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Weekend Roundup – June 19, 2017


McLaughlin wins fourth consecutive 400m hurdle title at New Balance Nationals  

GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The youngest Rio Olympian Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) completed her high school track career with her fourth consecutive 400m hurdles title at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sunday. McLaughlin finished in 54.22, besting her previous meet record of 54.46.


On Friday, McLaughlin anchored the Swedish relay for Union Catholic, taking them from sixth to first with a 400m split of 49.85. This was recognized as the fastest split ever for a high school female and Union Catholic set a new national high school record of 2:05.93.


McLaughlin is declared for the 400m hurdles at USATF Outdoors this weekend and will begin her collegiate track and field career at the University of Kentucky this fall.

Bartoletta and Castlin with top performances in Diamond League series

OSLO, Norway – Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta (Elyria, Ohio) won the long jump on Thursday at Oslo Diamond League. A best jump of 6.79m in the fifth round allowed her to just surpass Darya Klishina, who finished close behind with her sixth round leap of 6.75m. The defending Olympic and World Championships long jump champion, Bartoletta currently ranks third in the world.


2016 Olympic bronze medalist Kristi Castlin (Douglasville, Georgia) turned in a runner-up finish in the women’s 100m hurdles. Castlin finished with a season best of 12.75, just short of Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewicz in 12.73.


Other Team USATF participants included Olympic gold medalist Kerron Clement, 2014 USATF Indoor pole vault champion Mary Saxer and Raven Clay.


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Jackson single Team USATF athlete at Stockholm Diamond League

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson (Miami, Florida), better known as “Batman,” competed in the 400m hurdles on Sunday at Stockholm Diamond League. Jackson finished sixth, clocking in at 50.28. Jackson will next compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships in an attempt to qualify for the IAAF World Championships one last time during his professional career.


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Gabe Grunewald, three-time cancer survivor, qualifies for USATF Outdoor Championships

On Friday, Gabe Grunewald (Perham, Minnesota), who is currently undergoing treatment for her fourth bout with cancer, was accepted to compete in the women’s 1500m at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Despite undergoing her first two rounds of chemotherapy, Grunewald has continued to train and compete, running in five meets in 2017.


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