Bahamian athletes turn in strong performances

Bahamian athletes returned to action in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I outdoor season this past weekend, turning in impressive performances.

Charisma Taylor was in action at the Hayward Premiere in Eugene, Oregon, and she recorded two victories. The Washington State University (WSU) Cougars sophomore won the 100 meters (m) hurdles and the triple jump.

Taylor won the triple jump with a leap of 12.94m (42’ 5-1/2”) which came on her second attempt. That leap put her just outside the top 20 leaps in the nation at number 21.

Taylor finished ahead of Oregon State University’s Anneke Moersdorf who posted a jump of 12.17m (39’ 11-1/4”). Moersdorf’s teammate Madison Lyon finished third after jumping 12.06m (39’ 7”).

In the 100m hurdles, sophomore Taylor was exceptional as she crossed the finish line first in 13.52 seconds. She was unable to lower her season’s best time of 13.45 seconds, a time she ran back in March. Finishing second was the University of Oregon Ducks’ Alexa Webster who clocked 13.83 seconds. It was Wichita State University Shockers’ Claudia Rojo who finish third as she recorded a time of 14.26 seconds.

Bahamian collegiate athlete Tiffany Hanna.

Tiffany Hanna broke her school’s record in the discus on her third throw, turning in a throw of 46.15m (151’ 5”) at the Lehigh University Happy Easter Races in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Wagner University Seahawks senior broke the previous school record of 44.68m (146’ 7”) which was set by Stephanie Eder 17 years ago.

Lehigh University Mountain Hawks’ Brittany Curtin launched the device 40.28m (132’ 2”) to place second. Curtin’s teammate Veronica Meyer was third with a throw of 40.18m (131’ 10”).

It was victory for Bahamian triple jumper Tamar Greene at the North Florida Hawkeye Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida. The Purdue University Boilermakers athlete posted a leap of 16m (52’ 6”) on his fifth attempt to win that event, posting the 12th best jump in the nation. That leap was also the sixth-best jump in his school’s history.

The University of Iowa’s James Carter was second after jumping 15.94m (52’ 3-1/4”). Finishing in third place was Papay Glaywulu of the Oklahoma Sooners who leapt 15.53m (50’ 11-1/2”).

The Boilermakers’ Samson Colebrooke was also in action as he finished third in the 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.27 seconds.

Ohio State University Buckeyes’ Eric Harrison won that event after recording a time of 10.17 seconds. Colebrooke’s teammate, Marcellus Moore, was second with a time of 10.25 seconds. Also in that race was Bahamian Adrian Curry who competes for the Buckeyes. He finished fourth with a time of 10.38 seconds.

Curry and their 4x100m team of himself, Harrison, Tyler Johnson and Kainnan Ramsey won that event with a time of 39.72 seconds. With that time, they now have the 15th fastest time in the nation. The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights were second after recording a time of 40.60 seconds. The Indiana University Hoosiers clocked 40.66 seconds to finish third.

The junior finished eighth in the 200m after he ran a season’s best time of 21.60 seconds. Iowa University’s Jaylan McConico won that event with a time of 21.09 seconds.

It was a third-place finish for the Buckeyes’ Shaun Miller Jr. in the high jump at that same meet. He cleared 2.07m (6’ 9-1/2”). The University of Illinois Illini’s Jonathan Wells came away with the victory after he cleared 2.16m (7’ 1”). The University of Michigan Wolverines’ Max Wagner was second after clearing 2.10m (6’ 10-3/4”). Finishing sixth was Bahamian and Hoosiers athlete Jyles Etienne. He cleared 2.01m (6’ 7”).

Bahamian collegiate athletes Megan Moss, Brianne Bethel (above) and Lakelle Kinteh were all in action for their respective schools at various meets around the U.S. this past weekend. FILE

The University of Houston Cougars Brianne Bethel had a great outing on the track as she won two individual events and a relay at her school’s home meet, the Houston Alumni Invitation in Houston, Texas.

Bethel recorded a personal best time of 52.98 seconds in the 400m race as she also finished with a meet record. The senior is nationally ranked at number 21 in that event. She finished ahead of her teammates Zarie Dumas and Payge Side who were second and third respectively. Dumas posted a time of 55.13 seconds while Side ran 56.13 seconds.

Bethel then posted another meet record when she won the 200m after recording a time of 23.21 seconds – the 18th fastest time in the nation. Lamar University’s Sydne Porter was second after clocking 24.89 seconds. Finishing third was Sam Houston State University Bearkats’ Sylvia Freeman after she clocked 25.06 seconds.

In the 4x100m relay race, the team of Camille Rutherford, Bethel, Cecilia Tamayo-Garza and Tristan Evelyn now have the fifth-fastest time in the nation after clocking 43.68 seconds. The Bearkats finished second in a time of 47.13 seconds. The Houston Cougars’ ‘B’ team was third with a time of 47.77 seconds.

In Arlington, Texas, it was Sasha Wells who won the 100m dash at the University of Texas at Arlington Invitational in Arlington, Texas. The Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles athlete clocked a wind-aided 11.66 seconds. Team Babbs’ Samantha Gonzalez was second in 11.74 seconds. Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds’ Charleyanse Howard was third after clocking 11.77 seconds.

Wells did not finish the 100m hurdles but it was fellow Bahamian Gabrielle Gibson who powered to a wind-aided 13.69 second to win that event for the Golden Eagles. Finishing second was unattached athlete Allison Halverson in 13.79 seconds. The University of North Texas’ Lyric Choice was in 13.85 seconds. Missing out on a podium finish was Gibson’s teammate, Indea Cartwright, a Bahamian, who clocked 13.90 seconds.

The Bahamian trio of Gibson, Wells and Lakelle Kinteh teamed up with Victoria Neville to give their 4x100m relay team a second-place finish. The quartet clocked 46.64 seconds. The Greyhounds won that event in 46.51 seconds. The Tarleton State University Texans finished behind the Golden Eagles in 46.92 seconds.

Collegiate action continues this coming weekend.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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