Bahamians shine in NCAA meets over the weekend

The collegiate track and field scene has been a productive one for Bahamian athletes so far this season. This past weekend was no different as Bahamians continued to shine at various meets in the United States of America.

Megan Moss was active for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. They were in action at the University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Moss and the Wildcats’ 4×400 meters (m) relay team of herself, Abby Steiner, Chloe Abbott and Alexis Holmes, continued their impressive season running that event.

Moss ran the first leg and the quartet blazed their way to victory in a time of 3:30.64. That season’s best time was an improvement of the time of 3:31.29 that they ran two weeks ago, and which was the leading time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletics. Now, the Wildcats have a new NCAA Division I leading time and the fastest time in the world this year. Furthermore, it is the program’s second-fastest time ever. The fastest time is 3:30.08 set in 2018.

Finishing second behind them on Saturday was the University of Alabama in 3:32.74. San Diego State University was third place with a time of 3:33.81.

In the individual 400m, Moss was able to finish third with a time of 53.90 seconds. Winning that event was Alabama’s Natassha McDonald in 52.46 seconds.

Abbott was second in 53.58 seconds.

Moss is having an impressive freshman season thus far, progressively getting better in both the 200m and 400m this season.

Bradley Dormeus was one of two Bahamians in action for Oral Roberts University at the J.D. Martin Invitational at the Mosier Indoor Facility on the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Norman, Oklahoma. The other Bahamian in action for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles was freshman Lakelle Kinteh.

Dormeus was dominant in the 600-yard run as he ran his way to victory in a time of 1:12.86. That was his first time running that event.

Oklahoma Baptist University Shirvante Knauls finished second with a time of 1:13.25. Chris Robinson from Louisiana Tech placed third as he clocked 1:13.76.

Kinteh participated in the long jump event and registered a distance of 5.30m (17’ 4-3/4”). That mark gave her a 10th place finish. This was her third best jump of the season after recording 5.51m (18’ 1”) and 5.46m (17’ 11”) in her two previous season best jumps.

Brianne Bethel only ran in the 4x400m relay at the Charlie Thomas Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.

Bethel and her University of Houston teammates Aliyah Taylor, Taylor Bennett and Birexus Hawkins were able to cross the finish line first. They recorded a season’s best time of 3:38.04. Bethel ran the first leg.

Finishing over a second after them was the host school, posting a time of 3:39.74. Finishing third was Houston’s second team, which posted a time of 3:43.39.

At the Bison Open hosted by North Dakota State University at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility in Fargo, North Dakota, three Bahamians were in action. All three ran for the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Dragons, who compete in the NCAA Division II.

Ty Dawkins was strong in the 400m, powering his way to the finish line in a time of 49.48 seconds. That was the sophomore’s second time running sub-50 seconds this season.

Finishing second was Logan Myers of the University of Mary with a time of 49.60 seconds. Valley City State University’s Brandon Sanders was third when he clocked 49.67 seconds.

Running in that event was another Bahamian, Kendrick Major. He finished 10th, stopping the clock in 50.93 seconds.

Shyrone Kemp leapt his way to victory in the long jump when he recorded a distance of 7.03m (23’ 0-3/4”). The Grand Bahamian made the winning jump on his second attempt.

Host school’s Luke Foertsch finished in the second position when he jumped 6.89m (22’ 7-1/4”). Leaping his way to third was Dickinson State University’s Caleb Petross. His distance was 6.80m (22’ 3-3/4”).

Kemp was named as one of the MSU-Moorhead/Courtyard by Marriott athletes of the week – January 27 to February 1. That week, he won the long and triple jump events at the University of North Dakota track and field meet.

Dawkins was also in action in the 60m dash. He qualified for the final with the fourth fastest time – 7.01 seconds, but did not run in the final.

Major was also in action in the 600m run where he finished 11th overall in a time of 1:25.96.

These athletes along with other Bahamian athletes will return to action this weekend as they prepare to make a push for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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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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