|2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships|
|Host city||Palo Alto, California|
|Main stadium||Cobb Track & Angell Field|
|Events||40 (men: 20; women: 20)|
The 2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was organised by USA Track & Field and held from June 19 to 22 at the Cobb Track & Angell Field in Palo Alto, California. The four-day competition served as the national championships in track and field for the United States and also the trials for the 2003 World Championships in Athletics.
It was the second consecutive time that the stadium in Palo Alto had held the combined gender national track and field event. The Cobb Track & Angell Field, connected to Stanford University, was the host of the annual Payton Jordan U.S. Open – a high-profile mixed senior and college level meet. The USA Junior Championships were held in conjunction with the event and the events served as selection for the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. Senior performances also informed the team selection for the athletics sections of the 2003 Pan American Games and 2003 Summer Universiade.
Gail Devers had a fifth consecutive win in the women's 100 m hurdles, bringing her career total to nine national hurdles titles. Stacy Dragila also had her fifth straight win, bringing her total to seven titles. Marla Runyan won her third straight title in the 5000 m, while David Krummenacker achieved the same feat in the men's 800 m. Hurdler Allen Johnson extended his unbeaten streak to four titles, bringing him to a career sum of six. Breaux Greer won his fourth title to remain unbeaten in the men's javelin since 2000.
There was extensive doping at the competition, with national champions Kelli White (100 m and 200 m), Regina Jacobs (1500 m), Eric Thomas (400 m hurdles), Kevin Toth (shot put), and Melissa Price (hammer) all subsequently having their national titles removed from the record. Then-world record holder Tim Montgomery was also later disqualified, having finished as men's 100 m runner-up. The men's 400 m runner-up Calvin Harrison and women's 400 m hurdles third placer Sandra Glover had their performances annulled due to doping as well.
 Denied national team selection as another athlete subsequently banned for doping was sent to the World Championships in Athletics instead.
Men track events
|Bernard Williams||10.11||Jon Drummond||10.18||Coby Miller†||10.23|
|Darvis Patton||20.15||John Capel||20.17||Joshua J. Johnson||20.22|
|400 meters[dq2]||Tyree Washington||44.33||Jerome Young||44.79||Derrick Brew†||45.05|
|800 meters||David Krummenacker||1:45.53||Khadevis Robinson||1:46.21||Jonathon Johnson≠||1:46.76|
|1500 meters||Jason Lunn||3:44.00||Bryan Berryhill≠||3:44.30||Grant Robison≠||3:44.83|
|5000 meters||Tim Broe≠||13:35.23||Adam Goucher≠||13:35.67||Jorge Torres||13:36.42|
|10,000 meters||Alan Culpepper||27:55.36||Meb Keflezighi||27:57.59||Dan Browne||28:03.48|
|110 m hurdles
|Allen Johnson||13.37||Terrence Trammell||13.38||Larry Wade||13.43|
|400 m hurdles[dq3]||Bershawn Jackson||49.01||Joey Woody||49.22||James Carter†||49.23|
|3000 m s'chase||Steve Slattery||8:23.58||Daniel Lincoln||8:24.10||Robert Gary||8:24.82|
|20,000 m walk||Kevin Eastler||1:23:52.20||Tim Seaman≠||1:24:47.37||John Nunn≠||1:25:15.89|
Men field events
|High jump||Jamie Nieto||2.30 m (7 ft 6 1⁄2 in)||Matt Hemingway||2.27 m (7 ft 5 1⁄4 in)||Terrance Woods≠||2.27 m (7 ft 5 1⁄4 in)|
|Pole vault||Jeff Hartwig||5.70 m (18 ft 8 1⁄4 in)||Derek Miles||5.70 m (18 ft 8 1⁄4 in)||Timothy Mack||5.70 m (18 ft 8 1⁄4 in)|
|Long jump||Dwight Phillips||8.24 m (27 ft 1⁄4 in)||Walter Davis||8.24 m (27 ft 1⁄4 in)||Savanté Stringfellow||8.22 m (26 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Triple jump||Kenta Bell||17.59 m (57 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||Walter Davis||17.55 m (57 ft 6 3⁄4 in)||Tim Rusan||17.19 m (56 ft 4 3⁄4 in)|
|Shot put[dq4]||John Godina||21.04 m (69 ft 1⁄4 in)||Reese Hoffa||20.64 m (67 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||Adam Nelson||20.61 m (67 ft 7 1⁄4 in)|
|Discus throw||Carl Brown||66.66 m (218 ft 8 1⁄4 in)||Adam Setliff≠||62.92 m (206 ft 5 in)||Doug Reynolds≠||62.71 m (205 ft 8 3⁄4 in)|
|Hammer throw||James Parker||73.04 m (239 ft 7 1⁄2 in)||Patrick McGrath≠||72.12 m (236 ft 7 1⁄4 in)||Tom Freeman≠||70.08 m (229 ft 11 in)|
|Javelin throw||Breaux Greer||79.37 m (260 ft 4 3⁄4 in)||Rob Minnitti||77.21 m (253 ft 3 3⁄4 in)||Joshua Johnson||76.16 m (249 ft 10 1⁄4 in)|
|Decathlon||Tom Pappas||8784 pts||Bryan Clay||8482 pts||Paul Terek||8275 pts|
- dq1 Tim Montgomery was originally runner-up in the men's 100 m, but was disqualified due to doping. Jon Drummond and Coby Miller were raised to second and third place.
