This week’s highlights feature stand out performances from South America, Europe, Africa and the USA.
Christabel Nettey excelled in the bright lights of New York as she claimed not only the win – but the meet record at the IAAF Diamond League – with a leap of 6.92m. Her winning jump came into a strong headwind (-1.6), pushing 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta into second place.
“Christabel showed total professional effort in her meet management and poise, battling very difficult wind conditions, a ridiculous start time, and a minor injury with total class” Coach Pfaff explained. “Once again, she hit a huge jump in her final effort of the meet which is always a confidence booster. Winning a DL title is never easy and to do it at her age and level of experience is exceptional.”
To hear Christabel’s reaction, click here.
Oslo Diamond League
Competing the other side of the Atlantic, in a windy Bislett Stadium in Norway, Anaso Jobodwana finished with 20.39s (-1.2ms) for a highly creditable second place behind Frenchman Christoph Lemaitre. The result improved on the South African’s mark set at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene two weeks ago, when he posted a time of 20.04 seconds.
“This was Anaso’s first time competing off of a European flight – so we were very happy with both his 100m openers in Prague, and his Oslo DL 200m” said Coach McMillan. “To put in two very competitive efforts within a week of arriving in Europe was very encouraging. Anaso is now back in Arizona, and will have a few weeks of solid training before heading back over to Europe.”
South American Championships
At the South American Championships, Joel Lynch representing Panama took 5th overall in the finals. “His time of 46.64 is the third fastest time he has ever run” explained Coach Behm – “it was a clutch championship performance!”
In the second Altis meet, Akeem Haynes won the 100m with a fine performance, in what was a low key competition – running 10.23s into a headwind. “This was a good run, and leads him into a very competitive Canadian Championships in three weeks” said Coach McMillan. “We look forward to seeing what Akeem can do on a fast track in his home country.”
In the men’s Triple Jump, Josh Honeycutt won the competition with a leap of 16.79m – just 3cm short of his PR, marking a season’s best performance.
“Josh had an excellent meet this week. It was the most comfortable he has looked handling higher velocities on the runway” said Coach Kyle Hierholzer. “His jump mechanics are pretty solid right now, and when you can put those two qualities together it usually ends up as a good result. He had several jumps over 16.60, and the 16.79 was just shy of his lifetime PR. Overall, we couldn’t ask for much more than that. He came out of the meet healthy, and we are excited to continue chipping away on our KPI’s heading into USA’s.”
The quarter milers also had a solid weekend of 400m action. Keith Cleveland won the Altis Invitational in a season’s best 46.37 and William McCaskill finished 2nd in a new PR of 46.55s (his previous PR of 46.66 dating back to 2005!). Jeshua Anderson and Shante Little both took a break from hurdles and ran the open race instead. Jeshua cruised to an easy 46.71 and Shante ran a Personal Best of 53.91.
Mikel Thomas decided to test his flat speed and enter the 100m. He ended up third at with a time of 10.37s into a slight breeze of -0.5. “We were excited to host this fun little meet. It was not a large field size, the athletes did a good job of getting themselves emotionally ready to race” said Coach Behm. “It is important to do this regardless of circumstance and they responded well.”
Harry Jerome Invitational & Victoria Track Classic
Racing 3 times in 5 days, Muna Lee came out with a sweep of the Western Canada competitive series – winning the 200m in Vancouver, and the 100m in Victoria. Coach Andreas Behm was upbeat about her performances: “She is in fine shape going into USA Trials in 2 weeks.”
IAAF World Challenge – Rabat, Morocco
Competing at the Mohammed VI d’Athletisme IAAF Challenge in the Moroccan capital, Tori Pena placed 4th with a Season’s Best performance of 4.41m in the Pole Vault.