National record for Serena Brown
Serena Brown has reached unchartered territory.
The Bahamian strong woman had a massive throw of 60.39 meters (m) – 198’ 1” – at the Home Depot Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, USA, over the weekend. With that throw, Brown became the first Bahamian woman to throw the discus over 60m (196’ 10”) and it was almost a full four meters further than her national record.
Brown fouled her first attempt, had a throw of 53.83m (176’ 7”) on her second attempt and a throw of 55.97m (183’ 7”) on her third attempt. After dropping to third place after three rounds of throws, Brown responded with her massive national record setting throw in the fourth round. She heaved the discus 60.39m to win the gold medal at the Texas Relays for Texas A&M University, and set the new Bahamian national record. She was just shy of a 200-feet throw.
Brown, who initially broke Lavern Eve’s 26-year-old national record at the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World U20 Championships, has continued to progress. Eve had the former record of 52.52m (172’ 3”). Brown had a best throw of 52.73m (173’) to initially break Eve’s record and finish fourth at the 2016 world juniors. Since then, Brown improved the national record to 53.13m (174’ 3”) at the Roadrunner Invitational in San Antonio, Texas; 54.67m (179’ 4”) at the 38th Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona; and 56.84m (186’ 6”) at the SEC Relays in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On Saturday, Brown, a sophomore at Texas A&M, powered ahead of the field in the fourth round. Tarasue Barnett, a senior at Grand Canyon University, had a best toss of 59.19m (194’ 2”) for the silver medal. Jessica Woodard, a senior at Oklahoma, won the bronze medal with a heave of 58.14m (190’ 9”).
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Texas senior Pedrya Seymour finished third in the final, running 12.85 seconds. Her teammate Rushelle Burton, a sophomore, won the race in 12.64 seconds. Louisiana State University’s (LSU) sophomore Tonea Marshall won the bronze medal, finishing in 12.73 seconds. Seymour ran 12.97 seconds in the heats.
Holland Martin, a freshman at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, had a best jump of 7.73m (25’ 4-1/2”) to win the men’s long jump section ‘B’. Jared Belardo, a junior at Wichita State, also leapt 7.73m, but had to settle for second as Martin’s second-best jump was better. Rayvon Grey, a sophomore from LSU, finished third with a best leap of 7.70m (25’ 3-1/4”).
Samson Colebrooke, a sophomore at Barton County Community College, finished 15th overall in the men’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.41 seconds. Brianne Bethel, a sophomore at Houston, finished 15th overall in the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 11.49 seconds.
Over at the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, The Bahamas’ top quarter-miler Steven Gardiner stepped down to the 200m event, and picked up a convincing victory. Gardiner, representing Empire Athletics, was just four one hundredths of a second off Michael Mathieu’s national record, running a personal best time of 20.20 seconds. Jamaican World and Olympic Champion in the 110m hurdles Omar McLeod was second behind Gardiner in 20.49 seconds, and Yancarlos Martinez, of the Dominican Republic, finished third. Martinez prevailed over Bahamian Teray Smith in a photo finish. Smith was fourth. Both athletes ran 20.50 seconds. Bahamian Cameron Parker was 19th overall in 21.02 seconds.
At that same event, Alonzo Russell won the open men’s 400m, finishing in 45.44 seconds. American Christian Taylor was second in 45.48 seconds, and fellow American TJ Holmes won the bronze in 46.45 seconds.
After a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Jeffery Gibson is hoping for a strong bounce back year, running in the 400m hurdles. Representing Empire Athletics, he finished second in that event at the Florida Relays in 49.21 seconds. Jamaican Shawn Rowe won in 49.17, Gibson was second, and Jamaican Annsert Whyte finished third in 49.48 seconds. The time by Gibson was his fastest in two seasons.