Jones, Texas Tech advances in NCAA Championship action

Bahamian junior national record holder in the boys 200 meters (m) Terrence Jones helped his team, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, advance to the final of the 4x100m relay on the first day of the 2021 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Wednesday.

The final is set for today.

There were three other Bahamians who were in action on the first day which took place in rainy conditions – Samson Colebrooke, Tamar Greene and Adrian Curry.

Jones and the Red Raiders’ 4x100m relay team ran out of lane seven in the third semifinal heat. They finished fourth with a time of 39.14 seconds. It was enough for them to qualify for the final with the eighth-fastest time. It was also the school’s 11th best run all-time.

The Grand Bahamian ran a quick anchor leg to help his team finish in the top-nine position for the 8.02 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) final.

Running in the second semifinal was Adrian Curry and his team, the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Curry ran the third leg to help his team clock 39.32 seconds and finish fourth. Overall, the Bukeyes finished with the 12th fastest time.

Colebrooke and Greene’s Purdue University Boilermakers sprinted across the finish line in 39.68 seconds in the first semifinal, finishing seventh. It was not enough to get them a lane for today’s final. Greene ran the first leg, and he passed the baton to Colebrooke on the second leg. They finished in the top 20, in 19th position.

Colebrooke and Jones were set to meet in the third semifinal of the 200m. Colebrooke lined up but Jones did not. Jones apparently fell ill and was unable to start the race but according to reports, he is set to run the 4x100m relay. Colebrooke got a good start in the 200m and kept up with the field at the curve but was unable to kick it into a higher gear on the straight as he settled for the seventh with a time of 21.01 seconds.

The senior finished with the 22nd-fastest time overall.

Bahamian collegiate women were in action yesterday afternoon. Running in the 4x100m relay semifinals were Brianne Bethel and the University of Houston Cougars and Megan Moss and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Rhema Otabor was set to be in the javelin throw for the Florida International University Panthers. Bethel was also set to run in the 100m and 200m semifinals. Moss also ran in the 400m semifinals.

Moss and the University of Florida Gators Doneisha Anderson were in the final event of the day, the 4x400m relays.

No results for the women were available up to press time.

A trio of Bahamian professional track and field athletes were in action at the Wanda Diamond League Meet, the Golden Gala, in Florence, Italy, yesterday. The three athletes were Devynne Charlton, Pedrya Seymour and Donald Thomas.

Charlton and Seymour were in action in the women’s 100m hurdles. Thomas competed in the men’s high jump.

Running on the inside in lane two, Charlton got past the hurdles cleanly and crossed the finish line in 12.80 seconds to finish second in her first-ever Diamond League meet. Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn ran a meet record of 12.38 seconds to finish first. Finishing in third place was Bulgaria’ Elvira Herman who clocked a season’s best 12.85 seconds. Seymour, who ran out of lane one, was unable to run under the 13 seconds, finishing in 13.51 seconds. After hitting the second hurdle, it threw her off stride and she ended up seventh overall.

“I would have liked to have a better time,” Charlton said after the race. “I think I am doing quite well at the moment. I thought it would be faster but I am happy about my place. My first part of the race was good, but then I lost my form and I hit the last hurdle. I will fly to Eugene, Oregon to see my coach and analyze the race. After which, I will go home for our national trials in two weeks.”

Thomas cleared 2.20m (7’ 2-1/2”) on his second attempt and finished seventh overall. Winning that event after clearing 2.33m (7’ 7-3/4”) was Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) Ivanyuk Ilya, of Russia.

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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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