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Weekend Roundup - April 22, 2019


Michael Norman opened his 2019 season in a rather auspicious manner at Mt. SAC, rolling to the fastest-ever 400m time in April and a tie for the No. 4 spot on the all-time list with a 43.45. Norman’s training partner, 400m hurdler Rai Benjamin, also set a PR at 44.31.


Brooke Andersen climbed to No. 4 on the U.S. all-time women’s hammer list with a 75.05m/246-2, while world record-holder Keni Harrison clocked 12.63 for the 100m hurdles, the fastest time of 2019. Vashti Cunningham cleared a world outdoor leading 1.97m/6-5.5 in the high jump.


— Hot field event action at Long Beach State was highlighted by Ryan Crouser’s 22.74m/74-7.25 blast in the shot put, moving him to No. 6 on the world all-time list. It was the farthest throw in the world since 1990, and he added a 22.73m/74-7 for good measure.


Chris Nilsen of South Dakota took over the world outdoor lead in the pole vault with a 5.82m/19-1 clearance, and Omar Craddock bounded a world-leading 17.68m58-0.25 to beat Christian Taylor’s 17.18m/56-4.5 effort. In the men’s hammer, Sean Donnelly improved on his PR with a 77.20m/253-3, good for No. 9 on the U.S. all-time list.


Two of America’s top young throwers hit PRs in the women’s shot, with UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson and Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga both hitting 18.02m/59-1.5. Tausaga also won the discus with a PR 62.28m/204-4, and Wilson took top honors in the hammer. Fresh off her collegiate outdoor record, Washington’s Olivia Gruver cleared 4.66m/15-3.5 to win the vault.


— American 800m record-holder Ajee’ Wilson stepped up to the 1500m at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton and turned in an outdoor world-leading 4:06.98.


— Other highlights:


Mason Finley uncorked a U.S.-leading 67.13m/220-3 to win the discus at the Kansas Relays.


A pair of freshmen had super pole vault wins, with Zach Bradford winning the Kansas Relays at 5.77m/18-11 and Baylor’s KC Lightfoot taking the Michael Johnson Invitational title at 5.71m/18-8.75.


North Carolina A&T’s Trevor Stewart won the LSU Alumni Gold 400m with a PR 44.54, and 2018 USATF Outdoors champion Aleia Hobbs zipped to a windy 10.83 to win the 100m, the fastest time of the year in any conditions.


At the Bryan Clay Invitational, Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame had the fastest U.S. outdoor 1500m of the season with a 3:38.32. Stanford’s Grant Fisher won the Cardinal Classic 5,000m in a U.S. outdoor best 13:29.52.

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