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EUGENE — Living up to its ranking as the top Diamond League meet in the world, the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field Saturday produced a women's world record in the 10,000, eight world-leading performances, and a thrilling men's mile that exceeded expectations. Seven Team USATF athletes came away victorious in their events on a cool and overcast day that couldn't dampen the ardor of vociferous fans in a sold-out stadium, and all-time lists across the spectrum took a beating.

Reigning world champion Sha'Carri Richardson stamped herself as the favorite for an Olympic Trials title, turning back a strong field in the women's 100 with a strong start and a very smooth race to win in 10.83. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica ended up last in 11.30 in her season debut. In Richardson's wake were St. Lucia's Julien Alfred, second in 10.93, and Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, third in 10.98. 2022 USATF champion Melissa Jefferson placed fifth in 11.02, while TeeTee Terry was seventh in a season best 11.19 and Brittany Brown eighth in 11.21, also a season best.

“It's always magical running here and of course, I don't have to travel too far, so I enjoy definitely coming to Hayward [Field] and running,” Richardson said.

When the talking was done and the racing started in the men's mile, reigning world 1500 champion Josh Kerr of Britain, Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, American record holder Yared Nuguse and Britain's 2022 world champion Jake Wightman put their cards on the table and produced one of the greatest mile races in history. The pacemaker took the field through 400 in 55.91 and 800 in 1:52.74 before peeling off and leaving it up to the headliners. Kerr went to the front through 1200 in 2:50.70 and had enough in the tank to stave off the Norwegian as he broke the tape in 3:45.34, a British record, world leader, and good enough to make him the No. 6 all-time world performer. Ingebrigtsen was a step behind in 3:45.60, with Nuguse grabbing third in 3:46.22, the second fastest time in U.S. history. Cole Hocker was seventh in a season best 3:48.95 after stumbling midway through the race and almost taking a tumble. Hobbs Kessler, the world road mile champion, was knocked out of the race when Hocker stumbled and did not finish.

Doing something that only world record holder Ryan Crouser had ever previously done in a single competition, Joe Kovacs blasted a pair of throws past the 23-meter line in the men's shot put, topped by a 23.13/75-10.75 in the final round. That throw was the ninth best in U.S. history. Kovacs, a two-time world champion and twice an Olympic silver medalist, hit 23.03/75-6.75 in the second stanza and all six of his attempts were 22.46/73-8.25 or better. Payton Otterdahl was the closest competitor, taking second with a best of 22.16/72-8.5. Josh Awotunde, the 2022 World Championships bronze medalist, was fourth at 21.53/70-7.75.

A stunning start put reigning world champion Grant Holloway almost a stride ahead by the first barrier in the men's 110 hurdles, and despite giving up a little bit of ground on the run in, he won in a world-leading 13.03. It was an American sweep of the podium places, with Daniel Roberts second in 13.11 and Freddie Crittenden third in a season best 13.16. Jamaica's Olympic champion, Hansle Parchment, was never in contention and placed fourth in 13.28, just ahead of Trey Cunningham's 13.29.

“It's definitely a building block but I think I could be better. Going forward, I just want to continue just to build off of that,” Holloway said. “The race is gonna be a little sloppy. It's still the end of May, but, going forward, we just continue to build off of that.”

Throwing against the world leader, Yaime Perez of Cuba, American record holder Valarie Allman stepped into the ring as the second competitor and unleashed a 66.66/218-8 that gave her a lead she would not relinquish. Perez went 66.23/217-3 on her first try, and then Allman improved to 66.87/219-4 in the third round. On her last attempt, Allman threw 67.36/221-0 and had to hold her breath as Perez was the next competitor. The Cuban produced her best effort of the day with a 67.25/220-7, but it wasn't enough to dethrone Allman. Laulauga Tausaga finished sixth at 62.01/203-5.

“At the end of the day, I know that I'm my own biggest competitor and I'm just going to continue to try to push myself and show up and really leave a performance I'm proud of,” Allman said. “I know it's going to take that 70 m type throw to walk away with gold.

The men's sprints were entertaining despite the cool conditions that weren't favorable for fast times. A trademark powerful start put Christian Coleman slightly ahead of the field in the men's 100, and he never yielded that lead as he won in a season best 9.95. It was Coleman's second straight Pre Classic win in the dash, and his third overall. Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala was closing well and claimed second in 9.98, while Brandon Hicklin took third in 10.08.

Kenny Bednarek stumbled a bit in his first few steps and was even with a handful of the other men's 200 runners coming off the turn before pulling away down the final 50 to win easily in 19.89. Courtney Lindsey was second in 20.09, and Kyree King placed third in 20.15.

“My goal is just to come out and compete and win,” said Bednarek. “And that's what I did. I'm happy about this performance because the weather is pretty cold. So I wasn't really worried about the times.”

The women's pole vault saw a 1-2 U.S. finish, with Emily Grove taking the measure of Olympic champion Katie Moon by scaling 4.63/15-2.25 on her final attempt. Moon was second at 4.53/14-10.25, the same height cleared by third-place finisher Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela. Gabriela Leon and Bridget Williams both cleared 4.43/14-6.25 to go 4-5.

