Philadelphia, PA (June 17) — Standout high school sprinter Issam Asinga of Montverde Academy clocked an impressive 10.05 seconds to win the Championship Boys 100-meter dash and set a meeting record on Day 3 at the 2023 New Balance Nationals Outdoor. The event, which took place at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, on Saturday, also saw Shawnti Jackson setting a meeting record in the 200m.
Issam Asinga Dominates 100m With Record Run
Asinga, who recently achieved a wind-legal personal best of 10.02 seconds at the Star Athletics Sprint Series meeting in Florida, surpassed expectations once again with another outstanding performance. – Read more: Day 3: 2023 New Balance Nationals Outdoor event schedule, how to watch live
Breaking the previous meet record of 10.17 seconds, set by T’Mars Mccallum in 2022, Asinga demonstrated his outstanding form this season by clocking his second-fastest time with a legal wind reading.
Although the 18-year-old missed out on breaking the National High School record of 10.00 seconds, set by Trentavis Friday in 2014, Asinga’s season has been filled with remarkable accomplishments. He has recorded four wind-assisted times below the 10-second mark, including two outstanding performances at 9.83 seconds each.
Asinga was scheduled to race in the 200m heats, but he did not start.
Meanwhile, Nigel Ancrum claimed second place in the 100m today with a time of 10.15 seconds, while Brody Buffington secured third place with a time of 10.16 seconds. Notably, all three podium finishers surpassed the previous meeting record.
Shawnti Jackson Breaks Meeting Record in 200m Dash
In another display of exceptional talent, national sprint sensation Shawnti Jackson wowed spectators with a fabulous time of 22.85 seconds, setting a New Balance Nationals Outdoor meeting record in the 200m.
Her outstanding performance secured her a place in the final of the Championship Girls’ 200m with the fastest time. Read more: Nike Outdoor Nationals 2023 professional race results
Jackson’s victory came in heat seven, where she effortlessly surpassed the previous meeting record of 23.02 seconds, which had been set only minutes earlier by Lauran Lewis. Lewis’ accomplishment, in turn, improved upon Madison Whyte’s previous record of 23.30 seconds, set in 2022.
Fellow star sprint ace, Adaejah Hodge, secured her spot in the Championship Girls’ 200-meter dash final by winning her heat with a time of 23.17 seconds.
Meanwhile, Madison Whyte also advanced with a time of 23.29 seconds.
Tavon Underwood Breaks Meeting Record in Boys’ 400m
Tavon Underwood delivered a commanding performance in the Championship Boys’ 400m, clocking an impressive time of 45.82 seconds. Not only did Underwood claim victory, but he also shattered the meeting record in the process. Quincy Wilson of Bullis School secured second place with a time of 45.99 seconds.
Lauran Lewis, in the meantime, won the girls’ Championship 400m, finishing with a new meeting record time of 52.41 seconds.