Talented sprinters Georgia’s Matthew Boling and USC’s Twanisha Terry captured respective 200m titles on the opening day of the two-day Razorback Invitational, hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville, on Friday.
Boling Sets Another Personal Best
After clocking a very fast 45.51 seconds to win the men’s 400m at the Carolina Challenge in Columbia, S.C., last Saturday, Boling stepped down in distance this week to post a very swift 20.53 seconds to set a personal best again en route to securing the men’s 200m title in Fayetteville, Friday.
The winning time for Boling was enough to take the sixth heat with the fastest time overall and improved his previous indoor best of 20.66, set last Feb. at the same venue.
Already the national leader in the 400m and third fastest in the country over 60m, Boling climbed to No. 2 on this year’s world and national lists coming into the weekend for the 200m.
Gaston Bouchereau of Oregon also registered a personal best when finishing second to Boling in 21.03, while Arkansas junior Jalen Brown finished third with a time of 21.18. The race also saw Jamaicans Xavier Nairne (21.25) and Delano Dunkley (21.27), representing Oregon and Georgia, respectively, finishing fourth and fifth overall.
Nairne was second to teammate Bouchereau in heat 4, while Dunkley won the fifth heat.
Terry Eased To Women’s Crown
In the women’s race, Terry clocked a season’s best 23.35 seconds to finish with the fastest time overall from the five section finals.
Jamaican Kemba Nelson, representing the Ducks, was second overall in 23.53 after following Terry home in the fourth heat. Rosey Effiong (23.56) and Nicole Yeargin (23.65) were also heat winners for third and fourth place overall.
In field events action on the first day, Jasmine Moore stretched out to 6.44m in the second round of the competition to land the women’s long jump title for Georgia, USC freshman Morgan Smalls won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.82m, while her schoolmate Ernie Sears soared over 2.26m to equal the meeting record in the men’s competition.