BATON ROUGE, LA — Abby Steiner of Kentucky flashed to a world-leading time of 10.92 seconds (0.5 m/s) to win the women’s 100m at the LSU hosted Joe May Invitational 2022 on Saturday (9). READ MORE: Not good for hurdling: Grant Holloway pulls out of windy USATF Bermuda Games
Steiner, who is coming off an impressive indoor season where she broke the collegiate 200m record, carried over that form into her outdoor season as she broke 11-seconds for the first time in her career and she did it with a super closing finish, which you can watch in the video. || Read more: 2022 Penn Relays high school and collegiate fields announced
The 22-year-old came into the weekend with a personal best of 11.10 seconds, which she set in her first 100m in three years last weekend at the Florida Relays 2022 in Gainesville, FL.
She closed out the week by lowering that mark significantly at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium today on her way to becoming the third woman to run sub-11 seconds in 2022.
Steiner improved the previous world lead time of 10.99 seconds, which was posted by both Anthonique Strachan of The Bahamas and Brittany Brown of USA.
Her performance in Baton Rouge this weekend saw her setting her 5th school record, while the time makes her the fifth-fastest 100m performer in collegiate history.
Only Sha’Carri Richardson (10.75), Dawn Sowell (10.78), Aleia Hobbs (10.85), and Twanisha Terry (10.89) have gone faster than Steiner with a legal wind record, while the Kentucky star joins Cambrea Sturgis (10.92) and Jenna Prandini (10.92) at No. 5 on the all-time list.
The NCAA indoor champion and record holder got home on Saturday ahead of some big names, with Favour Ofili of LSU clocking 11.00 for second place while Tiger Olympians pair and training partners Mikiah Brisco (11.04) and Aleia Hobbs (11.08) taking third and fourth, respectively.
Meanwhile, Steiner was even more outstanding in women’s 200m after she ran away from her competitors to win the event with a time of 22.38 seconds, despite competing in a very strong -5.6 m/s headwind.
According to USTFCCCA, her performance “is the quickest in collegiate history run into a headwind greater than 1.7 m/s.”
“Merlene Ottey went 22.29 (-1.7) back in 1982, while Felicia Brown clocked 22.26 (-1.3) six years ago.”