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Spring News Digest — Records And More

Spring News Digest — Records And More

At the adidas Road To Records Festival Emmanuel Wanyonyi bested road mile world champ Hobbs Kessler and his WR. (COURTESY ADIDAS)

THE ARRIVAL OF the outdoor season along with spring’s burst of competitions on the roads saw a profusion of records and noteworthy performances of various stripes.

Atascocita Demolishes 4×1 HSR

Houston, March 23 — At the Victor López Classic at Rice, a foursome from Atascocita High (Humble, Texas) destroyed the High School Record for the 4 x 100 with a blistering 38.92. That sliced a massive 0.84 off the standard of 39.76 that Wyatt (Fort Worth, Texas) ran in ’98. The team of Tory Blaylock, Landon Fontenot, Jordan Parker and Jelani Watkins needed to run the record to win over the 39.65 of Duncanville in 2nd.

According to coach Elton Ervin, the team had been targeting the record, even writing “39.6” on the track in chalk prior to the gun. Said anchor Watkins, an LSU signee who has run 10.22 this season, “We got [the stick] pretty much at the same time, but you know me being me, I am always going to pull away from whoever gets the stick.”

Miller’s 100 HSR Is Also World Leader

Clermont, Florida, April 21 — Christian Miller (Creekside, St. Johns, Florida) delivered a stunning 9.93 to win the Pure Athletics Spring Invitational. Run with a 1.6 wind, that bettered the accepted HSR of 10.00 set by Trentavis Friday (Cherryville, North Carolina) in ’14. The pending mark of 9.89 set by Issam Asinga (Academy, Montverde, Florida) last year is in limbo as his doping case has not yet been resolved.

The world-leading time is also an American Junior (U20) Record, breaking Trayvon Bromell’s 9.97 from ’14. Among World Juniors, Miller is now only behind Asinga and Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo (9.91).

The Georgia signee, who led the national list as a junior last year with his 10.06, a mark he tied in the heats here, defeated a field of pros led by Indiana alum Rikkoi Brathwaite, who set a national record for the British Virgin Islands with his 10.03.

“I’m just excited to see where it takes me,” Miller told a local news station. “I hit the Olympic standard so I know I’m well-qualified for that meet and I can run at that high of a level. I honestly feel I have a lot more left in the tank.”

Fraley Snags American CR In Discus

Ramona, Oklahoma, April 13 — When the winner throws the longest on the planet in 35 years and the next day the men’s winner breaks the World Record, a runner-up might not get…

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