By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A month after moving to No. 2 in the IAAF World rankings, Kyron McMaster who has already qualified for Worlds Championships in London, England from Aug 4-13, shaved his 400m Hurdles best from 48.71 seconds to 48.69, in winning his specialty at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Florida on Friday.
McMaster said his aim he said was to execute and be consistent.
“Funny thing is, I was not able to execute the race the way I wanted to,” said McMaster who still has the No. 2 time in the world in the 400m Hurdles this season. “I hit a couple hurdles and my form was off a bit, so I was actually surprised I ran faster under these conditions. This tells me that even with the mistakes I can still do a lot better. Hopefully, in my next race, I’ll be able to execute properly.”
Central Iowa freshman Nelda Huggins won her heat of the Drake Relays College 100m prelims in 11.59 seconds, a race that had a 2.4 meters per second wind reading. She did not contest Saturday’s final, after temperatures dropped in the high 30s.
Tynelle Gumbs had a seventh place showing in the College Division of the Penn Relays Discus Throw, with a best effort of 47.95m (157 feet 3¾ inches). Twin sister Trevia was ninth with a throw of 46.38m (152 feet 2 inches). Tynelle was plagued by foul troubles in the Women’s Championships Hammer Throw, only mustering a heave of 49.93m (163 feet 9¾ inches). Trevia settled for 12th place in the College Women’s Shot Put after a best mark of 13.98m (45 feet 10 ½ inches).
College of the Sequoias freshman Tarika “Tinkerbell” Moses, won the California Bay Valley Conference Championships 100m in 11.91 seconds.
Adejah Hodge ran 13.22 seconds and 26.94 seconds, to win the 11-12 age group of the New Manchester High Classic in Georgia.
Competing at the Penn Relays in the USA vs the World, the BVI 4 x 100m Relay quartet of Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Karene King, L’T’Sha Fahie and Beyonce DeFreitas placed fourth in 44.99 seconds. Harrigan-Scott, King, DeFreitas and Ashley Kelly, were fifth in the Sprint Medley Relay in 1 minute 40.04 seconds.