Patton comes and wins, 6.50, Top Races at 106th Millrose Games, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Darvis Patton, all of 35, has miles to go before he retires. Working on his starts, Darvis, aka Doc Patton to his friends and fans, wanted a race. Well, his starts are sure looking good, as is the rest of his race. Running his pb after eleven years and a world leader for 2013, Darvis Patton shows that he is getting pretty fit! 

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Doc Patton, photo by PhotoRun.net

English Gardner, the young phenom from the land of Ducks, aka Universtiy of Oregon. Under the thoughtful eye of Coach Johnson, Gardner is an elegant sprinter. English had a strong start, and just flew down the track, knowing when to lean and take the win. 

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English Gardner, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 106th Millrose Games was an exciting and entertaining indoor track meet, which gives us two great indoor meets this season, so far, on the short, elite circuit. 

Now, on to Seattle for the Brooks PR invitational next weekend. 

PATTON COMES AND WINS 6.50, TOP RACES

NEW YORK (USA, Feb 16): For 2nd time the legendary Millrose Games (106th edition) were held at Armory and again produced before sell out crowd top results. US veteran Doc Patton in hist most probably last year clocked world leading 6.50 at 60 m. Another world lead for Canadian Sheila Reid 4:27.02 in the mile over the super talent Mary Cain (16) who clocked another US junior record 4:28.25 ahead of Kate Grace 4:28.79 and Emma Coburn 4:29.86, first season sub 4:30 times. Bernard Lagat clocked US indoor record 8:09.49 over 2 miles ahead of Andrew Bumbalough 8:13.02, Canadian Cameron Levins 8:14.69 and steeple record holder Evan Jager 8:14.95. Expected 600 m brought fast but still not world best 1:15.61 by surprise winner Erik Sowinski (still US indoor record for him) ahead of all favorites Duane Solomon 1:16.04, Jarrin Solomon 1:16.19 and Nick Symmonds 1:16.89. Lopez Lomong with 3:51.21 over the mile (Wanamaker) in meet record and beat world medalist Matt Centrowitz 3:51.34 and Irish improvement Ciaran O´Lionaird 3:52.10. In women 600 m Alysia Montano fulfilled her role and shape with 1:23.59 top win (second fastest ever behind Russian Olga Kotlyarova 1:23.44 in 2004) ahead of talented Ajee Wilson 1:26.46 (world junior all-time best) and Erica Moore 1:26.48. In close 400 m Mary Wineberg beat Francena McCorory (52.19 to 52.20) and another close duel in men hurdles as Jeff Porter in 7.59 beat Jamaican Andrew Riley (7.60) with world champion Jason Richardson 5th (7.71) and decathlon star Trey Hardee 7th (7.90). Second fastest in the world 7.84 by Yvette Lewis in women hurdles over Ginnie Crawford 7.97 and Kristin Castlin 8.00. Top results in women long jump as Janay De Loach with 690 (second best of 2013) beat olympic winner Brittney Reese 685. English Gardner won the 60 m in 7.19 over Jeneba Tarmoh 7.22 and Lauryn Williams 7.24. Olympic winner Jenn Suhr cleared 465 on count back in pole vault over Kylie Hudson (also 465). Inika McPherson with 187 beat Brigetta Barrett in high jump (also 187). Weight throw winners were Jake Freeman 23.45 world lead and Jeneva McCall 23.43.

 

RAK WINNER INCLUDED

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya named a provisional team of 28 runners for the 2013 IAAF World CC Championships in Bydgoszcz. Kenyan media are informing. Athletics Kenya selectors included four wildcard entries, after ditching that criteria after the furore that greeted the 2008 World Cross team, to the 24 who earned their slots during four riveting races at the Uhuru Gardens course. Among those who made the initial squad are four previous gold medallists at the World Cross namely Emily Chebet, Mercy Cherono, Faith Chepng'etich and Geoffrey Kipsang. Wildcards for Cherono who was 48th in women race and Kipsang who won the RAK Half Marathon in top time. Coaches, led by Sammy Rono, will rule on which three athletes to drop from the provisional squad ahead of the team's March 20 departure to Poland. The team - junior women: Faith Chepng'etich, Agnes Chebet, Rosefline Chepng'etich, Caroline Chepkoech, Sheila Chepng'etich, Pauline Kaveke, Mercy Chebwogen. Junior men: Ronald Kwemoi, Leonard Barsoton, Moses Mukono, Emanuel Bett, Bernard Kipkemoi, Conseslus Kipruto. Senior women: Margaret Wangari, Irene Cheptai, Janet Kisa, Emily Chebet, Beatrice Chepkemoi, Viola Kibiwott, Mercy Cherono. Senior men: Philemon Rono, Timothy Kiptoo, Geoffrey Kirui, Hosea Macharinyang, Jonathan Muia, Japheth Korir, Geoffrey Kipsang, Vincent Chepkok.

 

 

 

OTHER US RESULTS

 

 

GENEVA (USA, Feb 16): In heats at Big East Championships Kenyan Carvin Nkanata 21.13 in the 200 m and Jamaican Micah Murray 46.99 in the 400 m.

 

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Feb 16): South African olympic finalist Anaso Jobodwana achieved 20.73 at 200 m in heats of SWAC Championships.

 

WINSTON SALEM (USA, Feb 16): Calesio Newman who confirmed for Australian meets later on clocked 6.70 at the 60 m here.

 

MANHATTAN (USA, Feb 16): Olympic medalist Erik Kynard showed top shape with 233 high jump clearance at the Kansas State Open meet. He equaled his indoor best and is so far unbeaten this indoor season.

 

LEVELLAND (USA, Feb 16): Ahmed Ali clocked 6.66 to win the 60 m at South Plains Invitational. Barbados Anthonio Mascoll was timed with 1:17.56 in the 600 m and Jarvis Gotch improved in long jump to 796 cm. Atarah Clark (20) was the fastest woman in 7.26 at 60 m.

 

BLACKSBURG (USA, Feb 16): At the Virginia Tech Challenge 400 m hurdles star Bershawn Jackson clocked 46.95 to win the 400 m. Cory Leslie posted 2:19.83 PB in the 1000 m.

 

WEST LAFAYETTE (USA, Feb 16): Geoff Davis cleared 226 personal best in the high jump.

 

COLUMBIA (USA, Feb 16): Top US hammer thrower Amber Campbell got 22.13 in the weight throw.

 

OME (JPN, Feb 17): Brett Larner writes on his blog that cold and clear weather helped bring fast times at both of Japan's major 30 km road races on Sunday. In the mountains of Western Tokyo Masaki Ito lived up to his pre-race words and faced down former Hakone Ekiden uphill star Ryuji Kashiwabara winning the 47th Ome 30 km Road Race in 1:30:21, the fastest time ever in Ome after the great Toshihiko Seko. Second Tomohiro Tanigawa 1:31:09 ahead of Kashiwabara 1:31:49. Asami Kato was the top woman in 1:44:23.

 

KUMAMOTO (JPN, Feb 17): Marathon star Yuki Kawauchi was even faster at the 57th Kumanichi 30 km Road Race in 1:29:31. In the 2nd Kumamoto-jo Marathon wins for Shota Jige 2:19:30 and Kazumi Sakaguchi 2:52:17.

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