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Miles Smith Finishes 6th in the 400-meter Finals at the USA Track & Field Championships

June 25, 2005

CARSON, CA. (Satuday, June 25, 2005) All-American Miles Smith continued to make his name known amongst the best 400-meter dash runners in the USA and will now turn his attention to becoming one of the best in the world as he finished sixth in the finals of the stacked field of 400 meter dash at the USA Track & Field Championships held in the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Smith (St. Louis, MO/Riverview Gardens), the only collegian competing in the finals, finished with a time of 45.25 and a placing that all but assured him a spot on the USA National team and the chance to represent his country and Southeast Missouri State as a member of the USA's 4 X 400 relay team at the 2005 IAAF World Championships held on August 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.

Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the finals with a time of 44.20, the world's fastest time in the 400-meter this year. He was followed by 2005 NCAA Champion Darold Williamson of Team Nike with a time of 44.62.

Andrew Rock, an Olympic Gold Medalist as an alternate of the 4 X 400 relay team, finished third with a time of 44.70 ahead of 18-year old sensation LaShawn Merritt (44.73) and Olympic bronze medalist Derrick Brew (45.01) both of Team Nike.

Smith finished ahead of three highly regarded veterans of the 400-meter field with intensive international experience including Tyree Washington, who was a silver medalist at the 2003 IAAF World Outdoor Championships.

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                    Finals
  1 Jeremy Wariner               adidas                   44.20
  2 Darold Williamson            Nike                     44.62
  3 Andrew Rock                  adidas                   44.70
  4 LaShawn Merritt              Nike                     44.73
  5 Derrick Brew                 Nike                     45.01
  6 Miles Smith                  S E Missouri             45.25
  7 Tyree Washington             Nike                     45.61
  8 Leonard Byrd                 Nike                     45.67
  9 Dirk Homewood                Unattached               46.15




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