Wind-aided 100m halts Mullings’ record-breaking attempt
A near national record led the way for The Bahamas in a busy weekend of track and field, both on the collegiate and elite levels.
Ken Mullings has been chasing the national record in the men’s decathlon for a few years now, and a little too much tailwind prevented that from happening at the University of Miami Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Florida.
Mullings, a junior at the University of The Bahamas (UB), scored 7,427 points in the decathlon which would have erased the old national record of 7,421 set by Antonio Greene 30 years ago, but his 100 meters (m) time was wind-aided, nullifying the record. Still, it was a huge victory for him, as he finished more than 1,000 points over his nearest rival, R. C. Walbrook of Louisiana State University (LSU).
Walbrook was a distant second with 6,183 points, and Marc McCoy from Bethune-Cookman finished third with 5,777 points.
Mullings’ time of 10.92 seconds in the 100m was run in 2.9 meters per second (mps) wind, over the allowable 2.0 mps reading. He leapt 7m (22’ 11-3/4”) in the long jump, had a toss of 12.91m (42’ 4-1/4”) in the shot put, leapt 2.10m (6’ 10-1/2”) in the high jump, recorded a time of 51.48 seconds in the 400m, ran 14.65 in the 110m hurdles, had a best throw of 39.47m (127’ 6”) in the discus, leapt 4.35m (14’ 3-1/4”) in the pole vault, had a throw of 50.16m (164’ 7”) in the javelin and ran a time of 4:57.15 in the 1,500m.
On the track, 200 and 400m double national record holder Stephen Gardiner got his season started in the shorter race.
Gardiner ran the half-lapper in 20.04 seconds for the win. Michael Mathieu was in that same race, and finished fifth in 21.13 seconds. The other Bahamian in that race, Anthony Adderley, settled for sixth in 21.16 seconds.
In the 100m, Shavez Hart finished fourth in 10.42 seconds.
Over in the 400m, a number of Bahamians were in action. Alonzo Russell finished second in 45.87 seconds, O’Jay Ferguson was seventh in 46.89 seconds, Teray Smith was 11th overall in 47.53 seconds, Stephen Newbold finished 12th in 47.59 seconds, Kendrick Thompson was 13th overall in 47.60 seconds, Brandon Hanna finished 22nd in 49.11 seconds, Donya Roberts was 27th in 49.35 and Austin Clark finished 30th in 50.80 seconds. Anthony Zambrano, of Colombia, won the men’s 400m in 45.52 seconds.
Thompson cleared 1.95m (6’ 4-3/4”) in the men’s high jump and was sixth.
The Bahamas’ men’s 4x400m relay team false-started and were taken out of contention.
Over at the Grenada Invitational in St. George’s, Grenada, Tynia Gaither is coming back to form, blazing her way to victory in the women’s 200m in 23.07 seconds. Jeffery Gibson won the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.17 seconds and Katrina Seymour finished fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles in 56.96 seconds. Anthonique was listed as a DNF (did not finish) in the women’s 400m.
On the college beat, a quartet of Bahamians represented Oral Roberts University at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Kayvon Stubbs, a member of this CARIFTA team, finished fourth in the women’s 100m in 11.96 seconds. Sasha Wells was in that same race, and ended up sixth in 12.04 seconds. Wells came back and won the women’s 100m hurdles in a season’s best time of 13.75 seconds. Gabrielle Gibson was in that same race, and finished fifth in 14.10 seconds.
The three ladies came back and represented Oral Roberts University in the women’s 4x100m relay.
Gibson, Stubbs, Christina Ollison and Wells, in that order, crossed the finish line in second place in the relay in 45.89 seconds. In the women’s 4x400m relay, Stubbs teamed up with Gibson, Sasha Smith-Pollard and Ollison, and the quartet finished fourth in 3:43.08.
Androsian Bradley Dormeus ran a huge personal best in the 400m, finishing third in 46.95 seconds. He came back and turned in a 45-split on the 4x400m relay team, helping them to a second place finish in 3:02.12.
Over at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a couple of Bahamians competed for R. K. Athletics.
Cliff Resias was fourth in the 100m in 10.53seconds, and finished 14th in the 200m in 21.42 seconds. Andre Colebrook was fourth in the men’s 400m in 47.27seconds.
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