Mt. SAC Women — World-Leading Hurdles For Keni Harrison

A last-minute decision to enter the meet gave Keni Harrison the chance to run a 12.63. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, April 18-20—World Record holder Keni Harrison was looking for a solid competition before next week’s 100 hurdles at the Drake Relays, so a last-minute decision to travel west to the Mt. SAC Relays provided her an opportunity to go head-to-head against not only training mate Jasmine Camacho-Quinn but also a slew of other quality hurdlers.

As the field was settling into their blocks, the PA announcer was in the middle of introducing the women’s elite long jump field, but this did not deter the starter from having them stand up to wait for the intros to finish and before you knew it the set position was called and the gun was fired. Needless to say, not everyone was as focused as they would normally be, but the race went on. The experienced Harrison did not have the best of starts, but was well in front of the rest of the 9-woman field after 5 hurdles. She finished unchallenged in a world-leading 12.63, 0.30 ahead of Camacho-Quinn. Harrison summed up her feelings by simply saying, “We weren’t ready.” Evidently, meet staff felt the same, so they gave everyone in that race an opportunity for a rerun after the men’s hurdles finished. Bahamian Pedrya Seymour opted in and she finished the extra race in 12.88.

In the full-lap hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad hadn’t done much barrier work this season, so she came to Mt. SAC intent upon running a PR in the open 400 that was quicker than her 400 hurdles best of 52.64. Originally scheduled to run in heat 2, the Olympic champ was moved into heat 3 and now was set to face sub-50 speedster Kendall Ellis, a fellow USC alum. Ellis, who started in lane 5, went out quickly and was in charge by 300. She was clear of the field and held a 2m advantage entering the homestraight. It was then that Muhammad, out in lane 8, started making up ground with every stride. She caught Ellis 20m from the finish and edged a win, 51.62–51.75.

Her immediate flat-racing goal achieved, Muhammad will open her hurdles season next month in Doha. No word yet when Sydney McLaughlin will open her hurdling season, but she confirmed that she too is doing just fine in the speed department, leading off a 4×4 squad called the Hayes All-Stars in 50.1.

Vashti Cunningham, still only 21, was the day’s top performer on the field as she topped 6-5½ (1.97) for her sixth consecutive Mt. SAC triumph. Cunningham passed until the bar was at 5-10¾ (1.80) and cleared that and then 6-¾ (1.85) on first attempts. She was tied for 1st alongside Jelena Rowe and Swede Erica Kinsey, who each had a clean slate, as the bar went to 6-2 (1.88). Cunningham cleared on her first attempt, while Rowe and Kinsey bowed out after three misses. She passed 6-2¾ (1.90) and then promptly cleared 6-4¼ (1.94), again on her first try. She had one miss at 6-5½ (1.97) and then brushed the bar on her second attempt, but the bar stayed put as she took the outdoor world lead, before having three unsuccessful tries at 6-6¾ (2.00).


MT. SAC WOMEN’S RESULTS

Torrance, California, April 18–20—

(4/18—10K, HT; 4/19—1500, St, 5K, TJ)

100: I(-0.1)–1. ***Lanae-Tava Thomas (USC) 11.27 PR; 2. Brianna McNeal (Nik) 11.31 PR; 3. Jodie Williams’ (GB) 11.44.

II(-1.4)–1. Schillonie Calvert-Powell’ (Jam) 11.41.

III(-0.9)–1. Teahna Daniels (Tx) 11.20 (AmCL);

2. **Twanisha Terry (USC) 11.21; 3. Jenna Prandini (Pum) 11.33; 4. Mikiah Brisco (Nik) 11.51; 5. Kandace Thomas (unat) 11.52; 6. Javianne Oliver (Nik) 11.52.

200: I(0.2)–1. Calvert-Powell’ 23.29; 2. **Jessica Ozoude (CoSt) 23.46 PR; 3. Khalifa St. Fort’ (Tri) 23.53. II(-0.5)–1. *Angie Annelus (USC) 22.81; 2. Prandini 22.93; 3. Kynnedy Flannel (Tx) 23.07 PR; 4. Keni Harrison (adi) 23.30; 5. **Ka’Tia Seymour (FlSt) 23.30; 6. Jodie Williams’ (GB) 23.37. VI(0.7)–1. *Mecca McGlaston (USC) 23.27.

