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Ralph Turner:
Wright Adds a 4th in 200 at the World Para Athletics Championships
LONDON, England – McMurry University’s Tanner Wright ran his second-fastest time ever in the 200 meters – 22.22 seconds - and earned a fourth place finish in the T47 division for Team U.S.A. at the World Para Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium. Wright’s time was his personal best in para athletics competition and second only to the 21.99 he ran in the preliminaries of the American Southwest Conference championships in April.
Wright looked to be in position for the bronze medal coming down the stretch of the rain-dampened track.  But Wright was passed in the final 20 yards by Poland’s Michal Derus.  Brazil’s dynamic duo of Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos and Yohansson Nascimento went 1-2 in the race, with Ferreira dos Santos setting a world record (21.21) in the process.
“”We are watching a young man race at the highest level for the very first time,” McM head track and field coach Brad Parris reminded. “You can see – and even feel – his effort.
“Each race gives Tanner more experience and more confidence. Fourth place on the world stage is a great accomplishment. I can’t wait for him to team up with his USA teammates and run for a 4x100 meter relay medal (on Sunday).”
Wright was also fourth in the 100-meter dash earlier in the competition, giving him a pair of top-four placements, in his first-ever venture into international athletics competition.
Wright is expected to run the lead leg for Team U.S.A. in that 4x100 event on Sunday. The 4x100 is slated to begin at 1:33 p.m. Central Time.
At age 19, he still has 2 and possible 3 more Para Athletics ahead of him.

21.58 secs made the finals of D3 in 2017, and  21.46 scored 1 point (All-American) in 2017

Ralph Turner:
DQ Strips Team USA of Gold in 4x100
LONDON, England – Team USA’s 4x100-meter relay team – including McMurry University sophomore Tanner Wright (Ft. Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.)  – had a World Para Athletics Championships gold medal, literally, taken out of its hands when the group was disqualified after a protest by Germany.  Team USA was cited for a “lane violation,” according to reports, despite winning the race by 1.5 seconds ahead of the German team.
According to the broadcasters doing the Championships’ web cast, the violation came on the exchange between Jarryd Wallace and Wright, the second and third runners. No further clarification was provided via the broadcast.
When the protest was upheld, Germany moved up to the gold medal position.


Congratulations to Esther Seeland, a FY Falcon who won the national title at 800 meters this weekend in a brilliant 2:05. You can watch the whole race, starting at about 2:36:30, here:


Last year, Esther won the HS girls 800 in the state meet. She declined multiple D1 track scholarships, including (so I am told) at least one full ride, in order to play soccer and run at Messiah. This year and last year, PA is perhaps the top state nationally for girls from 800 to XC.

At about 51 minutes, you can also watch Falcon SR Ben Schott come from behind and win the steeplechase decisively.

Per Brandeis Athletics tweet at 4:11 PM Eastern Thursday, January 6.

The Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational Indoor Track and Field Meet scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Gosman Center in Waltham, MA has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols and will not be conducted this year.


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