2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
DatesJune 23–26
Host cityCarson, California
VenueThe Home Depot Center
Events40 (men: 20; women: 20)

The 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was organised by USA Track & Field and held from June 23 to 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The four-day competition served as the national championships in track and field for the United States and also the trials for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.[1]

It was the first that the stadium in Carson had held the combined gender national track and field event, but the fourth straight time that the event was hosted in California, having previously been to Sacramento and Palo Alto.[2] The Home Depot Center launched the Adidas Track Classic earlier that year, which was briefly a prominent annual track meeting for American athletes.[3] The USA Junior Championships were held in conjunction with the event and the events served as selection for the 2005 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[4][5]

Athletes that finished in the top three of their event and held the IAAF qualifying standard were eligible to represent the United States at the 2005 World Championships. The United States was able to send three athletes per event to the competition, excluding any American reigning world champions, who received automatic qualification separate from the national selection. The World Championships national selection for the marathon and 50 kilometres walk were incorporated into the discrete national championship meets for those events. Selection for the relay races were made by committee.[5][6]

On the first day, 2004 Olympic champion Timothy Mack became a high profile omission from the national team and he finished outside of the top three of the men's pole vault.[7] The men's 100 m provided drama with the initial disqualification of reigning Olympic champion Justin Gatlin for a false start being overturned. Gatlin won the title while fellow Olympic winner Maurice Greene pulled up injured mid-race. Gatlin also won the 200 m, being the first to do that double since Kirk Baptiste in 1985.[8] Erin Gilreath won the women's hammer throw in an American record mark of 73.87 m (242 ft 4+14 in). Stacy Dragila won a seventh straight women's pole vault title (her ninth in total).[9][10] Tim Broe had a third straight men's 5000 m win in a championship record time. Hammer thrower James Parker also won his third consecutive national title while javelin specialist Breaux Greer extended his unbeaten run to six.[8]

A total of twelve athletes selected from the national championships went on to win individual gold medals at the World Championships that year.[11] A total of 120 athletes were selected for the national team as a result of the national championships.[12]

One athlete was disqualified for a doping infraction: Rickey Harris, a men's 400 m hurdles finalist, was later shown to have failed a drug test a month earlier at the same venue.[13][14] Sprinters Marion Jones, Chryste Gaines and Tim Montgomery both attended but withdrew from the championships, citing injury. Montgomery and Gaines were banned from the sport later that year for doping as part of the BALCO scandal, which also implicated Jones.[15][16][17]

The meet was marred before it began as official Paul Suzuki was killed, being struck in the head by a shot put during practice for the shot put competition.[18] The resulting analysis of official's procedures and risk management[19] greatly affected the conduct of throwing events since.[20][21]


Key:  Not selected for World Championships in Athletics due to failure to reach IAAF qualifying standard within the specified time limit.[22]

Men track events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Justin Gatlin 10.08 Shawn Crawford 10.17 Leonard Scott 10.18
200 metres Justin Gatlin 20.04 Tyson Gay 20.06 Shawn Crawford 20.12
400 metres Jeremy Wariner 44.20 Darold Williamson 44.62 Andrew Rock 44.70
800 metres Khadevis Robinson 1:45.27 David Krummenacker 1:46.80 Kevin Hicks 1:46.99
1500 metres Alan Webb 3:41.97 Chris Lukezic 3:42.06 Rob Myers 3:42.27
5000 metres Tim Broe 13:12.76 CR Ian Dobson 13:15.33 Ryan Hall 13:16.03
10,000 metres Abdihakem Abdirahman 28:10.38 Meb Keflezighi 28:10.57 Matthew Downin 28:34.65
110 m hurdles Allen Johnson 12.99 Dominique Arnold 13.01 Terrence Trammell 13.02
400 m hurdles Kerron Clement 47.24 Bershawn Jackson 47.80 James Carter 48.03
3000 m s'chase Daniel Lincoln 8:17.27 Anthony Famiglietti 8:20.49 Steve Slattery 8:25.52
20,000 m walk Tim Seaman 1:26:41.36 John Nunn 1:27:15.75 Benjamin Shorey 1:32:28.03

