USATF News & Notes: 4/12/2004

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    Browne sets 10-Mile championship Record

    2004 U.S. Olympic Team member Dan Browne set a new record in winning the USA Men’s 10-Mile Championship Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Browne won the race in 46 minutes, 32 seconds to capture the title and bettered the previous record of 47:09 set by Chris Graff in 2003. Graff was the runner-up in 47:02, followed by Ryan Shay (3rd- 47:11), Justin Young (4th- 47:21) and Brian Sell (5th- 47:23).

    The Hanson’s-Brooks Distance Project placed first in the team competition with a combined time of 4:03:13. Team scorers were Brian Sell, Clint Verran, Trent Briney, Kevin Doyle and James Lander.

    Gilreath throws an American Record

    Erin Gilreath set an American record in the women’s hammer throw with a 72.12m/236-7 at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona on April 10. The previous record was 72.01m/236-3 by Anna Mahon in 2002.

    In other impressive performances by U.S. athletes over the weekend, Justin Gatlin and Melissa Morrison dominated the headlines at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gatlin briefly held the world lead in the 200 meters with his winning performance of 20.21 seconds. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt later took over the top world spot in the 200m by setting a new World Junior record of 19.93 seconds in the Bahamas.

    Morrison ran the fastest time for an American this year in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Friday, clocking 12.93 seconds, the second-fastest time in the world this year.

    Breaux Greer threw the javelin a world-leading 86.83m/284-10 Saturday at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, and Kenta Bell moved to #5 on the U.S. all-time list Saturday with his 17.76/58-3.25 triple jump at the Spira Invitational in El Paso. His previous best was 17.63m/57-10.25 in 2002.

    Miami’s Lauryn Williams ran world-leading marks in the 100 (11.01) and 200 meters (22.46) at the Gatorade Classic in Miami.

    Raschker a nominee for Sullivan Award

    Masters track and field athlete Phil Raschker is a nominee for the 2004 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, which will be given out Tuesday night at the New York Athletic Club. Raschker’s competitors for the award include NBA rookie Lebron James, Olympic speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, swimmer Michael Phelps and University of Connecticut basketball star Diana Taurasi.

    Raschker hopes she can inspire athletes over 40 years old to have an active lifestyle. “The majority of Americans are over 40 now, and 35 million Americans are over 65,” Raschker said. “I hope that my presence in the finals inspires lifetime fitness as we age. By participating in sports, every day of our life offers a fresh start. Perhaps my being a finalist will be a way of telling Americans that it’s ok to, and even a good thing, a very good thing, to get out there and walk, jog, bike, swim and even take part in the many opportunities we now have for age group competitive sports.”

    Jones to appear on the Today Show

    Marion Jones will appear on the Today Show Tuesday during the 7 a.m. (Eastern) hour as part of Today’s run-up coverage to the Olympic Games.

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