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Montano wins U.S. 800 title, Felix 2nd in 200

Posted: June 23, 2013 1:14 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2013 1:14 p.m.

Canyon graduate Alysia Montano reacts as she wins the senior women's 800-meter run at the U.S. Championships athletics meet on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former Canyon Cowboys Alysia Montano hung on for her fifth career national championship in the 800-meter race on Sunday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Montano finished in 1 minute, 58.67 seconds to edge second-place Brenda Martinez by about a tenth of a second.

After competing at the 2012 Olympic Games, the 27-year-old Montano continued her dominance in the 800 at the U.S. Championships. She also won the event in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The final Santa Clarita Valley athlete to compete at the U.S. Championships this week was SCV resident Allyson Felix, who finished second in the 200 to fall short of her seventh career national title in the event.

Felix, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, came into Sunday's final as the top qualifier, but she was beat out by Kimberlyn Duncan, who won in 21.80 seconds. Felix was clocked at 21.85.

Sunday is the fourth and final day of competition in Des Moines this week. 

A total of four athletes with SCV ties were in action at either the U.S. Championships or the Junior Nationals, which were going on side-by-side.

Hart graduate and College of the Canyons freshman Tim White started the week off with a victory in the triple jump Junior Nationals on Thursday, which earned him a spot in the Pan Am Junior Championships in August.

Following White was COC teammate Anthony Fowler, who competed in the 400 junior race, but failed to advance beyond prelims on Friday.

The Master's College senior John Gilbertson also participated this week in the U.S. 5,000-meter championship. Gilbertson finished 25th in that race on Thursday.


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