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U.S. Track Athletes Win 3 Events On First Day Of Boost Boston Games

By Karen Price | June 02, 2017, 11:07 p.m. (ET)

Charlene Lipsey ocrosses the finish line in the women's 4x800-meter at the IAAF World Relays at Thomas Robinson Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.


U.S. athletes won three of nine events, while U.S. Olympians took four top-three finishes, as the Adidas Boost Boston Games got underway Friday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Charlene Lipsey won the women’s 800-meter, Emily Lipari won the women’s 1,500-meter and Michael Stigler won the men’s 400-meter hurdles.

Stigler finished in 48.69 seconds to hold off Michael Tinsley, a silver medalist for Team USA at the Olympic Games London 2012, who finished in 49.28. Stigler was an Olympic hopeful in 2016 but a hamstring injury left him unable to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field.

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Americans had similarly strong showings in the 400-meter events.

Although Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills won the women’s race with a time of 51.69, Americans Courtney Okolo (51.93) and Taylor Washington (52.28) took second and third, respectively. Okolo was a member of the U.S. 4x400-meter team that won a gold medal in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, while Washington (née Ellis-Watson) also won a gold medal in the event after running in the prelims.

On the men’s side, Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio — the fourth-place finisher in Rio — won with a time of 45.65, and was followed by Americans Tony McQuay (45.91) and Josephus Lyles (46.43). McQuay is coming off his second Olympics in Rio, where he won a gold medal in the 4x400 after winning a silver in that event in London.

The meet continues Sunday on Charles Street in Boston.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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