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Dias was fourth in the long jump, won by three-event individual champion Spagnola.
“It feels amazing,” Diaz said of her sprint victory. “In indoor I didn’t have the times that I wanted. My approach in the long jump is that I try to have the same speed as I do in the 100 and 200. They go hand-in-hand.”
It was baptism by fire for Francesca Laube in the 100 and 300 hurdles against Spagnola, ultimately responsible for the maximum 40 points.
But it was also a learning experience for the Wolves’ junior, who scored 16 points in the two hurdles distances for the Wolves with her pair of runner-up performances.
“I knew [Spagnola] was good,” said Laube, who was clocked in respective times of 17.37 and 51.41. “When we were warming up, I saw her form over the 100s. I tried to model myself after that. I could tell she was very good, very technically sound. I need to work on driving with my hips more.”