Olympian Pedrya Seymour from the University of Texas, was one of several Bahamian collegiate track and field athletes that turned in stellar performances over the weekend.
At the 2018 Texas Invitational, Seymour won the women’s 110-metre (m) hurdles in a wind-aided 13.16 seconds and ran the first leg on the Longhorns’ women’s 4x100m relay team that captured gold in the event in 45.56 seconds.
At the Louisville Invitational, Devynne Charlton, from Purdue University, won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.83 seconds.
Xavier Coakley and Janae Ambrose both came up big on the track for Auburn University. Both ran legs on Auburn’s men’s and women’s 4×100 m teams, that won their respective events.
Coakley also won silver in the men’s 110m hurdles in a personal best 13.83 seconds. The time is the ninth-best in school history, and 16th nationally this season.
Also, on the track, Southeastern University senior Cliff Resias won the men’s 100m dash in .21 seconds, finishing in 10.35 seconds. Resias went on to set a career best with a third-place time of 21.15 in the 200m.
Hussani Newbold from Cornell University, also had a strong day on the track, placing second in both the 100m (11.21) and 200m (22.83) at the Mustang Open.
Meanwhile, a number of other athletes had great performances in the field events.
Taryn Rolle from Drake University, jumped into the university’s record books with a wind-legal leap of 41-8.5 (12.71m).
Rolle’s record-setting jump came on her third attempt, as she won the event by more than six feet as one of 12 first-place performances from the Bulldogs, in blustery conditions Friday on the Jim Duncan Track. Rolle also ran a leg on the team’s first-place 4×100-meter relay.
All-American Kaiwan Culmer, from the University of Nebraska, won his first triple jump title of the season, finishing the McDonnell Invitational with a leap of 15.36m.
Also, at the McDonnell Invitational, Labuan Nairn and Trae Carey from the University of Arkansas, finished second and sixth respectively in the men’s long jump with marks of 7.61m and 6.57m.
And two Indiana Tech field athletes came up big at the 2018 Ball State Challenge.
Alfredo Smith won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.58m, while Malik Stuart produced an “A” standard in the men’s discus toss with a mark of 46.57m.