June 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Cal All-American Alysia Montano captured the 800 meters in a season-best 1:58.67 at the USA Track & Field Championships Sunday to become the first woman history to win four consecutive national titles in the event. With the victory, Montano qualified to run at the World Championships later this summer in Moscow.
Using her typical strategy, Montano raced out to an early lead, putting a significant distance between herself and the rest of the field. She completed the first 400 meters in 56.80. Although the gap closed by the finish, Montano held off runner-up Brenda Martinez (1:58.78) for the championship.
"I can't see what's happening behind me," Montano said. "I don't have eyes in the back of my head, but I knew it was going to be a race and I was excited for it."
Montano, who finished fifth in the 800 at the 2012 Olympics, picked up her fifth overall USA title. She won her first crown in 2007, the same year she earned the NCAA championship for the Bears, and has been the USA's best from 2010-13.
In other action Sunday, Chelsea Reilly placed fifth in the women's 5000 meters in 15:38.50, and two-time conference champion Ray Stewart took seventh in his semifinal heat and 13th overall in the men's 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 13.56w. Ed Wright also tied for 15th in the men's high jump with a best of 7-0.50.
For complete results from the USA Championships, click here.
USA Senior Track & Field Championships
Women's 800 meters - 1. Alysia Montano 1:58.67
Women's 5000 meters - 5. Chelsea Reilly 15:38.50
Men's 110-meter hurdles - 13. Ray Stewart 13.56w
Men's High Jump - T15. Ed Wright 7-0.50 (2.15m)