Latest Women's track and field News

Sydney McLaughlin does it again, breaks own world record

Jun. 25, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships Saturday. McLaughlin flashed a broad smile when her time was announced, then gave a thumbs-up. She crossed the finish line...

Kerley, Jefferson win at the US outdoor championships

Jun. 25, 2022 00:40 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley flashed a peace sign at the crowd after winning the 100 meters at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships Friday night. Kerley crossed the line in 9.77 seconds, followed by Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell....

On Title IX's 50th, USOPC seeks accord on transgender policy

Jun. 23, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The biggest gathering of the year for U.S. Olympic policymakers fell on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Not surprisingly, one of the most urgent debates behind closed doors was what the future of the law might mean for transgender athletes in sports. ...

Title IX: Strides for women of color in sports lag under law

Jun. 22, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

Once Tina Sloan Green took over the lacrosse program at Temple University in the years after the passage of Title IX, the landmark gender-equity law, she never stopped thinking about the girls who weren't playing. At practices during the 1970s, Sloan Green, the first Black woman to...

EXPLAINER: What is Title IX and what impact has it had?

Jun. 20, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

Title IX, the law best known for its role in gender equity in athletics and preventing sexual harassment on campuses, is turning 50. It was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, after being shepherded through Congress in part by Rep. Patsy Mink, a Democrat from...

Title IX's next battle: The rights of transgender athletes

Jun. 19, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

When the gender equity legislation known as Title IX became law in 1972, the politics of transgender sports was not even a blip in the national conversation. Today, it is one of the sharpest dividing points in American culture. As the transformational law heads into its second...

AP Was There: Pre-Title IX 'dark ages' for female athetes

Jun. 18, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

By 1974, colleges and universities across the United States were starting to measure the full impact of Title IX, the landmark 1972 law that called for equitable treatment of men and women in programs receiving federal funding. The ripple effects were particularly felt in college...

Jepchirchir to defend NYC Marathon title, eyes course record

Jun. 13, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir plans to defend her title at the New York City Marathon, telling The Associated Press she hopes to break the course record this November after finishing 8 seconds off the mark last year. Jepchirchir won the Olympic and...

Kentucky's Steiner wins NCAA 200, Texas' Alfred takes 100

Jun. 11, 2022 21:47 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Kentucky's Abby Steiner set a collegiate record in the 200 meters at the NCAA track and field championships on a soggy Saturday at Hayward Field. Steiner was focused until the finish, when she raised her arms and smiled broadly. Her time of 21.80 seconds bested...

Alabama's Mercy Chelengat wins NCAA 10,000-meter title

Jun. 10, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Alabama junior Mercy Chelengat won the 10,000 meters at the opening day of the women's NCAA track and field championships Thursday. Washington junior Haley Herberg led by 25 second but the pack finally caught up to her. Chelengat, the runner-up last year,...