Tom Jones Memorial — Plenty Of Speed On Display

Grant Holloway’s world-leading 13.07 to win the hurdles missed his all-time low by just 0.09. (SHAWN PRICE)

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, April 16-17 — First-day conditions at the Tom Jones Memorial featured drizzling to pounding rain, but that didn’t deter Sha’Carri Richardson in the 200. Fresh off her 10.72 from the Miramar Invitational the week before, the 21-year-old LSU alum streaked away from the field, easing up near the end but still producing the year’s fastest U.S. time, 22.11, just 0.11 off her PR. Lynna Irby was a distant 2nd in 22.57 and Blessing Okagbare took 3rd in 22.66.

Afterwards, Richardson spoke confidently from underneath a large umbrella, saying, “Today was an excellent day. My name is Sha’Carri Richardson and I’m here. My performance… I’ve got something to say. Every time I touch the track is going to back it up. You have a nice day.”

In the men’s 200, Fred Kerley produced the fastest time of the night with his PR-matching 20.24 out of lane 3 to beat Jereem Richards (20.30). In the third section, 17-year-old pro Erriyon Knighton cranked out an unchallenged 20.39 to win by 0.52.

Saturday’s weather was much better with no rain and conditions in the 70s with little wind and 80% humidity. The hurdles highlighted a second day of speed.

Grant Holloway lowered the yearly world lead in the 110s to 13.17 in his heat, then improved in the final, where his 13.07 won handily over Florida State’s Trey Cunningham (13.28 PR).

Though he equaled his No. 2 time ever, Holloway thought there was improvement to be made, saying, “It’s in the books. I’ve been training hard, but I have to just execute in the latter half of the race. It’s going to come up to me in those big races with big people. I think that is my third fastest time ever. It’s still good, but I have to get better.”

Jasmin Camacho-Quinn stunned the women’s 100H field, herself and the crowd as she moved to No. 7 on the all-time world list with her year-leading and Puerto Rican Record 12.32. She shrieked with delight as the final time was posted and announced and the crowd erupted with applause. The Kentucky alum had showed some indication a fast time was coming 2 hours earlier, easing through her heat in 12.56.

JoVaughn “JoJo” Martin of Florida State scorched a 9.94 in the 100 to steal the thunder from headliners Matthew Boling, Justin Gatlin, Noah Lyles, Kenny Bednarek and Andre De Grasse. Originally scheduled to run against Boling and Joe Fahnbulleh in section 1 of the college division, Martin was moved to section 2 after Fahnbulleh scratched and the races were reseeded.

Martin got away from the field late in the race and silenced the stadium when the mark was posted and then announced. The Sam Houston State transfer’s previous best was 10.40 (plus a 10.17w).

“I was not expecting that,” admitted Seminole sprint coach Ricky Argro. “He looked good in warmups and in the race, once he stood up and hit that next gear I thought, ‘This might be fast.’ He opened up a gap and the gap kept getting wider. I kept looking at him, looking at the clock, then looking at him. In my mind I thought I saw 9 seconds. I’m usually pretty reserved, but when I saw the 9.94 on the clock, I dropped my bag, I dropped my phone.”

In the open race, the ageless Gatlin nipped Grasse, 9.98–9.99 with Bednarek (10.03) and Lyles (10.08) trailing as Gatlin pointed to the scoreboard near race’s end.


JONES MEMORIAL OPEN MEN’S RESULTS

(4/16—200)

100: I(1.4)–1. Justin Gatlin (Nik) 9.98; 2. Andre De Grasse’ (Can) 9.99; 3. Kenny Bednarek (Nik) 10.03 PR; 4. Noah Lyles (adi) 10.08; 5. Isiah Young (Nik) 10.18; 6. Kyree King (Nik) 10.23.

II(0.8)–1. Devin Quinn (Nik) 10.23; 2. Jaylen Bacon (adi) 10.25; 3. Kendal Williams (Pure) 10.29; 4. Christopher Belcher (Nik) 10.30.

