SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Devon Allen won his second title in two weeks as he capped the USATF Championships with an electrifying win in the 110 hurdles, Sunday, beating a field of professional athletes and Olympians in the process.
Allen edged Ryan Wilson by five thousandths of a second at the finish line to match his personal-best time of 13.16 he clocked while winning his NCAA Championship at Historic Hayward Field, June 14.
The win is a historic one for the freshman. Allen is the first to pull off the NCAA/USA double since former world-record holder Renaldo Nehemiah in 1979. Similar to Allen, Nehemiah was a dual sport athlete and played wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. Allen is also the first active Oregon athlete to win a US title since Galen Rupp, who won his first of six 10,000-meter titles in 2009, and the first Duck to win in the hurdles since Jerry Tarr in 1962.
But Allen wasn’t the only Duck to go toe-to-toe with the nation’s best. Laura Roesler took second in the women’s 800, breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time in the process. Roesler crossed the finish line in 1:59.04, the fourth fastest in NCAA history the second-fastest time in Oregon history, only behind Claudette Groenendaal’s 1:58.33 in 1985.
Former Duck Elijah Greer took fourth in the men’s 800, finishing in a time of 1:48.45. Cyrus Hostetler finished ninth in the men’s javelin with a distance of 234-8 (71.52m).
At the Canadian National Championships, Jillian Weir took third place in the women’s hammer throw, saving her best throw (62.78m) for last.