Eight Bahamians set to compete at NCAAsPratt will see action in the men’s javelin this evening; others to get on track tomorrow
A total of eight Bahamians are preparing to represent their schools and their country in this week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
The championships get underway today and will run through Saturday.
Up first will be Liberty University junior Denzel Pratt in the men’s javelin final. Pratt comes into the event with a personal best national record of 70.72 meters (m) – 232’ – and a season’s best of 69.60m (228’ 4”). He is the only Bahamian to ever have a toss over 70m (229’ 8”) in the men’s javelin.
Pratt will be the only Bahamian competing in an individual event on Wednesday. He will be the sixth thrower in the second group. The top nine in the field of 24 after three throws will get an additional three throws. The men’s javelin final will take place at 8:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) in The Bahamas.
Also on Wednesday, Xavier Coakley and the Auburn Tigers’ men’s 4x400m relay team will be in action. They will run out of lane two in the first of three semifinals. The top two in each heat and the next two fastest times will advance to Friday’s final. The men’s 4x400m semis will get underway at 10:48 p.m.
On Thursday, Purdue redshirt senior Devynne Charlton and Texas graduate transfer Pedrya Seymour will compete in the semifinals of the women’s 100m hurdles. Seymour will run out of lane five in the second of three semifinal heats and Charlton will be in lane four in the third semifinal heat. The first two in each heat and the next two fastest times move on to Saturday’s final. Seymour could also see action as a member of the Texas Longhorns women’s 4x100m relay team. The Longhorns will run out of six in the third of three semifinal heats. Jenae Ambrose and the Auburn Tigers will be in that same heat and will run out of lane four. The top two in each heat and the next two fastest times will move on to Saturday’s final.
Also in action tomorrow will be Houston sophomore Brianne Bethel in both the women’s 100 and 200m. In the 100m, she will be in lane one in the third of three semifinal heats. The first two in each heat and the next two fastest times move on to Saturday’s final. In the 200m, Bethel is scheduled to run out of lane two in the second semifinal heat. Like the 100m, the first two in each heat and the next two fastest times will move on to Saturday’s final.
Nebraska senior Kaiwan Culmer will compete in the men’s triple jump final on Friday. He will be the second jumper in the second flight of jumpers.
Texas A&M’s sophomore Serena Brown will compete in the women’s discus on Saturday. She will be the 12th thrower in the first group.