Drake Relays: Hellen Obiri Crushes Americans in 1500 for $25,000, LaShawn Merritt Over Kirani James in Round 1, Derek Drouin 2.40m Canadian Record

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 by: LetsRun.com
April 25, 2014

$50,000 was on the line at Drake in each of the Moscow rematch track races at the Drake Relays on Friday (for comparison’s sake, realize a Diamond League event only features $30,000 in prize money), with $25,000 on the line in the field events. LaShawn Merritt got round 1 vs Kirani James in the 400m, Derek Drouin had the performance of the night, and Hellen Obiri won the women’s 1500m in dominating fashion.

Women’s 1500m: Obiri Shows She’s a Level Above These Americans

Obiri crushing it the final 100m

Obiri crushing it the final 100m

The richest 1500m in the world in 2014 took place at the Drake Relays and it was no contest.

World’s bronze medallist Hellen Obiri of Kenya took on some of America’s best with the winner taking home $25,000 and it was not contest the final 300m.

Molly Beckwidth-Ludlow rabbited the first few laps and the splits were 50.81 (300), 1:58.28 (700- so 67.47 for 400), and 3:04.88 (1100 – 66.60) at the bell. Obiri was in front with Morgan Uceny and Brenda Martinez on her tail as they went around the turn.

On the backstretch with 300m to go, Obiri took off. She shifted into another gear and this one was all over. Obiri blitzed the final 400m in 60.00 to get the dominant win and the $25,000.

Martinez moved up for second in 4:06.96 and took home $15,000 as Uceny faded down the stretch. Heather Kampf, winner of the US Road Mile Champs earlier this week, got third for $10,000.

Results below.

Quick Thought #1: Watching Obiri dominate today made us think that Martinez really made the right call last summer in opting for the 800, not 1500 at Worlds as Obiri was third at Worlds in the 1500 and Martinez was third in the 800.

Quick Thought #2: *Video of race here

Event 465  Women 1500 Meter Run Moscow Games Rematch
===============================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Hellen Obiri                  Kenya                  4:04.88
  2 Brenda Martinez              New Balance            4:06.96
  3 Heather Kampf                Asics                  4:07.15
  4 Shannon Rowbury              Nike                   4:07.83
  5 Treniere Moser               Nike                   4:08.58
  6 Morgan Uceny                 adidas                 4:08.68
  7 Katie Mackey                 USA                    4:08.78
  8 Lea Wallace                  Unattached             4:09.34
  9 Heather Wilson               Unattached             4:11.74
 10 Amanda Winslow               USA                    4:14.24
 11 Gabriele Grunewald           Team USA Minnesota     4:17.66
 -- Molly Beckwith-Ludlow        Saucony                    DNF

Men’s 400m: Merritt over James

Ato Boldon called this the greatest sprint rivalry in the sport and it started off with a bang in 2014 as Merritt got the win in 44.44 over James in 44.60 with Santos also under 45 in 44.72. Merritt and James are the best and they love racing each other. Hopefully, fans see them race a handful of more times this year. Is this Jeremy Wariner’s final Drake?

*Men’s 400m Race video here

Drake Stadium - Site License               4/25/2014 - 8:03 PM
             2014 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee             
                  America's Athletic Classic                   
 Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa  - 4/23/2014 to 4/26/2014  
 
Event 390  Men 400 Meter Dash Moscow Games Rematch
===============================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 LaShawn Merritt              Nike                     44.44
  2 Kirani James                 Nike                     44.60
  3 Luguelin Santos              Puma                     44.72
  4 Yousef Al-Masrahi            Saudi Arabia             45.02
  5 Christian Taylor             Li-Ning                  45.17
  6 Tony McQuay                  adidas                   45.46
  7 Josh Mance                   USA                      45.83
  8 Jeremy Wariner               adidas                   46.90

Men’s High Jump: Derek Drouin Sets New Canadian Record!!

Drouin, the bronze medallist at the Olympics and worlds, got the win, a PR, and a new Canadian national record of 2.40. The performance of the night for sure. Only four men have ever jumped higher: Javier Sotomayor (2.45), Patrik Sjoberg (2.42), Igor Paklin and last year’s sensation Bohdan Bondarenko (2.41).

Bondarenko was unbeatable last year going 2.41 twice, but he may  now have a challenger.

Event 415  Men High Jump Moscow Games Rematch
==========================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals           
==========================================================================
Finals                                                                    
  1 Derek Drouin                 Nike                     2.40m    7-10.50
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25 2.29 2.32 2.35 2.38 2.40                    
      PPP    O    O    O    O    O    O    O    O  XXO                    
  2 Erik Kynard                  Nike                     2.35m    7-08.50
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25 2.29 2.32 2.35 2.38                         
      PPP  PPP    O    O    O    O   XO    O  XXX                         
  3 Dusty Jonas                  USA                     J2.35m    7-08.50
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25 2.29 2.32 2.35 2.38                         
      PPP  PPP    O   XO    O   XO   XO    O  XXX                         
  4 Trevor Barry                 Bahamas                  2.25m    7-04.50
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25 2.29                                        
      PPP    O    O    O    O  XXX                                        
  5 Mickael Hanany               Nike                    J2.25m    7-04.50
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25 2.29                                        
      PPP  PPP    O   XO    O  XXX                                        
  6 Garrett Huyler               Zensah                   2.21m    7-03.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25                                             
      PPP    O  XXO   XO  XXX                                             
  7 Jessie Williams              Nike                    J2.21m    7-03.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25                                             
      PPP    O    O  XXO  XXX                                             
  8 Geoff Davis                  USA                      2.16m    7-01.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21                                                  
      PPP    O    O  XXX                                                  
  8 Mike Mason                   Canada                   2.16m    7-01.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21                                                  
      PPP    O    O  XXX                                                  
  8 Jamaal Wilson                Bahamas                  2.16m    7-01.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21                                                  
      PPP  PPP    O  XXX                                                  
 11 Donald Thomas                Bahamas                 J2.16m    7-01.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16 2.21 2.25                                             
      PPP   XO    O  PPP  XXX                                             
 12 Donte Nall                   Unattached               2.11m    6-11.00
     2.06 2.11 2.16                                                       
      PPP    O  XXX                                                       
 -- Brendan Williams             Dominican Republic         DNS           
     2.06                                                                 
      DNS

