Five Bahamians qualify for Austin
A quartet of Bahamians accomplished their goals of qualifying for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in individual events, making the top 12 at their respective regionals. Another one made it as a part of a relay team, and all five qualified out of the east.
At the east regional at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida – the home track of the University of North Florida Ospreys – a pair of Bahamian athletes from Purdue punched their tickets to the NCAAs, set for June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, USA.
Samson Colebrooke, a junior, fell short in the men’s 100 meters (m), but qualified in the 200m, running a personal best time of 20.46 seconds. He was third in his heat and qualified ninth overall after running 20.58 seconds in the heats. Colebrooke’s time in the 200m was the second-fastest in program history. He qualified out of the first round of the 100m, running 10.35 seconds, but fell short in the quarterfinals, running 10.27 seconds. He was fifth in his heat and finished 16th overall. Just the top 12 advanced to Austin.
Tamar Greene, a sophomore, finished fourth in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16m (52’ 6”), easily qualifying for the NCAAs.
Greene and Colebrooke then teamed up and helped the Purdue Boilermakers men’s 4x100m relay team make it to Austin. The team of Greene, Colebrooke, Justin Becker and Waseem Williams, in that order, won the men’s 4x100m relay in a season’s best time of 38.75 seconds. The blazing time was a new program record, a new facility record and the fifth-fastest time by any team in the NCAA this year.
Denzel Pratt will once again represent the Liberty Flames in the men’s javelin at the NCAAs. Pratt, a senior, finished fifth with a heave of 68.43m (224’ 6”), just off his season’s best performance of 69.22m (227’ 1”). Pratt will represent his school and his country in the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year. Last year, he finished 17th overall with a toss of 65.19m (213’ 10”).
In the men’s high jump event, Jyles Etienne, a sophomore at Indiana, secured his spot at the NCAAs as he finished tied for 10th. The top 11 guys in the competition all cleared 2.19m (7’ 2”). Etienne was pushed down into a tie for 10th based on number of knockdowns.
Doneisha Anderson and her teammates in the women’s 4x400m relay booked a lane at the NCAA Championships for the Florida Gators. The team of Anderson, Taylor Manson, Lauryn Ghee and Sharrika Barnett, in that order, qualified 10th in 3:33.49. Anderson came up short in the open 400m, finishing fifth in her opening round heat and 30th overall in 53.99 seconds.
Juannae Lewis, a senior at Western Kentucky, advanced out of the opening round of the women’s 400m, but fell short by seven one hundredths of a second in the quarters. She ran 53.06 in the heats and a personal best time of 52.58 seconds in the quarters.
Donavan Storr, a junior at Southeast Louisiana, fell short in both the 200 and 400m. In the 200m, he was sixth in his heat and finished 38th overall in 21.26 seconds. In the 400m, he was eighth in his heat and finished 40th overall in 47.52 seconds. Storr and his teammates were fourth in their heat and finished 15th overall in the men’s 4x400m relay. The team of Tahrike Jones, Gerald Coleman, Storr and James Benson II, in that order, ran 3:08.81.
Unfortunately, no Bahamians were able to qualify for the NCAAs out of the west regional at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, this past weekend. Hornet Stadium is the home track of the Sacramento State Hornets.
Shakeem Smith, a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), was on target to post a qualifying time in the men’s 400m hurdles. He qualified out of the first round in 50.98 seconds, but was disqualified in the quarterfinals. In the first round, Smith was third in his heat, and qualified for the quarters with the 11th fastest time.
Dreshanae Rolle, a senior at UTEP, also qualified out of the first round, and also fell short in the quarters. She ran a personal best time of 58.88 seconds to finish sixth in her heat and qualify 22nd overall for the quarters. In the quarters, she was eighth in her heat and finished 23rd overall in 1:00.16.
Sasha Wells, a sophomore for Oral Roberts University, came up short in the quarterfinals of the women’s 100m hurdles. She was eighth in her heat and finished 19th overall in a wind-aided 13.59 seconds after running a personal best time of 13.39 seconds in the heats.
Wells’ teammate at Oral Roberts, Kayvon Stubbs, also a sophomore, saw action in the women’s 200m, but didn’t get out of the first round. Stubbs was eighth in her heat and finished 46th overall in 25.67 seconds. Another Bahamian, Alexis Gray, also saw action in the women’s 200m. Gray, a senior at Texas Southern University, was seventh in her heat and finished 38th overall in 24.05 seconds.
In the men’s 400m, Andros native Bradley Dormeus, a freshman at Oral Roberts, was eighth in his heat and finished 38th overall in 47.73 seconds. He failed to advance to the quarters. In the men’s 4x400m relay, he and his teammates failed to advance to Austin. The team of Emmanuel Mwewa, Cameron Neely, Dormeus and Israel Nelson, in that order, finished seventh in their heat and 21st overall in 3:11.49.
Charisma Taylor, a freshman at Washington State, finished 26th overall in the women’s triple jump with a best leap of 12.50m (41’).
Laquan Nairn, a junior at Arkansas, only got in one jump in the men’s long jump competition and did not show up for the triple jump competition. In the long jump, he leapt just 5.07m (16’ 7”), and finished 46th overall.
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