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Posted: August 15, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: US Women forge ahead in Berlin

BERLIN - Team USA's women led the charge in the morning session as all 100m and 800m women advanced to the next round, and Michelle Carter and Rachel Yurkovich qualified for their respective finals Sunday morning at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

All women advance in 100m and 800m

All three American women easily advanced to the next round of the women's 100m. 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles) won heat 3 in 11.22 after looking around and visibly easing up at the 80m mark. It was the fastest time of the first round.

2005 world champion and '07 silver medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) won heat 7 in 11.36 and two-time Olympian Muna Lee (College Station, Texas) was second in heat 9 in 11.42.

They take the top three plus the next six fastest to the semifinal of the women's 800m. In heat 1 of the first round, Geena Gall (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was sitting in fourth/fifth and it appeared she would not move on. With 120m to go, reigning world champion Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) stumbled and fell to the ground vaulting Gall into second place in 2:02.63 and moving her into the semifinal.

Heat 3 saw four-time Olympian Hazel Clark (Knoxville, Tenn.) leading for the first 300m, but in fourth place at the halfway point. Clark fought her way back to finish third in 2:02.67 and grab a spot in the next round. Maggie Vessey (Soquel, Calif.) easily moved on to the next round, finishing as the runner-up in heat 5 in 2:04.07.

Carter to compete in tonight's shot final

2008 Olympic finalist Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) qualified for the final in the women's shot put on her last throw with an effort of 18.44 meters/60 feet 6 inches. 2008 Olympian Jillian Camarena (Tuscon, Ariz.) finished 23rd in qualifying with a best effort of 16.92m/55-6.25 and, after two fouls, three-time USA Outdoor champion Kristin Heaston (Opelika, Ala.) finished 28th with a mark of 14.98m/49-1.75.

Yurkovich first American woman in javelin final since 1983

Two-time NCAA champion Rachel Yurkovich finished 11th in qualifying in the women's javelin with a best mark of 59.57m/195-5 and has qualified for Tuesday's final. Yurkovic is the first American woman to qualify for the women's javelin final at a World Championships since Karin Smith finsihed 10th in 1983 at the innaugural World Championships in Helsinki. Two-time USA Outdoor champion Kara Patterson (West Lafayette, Ind.) finished 29th in qualifying with 52.71m/172-11.2 and will not move on.

With just two events remaining in the women's heptathlon, 2009 USA Outdoor champion Diana Pickler (Sasche, Texas) is currently in 10th place with 4,513 points. Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.) is just behind Pickler in 11th with 4,470 points and Bettie Wade (Northville, Mich.) is in 24th with 3,780 points.

In the first round of the men's steeplechase, 2007 Pan Am Games champion Josh McAdams (Cordova, Tenn.) was 13th in heat 2 in 9:02.19. Running with the leader for the most of the first half of heat 3, Dan Huling (Geneva, Ill.) was unable to hold the pace and finished 12th in 8:46.79. Kyle Alcorn (Fresno, Calif.) was forced to step off the track after experiencing chest pains in heat 1 and did not finish his race. No Americans advanced to Tuesday's final.

In the women's 20 km racewalk, four-time USA Outdoor champion Teresa Vaill (Gainesville, Fla.) wasn't feeling well at the 5km checkpoint and dropped out of the race between the 5 and 6km mark.

Taylor out, in, out again

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) finished fourth in heat 4 of the opening round of the men's 400m hurdles competition Saturday evening in 49.64 seconds. His performance did not warrant advancement to the semifinals.

Following the race the meet referee ruled that Brendan Cole of Australia, who ran in Taylor's heat, was disqualified for trail leg violations (IAAF Rule 168.7) over hurdles 1, 2 & 7, which moved Taylor up one spot and in to the semifinals.

Members of the Australian delegation filed a protest, which Team USA officials learned about late last evening. The referee reversed his original decision on video evidence and Team USA officials appealed that decision. The Jury of Appeals met this morning and denied the U.S. appeal to have Cole disqualified. Taylor will not compete in this evening's semifinals.

For complete results, quotes and Team USA reports, visit USATF.org.

Fans can watch Team USA on national television broadcasts on NBC and Versus, or online via live, daily Webcast at UniversalSports.com. For complete TV listings, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/IAAFWorldOutdoorChampionships/mediaCoverage.asp.

For more information on Team USA at the World Outdoor Championships, visit USATF.org.

2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships Day 2 Team USA Morning Quotes

Genna Gall (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Women's 800 Meters
The pace wasn't as fast as I thought it would be. I was up there in the mix. It was a little bumpy at times. There was a big spill with 150 to go. I was right behind that pack. I don't know how it all went down. I was paying right attention to it. I jumped right over those girls. I focused on the finish line, getting there, top three, and I did. I was real happy about that.
(On how close to the spill) I was right there. I had to slow down, pretty much jump, and then realized I was in the front. I had to gear up and get back on again. I wanted to get off the rail and get around those girls. Something happened and I jumped right over them. I'm excited to go to the next round. I can't wait.

