We are getting into the thick of the track & field season here in the month of May, and this weekend was proof.
At the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar, 13 world-leading marks were set. Blanka Vlasic of Croatia leaped 2.05m in the air to win the high jump. That’s 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches, or about the height of your average doorway…!!
Allyson Felix of the USA won the 400m in 50.75 seconds, beating Beijing silver medalist Shericka Williams of Jamaica and made it look easy.
Ruth Bisibori Nyangau of Kenya took over after a painfully slow early pace in the steeplechase to run a world-leading 9:32.68, with her last 1000m taking only about 3 minutes, 2 seconds.
Beijing bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada dominated the field in the 100m hurdles, sharply clearing each hurdle with perfection to win in 12.52 seconds.
Over in Osaka, Japan, Sheena Tosta (USA) won the 400m hurdles by nearly a second in 54.64 and afterward noted, “I had two goals at this race – sub 55 seconds and a win,” Tosta said. “I accomplished both and I am very happy to make it. I also noted that my step pattern (15 steps to eighth hurdle and 16 steps after that) works well.”
Brianna Glenn, also of the USA, won the long jump, and guess what? She is the Women Talk Sports Network’s newest member! Check out her recap of the meet here (from her blog, My So-Called FABULOUS Life). Brianna is also on Twitter: @briannaglenn
In high school action, where the State Championships are starting to be contested, Miami Jackson freshman Robin Reynolds won FOUR Class 3A Florida State Track & Field titles this weekend (RESULTS). She says her biggest victory was the 100m because “I’m really not a sprinter.” I’m pretty sure she’s a darn good sprinter. Reynolds won the 100m (11.56), the 200m (23.67), the 400m (54.95) and the long jump (19′ 4.75″). Her 40 points helped lead her team to the State title as well.
The charismatic, polite-but-confident Reynolds mentioned Allyson Felix, Tiffany Ross-Williams, Bershawn Jackson and her dad as her heroes but did not shy away from proclaiming, “You will see me in the Olympics 2012 when I’m 18.”
We have no doubt, Robin! Check out the full interview, courtesy of FloTrack:
Stay tuned for more great Track & Field next weekend! It’s Conference Weekend in the NCAA. Also, the adidas Track Classic will host world-class fields at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.