Josh Awotunde takes 3rd in shot put in Diamond League meet in Poland!!!!!

In his first meet since he made the podium at the World Championships, Delsea’s Josh Awotunde placed 3rd Saturday in a Diamond League meet in Poland.

Awotunde threw 70-0 ½ at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational at Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.

It was his 20th lifetime 70-foot throw, all since May 9 of last year.

Awotunde popped the three-best throws of his life to earn the bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships last month in Eugene, including a 73-1 ½ on his 5th throw that is the No. 18 throw in world history.

On Saturday, Awotunde finished 3rd behind Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs of the U.S. [71-5 ¾] and two-time Olympic medalist Tom Walsh of New Zealand [71-2 ¼].

ALL-TIME 70-FOOT THROWS
73-1 ½ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [5th throw, 3rd place]
72-11 ½ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [1st throw, —]
72-10 ¾ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [6th throw, —]
72-2 … Meeting Città di Padova, Stadio Colbachini, Padovad, Poland, Sept. 5, 2021 [series info NA, 1st place]
71-8 … U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 18, 2021 [6th throw, 5th place]
71-2 ¼i … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [3rd throw, 5th place]
71-2 ¼ … Gyulai István Memorial, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, July 6, 2021 [4th throw, 3rd place]
71-2 ¼ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [3rd throw, —]
71-1 ½ … Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., May 9, 2021 [6th throw, 2nd place]
70-11 ¾ … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [5th throw, 5th place]
70-11 ½ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [5th throw, 2nd place]
70-10 ¾ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [4th throw, —]
70-7 … USATF Championships, Eugene, Ore., June 24, 2022 [3rd throw, 2nd place]
70-6 ½ … Gyulai István Memorial, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, July 6, 2021 [6th throw, —]
70-6 ¼i … American Track League, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 2022 [3rd throw, 1st place]
70-3 ½ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [3rd throw, —]
70-2 ½i … American Track League, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 2022 [1st throw, —]
70-0 ½ … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Chorzów, Poland [Aug. 7, 2022 [5th throw, 3rd place]
70-0 ¼ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [2nd throw, —]
70-0 ¼ … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [2nd throw, —]

Curtis Thompson takes 3rd in Diamond League javelin debut with 5th-best lifetime throw!!!!!!!!!

In his Diamond League debut, Curtis Thompson popped the 5th-best throw of his life and placed 3rd in the javelin in a meet in Poland.

Thompson threw 270-3 at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational at Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.

Despite 32 hours of travel to reach southern Poland, rainy conditions conditions and a borrowed javelin, Thompson surpassed 270 feet, which he had only done in three previous meets.

Thompson set his PR of 287-9 – No. 3 in U.S. history – and also threw 273-4 at the American JavFest in East Stroudsburg, last month, and hit 271-11 at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene and 271-7 at last year’s Olympic Trials in Eugene. The full list of all his lifetime 260-foot throws is below.

This was Thompson’s first meet since he placed 11th at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene last month.

With conditions getting worse, nobody had their best throw of the competition on their 5th or 6th throw. Thompson followed his 270-3 on his 2nd attempt with a 261-6 on his 3rd. This was the 4th meet of Thompson’s career that he’s surpassed 260 feet twice in the same series. Three of those have been this year.

Three-time Olympian and 2021 silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won the meet with a throw of 284-4 and Germany’s Julian Weber, an Olympian in 2016, was 2nd at 278-8.

CURTIS THOMPSON ALL-TIME 260-FOOT THROWS
287- 9 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
273- 4 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
271-11… Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 4, 2016
271- 7 … Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, June 21, 2021
270- 3 … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland, Aug. 6, 2022
269- 7 …American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
268- 1 … Oregon Relays, Hayward Field, Eugene, April 23, 2022
268- 1 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 2022
267- 4 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 2022
267- 2 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 22, 2021
266- 5 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
265-10 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 17, 2021
265-10 … Florida State Relays, Mike Long Track, Tallahassee, Fla., March 25, 2016
265- 7 … Victoria Track Classic, Centennial Stadium, Victoria, British Columbia, June 15, 2022
264- 8 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
264- 1 … USATF Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., June 26, 2022
263-10 … 94th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas, March 25, 2022
261- 6 … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland, Aug. 6, 2022
260-11 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 30, 2016
260- 1 … NACAC Under-23, San Salvador, Estadio Jorge “Mágico” González, June 17, 2016

AN INSANE TRIPLE JUMP PERFORMANCE AT WORLD U20 FOR HIGHLAND’S FLOYD WHITAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Highland graduate Floyd Whitaker turned in a monster performance in the triple jump final at the World Under-20 Championships in South America, with his first four lifetime jumps over 51 feet, his first-ever 52-foot jump and a 5th-place finish against the best young triple jumpers in the world.

