PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Battling unfriendly climate that hampered performances, Workforce USATF athletes nonetheless shone on the first occasion within the USATF Journey To Gold – Tokyo Out of doors Sequence – a silver label meet – highlighted by a world-leading efficiency within the hurdles.
Charging into the lead simply previous the midway mark within the males’s 400m hurdles, Kenny Selmon (Mableton, Georgia) rocketed to a world-leading 48.87. The 2013 World Youth bronze medalist gained by greater than a second over Amere Lattin (Missouri Metropolis, Texas), the 2019 Pan American Video games silver medalist and a semifinalist on the ‘19 World Championships who completed second in 49.97.
Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte, North Carolina) ran a robust girls’s 100m hurdles but was bested by .20 by Britain’s Cindy Sember, who pulled away over the ultimate 5 boundaries to win in a wind-hindered 13.02.
All three of Reggie Jagers’ (Cleveland, Ohio) authorized throws would have been sufficient to win the boys’s discus, and the 2018 USATF champion put up a season-best 63.71m/209-0 within the fourth spherical to seal his victory.
Transferring as much as an extended center distance, Isaiah Harris (Lewiston, Maine) notched a private greatest within the males’s 1,500m with a 3:42.63 to take nearly eight seconds off his earlier greatest. Harris, a World Championships 800m semifinalist for Workforce USATF in 2017 and the 2018 NCAA champion at that distance, stayed simply behind putative pacemaker Craig Nowak (Plano, Texas) via the primary 1200m after which turned up the tempo to take the lead and maintain off Nowak over the closing meters. Nowak was second in 3:43.04. Dana Mecke (Bulverde, Texas) used a 65.11 last lap to win the ladies’s 1,500m in 4:17.14.
Befitting the quickest lady on the earth in 2021 over 200m, Gabby Thomas (Florence, Massachusetts) had the lead coming off the curve and saved extending it over the ultimate half of the race to win in 23.04 right into a 1.4 mps wind. The lads’s half-lap title went to former Texas Tech star Andrew Hudson (Cibolo, Texas), who gained in 20.90.
Reigning Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Indiana) bided her time via the primary 250m of the ladies’s 400m hurdles, then easily moved forward to take the lead with two boundaries to go and ran on to win in 56.36 over Jamaican Shiann Salmon, who was the runner-up in 56.90.
The quickest man on paper coming into the 400m with a 44.21 PR, Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir had his arms full down the ultimate stretch as Marcus Chambers (Tacoma, Washington) pushed him to the road. Korir, who’s the sixth-fastest man ever at that distance, edged Chambers for the win in 46.06, with the 2015 Pan American Video games 4x400m relay bronze medalist second in 46.12. 2020 Toyota USATF Indoors 400m champion Rashard Clark (Los Angeles, California) claimed third in 46.21.
One of many deepest fields of the meet noticed Jessica Beard (Euclid, Ohio) cost from behind within the girls’s 400m to win in 52.38 over Jamaican Olympian Chrisann Gordon-Powell. Beard, who has three World Championships 4x400m golds to her credit score, made up floor over the ultimate 30m to seal the win, whereas Gordon-Powell, the 2017 NCAA champion for Texas, clocked 52.47. Olympic and World 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad (Bayside, New York) opened her season with a 53.77 in fifth.
Olympic and World Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Morolake Akinosun (Aurora, Illinois) powered out of the blocks and was by no means challenged on her technique to an 11.26 win within the girls’s 100m, working right into a 1.3 meters per second wind. Liberian Olympian Emmanuel Matadi overcame Isiah Younger (Junction Metropolis, Kansas) halfway via the boys’s 100m to win in 10.29, .06 forward of Younger.
A blistering backstretch run by Javianne Oliver (Monroe, Georgia) put Star Athletics in nice place and 2019 Bowerman Award winner Sha’Carri Richardson (Dallas, Texas) introduced the baton dwelling to assist her quartet clock a world-leading 42.70 within the girls’s 4x100m relay. Kortnei Johnson (Italy, Texas) ran a commanding curve to steer off for Star Athletics, and after Oliver, Dezerea Bryant (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) blazed the third leg earlier than passing to Richardson. Their males’s clubmates ran away with the relay win, too, clocking 38.89 powered by a trademark stellar second leg from Justin Gatlin (Pensacola, Florida). Within the girls’s 4x400m relay, USA Blue gained in 3:31.86.
Already the world’s third-best thrower after her season opening win at Emporia two weeks in the past, 2019 Pan American Video games silver medalist Brooke Andersen (Vista, California) improved her season greatest to 74.96/245-11 within the third spherical to win the ladies’s hammer.
Jamaican champion Shadae Lawrence gained the ladies’s discus together with her third-round throw of 57.76m/189-6, topping Rachel Dincoff (Waterloo, Indiana) by solely 4 centimeters. Dincoff, who was fourth on the 2017 USATF Championships, hit 57.72m/189-4 on her last try.
Within the girls’s triple bounce, Lynnika Pitts (Prairieville, Louisiana) was the highest American taking second with a 13.27m/43-6.5 within the last spherical.
A harrowing wind blew within the faces of all 5 males’s pole vault entrants, and not one of the quintet managed to scale the opening peak of 5.45m/17-10.5, resulting in a really uncommon consequence.
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The following USATF Journey To Gold – Tokyo Outdoor Series occasion would be the Miramar Invitational, going down on April 10 in Miramar, Florida.
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