NCAA: Dix 20.32, Hastings 50.15

50.15 for Hastings, Dix completes sprint double - NCAA Championships final day
Sunday 10 June 2007
10 June 2007 - Sacramento, USA - Maybe we should have more big meetings in the morning.

On Saturday (9), the fourth and final day of the NCAA championships, the racing started at 10 a.m., and the fast times followed almost immediately.

Alysia Johnson (right) edged Katie Erdman in the NCAA 800 as both dipped under two minutes
(Kirby Lee)

In the men’s 400m Hurdles Isa Phillips of Louisiana State lowered his personal best from 49.36 to 48.51, fifth fastest of the year in the world so far. He won by five metres from Brandon Johnson, who was second in 49.02.

Californian Nicole Leach of UCLA won the women’s 400m Hurdles in the year’s fastest time – a swift 54.32 – leaving co-favorite Nickiesha Willson (JAM) of Louisiana State 10m in arrears in 55.68.
Fast women’s 800, two under 2:00

Alysia Johnson of California and Katie Erdman of Michigan ran an 800m thriller, breaking away from the field after a 57.34 first 400 and crossing the finish line half a metre apart, Johnson winning, 1:59.29 to 1:59.35, a sub-two-minute first for both, which put them fifth and sixth on the year list.

Ricardo (Rickie) Chambers (JAM and Florida State) and Lionel Larry of Southern California made the men’s 400 metres into a similar thriller, as they raced down the final straight side by side and leaned into the finish with Chambers a few centimetres ahead, 44.66 to 44.68.
Hastings dominates with 50.15 world leader

Then Natasha Hastings, perhaps the revelation of the year, won the women’s 400 by 100 metres in a PB 50.15, topping her own year-leading 50.23 of two weeks ago. She came back an hour later with a 50.0 anchor South Carolina’s team to second place in the 4x400.

Dix completes sprint double

In the men’s 200 metres, Walter Dix, more concerned with winning and helping his Florida State crew win the team championship than trying to better his PB of 19.69, eased to a four-metre victory in 20.32 into a slight (-0.4) wind.

Kerron Stewart (JAM), second in last year’s women’s 200, won it this time in a good 22.42 from her countrywoman Simone Facey, who ran 22.64.

Lomong prevails in thrilling 1500

Perhaps the most emotionally charged race of the day – because of the people involved – was the men’s 1500 meters. With 300 metres to go, Leonel Manzano of the University of Texas, who was born in a Mexican village without electricity or running water, sprinted into the lead. Right on his heels came Lopez Lomong, who was born in the southeast of Sudan and spent the years from age six to 16 in a teeming refugee camp in Kenya before coming to America in 2001.

Manzano, who became a U.S. citizen several years ago, led into the home stretch, and it wasn’t until 30 metres from home that Lomong – who expects to become a U.S. citizen on June 19 - caught and passed Manzano to win in a PB of 3:37.07.

The men’s NCAA 4x400 is more often than not won by Baylor University - Clyde Hart has retired, but the tradition lives on – and it happened again this year. The ‘Bears’ from Waco, Texas hit the finish line less than half a second off the meet record in 3:00.04.

And the whole “day” was finished at 11:55 a.m.!

James Dunaway for the IAAF

Re:Hastings. It appeared she’d gone out a bit too fast. I would guess had she gone out just a bit slower over the first 200 she’d have hit under 50. I think she is going to have another breakthrough this year. Very good basic sprint speed it seems, excellent relaxation and looks to be technically sound. On a good day she might give Sanya a little bit of a battle-probably not beat her(not at this point anyway) but she might be able to push her.

Perhaps in the first quarter of the race. However, Hastings came through the 1st 200 in ~24.0. Henderson’s 1st 200 was ~23.3

After a big, and possibly long collegiate year, it will be interesting to see how long she will continue at this level. Good post meet interview.

Was it just that everybody else went through so slowly? She seemed to have a sizable lead at 200.

I tried to split it watching tv and had her much faster.

Just wondering, where did you get that split?
Thanks in advance TMSSF.

Come to think of it, it was possibly her 4 x 4 leg I tried to split at 200, do you know what that split was by chance?

The splits were provided, on both occasions, by a colleague at the meet. In addition, you can see on the video that Hastings wasn’t the 1st @ 200. A solid race altogether though.

He had Hastings around 50.0 on the anchor leg split. With video review it might be slightly better.

I should have been more specific in my question. I meant do you know what she ran at 200 of her 4x4 split?

That’s the race I think she went out much harder(and had to since USC was behind) and that’s what I tried to split by watching on tv rather than the open 400.

The announcers did say she ran around 50.1 in the relay so that split jives with what your colleague got.

~23.0 (TV stopwatch).

In his Report which heads this thread, James Dunaway wrote she backed up to split 50.0. As Jim has been covering no sport other than ours since and including the Melbourne Olympics (that’s since 1956!) I would trust his sources and his instincts for getting things right. He’s pedantic about stats. The first time I really got to know him was in 85 and by the time we got to Canberra, Australia for the World Cup he had compiled a meticulous form guide with the season best and lifetime best for every athlete in every event at the meet. It was ridiculous (and all that info pre the web).