Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong out-kicked Shadrack Kipchirchir Thursday to win the men’s 10,000 meters in the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lopez, who trains with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, didn’t lead until home straight of the last lap. He caught and passed Kipchirchir 50 meters from the finish line before a sparse crowd in Drake Stadium.
Lomong covered the final 400 in 54.16 seconds for a winning time of 28:58.38. Kipchirchir was second in 28:59.67. Elkanah Kibet was third.
Molly Huddle held off Marielle Hall for a wire-to-wire victory in the women’s 10,000.
Huddle led throughout the race. Hall of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, stayed on her heels.
It turned into a two-woman race over the last two laps. But Hall couldn’t reel in Huddle, who broke contact with a 64-second final 400 meters to win in 31 minutes, 52.32 seconds. Hall was second in 31:56.68.
Stephanie Bruce was third. The BTC’s Gwen Jorgensen placed seventh.
Kara Winger, who prepped at Skyview High in Vancouver, claimed her eighth USATF javelin title.
Winger already had won the competition when she lofted her winning throw of 206 feet, 3 inches with the last of her six attempts. Avione Allgood was a distant second at 185-6.
There were no major surprises in Thursday’s qualifying heats.
Ex-University of Oregon star Raevyn Rogers advanced by winning her heat of the 800 in 2:02.74. Clayton Murphy of the Nike Oregon Project finished first in his 800 qualifier in 1:47.17,
Matthew Centrowitz and Eric Jenkins– both of the Oregon Project — breezed to victory in their heats of the 1,500, Jenkins in 3:40.63, the day’s fastest time.
Former University of Oregon star Jenna Prandini had the second-fastest qualifying time in the women’s 100 of 10.95.