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Lawrence's 10.12 ties for 8th on 2012 world list

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CRETE — Doane junior Brijesh “BJ” Lawrence posted a tie for the eighth-fastest 100-meter dash time in the world so far this year, 10.12 seconds, on the way to winning that event at the Doane Relays Saturday.

Lawrence, who won bronze and silver medals last year in the Pan Am Games and World Track and Field Championships as part of the St. Kitts and Nevis 4x100-meter relay team, was competing in his second meet of the outdoor season.

As of Sunday morning, Lawrence’s time tied him for eighth with Keston Bledman of Trinidad, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website. The world leader is Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who clocked a 9.90 in a meet at Kingston, Jamaica April 14.

The 10.12 clocking, the fastest in the NAIA this year, also ranks Lawrence No. 4 on the U.S. all-college and university list behind sprinters from Florida State, Auburn and the University of Florida. The Seminoles' Kemar Hyman leads the way with a 10.07 recorded at Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Lawrence was a part of three victories at Saturday’s meet, running four races in less than three hours.

He won his 100-meter prelim in 10.35, then anchored Doane’s 4x100-meter relay team (with Ben McCaleb, Chris Busby and Adam Baxa) to victory in 40.78, just off the meet and track records and the third-fastest time in the NAIA this spring.

Next came the 100 final. His 10.12 clocking, with a legal following wind measured at 1.2 meters per second, shattered his own school record of 10.28 set at the 2011 NAIA national championships and broke the meet and track records (10.46 and 10.42) recorded by Doane’s Thad Shannon in 1997.

Later, Lawrence returned to win the 200 in 20.62, just 0.03 of a second off his school record also recorded at the 2011 NAIA national meet. Lawrence's 200 time on Saturday ranks him second on the 2012 NAIA list, ties him for 11th on the U.S. collegiate chart and has him in a tie for 25th on this year's IAAF world list.

Lawrence is slated to run the 100 meters at the Drake Relays April 27-28 and join his Doane teammates in attempting to defend the Tigers’ Drake Relays title in the sprint medley. Doane will also try to improve upon last year’s second-place Drake finish in the 4x100.

For more on the Doane Relays, see the April 25 print or E-edition of The Crete News.