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  • 2016 Olympic's Matt Centrowitz wins 1500m gold at the 2016 Olympics It might not have been the fastest time but when he crossed the finish line in 3-min 50-sec Centrowitz became an Olympic Champion. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
  • Tara DavisNorman charging towards the worldTara Davis (Agoura High) busted out a 12.83 in the 100m Hurdles, 22'1" long jump and a 42'11" triple jump winning all 3 but she came up one point short of Long Beach Poly who won the state championship 31pts to 30. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Ashton hangs up his cleats Ashton Eaton has ruled the Decathalon for years. Now he wants to kick back and relax a little after stepping away from track and field. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
  • 2016 Olympic Trials Sidney McLaughlin showed that she is just getting started. Olympic's at 16 and now the high school senior broke the world Jr 400m hirdles record with a 54.03 at the New Jersey state meet. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
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The 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil get off to an interesting start


Photo by Eric Taylor

The Olympic Games - Team USA

From the beautiful opening ceremony to the protest's going around the country and the competition going on in the area's the Brazilian games will be one to remember.

For the next three weeks some of the best athletes in the world will be trying to at least get on the medal stand if not win a gold medal.

That has already happened again for swimmer Michael Phelps has struck gold again, his record 19th, this time helping the 4x100m relay come out on top. The games are just getting started and events like track and field have not even started yet.

For a live update on all things about the 2016 Olympic games going on right now in Brazil click here

Salesian High grad to become the first ex NFL Player to compete in the Olympic Games


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The Olympic Games - Team USA

Jahvid Best was one of the best football/track athletes in the state of California when he was at Salesian High in Richmond.

He won the state title in the 100m dash with a time of 10.31 his senior year (2007) before going on to play at Cal and in the NFL.

Best's dad is from the island of Saint Lucia and Best has duel citizenship.

Best clocked a 10.16 in a little meet early in the season and he knew he had something up.

Jahvid has always loved track and field. He tried to run while he was at Cal but the football coaches would not let him due to their off season workouts.
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Team USA gets on track with the 2016 Olympic Trials

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Historic Hayward Field on the campus of Oregon University welcomed record crowds to watch the best track and field athlete's try and win a spot on the 2016 US Olympic team.

There was some old faces that made the team, but the story might be the many new faces that will wear their country's colors for the first time. There are 86 first time members of Team USA.

None made a bigger splash than 16-year old, yes sweet 16, Sidney McLaughlin who not only finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles, but she had to break the world Jr. record to do it.

Her 54.15 was good enough to just edge out former Stanford star Kori Carter at the finish line. More click here

 

 

Stanford sweeps CAL in the 122nd Big Meet

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It was not contest on the women's side. The final score of the duel meet between rivals Cal and Stanford was 114-48 in favor of Stanford.

The men's title was a different story.

Stanford would win 86-77, but it took a win in the last two events of the meet (Triple Jump and 4x400m relay) to get the Cardinal over the top.

Cal led 73-58 after sweeping the Discus toss. Aaron Russell (Cal) 178-11 (54.53m),  Ethan Cochran (Cal) 170-5 (51.94m) and Malik McMorris (Cal) 166-1 (50.62m) almost got Cal the victory.

Sweeps of the Pole Vault and 3,000m got Stanford back into the ball game setting up the final two events.

Darian Brooks would help Stanford's cause with a leap of 50-9 ¼ to hold off Cal's Karsten Wethington (Cal) 50-3 ½ for first place.

Stanford super soph Harrison Williams put Cal in a hole they could not climb out of on the opening leg of the 4x400m relay.

Fresh off winning the decathlon at the Texas Relays in a school-record 7,842 points last week Williams ran a 47.17 and Stanford won 3:11.21 to Cal’s 3:18.14.

Harrison also won the Pole Vault (16') and he was second in the 110m Hurdles (14.25). More click here

 

2016 Stanford Invite gets the outdoor season off to a fast start in 2016

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Several athlete's recorded fine early season marls at the Stanford Invite, one of the biggest outdoor meet s of the season and the best track meet of the year in the bay area.

The host school Stanford had a fine performance by their women's 4x400m relay team.

