What. A. Meet. 2022 Christian Coleman Invite Was Amazing!

Buford boys 4x100m dash running a new state record in the 4x100m

The 2022 Christian Coleman Invitational had it all. It every had a horse drawn carriage. Check out the coverage that includes race videos, interviews, and pictures:

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On a day that was supposed to be lighter in action with big county meets coming up next weekend, the crowd at Westlake High School was blown away with some amazing performances. What more could these kids have done on Saturday? How about not one, but TWO new state records? How about 5 more performances on top of that that are top 10 all time in Georgia? How about 6 US #1's? How about a 40 foot triple jumper? How about a FRESHMAN running 47.56 in his 3rd meet ever? These are just the major highlights of the meet one a day where almost half of the events had athletes pushing the top ten all time. Sorry Denmark, but your Distance Medley top ten performance at Roswell Rotary Relays was overshadowed by these amazing sprinters in a meet that might have been the best track meet ever in Georgia.

Things started off with a bang in the field events. Christion Barker from Shiloh put up the 3rd best long jump in Georgia state history with his 25-3. And then on top of that we saw Alisa Gordon, a sophomore from Alexander, go over 40 feet in the triple jump. And yet, this was just a taste of what was to come in this meet.

Then came the running. The hurdles produced some fast times, but the 100m dash was when the action really started to pick up. Yahnari Lyons and Adaejah Hodge put on a show in the first sprint of the day. The girls ran the 3rd and 6th fastest times ever for Georgia athletes. And guess what? Neither of them are seniors! Then Jordan Anthony, the defending national champion, came over from Mississippi to race Georgia's fastest and went home with a new season best in the 100. But there was more to come.

Westlake girls. Wow ladies. They tied the state record in the 4x100m dash at this meet. And it's only mid March. These girls will almost certainly go sub 45 this year. Heck they might even go sub 44.

After that excitement, the Buford boys stepped up. Not to be outdone, they also ran a new state state record and U.S. #1 in the 4x100m dash running a blistering 40.05. The Buford parents told Georgia MileSplit that they want Duncanville. And I hope they get them at some point this year because these teams can definitely push themselves to sub 40 if they get to race each other.

Oh, and did I mention Westlake has a freshman that ran 47.56? Sidi Njie is a name that will likely appear at the top of our state rankings for years now. He's run 3 track races in high school and he's already running 47.56.

After that, it was time for Barker to show that he wasn't done as he still had the 300m hurdles to take care of. He ran the top time in the nation so far in the 300m hurdles, just missing the top 10 all time by 0.02s. He can get there, he has time.

But that wasn't all. Lyons and Hodge came back a little later in the 200 and ran the 2nd and 5th fastest times ever run in Georgia in the 200m dash. What more can these girls do? I really wish we got to see them race at state, but I guess we will have to wait until Wingfoot Night of Champions to see them go at it when they're at their best.

And finally, a good track meet isn't complete without an exciting finish in the 4x400m. While the times weren't quite as spectacular as what we saw in other events, the relay still produced two thrilling finishes.

Congrats coach Cage on hosting the best meet of the year so far.