Jordan Hasay Destroys U.S. Marathon Debut Record By Almost Three Minutes

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In the first marathon of her career, Jordan Hasay finished third in Boston in two hours, twenty-three minutes. Her 2:23:00 clocking is by far the fastest debut ever for an American woman; Kara Goucher, at 2:25:53, had held the U.S. debut record for the last nine years. Goucher and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor were the only American women to debut under 2:27 before today.


Hasay's performance isn't just a great debut, though. It's a great marathon, period. Shalane Flanagan's 2:22:02 in 2014, Desi Linden's 2:22:38 in 2011, and Joan Samuelson's 2:22:43 in 1983 are the only faster times by an American woman at the Boston Marathon. And though Boston is not a record-legal course, Hasay, 25, is the now the fifth fastest American marathoner in any conditions. Among Americans, only U.S. distance running legends Kastor, Flanagan, Samuelson, and Linden have ever broken 2:23:00.

Statistician K. Ken Nakamura says that it is the thirteenth fastest debut in world history. Hasay and her coach, Alberto Salazar, are no stranger to excellent debuts. Her Oregon project teammate Galen Rupp won the Olympic Trials marathon in his debut, and finished second today in his third marathon ever. Their 2-3 finishes are the best combined finishes for the top Americans in Boston since 1985, when Lisa Rainsberger won the women's race and Gary Tuttle was second in the men's race.

[The above paragraph has been corrected; it originally stated that Bill Rodgers was fourth in 1985. Rodgers was fourth in 1986.]

Hasay was a teen prodigy at shorter distances, breaking the national high school record in the 1500 meters and winning the Foot Locker cross country championships twice. But she never quite made it to the top echelon of American women on the track, and after a few years of focusing on the 5K and 10K, began transitioning full-time to the roads in late 2016. Her 68:40 and 67:55 half marathons in Houston and Prague earlier this year made it clear that she would stay on the roads, and her race today showed that the marathon is her best event.

Hasay's mother died unexpectedly in November, and in an interview after the race, she dedicated the race to her.

Related: Jordan Hasay's Boston Marathon Debut Was For Her Mother

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia.