Sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson added two individual medals, to her already impressive collegiate track and field resume, over the weekend. The senior attending Auburn University competed in her final Southeastern Conference(SEC)Indoor Championships for the Lady Tigers. The championships were held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ferguson was third in both the 60 meters(m)dash and the 200m dash, which gave her All-American honors, once again.
Also earning All-American honors was Freeport native Demetrius Pinder, who was at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Nebraska, at the Devaney Center. Pinder was second in the men’s 400m finals, in a time of 46.50 seconds. The winning time was 46.39 seconds turned in by Gil Roberts of Texas Tech. Marcus Boyd was third followed by Kyle Clemons in 46.65 seconds and 46.83 seconds respectively.
Back over at the SEC, Ferguson led the charge of Bahamians that competed in the championships. She headed into the final of the 60m dash with the second best time, 7.29 seconds. The leading time, 7.18 seconds, was posted by Lakya Brookins, from South Carolina. Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett, who competes for Louisiana State University(LSU), and Shayla Mahan had the third and fourth fastest times, 7.30 seconds and 7.31 seconds respectively.
In the final she would duplicate her preliminary performance, 7.29 seconds, which placed her third overall. Winning the event was Brookins in 7.14 seconds, and Semoy Hackett followed in 7.25 seconds. The preliminary rounds of the 200m, the Bahamian connection representing the Tigers were Ferguson, Nivea Smith and Cache Armbrister. Both Smith and Ferguson won their respective heats, Smith turning in a time of 23.24 seconds while Ferguson clocked 23.56 seconds. Armbrister, who lined up in heat three with Smith, did not finish the race.
Capturing the 200m title was Kimberly Duncan in a time of 22.78 seconds. Her and Hackett pulled off a LSU sweep as Hackett followed in 22.84 seconds. Ferguson’s time was 23.13 seconds. Smith, who was among the field leaders for the event, was one of two athletes who was disqualified. Rebecca Alexander was the second.
Armbrister returned on the final day, running the third leg in the 1,600m mile relay for the Tigers. The team, which included CeCe Williams, Joanna Atkins, Armbrister and Kai Selvon, clocked 3:35.67 for the third.
The sole Bahamian female representing the Arkansas Razorbacks at the SEC meet was Ivanique Kemp in the women’s 60m hurdles. The former C.R. Walker standout moved into the final with a time of 8.40 seconds in the preliminary rounds. In the final, she placed eighth in a time of 8.57 seconds. Jasmin Stowers and Tenaya Jones pulled off the sweep for LSU with times of 8.12 seconds and 8.18 seconds respectively. Kaylon Eppinger was third in 8.29 seconds, and she was followed by Kierre Beckles in 8.30 seconds.
The Razorbacks’Raymond Higgs bowed out of the high jump event with a 2.15m clearance(7’0-1/2″).
Although Karlton Rolle placed third in heat seven of the 200m at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation(MPSF) Indoor Track and Field Championships, his time was not fast enough for him to move on or rank him among the top 10 in the field. He clocked 21.89 seconds.
Rolle, who competes for UCLA, was a part of the 4x400m team which turned in a time of 3:13.86 for a second place finish in their heat behind Stanford. The winning time, 3:10.34, was turned in by the team from Oregon, which was followed closely by Washington State and Arizona State in times of 3:10.80 and 3:11.25 respectively.
Over at the Atlantic Coast Conference(ACC)Championships Warren Fraser moved into the final of the men’s 60m dash with a qualifying time of 6.80 seconds. In the final, he crossed the finish line in 6.77 seconds, which placed him fourth overall. The time, 6.61 seconds, was the winning performance turned in by Florida State’s Maurice Mitchell. On Mitchell’s heals was TJ Graham of North Carolina State who clocked 6.61 seconds and Kemar Hyman, 6.71 seconds.
Fraser was just seconds shy of advancing to the final of the 200m. He turned in a time of 21.80 seconds in the heats and was ranked 11th in the field. The ACC Championships were staged in Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Virginia.