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Harper-Nelson sets championships record on Day Two at IAAF Continental Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- On the second and final day of the IAAF Continental Cup, two U.S. athletes won individual titles Sunday as one set a new championship record, and the Americas team won the women’s 4x400m relay.
Dawn Harper-Nelson (Los Angeles, California) earned the women’s 100-meter hurdles crown with a time of 12.47 for a new championships record and the full eight points for the Americas team. Harper-Nelson, who has had a stellar 2014, was the world leader heading into the events, and she capped her season with an international accolade. 
Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) ran a steady race in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, remaining among the top few as she traded first and second place positions up to the bell lap. Coburn kicked it into high gear after the final water jump as her shoulder-to-shoulder competitor tripped over the last steeple and Coburn earned the victory in 9:50.67.
Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) was the highlight of the women’s 4x400m relay as she ran a strong second leg for the Americas and contributed to their winning time of 3:20.93. The men’s relay team finished in 3:02.78 for third place with LaShawn Merritt (Norfolk, Virginia) making up considerable distance on the anchor leg.
Seven U.S. athletes earned second-place finishes including Chaunte Lowe (Riverside, California) leaping a season best of 1.97m/6-5.5 in women’s high jump, Evan Jager (Portland, Oregon) finishing the men’s 3,000m steeplechase in 8:14.08 and Amanda Bingson (San Marcos, Texas) throwing 72.38m/237-5 in women’s hammer.
Crossing just .02 behind the 110mH leader was Ronnie Ash (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished in 13.25. Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) was second in women’s shot put with a toss of 19.84m/65-1.25, and Joanna Atkins (Stone Mountain, Georgia) clocked 22.53 in the women’s 200m for the runner-up position. Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, California), also a second-place finisher ran 4:07.21 in the women’s 1,500m.
Will Claye (San Diego, California), who competed on both days of competition, was third in men’s triple with a mark of 17.21/56-5.75. In women's long jump, Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) leaped 6.45/21-2 for third place.
Also earning third-place finishes were Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Arizona), who ran 7:53.95 in the men’s 3,000m and Mark Hollis (Elkhart, Indiana), who cleared 5.55m/ in men’s pole vault
At the end of competition, the Americas team finished in second place with 390.0 points behind Europe’s 447.5. 

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