From Frugivore — America best sprinters and long distance runners will compete this weekend in the US Track & Field Championships at legendary Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Many of the largest stories revolve around the redemption of America’s sprinters and emergence of the distance runners, as every athlete will undoubtedly be motivated to have a better showing this August in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
After a relative dominance in sprints for two decades, the US sprint team has played second fiddle to the Jamaican National Team led by world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, Olympic 100 meter gold-medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and future hall-of-famer and five-time Olympic gold-medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown. Not to leave out the dominance of 2008 Olympic and 2009 World Champion gold medalist 400-meter hurdles sprinter Melaine Walker, the Jamaican team is stacked in the “glamour” races on the track.
But we won’t sell the Americans short, as 100 meter sprinters Tyson Gay and Carmelita Jeter, three-time World Champion and 200 meter specialist Allyson Felix, and 400 meter Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner. Even though she is reigning 400 meter World Champion, Sanya Richards-Ross will be looking to change the perceptions of many who think she is not a big race runner, as she failed to place in the 2007 Worlds and came in third in 08’ Olympics. She was the favorite in both races.