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Weekend Roundup - April 2, 2018


The traditional first big weekend of the outdoor season did not disappoint, with major relays at Texas and Florida, and a distance carnival at Stanford. Here's a look at some of the highlights:


Team USATF swept all three women's invitational relays, notching a 2018 world top time in the process. The USA Red quartet raced to an outdoor world-leading 3:26.16 in the 4x400m relay, with Shamier Little (Chicago, IL), Quanera Hayes (Hope Mills, NC), Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, IN) and Courtney Okolo (Carrolton, TX) holding off USA Blue on the strength of Okolo's 50.44 anchor carry.

USA Red foursomes also ran to victory in the men's 4x100 and 4x400.

World Indoor eighth-placer Tori Franklin had a massive improvement in the women's triple jump at Austin, spanning 14.48m/47-6.25 to move to second on the all-time U.S. list behind Keturah Orji. That jump added a foot to her lifetime best. In the high school competition, 2017 Pan American Junior bronze medalist Jasmine Moore (Mansfield Lake Ridge HS; Texas) had one of the best prep performances ever with a 44-1 that made the 16-year-old Texan the seventh-best high schooler in history.


2012 Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr (Fredonia, NY) cleared 4.83m/15-10 to win the women's pole vault with the best outdoor mark in the world this season, and had good attempts at 5.01m/16-5.25, which would have been an American outdoor record.


Reggie Jagers (Cleveland, OH), who is part of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center group, won the men's discus with a personal best 65.46m/214-9, the top throw by an American this year, and World Indoor team member Jeron Robinson (Houston, TX) cleared 2.31m/7-7 to win the high jump with an outdoor U.S.-leading height.


Collegiate competition was highlighted by Elijah Hall's (Katy, TX) 20.11 win in the 200m, along with speedy windy wins for Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, LA) of LSU (10.86w in the 100) and Harvard's Gabrielle Thomas (Florence, MA) (22.13w in the 200). Hall also helped Houston to wins in the 4x100 (38.92) and 4x200 (1:21.20).


Wichita State's Hunter Veith (Cheney, Kansas) scored 8,046 to take the decathlon title, and Taliyah Brooks (Wichita Falls, TX) of Arkansas nabbed the women's heptathlon crown with a score of 5,946. Both were the best marks by Americans this year.



Picking up where she left off after setting a world junior record in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Kentucky's Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, N.J) was the star in Gainesville, zipping to a 22.39 to win the 200 meters before a stunning 50.07 in the 400m that made her the second-fastest collegiate performer ever.


Her 200 makes her the second-fastest junior in U.S. history, and moves her to No. 4 on the all-time world junior list, while her one-lap time also makes her No. 2 on the American all-time junior list, and fifth on the world junior all-time list.


Oh, and she added a 49.45 leg on Kentucky's winning 3:26.92 4x400m relay to close out the meet. No sweat for a Team USATF veteran of the Olympic Games.


Florida's Grant Holloway (Chesapeake, VA) turned in a U.S.-leading 13.45 to win the men's 110m hurdles, and then helped his school to a 3:01.00 victory in the 4x400m relay.


Team USATF's USA Red won the women's invitational 4x400 in 3:27.07, with World Indoor relay gold medalist Shakima Wimbley (Fort Lauderdale, FL) running the third leg.


High schooler Anthony Schwartz (Plantation, FL), a relay gold medalist for Team USATF at the 2017 Pan American Juniors, ran a U.S.-leading 10.16 in the 100m and helped his American Heritage High School to a 40.42 win in the 4x100m relay.



At a meet best known for its stellar distance races, a sprint hurdler stole the headlines. 2016 Olympic champion and former American record holder Brianna Rollins-McNeal (Miami, FL) sped to a world-leading 12.62 to win the 100m hurdles. She also was victorious in the 200m in 23.12.


Former triathlete Gwen Jorgensen (Waukesha, WI) clipped more than 90 seconds off her lifetime best to win the 10,000m in a U.S.-leading 31:55.68, and she needed every bit of that to stave off 34-year-old Carrie Dimoff, who dropped her PR dramatically to take second in 31:57.85. Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, IA) was third, clocking 32:00.55 to move to eighth on the all-time collegiate list.


Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong (Beaverton, OR) made his debut at 10,000m, placing second in 28:21.37, and Zach Long (Rutledge, TN) of Tennessee recorded a U.S. outdoor-leading 13:39.22 to win the 5,000m. Boise's Allie Ostrander (Kenai, AK) took over the top spot on the American women's steeplechase list for 2018 with her 9:38.57 win.



Bucknell freshman Maura Fiamoncini (Mt. Carmel, PA) added almost 25 feet to her high school best in the javelin, taking over the No. 2 spot on the all-time U.S. junior list with a 56.21m/184-5 throw at Susquehanna's Jim Taylor Invitational.

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