What an incredible performance for the Clemonton native!!!!!

Whitaker, who entered the meet seeded 14th, moved up from 7th to 5th on his final jump with a massive lifetime-best 52-6 ¼ with a legal 0.1 meters-per-second tailwind.

He was the top American at World U20s and his 52-6 1/4 is the best jump this year by an American who doesn’t turn 20 this year.

He moved up to No. 25 on the overall U.S. 2022 performance list!

Whitaker, who recently finished his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, had set an outdoor PR of 50-11 ¾ in Thursday’s trials. That means he recorded the five-best legal outdoor jumps of his life in a 30-hour span in Colombia.

Whitaker’s overall PR coming into the meet was a 51-5 ¼ from a meet in January in Minneapolis.

He shattered that by more than a foot Friday evening at Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Whitaker fouled on his first jump but went 51-2 on his next attempt for his first PR of the day and second of the competition. He followed that with a 51-2 ¾ and, after a subpar jump on his 4th attempt, hit 51-0 ½ on his 5th before popping the 52-6 ¼.

His wind-legal outdoor PR before Thursday was 50-2 ¼ from the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Meet in Fayetteville in May. He surpassed that once Thursday and four times Friday.

Whitaker qualified for Worlds with a 2nd-place finish at the USATF Under-20 Championships in June in Eugene, Ore., where he jumped a wind-aided 50-4 ¼.

Whitaker’s jump makes him No. 2 in Minnesota history, behind the 30-year-old school record of 53-1 set by two-time British Virgin Islands Olympian Keita Cline at the 1992 Caribbean National Junior Track and Field Championships at Nassau, Bahamas.

FLOYD WHITAKER SETS OUTDOOR PR, ADVANCES TO TRIPLE JUMP FINAL AT WORLD UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!!!

Highland’s Floyd Whitaker jumped an outdoor PR 50-11 ¾ and qualified for the triple jump finals at the World Under-20 Championships in South America Thursday.

Whitaker, who just finished his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota, came into the meet seeded 14th but he was the 10th-best qualifier on Thursday at Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Whitaker’s previous wind-legal outdoor PR was a 50-2 ¼ at the NCAA West Preliminary Round meet at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., on May 27. He had a wind-aided 51-2 when he placed 5th in the final of the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis in May.

Whitaker’s lifetime legal PR is a 51-5 ¼ from an indoor meet at the Minnesota Fieldhouse on Jan. 29, so he was only 5 ½ inches off that mark in Thursday’s qualifying.

Going into his 3rd and final attempt Thursday, Whitaker was out of qualifying range, but he leap-frogged six competitors on his final jump.

Whitaker opened with jumps of 49-5 ½ and 49-6 ½, and he needed a minimum of 50-2 ¼ to advance to the finals. He responded with the best outdoor jump of his life.

The final is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. Friday.

Click HERE for the *.pdf with comprehensive results including series information.

Moorestown’s Kevin McDonnell wins second straight Sea Isle 10-Miler!!!!!

Moorestown’s Kevin McDonnell won the Captain Bill Gallagher Island 10-Mile Run Saturday in Sea Isle City by nearly a minute.

McDonnell, a former Camden Catholic and St. Joe’s runner, covered the 10-mile course in 54:21.57. David Dorsey of Philadelphia was second in 55:10.63.  The course is partially on the boardwalk but mainly on hard-packed sand on the beach at low tide.

Pat McCurry, a graduate of Hammonton and the 2016 NJAC steeplechase champion for Rowan, was 3rd in 57:50.40, and Sterling and St. Joe’s graduate Jimmy Daniels placed 4th in 57:55.93. Shawn McBride, who also ran for Hammonton and now lives in Haddon Township, took 4th in 58:09.06.

McDonnell and Dorsey went 1-2 in last year’s race as well, McDonnell winning in 56:34.16 and Dorsey 2nd in 57:19.76.

The top South Jersey finishers in the women’s race were Rebecca Millar of Woodbine and Ocean City High School and Amanda Eller of Woodbine and Millville and Monmouth. Millar was 5th in 71:12.89 and Eller 6th in 71:25.37.

