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Bahamian collegians hit the track

It was a busy weekend in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for Bahamians as the collegiate indoor track and field season continued at various institutions around the United States.

Brianne Bethel represented the University of Houston at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina, and turned in a stellar performance on the track.

The college junior ran the 200 meters (m) and ran a personal best time of 23.45 seconds. That was enough to move her up to the number one spot in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). She finished 10th overall.

Anavia Battle from Ohio State finished first in 23 seconds flat. Second was Maiya McCoy from the University of Tennessee in a time of 23.12 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Texas A&M Diamond Spaulding in a time of 23.28 seconds. Penn State senior, Bahamian Keianna Albury, finished 18th in a time of 24.39 seconds.

Bethel also ran in the 60m and finished 13th place in a time of 7.44 seconds. Albury recorded a time of 7.70 seconds, missing out on a qualifying spot to the next round. That event was won by Florida State University’s Ka’Tia Seymour in a time of 7.21 seconds. McCoy ran the race in a time of 7.24 seconds, good for second place. Third place was Seymour’s teammate, Jayla Kirkland. Her time was 7.25 seconds.

Bethel ran in the 4x400m for Houston. Her team finished in a time of 3:35.10. That was good enough for fifth place. Texas A&M’s ‘A’ team was first overall in 3:29.96. Second was South Carolina’s ‘A’ team in 3:30.67. Kentucky’s ‘A’ team ran the race in 3:33.63.

Penn State’s ‘A’ team, in which Albury was a member, finished eighth in 3:36.62.

Present at the Don Kirby Elite Track Meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was Washington State’s Charisma Taylor. Taylor is having a great season for the Washington State Cougars so far. On Saturday, she broke the Cougars’ freshman indoor record in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.30 seconds. That time was the fifth-best time in the field and qualified her for the final. However, she failed to start the final.

Taylor was also 10th in the long jump. Her second jump of 5.81m (19’ 0-3/4”) was her longest jump. Arizona State’s Jessica Barreira won that event with a jump of 6.28m (20’ 7-1/4”). Finishing second was New Mexico Junior College’s Kristal Liburd. She leapt 6.17m (20’ 3”). With a leap of 6.14m (20’ 1-3/4”), University of Texas at El Paso’s Chantoba’s Bright finished third.

Taylor was not finished at the meet as she leaped 12.51m (41’ 0-1/2”) in the women’s triple jump to finish sixth. She did it on her first and only recorded jump.

Stanford University’s Aria Small was first with a leap of 12.90m (42’ 4”). West Texas A&M University’s Fatim Affessi leapt 12.88m (42’ 3-1/4”) to finish second. Third was Barreira with a leap of 12.82m (42’ 0-3/4”).

At the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana University senior Cliff Resias was in action in the 60m. He managed to finish the race in a time of 6.93 seconds to place 18th overall. Finishing first in that event was Team Osaka Dream’s Shuhei Tada. His time was 6.78 seconds. Second and third went to Louisiana State’s Jaron Flournoy and Nike’s Christopher Belcher respectively. Flournoy ran 6.79 seconds and Belcher recorded a time of 6.81 seconds.

Resias returned for the 200m where he finished 12th in 21.49 seconds. Flournoy was first in a time of 20.69 seconds. Second was North Carolina A&T University’s Akeem Sirleaf. He recorded a time of 20.76 seconds. The University of Alabama’s Keitavious Walter was third as he finished the race in 20.78 seconds.

Resias’ teammate, junior Donovan Storr, finished ninth in the 200m. The Andros native recorded a time of 21.47 seconds. The University of Iowa’s Karayme Bartley was first in a time of 20.81 seconds. Flournoy’s teammate Dylan Peebles was second, finishing the race in 21.20 seconds. Third went to Duane McClurkin Jr., a senior from the University of Colorado, in 21.24 seconds.

Storr also ran the 400m race. He finished 13th in this event in 48.03 seconds. McClurkin Jr. was first in 47.12 seconds. Baylor University’s Matthew Moorer was second as he clocked 47.46 seconds and third place went to Cameron Samuel of the University of South Carolina, finishing in 47.47 seconds.

Athletes will be back in action this weekend at various meets.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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