EUGENE, Ore.- The U.S. Track and Field Championships continue today from Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, with Arizona State’s Jasmine Chaney in the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles and Chandler’s Hannah Carson in the women’s javelin.
LaTisha Holden of the University of Arizona also competes in the 100-meter hurdles in heat two with reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper and world indoor champion Lolo Jones.
Alycia Herring of the Sun Devils competes in the junior 200 meters, as well.
The action will be televised at 2 p.m. PT on NBC.
Friday night, some of the biggest names in U.S. track came out to win their events and book their spots for the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27 through Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
Bernard Lagat, the 36-year-old who trains in Tucson, qualified for his fifth world championships by winning the 5,000 meters in 13:23.06 over Chris Solinsky (13:23.65).
“It wasn’t easy,” Lagat said. “It might have seemed easy, but I was working. When you have confidence and know you are in the best shape, you don’t have to worry.”
Carmelita Jeter won the women’s 100 meters in 10.74 seconds. Marshevet Myers (10.83) and Miki Barber (10.96) were second and third. Jeter, 31, has now won three consecutive U.S. titles and is looking to better the bronze medals she won in Osaka and Berlin.
“It felt like I executed a great race,” Jeter said. “I’m very excited to make the team again. That was my goal. I’m very happy to be where I am right now. This is not just a job, this is something I love.”
Walter Dix, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, repeated his title in the men’s 100 meters in 9.94 seconds.
“9.9 is not really that unusual a time for anyone now a days,” Dix said. “It’s (the World Championships) not going to be anything different than this meet.”
Justin Gatlin was second at 9.95, and he will be joined in Daegu with third-place finisher Michael Rodgers (9.99). Tyson Gay pulled out earlier in the day with an injury.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, recently was reinstated to competition from a four-year drug ban.
“I let out a lot of emotion, a lot of anger,” Gatlin said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Before the finals, I was like, ‘this can happen.’ I overcame my own goals. I’ve been to Korea once before, and I love the country.”
Ashton Eaton (8,729), the three-time NCAA champion while at Oregon, won the decathlon over Jon Harlan (8,011) and Millier Moss (7,878) to advance to his second world championships. Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee both did not finish the event.
“None of my marks were that outstanding, it was just consistency,” Eaton said. “The whole time I didn’t know what my score was until after my first day.”
Molly Huddle won the women’s 5,000 meters in 15:10.01, and both Arizona Wildcat runners Maggie Callahan and Hannah Moen failed to qualify in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bridget Frank of the Oregon Track Club was the quickest qualifier.