Mens 110m Hurdles: Hansle Parchment Wins the $25,000

Hansle Parchment the bronze medallist in London got the win over last year’s World Champ David Oliver with ease.

 

Drake Stadium - Site License                            4/25/2014 - 8:03 PM
                   2014 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee                    
                         America's Athletic Classic                         
        Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa  - 4/23/2014 to 4/26/2014        
 
Event 400  Men 110 Meter Hurdles Moscow Games Rematch
=====================================================================       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind       
=====================================================================       
Finals                                                                      
  1 Hansle Parchment             Jamaica                  13.14   1.0       
  2 David Oliver                 Nike                     13.23   1.0       
  3 Ryan Wilson                  Mizuno                   13.30   1.0       
  4 Jeff Porter                  Nike                     13.35   1.0 13.341
  5 Andrew Riley                 Puma                     13.35   1.0 13.348
  6 Spencer Adams                USA BLUE                 13.40   1.0       
  7 Omo Osaghae                  USA                      13.50   1.0       
  8 Ryan Brathwaite              Barbados                 13.58   1.0

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Michael Tinsley Gets “Gold”

Tinsley got silver at Worlds and the Olympics. $25,000 was a nice way to start of 2014. Johnny Dutch edged Jeshua Anderson by .01 for third – which netted Dutch $10,000 and Anderson 0.

Event 405  Men 400 Meter Hurdles Moscow Games Rematch
===============================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Michael Tinsley              Nike                     48.57
  2 Javier Culson                Puerto Rico              48.68
  3 Johnny Dutch                 USA                      49.24
  4 Jeshua Anderson              Nike                     49.25
  5 Bershawn Jackson             Nike                     49.32
  6 Felix Sanchez                Dominican Republic       49.84
  7 Reggie Wyatt                 USA                      50.65
  8 LaRon Bennett                USA                      50.82

Women’s Pole Vault

Silva was the class of the field on paper with Jenn Suhr out and she showed it.

Event 480  Women Pole Vault Moscow Games Rematch
==========================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals           
==========================================================================
Finals                                                                    
  1 Yarisley Silva               Cuba                     4.66m   15-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46 4.56 4.66 4.76                                   
      PPP  PPP  PPP  XXO   XO    O  XXX                                   
  2 Mary Saxer                   Unattached               4.46m   14-07.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46 4.56                                             
      PPP  PPP    O  XXO  XXX                                             
  3 Katerina Stefanidi           Greece                   4.36m   14-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46                                                  
      PPP    O    O  XXX                                                  
  4 Becky Holliday               Asics                   J4.36m   14-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46                                                  
      PPP   XO    O  XXX                                                  
  5 Marion Flack                 Unattached              J4.36m   14-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46                                                  
        O    O   XO  XXX                                                  
  6 Kylie Hutson                 Nike                    J4.36m   14-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46                                                  
      PPP  PPP  XXO  XXX                                                  
  7 April Steiner-Bennett        Asics                   J4.36m   14-03.50
     4.11 4.26 4.36 4.46                                                  
      PPP   XO  XXO  XXX                                                  
  8 Tori Pena                    Ireland                  4.26m   13-11.75
     4.11 4.26 4.36                                                       
      PPP    O  XXX                                                       
  9 Melinda Owens                USA                     J4.26m   13-11.75
     4.11 4.26 4.36                                                       
      PPP  XXO  XXX                                                       
 10 Melissa Gergel               USA                      4.11m   13-05.75
     4.11 4.26                                                            
        O  XXX                                                            
 11 Marion Lotout                France                  J4.11m   13-05.75
     4.11 4.26                                                            
       XO  XXX

Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Lolo Wins Again at Drake

Lolo Jones is the Drake hometown here and she got the win here as the match-up with Dawn Harper’s team didn’t happen because of an injury to Harper’s team in warm-ups.

Finals                                                         
  1 USA RED                                               50.93
     1) Brianna Rollins                 2) Lolo Jones          
     3) Vashti Thomas                   4) Queen Harrison      
  2 Jamaica                                               52.01
     1) Shermaine Williams              2) Andrea Bliss        
     3) Monique. Morgan                 4) LaToya. Greaves     
 -- USA BLUE                                                DNF
     1) Jackie Coward                   2) Candice Davis       
     3) Teanya Jones                    4) Chelsea. Eades      
 -- USA WHITE                                               DNS
     1) Kristi Castlin                  2) Tiffany Porter      
     3) Kellie Wells                    4) Dawn Harper-Nelson

Saturday has 4 pro events. Men’s High Jump, Men’s Pole Vault, Women’s 400m hurdles, women’s 100m hurdles

Viewing info below: Saturday, April 26
12:30-3 p.m. EDT – USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays – NBCSN (TV)
3-5 p.m. EDT – Drake Relays – NBCSN (TV)
5 p.m. EDT – The Cool Down – USATF.tv (Internet)

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