Quartermiler Deon Lendore claimed the top spot on the 2014 world outdoor performance list with a superb 44.90 seconds run in the Sun Angel Track Classic men’s 400 metres event, in Arizona, USA, on Saturday. The clocking is a new personal best for the Trinidad and Tobago athlete, improving on the 44.94 run that earned him silver at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
In Saturday’s race, Lendore led a one-two finish for Texas A&M University and T&T, Carlyle Roudette finishing second in 45.77—a new PR (personal record).
The Sun Angel 400 was Lendore’s one-lap outdoor opener and his first outing since sustaining an injury in the Texas Relays 4x400m last month.
‘’This week was all about seeing how it feels, especially after going down at the Texas Relays,’’ said Lendore, in an interview on the Texas A&M website (www.aggieathletics.com). ‘’I came out here and it was all about executing a good race. I just wanted to do the best I could do and ended up with a PR. I didn’t expect it, but I’m happy that I have it now.’’
Lendore ended the 2014 indoor season as the world leader with a 45.03 seconds clocking.
Another T&T/Texas A&M athlete, Janeil Bellille finished third in the Sun Angel Track Classic women’s 400m hurdles in 58.12 seconds.
Michelle-Lee Ahye was the class of the Texas Invitational women’s 200m field, the T&T sprinter striking gold in a wind-assisted 22.88 seconds.
At the Johnson C. Smith Invitational, in North Carolina, Ade Alleyne-Forte secured the men’s 400m title with a 46.79 seconds run.
Durell Busby grabbed gold in the men’s 110m hurdles at the Billiken Invitational, in Missouri. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student clocked 13.88 seconds.n Maryland, Coppin State University’s Haysean Cowie-Clarke won the Don Webster Invitational men’s 100m dash in 10.61 seconds.
Another T&T/Coppin State athlete, Deandra Daniel topped the women’s high jump field with a 1.76 metres clearance.
At the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, in Florida, Shermund Allsop finished second in both the men’s 100m and 200m events. The Louisiana State University (LSU) sprinter clocked 10.42 seconds in the century and 20.74 in the longer sprint. Three-time Olympic medallist Richard ‘Torpedo’ Thompson clocked 20.81 for third spot in the 200m.
At the Seminole Invitational, in Florida, Lalonde Gordon finished third overall in the men’s 200m in a wind-aided 20.97 seconds. The double Olympic bronze medallist was also third fastest in the 100m, getting home in 10.55.
Peli Alzola won the women’s 100m ‘B’ race at the Border Clash meet, in Alabama. The Mississippi State University student got to the line in 11.97 seconds.
University of Southern Mississippi’s Robert Collingwood threw 17.95m to finish third in the men’s shot put. His twin brother and Southern Miss teammate Richard Collingwood was fifth in the men’s discus with a 51.23m effort.
And at the Missouri Relays, Jonathan Holder bagged bronze in the men’s 100m dash in a windy 10.61 seconds.