Mt. SAC Brings the Stars Out
Always a meet that floods stat lists with super early-season marks, the 2012 edition of the Mt. SAC Relays didn't disappoint. From a barely-windy 9.85 for Walter Dix to another 23-plus leap for Brittney Reese, many of the athletes who will likely populate Team USA in London made their mark.
Dix rode a 2.4 mps breeze to his sub-9.9 clocking, turning back Mike Rodgers, who wasrunner-up at 9.97. A slightly stronger gust pushed 2011 World Champion Jason Richardson to victory in the 110H at 13.20w.
Reese, the reigning indoor and outdoor World champ, spanned 7.12m/23-4.5 on her fourth attempt. She wasn't the only jumper to shine, though, as World Championships finalists Brigetta Barrett and Inika McPherson cleared 1.95/6-4.75 to go 1-2 in the high jump.
Distance races are often a highlight in Walnut, and Evan Jager's 8:26.14 3,000m steeplechase debut made the biggest splash. Jager, who ran the 5K for Team USA at the 2009 Worlds, met the Olympic B standard and showed he will be among the top contenders at the Trials.
American Record holder Molly Huddle notched an outdoor world leader in the women's 5K with her 15:15.91, but the biggest revelation in that race was Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino. The bronze medalist at the 2011 NCAA meet, D'Agostino knocked 17 seconds off her PR to take third in 15:23.35.
U.S.-leading outdoor times were turned in by Molly Beckwith in the 800 (2:00.34) and Mason Cathey in the steeple, where she clipped almost five seconds off her PR with a 9:48.67 in second. American Record holder and '11 WC bronze medalist Jill Camarena-Williams had four throws over 19m in the shot and won with a 19.80/64-11.5 toss.
2008 Trials champ Aarik Wilson recorded his best triple jump in four years with a 17.07/56-0, and Jeremy Wariner had the fastest 400 by an American this year with a 44.96 to place second. USC's Bryshon Nellum, the '05 World Youth bronze medalist, zipped to a PR 45.18 in third.
Two other collegians moved atop the NCAA outdoor lists in impressive fashion. Arizona's Georganne Moline lowered her 400H PR to 55.25 to win, while teammate Alyssa Hasslen was second in the shot at 18.35/60-2.5, an almost two-foot PR.
In the decathlon, held April 18-19 at Azusa Pacific, Arkansas freshman Gunnar Nixon, the prep record holder, upped his decathlon PR to 7660 to move to No. 2 on the all-time U.S. Junior list.