Purdue junior Samson Colebrooke has entered an elite group of Bahamians. Over the weekend, he became just the 10th athlete in Bahamian history to run under 10.20 seconds in the men’s 100 meters (m) legally, and also posted a huge personal best in the 200m.
After a stellar indoor season, one got the feeling that Colebrooke was about to explode outdoors but few saw such a blazing time so early in the outdoor season. The Bahamian speedster clocked 10.19 seconds to win the men’s 100m at the Jim Click Shootout at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. His teammate, Waseem Williams, also a junior, was second in 10.26 seconds, and Tinotenda Matiyenga, a sophomore at Temple Christian University (TCU), finished third in 10.32 seconds.
Colebrooke also finished first in the 200m, speeding to victory in 20.74 seconds. Williams was second in 20.85 seconds, and Darrion Flowers, a senior at TCU, finished third, in 20.88 seconds.
In the men’s 4x100m relay, Colebrooke and Williams teamed up with Justin Becker and Malcolm Dotson, and the quartet recorded a victory for Purdue in 39.39 seconds, just a hundredth of a second from tying the school record. The University of Southern California (USC) finished second in 39.97 seconds, and the host school Arizona rounded out the top three in 40.11 seconds.
In the 4x400m relay, Colebrooke teamed up with Jordan Hollis, Shawndail McLaren and Brian Faust, and they finished third in 3:12.09. USC won in 3:07.88, and the University of Minnesota finished second in 3:09.11.
In total, 11 top two finishes enabled the Purdue Boilermakers men’s team to finish second at the meet with 145 points. Colebrooke led the way for the Boilermakers with three first-place finishes and 25 points.
His time in the century shaved 0.27 seconds off his previous personal best time, and moved him into the number three position all-time in program history. Colebrooke’s time also registered him as the eighth-fastest in the nation this season.
Colebrooke and the Boilermakers will move on to the Louisville Invite at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Kentucky, next weekend.
Over at the Louisiana Tech Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston, Louisiana, Kayvon Stubbs justified her selection to the CARIFTA Team, running 23.62 seconds for a first place finish in the women’s 200m. The Oral Roberts sophomore finished more than half of a second in front of second place finisher Christina Ollison. Ollison, also a sophomore at Oral Roberts, finished in 24.35 seconds. Louisiana Tech’s Taylor Shaw finished third in 24.37 seconds. Bahamian Sasha Wells also ran in that race, and was seventh in 24.62 seconds.
It was a 1-2 punch for The Bahamas in the women’s 100m hurdles. Wells, a sophomore at Oral Roberts, won that event in 14.02 seconds. Gabrielle Gibson, a freshman at Oral Roberts, finished second in 14.20 seconds. Sasha Newman, a senior at Southern University at New Orleans, finished third in 14.68 seconds.
The three Bahamians teamed up with Ollison and led the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles women’s 4x100m relay team to a gold medal. They won the sprint relay in 46.19 seconds. Louisiana Tech was second in 46.36 seconds, and Southern Arkansas finished third in 48.33 seconds.
Charisma Taylor, a freshman at Washington State University (WSU) won the triple jump, was third in the long jump and fourth in the 100m hurdles at the University of Washington vs. WSU Dual Meet at Washington Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.
Taylor won the triple jump with a leap of 12m (39’ 4-1/2”). The Washington State Cougars swept the top three spots as Lindsey Schauble, a senior, finished second with a leap of 11.58m (38’), and Anna Rodgers, a freshman, was third with a best leap of 11.17m (36’ 7-3/4”).
In the long jump, Taylor was third with a best leap of 5.64m (18’ 6-1/4”). Her teammate, Rodgers, won with a leap of 5.94m (19’ 6”), and Hannah Rusnak, a sophomore at Washington, finished second with a leap of 5.86m (19’ 2-3/4”).
In the short hurdles, Taylor ran 14.26 seconds for fourth. Rusnak won in 13.75 seconds. Darhian Mills, a junior at Washington, finished second in 14 seconds flat, and Morganne Hill, a senior at Washington, was third in 14.09 seconds.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting