It will a busy weekend for several Bahamian National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes as they will be in action in their respective regional preliminaries. The NCAA Division I preliminaries are set for this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California.
The athletes will be looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships, set for Tuesday June 4 to Saturday June 8, in Austin, Texas.
Charisma Taylor, horizontal jumper and hurdler for the Washington State University Cougars, was one of six female athletes from Washington State who qualified for the west preliminaries. She will be one of 48 triple jumpers who will compete at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, tomorrow.
Taylor was in action three weeks ago at the Pac-12 Championships at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. She has a season’s and personal best jump of 12.72 meters (m) – 41’ 8-3/4”, done at the Jim Bush Legends Invitational at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California, back in March.
Sasha Wells is having a tremendous season for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. She will be in action at the west regionals this afternoon, running out lane six in the second heat of the women’s 100m hurdles. Wells ran a season’s best of 13.66 seconds, done at the Pittsburg State University/Wendy’s Tune-Up Meet in Pittsburg, Kansas, back in April.
Wells’ Bahamian teammate Kayvon Stubbs will be joining her in Sacramento. Stubbs will be running in the heats of the women’s 200m this evening. She will run out of lane eight in heat two. Stubbs ran a season and personal best of 23.62 seconds at the Louisiana Tech Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston, Louisiana, in early April. Stubbs, a sophomore, won that event.
In the men’s 400m hurdles at the west regionals, Shakeem Smith, a junior at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), finished third in his heat and qualified for the quarterfinals with the 11th fastest time in 50.98 seconds. He has to finish in the top 12 in the quarters to move on to the NCAAs. Smith has a personal best time of 50.86 done at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, two weeks ago.
In the women’s 400m hurdles at the west regionals, Dreshanae Rolle, a senior at UTEP, was sixth in her heat and qualified for the quarters with the 22nd fastest time. She ran a personal best time of 58.88 seconds, and will have to finish in the top 12 in the quarterfinals to move on to the NCAAs.
Bahamian and Southeast Louisiana University junior Donovan Storr will compete in three events at the NCAA Division I East Regionals at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the 200m, Storr will be running out of lane seven in heat number five. His season and personal best time in that event is 20.98 seconds. He set that time in the Southern Miss Open on April 27, and finished second in that race. In the 400m, Storr ran at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships on May 5 and recorded a personal best time of 46.74 seconds. He finished eighth in his heat and 40th overall at the regionals last night in 47.52 seconds, and will not advance.
The Andros native will also be a part of his school’s 4x400m team. They will run in heat one, lane six of the 4x400m heats tomorrow. Storr and his teammates, Tahrike Jones, James Benson and Gerald Coleman, will be looking to advance to Texas.
Doneisha Anderson, the University of Florida freshman, got her chance to shine at in the women’s 400m last night. Anderson ran in heat one and lane four. She was fifth in her heat and finished 30th overall in 53.99 seconds, and will not advance.
Anderson headed into the meet with a personal best time of 52.15 seconds – a time she recorded at the Southeastern Conference Championships at John McDonnell Field, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, earlier this month. She will be in action tomorrow when her and her teammates, Taylor Manson, Sharrika Barnett and Nikki Stephens, run in the heats of the women’s 4x400m relay.
Also in the women’s 400m, Juannae Lewis, a senior at Western Kentucky University, made it through to the quarterfinals. She was second in her heat and qualified 16th overall in 53.06 seconds. That time was a season’s best time for her. She will have to finish in the top 12 in the quarters to move on to the NCAA Championships.
Samson Colebrooke is through to the quarterfinals of the men’s 100m. The Purdue junior was fifth in his heat and qualified 15th overall in 10.35 seconds. His season’s and personal time in that event is 10.19 seconds, done at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, in early April.
Colebrooke will also be action tonight, competing in the 200m with Storr. He is coming off a personal best run of 20.51 seconds that was done at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
Colebrooke’s teammate at Purdue, Bahamian Tamar Greene, will see action in the men’s triple jump tomorrow night. The sophomore jumper leapt a season’s and personal best of 16.15m (53’) at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, two weeks ago.
Also participating in the east regionals will be Bahamian high jumper Jyles Etienne. He will be looking to improve on his season’s and personal best jump of 2.20m (7’ 2-1/3”) when he jumps tomorrow afternoon. The sophomore jumper cleared his personal best height at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
Denzel Pratt will represent his Liberty University Flames in the men’s javelin. Pratt will be in action today at noon as he looks to surpass his season best throw of 69.22m (227’ 1”). He will be in the third and final flight. His personal best throw is 70.72m (232’).
Laquan Nairn was in the pit for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks yesterday afternoon, and only turned in one leap. He leapt a measly 5.07m (16’ 7-3/4”) and will not advance. The Razorbacks’ junior finished 45th overall. He went into the long jump with a season’s and personal leap of 7.63m (25 0-1/2”), and there is no word if he got injured last evening. Nairn recorded his personal best leap at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships at the John McDonnell Field, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, two weeks ago.
He is scheduled to return to the pit for the triple jump tomorrow evening. Nairn recorded his personal best leap of 15.68m (51’ 5-1/5”) at the Southeastern Outdoor Championships. He will be competing in the third flight of jumpers tomorrow.
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