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Weekend Roundup - January 22, 2018


Keturah Orji breaks American indoor triple jump record on first attempt

CLEMSON, South Carolina -- Rio Olympian Keturah Orji (Hoboken, New Jersey) improved upon her own NCAA and American indoor triple jump record at the Clemson Invitational with a best leap of 14.53m/47-8. Orji bettered her previous record of 14.31m/46.11-75 on her first attempt.

Orji also owns the outdoor American record, which she set at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

Christian Coleman sets pending World indoor record in 60m at Clemson Invitational

CLEMSON, South Carolina -- World Championships silver medalist Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) opened his first indoor season as a professional athlete with a pending world record in the 60m at Clemson Invitational, clocking in at 6.37. The college senior, who finished second behind Justin Gatlin and ahead of Usain Bolt at last year’s World Championships in the 100m, recently won The Bowerman award for his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete for University of Tennessee.

If ratified by the IAAF, Coleman’s time will break Maurice Greene’s 1998 record of 6.39. Greene ran his time again in 2001.

Burnett defends title, Christie PRs at USATF 50 km Race Walk Championships

SANTEE, California -- Some of the nation’s elite race walkers competed in the annual USATF 50 km Race Walk Championships, a 40-lap event, held in Santee, California on Saturday.

Highlighting the event was American record holder Katie Burnett (Bellevue, Washington) who defended her 2017 50 km national title, crossing the finish line in second place with a time of 4:47:50, behind Mexico’s Mariela Sanchez who finished first with a time of 4:46:12. Nick Christie (El Cajon, California) claimed the men’s national title with a personal best time of 4:09:32.

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Three national high school records fall at Virginia Showcase

LYNCHBURG, Virginia -- High school records took a tumble at the Virginia Showcase on Saturday. North Rockland High sophomore Katelyn Tuohy (Stoney Point, New York) smashed Brie Oakley’s national 5,000m record, crossing the finish line in 15:37.12, beating the second place finisher by more than two minutes. Tuohy’s mark also broke Mary Cain’s 2013 outdoor record of 15:45.46, becoming the fastest overall girls high school time ever, indoors or outdoors.

After running the fourth-fastest high school indoor times ever in the 200m and 400m to end 2017 and start 2018, Brian Herron (Decatur, Georgia) continued his dominance by breaking the national high school record in the 300m with a time of 32.64.

To close out the record-setting Virginia Showcase, the Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland) girls 4x200m relay team clocked 1:35.40 to break Long Beach Poly’s 2003 record of 1:35.86.

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