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    WOMEN'S STEEPLECHASE 1st ROUND, 4:15 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Lisa Galaviz, Anna Willard, Lindsey Anderson

    Galaviz, the defending champion, won the Belem GP race in May. Willard and Anderson recently placed first and second at the NCAA Championships. Willard won in 9:38.08, the current U.S. leader.

    WOMEN'S 800 METERS 1st ROUND, 4:45 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Alice Schmidt, Hazel Clark, Alysia Johnson

    Two-time defending champion Clark, who has three USATF titles, headlines a talented field. Clark recently claimed the Reebok GP in 1:59.07. Schmidt is the current US leader at 1:58.75. Johnson won the NCAA title with the second-fastest collegiate time ever, 1:59.29. Another win for Clark would tie her with sister Joetta for most consecutive wins in this event.

    TYSON MEN'S 800 METERS 1st ROUND, 5:05 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Khadevis Robinson, Derrick Peterson, Nick Symmonds

    Robinson and Peterson are both three-time USATF champions, with Robinson winning the past two titles. A three-time NCAA Division III champion and the 2006 USA runner-up, Symmonds posted a U.S.-leading time of 1:44.54 to win the Nike Prefontaine Classic while Robinson, who won the Reebok GP, was third in 1:44.99.

    TYSON MEN'S 400 HURDLES 1st ROUND, 5:25 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Kerron Clement, Bershawn Jackson, Kenneth Ferguson, James Carter

    Two-time defending champion and overall Visa Champion Clement was recently runner-up to Ferguson at the Adidas Track Classic. The reigning world champion and #1 world ranked the last two years, Jackson is the current world leader, having won the Osaka GP in 48.13 with Carter in tow at 48.22. Carter is the World Outdoor silver medalist and has also been a U.S. Champion twice.

    NIKE WOMEN'S 1500 METERS 1st ROUND, 5:50 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Treniere Clement, Shayne Culpepper, Lindsey Gallo, Brianna Felnagle

    Clement has won the past two U.S. titles and recently ran 4:06.84 for fourth place at Pre. A 2-time Olympian, Culpepper leads the entrants with a 4:05.98 run this year at the adidas Track Classic. Gallo was the USATF runner-up last year. Felnagle claimed the NCAA title in 4:09.93.

    AT&T WOMEN'S 400 METERS 1st ROUND, 6:10 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Sanya Richards, Natasha Hastings, Dee Dee Trotter

    American record holder Richards (48.70) currently has three US titles and is a two-time defending champion. Recent victories for Richards include Pre and Olso GP. A junior at South Carolina, Hastings is the current world leader with a 50.15 to win the NCAA title. Trotter has been runner-up to Richards the past two years.

    WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL, 6:20 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Erica McClain, Yvette Lewis, Tiombe Hurd, Shani Marks

    American record holder Hurd (47-5) is a two-time USATF winner, with her last title coming in 2004. Marks is the defending champion. McClain and Lewis recently tangled at the NCAA Championships, with Lewis gaining the upper hand with a 45-0 ½ winning mark. McClain is the current U.S. leader with a 46-5 ¼, which won the Pac-10.

    MEN'S 400 METERS 1st ROUND, 6:35 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Andrew Rock, Angelo Taylor, LaShawn Merritt

    In the absence of Olympic and World champion Jeremy Wariner, who is running the 200 here, this event becomes wide-open. Rock is the defending champion, but his best this season is a 45.21, well off his personal best. Merritt was runner-up last year. Meanwhile, 2000 Olympic gold-medalist and three-time USATF 400 hurdle champion Angelo Taylor is contesting the flat one-lapper. His 44.35 winning time at the Georgia Tech Invitational leads the entrants.

    GILL MEN'S JAVELIN FINAL, 7 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Breaux Greer, Leigh Smith, Justin Ryncavage

    Greer recently broke his American Record, reaching a distance of 297-7 at the adidas Track Classic. His mark is the current world leader. He also set a USATF Championship record for consecutive victories when he claimed his seventh title last year.

    VISA WOMEN'S 100 METERS 1st ROUND, 7:10 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Allyson Felix, Torri Edwards, Lauryn Williams, Me'Lisa Barber

    2003 World Champion Edwards is the current world leader with a 10.90 clocking to win the Adidas Track Classic. An Olympic silver-medalist and World Champion in the 200, Felix seeks her first USATF 100 final. She posted an 11.01 this year at the Reebok GP. Defending World Champion Lauryn Williams was runner-up last year, and the Olympic silver medalist is in search of her first U.S. title. Barber was the 2005 US Champion.

    AT&T MEN'S 100 METERS 1st ROUND, 7:35 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Tyson Gay, Walter Dix, Shawn Crawford, Trindon Holliday

    Gay, the defending USATF champion, has posted windy marks of 9.76 and 9.79 seconds in winning the Reebok GP and Adidas Track Classic and must be considered the favorite. NCAA Champion Dix is the current world leader for 2007 with a 9.93. Crawford has been the USATF runner-up the past two years. Newcomer Holliday, who ran 10.02 in the NCAA semis, was runner-up to Dix at the collegiate nationals.

    NIKE MEN'S 10,000 METERS FINAL, 8:20 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein, Jorge Torres, Galen Rupp, Ryan Hall

    Torres (2006) and Abdirahman (2005) represent the past two champions. Abdirahman is the current U.S. leader with a 27:31.46 from Hengelo. Ritzenhein placed third last year. Rupp, the NCAA runner-up, became the seventh-fastest American in the event when he won the Jordan Invitational in 27:33.48, while Hall is the American record holder in the half-marathon.

    WOMEN'S 10,000 METERS FINAL, 8:55 p.m.

    Key Athletes: Deena Kastor, Katie McGregor, Kara Goucher

    Four-time winner and American record holder Kastor, who was a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon, headlines the field. McGregor, who leads the entrants with a 31:37.82, won a US title in 2005. Goucher, a runner-up in the USATF 5,000 last year, was the top-ranked American in the 10,000 for the 2006 season.

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