Men field events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Matt Hemingway 2.27 m Jesse Williams 2.27 m Keith Moffatt 2.27 m
Pole vault Brad Walker 5.75 m Nick Hysong 5.65 m Toby Stevenson 5.65 m
Long jump Miguel Pate 8.35 m Dwight Phillips 8.28 m Brian Johnson 8.09 m
Triple jump Walter Davis 17.15 m Kenta Bell 16.82 m Aarik Wilson 16.73 m
Shot put Christian Cantwell 21.64 m Adam Nelson 21.52 m John Godina 20.99 m
Discus throw Ian Waltz 64.54 m Jarred Rome 62.50 m Carl Brown 61.77 m
Hammer throw James Parker 74.15 m Jake Freeman 72.60 m A. G. Kruger 71.48 m
Javelin throw Breaux Greer 79.19 m John Hetzendorf 78.23 m Rob Minnitti 74.99 m
Decathlon Bryan Clay 8506 pts Paul Terek 7976 pts Phillip McMullen 7795 pts

Women track events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Me'Lisa Barber 11.10 Muna Lee 11.28 Lauryn Williams 11.29
200 metres Allyson Felix 22.13 Rachelle Smith 22.22 LaTasha Colander 22.34
400 metres Sanya Richards 49.28 DeeDee Trotter 49.88 Monique Henderson 49.96
800 metres Hazel Clark 1:59.74 Kameisha Bennett 2:00.59 Alice Schmidt 2:02.09
1500 metres Treniere Clement 4:06.73 Jen Toomey 4:07.39 Amy Mortimer 4:07.58
5000 metres Shalane Flanagan 15:10.96 Lauren Fleshman 15:16.80 Amy Rudolph 15:18.92
10,000 metres Katie McGregor 31:33.82 Blake Russell 31:35.25 Jennifer Rhines 31:37.20
100 m hurdles Michelle Perry 12.66 Joanna Hayes 12.77 Virginia Powell 12.87
400 m hurdles Lashinda Demus 53.35 Shauna Smith 54.21 Sandra Glover 54.62
3000 m s'chase Elizabeth Jackson 9:39.78 Lisa Galaviz 9:40.58 Carrie Messner 9:41.37
20,000 m walk Teresa Vaill 1:33:28.15 CR Amber Antonia 1:36:03.23 Joanne Dow 1:37:14.81

Women field events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Amy Acuff 1.90 m Chaunté Howard 1.90 m Sharon Day 1.90 m
Pole vault Stacy Dragila 4.45 m Tracy O'Hara 4.40 m Jillian Schwartz 4.40 m
Long jump Grace Upshaw 6.70 m Tianna Madison 6.70 m Brianna Glenn 6.68 m
Triple jump Erica McLain 14.01 m Candice Baucham 14.00 m Nicole Whitman 13.78 m
Shot put Kristin Heaston 18.68 m Michelle Carter 18.26 m Elizabeth Wanless 18.14 m
Discus throw Becky Breisch 62.92 m Seilala Sua 61.82 m Aretha Thurmond 61.77 m
Hammer throw Erin Gilreath 73.87 m NR Bethany Hart 69.15 m Amber Campbell 68.95 m
Javelin throw Kim Kreiner 58.95 m Dana Pounds 54.05 m Sarah Malone 53.71 m
Heptathlon Hyleas Fountain 6208 pts Virginia Miller 6192 pts Fiona Asigbee 5994 pts

World Championships qualification

Automatic byes

A total of five American athletes were eligible for automatic byes into the 2005 World Championships in Athletics as a result of their being the defending champions from the 2003 World Championships in Athletics.[11] Torri Edwards, the reigning women's 100 meters world champion was ineligible due to doping ban.[23]

Non-top three selections

One month after the national championships, the men's 200 m third placer Shawn Crawford opted to withdraw from that World Championship event due a foot injury and to focus on the 100 m instead, allowing the national fourth place athlete Wallace Spearmon to take the third individual 200 m spot.[24] Men's 20 km walk third place athlete Benjamin Shorey did not have the qualifying standard and Kevin Eastler (fourth in Carson) took his place as he has the standard. The third men's high jump spot went to fourth place Kyle Lancaster as Keith Moffatt did not have the "A" standard.[12]

Joel Brown, fourth in the men's 110 m hurdles, was selected as the trials winner Allen Johnson had a bye as defending champion. Walter Davis gained similarly from the bye of men's long jump champion Dwight Phillips.[12]

Erin Aldrich won the third women's high jump spot as third place Sharon Day failed to meet the "A" standard. Rose Richmond, fourth behind Brianna Glenn, took the women's long jump spot in the same circumstance.[12]


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