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AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships 2006

Jill Geer
Director of Communications
[email protected]

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Field Events on Center Stage

World Outdoor champion Walter Davis punched his ticket to the World
Indoors with a winning leap of 16.87m/55-4.25 in the men’s triple jump.
Aarik Wilson was second at 16.60m/54-5.5.

Jillian Camarena easily defended her title and made a bit of history in
the women’s shot put with her winning throw of 19.26m/63-2.25. The
performance makes her the #3 American of all time, behind only American
record holder Ramona Pagel (19.83m/65-0.75 in 1987) and Tressa Thompson
(19.44m/63-9.5 in 1999). 2004 Olympian Kristin Heaston was second at

Adam Shunk won his first U.S. title in the men’s high jump with a
second-attempt clearance of 2.25m/7-4.5. Defending champion Tora Harris
was second at the same height, clearing on his third attempt.

Akiba McKinney was an upset winner in the women’s long jump, her best
mark of 6.62m/21-8.75 surpassing that of 2005 World Outdoor Champion
Tianna Madison, who was second at 6.59m/21-7.5.

Hoffa keeps rolling at AT&T USA Indoor Championships

BOSTON – Reese Hoffa continued his 2006 stranglehold on the men’s shot
put Saturday at the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the
Reggie Lewis Center, turning back a strong field and retaining the Visa
Championship Series lead.

The AT&T USA Indoor Championships is the final event of USATF’s Indoor
Visa Championship Series and serves as the selection event for Team USA
roster spots for the 2006 World Indoor Championships next month in
Moscow, Russia, with the top two finishers in each event making the
team. ESPN will televise the AT&T USA Indoor Championships on February
26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The meet concludes Sunday.

Reese Stays Golden

Hoffa retained his gold bib as the men’s leader of the Visa Championship
Series and stayed undefeated in 2006, winning the Visa men’s shot put
Saturday afternoon with a throw of 21.61m/70-10.75, the second-best in
the world this year. Hoffa unleashed the toss in the fifth round to take
the lead over defending world champion Christian Cantwell, who placed
second with 21.10m/69-2.75. Three-time World Outdoor champion John
Godina (20.50m/67-3.25) and 2005 World Outdoor champ Adam Nelson
(20.30m/66-7.25) were third and fourth, respectively.

Top-ranked Brad Walker prevailed in a star-studded men’s pole vault. The
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist defended his USA indoor title with a
clearance of 5.75m/18-10.25, with American record holder Jeff Hartwig
second at 5.70m/18-8.25. Walker took three tries at 5.88m/19-4 in an
attempt to take over the lead for the Visa Championship Series, but did
not clear the height. Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson was third
at 5.60m/18-4.5, and Olympic gold medalist Toby Stevenson was fourth at

Another World Outdoor silver medalist, Chaunte Howard, won her first
career U.S. indoor title in the women’s high jump with a clearance of
1.95m/6-4.75, tying the U.S.-leading mark she shares with Amy Acuff. A
three-time Olympian, Acuff was second at 1.89m/6-2.25.

American record for Seaman

Tim Seaman broke a 19-year-old American record in the men’s 5,000-meter
race walk en route to winning his ninth national title in the event.
Seaman’s time of 19:15.88 surpassed the previous record of 19:18.40 held
by Tim Lewis since 1987 and gave Seaman his 28th overall national crown.
Kevin Eastler was second in 19:43.41.

Exciting Distance Races

Adam Goucher continued to show tremendous form in the men’s 3,000
meters, running away from the field to win in 7:49.78. The two-time USA
Outdoor 5,000m champion and 2005 USA 4 km cross country winner was
followed across the line by three-time indoor 3 km champ Jonathon Riley
of Brookline, Mass., in 7:51.88.

Chris Lukezic, the 2005 USA Outdoor runner up, earned his second trip to
a world championship event – his first indoors – by winning the Nike
men’s 1,500m in 3:41.84. Two-time USA indoor champion Jason Lunn was
second in 3:41.98.

2004 Olympic Trials 1,500m champion Carrie Tollefson won the women’s
3,000 meters, sprinting to the win in 9:05.88, with Sara Hall second in
9:06.33, and Treniere Clement sprinted away from Tiffany McWilliams, who
led the women’s 1,500 meter for all but the last 150 meters. Clement
crossed the line in 4:08.13, with McWilliams second in 4:09.17.

Favorites Advance in Rounds

True to form, Visa Championship Series leader Lisa Barber (7.13) and
World Outdoor 100m champion Lauryn Williams (7.19) were the fastest
qualifiers in the AT&T women’s 60m dash first round. 2003 World Outdoor
100m champion Torri Edwards was close behind at 7.21 seconds as all
three women won their heats.

Terrence Trammell posted the fastest time in the first round of the
men’s 60m hurdles, running 7.60 seconds to advance to Sunday’s
semifinals. Other top qualifiers included Anwar Moore (7.61), Dominique
Arnold (7.62), Ron Bramlett and Joel Brown (both at 7.64).

Sanya Richards was the top qualifier out of the women’s 400m semifinals
with 51.76, while Wallace Spearmon was the top man at 46.59 seconds.
Leonard Scott ran a speedy 6.56 in the Hershey’s men’s 60m dash first
round to lead qualifiers into Sunday’s semifinals. Other top qualifiers
into Sunday’s final events were Frances Santin in the women’s 800 meters
(2:04.62) and Khadevis Robinson in the men’s 800m (1:49.24).

In exhibition events, Connecticut won the girls’ 4x400m high school
relay (3:53.06) and Massachusetts won the boys’ race (3:22.79); the
Cambridge Jets won the girls’ 4x200m youth relay (1:52.69), and the
Providence Cobras won the boys’ youth relay (1:54.15).

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Sponsors of the AT&T USA Indoor Track & field Championships are AT&T,
Nike, Visa, Hershey’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gleukos, Gill Athletics and
Sport Court. Local sponsors include the Boston Herald Coca-cola,
Keyspan, Hilton Family of Hotel, MBTA and Hot 97.7FM.