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Walnut, USAMeet records by Jesse Williams in the High Jump and Russell Brown in the 1500m were among seven world-leading marks at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on 14-16 April.
Williams and Brown both took down long standing stadium records in warm and dry temperatures in the 53rd annual meet in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
Williams cleared 2.34m to eclipse the meet record of 2.32m by Hollis Conway in 1991 and the stadium record of 2.33m shared by China's Zhu Jinhua in 1984 and Brian Stanton in 1988. Brown ran 3:35.70 in the 1500m to break the stadium record of 3:36.40 set by Steve Scott in 1979.
Carmelita Jeter and Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure posted world-leading marks in the women’s and men’s 100m of 10.99 and 10.06, respectively.
Other global leaders were posted by Brittney Reese in the women’s Long Jump (6.83m), Molly Huddle in the 5000m (15:10.63) and Canada's Ruky Abdulai in the Heptathlon (6105 points).
Home sweet home for Williams
Williams had been chasing the meet and stadium records since competing at the Mt. SAC Relays as a collegian at USC where he was the 2005 and 2006 NCAA indoor and outdoor Champion.
“It’s awesome to have my name over Hollis Conway, one of the greatest jumpers ever in the U.S.,” Williams said. “I am like the high jump guru. I know all the records and everybody’s PBs, where there from and their height and weight.”
Williams, who now lives in Eugene, spent the week preparing for the Mt. SAC Relays with training partner Jim Dilling at USC. Williams wasn’t sure what to expect after lifting weights heavily in the days leading up the Mt. SAC Relays.
“I got into a lifting cycle and was really sore throughout the week,” Williams said. “I knew that I was training well but before this week I was feeling a lot better. To break myself down and rebound like I did today is awesome.”
Williams needed a third-attempt clearance at 2.31m to keep pace with runner-up Tora Harris, who cleared it on his second attempt.
Williams then won the competition after clearing 2.34m on his first attempt. Williams took two attempts at 2.37m before passing on his final try.
“The third jump was big and everything came together,” Williams said.
NCAA Indoor champion Brigetta Barrett of Arizona won the women’s High Jump at 1.90m.
In the Pole Vault, two-time NCAA Indoor Champion Scott Roth of Washington won at 5.72m to break a school record held by American record holder Brad Walker. Giovanni Lanaro (MEX) and Daichi Sawano (JAP) were second and third, both at 5.62m. Kylie Hutson won the women’s competition on countback over Lacy Janson at 4.42m.
Brown Outduels Solinsky in the 1500m
Brown didn’t enter the 1500m overly optimistic racing against U.S. 10,000m record holder Chris Solinsky and 2011 NCAA Indoor champion Miles Batty of BYU.
“I was intimidated. I really was,” Brown said. “You can always find reasons why other people are doing well and you are not. Needless to say, I was nervous. Once the race got out there, I felt pretty good.”
Brown sped past Solinsky and Batty on the outside around the final bend to move from third to first with a 53.85 final 400m to win in 3:35.70 and shave more than a second off his PB of 3:36.89 set in 2010. Solinsky was second in 3:35.89 and Batty was third in 3:36.25. All three runners dipped under the Scott’s 32-year-old stadium record of 3:36.40.
“With 150 metres to go, I said 'Well, I am not going to feel any better. I might as do this now,” Brown said. “I used up everything that I had from 150 to 75 to go. The last 75 metros was 'Just keep your arms moving.'"
World sprint leads by Jeter and Ndure
Jeter was a dominant winner in her season debut in the women’s 100m in 10.99. Ndure edged Michael Rodgers to win the men’s 100m, 10.06 to 10.07, for a share of the world lead.
Later, Rodgers anchored an HSI 4 x 100m relay team of Ahmad Kha’lil Rashad, Leroy Dixon and Emmanuel Callendar to a 38.91 clocking.