- dq2 Calvin Harrison was originally runner-up in the men's 400 m, but was disqualified due to doping. Jerome Young and Derrick Brew were raised to second and third place.
- dq3 Eric Thomas originally won the men's 400 m hurdles, but was disqualified due to doping. Bershawn Jackson was elevated to the national title. Joey Woody and James Carter were raised to second and third place.
- dq4 Kevin Toth originally won the men's shot put, but was disqualified due to doping. John Godina was elevated to the national title. Reese Hoffa and Adam Nelson were raised to second and third place.
Women track events
|Torri Edwards||11.13||Gail Devers||11.16||Inger Miller†||11.17|
|Torri Edwards||22.45||Allyson Felix||22.59||LaTasha Jenkins†||22.65|
|400 meters||Sanya Richards||51.01||Demetria Washington||51.54||DeeDee Trotter||51.78|
|800 meters||Jearl Miles Clark||1:58.84||Nicole Teter||1:59.91||Jen Toomey||2:00.12|
|1500 meters[dq7]||Suzy Favor Hamilton||4:03.70||Tiffany McWilliams≠||4:10.85||Collette Liss≠||4:11.04|
|5000 meters||Marla Runyan≠||15:16.18||Shalane Flanagan���||15:20.54||Shayne Culpepper≠||15:23.59|
|10,000 meters||Deena Drossin||31:28.97||Elva Dryer||31:35.74||Katie McGregor≠||31:54.78|
|100 m hurdles
|Gail Devers||12.61||Miesha McKelvy-Jones||12.62||Jenny Adams||12.68|
|400 m hurdles[dq8]||Raasin McIntosh||54.62||Joanna Hayes||54.76||Brenda Taylor†||55.60|
|3000 m s'chase[note1]||Briana Shook||9:44.71||Kathryn Andersen||9:47.17||Lisa Nye||9:49.14|
|20,000 m walk||Michelle Rohl≠||1:34:31.06||Joanne Dow||1:34:57.79||Teresa Vaill≠||1:36:38.38|
Women field events
|High jump||Amy Acuff||1.95 m (6 ft 4 3⁄4 in)||Gwen Wentland
|1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)||Not awarded|
|Pole vault||Stacy Dragila||4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)||Jillian Schwartz||4.40 m (14 ft 5 in)||Mary Sauer
|4.35 m (14 ft 3 1⁄4 in)|
|Long jump||Grace Upshaw||6.64 m (21 ft 9 1⁄4 in)||Rose Richmond≠||6.56 m (21 ft 6 1⁄4 in)w||Jenny Adams≠||6.45 m (21 ft 1 3⁄4 in)|
|Triple jump||Yuliana Pérez||14.23 m (46 ft 8 in)||Tiombe Hurd≠||13.96 m (45 ft 9 1⁄2 in)||Nicole Gamble≠||13.90 m (45 ft 7 in)|
|Shot put||Kristin Heaston||18.33 m (60 ft 1 1⁄2 in)||Seilala Sua≠||17.69 m (58 ft 1⁄4 in)||Laura Gerraughty≠||17.61 m (57 ft 9 1⁄4 in)|
|Discus throw||Aretha Hill||63.98 m (209 ft 10 3⁄4 in)||Suzy Powell||62.58 m (205 ft 3 3⁄4 in)||Seilala Sua≠||60.01 m (196 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Hammer throw[dq9]||Anna Mahon||69.04 m (226 ft 6 in)||Dawn Ellerbe||66.76 m (219 ft 1⁄4 in)||Jukina Dickerson†||65.58 m (215 ft 1 3⁄4 in)|
|Javelin throw||Erica Wheeler≠||56.85 m (186 ft 6 in)||Kim Kreiner||56.39 m (185 ft 0 in)||Denise O'Connell≠||53.38 m (175 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Heptathlon||Shelia Burrell||6159 pts||Kim Schiemenz||6003 pts||Tiffany Lott-Hogan≠||5843 pts|
- dq5 Kelli White originally won the women's 100 m, but was disqualified due to doping. Torri Edwards was elevated to the national title. Gail Devers and Inger Miller were raised to second and third place.
