put
Two-time Olympic medalist and 2005 World Outdoor champion Adam Nelson set a Madison Square Garden record in winning the Visa men's shot put. Nelson's winning throw of 22.07 meters/72 feet 5 inches bettered the Millrose meet record of 21.88 meters/71-9.50 set by 2004 World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell last year. Nelson's performance also is the best in the world this year. Cantwell was the runner-up with a best of 21.33m/69-11, with reigning World Indoor and Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa third with a toss of 21.13m/69-4. For his efforts, Nelson was named the Millrose Games Athlete of the Meet.
Goucher posts comeback victory
The women's mile came down to a trophy dash between 2007 World Outdoor Championships 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher and two-time NCAA 5,000m runner-up Sara Hall. Hall held a slight lead coming off the final turn before Goucher burst past her on the inside just in front of the finish line to win in 4 minutes 36.03 seconds. Hall was the runner-up in 4 minutes 3 seconds.
Jeter, Demus win women's sprints
2007 World Outdoor women's 100m bronze medalist and 4x100m relay gold medalist Carmelita Jeter won the women's adidas 60 meters in 7.28 seconds in her Millrose debut. 2007 Pan Am Games 100m gold medalist and World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Miki Barber was the runner-up in 7.30 seconds. Angela Daigle-Bowen, who was the 2005 Visa Championships Series winner, was third in 7.32.
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist and 2006 Visa Champion Lashinda Demus grabbed the lead with two laps remaining and held on to win the Visa women's 600 yard run in 1 minute 20.79 seconds. Angel Perkins was the runner-up in 1:21.31.
Great Scott continues indoor success
Reigning World Indoor 60 meters champion Leonard Scott demonstrated his indoor dominance again in winning the Metro men's 60 meters in 6.59 seconds. 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Games winner DaBryan Blanton was the runner-up in 6.64 seconds, with 2007 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Leroy Dixon finishing third in 6.67 seconds.
Jackson edges Robinson in men's 600 meters
The Metro Mel Sheppard men's 600 yards was a highly competitive tussle between 2005 World 400m hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson and reigning USA Outdoor 800m champion Khadevis Robinson. Jackson seized the lead with three laps remaining with Robinson seemingly glued to his right shoulder. The rest of the race was conducted with Jackson and Robinson remaining in that position with Jackson crossing the finish line first in 1:10.34 with Robinson finishing second in 1:10.53,
Schwartz, Skipper, Acuff win vaults, high jump
2004 Olympian Jillian Schwartz posted a personal best with her winning clearance of 4.63 meters/15 feet 2.25 inches in the adidas women's pole vault. American outdoor record holder Jenn Stuczynski was the runner-up, also clearing 15-2.75. Stuczynski had two misses at 4.63m/15-2.25 to Schwartz's one miss, which gave Schwartz the win.
The Fred Schmertz men's pole vault was won by reigning NCAA Outdoor champion Tommy Skipper, who captured the event with a clearance of 5.70 meters/18 feet 8.25 inches. Derek Miles was the runner-up with a clearance of 5.60m/18-4.50.
Three-time Olympian Amy Acuff was victorious in the John Thomas women's high jump with a clearance of 1.92 meters/6 feet 3.50 inches. 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion and 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up Sharon Day was the runner-up with a best of 1.89m/6-2.25.
Lopes-Schliep, Hicks conquer 60m hurdles
Three-time NCAA 100m hurdles champion Priscilla Lopes-Schliep got out of the blocks first and held on the entire way out of lane two in winning the Hershey's women's 60m hurdles in 7.95 seconds. 2003 World 100m hurdles champion and 2004 World Indoor champ Perdita Felicien of Canada was the runner-up 8.05 seconds, with Damu Cherry finishing third in 8.07.
After winning last week at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, Antwon Hicks continued his winning ways Friday night in crossing the line first in the Tyson Foods men's 60m hurdles in 7.53 seconds. David Oliver was the runner-up in 7.59 seconds, with Joel Brown, who was the runner-up last week in Boston, was third in 7.66 seconds.
Race walk round-up
2004 Olympic Trials champion Teresa Vaill won the women's one-mile national championship race walk in convincing fashion finishing in 7 minutes 01.17 seconds, and the men's one-mile national crown was won by Ricardo Vergara in 6:29.92, finishing just ahead of his twin brother Roberto who was the runner-up in 6:37.17.
The USA Track & Field Visa Championship Series will continue February 15 with the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and February 23-24 with the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. For more information, including TV broadcast schedules, visit http://www.visachampionshipseries.com.
