McMaster, Hodge break 400m Hurdles, 200m national records

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Adaejah Hodge, 15, who set a 200m National Youth and National Jr Record, qualified for the Georgia State Class 6A State Championships in the 100/200m & Long Jump PHOTO: Kimbo Hodge

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Kyron McMaster ran his first 400m Hurdles race since the 2019 World Athletics Championships, making his season’s debut by shaving his own national record  by 0.04, while 15-year old Adaejah Hodge qualified for the Georgia State High School Championships by breaking the 200m Youth and Jr. Records, while also claiming 100m and Long Jump victories.

McMaster finished second in 47.50 seconds at the USTAF Golden Games in Walnut, California, to former Antigua and Barbuda athlete Rai Benjamin who now competes for the USA, and produced a world leading 47.13 seconds time. McMaster shaved his June 30, 2018 personal best  and national record from 47.54 seconds and moved up to No 18 on the World Athletics All Time list in the event.

At the same competition, Shot Putter Eldred Henry had an unlooked for 18.65m (62’1¼”) heave to place ninth in his first outing since the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

At the high school level, Adaejah Hodge, 15, became the National Youth and National Jr. 200m record holder, when she stopped the clock at 23.64 seconds (0.8) at the Georgia Class 6A Sectional B (Regions 3, 4, 5 and 8) Championships and qualified for the weekend State Championships. With the time, she moved to No 5 on the BVI All Time List and has the fastest performer by a woman, so far this season.

Hodge also advanced to state in the 100m and Long Jump events. She won her 100m heat in 11.73 seconds, after cutting the sand at 5.88m (19’3½”).

On the collegiate scene, Southwest Baptist Freshman  Zara Brown, won the GLVC Freshman Athlete of the Year  Award, after scoring 15 points in the 100, 200 and 400m and helping her school to a 2nd place finish in the conference with 139 points. Brown was second in the 100m with a personal best and school record time of 11.76 seconds (0.8), the No 8 All Time BVI Women’s mark. She won her heat in 11.88 seconds (-0.5). Brown followed up with a fourth place finish in the 400m in 57.35 seconds, after finishing  second in her prelims with a personal best of 56.98, the No 5 mark on SBU’s All Time List.

Brown ended her duties that included a 2nd leg carry on the victorious 4x100m relay that ran 46.00 seconds, with a seventh place finish in the 200m and a time of 24.99 seconds. She used a personal best of 24.41 seconds (0.3), to win her heat, a mark that places her at No 3 All Time at SBU.

Elsewhere, Utah State Freshman Xiomara “Gia” Malone, tuned up for the weekend Mountain West Conference Championships Heptathlon at the Weber State Invitational, with a 100m Hurdles personal best of 14.63 seconds (1.8) and a 3rd place finish. She equaled her High Jump personal best of 1.63m (5’4¼”) to place fifth. Malone ended the Long Jump with a third place leap of 5.55m (-1.2) (18’2½”).

Ashley Kelly was fourth in the Tom Tellez Invitational 400m in 54.41 seconds.

Competition in the National Jr. College Championships began earlier in the week for New Mexico Jr. College Sophomore twin brothers Djimon and Diamante Gumbs and Cloud County Freshman Tashira Edwards. This weekend Central Florida Sophomore, Beyonce DeFreitas, Clemson Sr. Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, UTEP Freshman Josh Hill, Northwestern State Sophomore Akira Phillip, Indiana Sophomore Rikkoi Brathwaite and Xiomara “Gia” Malone, will contest their respective conference championships.   

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