400: I–1. Paola Moran’ (Mex) 52.14 PR. II–1. Tiffani Marinho’ (Bra) 52.87; 2. Geisa Coutinho’ (Bra) 52.89; 3. Venessa D’Arpino (Or) 53.28; 4. Gia Trevisan’ (Ita) 53.37; 5. ***Bailey Lear (USC) 53.43; 6. ***Kennedy Simon (Tx) 53.64; 7. Zola Golden (Tx) 53.86. III–1. Dalilah Muhammad (Nik) 51.62; 2. Kendall Ellis (NBal) 51.75; 3. Briyahna DesRosiers (Or) 52.02; 4. *Hannah Waller (Or) 52.28; 5. *Kyra Constantine’ (USC) 52.54; 6. Tatum Waggoner (Az) 52.88; 7. Camille Laus’ (Bel) 52.95. VI–1. Karolina Pahlitzsch’ (Az) 53.37; 2. Diana Gajda’ (Az) 53.81; 3. *Micaiah Ransby (Ga) 53.86.

800: I–1. *Amber Tanner (Ga) 2:04.93; 2. ***Lena Kandissounon’ (CSN) 2:05.88 PR; 3. Kleidiane Barbosa’ (Bra) 2:05.96; 4. **Charlotte Cayton-Smith’ (MsSt) 2:05.96; 5. Morgan Foster (unat) 2:06.16; 6. Alon Lewis (MsSt) 2:06.25. II–1. Sage Hurta (unat) 2:03.46; 2. Skylyn Webb (CoCS) 2:04.70; 3. Alethia Marrero’ (PR) 2:04.75; 4. Chrishuna Williams (Nik) 2:05.14; 5. Mariela Luisa Real’ (Mex) 2:05.23; 6. Maité Bouchard’ (Can) 2:05.57; 7. ***Jemima Russell’ (USC) 2:06.79.

1500: 1. Sarah Lancaster (unat) 4:19.53 PR;… 4. Natoya Goule’ (Jam) 4:22.30.

St: I–1. Christine Thorn (RootsRP) 10:19.87 PR; 2. Sarah Medved (PortSt) 10:23.36. II–1. Jessy Lacourse’ (Can) 10:03.61; 2. Aimee Pratt’ (GB) 10:08.48; 3. Alex Burkhart (RootsRP) 10:10.48; 4. Mackenzie Andrews’ (Akr) 10:12.72 PR; 5. *Lindsey Blanks (AF) 10:14.77 PR; 6. **Lisa Vogelgesang’ (Ms) 10:19.35; 7. **Madeleine King (Ms) 10:22.37 PR.

5000: 1. Brenda Flores’ (Mex) 15:39.96; 2. *Jessica Drop (Ga) 15:41.53; 3. Danielle Shanahan (NAzE) 15:44.19; 4. Alice Wright’ (GB) 15:45.51 PR; 5. Luz Mery Rojas’ (Per) 15:45.52 PR; 6. Risper Gesabwa’ (Mex) 15:45.74 PR; 7. Carolina Tabares’ (Col) 15:47.74; 8. Aminat Olowora’ (OkC) 15:48.48.

10,000: 1. Camilla Richardsson’ (Fin) 33:08.26; 2. Angie Nickerson (SnUt) 33:12.87 PR; 3. Hannah Dorman (HokaAg) 33:14.60 PR; 4. Angelica Espinoza’ (Mex) 33:26.87 PR; 5. Angie Orjuela’ (Col) 33:27.22 PR; 6. Ursula Sanchez’ (Mex) 33:31.38; 7. Kelsey Bruce (DallB) 33:32.51 PR; 8. *Winny Koech’ (UTEP) 33:35.68 PR; 9. Maria De Jesus Ruiz’ (Mex) 33:36.16 PR; 10. *Alyssa Snyder (UtSt) 33:50.95; 11. Kelsi Lasota (MtSt) 33:55.58.

100H: I(1.1)–1. *Cortney Jones (FlSt) 12.82 PR; 2. **Naomi Taylor (Hous) 13.06 PR; 3. *Mecca McGlaston (USC) 13.07; 4. Brianna McGhee (RTG) 13.33.

II(0.3)–1. Keni Harrison (adi) 12.63 (WL, AL);

2. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’ (PR) 12.93. III(1.1)–1. Peydra Seymour’ (Bah) 12.88; 2. Dior Hall (USC) 12.96; 3. Bridgette Owens (unat) 13.19; 4. Isabelle Pedersen’ (Nor) 13.45. Open 100H(1.3): 1. **Destinee Rocker (CoSt) 13.16; 2. ***Emily Sloan (Or) 13.26; 3. Karelle Edwards’ (Can) 13.28.