Kristyn Williams, Missy Mongiovi, Olivia Baker and Gaby Gayles got the stick around the track four times in 3:32.67, 4th fastest in school history and a very fine time this early in the season.

California’s Ashley Anderson (42-3 ¼), won the triple jump at Stanford just ahead of the Cardinal's Carla Forbes (41-11 ¾). The two will face off again this weekend at the 122nd Big Meet at Cal's Edward's Stadium.

The Bears got a fine performance for triple jumper  Karsten Wetherington (California). The James Logan High alum (Union City, Ca.) leaped 50-8 ¾ to take first place at Stanford.

One great thing about the Stanford Invite that sets it apart from many track and field meets is that some of the best Jr. College's are invite to compete on the same track and in the same races as 4yr universities. A great chance for them to get recruited.

The JC kids took advantage of the chance to post some pretty good marks. Some teams like Sequoias women's 4x100m relay team did more then that. Sequoias took home first place with a time of 45.06.

Holland Cabara showed that Sequoias will be heard from when the JC state meet rolls around when he won the 100m dash title with a fine 10.42 with teammate Drelan Bramell 3rd in 10.49.

The high schoolers got into the act as well. Connor Dunne dusted off the track with a very fast 800m run (1:50.530) with Willie Hall close behind in second (1:51.76) and Bellermine's Ben Micallef 3rd (1:52.48).

Monte Vista senior Brooke Starn ran a state-leading and U.S. No. 3 4:49.12 in the girls mile at the 2016 Stanford Invitational, in addition to anchoring the Mustangs' distance medley relay to a second-place finish in 12:00.07.

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Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp to compete in U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials PORTLAND

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The Olympic Games - Team USA

Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp has declared his intent to enter the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.

Rupp (Portland, Oregon), a two-time Olympian in the 10,000 meters, will compete in his first full marathon in the City of Angels.

Rupp has competed in two half marathons in his career, finishing the New York City Half Marathon in 1:00:30 in 2011 and completing December's Portland Holiday Half Marathon in 1:01:20 in 2015.

USATF.TV sat down exclusively with Galen to chat about his first marathon, how his training has changed, turning 30, his desire to compete at both USATF Indoors and World Indoors, the upcoming Super Bowl and more,

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The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon will air live on NBC for the first time in U.S. Olympic Team Trials history. Both men's and women's marathons will be televised live nationally. NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will also live stream the coverage.

 

 

USA gets on track for the World Championships

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The Olympic Games - Team USA

It was a long, fast week for most of the nation's best track and field athlete's at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

The 2015 US Jr. and senior championships were held together and there were several great marks during the 4-day track meet.

The over 38,000 fans packed into Hayward Field.

They got a chance to see high schoolers Noah Lyles light up the track in the 200m dash..

Lyles completed a sprint double by clocking a personal-best 20.18 to defeat double California state high school champion Michael Norman in the 200m dash.

Lyles is now equal-seventh on the all-time world junior list, and Norman is equal-10th.

“I said the same during the race that I said in the 100 - ‘I’m going to win this. I’m going to win this.’ I definitely thought a time like this was possible, but I didn’t know if I’d do it. When I saw the time flash on the board, I pointed to it and said, ‘Do you all see that?’" said an excited Lyles after the 200.

That win came after Lyles clocked 10.14 to win the 100m dash. Yes the future of American track and field seems to be in good hands.

Not that there is something slow about the present. Sprinter Justin Gatlin lit up the track to win the 200m dash.

Justin Gatlin's 19.57 in the 200m is a USATF Outdoor Championships record, Hayward Field record and the fifth-fastest time ever.

The USATF Jr. champions will head off to Canada for the World Jr. Championships while the World Championships will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing China.

 

Stanford Invite takes over Cobb Track and Angell Field

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Over 3,200 track and field athletes descended on The Farm for the 2015 Stanford Invite.

Many came away with personal, seasonal and state best marks.

The state best mark belongs to St. Mary's (Berkeley) senior triple jumper Rom Smith.

His 49'3" leap leads the state.

Yes it is early and with the Arcadia Relays on deck, that mark might not stand up.

