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Miles Smith Races Into the Finals of the USA Track & Field 400 Meter

CARSON, CA. (Friday, June 24, 2005) All-American Miles Smith keeps on running despite being the quote-on-quote small fish in a big pond. The sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri qualified for the finals of the 400 meter dash friday evening at the prestigious USA Track and Field Championships held in the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Running in the second heat that featured Olympic 400-meter gold medalist Jeremy Wariner, Smith held his own and finished third in his heat behind Wariner and LaShawn Merritt of Team Nike with a time of 45.46.

His time tied for the fifth fastest time in the semi-final round with Olympic 400-meter bronze medalist Derrick Brew of Team Nike and propelled him into Saturday evening's 400-meter final.

Wariner once again posted the fastest time of the competition with a time of 44.82 followed by 2005 NCAA 400-meter champion Darold Williamson of Team Nike and formerly of Baylor University who ran a 44.83.

Smith finished ahead of Jamel Ashley of Mississippi State, who finished as the NCAA runner-up to Williamson ahead of Smith. Leaving Smith and Williamson as the only two NCAA 400-meter finalists to compete in tomorrows USA finals.

All-Americans Kelly Willie (LSU), Terry Gatson (Arkansas) and Kedar Inico (Oregon) all failed in their semi-final bids.

Smith needs to finish in the top five during Saturday's finals to be assured of a berth on the United States team in the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland although he may have already made the team by qualifying for the finals. The top three in Saturday's final will run the open 400 at the World Championships with the others slated for relay team duties.

Tomorrows finals will be televised on ESPN from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) with the 400-meters scheduled for 4:12 p.m. (CDT). Live results are also available at


Men 400 Meter Dash Open
       World: W 43.18  8/26/1999   Michael Johnson, USA
    American: A 43.18  8/26/1999   Michael Johnson, Nike
   World "A":   45.55
   World "B":   45.95
    Name                    Year Team                     Semis
Heat  1
  1 Darold Williamson            Nike                     44.83Q
  2 Andrew Rock                  adidas                   45.08Q
  3 Derrick Brew                 Nike                     45.46Q
  4 Leonard Byrd                 Nike                     45.71Q
  5 Kelly Willie                 L S U                    46.17
  6 Milton Campbell              Ehi                      46.27
  7 Jerry Harris                 adidas                   46.38
  8 Matthew Scherer              Oregon                   46.65
  9 Reggie Witherspoon           Florida                  48.67
Heat  2
  1 Jeremy Wariner               adidas                   44.82Q
  2 LaShawn Merritt              Nike                     45.31Q
  3 Miles Smith                  S E Missouri             45.46Q
  4 Tyree Washington             Nike                     45.53Q
  5 Dirk Homewood                Unattached               45.99q
  6 James Davis                  Unattached               46.08
  7 Jamel Ashley                 Unattached               46.27
  8 Terry Gatson                 Unattached               46.50
  9 Kedar Inico                  Oregon                   46.99
    Name                    Year Team                     Semis  H#
  1 Jeremy Wariner               adidas                   44.82Q  2
  2 Darold Williamson            Nike                     44.83Q  1
  3 Andrew Rock                  adidas                   45.08Q  1
  4 LaShawn Merritt              Nike                     45.31Q  2
  5 Derrick Brew                 Nike                     45.46Q  1
  6 Miles Smith                  S E Missouri             45.46Q  2
  7 Tyree Washington             Nike                     45.53Q  2
  8 Leonard Byrd                 Nike                     45.71Q  1
  9 Dirk Homewood                Unattached               45.99q  2
 10 James Davis                  Unattached               46.08   2
 11 Kelly Willie                 L S U                    46.17   1
 12 Milton Campbell              Ehi                      46.27   1
 13 Jamel Ashley                 Unattached               46.27   2
 14 Jerry Harris                 adidas                   46.38   1
 15 Terry Gatson                 Unattached               46.50   2
 16 Matthew Scherer              Oregon                   46.65   1
 17 Kedar Inico                  Oregon                   46.99   2
 18 Reggie Witherspoon           Florida                  48.67   1

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