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Alfred sets NCAA 60m record with 7.02secs in New Mexico

Texas sprinter Julien Alfred was among the highlighted performers at Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational 2023 this weekend --setting a new collegiate record over the 60m.

Steve Campbell

Julien Alfred runs NCAA 60m record time
Julien Alfred runs collegiate 60m record time

The Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational 2023 took place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event featured a number of standout performances, with Texas athletes, in particular, making a strong showing.

In the women’s 60m, Julien Alfred of Texas set a new collegiate record after she blasted to a time of 7.02 seconds in the final. Her winning performance also ranks her among the top 20 fastest performers on the world’s all-time list.

Watch Julien Alfred Destroys 60m Field At Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational

Alfred, who also owns 3 of the 4 fastest marks in collegiate history, set a new St. Lucia national record. She had matched her second-fastest time ever in the event at 7.05 secs in the heats. It was her first 60m of the season after opening her indoor campaign over the longer sprints.

Her fellow Texas teammate Rhasidat Adeleke ran 7.20 for second place and Maboundou Kone rounded out the top three finishers in the event with a time of 7.21. Fourth place went to Samirah Moody of USC at 7.26.

In the women’s 200m, Adeleke flashed to 22.52 seconds on her way to setting a world-leading time and improving her previous indoor record of 22.85. Alfred came home with a time of 22.71, and Caisja Chandler from USC clocked 22.99 for third.

Meanwhile, Marcellus Moore of Texas captured a fine sprinter double.

Moore took the top spot in the 60m –breaking the tape at a time of 6.62, and was followed home by Brendon Stewart of USC, Keshaun Black of Georgia, and Nolton Shelvin of Texas who all came in at 6.66 secs.

Kennedy Simon of Texas in the women's 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational 2023Pin
Kennedy Simon of Texas in the women’s 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational 2023

Moore continued his dominance in the men’s 200m, taking first place with a personal best of 20.64 seconds. Myles Misener-Daley of UCLA came in second at 20.68, and was followed by France’s Mouhamadou Fall, who ran 20.72.

In the men’s 400m, Ashton Allen of USC took first place with a time of 45.94, followed by Elija Godwin and Matthew Boling of Georgia in second and third place respectively.

In other results at the Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational 2023, the women’s 600m saw Kennedy Simon of Texas register the fifth-fastest time in USTFCCCA history with a time of 1:26.69, Will Sumner of Georgia took first place in the men’s contest with a time of 1:15.32, followed by Jonathan Jones and Yusuf Bizimana of Texas in second and third place respectively.

The women’s 800m went to Gigi Maccagnini of USC who took first place with a time of 2:09.30, followed by Thulisile Amon of New Mexico State.

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Steve Campbell

Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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