Galen Rupp, Amy Hastings win U.S. Olympic trials 10,000m

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EUGENE, Ore. (Sporting Alert) — Galen Rupp ran the fastest time by an American this year so far to win the men’s 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene on Friday night.

Amy Hastings won the women’s race.

Ashton Eaton

Amy Hastings wins the women’s 10,000m at U.S. trials. PHOTO/© 2012 Randy MiyazakiContact

Rupp, running steady splits throughout the entire race, crossed the finishing line first at 27:25.33, a time which was also a meeting record – beating the previous mark of 27:36.49 set by Meb Keflezighi in 2004.

Finishing second was Matt Tegenkamp in a time of 27:33.94, while Dathan Ritzenhein was third in 27:36.09. Chris Derrick, the fastest American this season, heading into the trials, was fourth in 27:40.23. He had clocked 27:31.38 in Palo Alto in April, but failed to repeat that performance.

On the women’s side, Hastings crossed the finish line in 31:58.36 to win the event, which is slower than the Olympic Games A standard of 31:45.00.

However, she ran 31:19.87 earlier this season.

Second place went to Natosha Rogers of Texas A&M in a personal best of 31:59.21, with Shalane Flanagan (31:59.69) taking third.

Elsewhere on the second day of action, LaShawn Merritt (45.36) and Francena McCorory (51.11) led the way in the men’s and women’s respective 400m opening sections, with Defending national champion Tony McQuay (45.41) also making it through in the men’s division and Sanya Richards-Ross (51.69) booking her semis place on the women’s side.

Tianna Madison showed good form to lead all qualifiers in the women’s 100m.

Madison ran 11.10 to take her heat, with other heat winners being Alexandria Anderson (11.19), Allyson Felix (11.19), Carmelita Jeter (11.20) and Charonda Williams (11.33).

The likes of Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Walter Dix start their quest for glory on the men’s side on Saturday with the first round of the 100m.

Elsewhere, Ashton Eaton leads the men’s Decathlon after 5 events with a total of 4728 points, while Kellie Wells heads up the women’s 100m hurdles field, following her heat winning run of 12.68.