Matt Hoffman, a rising junior at Ocean City, won the men’s 16-and-under age group race in 70:04.78, 23 seconds ahead of Cedar Creek rising junior Matthew Winterbottom.

Kelli Velez of Haddon Township won the women’s 40-44 age group by over five minutes in 90:55.45, and Joyce Phillips of Mount Laurel was first in the women’s 45-49 race in 78:46.72.

John Thomson of Cape May Courthouse won the men’s 55-59 race in 75:41.89,

For full results, cllick here.

 

A look at the South Jersey contingent heading to the World Under-20 Championships in South America!!!!!!

Kingsway’s Ryan Allen, Millville’s Brianna Craig and Highland’s Floyd Whitaker will be in action this week at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in South America.

The six-day meet opens Monday and runs through Saturday at Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

World Athletics finally got around to posting official entry lists here.

To be eligible for the Under-20 meets, athletes can’t turn 20 during the year of the event.

Ryan Allen: Allen, who graduated last month from Kingsway, qualified for World U20s by winning the 10,000-meter racewalk at the U.S. Junior Championships in Eugene. Allen was timed in 49:53.14, a two-minute PR.

The 10,000-meter racewalk is a one-race final by time scheduled for 9:35 a.m. Friday in Cali, which is 12:35 p.m. Friday EST.

EDIT: Allen’s name does not appear on the entry list for Cali, so either he needed to hit a certain time to qualify despite winning USATF Juniors or he was unable to travel to South American for another reason. the USATF web site literally is no help at all figuring any of this stuff out.; But good luck to Ryan as he continues on with his career!

Bryanna Craig: Craig scored a PR 5,388 points – the 11th-highest score ever in the high school record book – at Junior Nationals but initially didn’t qualify for World Under 20s because she finished in 3rd place, 13 points out of second. But because of an administrative issue facing one of the finishers ahead of her, Craig – as the 1st alternate – got one of the two qualifying spots for Cali.

Craig, who grew up in Millville, graduated from Ruston (La.) High School this month and will be a freshman this fall at Purdue. The heptathlon gets underway Wednesday with the hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 and concludes Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800.

Craig is ranked 24th on the World Athletics Under-20 heptathlon performance list, and she’s the No. 17 seed overall.

The first event Wednesday is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST and the first event Thursday is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Floyd Whitaker: Whitaker took 2nd at Junior Nationals with a 50-4 ½. He had two 50-foot jumps and a 49-10 that was the best wind-legal jump of the competition.

Whitaker is ranked 55th in the world on the World Athletics Under-20 performance list, and he’s the No. 14 seed this week. He has a PR of 51-5 1/4 from January indoors in Minneapolis.

Qualifying for the triple jump is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, with the final slated for 7:55 p.m. Friday.

How New Jersey was the highest-scoring U.S. state at the World Championships!!!!!!

World Athletics added a team scoring element to this year’s meet in Eugene, and not surprisingly the United States won the team title, nearly tripling 2nd-place Jamaica.

The U.S. finished with 328 points on an 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system, with Jamaica [110], Ethiopia [106] and Kenya [104] next.

But what about a team competition within the U.S.?

Who was the top state?

The answer to that question might surprise you.

Tim Callinan had this brilliant idea to take all 328 U.S. points (minus relays) and score the meet by state. So he researched where every U.S. top-eight finisher went to high school and using the same 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system came up with a World Championships state competition.

Callinan is the Cinnaminson girls coach, a three-time state champ at Sacred Heart High in Vineland and a two-time MAC steeplechase champion at Widener.

Here’s what he came up with:

Ten states scored at least 10 points at Worlds, but the top three were New Jersey with 27 points, California with 24 and Texas with 21.

We win.

Amazing.

Here’s where New Jersey got its 27 points:

8 points … Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic [1st in women’s 400-meter hurdles]
8 points … Athing Mu, Trenton [1st in women’s 800]
6 points … Josh Awotunde, Delsea [3rd in men’s shot put]
3 points … Keturah Orji, Mount Olive [6th in women’s triple jump]
1 point … Jessica Woodard, Cherokee [8th in women’s shot put]
1 point … Ajee Wilson, Neptune [8th in women’s 800]

And that total would likely have been higher if defending champion Nia Ali from Pleasantville hadn’t wiped out in the trials of the 100-meter hurdles. New Jersey also nearly scored in the javelin, where Curtis Thompson reached the finals and placed 11th, about 12 feet out of 8th place.

