Ryan Crouser wins USA shot put title, Williams fourth in 100
Ryan Crouser made sure he'll get a shot at his first world championship with an impressive performance on Friday at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Portland sprinter Micah Williams ran a strong race, but came up just short of qualifying for the World Athletics Championships in the men's 100 meters.
And, in the under-20 championships Friday afternoon, Lake Oswego High junior-to-be Mia Brahe-Pedersen broke an Oregon high school 100-meters record for girls that dated to 1968.
Crouser won the men's shot put, with three marks inside the top 10 all time for the event. His winning mark of 75 feet, 10.25 inches is the best in the world this year.
The 29-year-old Boring resident is the world-record holder (76-8) and a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the shot put. He has not won a world championship, but he'll be the favorite at the World Athletics Championships next month in Eugene.
Williams ran well, finishing fourth in the finals of the super-quick 100-meter dash, but the Oregon sophomore and Benson High graduate narrowly missed qualifying for next month's world championships.
Running in Lane 2, with two open lanes flanking him, Williams was in the top three for much of the race but could not hold off a surge from the three favorites.
Fred Kerley, the former 400 specialist turned sprint champion, surged to victory in 9.77. In the semifinals earlier Friday, Kerley ran a meet-record 9.76, a personal best and the fastest 100 ever at Hayward Field.
Further proof that the Oregon facility is the fastest 100-meter track in the world, this was the first time every finalist in a men's 100-meter USATF race finished in under 10 seconds.
Williams led the race at the midpoint and was second as the 27-year-old Kerley surged into the lead at the 60-meter mark. Williams covered the final 40 meters in 3.44, but was caught by 28-year-old Marvin Bracy-Williams (3.36 final 40), who finished second in a personal-best 9.85 and by 26-year-old Trayvon Bromell (3.39 final 40) who took third in 9.88
Missing the opportunity to compete in the world championships on his home track is bound to disappoint Williams. But, unlike his frustrating race in the finals of the NCAA Championships two weeks ago, Friday's performance was strong against some of the top sprinters in the world.
Williams qualified for the final by running the fifth fastest semifinal time, 9.94.
The USA championship meet continues Saturday and Sunday, with the top three finishers in each final qualifying for the world championships. Saturday's TV is from 1 to 3 p.m. on KGW (8).
In the under-20 meet earlier Friday at Hayward Field, Mia Brahe-Pedersen finished her first-round race in 11.25 seconds, besting the 11.30 recorded in 1968 by Margaret Johnson-Bailes of Churchill High.
Brahe-Pedersen finished second in the finals, matching her time at the OSAA state meet of 11.09. But, as with the state meet, the tail wind was too strong for the time to count as a record.
Roosevelt grad Lily Jones finished sixth in the 100 finals at the U-20 meet in a wind-aided 11.37.
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