NEW YORK, New York -- A little wind didn’t stop Saturday from being one of the greatest Diamond League meets in history, as the adidas Grand Prix saw multiple meet records and personal bests fall at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.
Tori Bowie, reigning USATF Athlete of the Week, won her third straight Diamond League meeting, taking the BMW women’s 100 meters in 11.07. Bowie has been on fire in 2014, making the national team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships and the IAAF World Relays. Bowie ran new lifetime bests in the 200 and 100 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic and Rome Golden Gala, respectively. Watch Tori take her third straight title on USATF.tv.
Jeff Henderson set a new adidas Grand Prix record in the men’s long jump, leaping 8.33m/27-4 on his fourth attempt to break the previous mark. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor proved his versatility by finishing in the runner-up spot, leaping a season’s best 8.06m/26-5.25. Watch the men’s long jump recap on USATF.tv.
LaShawn Merritt resumed his winning ways in the men’s 400m, setting a new meeting record of 44.19. Merritt secured his sixth victory of the 2014 outdoor season, bringing the crowd at Icahn Stadium to its feet. Watch LaShawn take home the victory on USATF.tv.
Francena McCorory was strong in her quartermile victory, finishing in 50.15 to turn in a new season’s best. Francena’s victory is available for free on USATF.tv. Fellow Olympian Tianna Bartoletta won the final elite women’s race of the day, capturing the women’s 200 meters in 22.68.
It was a photo finish in the adidas women’s 100-meter hurdles, with Queen Harrison edging Dawn Harper-Nelson, 12.62-12.63. Three-time Olympian (two summer, one winter) Lolo Jones continued her return to the track with a time of 12.77, good for third. Watch Queen take the win on USATF.tv.
The adidas Dream races did not disappoint, with multiple personal bests and four U.S. victors in four races.
Sarah Feeny won the adidas Girls’ Dream Mile, finishing in a new personal best of 4:39.23. In all, seven finishers in the race turned in personal bests, a feat made only more impressive due to the lack of a rabbit in the Dream races. Watch Sarah win on USATF.tv.
In the adidas Boys’ Dream Mile, Grant Fisher surprised the field by setting a 10-second personal best to win in 4:02.02. Similar to the Girls’ Dream Mile, seven personal bests were set in the race and there were 11 times under 4:10. Watch Grant run a PR on USATF.tv.
High school sophomore Kaylin Whitney won the adidas Girls’ Dream 100 meters in a new personal best of 11.27, out-leaning compatriot Teahna Daniels (11.31, PR) at the line to take the title. Kaylin’s victory can be viewed exclusively on USATF.tv.
In the adidas Boys’ Dream 100 meters, Kendal Williams cruised to a time of 10.46. Williams overcame a bit of a slower start to take the race, surging in the final 10 meters for the win. Watch Kendal win on USATF.tv.
The men’s high jump competition was one for the history books, featuring Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar. With American jumpers Erik Kynard and Jesse Williams bowing out after 2.32m/7-7.25 and 2.29m/7-6.25, respectively, Bondarenko and Barshim battled back-and-forth to set up the greatest men’s high jump competition in the history of track & field.
Saturday saw two men clear 2.40m/7-10.50 in the same competition for the first time in history and both men set new personal bests with their marks of 2.42m/7-11.25. In the end, Bondarenko and Barshim bowed out after multiple attempts at a new world record height but Sotomayor’s 21-year-old record of 2.45m/8-0.50 stayed intact for another day.
Full results can be found on the adidas Grand Prix website.
The sixth stop on the summer-long Diamond League tour, the adidas Grand Prix is the second of two domestic Diamond League competitions.
The adidas Grand Prix is part of the USATF Championship Series. The final stop of the summer is the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Tickets are available at sacsports.com.
adidas Grand Prix Quotes
Jeff Henderson, Men’s Long Jump winner
“It was fun. The wind was blowing people everywhere. I’m really glad I got to compete here and win at a very good meet. I ended up changing my approach a little bit, and it ended up working very well for me.”
