Jamaicans shine at indoor collegiate meet
JAMAICANS Kimour Bruce, Shanna-Kay Wright, Judith Riley, Andrew Riley, Kathie-Lee Laidley, Tarik Batchelor, and Keiron Stewart posted victories at the collegiate super weekend of Conference Indoor Championships in the US.
Kimour Bruce of Lincoln University clocked a personal-best 6.65 seconds to win the 60m title at the MIAA Indoor Championships in Warrensburg, Missouri on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Bruce, a past student of Camperdown, improved on his previous-best 6.66 at the NCAA Division II Indoors last season at high altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He won the MIAA crown ahead of compatriots and fellow Lincoln University teammates Dwain Bryden — who equalled his personal best 6.70 — and Ravel Gray (6.75).
The Blue Tigers, clad in navy blue and white and guided by head coach Jamaican Victor "Pappy" Thomas, also swept the women's 60m. All top four places went to Jamaicans, with Shanna-Kay Wright, a Vere past student, taking gold in 7.43 seconds ahead of Judith Riley, 7.49, Nyoka Cole, 7.55 and Latoya King, 7.59.
Riley and King finished one-two in the 200 with the Manchester past student winning in 24.59 seconds. King clocked a PB 24.70.
The 22-year-old Riley further posted a career-best 8.65 seconds in the 60m hurdles to capture the silver, trailing American Lindsay Lettow of Central Missouri (8.57).
The Blue Tigers won the women's MIAA title while the men finished third.
Meanwhile another Jamaican, a St Andrew High past student and freshman at University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kathie-Lee Laidley, clinched the high jump with 1.75m.
At the Big Ten Conference Indoors in Illinois, Andrew Riley of University of Illinois took the 60m hurdles and was third in the 60m.
A Calabar past student, the 22-year-old Riley registered 7.78 seconds for the sprint hurdles and equalled his PR of 6.72 in the 60 flat.
In the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jamaicans finished one-two in the long jump with Tarik Batchelor of the University of Arkansas leaping 8.07m, beating Damar Forbes of Louisiana State after equalling his PR of 8.00m.
A Kingston College past student, the 20-year-old Batchelor was fourth in the triple with 16.50m, with Forbes
seventh with 15.74. American Christian Taylor of University of Florida won in a PR 17.36m.
Shantel Thompson of University of Arkansas and Melissa Ogbourne of
LSU secured second in the long and triple respectively.
Thompson, who attended Vere, and Ogbourne, formerly of St Jago, recorded 6.06m and 13.00m at the SEC meet.
At Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska, Keiron Stewart of the University of Texas posted a personal best 7.66 seconds to claim the 60m hurdles title.