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Chris Nickinson   on Jun 21 2009, 11:31 AM

Solid sprint double for Goodman in Greensboro

Chalonda Goodman en route to her first sub-23 in Greensboro  (Kirby Lee)

Chalonda Goodman en route to her first sub-23 in Greensboro(Kirby Lee)

Greensboro, USA – Chalonda Goodman set meet records of 11.30 in the girls’ 100m and 22.94 in the 200m to win the events for the third year in a row at the Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T on Friday and Saturday (19-20).

Goodman’s times were the fastest in the nation by a U.S. high school athlete this season.

Goodman, the 200m silver medallist in the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava, equaled her PB of 11.30 set earlier this season in the prelims. Goodman ran 11.38 in the final into a -1.8 mps headwind in the final.

In the 200m, Goodman smashed her previous best of 23.22 run in the 2008 edition fo the meet by nearly three tenths of a second to move into a tie for 10th on the all-time U.S. performer list.

Breaking 23 seconds had been the goal for Goodman, a senior at Newnan High in Georgia, this season. She was incredulous, putting both hands on her head, after her time flashed on the scoreboard after the 200m.

“It’s almost unbelievable and unreal that I actually did it,” said Goodman, who will attend the University of Texas in the fall. “I didn’t care if it was 22.99. It just means so much to get it here.”

Goodman turned back Octavius Freeman to win the 100m and 200m. Freeman finished second in both races in 11.66 and 23.20. 

Goodman said that Freeman, a sophomore at Lake Wales (Fla.), pushed her to the sub-23 clocking despite a mediocre start.

“I felt the pressure of (Freeman) going off the turn so I had to kick it into another gear and then drive to the finish,” Goodman said.

Goodman was joined as a double sprint winner along with Dentarius Locke, who won the boys’ 100m in 10.59 and the 200m in a wind-aided 20.87. Locke, who will attend the University of Tennessee, also clocked 10.41 in the 100m prelims.

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