USATF News & Notes: 4/25/2005

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    Lee, Arnold star at Kansas Relays

    Muna Lee and Dominique Arnold each set records and were named the Most Outstanding Performers of the meet Saturday in winning their respective events during the GOLD ZONE portion of the 78th Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The meet was held in front of 22,400 fans, the second-largest crowd in the history of the event.

    Lee, a 200m finalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, posted the second-fastest time in the world this year in winning the women’s 100 meters in 11.10 seconds. Her performance betters the previous Kansas Relays record of 11.18 set in 1982 by Jamaican all-time great Merlene Ottey.

    In setting the new meet record in the 110m hurdles, Dominique Arnold won the event in 13.33 seconds. The 1996 NCAA Outdoor 110m hurdles champion, Arnold bettered Anwar Moore’s previous Kansas Relays record of 13.33 set in 2004.

    In other events, 2003 World Outdoor 200m champion John Capel won the men’s 100 meters in the fastest time in the world this season of 10.10 seconds. Mark Jelks was the runner-up, with 2000 Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Maurice Greene third. Both were timed in 10.15 seconds.

    In the 4x100m relay, the team of Capel, Greene, Leonard Scott, and Kaaron Conwright won in 39.24.

    Reigning USA Indoor 400m champion Bershawn Jacksonrecorded the fastest time in the U.S. this year with a 48.67 in his specialty, the men’s 400m hurdles. In men’s field event action, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Matt Hemingway won the high jump with a best of 2.19 meters/7 feet, 2 inches, and Jamie Beyer won the shot put with a best of 20.88m/68-6.

    In women’s action, 1999 U.S. and World Junior 400m hurdles champion Lashinda Demus won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.93 seconds, with Jenny Adams the runner-up in 13.10, and in the women’s high jump, reigning USA Indoor champion Gwen Wentland was the victor with a clearance of (1.83m/6-0), with three-time Olympian Amy Acuff the runner-up (1.78m/5-10).

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    Huntington joins Michigan State coaching staff

    World renowned field events coach Randy Huntington has been hired at Michigan State University to coach MSU’s throwers, jumpers and multi-event competitors. He began his duties April 4.

    Huntington has been the coach for many world-class athletes over the years, including eight Olympians and seven world championship team members. Three-time Olympian Mike Powell and National Track and Field Hall of Famer Willie Banks set world records in the long jump and triple jump, respectively, while under his tutelage.

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