Chris FrazierTrack HeidelbergLast week:

Frazier, a senior who skipped track his junior year, shone through the rain Saturday in blazing to a season-best 10.91 seconds in the 100 meters on his home track. Frazier also posted a school-system season best Saturday in the long jump, clearing 21 feet, 5.5 inches.

"I know the weather was less than ideal," Heidelberg coach Tami Anderson wrote in a Monday e-mail, "but I don’t think Chris let it affect his performance."

Clearly not. Frazier’s time would have won every European 100-meter championship race since 2001, a span that includes a 10.94 by DODDS-Europe record-holder Isaiah Fluellen in 2002. Fluellen ran his DODDS-Europe record 10.50 in 2001.

Frazier was pushed by some of the best Saturday, according to Anderson. He beat Julian Ardley of Bamberg (11.03), Aaron Horn of Vilseck (11.18). and his practice rival, teammate Napolian Myhand, who placed fourth at 11.22, a time that would have won last year’s European 100 gold.

"I know that Chris was looking forward to running against … Ardley," Anderson wrote, "since Ardley posted such a good time at the first meet (11.40)."

Tiffany HeardTrack


Last week:

Heard, the defending European 100- and 300-meter hurdles champion, showed she’s ready to challenge the DODDS-Europe record book by running the 100 hurdles in 15.33 seconds in the rain Saturday.

While her time in the Ramstein meet was under the official DODDS record in the event — 15.40 run by Hahn’s Drisana McDaniel in 1993 and tied by Ansbach’s Jonieshia Wright in 2007 — school system records can be set only in championship meets. Heard, a junior who ran a 15.03 last season to set her school’s record, took European gold in the event last May in 15.53.

"Her goal is to get into the 14s in the 100, and in the 44-second range in the 300," Ansbach athletic Mike Jimerson wrote Monday about Heard, who also won Saturday’s 300 hurdles in 47.31 and the 2008 European title in 46.33. For good measure, Jimerson pointed out, Heard ran a school-system season-best Saturday in the 200, 27.43.

"Tiffany … went on a college visit to the University of Georgia during spring break … and got to observe a college practice," Jimerson wrote. "This really opened her eyes…. She now practices longer, harder and with more passion than ever."

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