Bahamians victorious on the track at conference championships

Wells and Cartwright run away with top awards

It was a busy weekend on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scene, as Bahamian athletes came away with victories and records on the track and the field for their respective schools at their conference championships.

Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles and Bahamians Sasha Wells and Gabrielle Gibson finished first and second respectively in the 60 meters (m) hurdles yesterday afternoon during the Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Wells only needed 8.38 seconds to cross the finish line first. Gibson clocked 8.54 seconds. The North Dakota State University Bisons’ Ansley Schug was third when she clocked 8.55 seconds.

Wells finished third in the 200m dash when she clocked a personal best of 24.27 seconds. South Dakota University Coyotes’ Sara Reifenrath clocked 23.73 seconds to win that race. The Jackrabbits’ Kendra Kelley was second when she clocked 24.23 seconds.

Gibson finished fourth with a time of 24.79 seconds.

In the 60m dash, Wells was back on the podium when she placed second with a time of 7.61 seconds. The Jackrabbits’ Rich-Ann Archer won that race with a time of 7.54 seconds. Archer’s teammate, Jaiden Boomsma, came away with third position after clocking 7.63 seconds. Gibson was fourth again clocking 7.70 seconds.

Wells and Gibson finished with the bronze medal in the 4 x 400m with 3:49.57. Their teammates were Tay’Maro Powell and Victoria Neville. The Coyotes came away with the victory, clocking 3:46.46. The Jackrabbits won the silver medal after posting 3:47.85.

For her outstanding performances on the weekend, Wells captured the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer award. It was the second straight year that the senior has won that award.

Continuing the winning streak by the Golden Eagles was Bahamian Bradley Dormeus, who ran a strong final lap to hold on to win the 400m dash in 47.10 seconds.

He went into the finals with a time of 47.46 seconds. 

Second place was won by the Bisons’ Cody Roder with a time of 47.63 seconds. Third place was secured by the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits’ Reid Pierzinski. He finished the race in 47.80 seconds.

In the 4 x 400m, Dormeus along with Aaron Charlton, Cameron Neely and Ethan Hanna finished second with a time of 3:12.05. The Bisons won that event after clocking 3:11.05. The Western Illinois University Leathernecks was third after posting 3:13.90.

Dormeus finished second place in the 200m dash when he crossed the finish line in 21.42 seconds. He ran a personal best 21.20 seconds in the preliminaries. The Jackrabbits’ Coby Hilton won the race in 20.93 seconds. The Coyotes’ Demar Francis finished third when he recorded 21.47 seconds.

The Bisons’ Daejah Moss won the high jump after clearing a height of 1.73m (5’ 8 1/4”). The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks’ Sherida Rodriguez was second with a height of 1.68m (5’ 6 1/4”). The Jackrabbits’ Bailey Cowling was third when she cleared 1.68m. 

Moss also came away with the bronze medal in the long jump. She posted 5.84m (19’ 2”). Her teammate, Jodi Lipp, won with a leap of 5.92m (19’ 5 1/4”). Winning the silver medal was the Jackrabbits’ Annie Wendt with a leap of 5.84m (19’ 2”).

It was a personal best for Moss in the triple jump pit when she leaped 11.73m (38’ 6”) for a fourth place finish.

She helped her women to a 14th straight Summit League indoor championship. They scored 225 points and the Golden Eagles finished fifth with 57 points. The Golden Eagles men’s team scored 59.50 points to finish fourth overall.

Megan Moss had a personal best in the 400m during the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships at the Randall Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday. She was also on the University of Kentucky Wildcats 4 x 400m relay team that finished second overall.

The sophomore ran a quick race to produce a personal best time of 52.32 seconds, to finish sixth overall for her Wildcats. That time was enough to put her at number 12 on the NCAA Division 1 rankings in that event and also with the third fastest time for her school. She went into the finals with the fifth-fastest time of 52.65 seconds. The University of Florida Gators Talitha Diggs clocked the second-fastest time in the nation of 51.14 seconds in that event in NCAA Division I. Diggs won the event on Saturday.

In the relay, Moss ran the first leg with a split of 52.96 seconds, as she helped her Wildcats to a season-best and a new school record of 3:28.82 on Saturday evening to win the silver medal. Moss along with Abby Steiner, Masai Russell and Dajour Miles now have the third-fastest time this season in the NCAA Division I. The University of Arkansas Razorback had to get an SEC record of 3:28.50 to win that race. They now have the second-fastest time in NCAA Division I this season.

The Kentucky women’s team finished fifth overall with a score of 57 points.

