Russel Gordon Breaks Empire Record at 400IH, 7th Nation

Fort Bragg’s Russel Gordon proved once again why he was this years Athlete of the year.

Gordon lane 4

At Oregon’s Hayward field, that recently hosted the USA Olympic Trials, they hosted the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Championships or Outdoor Nationals.
Gordon running in heat 4 was third in his heat and 7th overall in 53.72.
That broke the 40 year old Empire record by Jeff Johnson of Petaluma in 1981 of 53.74+.
Gordon was the fastest Californian across the line in the meet and it was also the fastest time by a Californian this year.

Watch the race, click on heat 4, Gordon is in lane 4
Race results

400m Intermediate Hurdles
53.72 Russel Gordon, Fort Bragg 2021
53.74+ Jeff Johnson Petaluma 1981, 53.5 ht
54.48 Jason Andrews, Rancho Cotate 1997
55.93 Caleb Cunha, Fort Bragg 2011, 7/1 West Coast JO 56.18
56.06 Adam Lundquist, Casa Grande 2011, AAU Northern CA Qualifier
56.15 Alex Netherda, Maria Carrillo 2015 Stanford
56.25 Tyler Baker, Maria Carrillo 2010
56.94 Brent Oru-Craig, Montgomery 2018
57.06 Eric Arneson, Healdsburg 2009
57.09 Chris McCloskey, Santa Rosa 2009, 58.13

Gordon with coach’s Merle & Tara Larson

The only California winners were, with one day to go
Boys 800 SMR Cathedral Phantoms Elite 1:31.82
Girls Discus Faith Bender, Bakersfield, 168-04
Other winners and results