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Bahamians open indoor seasons with wins

Bahamian collegiate sprinters Samson Colebrooke and Devine Parker showed some early season promise, performing well at the 2018 Hoosier Open at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse on Indiana University’s campus in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. The latter, who is still eligible for CARIFTA, was partaking in her first collegiate meet of her career this past weekend.

Parker established a pair of personal best times indoors, running 7.53 seconds in the women’s 60 meters (m) and 24.20 seconds in the 200m. The Kentucky freshman had the third-best time in the 60m and the winning time in the 200m.

Parker’s teammate, Kentucky senior Kianna Gray, had the top time in the 60m, running 7.39 seconds. It was a 1-2-3 Kentucky sweep as junior Celera Barnes had the second fastest time, running 7.47 seconds, and Parker settled for the third-best time.

In the 200m, Parker was in a league by herself, earning one of nine individual victories for Kentucky at the meet. Purdue Boilermakers’ senior Autumn Heath finished a distant second in 25.56 seconds, and Indiana junior Jenna Jungels was third in 35.70 seconds. Parker ran on Kentucky’s ‘B’ team in the women’s 4x400m relay, but they did not finish the race.

The Kentucky Wildcats are coached by Bahamian Head Coach Rolando “Lonnie” Greene.

Colebrooke, a junior at Purdue, was sensational, turning in huge personal best times in both the men’s 60m and 300m events. He was second in the men’s 60m in 6.68 seconds after running 6.72 seconds in the heats. He had an identical time as the winner, Indiana freshman Rikkoi Brathwaite, but had to settle for second as Brathwaite won in a photo finish. Shane Crawford, running unattached, finished third in 6.83 seconds.

The 6.68 seconds time was a new meet and facility record. Also, Colebrooke’s time is the fifth fastest in school history. Purdue is coached by Bahamian Head Coach Norbert Elliott.

Colebrooke was even more impressive in the 300m, winning easily in 33.87 seconds. Kentucky freshmen Jacob Smith and Cameron Council finished second and third with times of 34.13 and 34.50 seconds respectively.

Also competing at the meet over the weekend were Jyles Etienne and Tamar Greene.

Etienne, a sophomore at Indiana, cleared 2.15m (7’ 0-1/2”) to win the men’s high jump. Rahman Minor, a sophomore at Kentucky, was second with a leap of 2.09m (6’ 10-1/4”), and Albert Kalala, a sophomore at Cincinnati, finished third, clearing 2.05m (6’ 8-3/4”).

In the men’s triple jump, Greene, a sophomore at Purdue, had to settle for third with a personal best leap of 15.76m (51’ 8-1/2”). Indiana senior Eric Bethea won with a leap of 15.82m (51’ 11”), and Purdue junior Jah Strange finished second with a best leap of 15.77m (51’ 9”), beating Greene by just one centimeter.

Greene also took part in the men’s long jump. He was fifth in that competition with a personal best leap of 6.84m (22’ 5-1/4”).

Strange won that competition with a leap of 7.15m (23’ 5-1/2”). Competing unattached, Alex Bloom leapt 7.13m (23’ 4-3/4”) to finish second. Cincinnati sophomore Brandon White finished third with a leap of 6.89m (22’ 7-1/4”). Cincinnati freshman Tim Maduka held off Greene for fourth, finishing with a best jump of 6.86m (22’ 6-1/4”).

Over at the Wagner College Shootout at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, New York, Wagner sophomore Tiffany Hanna won the women’s weight throw with a massive toss of 15.14m (49’ 8”). Georgian Court junior athletes Stephanie Bock and Samantha Smith finished second and third with distances of 13.91m (45’ 7-3/4”) and 13.51m (44’ 4”) respectively.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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