III(0.8)–1. Josephus Lyles (adi) 10.26; 2. Jelani Walker’ (Jam) 10.27; 3. Jerome Blake’ (Can) 10.30.

200: I(0.9)–1. Fred Kerley (Nik) 20.24 =PR; 2. Jereem Richards’ (Tri) 20.30; 3. Aaron Brown’ (Can) 20.43; 4. Divine Oduduru’ (Ngr) 20.46; 5. Trayvon Bromell (NBal) 20.62; 6. Young 20.63.

II(0.6)–1. J. Lyles 20.61.

III(0.5)–1. Erriyon Knighton (adi) 20.39.

400: 1. Steven Gardiner’ (Bah) 44.71; 2. Matthew Hudson-Smith’ (GB) 45.53; 3. Nathan Strother (adi) 45.64.

JONES UNIVERSITY MEN’S RESULTS

(4/16—200, 1500, St, 400H, HJ, LJ, SP, DT)

100: I(0.7)–1. Cravont Charleston (NCSt) 10.15; 2. ***Matthew Boling (Ga) 10.21; 3. ***Taylor Banks (FlSt) 10.23; 4. *Dedrick Vanover (Fl) 10.28.

II(1.6)–1. **JoVaughn Martin (FlSt) 9.94 PR (=WL, =AL; CL) (8, x AmC) (previous PR 10.40/10.17w);

2. *Roman Turner (Ar) 10.25 PR.

200(0.2): 1. ***Lance Lang (Ky) 20.39 PR; 2. Boling 20.43; 3. *Dwight St. Hillaire’ (Ky-Tri) 20.69.

400: 1. **Elija Godwin (Ga) 45.34 PR; 2. **James Milholen (Ar) 46.06 PR.

800: 1. *Waleed Suliman (Ms) 1:47.74; 2. **Timothy Doyle’ (NFl-PR) 1:47.76 PR.

1500: 1. *Cade Bethmann (Ms) 3:41.96.

St: 1. **Andrew Kibet’ (Ar-Ken) 8:53.12 PR.

110H(1.3): 1. Grant Holloway (adi) 13.07 (WL, AL); 2. *Trey Cunningham (FlSt) 13.28 PR (AmCL);

3. Nick Anderson (unat) 13.52; 4. **Tre’Bien Gilbert (Ar) 13.62 PR;

5. **Cameron Murray (NCSt) 13.72 PR; 6. Wellington Zaza’ (Lbr) 13.79; 7. Carl Elliott (Ar) 13.88.

Heats: I(0.8)–1. Holloway 13.17 (WL, AL).

400H: 1. Quincy Hall (adi) 50.29; 2. Shawn Rowe’ (Jam) 50.55.

4 x 100: I–1. Tumbleweed TC 39.19 (Bracey, De Grasse’, Bromell, Oduduru’); 2. Kentucky 39.26; 3. Florida State 39.67.

II–1. Jamaica 39.23 (Ewers’, Taylor’, Givans’, Tracey’).

4 x 400: 1. adidas 3:00.75 (Strother, Hall, Knighton, Holloway); 2. Tumbleweed TC 3:03.41; 3. Florida State 3:04.29; 4. Georgia 3:05.53; 5. Arkansas 3:05.54; 6. Miami 3:07.04.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Clayton Brown’ (Fl-Jam) 7-3 (2.21).

LJ: 1. *Isaac Grimes (FlSt) 25-11½ (7.91).

TJ: 1. Christian Taylor (Nik) 53-1½ (16.19); 2. Brown’ 53-¼ (16.16).

SP: 1. Connor Bandel (Fl) 62-8¾ (19.12); 2. Jonathan Tharaldsen (Ga) 62-3¾ (18.99).

DT: 1. Charles Lenford (Ky) 190-7 (58.08); 2. ***Milton Ingraham (FlSt) 186-4 (56.80).