Soquel High's Maggie Vessey made a statement by setting the Stanford Invite 800-meter record with a very stylish 2:01.

Vessey grew up close to Stanford near Santa Cruz used to run in this event while in high school. She is one of the best 800m runners in the states today.

The Stanford Invite came on the heels of the Texas Relays and several top athlete's made the trip out west to compete.

Texas A&M brought a strong contingent that included 2014 NCAA Champion hammer thrower Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M’s defending NCAA champion .

Vaughn dusted the field with a 194-2. Stanford had a good showing in the Women's Discus with Rebecca Hammar  setting a personal best with a throw of 182-7 to finish third.

The defending state champ in the 100m dash, Amador Valley's Jumaun Charles did not run the fastest time of the meet Saturday, but he did come away with the overall win.

Charles placed first in the 100m finals with a 10.96. Slow by his standards, but a win is a win. Sometimes it is not how fast you can run, but how hard you compete in each race.

Just ask second place runner John McDonald of Lincoln High in Stockton. McDonald ran 10.55 in the prelims to lock down lane five. In the finals John could only muster up a 11.02.

The 2015 Stanford Invite also produced the fastest 800m by a boy so far this season. That would be Connor Ross of McQueen High (Nevada) who's 1:50.75 is the fastest in the nation to date in 2015

Ross was not finished. He bounced back to win the open 400m dash in 48.5.

Not a bad double at all.

The two day event got started with a bang Friday night with the 10,000m duel between Olympians Gelete Burka (Ethopia) and the USA's Shalane Flanagan.

Two quickly took off from the rest of the pack from the start of the race and their ;lead keep getting bigger and bigger with every 73-second lap. Mind you the 10K is 25 laps long.

That kind of pace meant several runners were lapped by both. In the end Burka out kicked Flanagan over the last 250 meters to come home first in 31:08.16 to Shalane's 31:09.02.

Fine times for each.

2015 Stanford Invite photo's click here

For a complete list of all the results from the 2015 Stanford Invite click here

 

 

 

 

Keflezighi, Simpson Named 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year


INDIANAPOLIS -- Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and USATF Outdoor champion and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been named the 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, respectively.

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Keflezighi (San Diego, California) and Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) will be honored on Thursday, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting.

Tickets for the event are available at the Hilton Anaheim beginning on Monday, December 1 until the ceremony is sold out.

Keflezighi inspired the nation in April, capturing victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon just a year after the tragedy on Boylston Street.

Keflezighi defeated the fastest men’s field in Boston Marathon history to become the first American man in 31 years to win Boston and the oldest man to win Boston since 1931.

Keflezighi looked comfortable throughout the race, breaking away from the pack at mile 11 and never looking back.

He celebrated with all of Boston and the nation as a whole, pumping his fists to the crowd and celebrating with those at the finish line
after crossing in 2:08:37, a new personal best.

“I'd like to thank USATF and all of the voters for selecting me as this year's USATF Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award recipient,” Keflezighi said.

“It is such an amazing honor to receive an award named after such a great athlete and sportsman. This recognition as the best athlete on the world's best track & field team, especially at the age of 39, means a lot to me, and is a tribute to all who have supported me unconditionally throughout the years.”

For his efforts in Boston, Keflezighi was named the USATF Athlete of the Week and the USOC Male Athlete of the Month.

Simpson had a dream season in 2014, capturing the Diamond League title in the
women’s 1,500 meters. One of Simpson’s most memorable races was the Diamond
League-clinching race in Zurich when she engaged in a signature battle with
compatriot Shannon Rowbury.

Simpson dove across the finish line to edge Rowbury by .01 seconds and take home the Diamond League crown.

That tenacity was indicative of the way Simpson approached every race she entered. Simpson was the USATF Champion in the women’s 1,500 meters, going toe-to-toe with Rowbury once again for the USATF title. Simpson was victorious, turning in a time of 4:04.96 in Sacramento to win her eighth overall national title.

"I feel so honored to have been selected as the 2014 USATF Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year,” Simpson said.