Incredibly, New Jersey would have placed 18th as a country, ahead of Norway, Nigeria, Switzerland, Greece, Peru, Portugal, Algeria, Finland, Venezuela, Barbados and dozens of others.

Great stuff from Cal!

A historic World Track Championships for South Jersey!!!!!!!!!!

To understand how remarkable the year’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene was for South Jersey, consider this:

–> It had been 27 years since any South Jersey high school graduate was a finalist or placed in the top 12 in any men’s event at Worlds, and this year two did.

–> It had been 29 years since three South Jersey athletes were finalists or placed in the top 12 in any event at Worlds, and this year three did.

–> In the last 12 World Championships combined, two South Jersey athletes were finalists or in the top 12 in any men’s or women’s event. This year, three were.

And that’s all with Nia Ali, the defending 100-meter hurdles champ and a lock for the finals, not making it out of the trials after she crashed to the track after hitting the 9th hurdle.

Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde placed 3rd in the shot put with a personal-best 73-1 1/2, Cherokee graduate Jess Woodard placed 8th in the shot put with a throw of 61-3 1/2 and Florence graduate Curtis Thompson took 11th in the javelin with a throw of 258-3.

Awotunde is the first male medalist from South Jersey since 1993, when Edgewood graduate Dennis Mitchell was 3rd in both the 100 and 200 and ran the 3rd leg on the winning 400-meter relay team, and Woodbury’s Jack Pierce placed 3rd in the 110-meter hurdles.

Awotunde, Thompson and Woodard are the first throwers from South Jersey to ever reach the finals at the World Champi0nships.

The last time South Jersey had at least one male and female finalist at Worlds was the inaugural meet in 1983 – some 39 years ago – when Carl Lewis of Willingboro won the 100 and long jump and anchored the winning 400-meter relay team, and younger sister Carol placed 3rd in the long jump.

Here’s a look at every top-12 placer from South Jersey in meet history:

MEN
1983
[Helsinki]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 100-Meter Dash [10.07]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, Long Jump [28-0 ½]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (anchor) [37.86wr]

1987 [Rome]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 100-Meter Dash [9.93]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 4th, 110-Meter Hurdles [13.41]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, Long Jump [28-5 ¼]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (anchor) [37.90]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (anchor heats, semis) [38.80, 38.33]

1991 [Tokyo]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 100-Meter Dash [9.86wr]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 3rd, 100-Meter Dash [9.91]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 2nd, 110-Meter Hurdles [13.06]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 2nd, Long Jump [29-2 ¾w, 29-1]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (anchor) [37.50wr]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (third leg) [37.50wr]

1993 [Stuttgart]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 3rd, 100-Meter Dash [9.99]
Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 4th, 100-Meter Dash [10.02]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 3rd, 200-Meter Dash [19.99]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 3rd , 110-Meter Hurdles [13.06]
Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1st, 400-Meter Relay (third leg) [37.48]

1995 [Gothenburg]
Jack Pierce [Woodbury], 4th, 110-Meter Hurdles [13.27]

2022 [Eugene]
Josh Awotunde [Delsea], 3rd, Shot Put [73-1 ½]
Curtis Thompson [Florence], 11th, Javelin [258-3]

WOMEN
1983
[Helsinki]
Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 3rd, Long Jump [23-1w, 22-8 ¾]

2013 [Moscow]
English Gardner [Eastern], 4th, 100-Meter Dash [10.97]
English Gardner [Eastern], 2nd, 400-Meter Relay (third leg), [42.75]

2015 [Beijing]
English Gardner [Eastern], 2nd, 400-Meter Relay (first leg), [41.68]

2017 [London]
Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 8th, 100-Meter Hurdles [13.04]

2019 [Doha]
Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 1st, 100-Meter Hurdles [12.34]

2022 [Eugene]
Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 8th, Shot Put [61-3 ½]

Curtis Thompson places 11th in javelin at World Championships, best by an American since 2009!!!!!!!!

Florence’s Curtis Thompson placed 11th in the javelin Saturday night at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

Thompson only got off one legal throw in the first round of the finals, throwing 258-3 on his first attempt, well below his 268-1 in Friday’s qualifying round. He fouled on his second and third attempts.

Nonetheless, Thompson this week at Hayward Field became only the 8th American ever to reach the javelin final at the World Championships and the first since Sean Furey in 2009.

