Manson clears 2.35m in high jump, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


The Texas Relays always give a show. USATF CEO Doug Logan was among the crowd over the past few days. Andra Manson, World Indoor medalist showed his stuff with a fine jump of 2.35m for the high jump. This was Manson's second attempt at the height today. He tried 2.41m, a new US record, but was just not ready for the AR today. Soon though, Manson has the tools to clear 2.41m and then some!



Manson 235 world lead

AUSTIN (USA, Apr 4): World indoor medalist Andra Manson highlighted the final day of Texas Relays with world leading and PB 235 second attempt clearance in High Jump. He then tried at new US record of 241 cm. Another top mark in technical events was the javelin PB of Corey White 82.97 m. Jason Colwick cleared highly respectable 572 PB in Pole Vault and Michelle Carter achieved 18.25 in Shot Put. But the real fire-work came in sprints. In women´s 100 m in university finals Gaby Mayo clocked world leading 11.13 and beat by 0.007 thousands Tiffany Townsend (11.13) with Samantha Henry of Jamaica also good 11.19. Then Laverne Jones of US Virgin Islands got windy 11.03 (+2.7) in first of invitational races. In second Alexandria Anderson improved the world lead to 11.09 ahead of Porscha Lucas who improved to 11.12 (+1.0). In men´s 100 m finals, first two races were wind assisted – college winner Panamian Alonso Edward 10.03 (+3.4) and university winner D´Angelo Cherry 10.16 (+2.5). But the invitational run was legal and Rae Edwards achieved 10.10 (+1.6) to beat Trindon Holliday (10.12). In hurdles finals great luck for Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados in his race with +2.0 wind and so he improved his national record from Olympic Games to 13.32. Jerome Miller won the invitational race in 13.49 (+1.1) and beat Aries Merritt (13.58) and indoor revelation Dexter Faulk (only 4th 13.86). Tifany Ofili won the women hurdles in the university section in 12.88 (+1.2) and Jamaican Nickiesha Wilson was even faster in invitational race but her 12.72 were aided by +2.4. Jeshua Anderson got solid 49.48 to win the 400 m Hurdles. Years fastest 4x100 m in women race as USA Elite clocked 42.62 (Bailey of Jamaica, B. Knight, Guy and M. Hooker) ahead of Texas AM 42.91 (K. Carter, Lucas, George of Grenada, Mayo). At 4x400 m USA Elite was the fastest in 3:30.21. In men relays Florida State 38.75 and Texas AM 38.85 were the fastest in university section, but even faster in invitational race was a team called Nike 986 with Faulk, Jelks, I. Williams, R. Edwards getting 38.55 ahead of another special team called TGE (Kimmons, Rodgers, Tinsley, Bolden) 38.61. Texas AM achieved 1:22.06 at 4x200 m and Baylor years fastest 4x400 m 3:02.68 (LeJerald Betters fastest split on the third leg 44.78).

Thomas is back, again 230

AUBURN (USA, Apr 4): 2007 High jump world champion Donald Thomas of Bahamas is back. At Tiger Classic meet he cleared in third try 230 and tried at 235. That was his first 230 mark since September 2007. In women competition US number one Chaunte Howard went over 192 cm. Trinidad world finalist Marc Burns clocked 20.70 (0.0) at 200 m and junior Marcus Rowland improved at 100 m to 10.27 (+1.7). Experienced Jamaican Vonette Dixon clocked windy 12.96 (+2.5) at 100 m Hurdles and Bahamian Christine Amertil clocked 23.21 (+0.1) at 200 m. Double Olympic sprint medalist Kerron Stewart of Jamaica tested herself at 400 m with 52.40.

Davide 1:44.67

SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 4): 23 years old Brazilian Pan-Am Games 2007 silver medalist Kleberson Davide improved at local meet to world leading 1:44.67 at 800 m. His previous PB was 1:45.47 from silver race at Panamerican Games 2007 in Rio de Janeiro. Keila Costa leaped to 649 (0.0) in Long Jump.

