Kerley, Jefferson win US Outdoor Championships

Eugene, Ore. (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Fred Carey signaled the calm to the crowd by winning the 100 meters at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night.

Carey crossed the line in 9.77 seconds, followed by Marvin Bracey-Williams and Trayvon Brommel. The trio earned a spot on the US squad for the World Outdoor Championships in Eugene the following month.

“It’s all about patience and training, and doing what I want to do,” Kerle said after taking a selfie with fans.

Melissa Jefferson of Coastal Carolina, who finished eighth in the 100 at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, surpassed Elia Hobbs for the national title in the women’s event.

World record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Krueger won the shot put at 75 feet, 10 1/4 inches (23.12 m). Joe Kovacs, already guaranteed a spot in the world as the defending champion, was second.

Alison Felix, the most decorated woman in track history, ran the final 40 meters of her semifinal in the 400, but didn’t finish in the top three and had to wait to see how her time went. In the end, he made it last Sunday.

“I just appreciate all the support and all the love,” she said.

Athletes were welcomed in the low 80s and humid conditions at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. The top three finishers in each event will be part of the US team at the most prestigious international event in the world, track and field outside the Olympics.

Earlier in the evening, Carey ran the 100 semi-finals in a world-leading and personal-best 9.76 seconds. It was also a meet record. Bromell had a second best time in the semi-finals with 9.81.

Bromell won the 100 at the US Olympic Trials in Hayward last summer. He was widely expected to do well in Tokyo but failed to advance to the Olympic finals.

Christian Coleman was late in the race, but he already has a place in the world as the defending champions in Doha in 2019.

Hobbs, who won the 2018 NCAA Outdoor 100 title as well as that year’s national championship, clocked the fastest time in the semifinals with a personal-best of 10.81.

But Jefferson, who finished his junior year at Coastal Carolina, pushed through in 10.72 to win the final in 10.69 (2.9 wind) in front of Hobbs. Twinisha Terry finished third to round out the world team.

“I did the work I needed to do at the NCAA. And I realized that one had to be sacrificed for the other. If I had done well at the NCAA, I probably wouldn’t have stood here right now,” Jefferson said. “much obliged.”

The ground for the 100 was narrowed in the first round on Thursday night when Shakari Richardson failed to qualify.

Richardson was ranked the favorite in the 100 after winning the event at last year’s Olympic Trials. But she was not on the team sent to Tokyo because she tested positive for marijuana. He ran some promising times at the national level, but couldn’t get out of the heat.

Richardson is also included in the 200, so he still has a chance to make the team for the world. Heat for that event is on Saturday, with the final set for Sunday.

Sydney McLaughlin, world record holder and Olympic gold medalist in the 400 hurdles, easily advanced to Saturday’s final in the event. Her husband, former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr., was on hand to cheer her up.

“It’s been a good season, feeling good and looking forward to tomorrow,” she said after finishing first in the semi-finals by a huge margin.

Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL star Randall Cunningham, won the high jump, while world record holder Sandy Morris won the pole vault. Valery Allman, who won gold at the Tokyo Games, won the discus. On the men’s side, LSU’s Revon Gray won the long jump.

The World Championships will also be held at Hayward Field from 15 July.

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