A 12-year-old sprinter from Atlanta, Ga., Melanie Doggett, made headlines over the weekend when she set a new U12 age group world record in the 100m girls at the Adidas HS Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC Doggett blazed to a ridiculous time of 11.67 seconds (+1.7 m/s) as a sixth grader, smashing the previous record.
During the semifinals of the Adidas Outdoor Nationals, Doggett astounded spectators with her blazing speed in the 100m race, crossing the finish line in a remarkable time of 11.67 seconds to claim victory. This incredible achievement surpassed the previous U12 age group world record of 11.75 seconds, set by Payton Payne of the US in 2019.
In a post-race interview with MileSplit, Doggett humbly reflected on her remarkable accomplishment and expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to compete at such a high level. Dogget modestly stated, “I didn’t do anything special. I just pushed. I’m glad I got to have the experience.”
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Doggett’s exceptional performance not only set a new U12 age group 100m record, but a US sixth-grade record. The previous sixth-grade record was held by Tamari Davis with a time of 11.77 seconds. Davis, 20, is now a professional sprinter for Adidas and holds the sixth-fastest women’s 100m time in the world this year at 10.89 seconds.
Landmark 6th-grade student Melanie Doggett competed in Birmingham at the “Bama Showcase” indoor track meet. Melanie rocked the building by running 7.74 seconds in the 60-meter race. She shattered the old world record which was 7.81 for an 11-year-old. pic.twitter.com/gbAryOExXI
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A few hours after her outstanding performance in the semifinal, Doggett again put her speed on display in the national final by claiming a silver medal, completing the race in 11.78 seconds. Given her tender age, Doggett’s remarkable achievement showcased her immense potential as one of the youngest and most promising sprinters in the sport.