“Twenty years ago, I was a normal kid running around PE class when my gym coach suggested I join the cross country team. I never could have imagined where that suggestion would lead. I think of all of my different teammates over the years and I'm humbled to represent all of our hard work through this award and look forward to my best years still straight ahead.”

Simpson was the third-fastest woman in the world this year over 1,500 meters with
her time of 3:57.22 in Paris. In addition to her big wins in Sacramento, Stockholm
and Zürich, Simpson also won the New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile, finishing in 4:19.4.

The 2014 Jesse Owens Award and Jackie Joyner-Kersee award winners were selected in balloting of members of the U.S. track and field media, and a fan vote was held on social media that comprised 10% of the total vote. More than 8,000 fan votes were received.

Other men’s finalists included Justin Gatlin, Evan Jager, Christo Landry, Galen Rupp and Christian Taylor.

Finalists for the women’s award were Tori Bowie, Emma Coburn, Allyson Felix, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Molly Huddle, Gia Lewis-Smallwood and Francena McCorory.

About the Jesse Owens Award

Established in 1981, the Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field performers.

The award is named after National Track & Field Hall of Famer and
worldwide icon Jesse Owens, who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, while conducting himself with grace and dignity.

With his remarkable performances, Owens forever destroyed Adolf Hitler's notions of Aryan supremacy. The USATF Female Athlete of the Year was re-named the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award in 2013.

 

 

Nate Moore leaps to Triple Jump title at Jr. Nationals

USATF Jr Championships Photo's click here : Link 1

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Nate Moore had been sitting back and watching to see what he will have to do in track meets this season in the triple jump.

Moore, heading to the University of Oregon next year, is fresh off a two year run of dominating the high school ranks in one of the toughest in the country.

California.

Moore did not fare so well in the long Jump at the USATF Jr. Nationals in Eugene Oregon, but the triple jump was another story.

Forced to go first instead of last in the prelims was an eye opening experience for Nate.

"I am used to going last so I can sit back and watch what everybody else is doing. Then I know what I have to do. Here I jumped first so I was the one who had to start it off. It was a different feeling." said Moore after his 16.33 meter leap won the competition.

Moore fouled on his first attempt so I guess having a chance to watch everybody else jump until his second turn came helped the young man out on his second and third jumps to make the finals.

"I was just happy to get out of the first round" added Moore.

Kaylin Whitney tried her best to run away with the show over the weekend with two impressive wins.

Her 11.12 time in the 100m dash was topped by her 22.49 to win the 200m dash. It all looked so effortless for the 16yr. sophomore. Both times are best in the world this year for her age group.

Ariana Washington was right behind Kaylin with a 11.32 in the finals but she was no match for Whitney. That should be some 4x100 relay team for Team USA at the World Championships coming up July 22nd thru July 27th in Eugene Oregon.

Whitney's 22.49 is a world record for anybody aged 15-17. That is impressive company.

"The 200 time surprised me the most because my best time in that was only 22.8." That's a heck of a time in itself and she knows that she can go faster with the right training.

"The sky is the limit for me now. I will go train for a couple of weeks then come back out here to compete in the World Jr. Championships in three weeks." said a happy Whitney after the 200m final.

Another prep star, although he is heading to Florida St in the fall, took center stage at the USA Jr. nationals, for better or for, well not so good.

Trentavis Friday smashed an age group record when he dusted off the track with a 10.00 to win his heat of the 100m dash.

That's fast folks and it was faster then the 10.08 that the 2014 NCAA 100m champion, Trayvon Bromell ran in the next race.

There was just one little problem.

The two were lined up in lanes four and five in the finals, but Friday jumped the gun and had to watch as Bromell took the title in 10.07.

Trayvon set the World Jr. mark this year with a 9.97. What a race that could have been.

Friday did not make that mistake in the 200 Sunday. He ran 20.39 to win his prelim heat before blazing thru a 20.03 to win the finals.

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Several athlete's shine at the 2014 USA Nationals

USATF Photo's click here : Link 1 | Link 2

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

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From Leo Manzano out sprinting a talented field to win the 1500m title to Francena McCorory becoming the 5th fastest American women to run the 400m dash.

