Robby Andrews sprinted past Olympic gold medalist Matt Centrowitz in the final straight to win to win the 1,500 meters on Saturday at the U.S. track and field championships in Sacramento.

It’s the first U.S. title for Andrews, and the upset of the meet.

Andrews, who came from off the pace in the final turn, finished in 3:43.29, ahead of Centrowitz (3:43.41). John Gregorek edged Craig Engels for third (3:43.99).

Last summer in Rio, Centrowitz became the first American man to win gold at 1,500 since 1908. 

To compete in London at the worlds, Andrews will have to meet the world standard, which is 3:36.

There was no upset this time in the women’s 100 hurdles, however.

World recordholder Keni Harrison — who already had a bye into the meet Aug. 5-13 in London because she won the Diamond League in 2016 — breezed to victory Saturday. She missed out on the Olympic team last summer but responded by setting a world record.

Harrison finished in 12.60 seconds into a strong headwind, ahead of Rio silver medalist Nia Ali (12.68) and Christina Manning (12.70). Because Harrison already had a bye, fourth-place finisher Dawn Harper (12.78), the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will join them.

The 100 hurdles is perhaps the deepest event for the USA, which swept the medals in Rio in the 100 hurdles. Gold medalist Brianna Rollins is suspended for a year for failing to properly file whereabouts information for drug testing, and bronze medalist Kristi Castlin finished sixth in the final Saturday.

Also Saturday:

?In the women’s 1,500, Rio bronze medalist Jenny Simpson (4:06.33) captured her third U.S. title, ahead of Kate Grace (4:06.95) and Sara Vaughn (4:07.85). 

?In the men’s 400, NCAA champ Fred Kerley, at 22, earned his first U.S. title in 44.03 seconds, giving him the five fastest times in the world this year. Gil Roberts (44.22) and Wil London III (44.47) finished second and third. Lashawn Merrritt has a bye into the worlds at 400 as the reigning Diamond League champion.

?Quanera Hayes ran the fastest time in the world this year, 49.72, to win the women’s 400. Phyllis Francis (49.96) and Kendall Ellis of the USC Trojans (50.00) finished 2-3.

?The USA’s strength in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase was on display again when Emma Coburn, the bronze medalist from Rio, claimed her sixth national title. She will be looking to earn the first American medal in the women’s steeplechase at the world championships.

Joining her will be Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley, who both made the final in Rio.

?In the women’s long jump, Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta logged three leaps over 7 meters and won with a best of 7.05 (23 feet, 1¾ inches). Brittney Reese finished second with a best of 6.98 (22-10¾).

?In the pole vault, Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks missed on time all day and won with a jump of 6.0 meters (19-8¼). Andrew Irwin and Chris Nilsen finished second and third.

?In the women’s shot put, another reigning Olympic gold medalist came up short. Rio champ Michelle Carter finished third behind Raven Saunders (19.76, 64-10) and Dani Bunch.

?Allyson Felix advanced easily in first-round heats of the 200, as did 100 champ Tori Bowie. On the men’s side, Christian Coleman, the runner-up in the 100, moved into the semifinals.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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