Jones, Trammell win big at US Indoor Championships

Updated: March 1, 2009, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Lolo Jones and Terrence Trammell were the big winners Sunday at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Jones, the top-ranked woman in the 60-meter hurdles last year, needed to run a time of 7.84 seconds to capture the $25,000 bonus in the Visa Championship Series and did just that.

"I didn't think I had it," said Jones, who tried to avoid knowing before the race what she had to run to win the bonus.

"It's stressful," she said. "I just want to win, so I put my hands over my ears when they talked about what I needed to run. When I saw people stop talking, I removed my hands and heard it -- '7.84."

Trammell captured the men's $25,000 Visa bonus, setting a meet record with a 7.37 in the men's 60-meter hurdles. He was just .01 off the American indoor record set by Greg Foster and Allen Johnson.

"I'm grateful to be able to run the way I've run this winter," said Trammell, who was injured just before the first heat of the Olympic 110 hurdles in Beijing. "I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I always thought I could run under 7:40."

The day began with weight thrower Amber Campbell taking the women's Visa points lead when she won the 20-pound weight toss with a throw of 80 feet, 2 inches.

Jenn Stuczynski then bettered her own American indoor record in the pole vault, clearing 15-10.

"I honestly didn't know what I was going to do when it came to the record," Stuczynski said. "At first I was going to go for the win and then stop jumping. But then I decided to go for the record and the Visa bonus."

And she had both -- for about 90 minutes.

Tony Young, 47, of Redmond, Wash., set a world indoor record for runners 45 and over in the master's 1,500, finishing in 3:57.91. It was the third 45 and over record Young set in recent weeks, although his record in the indoor mile was disallowed because of a longer-than-allowed track.

"I'm just very consistent right now," said Young, who runs 80 miles a week.

Olympic steeplechaser Anna Willard of Greenwood, Maine was an easy winner in the women's 1,500 meters in 4:17.37.

Mark Jelks and Me'Lisa Barber captured the men's and women's 60 in 6.51 and 7.15 seconds, respectively.

Defending champion Khadevis Robinson put on a dominating performance in the men's 800, pulling away in the stretch to win in 1:48.61.

"I contemplated retiring after the Olympic Trials last year," said the 33-year-old Robinson, who didn't make the U.S. team. "Now I'm just going to try and enjoy it and live in the moment."

Katie Waits won the women's 800 in 2:03.56.

Jake Freeman's first throw of 77-10.25 was enough to win the 35-pound weight toss.

Other winners included Dan Taylor, whose toss of 67-9.75 upended two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson in the shot put; Brandon Roulhac, with a triple jump of 55-7; and Jamal Torrence, who took the men's 400 in 46:37.

Ashlee Kidd led until the last few steps of the women's 400, but Dominique Darden caught her just before the wire to win in 52.34.

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