Clayton and Myrie set records at US Indoors
Jamaicans Roschell Clayton of the University of Villanova and Ockera Myrie of Clemson University were in record-breaking mode over the weekend as the US Collegiate indoor track and field schedule restarted.
Clayton equalled Villanova’s women’s indoor high jump program record when she cleared a personal best of 1.84m at the Penn Select 10 meet held in Staten Island, New York. Clayton, formerly of Montego Bay High and Mt Alvernia High Schools, won the event and is tied for eighth in the NCAA, the top Jamaican so far this year.
Clayton surpassed her previous indoor best of 1.80m set at the same venue in 2021. Former St Andrew High athlete Malaika Cunningham, also of Villanova, was second, achieving a personal best of 1.76m, sixth all-time at Villanova.
Meanwhile, Myrie broke Clemson’s women’s 300m program record when she ran 37.95 seconds on Saturday’s second day of the Clemson Invitational. Myrie, who was third overall, rewrote the Clemson record book when she sped to 37.59 seconds over the 300m, beating the school record of 37.90s set by Brianna Rollins in 2010 and surpassing her own previous best of 38.47s set in 2022. Oneka Wilson, also of Clemson, finished eighth with a personal best of 40.94s.
Also last weekend, Shantae Foreman of Clemson University continued her rapid improvement in the women’s triple jump, while there were wins for Jordani Woodley of the University of Texas at El Paso in the men’s 60m hurdles and Christopher Young of Barton County College in the shot put, both at the Texas Tech Stan Scott Memorial.
Foreman, who started competing in the event in December, jumped 13.39m in the triple jump, ranking fourth best in Clemson history after her earlier jump of 13.08m a month earlier. Courtney Lawrence threw 17.62m in the men’s shot put.
At the Texas Tech meet, Woodley opened his season with 7.74 seconds in the men’s 60m hurdles, tied for 12th overall in the NCAA, while Young’s 18.40m in the shot put leads the Junior College rankings.
Niesha Burgher of Texas Tech won the women’s 400m with 54.35s, while Rushana Dwyer of South Plains College ran 2:18.34s over the 800m.
Rosealee Cooper of Mississippi State won the women’s 60m hurdles at the Vulcan Invite, running 8.28 seconds, and Kimeone McLeod of Florida A&M University clocked 8.47s. Cooper was also second in the 300m in 38.99 seconds.
Tyrese Reid also of Mississippi State won the men’s 600m in 1:18.28 seconds, and Altwayne Bedward of Troy University threw 16.70m in the shot put competition.
Annishka McDonald of West Virginia University was second in the women’s high jump at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State with 1.74m, and her teammate Abigale Mullings was eighth with 1.65m.
Rhianna Phipps of the University of Nebraska jumped 12.40m for second in the women’s triple jump at the Nebraska Graduate Classic, and her teammate Terol Wilson was also second in the men’s event with 15.35m.
At the HBCU Showcase in New York, Morgan State’s Zackery Dillon-Morgan threw a lifetime best 15.47m in the men’s shot put, while Rushane Fullerton of Hampton University was third in the men’s 800m in 1:56.57 seconds.