Monday, May 5, 2008

Connaughton's win expected to open doors to big events

Connaughton's win expected to open doors to big events
Island runner prevails in 100-metre event
The Guardian

Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., turned in a time of 10.15 seconds to win the 100-metre event at the University of Texas at Arlington open track meet Saturday.

The UTA Maverick graduate, running unattached, recorded the 10th fastest time in the world this outdoor season and beat Ontario's Justyn Warner of Texas Christian and unattached Tyree Gailes. Both were race timed in 10.31.

In doing so, Connaughton now has his Olympic A standard. Ontario's Shannon King of Elite Edge Track was fourth in 10.34.

His 10.15 is expected to open the doors to highly-prestigious meets like The Golden League in Germany and Oslo this summer as well as Brazil.

Connaughton said he felt he reached a bit at the end of the race and it certainly was not perfect and he felt he has more in the tank.

"Even though it is my personal best to date, I feel the best is yet to come,' he said.

Connaughton has the best 100-metre (10.15) and 200 (20.70) in Canada.

This time follows a Canadian 100-metre best time at LSU and impressive third legs of Canadian national team men's relay A squad, a second-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold meet and fifth at the Penn Relays U.S. vs. World.

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