Jamaican Schaaffe makes impact at Larry Wieczorek Invitational

Jamaican Schaaffe makes impact at Larry Wieczorek Invitational

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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FORMER St Mary High runner Abigail Schaaffe wasted little time making an entry in the Unversity of Minnesota record books after she recorded a top six all-time performance in the 600m on her way to a double at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa on Saturday.

Schaaffe, who was third in the Class One 800m at the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Champs 2019, behind the outstanding duo of Charokee Young of Hydel High and Shaquena Foote of Petersfield High, won the 400m/600m double at the two-day meet.

She then teamed up in the 4x400m relay to win a third event.

Meanwhile, her teammate, former Excelsior High thrower Phillipe Barnett, was third in the weight throw with a season's best mark of 20.47m, his first win of the season.

On Friday Schaaffe, who was competing in only her third indoors meet, won the 600m in a career-best 1:30.99 minutes, sixth-best all time at Minnesota, finishing ahead of her teammate Val Larson, who finished in 1:31.15 minutes.

A day later she won the 400m in 55.53 seconds then joined fellow Jamaican Janielle Josephs and two other teammates, Jayla and Larson, to win the mile relay in a season-best time of 3:40.93 minutes.

— Paul Reid


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