McCorory beat American record holder Sanya Richards-Ross 49.48 to 49.66 to take first place.

The 2014 Track and Field National Championships was exciting to the every end.

Just ask Oregon freshmen Devon Allen who shocked the 110m hurdles field and quite a few spectators in the stand with his 13.10 to win the event.

"I knew I was going to run fast in this league.

I am pretty excited about it. I did not know I finished
first when I crossed the finish line, until they announced it. Things started clicking in practice, feeling
better, and going through things and running faster." said Allen after ended the Championships and closed out his freshmen season with the win.

Allen also plays for the Ducks football team and he was named Athlete of the week by the USATF for his performance at the 2014 USATF Championships.

Manzano came from the middle of the pack on the last lap to win in 3:38.11.

Four runners crossed the tape in under 3:40.

Pat Casey (Eugene, Oregon) was second 3:38.74 and Lopez Lomong (3rd - 3:39.11).

Nobody stood out like four time women's 800m champion Alysia Montano.

She did not come close to winning her fifth 800m title, but she did make waves by running in a opening round heat at the 2014 USA Championships eight months pregnant.

Yeah, that's right.

The expecting mother made it around the track twice in 90-degree heat with little to no sweat. Mom's and the soon to be baby are doing just fine.

Former Stanford All American Kori Carter ran and jumped over hurdles a little faster then anybody else did at the USATF Championships, winning the 400m hurdles in 53.84.

“I got a little shady over hurdles five, six and seven but with eight to go I just decided to go for it and got into Kori-Monster mode, gave it everything I had, and luckily today it was good enough. It was awesome. My family is here so it was awesome; it was amazing.” said a happy Carter after the race.

Kori finished just ahead of the 54-even Georganne Moline ran. Cassandra Tate was 3rd in 54.70.

It is Kori's first national title.

Next up for most of these athlete's is a trip over to Europe and the professional leagues they have across the pond.

There is no World Championships this year, but it will be an exciting season as the worlds best will start to pop out at the meets in the next couple of weeks.

Some of the worlds best showed up in Sacramento last week.

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Merritt college sprinter setting the pace over 100 meters

Walnut, Ca. 5/17/2014 - A new meet and a faster time for junior college sprinter Kemarley Brown.

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

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A week after winning the California JC Northern California finals with a 10.13 Brown, a sophomore, dazzled the crowd at Mt. Sac. JC in Walnut, Ca. with a 9.93 in the California JC state finals of the 100m dash.

That is good enough for the fastest time in the world right now.

Not college or whatever, the world.

Usain Bolt has not run that fast this year.

Bolt might have a new teammate with the 2014 Olympic's Games in Brazil roll around.

Just to let people know he was not joking around, Brown dropped a 20.3 to win state in the 200m dash finals.

2014 Stanford Invite a hit rain or shine

2014 Payton Jordan Invite May 4th at Stanford University

 

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The weather did not dampen what turned out to be a great meet at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

A thunder shower delayed things a bit Friday, but after the rain stop the great marks started to roll in as the meet got underway in ernest.

Stanford 400m runner Kristyn Williams helped dry off the track with a 52.70 400m run.

That's the fastest time in college so far this season. Sure it is early, but it stood up to the very fast Texas Relays that was held last week. Just a sophomore, Williams time is the 3rd fastest all time at Stanford.

Williams showed she was not a one race gal when she came back Saturday and ran a 52.27 split on the 4x400m relay.

Cardinal Brianna Bain opened her season by winning the invitational javelin with a throw of 180-5, to win by nearly 19 feet. The throw was the second-longest ever for the two-time defending Pac-12 champion and two-time first-team All-America.

The Stanford Invite feature high school, college and junior college athlete's from all over the country. A large contingent of athlete's from national power Texas AM headed out west to compete at Stanford.

A local kid from Castro Valley, Nate Moore tried his best to jump out of the pit with a national leading 50'-4.5" leap in the triple jump.

Moore had just stepped off the track after running in Castro Valley's 4x100m relay team and he did not warm up for the triple jump. "I was just trying to rest a little between events" said Moore after the triple jump ended.

