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Team USATF finds success at 2018 NACAC Senior Championships


TORONTO -- Top U.S. athletes made their mark in Canada at the 2018 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Championships held at Varsity Stadium. Over the course of three days, 93 USATF competitors broke numerous championship and stadium records, winning 25 gold medals total, at Track and Field in The 6.

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Finals began with the 20,000m race walk on Friday, where Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) represented the U.S. well with a first place finish in 1:36:34. Michta-Coffey completed the race, held on a 2km loop on Toronto Island, two minutes ahead of second place’s Mirna Sucely Ortiz of Guatemala.

Recent Athletics World Cup co-captain Darrell Hill (Darby, Pennsylvania) claimed the men’s shot put title and a new championships record with a best throw of 21.68m/71-1.5. American record thrower Deanna Price (Moscow Mills, Missouri) crushed the women’s hammer throw competition at 74.60m/.

In addition, championship records were broken in the women’s 3000m steeplechase with Mel Lawrence (Bend, Oregon) (9:45.36) and men’s 10,000m with Lopez Lomong (Lake Oswego, Oregon) (29:49.03), just over teammate Elkanah Kibet’s (Fountain, Colorado) 29:51.37. Rachel Schneider (Flagstaff, Arizona) set new stadium record in the women’s 5000m in 15:26.19.  

On Saturday, women’s long jumper Sha’keela Saunders (Lexington, Kentucky) nearly broke the stadium record of 6.64m/21-9.5, finishing in first at 6.60m. Quanesha Burks (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) came in second at 6.59m/21-7.5.

Katie Nageotte (Moscow, Idaho) set a new championships record in the women’s pole vault, upping the mark to 4.75m. In addition, Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina), Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Jenna Prandini (Clovis, California) broke records in their respective events. Harrison lowered her 100m hurdles championships record to 12.55, Wilson won the women’s 800m in 1:57.52, and Prandini held off an impressive field in the women’s 100m in 10.96.

Jeron Robinson (Houston, Texas) also set a new championships record, besting the men’s high jump competition at 2.28m/7-5.75.

U.S. athletes set more records on the final day, beginning with Scott Houston (Oak Ridge, North Carolina). The men’s pole vault winner set a new championships record at 5.45m/17-10.5. Marquis Dendy (Gainesville, Florida) followed in the men’s long jump with a best jump of 8.29m/27-2.25, then Shamier Little (College Station, Texas) in the women’s 400m hurdles (53.32).

New stadium record in women’s javelin by Ariana Ince (Houston, Texas) at 59.59m/195.6, as well as in women’s 1500m by Kate Grace (Portland, Oregon) in 4:06.229 and 4x100m ran by Kiara Parker (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Shania Collins (Huntingtown, Maryland), Dezerea Bryant (Clermont, Florida) and Jenna Prandini (42.50).

Team USATF capped off an impressive weekend with wins and stadium records in both 4x400m relays. The women, comprised of Briana Guillory (Iowa City, Iowa), Jasmine Blocker (Iowa City, Iowa), Kiana Horton (Waco, Texas) and Courtney Okolo (Austin, Texas), ran 3:26.08, and the men’s team of Nathan Strother (Nashville, Tennessee), Obi Igbokwe (Conroe, Texas), Michael Cherry (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Kahmari Montgomery (Tinley Park, Illinois) finished in 3:00.60.

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