Humphreys' Junior Gregory clocks the 300 hurdle preliminaries in 40.34 seconds, .19 off the Far East meet record. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Humphreys' Junior Gregory clocks the 300 hurdle preliminaries in 40.34 seconds, .19 off the Far East meet record. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Track and Field: Two records fall as three-day championships open

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Momomi Atkinson faced a tough choice entering the first day of Far East track and field meet Wednesday: focus on her best event, the 300 hurdles, or try to score more team points for Edgren by also taking on the 400.

With the blessing of her coach, Tim Schwehr, Atkinson opted to only hurdle – and etched her name in the Pacific and Far East meet record books.

The senior clocked 46.17 seconds in the 300 hurdles preliminaries on Wednesday. That makes two straight years the Pacific record has been broken in the Far East meet. A year ago, Yokota’s Britney Bailey ran the event in 46.38, but that was in the finals.

“I was a bit surprised,” said Atkinson, adding that she was hoping just to reach 47 seconds. Her previous best was 48.27 a month ago in the final regular season meet.

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