March 6, 2017

Merritt, Stowers, Wheating take 1st, 2nd and 3rd at US Indoors

Aries Merritt, the 2012 Olympic Champion and world record-holder in the 110m Hurdles, claimed victory yesterday over 60m Hurdles at the US Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Merritt's winning time of 7.51sec is the fastest by an American this year and equals the fourth-fastest time in the world for 2017. It's the first national title for Merritt since undergoing a kidney transplant in 2015.

Jasmin Stowers ran herself to a new lifetime best of 7.82sec with her runner-up finish in the women's 60m hurdles. Her second place finish is Stowers' best finish at a national championships since her victory at this distance two years earlier.

Andrew Wheating led for much of the final in the men's 1000m and held onto third place, finishing in a season's best of 2:20.39. The third place finish represents Wheating's best placing at a national championship since 2012.

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