Albuquerque Diaries: World leads by Kenni Harrison and Ronnie Baker


Harrison_KeniQ1a-USind17.jpGKenni Harrison flies through 60m hurdles in 7.74!

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World leads Harrison and Baker

ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 5): World 100 m hurdles record-holder Keni Harrison clocked a world-leading 7.74 in the 60m hurdles heats to tie Gail Devers' champs record before winning the final in 7.81 by 0.01 from Jasmin Stowers in 7.82 (7.92 heat). Christina Manning clocked 7.87 in the heat but was a distant third in the final in 8.02. Aries Merritt won his first US indoor title since 2012 with victory in the men's 60m hurdles in 7.51 from Aleec Harris (7.54) and Jarret Eaton (7.59). Ronnie Baker won the 60m in a world-leading 6.45 (6.54 heat) from LeShon Collins (6.54) while Morolake Akinosun won the women's 60m in 7.08 from Dezerea Bryant (7.11). In the 600m, Ajee Wilson approached Olga Kotlyarova's world best of 1:23.44 with victory in 1:23.84 from Courtney Okolo (1:24.00) while Erik Sowinski won the men's 600m in a very fast 1:15.07 from world record-holder Casimir Loxsom (1:15.18). Other track highlights: 1000m wins for Clayton Murphy (2:18.60) and Charlene Lipsey (2:37.97), Shelby Houlihan did the double with victory in the two miles in 10:19.14 while Ben Blankenship won the mile in 3:59.22 from Cristian Soratos (3:59.56), Garrett Heath (4:00.31) and Evan Jager (4:00.38). On the field, Michelle Carter went out to 19.03 in the shot put, Sandi Morris won the pole vault with 4.70m from Katie Nagoette and Mary Saxer with 4.65m and there were also wins for Vashti Cunningham in the high jump (1.96m) and Chris Carter in the triple jump (17.10m).

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