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Guidry Wins 100 Meters at Sun Angel

April 12, 1998

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Olympian Carlette Guidry outran defending indoor sprint champions Tameka Roberts and Christy Opara-Thompson on Saturday to win the women’s 100 meters, the feature event of the 19th annual Sun Angel Track Classic.

The 100 was a rematch of the U.S. Indoor women’s 60-meter dash, won by Opara-Thompson as Guidry came in second. Guidry also was second to Roberts in the indoor 200.

On the windswept track at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Stadium, Guidry was timed in 11.56 seconds to Roberts’ 11.68 and 11.80 for Opara-Thompson.

``The rivalry is always there,″ said Guidry, who trains in Austin, Texas. ``I came out here trying to stay focused, and this was a good win for me.″

Guidry also ran the second leg on Vector Sports’ 400-meter relay team to collect a second first-place wristwatch.

In the men’s sprints, Tim Harden doubled up by winning the 100 and running the second leg on Vector’s first-place men’s 400-meter relay, and Dennis Mitchell, who ran the third leg, followed suit by winning the 200.

Harden set a U.S. indoor record by winning the 60 in 6.46 seconds. But he was nearly three-quarters of a second off the Sun Angel meet record with a time of 10.44.

Mitchell, a three-time Olympian who has won bronze medals at both the Olympics and the World Championships, ran a similarly slow 21.27.

Afternoon wind gusts of up to 35 mph affected most performances.

Shana Williams of Atletiko won the women’s long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 3/4 inches, which was better than the 22-1 3/4 meet and stadium record set by Carol Lewis in 1983. But a tail wind kept Williams out of the record books.

Runners who raced one lap or more had a headwind after the final turn. Martin Johns won the men’s 1,500 meters in 3:49.20, and Vicki Lynch-Pounds won the women’s metric mile in 4:29.03. Both marks were well outside record range as the runners struggled with wind in a meet where heat is a more familiar adversary.

But the wind that raked the stadium didn’t bother Anna Soderberg, who extended her Swedish women’s record by slinging the discus an even 210 feet. Soderberg, who competed in college at Northern Arizona, set her national record at 201-3 last season.

She went back to Gothenburg, Sweden, after completing her eligibility in the United States, but returned to Arizona for training camp.

``I was surprised,″ Soderberg said. ``I didn’t expect to throw it that far in my first outdoor meet.″

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