The 2023 Red Raider Open in Lubbock, Texas, saw some impressive performances from some of the top collegiate track and field athletes in the country, including Jordan Anthony, Kiara Grant, Kennedy Lightner, and Masai Russell.
Jordan Anthony and Kiara Grant Fast Again!
In the men’s 60m dash, Jordan Anthony of the University of Kentucky continued his hot start to the season with another blistering time of 6.55 seconds, breaking the school’s freshman record for the second week in a row.
Anthony was just 0.01 shy of the Wildcat school record held by Olympian Tim Harden. In the final on Friday, Anthony was followed home by Caleb Dean of Texas Tech at 6.60, Don’dre Swint from Texas Tech at 6.60, LSU’s Brandon Hicklin (6.65), and Clemson’s Wanya McCoy (6.69).
The women’s 60m dash was also a highlight, with Kiara Grant of Clemson setting a new record in the ACC with a time of 7.09 seconds. Grant’s time shattered Tonya Carter’s record of 7.15 seconds, which had stood for 23 years.
American Marybeth Sant-Price, the World Indoor bronze medalist from last year, was second in 7.18 with Sedrickia Wynn of Texas State taking third place with a time of 7.35. Tionna Brown of LSU clocked 7.44 for fourth.
Grant ran 7.21 to qualify the quickest from the heats and Sant-Price posted 7.25 for the 2nd fastest time entering the final.
Kennedy Lightner Eased to 200m Win
In the men’s 200m dash, Kennedy Lightner of Kentucky took first place with a time of 20.64 seconds, and he was followed home by teammate Brandon Miller (20.80) and Jack Marshall (20.84) of Abilene Christian.
In the women’s 200m dash, Rosemary Chukwuma of Texas Tech won the event in 22.99 seconds. Daija Lampkin of UCF came in second with 23.42, and Beyonce Defreitas of UCF got place third with a time of 23.54.
Also on the track, the men’s 400m dash went to Arizona State’s Justin Robinson, who clocked 46.05 seconds to win comfortably head of Dominick Yancy of Texas State and Ashton Schwartzman of Texas A&M.
In the women’s contest, Dajour Miles of Kentucky came in first and moved to No. 5 in Kentucky history in the event with a time of 52.45 seconds. Kennedy Wade of Texas A&M was next in the race with a time of 52.76 secs, and Kiah Williams of UCF came in third with a time of 53.6.
Masai Russell Smashed Collegiate Record
Masai Russell of Kentucky also had a standout performance, blasting to the top of the NCAA chart for the women’s 60m hurdles with a new collegiate record time of 7.75 seconds. Read report here
In the men’s 60 hurdles Finals, Giano Roberts of Clemson took the honor –clocking a time of 7.73secs, to edge Matthew Sophia of LSU and Sincere Rhea of Miami (Fla.) who were also credited with the same time.
Other notable performances at the 2023 Red Raider Open on Friday included John Meyer of LSU in the men’s shot put with a mark of 19.28m (63′ 3.25″), KeAyla Dove of North Texas in the women’s shot put with a mark of 17.10m (56′ 1.25″), G’Auna Edwards of Texas A&M in the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.32m (20′ 9″), and Sidney Sapp of Texas Tech in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.81m.
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