She is the first high school student to receive the honor from Governor Holcomb.
No Olympic Games. No Olympic Trials. No international travel. No national championships.
For pros in track and field, it is hard to keep training for big meets that won’t happen for a year. For Lynna Irby, this is no wasted summer.
The former Pike High School sprinter delivered her most propitious performance in more than two years, and now she ranks No. 3 in the world at 200 meters.
In a small meet at Clermont, Fla., the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 200 Saturday night in 21.98 seconds. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico was second in 22.45 and Irby third in 22.47, with the maximum allowable wind of 2.0 meters per second.
Those three ranks Nos. 1-2-3 worldwide in 2020.
Miller-Uibo, 26, and Irby, 21, were both NCAA champions for Georgia. Miller-Uibo, the reigning Olympic gold medalist at 400 meters, is world leader in all three sprints: 100 in 10.98, 200 in 21.98, 400 in 50.52.
Irby was just off her 200-meter best of 22.25 from May 2018. The Saturday result was almost certainly her most notable since setting an NCAA meet record of 49.80 in the 400 on June 9, 2018.
In Friday’s 100 meters Irby was fourth in her section in 11.27 after an 11.31 prelim. Both times were under her previous best of 11.40 from March 2019. She ranks 14th in the world and No. 5 in the United States.
Elsewhere, Cory McGee ran the fastest women’s mile ever on Indiana soil, clocking 4:21.81 Saturday night at Marion. Dani Jones was second in 4:23.33 and Emma Coburn third in 4:23.65. Those three rank Nos. 1-2-3 in the world this year.
Previously, the fastest women’s mile run in the state was 4:30.50 by Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes at South Bend indoors in 2016.
McGee climbed to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. mile list, passing Suzy Favor Hamilton (4:22.93 at the 1998 Goodwill Games). Tripp Hurt won the men’s mile in 3:56.18.
Races were at Indiana Wesleyan University. All entries were from the Colorado-based Team Boss that features Coburn, an Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 world champion in the steeplechase.
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