In the first elite event of the evening session, Hansle Parchment of Jamaica came away as the champion, with a world-leading time of 13.14 in the men’s 110-Meter Hurdles Moscow World Championship Rematch in Des Moines, Iowa. His time set a new Drake Relays record, previously set by David Oliver in 2012, who’s 13.23 time was good for second in the event. Ryan Wilson, the reigning USA outdoor champion, finished third with a time of 13.30.
“I didn’t expect to have such a fast time,” Parchment said. “I was thinking somewhere between 13.4 or 13.5, so this race opened my eyes that I can run even faster. Today was the first race and we usually don’t run so quickly on the first time out, we usually build up as the season goes on, so this time was a good start.”
The excitement continued in the next event, the women’s Special Invitational Shuttle Hurdle Relay. Des Moines native, Lolo Jones, ran the second leg of the USA Red relay team that won the race with the second-best time in the history of the event, 50.93.
Jones ran with Brianna Rollins,Vashti Thomas and Queen Harrison. The Jamaican team, consisting of Shermaine Williams, Andrea Bliss, Monique Morgan and Latoya Greaves, was the second-place finisher with a time of 52.01.