Hazel Clark (Knoxville, Tenn.), Women's 800 Meters
I took the lead. I really didn't want to. I saw that fall in the other heat. I was in lane 1, so I wanted to get in the front, get clean, and then let someone else take over. It was a good race for me. It's always good to get to the next round. I got there as quickly as possible. I don't feel exhausted. I'm excited.

Maggie Vessey (Soquel, Calif.), Women's 800 Meters
The game plan is difficult because you don't know what everyone else is going to do. You have to play it by how the race starts out. That seemed like the best thing to do for this particular race. The conditions were fine. Everything was good for me. What helped me out was I was paying attention to the monitors. Since I was out front, I wanted to see where I was in relation to everyone else. The point was to get to the next round.

Jillian Camarena (Tuscon, Ariz.), Women's Shot Put
It was definitely a rough one out there today. I didn't put it together. I'm happy one of us got through. I'll be out there cheering tonight for Michelle (Carter).

Kristin Heaston (Opelika, Ala.), Women's Shot Put
Let me just say I am always proud to represent the United States. I work hard for everything that I get. I can't control injuries. Unfortunately, it just got me and I couldn't open up. I have a knee/hamstring issue that has been going on for two years. I haven't had the means to get it fixed. Hopefully, I can get it corrected. Now I can come back tonight and cheer on Michelle (Carter). I can put in all my energy into all my teammates and my training partners for Auburn, Ala.

Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), Women's Shot Put
I'm going to go out there tonight and do my best. My goal was to make it to the finals, and I am taking it one step at a time. It was a little bumpy for me. But it's OK. I can make the adjustments I need to make for this evening. I just focused on me. Because if I know I can continue to increase, that I will get close to the automatic mark, if I don't hit it. I was a few centimeters short of it, and that was OK. I did make it to the next round.

Joshua McAdams (Cordova, Tenn.), Men's 3,000-meter steeplechase
The last four months, I have had a little bit of a lower ab/groin problem. I have run through it most of the time. After Stockholm, I could barely run. I was doing about an 8-minute pace per mile with my wife the day after. Monday I was feeling worse off. I took a week off. I saw the doctor on Friday and he gave me some pain killer anti-inflammatory. I thought I was feeling good. We did some faster stuff earlier this week. I could tell my calves haven't done much in a while. I was just flat.
I probably went out a little too fast for myself. I should have held back on that first lap. But we are here at the World Championships you put yourself in it, top four or five. I want to be top four or five all the way through. I wanted to finish. With three laps left, 1,200 to go, I thought about dropping out. I'm wearing USA. If it were just me, it's another thing. But wearing USA, they didn't fly me all the way over here just to drop out of a race. It was tough. But I wanted to finish.

Dan Huling (Columbus, Ohio), 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
I wanted to get out front early, but my coach told me not to be the one to push the pace. The plan was to run 8:19-8:21, but I don't know why I didn't. I feel like I was in shape to do that.
It was a bit of a shock to be up front then all of a sudden be in the back. It wasn't like they accelerated the pace. My legs got deader and deader. It wasn't what I was looking for. Overall, I can't complain and be too down on myself--there's a bunch of steeplers back home watching.

Kara Patterson (Lafayette, Ind.), Women's Javelin
I felt awesome today, but I'm frustrated and confused. I'm ready to be more consistent. The fact that I didn't pull it together today is upsetting.
I had a conversation with (US womens assistant coach) Carrie Lane an told her about what my cues are. I knew what I was doing, but I like to have a little conversation to reinforce what I'm doing. I felt great after that and had my best throw of the day, but it was still pretty bad.
(on her first year as a pro) I now have a better idea on what to expect. I had an awful experience traveling to London (for the London GP), but I'm now ready for anything after that. With experience, things will get easier.

Rachel Yurkovich (Eugene, Oregon), women's javelin
I'm really ecstatic (to be the first American to make the final in the javelin since 1983)!
(On the first throw which qualified her for the final) I knew what I had to do, and that's throw high 59 to 60 meters to make the final. I've been consistent up there all year. I knew that I could do it, and I know how to throw the javelin, so I went with my gut and went back to the basics, had some adrenaline, and got it out there. I'm not only happy to make the final, but I'm happy that I can throw this far this late in the season. This was either my seventh or eighth time over 59 meters this season.
I just focused on me today. I can't focus on what's happening around me, and just focused on what I need to do.

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Florida), Women's 100 meters
The goal was not to do anything that will mess you up from going into the second round.

Muna Lee (College Station, Texas), Women's 100 meters
It wasn't bad out there. I was out there cruising. It was pretty easy.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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