At the Spire Institute in Ohio, Geneva, the Purdue University Boilermakers’ Tamar Green leaped to a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump when he recorded 16.14m (52’ 11 1/2”) at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

The senior’s best jump came on his final jump of the day. He earned the second medal for the Boilermakers at that point. The leap ranks him at number three in the Boilermakers’ history and is ranked at number 10 in that event on the NCAA DI triple jump rankings this season.

Winning that event was the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers’ Papay Glaywulu with a jump of 16.28m (53’ 5”). Second place went to Ohio State University Buckeyes’ Clarence Foote-Tall, who recorded 16.26m (53’ 4 1/4”).

Greene was 20th in the long jump after posting 5.97m (19’ 7”).

Picking up a bronze medal at this same meet was Shaun Miller Jr. The Buckeyes’ sophomore cleared 2.11 (6’ 11”) on the second attempt. This was his second high jump event of the season. The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights’ Perry Christie won the event after clearing a height of 2.18m (7’ 1 3.4”). The Cornhuskers’ Michael Hoffer cleared 2.11m also as he picked up the silver medal.

Raymond Oriakhi and his Pittsburgh University Panthers 4 x 400m team came away with the silver medal with a time of 3:10.05. They did this at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Clemson-Indoor Track in Clemson, South Carolina. Oriakhi was on the third leg with his team that included Lonzell Feagin, Matt Wilson and Ade Jones-Roundtree.

They finished behind the University of North Carolina Tar Heels who posted a time of 3:08.56. The host school, Clemson University Tigers, was third with a time of 3:10.98.

The Panthers’ men finished tied with the Tigers with 48 points.

Denisha Cartwright keeps getting better as she came away with two gold medals and a silver medal, as she helped her Minnesota State University Mavericks capture the Northern Sun Intercollegiate (NSIC) NCAA Division II women’s track and field title. Cartwright won the 60m hurdles and the 200m dash and she also placed a slim second in the 60m dash at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field Conference Championships at the Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minnesota.

Cartwright was also the NCIS high-point winner at the meet.

She helped her team to their first NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championship title since 2017. They finished with 178 points. 

Cartwright powered her way to the gold medal in the 200m dash with an NSIC record-tying performance when she ran a personal best of 24.47 seconds. She tied her teammate Ja’Cey Simmons’ record from last year. The Bahamian has the third-fastest time in this event in the country. Cartwright gave the Mavericks their sixth title in that event in school history.

She finished ahead of Winona State University Warriors Michaela Pryor who clocked 24.71 seconds. Simmons finished third this year with a time of 24.71 seconds.

The sophomore continued her brilliance when she glided her way over the 60m hurdles to jump out front and hold on to win the race after posting a personal best time of 8.41 seconds. The time was enough to get her an NCAA Division II automatic qualification as she has the fastest time in NCAA Division II this season. She is the third Maverick to win that event at the NSIC Championships.

The silver medal was won by the University of Mary Marauders sprinter Tereza Bolibruch, who crossed the finish line in 8.72 seconds. Third place was won by Northern State University Wolves’ Shanice Burrell with a time of 8.74 seconds.

It was a photo finish in the 60m dash as Cartwright finished with a time of 7.52 seconds to place second. Concordia University at St. Paul Golden Bears’ Toni Canfall won with the same time, 7.52 seconds. However, Canfall recorded 7.515 seconds while Cartwright clocked 7.516 seconds. They both have the fourth-best time in NCAA Division II this season.

Cartwright’s teammate, Makayla Jackson, won the bronze with a time of 7.54 seconds.

Her school won the women’s championships.

At this same meet, another Bahamian, Shyrone Kemp, won a gold medal for his Minnesota State University at Moorhead Dragons in the triple jump on Friday. He got his best jump on his first attempt when he leapt to a personal best 15.31m (50’ 2 3/4”). That jump broke his own school record of 14.99m (49’ 9 1/4”) and is tied for the second-best distance in NCAA DII. He is the back-to-back NSIC triple jump champion. He is still unbeaten in this event this season.

Second place was secured by Augustana University Vikings’ Tyl Woelber with a distance of 14.07m (46’ 2”). Upper Iowa University Peacocks’ Jaylen Hobson placed third when he recorded 14.06m (46’ 1 1/2”).

Kemp walked away with the bronze medal in the high jump when he cleared 2.00m (6’ 6 3/4”). He then placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 7.04m (23’ 1 1/4”).

The NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships is set for March 11-13 at the Randall Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships is set for 11-13 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

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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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