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Keni Harrison Battles Through Rainy Conditions To Victory At Drake Relays

By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2019, 5:25 p.m. (ET)

Keni Harrison celebrates at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on March 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.


Keni Harrison faced wet weather with temperatures only in the high 30s on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Then, there were two false starts in the running of the women’s 100-meter hurdles, resulting in the disqualification of Olympian Pedrya Seymour.

No problem. In a field consisting of five Olympians, Harrison powered her way to a fourth consecutive Drake Relays title, winning the race in 12.65 seconds. The time was just two-hundredths of a second off a time she ran earlier this year to post the second-fastest time in the world in 2019. Harrison is the world-record holder in the 100 hurdles.

“I had to re-focus. I had to reset my mind,” Harrison said of the two false starts.

Also winning in the hurdles was 2017 world champion Kori Carter, who won the women’s 400 hurdles in 56.07 seconds.

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Daniel Roberts, a junior at the University of Kentucky, knocked off Olympic champion and world champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica in the men’s 110 hurdles. Roberts powered through the event in 13.28 seconds, beating McLeod by one-hundredth of a second and then receiving a hug from McLeod after the race.

Olympic champion Ryan Crouser won the men’s shotput with a winning throw of 69 feet, 3 ¼ inches.

On Friday, CJ Allen won the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 49.57 seconds.

Other winners included Amina Smith in the women’s high jump, Chris Nilsen in the men’s pole vault, Jake Edwards in the men’s mile and Alexa Efraimson in the women’s 1500-meter run.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.