Christian Taylor, Men’s Long Jump runner-up
“I’ve been doing a lot this year with long jump, 400s and mixing it up this year. I just had a lot of fun with it today. I’ll maybe do triple jump and 400m at USAs because the rounds will make it difficult. Again, this year is just about having fun and traveling the world.”
Jenn Suhr, Women’s Pole Vault runner-up
“It was good. The first two bars, to make them on the first attempt like that right in a competition when you have people making them in front of you, it’s a different mentality. I was really happy with that. I needed 4.80m/15-9 on the first attempt which is a good height to stick. It’s a long season, and it was really the first meet that I was in this year.”
Adaria Reaves, Girls’ Fastest Kid in NY winner
“I just wanted to win. My mom said represent because all these Jamaicans are out here, so I just wanted to represent for America. My plan was to beat everyone in the race and go straight to the line.”
Xavier Donaldson, Boys’ Fastest Kid in NY winner
“I was a little nervous but then I just kept on beasting everybody. I won the adidas Grand Prix and I won last year, and I did it again.”
Kaylin Whitney, adidas Girls’ Dream 100m winner
“It was great - best race I’ve run all season. I was just working on my race, no one else’s. Got my starting technique, executed everything and just put it together as a whole package. This is better than what I expected. It was really great.”
Kendal Williams, adidas Boys’ Dream 100m winner
“I think overall it was a great race. I got the time I was expecting, so I just ran my race and did what I had to do and came out with the win. My strategy was really just to come out here, come out with the win, get the championship belt. Get the win since I came up short last year. I came out here, did that and finally I’m happy.”
Sarah Feeny, adidas Girls’ Dream Mile winner
“I felt really good because I came down from elevation, and my goal was to try to break 4:40. When I knew that the lead pack was slightly under pace, I knew I had to pick it up and take the lead. I was really excited.”
Grant Fisher, Boys’ Dream Mile winner
“This is a great field of runners, the best in the country. I had raced some of these guys either in cross country meets this past fall and some meets this past spring. But racing, this whole field today was really cool. I was kind of glad this race didn’t have a rabbit because the race actually played to my favor. Instead of having someone go out in 0:59 then through 1:59, I was able to maintain for the first 800m and have a kick for the end.”
Mary Cain, Women’s 800m fourth place
“It really took a lot of effort that first 200m just getting out, so I think I really just didn't have it in the end. I really think my actual 800m time was faster. The problem is I ran about 820m. I am honestly happy with it. After Pre I was a little disappointed because I didn’t really feel the burn, but this time I am feeling really good. I’m not really tapering from this. You take what you can get when you’re on really tired legs.
I’m probably going to be running the 1500m at Outdoors, which will be nice. It’s been really nice running all these 800s. The problem is, with me, it’s a lot more of a tactical race.”
LaShawn Merritt, Men’s 400m winner
“I’m feeling confident, so it’s a matter of getting in these races and handling business. The season has been going well. Training has been going well. Mentally, I’m focussed and ready to continue a great season.”
Francena McCorory, Women's 400m winner
“I’m excited. The 400m is always tough, and it’s a great group of girls out here, so to win is exciting.”
Queen Harrison, adidas Women’s 110m Hurdles winner
“I felt like it was a great race with some great competitors in there. I’m always the underdog. For me to come out here and win because I know that I can and I’ve been training to win, feels really, really good.”
Tori Bowie, BMW Women’s 100m winner
“My main concern was my start because I know that’s my weakness. I tried my best to execute the start, but it wasn’t perfect. My training partner was way out in front of me, so I knew I had to pick it up. Right now, my whole mindset is to just keep running through the line.”
Tianna Bartoletta, Women’s 200m winner
“I got sick suddenly today, so I really felt the sun running the race. I was just thinking whatever happens is going to happen. I’m just excited that I’ve won my first 200m, and I was able to execute and turn that into a win.”