Thursday, July 9, 2009

Owens-Mitchell makes World Youth finals

Bridgette Owens-Mitchell produced the second fastest time in the semifinals of the 100 hurdles this morning at the World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy, comfortably making the finals later today. Her clocking of 13.46 with a 1.0 wind will stand as a new state record. The event is basically a return to an old category for Michigan high school stats, as the IAAF has the hurdlers running at the 30-inch height, not the 33-inches we are accustomed to. Prior to 1984, Michigan girls ran 30-inch hurdles. I'll have to do some digging on times, but the fastest I know of is a 13.6 by Kim Turner (McKenzie) in 1979--she went on to become an Olympic medalist. Owens-Mitchell's time of 13.46 betters her own PR of 13.69, and is faster on the clock than the state 33-inch record of 13.66 held by Candice Davis.

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