- dq6 Kelli White originally won the women's 200 m, but was disqualified due to doping. Torri Edwards was elevated to the national title. Allyson Felix and LaTasha Jenkins were raised to second and third place.
- dq7 Regina Jacobs originally won the women's 1500 m, but was disqualified due to doping. Suzy Favor Hamilton was elevated to the national title. Tiffany McWilliams and Collette Liss were raised to second and third place.
- dq8 Sandra Glover originally placed third in the women's 400 m hurdles, but was disqualified due to doping. Brenda Taylor was raised to third place.
- dq9 Melissa Price originally won the women's hammer throw, but was disqualified due to doping. Anna Mahon was elevated to the national title. Dawn Ellerbe and Jukina Dickerson were raised to second and third place.
- note1 The women's steeplechase was a national championship event, but was not part of the selection for the World Championships as the women's event was not added to the competition program until the 2005 edition.
Doping was widespread at the 2003 USA Championships. A year after the competition, hurdler Brenda Taylor revealed she was offered banned substance modafinil and claimed that she thought she was "the only person that didn't take it". This followed the revelation that several athletes had tested positive for that drug at the championships and received bans from the sport, including Kelli White, Chryste Gaines, Sandra Glover and Eric Thomas and John McEwen. The governing body USA Track & Field was criticised for not acting more quickly in reporting the failed tests. Despite the failed drug test, the American body failed to report this to the International Association of Athletics Federations until after she had won gold medals in both the 100 m and 200 m at the World Championships.
Others to later have their national championship results be disqualified for doping were: Regina Jacobs, Damu Cherry, Melissa Price, Tim Montgomery, Calvin Harrison, Alvin Harrison and Kevin Toth. Many of these athlete bans were related to the BALCO scandal and the use of Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).
World Championships qualification
A total of five American athletes were eligible for automatic byes into the 2003 World Championships in Athletics as a result of their being the defending champions from the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. All the athletes used their byes.
- Maurice Greene (athlete): men's 100 meters
- John Godina: men's shot put
- Allen Johnson: men's 110 m hurdles
- Anjanette Kirkland: women's 100 m hurdles
- Stacy Dragila: women's pole vault
Non-top three selections
Men's shot put fourth placer Christian Cantwell would have been given the fourth national team spot due to Godina's bye, but was omitted as Kevin Toth, whose performance was later disqualified for doping, was chosen instead.
Sam Burley, sixth in the men's 800 m, was given the third national team place as the highest finisher with the "A" qualifying standard. Chris Phillips, fourth in the men's 110 m hurdles, was selected as a result of Allen Johnson's bye. Tora Harris was given the third men's high jump spot for his fifth-place finish as he was the only other athlete with the "A" standard. Low finishers in the men's discus were selected by merit of having the standard – Nick Petrucci had come fifth while Casey Malone was ninth nationally.
None of the top three finishers in the women's 5000 m had the "A" qualifying standard so Lauren Fleshman, fourth in Palo Alto, was the United States' sole World Championships representative in the event. Women's discus third placer Seilala Sua did not reach the standard so fourth place Kris Kuehl was selected instead.
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