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.
SOURCE: The Nassau Guardian