Only Breaux Greer, Tom Petranoff, Holmdel’s Bob Roggy and Tom Pukstys (who is one of Thompson’s coaches) have ever placed higher than Thompson among Americans at Worlds:

All-Time U.S. World Championships Javelin Finalists
285-5 … Breaux Greer, 2001 [4th]
282-11 … Breaux Greer, 2007 [3rd]
280-10 … Tom Petranoff, 1983 [2nd]
266-8 … Tom Petranoff, 1987 [4th]
261-7 … Bob Roggy, 1983 [9th]
255-7 … Tom Pukstys, 1993 [9th]
255-0 … Rod Ewaliko, 1983 [11th]
258-3 … Curtis Thompson, 2022 [11th]
244-5 … Sean Furey, 2009 [12th]
238-0 … Duncan Atwood, 1987 [12th]

Thompson missed the eight-man final round of three additional throws by about 11 inches. He was sitting in 6th after the first round and 8th after the second round but ultimately wound up about 11 feet shy of the final.

The 11th-place finish is Thompson’s best at an international championship meet. He placed 21st at the Olympics last year.

Thompson ranks No. 3 in U.S. history with his 287-9 from East Stroudsburg earlier this month. Six of the eight-best throws of his life have come since April, with five of them this month.

Thompson’s Mississippi State teammate, Anderson Peters of Grenada, won the gold medal with a throw of 297-0 on his final throw, becoming the first to repeat a World Championships triumph since Jan Železný in 1993 and 1995. Peters had the top four throws of the competition.

Here’s a look at all of Thompson’s 260-foot throws:
287- 9 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
273- 4 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
271-11… Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 4, 2016
271- 7 … Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, June 21, 2021
269- 7 …American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
268- 1 … Oregon Relays, Hayward Field, Eugene, April 23, 2022
268- 1 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 2022
267- 4 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 2022
267- 2 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 22, 2021
266- 5 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
265-10 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 17, 2021
265-10 … Florida State Relays, Mike Long Track, Tallahassee, Fla., March 25, 2016
265- 7 … Victoria Track Classic, Centennial Stadiumn, Victoria, British Columbia, June 15, 2022
264- 8 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
264- 1 … USATF Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., June 26, 2022
263-10 … 94th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas, March 25, 2022
260-11 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 30, 2016
260- 1 … NACAC Under-23, San Salvador, Estadio Jorge “Mágico” González, June 17, 2016

Heartbreak for Pleasantville’s Nia Ali in hurdles trials at World Championships

Nia Ali’s bid for a repeat World Championship triumph ended in heartbreak Saturday when the Pleasantville High School graduate hit the 10th hurdle in the trials and went down on the track, unable to finish the race.

Ali was leading the first of six qualifying races at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., and with the top three in each race plus the next-six fastest hurdlers advancing to Sunday’s semifinals, she only needed a pedestrian time over 13 seconds to qualify.

Ali, racing in lane 5, got a tremendous start and was just ahead of world No. 6 Britany Anderson of Jamaica before smacking the back of her lead leg into the 9th hurdle. She stumbled coming off the hurdle, losing her steps, and then smashed into 10 and crashed to the track six or seven meters from the finish line.

Ali hit the 9th hurdle so hard she knocked the hurdle in lane 6 out of place, resulting in a DQ. So even if she had been able to finish the race with a fast enough time to advance, she would not have been able to race in the semis.

Anderson of Jamaica wound up winning that heat in 12.59, and she was just behind Ali when she went down, so Ali would have probably run something around 12.55 in a clean race. Third place in that race was 13.04, and everyone who ran faster than 13.12 advanced to the semis.

Ali, the Olympic silver medalist in 2016 and World Champion in 2019, is No. 10 in world history with her 12.34 from her win at Worlds in Doha, Qatar, three years ago. She’s also No. 10 in the world this year with her 12.49 in the semifinals at U.S. Nationals on the same track last month.

The 33-year-old Ali had her 3rd baby last year and went 895 days between 100-meter hurdles races after the World Championships before returning to world-class form.

Because this year’s World Championships was originally scheduled for 2020 and the meet is held every other year, 2023 is also a World Championships year, so Ali could have another shot at a 2nd world title in Budapest if she wishes to continue competing. The next Olympics is in Paris in 2024.

Ali, a 2006 Pleasantville graduate, is scheduled to race again on Aug. 6 at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Diamond League meet in Silesia, Poland.