HT: 1. Thomas Mardal’ (Fl-Nor) 249-11 (76.18) PR (CL);

2. Dempsey McGuigan’ (Ire) 225-1 (68.62); 3. ***Ruben Banks’ (Ar-GB) 216-4 (65.94) PR; 4. Kevin Arreaga’ (Mia-Spa) 215-10 (65.78); 5. **Alencar Pereira’ (Ga-Bra) 210-7 (64.19).

JONES OPEN WOMEN’S RESULTS

(4/16—200)

100: I(2.2)–1. Javianne Oliver (Nik) 11.12w; 2. Tianna Bartoletta (unat) 11.16w; 3. Daryll Neita’ (GB) 11.26w;

4. Kortnei Johnson (Nik) 11.31w; 5. Kelly-Ann Baptiste’ (Tri) 11.33w; 6. Dezerea Bryant (Nik) 11.41w; 7. Shania Collins (adi) 11.45w.

II(3.1)–1. Shannon Ray (EmpA) 11.35w; 2. Cindy Sember’ (GB) 11.45w.

200(1.0): 1. Sha’Carri Richardson (Nik) 22.11 (AL);

2. Lynna Irby (adi) 22.57; 3. Blessing Okagbare’ (Ngr) 22.66; 4. Bryant 23.07; 5. Kyra Jefferson (Nik) 23.08.

400: 1. Jessica Beard (adi) 51.00; 2. Kaylin Whitney (Nik) 51.04 PR; 3. Na’Asha Robinson (unat) 52.24; 4. Chloe Abbott (OnR) 52.77; 5. Jordan Lavender (LSpeed) 52.78.

100H(1.7): 1. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’ (PR) 12.32 NR (WL) (7, x W);

2. Tiffany Porter’ (GB) 12.62; 3. Cindy Sember’ (GB) 12.62; 4. Brittany Anderson’ (Jam) 12.91; 5. Gabby Cunningham (unat) 13.30.

JONES UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S RESULTS

(4/16—200, 1500, St, 10K, 400H, LJ, DT, JT)

100: I(1.4)–1. *Jayla Kirkland (FlSt) 11.13 PR; 2. *Jada Baylark (Ar) 11.19; 3. ***Melissa Jefferson (CCar) 11.22 PR; 4. **Tiana Wilson (Ar) 11.28; 5. *Ka’Tia Seymour (FlSt) 11.35.

II(1.5)–1. *Edidiong Odiong’ (FlSt-Ngr) 11.42.

200(0.4): 1. **Abby Steiner (Ky) 22.79; 2. ***Talitha Diggs (Fl) 23.20 PR.

400: 1. **Paris Peoples (Ar) 52.14; 2. *Morgan Burks-Magee (Ar) 52.16 PR; 3. ***Jermaisha Arnold (CCar) 52.63 PR; 4. **Doneisha Anderson’ (Fl-Bah) 52.77; 5. ***Megan Moss’ (Ky-Bah) 53.03.

800: 1. Amber Tanner (Ga) 2:01.36 PR; 2. **Gabrielle Wilkinson (Fl) 2:01.45 PR; 3. Shafiqua Maloney’ (Ar-StV) 2:02.54 PR; 4. **Imogen Barrett’ (Fl-Aus) 2:03.22 PR; 5. **Sintayehu Vissa’ (Ms-Ita) 2:05.01 PR; 6. *Kennedy Thomson’ (Ar-Can) 2:05.37 PR.

1500: 1. *Maudie Skyring’ (FlSt-Aus) 4:11.43 PR (CL);

2. *Kennedy Thomson’ (Ar-Can) 4:12.38 PR; 3. Carina Viljoen’ (Ar-SA) 4:14.36 PR; 4. Abby Gray (Ar) 4:15.80 PR.

St: 1. *Krissy Gear (Ar) 9:45.10 PR (AmCL);

2. *Gracie Hyde (Ar) 9:57.88 PR; 3. **Hayleigh Palotti (Jack) 10:09.25 PR; 4. *Kristel van den Berg’ (Ms-Neth) 10:17.46 PR.

