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Weekend Roundup - April 15, 2019


Israel Merkle and Caroline Cotsakis took home USATF 100K titles at Madison, Wisconsin. Merkle, a 30-year-old from Akron, Ohio, was the overall champion at the Mad City Ultras in 6:54:33, while 25-year-old Cotsakis won the women’s title in 9:48:48.


— South Carolina’s Quincy Hall clocked a world-leading 44.53 to win the Gamecock Invitational at Columbia. Gabby Thomas also zipped to a world leader in the women’s 100m with an 11.10.


Evonne Britton hurdled to a world-leading 12.81 in the 100H at the Grenada Invitational, and Amina Smith was the other U.S. winner, taking the high jump with a 1.88m/6-2 clearance.


Valarie Allman moved to No. 5 on the U.S. all-time women’s discus list with her 67.15m/220-3 world-leading throw at the Chula Vista throws meet. She followed up with a 64.44m/211-5 to win at the Triton Invitational.


— Reigning USATF champion Reggie Jagers uncorked a U.S. men’s discus leader to win the Triton Invitational at 66.67m/218-9, and Arizona’s Jordan Geist won the shot put with a best of 21.59m/70-10 to move to No. 10 on the all-time American collegians list.


— Top long jump marks came from LSU’s JuVaughn Harrison, who spanned a U.S.-leading 8.17m/26-9.75 to win the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational, and Incarnate Word senior Sarea Alexander, who turned in a collegiate-leading 6.60m/21-8 PR to win the UIW Invitational in San Antonio.


— Washington high schooler Trey Knight climbed to No. 9 on the all-time U.S. junior list in the hammer, throwing 65.15m/213-9 with the 16-pound implement.


— Better known previously as a steeplechaser, CJ Albertson set a world indoor best in the marathon at the New York City Armory, running 2:17:59.4 over 210+ laps of the 200m oval.

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