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World-Leading weekend for Altis

Ellie Spain

Ellie Spain

ALTIS Director of Education

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – This weekend saw an outstanding set of results for World Athletics Center athletes at the Mountain T’s Invitational at NAU.

Akeem Haynes took 0.22s off his 60m PB from 2010 – rocketing to a time which stood as a world-leading mark for 24 hours, whilst also claiming the fastest time posted by a Canadian since Bruny Surin’s 6.50 in Paris in 1997.

At the same meet, 33 year old Muna Lee dominated the 60m, running her fastest time in over a decade, a performance which marked her fastest run ever as a professional in the sport.

“We are very excited for both Muna and Akeem. It’s been a tough few years for them both, and Altis was very happy to offer them full scholarships” said Performance Director, Stuart McMillan. “They have been training very well, and though we were not sure exactly how fast they would run, we knew they would open up well. Both have now been invited to run next week in the New Balance Indoor Games.”

Highlights – Pro & Scholarship Sprinters

Women’s 60m

Muna Lee won in a time of 7.18s.

Men’s 60m

Akeem Haynes (Brooks and Genethix) won in a time of 6.51s

Ryan Milus (Brooks) recorded a time of 6.63s

Former Football player, Albert Huntley ran 6.70s showing exciting potential.

200m specialist Anaso Jobodwana posted a solid opener of 6.71s.

After a good start, Jeremy Dodson cruised in with 6.83s after his knee buckled.

60m Hurdles

Aries Merritt enjoyed his first opener, winning his first indoor race in a year with a time of 7.66s.

Mikel Thomas doubled in the 60H and 60m. His time in the 60m of 6.80s was his third fastest time ever.

It also proved to be a successful first weekend of competition for our semi pros:

Candace Jackson placed 2nd in the 60m with a PB of 7.45s

William McCaskill won the 400m with a time of 47.62s

Vanier Joseph placed 2nd in the 60 H with time of 8.02s

Naithan Scott placed 4th in the 60 H with a time of 8.09s

Albert Huntley placed 4th in the 60m with a PB of 6.71s

Curtis King set a PB in the 60m with time of 6.85s

Representing the throws, Mike Thalken and Rashad Williams threw 16.78m and 16.63m respectively in the Shot Put.

Pole Vaulter John Prader posted his highest opener ever, with a vault of 5.40m – narrowly missing at 5.50m. Brad Walker sailed clear at 5.50m, before coming tantalizingly close to a clearance at 5.80m.

This coming weekend will see Muna Lee and Akeem Haynes head to Boston, whilst others, including Aries Merritt, are set to compete at the University of New Mexico.

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