Saturday, June 13, 2009

Record day at the Midwest Meet

Jackson's four-year run of hosting the Midwest Meet of Champions has come to an end, but a pair of record performances by some of Michigan's best helped the meet go out with a bang.

In the 800m, Tommy Brinn blasted a 1:49.27, taking down Rick Gledhill's state record of 1:49.33 from the 1988 season. Gledhill, from Mt Clemens Chippewa Valley, ran his time at the now-defunct International Prep Invitational in Elmhurst, Illinois--a meet that once was as important as the Nike Outdoor Championships are today. Brinn's splits: 26.6, 27.8 [54.4], 27.5 [1:22.1], 27.2. He split his last 200 in 13.4/13.8.

In the 300 hurdles, Christienne Linton came through despite ostensibly being tired from winning the long jump at 18-6.5 and the 100H in 14.42 (slight headwind). She won handily in 42.49, an all-time state record that trumps the old best of 42.70 set by Nikki Bouyer of East Lansing at the Midwest Meet in 1994.

More details on the meet will be found in my news report, which I am updating at this moment. Click here.

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