5000: 1. Katie Izzo (Ar) 16:05.81 PR.

10,000: 1. Devin Clark (Ar) 33:48.90.

100H(1.3): 1. *Tiara McMinn (Mia) 12.94; 2. ***Daszay Freeman’ (Ar-Jam) 12.96 PR; 3. **Masai Russell (Ky) 13.00 PR;

4. ***Rayniah Jones (UCF) 13.04 PR; 5. **Yoveinny Mota’ (Ar-Ven) 13.12; 6. ***Akira Rhodes (NCSt) 13.13; 7. Faith Ross (Ky) 13.15.

400H: 1. Aminat Yusuf Jamal Odeyemi’ (Bhr) 57.63; 2. Kiah Seymour (unat) 58.37; 3. Russell 58.73.

4 x 100: 1. Florida State 43.70 (Hyde’, Kirkland, Seymour, Odiong’); 2. Miami 44.06; 3. Arkansas 44.62; 4. Mississippi 44.87.

4 x 400: I–1. Jones All-Stars 3:30.53 (Abbott, Collins, Davis, Edwards).

II–1. Empire Athletics 3:26.76 (Seymour, Beard, Scott, Whitney); 2. Florida 3:27.50 (Manson, Lester, Anderson, Diggs);

3. Arkansas 3:28.20 (Burks-Magee, Wilson, Peoples, Maloney’); 4. Miami 3:36.01; 5. South Florida 3:36.26; 6. Georgia 3:36.37; 7. Tumbleweed TC 3:37.40; 8. UCF 3:37.42.

Field Events

PV: 1. Lauren Martinez (Ar) 13-11¼ (4.25).

LJ: 1. Jazmin Sawyers’ (GB) 21-6¾ (6.57); 2. Bartoletta 21-2½ (6.46); 3. ***Claire Bryant (Fl) 21-1½ (6.44); 4. Thea LaFond’ (Dom) 20-9 (6.32); 5. Darrielle McQueen (unat) 20-7¼ (6.28); 6. Shara Proctor’ (GB) 20-5 (6.22).

TJ: 1. ***Rūta Lasmane’ (FlSt-Lat) 45-3¾ (13.81); 2. LaFond’ 45-½ (13.73); 3. Alonie Sutton (FlSt) 43-2½ (13.17);

4. Yanis David’ (Fra) 42-9¾ (13.05); 5. Domonique Panton (unat) 42-9 (13.03); 6. *Adja Sackor (Jack) 42-7½ (12.99); 7. ***Ashley Moore (Mia) 42-7½ (12.99).

SP: 1. Lloydricia Cameron’ (Jam) 58-10¼ (17.94); 2. ***Jalani Davis (Ms) 55-9¾ (17.01) PR; 3. Nicole Fautsch (Ky) 54-7½ (16.65); 4. *Molly Leppelmeier (Ky) 53-1 (16.18) PR; 5. **Tedreauna Britt (Ms) 52-10 (16.10) PR; 6. Rashida Harris (Louis) 52-5¼ (15.98); 7. ***Thea Jensen’ (Fl-Den) 51-11 (15.82).

DT: 1. Shadae Lawrence’ (Jam) 189-10 (57.86).

HT: 1. *Shey Taiwo (Ms) 217-8 (66.35) PR; 2. *Molly Leppelmeier (Ky) 211-10 (64.58); 3. *Jade Gates (Ky) 209-2 (63.76) PR; 4. *Makenli Forrest (Louis) 206-1 (62.83); 5. ***Jasmine Mitchell (Ms) 205-8 (62.68); 6. ***Charlotte Williams (Ga) 200-11 (61.25); 7. *Debbie Ajagbe (Mia) 198-3 (60.43).

JT: 1. Marie-Therese Obst’ (Ga-Nor) 192-1 (58.54); 2. **Arianne Duarte-Morais’ (Fl-Bra) 180-10 (55.13) PR; 3. **Kayla Merkel (VaC) 159-3 (48.55) PR. ◻︎

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