Track Returns to Atlanta

2015 Mt. Sac Relays

Jenna Prandini may be the indoor and outdoor NCAA champion in the long jump, but the University of Oregon student is fast making a name for herself as a sprinter.

On the fourth and final day of the Mt SAC Relays in the Californian city of Walnut on Saturday (18), Prandini successfully defended her title in the 100m, winning in 10.92 (1.4m/s) to equal the world-leading mark set by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson.

Behind her, Brazil’s Ana Claudia Silva broke her own South American record with 11.01 to finish 0.01 ahead of USA’s multiple world and Olympic finalist Muna Lee.

It was the third year in a row in which Prandini had set a 100m PB at the Mt SAC Relays. Two years ago she clocked 11.31 when finishing seventh, and then at last year’s edition of the meeting she improved to 11.11; a time she went on to equal later in the season in the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships.

On Saturday, little more than two hours after her 100m victory, she was back on track for the 200m. Once again she came away victorious, reducing her PB to 22.42 (0.1) to beat US indoor 400m record-holder Phyllis Francis (22.70) and 2013 US 100m champion English Gardner (22.74).

There was also a notable double in the men’s sprints. Canada’s Andre DeGrasse, representing the University of Southern California, first won the 100m in a heavily wind-aided 9.87 (4.0m/s). But the conditions calmed down for the 200m later on, which he won in 20.16 (0.3) to equal the Canadian record.

Jeff Henderson was the stand-out performer on the infield. In his first long jump competition of the year, the US champion flew out to a world-leading PB of 8.50m (1.8m/s). Job done, he wisely passed his remaining five attempts.

In second place, Yohei Sugai broke his five-year-old PB with 8.18 (1.3m/s) to move up to third on the Japanese all-time list. India’s Prem Kumar Kumaravel was third with 8.04m, just five centimetres shy of his own national record.

Stadium construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2015 and be completed in early spring or summer of 2017, in plenty of time for the Olympic Trials in 2020.

Mt. San Antonio College plans to renovate its 65-year-old stadium and place a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials.

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2015 Blazers Invitational

Indoor Track and Field got off to a great start as 11 meet records fell over the weekend at the University of Alabama Blazers Invitational in Birmingham’s Crossplex.

Five women’s and six men’s meet records fell during the two-day competition that featured competitors from 20 college teams as well as professionals from around the sport.

The Lady Hornets of Alabama State came away with the most wins for a team with 4 first place finishes (4×400, 800m, DMR, 500m) and the top finish for a collegian in the 400-meter dash. Junior Santina Williams ran 55.97 s finishing behind the likes of Olympic competitors Kineke Alexander and Allison Peter and former Texas A&M star Ibukun Mayunbe.

Other Highlights

Mississippi State’s Shayla Luckett finished third behind Alexander and Peter in the 300-meter dash with the top collegiate time 38.84 s. Luckett also finished second in the 200 meters behind Tulane’s Lilla McMillan.

Alabama State senior Kimberly Wedderburn broke an hours old meet record in the 500-meter dash set by Mississippi State’s Ocian Archer (1:14.70) by posting a 1:14.31 in the final.

Georgia State’s Hannah Stefanoff posted a 17:35.02 to break her own meet record (17:47.27) in the 5000-meter run.

Florida’s Bridgette Owens set a new meet record (8.11 s) in the 60 m hurdles. Owens bested the 8.20 s record she set just a year ago.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide star and event record holder Alexis Payne set a new meet record in the Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.30 m.

Mississippi State duo Ebony Brinker and Tiffaney Flynn went 1-2 in the triple jump. Brinker set a new meet record with a leap of 12.91 m.

Competition was just as fierce in the men’s bracket. Kennesaw State’s Drew Duggans nipped Florida’s Antwan Wright by a hair in the men’s 60-meter dash.

Jackson State’s Tamarick Johnson finished fourth in the 200-meter dash as the top collegian with a time of 21.75 s. Trey Hadnot, an 11-time WAC Champion won the event in 21.13 s.

In the 400-meter dash, former Baylor All-American Legerald Betters coasted to a top finish with a time of 47.46 s. Florida A&M’s Troy Pollard was the top collegian finishing in second.

Tennessee State’s Quamel Prince broke a two-year-old meet record in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.66. Southern- New Orleans’ Alex Saunders bettered the previous meet record finishing in second posting a time of 1:53.28.

Samford’s Brandon Hazouri set a new meet record in the 1000 meter run. Hazouri clipped 2 seconds off the previous record set in 2014 by Eliud Rutto.

Kenya’s Silas Too, running unattached, pumped his fist crossing the line while setting a new meet record (14:38.05 ) in the 5000-meter run. Middle Tennessee State’s Shadrack Matelong posted the top time (14:59.14) for a collegian in the race finishing second.

Former Savannah State sprinter and 2014 Class 5A State Girls Track and Field Championship coach Eric Keddo clipped Florida’s Yanick Hart at the line.

Florida A&M claimed the top finish in the 4 x 400-meter relay besting second-place Mississippi State by over a full second.

Kennesaw State went 1-2 in the high jump on the strength of finishes by Andre Dorsey and Bilal Abdullah. Dorsey claimed the top spot on the podium clearing a height of 2.15 m.

Samford’s Gavin Gautreau and Tray Oates gave the Bulldogs a 1-2 finish in the pole vault competition. Gautreau and Oates both cleared 4.85 m with the former accomplishing the height with fewer misses.

All-American Jason Harper set a new meet record in the triple jump. The Mississippi State senior leaped 15.93 meters in the finals of the event.

Senior Luka Mustafic, Florida International, set a new meet record in the shot put with a mark of 18.01 m.

Kennesaw State added a second top finish of the competition in the weight throw. Martynas Sedys’ winning throw of 19.78 meters set a new meet record in the event.

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