Salmon runs 57.30 to win 400m hurdles season opener at Michael Johnson Invitational; Kentucky’s Turner, Charlton take long jump titles

By April 22, 2023

Shiann Salmon, Jordan Turner and Anthaya Charlton were among the winners on day one of the 2023 Michael Johnson Invitational held at the Clyde Hart Stadium in Texas on Friday.

Adidas’ Salmon, silver medallist at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, produced 57.30 to win the Women’s 400m hurdles. Texas Tech’s Simone Watkins ran a personal best 59.54 in second while Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Naomi Ndukwe ran 59.92, also a personal best, in third.

Salmon’s Adidas counterpart, Ashanti Moore, produced a personal best 22.62 for third in the Women’s 200m behind Adidas’ Anavia Battle (22.58) and World Championship finalist Abby Steiner’s stadium record 22.30. On day two, Moore ran a season's best 11.12 to win the 100m ahead of Puma's Steiner (11.19) and Kentucky's Karimah Davis (11.32).

On Saturday, Salmon ran 52.04 for second in the 400m behind Baylor’s Imaobong Nse Uko who ran 51.66 for victory. Northwestern State’s Sanaria Butler ran 52.19 for third.

Turner, the 20-year-old Jamaican Kentucky freshman, continued his solid form this season with 7.80m to win the Men’s long jump ahead of another Jamaican, Nebraska sophomore Kavian Kerr, who jumped 7.70m. Northwestern State’s Andrew Gilreath was third with 7.45m.

Turner’s Kentucky teammate, Bahamian freshman Anthaya Charlton, took first place in the Women’s equivalent with 6.39m ahead of Iowa’s Tiona Tobias and Ashley McElmurry, who both produced a best jump of 6.25m.

Also on Saturday, Texas Tech’s Demisha Roswell ran 12.84 for second in the 100m hurdles behind collegiate record holder, Masai Russell of Kentucky, who ran a stadium record 12.50 for the win. Adidas’s Sharika Nelvis ran 13.01 for third.

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