Friday was a great day for local athletes

Friday was another great day for Oregon natives at the US championships. Nick Symmonds looked strong again in running down his competition and winning his 800 semifinal. Kenny Klotz recovered enough from yesterday's 5,000 meters to win the US junior 10k. Adam Goucher ran an inspired race to qualify for the World Championships in the 5k

Fans and experts alike are inspired by Symmonds potential. Many are wondering what pace is too fast for him. Khadevis Robinson was beaten by Symmonds at Prefontaine but Khadevis did beat Symmonds at last year's US championship by creating a large enough early margin.

Kenny Klotz and Isaac Stoutenburgh both ran in the green and gold for Oregon at the US junior 10k. Early on the tandem sat in fourth and sixth as Jon Grey of Oklahoma took out the pace early in 3:07 for the first kilometer and 9:17 for 3k. He had a five second lead until the fourth kilometer where Klotz and Stoutenburgh decided to catch Gray. At 4250 meters they caught Grey. Klotz eventually pulled a way and ran by himself. Stoutenburgh didn't seem to like the conditions or pace and dropped back. Klotz won in 30:51.75. Stoutenburgh finished seventh in 32:01.98.

Rachel Yurkovich finished sixth in the women's javelin with a throw of 51.94m, 170@ feet. Ashley McCrea of Oregon threw 45.35 for 16th and Jeeni Schantin of Clackamas CC threw 43.17, former Newberg HS product Mallory Webb threw 48.77m. Dana Pounds threw 59.65m meters on her last attempt (one centimeter off her pr) to pass Kim Kreiner and win her first US title.

Tommy Skipper had difficulty with tricky winds, along with everyone else, in the men's pole vault (except Kansas freshman Jeremy Scott – a regular competitor here) and finished in seventh at 5.60m, 18-4 ½. Brad Walker was the winner at 5.70m, 18-8 ¼. Future Duck Jordan McNamara, of Lane Community College, ran another impressive race at 3:42.31 for ninth in his heat of the Men's senior 1500. Unfortunately, Brian Richotte of Oregon had three fouls in hammer throw qualifying.

In the men's Steeplechase local athletes qualified for the final. Tom Brooks of Oregon Track Club Elite was the 13th qualifier (8:39.54) and Max King of OTC elite was the 14th and last qualifier (8:39.62). Ex-Duck Kyle Alcorn was the tenth qualifier at 8:37.77. Lucas Meyer of OTC elite did not qualify for the final, 8:45.72.

With two kilometers to go in the men's 5,000, the lead group of Matt Tegenkamp, Bernard Lagat, and Adam Goucher pushed the pace (8:25.79). On the backstretch before the 4k Tegenkamp made a hard drive to win the race (4k- 11:04.74). Tegenkamp ran at 58.7 circuit, pushed for the next 200, and with 400 to go had a 10 meter lead on Lagat and Goucher. With 300 to go Goucher tried to go around Lagat but Lagat responded and both started to make up distance on Tegenkamp. After Lagat passed Tegenkamp, Matt picked up the pace and stayed ahead of Goucher. Lagat ran the last circuit in 56. Lagat ran 2:25 for the last 1000 meters and still has to run his prime event, the 1,500 meters, on Sunday. Final results for the 5k was Lagat, 13:30.73, Tegenkamp 13:31.31, Goucher in third at 13:31.50, Jonathon Riley in fourth at 13:33.56, Sean Graham of OTC Elite in eighth at 13:44.06, Ian Dobson in ninth at 13:45.36, Thomas Morgan in 17th at 13:58.32.

Oregon had a trio of runners qualify for the US junior 1500 finals. AJ Acosta kicked to win his heat in 3:50.52. Matthew Centrowitz was easily winning his heat and cruised in to finish third in his heat, automatic qualifying, 3:56.46. Matt Dettman also qualified for the final for Oregon in 3:52.98 out of Acosta's heat.

Tom Pappas leads the Decathlon after the first day with 4394 points. Two-time NCAA champ, senior Robert Arnold, is poised to make a run and qualify for the World Championships. Future Duck Jameesha Youngblood won her heat of the junior women's 400 hurdles in 58.66 and looks like she has a better performance in her. Melissa Owens of Portland State finished sixth in the junior 800 meters at 2:08.61. Incoming freshman Melissa Gergel finished tied for fourth in the junior pole vault at 3.95m, 12-11 ½. Youngblood did not triple jump yesterday. Future Duck Jordan Stray threw a pr 64.72 meters with the junior hammer behind the American junior record mark of Walter Henning, 73.59m 241-5.

Oregon high school athlete Stephanie Ralls of St Helens finished 14th at 38.84 meters. Ryan Bailey of McKay had eased up in the 100 on Wednesday and finished eighth. In the junior 200 he qualified for the final at 21.13 and finished third behind two collegians with a time of 21.20. Chase Dalton of Tigard High School was seventh in the junior javelin at 59.85 meters.

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