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Weekend Roundup - Feb. 27, 2017


Keturah Orji breaks American indoor record at SEC Indoor Championships

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Rio 2016 Olympian Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, New Jersey) broke the collegiate and American record in the women’s triple jump at the 2017 SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt University. Orji soared 14.32m/46-11.75 on her opening attempt in the triple jump and matched that mark on her second try to establish American and collegiate records in the event.

Three of Orji’s six jumps took over the top three spots on the collegiate all-time list and she now owns five total marks in the top 10. Orji won her fifth straight SEC title and is en route to another NCAA crown, having won the last three in a row. Orji, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games, now owns the American and collegiate records both indoors and outdoors.

Merber, Gregorek, Palmer, Huling all run sub-3:58 at BU’s Last Chance Meet

BOSTON -- The men’s mile at the BU Last Chance Meet was one to behold, as 11 of 12 runners broke the 4:00-minute barrier and four USATF athletes ran under 3:58 at the meet. At the top of the leaderboard was Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, who broke the collegiate indoor mile record in 3:52.01. Kyle Merber (Dix Hills, New York) and Johnny Gregorek (Tarrytown, New York), who are now sixth and tenth all-time in the U.S. all-time mile standings, finished 2-3 in 3:52.22 and 3:53.15, respectively. In addition, Merber’s Hoka One One/NJNY teammate Ford Palmer (Marmora, New Jersey) also finished below the 3:58 mark in 3:54.92, while 2015 World Championships steeplechase finalist Daniel Huling (Portland, Oregon) was fifth overall in 3:57.99.

Hall runs PR in Tokyo, Bumbalough turns in impressive marathon debut

TOKYO -- Sara Hall (Santa Rosa, California) and Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tennessee) were the two marquee Americans competing Sunday at the Tokyo Marathon. Hall ran an aggressive race and finished in a personal best of 2:28:26, good for sixth overall. For Bumbalough, his marathon debut went swimmingly, accomplishing his goal of a 2:14 debut with his 2:13:58 finish. Returning to the racing scene after battling through two years of injuries, Bumbalough is setting himself up for a strong 2017.

Amanda Brooks
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