EUGENE, Oregon. Olympic silver medalist Fred Curley waved the peace sign to the crowd after winning the 100m at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday night.

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Curly crossed the line in 9.77 seconds, followed by Marvin Bracey-Williams and Trayvon Bromell. All three earned spots on Team USA at the World Outdoor Championships in Eugene the following month.

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“It’s all about patience and practice and what I have to do,” Kerli said after taking selfies with fans.

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Melissa Jefferson of Coastal Carolina, who finished eighth in the 100 race at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, passed Alea Hobbs for the women’s national title.

Ryan Crouser, world record holder and two-time Olympic champion, won the shot put at 75 feet 10 1/4 inches (23.12 meters). Joe Kovacs, who had already guaranteed a place at the World Championships as the defending champion, was second.

Allison Felix, the most decorated woman in track and field history, ran the last 40 meters of her semi-final in the 400 meters but missed the top three and had to wait to see how her time would hold up. Eventually, she made it to last Sunday.

“I just appreciate all the support and all the love,” she said.

The athletes were greeted with temperatures below 80 degrees and windy weather at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The top three finishers in each competition will be part of the US team at the World Championships in Athletics, the most prestigious international competition outside of the Olympics.

Earlier in the evening, Kerley ran the 100 semi-finals with a world-leading time and a personal best of 9.76 seconds. It was also a meeting record. Bromell set the second best time in the semi-final, 9.81.

Last summer, Bromell won the 100m at the US Olympic trials at Hayward.
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Many expected him to do well in Tokyo but failed to reach the Olympic final.

Christian Coleman came late to the race but already has a World Championship spot as the defending champion in Doha 2019.

Hobbs, who won the 2018 NCAA Outdoor 100 title as well as that year’s national championship, set the fastest time in the semifinals earlier that day with a personal best of 10.81.

But Jefferson, who had just completed her junior year in Coastal Carolina, pulled ahead at the finish line and won the final with a score of 10.69 (2.9 winds), beating Hobbs with a score of 10.72. Twanisha Terry finished third in the world rankings.

“I did the work that I needed to do in the NCAA. And I realized that one must be sacrificed for the other. If I had done well at the NCAA, I might not be standing here right now,” Jefferson said. “So grateful.”

The field for 100 narrowed Thursday night in the first round when Sha’Karri Richardson failed to qualify.

Richardson was considered the favorite in the 100 after winning the competition at last year’s Olympic Trials. But she wasn’t on the team sent to Tokyo because she tested positive for marijuana. She had a promising run in several matches leading up to the nationals but was unable to break out of the run.

Richardson is also in the 200, so she still has a chance of making the world team. The races for this event are held on Saturday, and the final is on Sunday.

Sydney McLaughlin, world record holder and Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles, easily advanced to Saturday’s tournament final. Her husband, former NFL player Andre Levron Jr., was there to cheer her on.

“It’s been a great season, I’m feeling good and looking forward to tomorrow,” she said as she took first place in the semi-finals by a wide margin.

Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL star Randall Cunningham, won the high jump, while world record holder Sandy Morris won the pole vault. The discus was won by Valary Allman, who won gold at the Tokyo Games. Among men’s Ryvon Gray of LSU won the long jump.

The World Championship will also take place at Hayward Field starting July 15th.