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Records fall as World Champions soar at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Despite a second day of cold, wet conditions, USATF athletes produced a relay world record, five world-leading marks and five meet records Saturday during Beijing World Championship Preview events at Drake Relays in Iowa’s capital city.
In the women’s 100mH, Jasmin Stowers (Liberty, South Carolina) gained the lead from the lane 7, cruising over the last two hurdles for a confident victory, a meet record and a new world best of 12.40 (+1.5). Stowers, who also set a lifetime-best en route to becoming the 2015 USATF Indoors Champion in 60mH, eclipsed the previous meet record of 12.58 set by Kristi Castlin (Douglasville, Georgia) in 2014. Dawn Harper-Nelson (Los Angeles, California) was second in 12.71, and Castlin was third in 12.72.
Also setting a world lead was Leo Manzano (Austin, Texas) in the men’s mile. Manzano earned the victory in 4:00.05 ahead of Matthew Centrowitz (Eugene, Oregon), Wednesday’s Grand Blue Mile winner, who crossed in 4:00.54 for second place. AJ Acosta was the leader at the start the of the final lap, but Manzano made his move on the back stretch, outkicking Centrowitz down the final stretch. Acosta finished third in 4:01.34.
Will Claye (San Diego, California) won the men’s triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 16.94m/55-7 for the best mark in the world this year. Compatriot Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) jumped 16.81m/55-2 on his final attempt to earn second place.
Following the excitement of Friday night’s women’s shuttle hurdle relay, the men’s Team USA  Blue quartet of Jason Richardson (Los Angeles, California), Aleec Harris (Atlanta, Georgia), Aries Merritt (Bryan, Texas) and David Oliver (Kissimmee, Florida) finished in 52.99, crushing the meet record of 53.77 and setting a new world record.
Rounding out the world-leading marks was Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia), who finished the 400m in 50.13 with Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) finishing second in 51.09 in her first race of the outdoor season.
Cassandra Tate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) earned the women’s 400mH crown, finishing in 55.68 to edge out Georganne Moline (Tucson, Arizona), who finished in 55.68 for second place.
Alisa Harvey (Manassas, Virginia) won the 800m women’s Masters Invitational, crossing in 2:22.61.
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