Tinsley wins 400 hurdles at Kansas Relays
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.77 seconds Saturday in the Kansas Relays and was selected the top male athlete in the meet.
"The 400 hurdles is very competitive,'' Tinsley said. "We had six of the top guys in the field today. All of those guys are ranked in the top 15 in the world so it is always competitive.''
Kansas sophomore Michael Stigler, recently honored as the Big 12 freshman track athlete of the year, was second in a school-record 49.42 - also the best college time this season.
Kansas senior Kyle Clemons won the 400 for the third time in four years, finishing in 46.28.
"This being my last year, it is amazing,'' Clemons said. "Especially with all these great competitors and the Olympians, it feels great it is unbelievable right now. What a way to go out.''
Trell Kimmons won the 100 in 10.22 seconds, and Novlene Williams-Mills had the biggest upset of the meet when she beat 2012 gold medalists Bianca Knight and Diamond Dixon in the 400.
"I wish I had a faster time, but this is my first race so I am happy,'' Williams-Mills said. "Anytime you can come out with a win you are always happy.''
Mary Saxer won the women's pole vault at 14 feet, 9 feet, Cory Leslie took the Glen Cunningham Mile in 3:58.18, Queen Harrison won the women's 100 hurdles in 12.98, David Payne took the men's 110 hurdles field in 13:42, and Ellen Wortham won the women's 400 hurdles in 56.67.
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