Johnson 7th in Shot Put at USA Championships in Oregon

6/26/2015
 


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The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championshipsfor open and junior (ages 20 & under) athletes began yesterday on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and will run through Sunday.  Thirteen (13) open athletes and five (5) junior athletes from Indiana are entered in the championships.  

Athletes competing in the open championships are vying for spots on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships to be held in late August in Beijing. The top three athletes in each event will qualify for the team.  Athletes in the junior championships are contending for Team USA selection for the  Pan American Junior Athletics Championships July 31-August 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The top 2 finishers in each event will be eligible for selection to the team.

 
Molly Ludlow (Indianapolis, IN / Saucony) and Felisha Johnson highlighted the action for the Indiana athletes on day one of the championships. 

Johnson (Terre Haute, IN / Nike) finished 7th in the women’s shot put with a throw of 18.24m.

Meanwhile, Ludlow won her 1st round 800m heat in 2 minutes, 3.73 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals tonight. Ludlow commented on her race, “I’m getting the cobwebs out, my legs were feeling a little flat because I’ve had zero practice this week really. Just getting the job done.” 



Patrick Freeney (South Bend, IN) and Kind Butler (Indianapolis, IN) advanced to the semi-finals in the 400m tonight after running 45.55 and 45.89, respectively. Chris Geisting (Batesville, IN / Notre Dame) also ran the 400m, but failed to advance to the next round with his time of 46.37 seconds. 

 Indiana State standout Katie Wise (Morgantown, IN) sprinted to an 11.24 in the women’s 100m dash, but failed to advance to the next round. She finished 22nd overall.

Purdue standout Chukwuebuke Enekwechi (West Lafayette, IN) finished 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 68.36m. Just two weeks ago, he finished 6th in this event at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. 

Frezer Legesse (Bloomington, IN / Under Armour) finished 28th in the men’s 1500m with a time of 3 minutes, 51.65 seconds. 

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1 SUMMARY RESULTS

Place

Athlete

Event

 

City

Affiliation

Performance

Thursday

7

Felisha Johnson

Shot Put

 

Terre Haute, IN

Nike

18.24m (59-10¼)

10

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

Hammer Thro

 

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue

68.36m (224-3)

22

Katie Wise

100m

 

Morgantown, IN

Indiana St.

11.24

25

Chris Giesting

400m

 

Batesville, IN

Notre Dame

46.37

28

Frezer Legesse

1500m

 

Bloomington, IN

Under Armour

3:51.65

Q

Molly Ludlow

800m

 

Indianapolis, IN

Saucony

2:03.73

Q

Patrick Freeney

400m

 

South Bend, IN

 

45.55

Q

Kind Butler

400m

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

45.89

Q=Qualifed for Next Round

 

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
In the junior championship, Adriana Brown (Indianapolis, IN / Kentucky) finished 6th in the discus throw with a toss of 47.91m. 

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 2 PREVIEW
In tonight’s action, two-time USA Outdoor Champion Morgan Uceny (Plymouth, IN / adidas) will race the 1500m. Uceny is the #8 seed. Coming in with the #17 seed, Geoggery Davis(Indianapolis, IN) is also scheduled to compete in the high jump tonight. 

Place

Athlete

Event

 

City

Affiliation

Event Time #

Friday

 

Geoffery Davis

High Jump

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

5:40 PM

 

Morgan Uceny

1500m

 

Plymouth, IN

adidas

5:55 PM

 

Kind Butler

400m

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

7:53 PM

 

Patrick Freeney

400m

 

South Bend, IN

 

7:53 PM

 

Molly Ludlow

800m

 

Indianapolis, IN

Saucony

8:27 PM

# = Pacific Time         

 

JUNIOR PREVIEW - DAY 2 PREVIEW
Ayiana Gaines (South Bend, IN / Western Michigan Univ.) comes into the meet with the #2 seed in the junior women’s 400m, scheduled for 2:05 P.M. Adriana Brown (Indianapolis, IN / University of Kentucky) is scheduled to return to competition after finishing 6th in the discus throw last night. The Indianapolis native is seeded #3 in the shot put. 

Lorenzo Wells (Portage, IN / Central Michigan Univ.) heads into the 100m dash with the #9 seed, while Grant Stamm (Linton, IN / Indiana State) will compete in the 110m hurdles with the #13 seed. 

 

 

Athlete

Event

City

Affiliation

Event TIme # 

Friday

 

Lorenzo Wells

100m

Portage, IN

Central Mich.

11:20 AM

 

Grant Stamm

110m Hurdles

Linton, IN

Indiana St.

12:45 PM

 

Ayiana Gaines

400m

South Bend, IN

Western Mich.

2:05 PM

 

Adriana Brown

Shot Put 

Indianapolis, IN

Kentucky

2:45 PM

# = Pacific Time     

 


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