Oakley's Lolo Jones Wins 100-Meter Hurdles

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Oakley’s hometown favorite Lolo Jones won the 100-meter hurdles title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.

Jones, who grew up in Des Moines, won her second outdoor national title in 12.69 seconds on an extremely hot Saturday afternoon in Iowa.

This is considered an off year by many athletes since there’s no World Championships or Olympics on the horizon.

But the outdoor nationals at Drake Stadium were a big deal to Jones.

Jones comes back every year for the Drake Relays, which runs on the same weekend as the more competitive Penn Relays. There’s no question she’s the star attraction either, as signs featuring Jones were hung up all around downtown Des Moines this April to promote the event.

But Jones has lost her last two at Drake, including a narrow defeat to Damu Cherry in April, so she circled the outdoor nationals on her calendar.

Jones blocked out a supportive crowd, focused on simply getting a good start and powered out of the blocks to an easy win.

Kellie Wells was second at 12.84, followed by Cherry in 12.86.

When it was all over Jones finally embraced her hometown crowd, a moment she called “pure joy.”

“I felt pressure to perform well here,” Jones said. “Anytime you get a medal, anytime you win, it’s great. But the fact that it was on my hometown (track), in my backyard, and I was able to handle the stress of all that, I’m really proud of what I accomplished here.”

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June 29, 2010