adidas Boost Boston Games — Splashing In The Streets

Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vazquez won the road/track 600 in 1:15.6. (KEVIN MORRIS)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, June 16—The setting for the adidas Boost Boston Games was unusual: the streets of the Back Bay neighborhood, with the action centering around a 200m straight track laid over top of Boylston Street. Throw in some of the world’s best athletes, and you’ve got a fun track meet. Throw in some rain and the crowd of fans was smaller than last year, with most of them wearing rain gear and carrying umbrellas.

Noah Lyles grabbed the headlines, producing a meet record 14.69 in the 150—the day’s finale—to top the 15.10 of Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and a 15.17 by Trinidad’s Jereem Richards. That came after an apparent false start which officials let have him a redo on, setting off an online furor. For his part, Lyles asked, “What did the guy at the start say? Green card. Then it was a green card.”

The events started off with the women’s mile, a road event that went up a ramp to finish on the 200 straight. Nikki Hiltz grabbed the lead after halfway and topped Kenyan Viola Lagat, 4:31.6-4:32.6, on the strength of a furious final 100. “Oh man, that uphill!” said Hiltz. “It was fun though.” In the men’s race, Pole Marcin Lewandowski, running just 3 days after winning the Oslo DL mile in 3:52.34, mustered the best kick to win a close one in 3:57.4 as four others broke 3:58, led by Drew Hunter (3:57.6).

Ajee’ Wilson looked sharp in taking the 600 in 1:26.3 (400 on the road, 200 on the track). Shamier Little gave the rarely-run 200 hurdles a go in a U.S. best 25.88, alternating lead legs to top Jamaica’s Ronda Whyte (26.05). At half the distance, Sharika Nelvis hurdled 12.65 to get to the line just ahead of Christina Clemons (12.69).

Murielle Ahouré of Côte-d’Ivoire beat reigning U.S. 100 champ Aleia Hobbs 11.09–11.11, with comebacking Tori Bowie in 3rd at 11.22. The men’s dash saw a 9.92 by South African Akani Simbine top a 10.03 by Kendal Williams.

A third-straight win in the 150 went to Shaunae Miller-Uibo (now with bright red hair) as she sprinted down the wet surface in 16.37, just 0.16 off the world best she set last year. The lone field event saw Kate Hall jump 22-3 (6.78) to finish atop a solid field that included Shara Proctor of Britain (21-8¼/6.61) and Tara Davis (21-7¼/6.58).


ADIDAS BOOST MEN’S RESULTS

Boston, Massachusetts, June 16 (street & road courses)—

100(1.1): 1. Akani Simbine’ (SA) 9.92; 2. Kendal Williams (adi) 10.03; 3. Isiah Young (adi) 10.10; 4. Brandon Carnes (adi) 10.12; 5. Kenzo Cotton (adi) 10.13.

150St(-0.2): 1. Noah Lyles (adi) 14.69; 2. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake’ (GB) 15.10; 3. Jereem Richards’ (Tri) 15.17; 4. Marqueze Washington (unat) 15.25; 5. Warren Weir’ (Jam) 15.44.

200St(-0.2): 1. Zharnel Hughes’ (GB) 20.00; 2. Kyle Greaux’ (Tri) 20.09; 3. Steven Gardiner’ (Bah) 20.49; 4. Tony McQuay (adi) 20.64.

600: 1. Wesley Vazquez’ (PR) 1:15.6; 2. Brandon McBride’ (Can) 1:16.3; 3. Sam Ellison (BAA) 1:16.5; 4. Erik Sowinski (Nik) 1:16.9; 5. Michael Saruni’ (Ken) 1:16.9; 6. Peter Bol’ (Aus) 1:17.0.

Mile: 1. Marcin Lewandowski’ (Pol) 3:57.4; 2. Drew Hunter (adi) 3:57.6; 3. Chris O’Hare’ (GB) 3:57.6; 4. Eric Avila (unat) 3:57.8; 5. Nick Willis’ (NZ) 3:57.9; 6. Sam Prakel (adi) 3:58.1; 7. Sam Parsons’ (Ger) 3:58.7; 8. Daniel Herrera’ (Mex) 3:58.8; 9. Jordan Gusman’ (Aus) 3:59.6.

110H(-0.2): 1. Orlando Ortega’ (Spa) 13.32; 2. Shane Brathwaite’ (Bar) 13.33; 3. Aaron Mallett (unat) 13.55; 4. Greggmar Swift’ (Bar) 13.56; 5. Aleec Harris (adi) 13.62.

ADIDAS BOOST WOMEN’S RESULTS

100: I(0.7)–1. Murielle Ahouré’ (CI) 11.09; 2. Aleia Hobbs (adi) 11.11; 3. Tori Bowie (adi) 11.22; 4. Kelly-Ann Baptiste’ (Tri) 11.35; 5. Ashley Henderson (adi) 11.55. II(-0.2)–1. Destiny Smith-Barnett (unat) 11.39.

150St(0.6): 1. Shaunae Miller-Uibo’ (Bah) 16.37; 2. Michelle-Lee Ahye’ (Tri) 16.60; 3. Shania Collins (adi) 16.83; 4. Tynia Gaither’ (Bah) 16.84; 5. Angela Tenorio’ (Ecu) 17.01.

200St(0.1): 1. Anastasia Le-Roy’ (Jam) 23.12; 2. Lynna Irby (adi) 23.24; 3. Felicia Brown (adi) 23.31; 4. Shakima Wimbley (adi) 23.40; 5. Jessica Beard (adi) 23.46.

600: 1. Ajee’ Wilson (adi) 1:26.3; 2. Deborah Rodriguez’ (Uru) 1:26.9; 3. Olivia Baker (unat) 1:27.9; 4. Sammy Watson (adi) 1:28.3; 5. Rachael Walters (unat) 1:28.8; 6. Hannah Segrave’ (GB) 1:30.1.

Mile: 1. Nikki Hiltz (adi) 4:31.6; 2. Violah Lagat’ (Ken) 4:32.6; 3. Dominique Scott-Efurd’ (SA) 4:32.8; 4. Helen Schlachtenhaufen (unat) 4:35.4; 5. Heidi See’ (Aus) 4:37.3; 6. Natoya Goule’ (Jam) 4:38.3.

100H(0.4): 1. Sharika Nelvis (adi) 12.65; 2. Christina Clemons (adi) 12.69; 3. Danielle Williams’ (Jam) 12.74; 4. Tobi Amusan’ (Ngr) 12.83; 5. Tia Jones (adi) 12.96.

200H(0.3): 1. Shamier Little (adi) 25.88; 2. Ronda Whyte’ (Jam) 26.05; 3. Cassandra Tate (adi) 26.12; 4. Zeney van der Walt’ (SA) 26.16.

LJ: 1. Kate Hall (adi) 22-3 (6.78) (f, 21-6¾, 21-11, f, 22-3, 22-2¼) (f, 6.57, 6.68, f, 6.78, 6.76); 2. Shara Proctor’ (GB) 21-8¼ (6.61); 3. Tara Davis (unat) 21-7¼ (6.58); 4. Quanesha Burks (unat) 21-7¼ (6.58); 5. Sha’Keela Saunders (adi) 20-11¼ (6.38); 6. Jazmin Sawyers’ (GB) 20-8 (6.30).