EUGENE, Ore. – There is still some speed in the feet of the former Barton Community College sprinter.
Tyson Gay is a veteran in the world of track and field at 32 years of age but he showed this past weekend he is still one of the fastest people in the world.
Gay busted out the fourth fastest time in the world this year in the 100m to win the US Championships and earn a spot on the USA team in the World Championships this August in Beijing.
Gay ran a 9.87 in the finals to easily win the 100m Friday evening at Hayward Field. Trayvon Bromell was second with a 9.96 and Michael Rodgers rounded out the US qualifiers for the World Championships with a 9.97.
Gay, the American record holder with his 9.69 at the World Championships back in 2009, was in top form all weekend. He cruised to a 9.85 in a windy first round Thursday then coasted home with a wind-aided 9.79 in the semifinals. His 9.87 in the finals was a wind-legal time.
Aleec Harris was not able to join Gay at the World Championships coming up just short in his quest for a spot on the team in the 110m hurdles.
Harris finished fourth needing a top three effort to make the team.
He looked good all weekend but an impressive finals left him just outside the top three. Harris won his preliminary race with a time of 13.33 and finished second in his heat in the semifinals with a wind-aided 13.17.
The finals saw three blistering times Sunday including the second fastest in the world this year. David Oliver won the event with a 13.04. Ronnie Ash ran the seventh fastest time in the world this year with his 13.13 for second place.
Aries Merritt rounded out the top three with a 13.19 while Harris finished fourth with a 13.25. Merritt is the world record holder in the event with his 12.8 in 2012 while Oliver has run a 12.9 before so the field was a tough one for Harris to beat.
The Cougars had a couple of former women compete but neither could reach the finals.
Latosha Wallace, despite having one of the final qualifying times, made it to the semifinals before seeing her weekend come to an end.
Wallace ran a 57.98 in the prelims of the 400m hurdles taking fourth in her heat and earning a final spot in the semifinals.
In the semis, Wallace improved her time to a 57.45 but that came up short of a spot in the finals finishing sixth in her heat.
LaShauntea Moore finished fifth in her heat in the 100m preliminaries with an 11.23 – four spots from a spot in the semifinals.
The World Championships will take place in Beijing Aug. 22-30.