Chasing the American record of 3:54.99, Elle St. Pierre lined up in the women's 1500 against Ethiopia's Diribe Welteji, last year's World Championships silver medalist, and Australian star Jessica Hull, who ran collegiately at Oregon. Welteji followed the pacemaker through 800 in 2:04.92 and from there she maintained a torrid pace on the way to a 3:53.75 PB that made her the No. 7 all-time world performer. Hull pushed past St. Pierre down the stretch and set a national record of 3:55.97, with the American third in 3:56.00 to move to No. 2 on the all-time U.S. performer list. Nikki Hiltz notched a season best of 3:59.64 in fifth, and Emily Mackay lowered her PB to 3:59.76 in sixth. Sinclaire Johnson had a season best of 4:00.43 to place ninth.

Britain's Keely Hodgkinson, the Olympic and World Championships silver medalist, smashed the world lead in the women's 800, gliding past world champion Mary Moraa of Kenya on her way to a 1:55.78. Moraa held onto second in 1:56.71, a season best, with Jemma Reekie of Britain third in a 1:57.45 SB. Nia Akins was the first American across the line, placing fourth in 1:57.98, also a season best, while Sage Hurta-Klecker was seventh in 1:58.48, her fastest time of the year.

Weini Kelati tucked in behind a large group of Ethiopians in the women's 5000, and she used their pacing to pull her to a 14:35.43 in ninth place, moving her to No. 6 on the all-time U.S. performer list. Tsigie Gebreselama won in a world-leading 14:18.76, and Ethiopian teammate Birke Haylom set a world U20 record with her 14:23.71 in fifth. Fourteen women broke 15 minutes, and Emily Infeld scored a season best 15:12.48 behind them.

American record holder DeAnna Price took the early lead in the women's hammer, throwing 76.71/251-8 in round one and then bettering that with a 76.74/251-9 on her next attempt. That lead held until round five, when Canada's world champion Camryn Rogers nailed a 77.23/253-4. Rogers added almost two feet with her final effort, setting a meet record of 77.76/255-1 for the win. 2022 world champion Brooke Andersen ended up third with a best of 76.34/250-5, with last year's World Championships silver medalist Janee' Kassanavoid fourth at 74.65/244-11.

France's Cyrena Samba-Mayela equaled her national record in the women's 100 hurdles with a 12.52, outleaning Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico and Tonea Marshall for the victory. Camacho Quinn crossed the line in 12.54, and Marshall was third in 12.55. Alaysha Johnson placed fifth in 12.65, and Nia Ali and Masai Russell went 8-9, both in 12.80.

Costa Rica's Gerald Drummond charged through in the outside lane, coming fast off the last barrier to win the men's 400 hurdles in 48.56. Jamaica's world U20 record holder, Roshawn Clarke, sped to an early lead and held it until the ninth hurdle, when Drummond and Estonia's Rasmus Mägi started to close the gap. CJ Allen was also coming into contention, and those three went past Clarke at the line. Allen was the top American, placing third in 48.99.

Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai of Uganda sprinted past world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya to win the women's 3000 steeplechase in 8:55.09, a national record, world leader and good for the No. 6 spot on the all-time world performer list. Chepkoech also dipped under 9:00, going 8:56.51 in second. Val Constien took over the No. 7 spot on the all-time U.S. performer list with a 9:14.29 in fifth, with Courtney Wayment (9:14.48 SB), Gabbi Jennings (9:18.03 PB) and Kaylee Mitchell (9:21.00 PB) behind her. Jennings claimed the No. 10 all-time U.S. performer slot.

In the women's triple jump, Cuban Leyanis Perez, last summer's World Championships bronze medalist, put away the competition on her first attempt, riding a just-illegal +2.1 mps breeze out to 14.73/48-4. Thea LaFond was the runner-up at 14.62/47-11.75, and Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts placed third at 14.55/47-9. Keturah Orji was the top American, taking fourth at 14.13/46-4.25, while Tori Franklin (13.97/45-10) and Jasmine Moore (13.93/45-8.5) were fifth and sixth.

Special races in the 10,000 were added to the schedule to act as Olympic Trials of sorts for Kenya, and what an addition they were. Beatrice Chebet ran away from Ethiopian superstar Gudaf Tsegay on the final lap to shatter the world record and become the first woman to break 29:00, winning in 28:54.14. The first four women broke 30:00 and recorded the first, third, sixth and seventh fastest times ever. Tsegay moved to No. 3 with her 29:05.92, and Lilian Rengeruk took over the No. 6 position at 29:26.89. Margaret Kipkemboi is now No. 7 at 29:27.59.

Daniel Mateiko led six Kenyan men under 27:00, clocking a world-leading 26:50.81 to edge Nicholas Kipkorir, who was second in 26:50.94, and Benard Kibet, third in 26:51.09.

	

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