Kemba Nelson of Oregon handed USC’s Twanisha Terry a surprising defeat in the women’s 60m at the Razorback Invitational after the Jamaican posted 7.19 second to win the event at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday.
Nelson Returns The Favor To Terry
Terry, who defeated Nelson in the women’s 200m on the first day on Friday, had to settle for second place this time in a time of 7.24 seconds.
Nelson, a junior from Montego Bay, Jamaica, qualified with the second-fastest time from the heats earlier in the day with 7.26 secs, behind Terry’s 7.25, after the pair won their respective preliminary.
The Oregon sprinter ran 23.53 to finish second to Terry (23.35) over the 200 meters Friday.
Nelson’s teammate and senior Brianna Duncan was third in 7.30.
Oregon Sweeps Razorback Invitational Short Sprints
Meanwhile, Micah Williams completed the Oregon short sprint sweep after he captured the men’s 60m in 6.56 seconds.
The freshman raced home ahead of USC’s Brendon Stewart, who clocked a season’s best 6.64 for second place and Roman Turner of Arkansas, who crossed the line in a personal best of 6.66.
Williams’ teammate Gaston Bouchereau, who was the runner-up in the 200 meters, was fourth in 6.67, with multi-talented sprint star Matthew Boling of Georgia getting home fifth in 6.70.
Fast 400m Races
Elsewhere, Elija Godwin of Georgia stopped the clock in a new personal best of 45.56 secs to capture the men’s 400m title. This is the third-fastest time in the world this season behind the 45.03 posted by Fred Kerley at the American Track League #1 meet last Sunday and Boling’s 45.51.
Trailing home a distant second was Nicholas Ramey (46.41) who also set a personal best and Jalen Brown of Arkansas who ran a season’s best of 46.56 for third.
The women’s race went to home favorite Paris Peoples of Arkansas after she returned a career-best of 52.48, which is the fifth-fastest time in the world so far this young season.
UCS trio Nicole Yeargin (52.51 PB), Jan’Taijah Ford (52.89) and Bailey Lear (52.95) were second, third and fourth overall.
Georgia’s Imani Carothers set a lifetime best of 8.06 to win the men’s 60m hurdles ahead of Oregon’s Emily Sloan (8.16) and Rosealee Cooper (8.23) of Mississippi State who also ran personal bests for second and third place, respectively.
Tre’Bien Gilbert of Arkansas won the men’s event in a seasonal best 7.84.