400H: I–1. Gabby Scott’ (Co) 57.59 PR; 2. *Erin Dowd (WnMi) 57.87 PR. II–1. Kiah Seymour (unat) 57.45; 2. Brenna Porter (BYU) 57.97; 3. Hanne Cleas’ (Bel) 58.31; 4. **De’Andreah Young (CSN) 58.57.

4 x 100: 1. USC 42.93 (AL, CL) (Hall, Annelus, Thomas, Terry);

2. Oregon 43.95; 3. Florida State 44.13; 4. HSI 44.22 (White, Brisco, St. Fort’, Carter); 5. Brazil 44.69; 6. Houston 44.72.

4 x 400: I–1. Colorado 3:36.20; 2. San Francisco State 3:37.65. II–1. Hayes All-Stars 3:29.88 (McLaughlin 50.1, Hailey, Trevisan’, Ellis); 2. Oregon 3:30.57; 3. Hurdle Mechanic 3:31.93 (Tracey’, Rollins-McNeal, Woodruff’, Muhammed); 4. USC 3:35.34; 5. Georgia 3:36.78; 6. Arizona 3:37.75.

Jumping Events

HJ: 1. Vashti Cunningham (NvG) 6-5½ (1.97) (AL; out WL) (5-10¾, 6-¾, 6-2, 6-4¼, 6-5½ [xo], 6-6¾ [xxx]) (1.80, 1.85, 1.88, 1.94, 1.97 [xo], 2.00 [xxx]);

2. Jelena Rowe (NvG) 6-¾ (1.85) PR; 3. Erika Kinsey’ (Swe) 6-¾; 4. Ty Butts (GWE) 6-¾; 5. Amina Smith (unat) 6-¾; 6. Ximena Esquivel’ (Mex) 5-10¾ (1.80); 7. Shelley Spires (USAF) 5-10¾.

Open HJ: 1. Mady Fagan (Ga) 6-0 (1.83); 2. Alexa Harmon-Thomas (USC) 5-10¾ (1.80) PR.

PV: 1. Annie Rhodes-Johnigan (unat) 15-3 (4.65) PR; 2. Kortney Ross (RPerf) 14-7¼ (4.45); 3. Kristin Leland (unat) 14-7¼; 4. Emily Grove (unat) 14-1¼ (4.30).

LJ: 1. Eliane Martins’ (Bra) 21-10¼ (6.66); 2. ShaKeela Saunders (adi) 21-7¼ (6.58); 3. Darielle McQueen (unat) 21-4¼w (6.51) (20-9/6.32); 4. Malaina Payton (unat) 21-3¼ (6.48); 5. Lorraine Ugen’ (GB) 21-3¼ (6.48); 6. Erika Kinsey’ (Swe) 21-1½w (6.44) (21-1¼/6.43); 7. Christabel Nettey’ (Can) 21-¾ (6.42); 8. **Tara Davis (unat) 20-7¾ (6.29); 9. Jahisha Thomas’ (GB) 20-7¾ (6.29); 10. Tori Franklin (Nik) 20-5 (6.22).

Open LJ: 1. **Aliyah Whisby (Ga) 21-8 (6.60) PR (=CL);

2. *Rhesa Foster (Or) 20-10 (6.35) PR.

TJ: 1. Crystal Manning (unat) 44-10¾ (13.68) (out AL);

2. Imani Oliver (unat) 44-1¼ (13.44); 3. Chaquinn Cook (Or) 43-3¾ (13.20); 4. ***Titiana Marsh (Ga) 43-2½ (13.17) PR; 5. Ivonne Rangel’ (Mex) 43-¼ (13.11); 6. Isabella Marten’ (USC) 43-¼ (13.11).

Throwing Events

SP: 1. Jeneva Stevens (NYAC) 59-6¾ (18.15); 2. Rachel Fatherly (unat) 59-2¾ (18.05) PR; 3. Dani Hill (unat) 56-10¼ (17.33); 4. Lena Giger (unat) 56-1 (17.09).

DT: 1. Fernanda Martins’ (Bra) 210-6 (64.16);

2. Shadae Lawrence’ (CoSt-Jam) 209-7 (63.89) NR (CL) (6, x C);

3. *Shanice Love’ (FlSt) 200-8 (61.16); 4. Alex Collatz Sellen (ABG) 187-7 (57.18).

HT: 1. Brooke Andersen (unat) 246-2 (75.05) (4, x A) (f, 241-0, 227-0, f, 246-2, 241-10) (f, 73.46, 69.19, f, 75.05, 73.72);

2. Janeah Stewart (unat) 234-2 (71.38); 3. **Alyssa Wilson (UCLA) 224-0 (68.29); 4. *Veronika Kanuchova’ (FlSt) 220-6 (67.21).

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