The winning women’s 4 x 100m Relay featured an all-star team of Ginnie Crawford, Allyson Felix, Dawn Harper and Carol Rodriguez (PUR) that ran 43.10.
It was a busy afternoon for Crawford, who beat Nia Ali of USC to win the women’s 100m Hurdles into a 1.1 mps headwind, 12.86 to 12.89, and also placed third in the 100m in 11.36. Crawford, the 2005 and 2006 NCAA champion and collegiate record holder, resumed with her college coach Dr. Tommie Lee White in the fall after parting ways with Bobby Kersee.
Christine Spence won the women’s 400m hurdles in 56.85. Texas Tech athletes swept the men’s hurdles races. Omo Osaghae won the 110m Hurdles in 13.27 and Bryce Brown won the 400m Hurdles in 49.25.
Aareon Payne of USC edged Charonda Williams to win the women’s 200m, 22.83 to 22.85. Greg Nixon won the men’s 200m in 20.56. In the men’s 400m, Gil Roberts of Texas Tech beat Joey Hughes of USC, 45.29 to 45.46. Keshia Baker won the women’s quarter in 51.98.
Huddle beats Simpson in women’s 5000m
Molly Huddle beat Jenny Simpson in the 5000m, 15:10.63 to 15:11.49, after the runners exchanged the lead over the final 2000 metros. Huddle overtook Simpson with a decisive move over the final 200 metres with both runners dipping under the previous world lead.
Shalane Flanagan won the women’s 1500m in 4:11.67 after holding off Sheila Reid of Villanova (4:11.85) and Emily Infeld of Georgetown (4:12.04) on the homestretch.
Emily Brown, a member of the U.S. women’s team that won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March, won the 10,000m in 33:16.44.
Aaron Braun won a sprint to the finish in the men’s 5000m in 13:27.08 over Jorge Torres (13:27.58) and Andy Vernon (13:27.85). Collegian Alfred Kipchumba of Portland won the 10,000m in 28:38.34 to lead eight runners under 28:48.
In the 800m, Charles Jock of UC Irvine won in a collegiate leading 1:45.19 after following pace setter Duane Solomon through the first 600 metros. Maggie Vessey made a strong move over the final 150 metres to win the women’s 800m in 2:02.51.
Derek Scott won the Steeplechase in a U.S. leading 8:31.52 and Mason Cathey won the women’s race in 9:58.62.
Reese Leaps 6.83m
Reigning World indoor and outdoor champion Brittney Reese won the women’s Long Jump with a sixth-round leap of 6.83m to overtake runner-up Brianna Glenn (6.75m).
Collegians Bryce Lamb of Texas Tech and Josh Como of NCAA Division II Cal State L.A. won the men’s horizontal jumps. Lamb sailed 8.08m to beat Rikiya Saruyama (JAP) by three centimetres in the Long Jump. Como bounded 16.66m in the Triple Jump.
Abdulai defended her title in the Heptathlon contested at nearby Azusa-Pacific University with a 6105 points.
Abdulai withdrew from the High Jump after clearing 1.82m because of a sore knee. She also posted marks of 14.29 in the 100m Hurdles, 10.46m in the Shot Put, 24.55 in the 200m, 6.62m in the Long Jump, 41.37m in the Javelin and 2:14.53 in the 800m.
Campbell dominates women’s Hammer
Amber Campbell had the top four throws of the women’s Hammer to win at 72.59m while Libor Charfreitag (SVK) won the men’s competition at 76.18m.
Anna Jelmini of Arizona State won the women’s Discus with a sixth-round throw of 60.30m to overtake American record holder Suzy Powell-Roos (59.73m). Vikas Gowda (IND) was the men’s winner at 61.56m with Carl Myerscough (GBR) in second at 61.06m.
Sean Furrey (81.62m) and Krista Woodward (58.64m) were the men’s and women’s Javelin winners. Noah Bryant (20.58m) and Sarah Stevens-Walker (17.96m) were victorious in the Shot Put.