Mingoes win three events at T-Bird Flyers Classic

The University of The Bahamas (UB) athletics team picked up three wins to open its outdoor season at the T-Bird Flyers Track and Field Classic over the weekend at The Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

Donya Roberts won the open men’s 400 meters (m), Romica Josey won the open women’s 400m and Gabrielle Shannon took the top spot in the open women’s 400m hurdles.

“We had some good performances to start the season,” UB Athletics Head Coach Ednal Rolle said. “We can see the offseason work paying off and know where we can improve as the season progresses.”

Roberts won the open men’s 400m in a time 50.75 seconds. Joel Forbes from Quick Step Athletics placed second in 52.05 seconds.

“It was pretty cold so I’m glad that I got the win with no injuries,” he said. “My plan was to get out to the first hundred as fast as I could and try to relax on the back stretch and then hammer it on the final stretch. It was pretty good for a season opener.”

Josey won the open women’s 400m.

“I felt like I could have done better,” she said. “Being the first meet of the season, I take it for what it is and will build off of it and learn from the mistakes I made and work on not repeating them.”

Shannon won the open women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 1:11.55.

“I’m getting back into hurdling so I didn’t expect greatness,” she said. “I was really anxious to experience it all again and now I know what areas I need to focus on in practice.”

Keianno Rolle finished third in the open men’s long jump with a best leap of 6.70m (21’ 11-3/4”).

Miah Bethel placed second in the open women’s 100m in 12.38 seconds and Brittany Lundy finished fourth in 13.27 seconds.

Tyler Gardiner lead for the first 400 meters of the open men’s 800m event but got boxed in, in the last 200 meters, and could not break out. He finished third in a time of 2:01.97.

Paige Stuart had UB’s best performance in the under-20 girls 100m with a time of 12.86 seconds. She finished sixth. Stuart, who is still eligible for the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships, said she is looking forward to the remainder of the season.

“I felt good about my start out of the blocks” she said. “I just need to work more on my drive phase and finish stronger.”

Sierra Sears placed 15th in the under-20 girls 400m in a time of 1:09.96.

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