Bahamian collegiate athletes turned in some exceptional performances this past weekend, competing at their respective conference outdoor track and field championships around the United States.
Over at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track Facility in Coralville, Iowa, Tamar Greene won his first conference title, soaring a personal best 16.15 meters (m) – 53’, in the men’s triple jump. The Purdue sophomore got the leap on his third attempt at the board – his only jump in the competition over 16m (52’ 6”).
The other Bahamian at Purdue, junior Samson Colebrooke, finished fourth in both the 100 and 200m. He ran times of 10.29 seconds and 20.73 seconds respectively, after running 10.44 and a personal best 20.51 in the heats. Tavonte Mott, a sophomore at Ohio State, ran 10.65 seconds in the heats of the 100m, and 21.17 seconds in the heats of the 200m. He failed to advance to the final in either event. He finished ninth overall in the 100m and 11th overall in the 200m.
With Greene running the lead-off leg and Colebrooke running second, the Purdue Boilermakers took the conference title in the men’s 4x100m relay in 39.39 seconds. Mott and the Ohio State Buckeyes were third in 39.57 seconds. Mott ran the lead-off leg in that relay.
Colebrooke also ran the second leg for the Boilermakers in the men’s 4x400m relay. They finished fourth in 3:08.30.
In the men’s high jump, Jyles Etienne, a sophomore at Indiana, finished third, matching his personal best height of 2.20m (7’ 2-1/2”).
Keianna Albury lined up for Penn state in the short sprints but failed to make the final in either event. The Penn State senior was 13th overall in the women’s 100m in 12.06 seconds and 25th overall in the 200m in 24.86 seconds. Her and her Penn State Nittany Lions teammates finished fifth in the women’s 4x100m relay in 45.68 seconds. Albury anchored that team.
Denzel Pratt, a senior at Liberty, won his first Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference Championships title over the weekend, claiming the men’s javelin at that event with a throw of 63.02m (206’ 9”). Fellow Bahamian Branson Rolle, a sophomore at Liberty, finished second in that event with a toss of 54.19m (177’ 9”). Rolle also competed in the 400m hurdles and the men’s jump. He did not finish the hurdles race, and cleared 2.03m (6’ 8”) to finish third in the men’s high jump.
At the Conference USA Championships at the Irwin Belk Track and field Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Shakeem Smith turned in a huge personal best in the men’s 400m hurdles. Smith, a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), won the conference title in 50.86 seconds after running 52.75 seconds in the heats. In the 110m hurdles, he was sixth in 14.40 seconds after running 14.44 seconds in the heats. Smith and his teammates did not finish the men’s 4x100m relay, but he came back with his teammates in the 4x400m, and they finished eighth in 3:23.59. Smith ran the second leg for the UTEP Miners in that relay.
At the Summit League Track and Field Championships at Hanson Field in Macomb, Illinois, both Sasha Wells and Kayvon Stubbs won three gold medals and a silver each, and Gabrielle Gibson won two gold medals and added two fourth place finishes. Wells won the 100m, the 100m hurdles and anchored Oral Roberts women’s 4x100m relay team to a first place finish. Wells, a sophomore, won the 100m for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, in 11.83 seconds, matching her personal best time from the heats. Her teammate Stubbs finished second in that race in a personal best time of 11.85 seconds. Stubbs, also a sophomore at Oral Roberts, ran 12.02 seconds in the heats.
Stubbs turned the tables on Wells in the 200m, winning that event in 23.99 seconds after running 24.35 seconds in the heats. Wells was second in that event in 24.48 seconds and once again ran the same time in the heats. The third Bahamian in that final, Gibson, a freshman at Oral Roberts, was fourth in 24.53 seconds. She ran 24.90 seconds in the heats. In the 100m hurdles, Wells took the tape in the 100m hurdles in 13.44 seconds after running 13.73 seconds in the heats. Gibson finished fourth again, crossing the finish line in 14.09 seconds. She ran 14.06 seconds in the heats.
The three young ladies teamed up in the 4x100m and brought home a gold medal for Oral Roberts in 46.52 seconds. Gibson led off the relay, Stubbs ran the second leg, and Wells anchored. In the women’s 4x400m relay, Stubbs led off and Gibson ran the second leg. The Golden Eagles won that relay as well, finishing in 3:45.75.
Another Bahamian at Oral Roberts, Bradley Dormeus, a freshman, finished second in the 400m, eighth in the 200m and ran the second leg in the Golden Eagles’ winning 4x400m relay team. Dormeus clocked 24.25 seconds in the 200m after running 21.56 seconds in the heats. In the 400m, he ran 47.67 seconds for second after running 48.54 seconds in the heats. Dormeus and the Golden Eagles 4x400m relay team won in 3:12.73.
Marissa White, a freshman at Temple University, finished fifth in the women’s 400m in 54.67 seconds after running 54.89 seconds in the heats at the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championships at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. White anchored the Temple Owls to a sixth place finish in the women’s 4x400m relay in 3:45.03.
Doneisha Anderson ran a personal best time of 52.15 seconds for sixth in the women’s 400m at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The University of Florida freshman ran 52.55 seconds in the heats. Anderson ran the lead-off leg for the Florida Gators in the women’s 4x400m relay. They finished third in 3:30.40.
Also at the SEC Championships, Arkansas junior Laquan Nairn finished fifth in the men’s triple jump and was seventh in the long jump. He had a best leap of 15.68m (51’ 5-1/2”) in the triple jump, and a best jump of 7.63m (25’ 0-1/2”) in the long jump.
At the Pac-12 Championships at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, Charisma Taylor settled for a sixth place finish in the women’s triple jump and was 15th in the long jump. She had a jump of 12.62m (41’ 5”) in the triple jump, and a best jump of 5.74m (18’ 10”) in the long jump.
Over at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, Celine Thompson, a junior at Miami, finished eighth in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.65m (5’ 5”).
The east and west regionals are set for the weekend of May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California, respectively, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set for June 5-8 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
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