Clayton High grad Keni Harrison strengthened her case for consideration for the Bowerman Trophy with her performance at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships earlier this month.
The University of Kentucky senior standout took the SEC 100-meter hurdle championship in just 12.5 seconds, the fastest time ever ran by a SEC athlete. The mark is also the second fastest in the world (including professionals) this season and the third fastest in-season collegiate time ever.
Harrison also won the NCAA 60-meter hurdle championship earlier this season with a time of 7.87 seconds, which tied her for the third fastest mark ever by a collegian.
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and considered the most prestigious individual award in collegiate track and field. Former Oregon head coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who the award is named for, served the sport of track and field in numerous ways.
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It is the fifth time Harrison has been named on the list.
Harison and her Wildcat teammates participated in the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in Florida this weekend, eyeing top 12 finishes for qualifying spots in the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA Championships will be held June 10-13 in Eugene, Oregon.
Archer Ks a dozen: Chris Archer tied the best strikeout total of his MLB career on Wednesday, striking out 12 in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 loss to Seattle. Archer held the Mariners scoreless through eight innings before giving way to the Rays’ bullpen.
Archer allowed two hits, stringing together consecutive retired batter runs of 12 and 11 in the game. The result continued a string of losses or no decisions for the 26-year-old right-hander who is 5-4 despite a 2.12 earned-run average this season. He had a league-high 11 starts as of Wednesday’s results and was in the top-10 in ERA among starters with more than 10 games started in all of MLB.
Bradshaw plays in college rugby Nationals: Former Clayton High School football player Evan Bradshaw played in the Division II College 7s National Rugby Championships over Memorial Day weekend in Denver.
Bradshaw played football as a freshman at Chowan College in 2014 before suffering a leg injury. He made the decision to transfer to Notre Dame College in Ohio this spring and joined the South Euclid-based rugby 7 team there.
Bradshaw played rugby in high school picking up multiple individual honors for the Raleigh Rattlesnakes.
At the Nationals, Notre Dame College won its pool before falling to St. Louis 19-14 in the quarterfinals. But Notre Dame came back to beat the Coast Guard Academy and UNC-Wilmington to take home a fifth place finish and the Plate award.
Bradshaw and his Notre Dame College teammates won the Mid-Atlantic 7s to qualify for Division II College 7s National Championships.
Nationals win two of first three: The Garner Nationals American Legion baseball squad went 2-1 last weekend in its first games of the season. The Nationals, which include players from Johnston, Wake and Sampson counties split a doubleheader with Hope Mills (13-2, 3-6) on May 23, then beat Wayne Count 6-2 on Monday night.
Hope Mills put together a 10-run third inning in Garner’s season opener, but since then the Nationals have dominated on the mound. In the Game 2 win over Hope Mills and the win over Wayne County, Garner’s pitching staff has allowed just four runs in 16 innings of play.
The Garner bullpen has given up one run in eight innings of work. Mason Medlin got the pitching win against Hope Mills, while Troy Maslowski and Matt Duckworth controlled the Wayne County bats.
Trevor Heasley leads Garner in RBIs and average through the first three games, while Clayton grad Cole Hinnant is hitting .571.
Garner’s game at Wilson Post 13 set for Wednesday was postponed.