Bahamian collegiate athletes continue to shine

Bahamians put on a show on the track and in the field as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indoor season continued over the weekend.

Running for the University of Florida Gators on Saturday was quarter-miler Doneisha Anderson. She was superb at the Gamecock Opener at the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Anderson won the 400 meters (m) when she crossed the finish line in 52.83 seconds. That time gave her the second fastest time in the nation.

Her teammate Taylor Manson was second behind her in 53.02 seconds. Finishing third was South Carolina Gamecocks’ Stephanie Davis in 53.54 seconds.

Anderson and her 4x400m relay team managed to post a nation-leading time of 3:34.59 in winning that event. The team comprised of herself, Manson, Nikki Stephens and Brandee’ Johnson.

The Bahamian ran a blistering anchor leg of 51.61 seconds.

The sophomore finished third in the 200m when she clocked 23.78 seconds – a personal best time for her. That time ranks her eighth nationally.

The Gators will return to the track this weekend at the Doc Hale Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Washington State University’s (WSU) Charisma Taylor was in action at the Bronco Invite in Nampa, Idaho, on Saturday.

She hurdled her way to the third best time in Cougars history in the 60m hurdles when she clocked 8.27 seconds to win that event.

The University of Nevada’s Wolfpack’s Nicola Ader was second with a time of 8.46 seconds. Finishing in third place was Nevada’s Agnese Mulatero who posted a time of 8.85 seconds.

Taylor also participated in the triple jump but fouled all three attempts.

Next on the calendar for the Cougars is the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle, Washington. That meet will be on January 31 and February 1.

Running for her Kentucky Wildcats was freshman Megan Moss. She and the Wildcats were at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas.

Moss had a light weekend, competing only in the 4x400m relay. Moss started off the relay team which included herself, Abby Steiner, Chloe Abbott and national leader in the 400m Katie Holmes.

The quartet was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 3:35.35.

Texas A&M was second as they finished the race in 3:36.10. Finishing a distant third was Stephen F. Austin as they clocked 3:41.97.

Moss was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Co-Freshman of the Week last week. She finished second among college athletes at the Jim Green Invitational, finishing in 53.67 seconds. That time also qualified her for the 2020 CARIFTA Games. Additionally, the freshman was sixth in the 200m with a time of 24.09 seconds.

Moss’ next chance at hitting the track will be this Friday and Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky.

It was a new meet record for Bahamian Devine Parker, a sophomore for the Ohio State

Buckeyes, clocking 7.37 seconds in her heat of the women’s 60m at the Simmons-Harvey Big Ten Invitational in Ann Harbor, Michigan. The previous record was 7.38 seconds. The sophomore ran 7.39 seconds in the final to hold off her competitors for first place. The meet was held on Saturday.

Parker’s teammate Anavia Battle finished second with a time of 7.44 seconds. Michigan State’s Brooke Bogan was third when she clocked 7.57 seconds.

At that same meet, Buckeyes’ freshman Shaun Miller, another Bahamian, was victorious in the high jump. He cleared 2.08m (6’ 9-3/4”).

University of Michigan teammates Max Wagner and Cassidy Henshaw finished second and third respectively. They both cleared 2.03m (6’ 8”).

The Buckeyes will compete in the Columbia Challenge hosted by Columbia University in New York, New York, this weekend.

The Purdue Boilermakers duo of junior Tamar Green and senior Samson Colebrook were in action at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday.

Colebrooke was sensational in the 60m and the 200m.

He won the 60m dash in a time of 6.69 seconds – improving his heats time of 6.73 seconds.

Baylor University’s Maxwell Willis was second as he clocked 6.75 seconds. Willis’ teammate Kamden Jackson was third as he ran 6.73 seconds.

Colebrooke also ran away with the 200m title when he clocked 21.28 seconds.

Jackson was second this time, finishing in 21.33 seconds. Iowa’s Antonio Woodard was third as he clocked 21.39 seconds.

Green finished second in the triple jump when he leaped for 15.90m (52’ 2”).

In the 60m dash, Greene finished 15th overall with a time of 6.97 seconds.

Colebrooke is eighth in the nation in the 60m and in a three-way tie for 16th nationally in the 200m.

Purdue heads to Lexington, Kentucky, for the Rod McCravy Memorial this 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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