Skyline HIgh's (Oakland) Destiny Smith-Barnett beat a pretty good field with a solid 11.84 to win the girls 100m dash finals. Dublin High's super soph Mecca McGlaston set a PR winning the 100m hurdles with a very fast 14.03.

Heritage High's (Oakley) 400m runner Frank Kurtz showed his future coach and fans (he signed to run track at Stanford next season) what he can do with a state leading 47.58 in the open 400m dash.

These times are fast and it is still early in the outdoor season. LA will have a chance to show what they can do with the Arcadia Relay next week down in LA.

2014 Stanford Invite photo's click here

 

 

The field is set for the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships

Texas A&M sprinter Ashton Purvis (right) out of St. Elizabeth and Laney JC (Oakland) has run 23.03 in the 200m dash this season and she is seeded 8th in the 2014 NCAA D1 Track and Field Championships

Photo by Eric Taylor

The NCAA Championship Committee has finalized the list of competitors to compete in the D1 NCAA track and Field finals to be held in Track Town USA, otherwise known as Eugene Oregon's Heyward Field.

One of the best places in the world to watch a track and field meet will once again play host to some of the world's best athlete's.

The NCAA Championshiups run June 11-14 and it always produces some of the best times in the world.

For a list of athlete's competing in this year's NCAA D1 track and field championships click below

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Merritt's Brown shines at the 2014 Mt. Sac Relays

Merritt's Kemarley Brown (below right) has run with the best of them this year. He won his section of the Mt. Sac 200m Dash this year with a blistering 20.38.

Photo by Eric Taylor

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First it was a packed house at the Stanford Invite.

That is where Merritt Jr. College track and field sprinter KeMarley Brown showed what he can do on the track.

He won a very fast 100m dash final in 10.32.

He was just heating up.

The competition got a little quicker down in Walnut, Ca for the Mt. Sac Relays.

It just made Brown run even faster.

He dropped a 10.13 on the track to win heat 2 of the 100m dash invitational section. It was the second fastest time of the day. Diondre Batson won heat one in 10.06.

Fresh out of Jamaica, Brown is trying to see just how fast he can run. It is about as fast as the scholarship offers are starting to roll in from four year universities.

 

2014 Stanford Invite a hit rain or shine

2014 Payton Jordan Invite May 4th at Stanford University

 

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

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The weather did not dampen what turned out to be a great meet at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

A thunder shower delayed things a bit Friday, but after the rain stop the great marks started to roll in as the meet got underway in ernest.

Stanford 400m runner Kristyn Williams helped dry off the track with a 52.70 400m run.

That's the fastest time in college so far this season. Sure it is early, but it stood up to the very fast Texas Relays that was held last week. Just a sophomore, Williams time is the 3rd fastest all time at Stanford.

Williams showed she was not a one race gal when she came back Saturday and ran a 52.27 split on the 4x400m relay.

Cardinal Brianna Bain opened her season by winning the invitational javelin with a throw of 180-5, to win by nearly 19 feet. The throw was the second-longest ever for the two-time defending Pac-12 champion and two-time first-team All-America.

The Stanford Invite feature high school, college and junior college athlete's from all over the country. A large contingent of athlete's from national power Texas AM headed out west to compete at Stanford.

A local kid from Castro Valley, Nate Moore tried his best to jump out of the pit with a national leading 50'-4.5" leap in the triple jump.

Moore had just stepped off the track after running in Castro Valley's 4x100m relay team and he did not warm up for the triple jump. "I was just trying to rest a little between events" said Moore after the triple jump ended.

Skyline HIgh's (Oakland) Destiny Smith-Barnett beat a pretty good field with a solid 11.84 to win the girls 100m dash finals. Dublin High's super soph Mecca McGlaston set a PR winning the 100m hurdles with a very fast 14.03.

Heritage High's (Oakley) 400m runner Frank Kurtz showed his future coach and fans (he signed to run track at Stanford next season) what he can do with a state leading 47.58 in the open 400m dash.

These times are fast and it is still early in the outdoor season. LA will have a chance to show what they can do with the Arcadia Relay next week down in LA.

2014 Stanford Invite photo's click here

 

 

 

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