USA Track and Field Championships 2022: Day 1 updates from Hayward Field.
There was a stunning development in the women’s 100 prelims as defending U.S. champion Sha’Carri Richardson finished fifth in her heat in 11.31 and didn’t advance to the semifinals.
Richardson, who missed the 2020 Olympics due to a failed drug test for marijuana, recently ran 10.85 in her final tune-up race two weeks ago and looked ready to contend for a top-three finish.
In the men’s 100, Oregon’s Micah Williams finished third in his heat in 10.11 to automaticaly advance to the semifinals. It was Williams’ first race since his disappointing seventh-place finish in the final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.
It was a good day for some former Ducks during the first round of the women’s 800 meters as the USA Track and Field Championships got underway Thursday at Hayward Field.
Raevyn Rogers, Brooke Feldmeier and Sabrina Southerland all advanced to Friday’s semifinals. Southerland also joins her Oregon Track Club Elite training partners Hanna Green and Angel Piccirillo in the semifinals.
Rogers, the 2019 world championships silver medalist, ran 2:01.10 to finish second in her heat and automatically qualify. She was just a step ahead Southerland who was third in 2:01.28.
Donavan Brazier doesn’t need to go all out this week as his Oregon22 qualifier is already secure since he’s the reigning world champion in the men’s 800 from 2019.
That didn’t keep him from giving an honest effort Friday. Brazier, who trains with Portland’s Union Athletics Club, ran the fastest time in any of the four first-round heats in 1:46.49 to make Friday’s semifinal.