USATF Championships Picks: Men’s Sprints


Tyson Gay looks to overcome injury to qualify for Worlds (PhotoRun.net)

Fourth and final portion of my USATF Championships predictions.  I’m looking forward to the meet this weekend and wishing I was in Eugene to witness it all go down!

100 meters

1. Tyson Gay, 2. Doc Patton, 3. Mike Rodgers

Gay has been reportedly fighting through some injury issues but should be ready to roll in Eugene.  Patton and Rodgers are among America’s most consistent sprinters, giving them the nod over someone like Jeff Demps who has struggled in recent weeks.

200 meters

1. Walter Dix, 2. Mookie Salaam, 3. Maurice Mitchell

Dix is also entered in the 100, but the 200 has always seemed to be his better event.  Collegiate Salaam and Mitchell are fresh off NCAA seasons and will be more race-sharp than others.

400 meters

1. Jeremy Wariner, 2. Greg Nixon, 3. Jamaal Torrence

Without LaShawn Merritt or Angelo Taylor entered, Wariner will not face major challenges on the domestic front.  Nixon and Torrence are quarter-mile veterans both seeking their first outdoor World or Olympic team.

110 meter hurdles

1. David Oliver, 2. Aries Merritt, 3. Ryan Wilson

Oliver’s accolades have been well covered, but Merritt has flown under the radar thus far in 2011, winning the Oslo Diamond League meet in 13.12 seconds.  Wilson was the number two high hurdler in the world last year.

400 meter hurdles

1. Bershawn Jackson, 2. Angelo Taylor, 3. Jeshua Anderson

The battle between Batman and Taylor should be a good one.  Anderson has yet to make a World or Olympic team but has looked impeccable on the NCAA scene this season.


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