A couple of University of The Bahamas (UB) multi-event athletes had strong performances at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Odd Distance Track and Field Meet on Saturday at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Kendrick Thompson won the open men’s long jump with a best jump of 6.61 meters (m) – 21’ 8-1/4” – to go along with a fourth place finish in the open men’s high jump. In the high jump he cleared 1.95m (6’ 4-3/4”).
“I came out here to set a personal record and that’s what I did,” said Thompson of his long jump performance. “My first two jumps weren’t that good but I listened to my coach and put everything together to pull off the win on the third jump.”
National record holder in the indoor heptathlon Ken Mullings finished second in the open men’s long jump with a best jump of 6.25m (20’ 6 “) and finished third in the high jump, clearing 2m (6’ 6-3/4”). He came close to clearing 2.05m (6’ 8-3/4”) on his last attempt at that height but his hip tapped the bar and it fell off. It would have been a personal best height for Mullings at a short approach.
“Clearing 2.05 would have been a great start for me for the season,” said Mullings, who has a best clearance in the high jump at 2.10m (6’ 10-1/2”).
Mullings is encouraged by his performance this past weekend.
“This shows me that if I continue to train as hard as I did in the offseason I should be able to progress way better than last year by the time world championships and the rest of the summer meets come around,” he said.
The 17th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships is scheduled for September 27 to October 6, 2019, in Doha, Qatar. Both Mullings and Thompson are aiming to qualify for The Bahamas’ team for that global meet. They were just a couple of the Bahamian athletes who opened their seasons at the BAAA Odd Distance Track and Field Meet this past Saturday.