Bershawn Jackson: Khadevis (Robinson) put a move on me in Fresno a couple weeks ago and I couldn't catch up with him. I wanted to get out in front this time and try to hold on and I was able to do that.
Khadevis Robinson: Bershawn did what he was supposed to do. He got out in front and slowed the pace down and it worked well for him.
Kara Goucher: Sara swung a little wide coming off the final turn and I was just able to sneak in to get past her. This is awesome. I haven't run on banked tracks since 1999. This was a lot of fun. I didn't know I could win here but I thought I could be competitive.
Sara Hall: I gave my best and I'm happy with that. I'm going to do Indoor Nationals and hope to make the world championships team.
I haven't done this for a long time, so I had some trouble until I got going. I haven't worked on speed either. I feel good. I'm ready for a 40km.
I started in the middle of the pack and I thought I would finish fourth or so. I'm surprised to win.
Lashinda Demus – Women's 600m
I had run the 600 in Fresno and a girl caught me right at the end. I wanted to stay in the middle of the pack and be there at the end.
Jillian Smith – Girls High School Mile
I liked the pace and everyone did a really good job. It was not as aggressive as last year. This is a huge deal. Just hearing about it is nothing like experiencing it first-hand.
I was told to get out fast and not get behind. Last year there was a lot of bumping and I handled that a lot better this year than last year.
Tommy Skipper – Men's Pole
I was in a good position today and it was good to get 570 again.
Bershawn Jackson – Men's 60 hurdles
I executed the same race that I did in Fresno. I just need to work on my strength and get ready for the Olympic Trials.
Khadevis Robinson – Men's 600m
He ran a strong race and ran smart. I had to make a move to move past each individual. This is the third race that I have put on a spike this year. I don't have the speed yet.
Kara Goucher – Women's Mile
When she went by me on the last turn and then she went wide I was able to get by her. This was awesome. I have not run on a banked track since 1999. I was unlike anything I had ever done.
This race proves that I can kick.
Sara Hall – Women's Mile
I was not sure where she was and I was trying to run her wide. I just want to build momentum in an Olympic year and be inspired by Kara.
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep – Women's 60m
I was pretty jumpy in the blocks. I can't afford to get a false start and glad I had a nice clean race. With the hurdles you have to get out. If you maintain that you just have to focus and be quick in between. I felt like I could have been quicker between the hurdles.
Antwon Hicks – Men's 60m Hurdles
I had a pretty clean start and much better than last week in Boston. I was a pretty solid race and this was a personal best.
Carmelita Jeter – Women's 60m
In all my races, I usually come on at the end. We are trying to work on my start. You notice I came on at the 40 and people are ahead of me and I just open up.
Leonard Scott – Men's 60m
I just had surgery on both of my knees in September. I needed to get back in the competitive nature. Last week was a snip of the beginning for me and this week I was ready. Now it's about getting your rhythm. The sky is the limit.
I pride myself on my start. God blessed me with a great start.
Jillian Schwartz – Women's Pole Vault
This was a PR for me.
Stacy Dragilla – Women's Pole Vault
On my third attempt, I felt pretty good about it. I knew I needed more pole out in front on me. I still have some goals that I think I can still attain.
Adam Nelson – Men's Shot Put
I used Reese's shot put. I helped me out a whole lot. Christian had opened with a big throw and I had to respond to that. We have proved time and time again that when we have the crowd behind us that we can put on a real good show. I know I am in great shape and this is the best shape I have been in at this time of year. We all get along real well. It's a group of guys that have been competing with for a long time.
Kyle Merber – Boy's HS Mile
The race went out pretty past, a little faster than I have gone out. I was just trying to not get box in. With three laps to go I saw my chance and just wanted to run away with it. Knowing that Robby goes with about 200 to go, I wanted to go out earlier and get ahead of him. These are the kind of things you dream about and so to have it happen was great. Having Madison Square Garden above you added to the experience.
Bernard Lagat – Men's Mile
It might have looked easy. Like always I have to prepare myself for a great race. I have run with him several time and stick to my strategy that I had prepared coming into the race. Before I came to the arena, I had envisioned the race as it happened. I passed him with two laps to go.
I enjoy not being crowded.
I am confirming now that I am coming back for next year. If I win, I will share the Chairman of the Boards. If I win, I will be the Chairman.
When they sing the national anthem before the race, it gives me a boost. With the fan support, I am always happy to run here.
Craig Mottram – Men's Mile
The race is what I expect except the pacemaker started slow. That was a little frustrating. I knew Bernard was going to come at some point. I had to just hold on.
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