NEW
YORK, May 17, 2010
– World Youth double gold
medallist Kirani James of Grenada lowered his personal best over the
400m at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Outdoor Championships in
Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday.

 

James, a
freshman at the University of Alabama, clocked 45.01 seconds to win the
one-lap event and set himself up for a major showdown at the NCAA
Championships in Eugene, Oregon next month.
James,
who was the runner-up in the 400m at the indoor SEC championships in
February, defeated a filed which included the numbers one and three fastest
400m sprinters in the world (Calvin Smith, Florida and Tavaris Tate,
Mississippi State).
In the
process, the former Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) standout set a new
school record and the fifth-best time in the world this season.
“It’s
just good to gain experience,” James told his school’s website. “Coach said
just go out there and compete to the best of my ability. I knew if I just
went out there and followed my race plan, I would get the win. I felt really
good the whole way around.”
Also in
winners’ row this weekend was Kurt Felix who bettered his career-best
point total by nearly 200 points, earning 7,412 points to win the men’s
decathlon for Boise State University at the Western Athletic Conference
Championships in Ruston, Louisiana.
Felix is
now ranked No.14 in the United States and score the second-best decathlon
score in Boise State history.
Felix
also finished second in the javelin (67.16m), second in the high jump
(2.12m), third in the triple jump (14.67m) and also third in the long jump
(7.17m).
Also
recording creditable performances on the weekend were Phylicia George
(University of Connecticut), Kevin Bowen (Morgan State University),
Sherine Wells (Oklahoma University), and Joel Phillip (Arizona
State University).
At the
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Princeton, New
Jersey, George came in second place in her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles,
with a time of 13.69 as she entered the weekend ranked 15th in the region in
the event. She was also a part of the first place 4×100 meter relay of the
University of Connecticut.
Also,
Bowen set his season best time in the 400m during the preliminaries in a
time of 46.30 to rank him in the top 20 in the East Region. Bowen finished
the second in the final with a time of 46.50.
 
Wells
finished seventh in the women’s 100m with a time of 11.58 and eighth in the
200m in 23.89 at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Missouri. 
In the
Pac-10 Championships Phillip finished sixth in the men’s 400m in a time of
47.11 seconds.
Photo
credits: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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