Former Gamecock Hastings wins 400m USA Outdoor Championship
June 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Natasha Hastings clinched her first-ever USA Outdoor Championship in the 400-meter dash at the 2013 USATF Senior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.
The former Gamecock clocked in at 49.94, just under her lifetime-best of 49.84, for the championship and a trip to Moscow for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships.
The 2007 World Junior Champion and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion in the event has been a mainstay in the Team USA relay pool, earning six international medals. Hastings boasts a gold medal for the 4x400-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Tomorrow, two more Gamecocks have the chance to join the trio in Moscow.
2012 Olympic silver medalist Jason Richardson advanced to the 110-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 13.31, the fifth-fastest qualifying time of the day. Richardson will run in the semis tomorrow at 3:40 p.m. ET for a chance to run in the finals at 5:52 p.m. ET.
Shalonda Solomon moved on to the 200-meter dash semis with a time of 22.57. The Gamecock advances to tomorrow's semifinal at 3:22 p.m. ET with the finals set for later in the day at 5:20 p.m. ET.
Johnny Dutch narrowly missed the men's 400-meter hurdle top-three, finishing in fourth in the event finals at 48.21.
The 14th IAAF World Championships are set for Aug. 10-18, 2013.