L. Williams 22.75 world lead

GAINESVILLE (USA, Apr 4): Former 100 m world champion Lauryn Williams clocked at Pepsi Florida Relays world leading 200 m time 22.75 (+0.6). In men section Calvin Smith jr. posted the fastest 20.68 (+1.2). World 100 m silver medalist Derrick Atkins of Bahamas won his race in 20.83 (+0.8, overall fifth fastest). Pro team called Train Gang (composition unknown) posted world fastest 4x400 m 3:28.53 ahead of World Express (3:28.83). In 4x100 m South Florida Elite was the fastest in 43.11. In men relays Florida won both events with 39.11 and 3:02.84. Brandon Roulhac got solid 16.70 (+0.8) in triple jump. Liz Wanless won the shot put (18.29) ahead of Miriam Kevkishvili of Georgia who improved to 18.04 m.


SAN LUIS OBISPO (USA, Apr 4): Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Trafton didn't disappoint spectators at the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday, winning the discus with a best of 60.79 m. The Cal Poly graduate spent the afternoon chatting with fans and local media, signing autographs and enjoying a warm Central Coast welcome on the track. Atascadero product Chelsea Johnson, competing for Nike won the women's pole vault with a 452 outdoor world leading clearance.

LOS ANGELES (USA, Apr 4): World leading female sprinter indoors Carmelita Jeter won the 400 m at UCLA invitational with 53.08 PB beating hurdles specialist Lashinda Demus (53.18). Interesting field in men´s 200 m. Briton Tyrone Edgar clocked 20.99 to beat Beijing bronze winner at 400 m David Neville (21.04) and French talent Martial Mbandjock (21.20), all are John Smith coached athletes.

EUGENE (USA, Apr 4): Surprise world leading male javelin during Pepsi Team Invitational. 21 years old Cyrus Hostetler sensationally improved to 83.16 with his first throw. His previous best was 74.76 m. Junior sprinter Amber Purvis improved to 11.41 (+1.4) and 23.09 (+1.6).

ADELAIDE (AUS, Apr 5): Queenslander Julian Wruck has set a new Australian record in the men's under 20 discus on day three of the Under 20/23 Australian Athletics Championships in Adelaide with 60.98 m (1.75 kg). On the track fellow record holder Daniel Martin (18) who set a new Australian mark of 13.60 (-0.6, but junior height not senior) in the 110m hurdles on Friday, added a third gold medal to his championships haul with victory in the men's under 20 100m (10.69, -1.0) on day three of the action at Santos Stadium. Aaron Rouge-Serret completed the men's under 23 sprint double, adding the 100m title to his 200m win from day two. Rouge-Serret raced away to the title in a time of 10.50 (-1.5). Informs Athletics Australia.

KINGSTON (JAM, Apr 4): Boys of Kingston College won ahead of favorites Calabar High School the Jamaican Boys Schools Championships title. Holmwood Technical was the clear girls winning team in front of 30 000 spectators. Ramone McKenzie scored good quality double in class 1 boys 200 m (20.66, +0.2) and 400 m (46.88) races. 15 years old Jazeel Murphy got another win in class two with 21.38 (-0.4) at 200 m. Keiron Stewart confirmed his 110 m Hurdles domination in 13.79 (-1.0, junior height). Calabar HS won the final 4x100 in very good 39.90. In girls last day races Jura Levy won the class 1 200 m after beeing second at 100 m in 23.73 (-0.6). But fast also class 3 winner only 15 years old Shericka Jackson with 23.99 (-0.1) and class 4 best 13 years old Diana Johnson new meet record 24.62 (-0.1). In the 400 m Jodi Ann Muir as class 1 winner 53.45 and class 2 Petra Fanty 54.24. Natoya Goule achieved 2:04.29 800 m win and in final event new meet record for Holmwood 4x400 m team in 3:34.35.

OSLO (NOR, Apr 4): Norwegian junior hammer record for Eiving Henriksen with 74.94 m (6 kg implement).

ROTTERDAM ADDITION: Fourth Patrick Makau clocked in his debut 2:06:14 (not 2:06:15) and this is the best ever mark for fourth place. Fifth Tiberias winner Jackson Kipkoech of Kenya got 2:08:58 ahead of Alfred Kering (2:09:19, great PB), Mesfin Ademasu of Ethiopia (2:09:32, PB) and former world junior champion Kenyan Robert Kipchumba who debuted with 2:09:56. Top 8 clocked sub 2:10. Best European was Spain´s Ignacio Caceres as 11th (2:12:40). In total 18 runners went sub 2:20.

Thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

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