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Perfect Day for the Clay

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April 17, 2009
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. – Nearly 1,100 athletes competed in perfect weather at the first-ever Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University Friday.

Olympic 400-meter champion Christine Ohurugu highlighted the day’s efforts by sweeping the women’s 100- and 200-meters in times of 11.51 and 23.19.

Freshman Cedrique Smith highlighted Azusa Pacific’s individual performances by winning with NAIA-leading 14.08, the ninth fastest time in Cougar track & field history.

All-American Staphon Arnold won the high jump at 6’ 8¾” and qualified for the NAIA long jump with a personal-best effort and winning leap of 23’ 5¼.” To complete the day, he competed in his first-ever triple jump and posted a fine mark of 45’ 5¾” to finish seventh overall. Arnold also ran the third led on the Cougars’ 4x100-meter relay that finished third with a 42.40.

NCAA Division II Emporia State won the men’s 4x100-meter with a 41.12

The Cougar women were also led by freshman as Lauren Jimison easily qualified for her first-ever NAIA Outdoor Championship Meet with a 17:59.29 in the 5000 meters, finishing seventh overall.

Click on the "Box Score" button at the top of this story to see complete results of the meet.