Men's long jump and women's pole vault World leads and a US high school mile record were the highlights at the 3rd edition of the 2021 Amerian Indoor Track League series #3 on Sunday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Marquis Dendy (USA), the 2016 World indoor champion, produced the best long jump mark in the world this term with a huge 8.21m leap in the final round. LaQuan Nair surprised with a new Bahamian national indoor record with an 8.16m jump in round 2. Nair also jumped 8.04m and 8.09m in rounds 3 and 6 respectively.
Sandi Morris, the Olympic and world championships silver medalist, cleared 4.88m on her third try to set the best mark in the World in 2021 in the women's pole vault. She also attempted a new World record heigt of 5.07m but failed on all three attempts. Olivia Gruver cleared a new lifetime best of 4.78m to take second place.
In the men's mile, Hobbs Kessler finished 3rd clocking a massive personal best of 3:57.66 and breaking Drew Hunter's US high school indoor record of 3:57.81. The men's mile was won by Takieddine Hedeili of Algeria with 3:56.76 who in a thrilling finish managed to edge New Zealand's 37-year-old Nick Willis by only 0.03 seconds.
In the women's 800m race Adelle Tracy (GBR) clocked 2:02.11 narrowly defeating 15-year-old highschooler Sophia Gorriaran (USA) who crossed the line 2nd in a huge lifetime best of 2:02.44. Gorriaran impressed by taking the lead from the gun but in the end, she just did have enough legs hold of Tracy for the win.
Elsewhere, Jenna Prandini stormed the 2nd fastest 200m this year of 22.55 for the win.
In the men's 60m dash final Ronnie Baker clocked 6.53 seconds for the win, beating Trayvon Bromell into second place by 0.03 seconds.
Nigerian Blessing Okakbare prevailed in the women's 60m final with 7.10 seconds which is her new lifetime best and the 2nd best mark in the world in 2021
In the women's high jump, Vashti Cunningham, the 2019 world indoor champion, cleared 2.00m to set the 2nd best mark in the World this season.
Jamaica's Omar Mcleod, the reigning Olympic 110m hurdles champion, won the 60m hurdles final with 7.55 seconds. He clocked the same time in the prelims.
Tiffany Porter of the Great Brittain won the women's 60m hurdles final in 7.95 seconds.
Michael Cherry (USA) clocked a new PB 45.24 in his season debut to win the 400m dash from heat 1. He was the only runner to go under 46 seconds from 2 heats.