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DES MOINES, Iowa University of Colorado throws coach Casey Malone added another impressive result to his athletic resume by winning the discus at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday here at Drake Stadium.

It was the second consecutive national outdoor title for Malone, who had competed in 12 USA Outdoor Championships before winning the discus in 2009. He was fifth at the World Championships in Berlin last summer with an American best toss of 216 feet, 9 inches.

Malone, a former NCAA discus champion at Colorado State and two time Olympian, captured the title on Friday with a mark of 205 03 on his third attempt. Officially, the Buffs assistant was competing unattached.

Jason Young (200 07) and Jarred Rome (200 03) were second and third, respectively.

Former CU star Jenny Barringer, who won the USA Outdoor Championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on the same track last summer, finished third in the womens 5,000 final with a time of 15 minutes, 33.33 seconds.

Lauren Fleshman made a late sprint to win the race in 15:28.70. Molly Huddle (15:30.89) edged Barringer down the stretch for second.

All three were able to pass Jen Rhines (15:35.71), who broke away from the pack with about six laps to go and took a sizable lead before running out of gas and finishing fourth. This is going to be exciting.

“I just wanted to break early and make (the other runners) have to pass two people. And I think it worked. I pulled a little bit of a quick one on them.”

Barringer ran in sixth place for most of the race and moved into third with four laps left in the race. She kicked it into high gear in the bell lap but it was not enough to catch Fleshman and Huddle.

Ex Buff Brent Vaughn, coming off a fourth place finish in the Bolder Boulder professional mens race, finished fifth in the 5,000 final with a time of 14:00.01. Bernard Lagat (13:54.08) won the event.

Former Buffs Steve Slattery and Billy Nelson both qualified for Sundays final in the mens 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Slattery, who won the event at the 2003 USA Championships, finished second overall in the preliminaries and won his very hot heat on Friday with a time of 8:42.09.

“I dont know if Ive ever gotten to the final at Nationals with an 8:42,” Slattery said. “It was hot out. It kind of sucked. It wouldve been nice to run, like, 10 Oclock at night. CDT.

Daniel Huling (8:40.85) had the top preliminary time. Nelson (8:47.08) was ninth in the pecking order.

Steve Pifer, another ex Buff, was seventh in the 1,500 semifinals and qualified for the final with a time of 3:40.13. Matt Tegenkamp (3:39.57) had the fastest semifinal time in a competitive field.

Emily Pearson, a volunteer assistant coach at CU, is currently in 10th place after the first day in the womens heptathlon with 3,405 points. Hyleas Fountain leads the competition with 4,068 points. Pearsons best finish of the day was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles when she finished in 13.72.

In the sprints, Walter Dix and Allyson Felix captured the 100 meter titles.

Dix, who won bronze medals in the 100 and 200 in Beijing two years ago, dominated a thin mens field at Drake Stadium, winning in 10.04 seconds for his first national outdoor title in the 100.

Felix, a two time Olympic silver medalist in the 200, fought through the heat and a strong headwind and finished in 11.27 seconds the slowest at this meet since 1977.

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adidas skate CU coach Malone claims national title