TAMPA, Florida — The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes won two titles at the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls Invitational over the weekend, to go along with a second and third place finish.
Amber Ford won the women’s 800 meters (m) in a personal best time of 2:14.85 – more than a second ahead of her closest competitor. Ford was boxed in by four competitors after the first 400 meters of the race but was able to get out on the second 400 meters.
“When I saw the opportunity I pushed though the gap and brought it home,” she said. “I think I could have done better if I had gone harder on the second lap but this sets me up for the rest of the season.”
National indoor heptathlon record holder Ken Mullings took the men’s high jump competition after a jump-off with Dakari Hill from Webber University. The two jumpers had identical clearances with both only having knockdowns at 2.10m (6’ 10-3/4”). This forced a jump-off at 2.05m (6’ 8-3/4”). Hill had a knock down and Mullings easily cleared it for the win.
“My rhythm was really on in the competition and I felt really good about my approach,” he said. “This bodes well for me for the rest of the season. I know I can compete in the individual events.”
Mullings also finished ninth in the discus competition with a best throw of 41.69m (136’ 9”).
The men’s 4x400m relay team of Kendrick Thompson, Anthony Adderley, Brandon Hanna and Donya Roberts, finished second in a time of 3:14.36.
Bradley Cooper Jr. finished third in the shot put competition with a best toss of 14.15m (46’ 5-1/4”). He started off slow but got progressively better through the rounds. Cooper had a 12.56m (41’ 5-1/4”) opening throw and finished with a best throw of 14.15m.
“I came in with a lot of nerves but going through the competition I started to feel more relaxed,” he said. “I was able to stay consistent throughout the competition and that was big positive for me.”
Cooper added a seventh place finish in the discus competition with a best throw of 44.65m (146’ 6”).
The women’s 4x400m relay team of Jodie Miller, Gabrielle Shannon, Romica Josey and Amber Ford finished fifth in 4:03.51.
Donya Roberts, running next to Olympic and World Champion American Justin Gatlin (representing Nike), finished fifth in the 400m in a time of 49.14 seconds. Gatlin finished fourth in that race in 48.02 seconds. UB’s Brandon Hanna finished seventh in the same event in 49.39 seconds.
Anthony Adderley finished sixth in the 200m in a time of 21.54 seconds, and Destiny Pratt took seventh in the women’s 200m in 26.29 seconds.
The Mingoes will be off until the weekend of April 12-13 when they compete at the University of Miami (UM) Hurricane Alumni Invitational in Coral Gables, Florida.