Lamara Distin opens indoor season with college-leading 1.90m
Lamara Distin. (Photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Commonwealth Games gold medallist and national record holder Lamara Distin opened her indoor season winning the women’s high jump event with a college leading mark of 1.90m at the Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas on Friday.

The Texas A&M University senior, who holds the Jamaican national indoor record of 1.92m, had one failure in her series, on her first attempt at 1.90m before retiring.

Distin is the defending champion for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles as well as the South-eastern Conference.

Joanne Reid of Arkansas was sixth overall in the college women’s 200m in 23.46 seconds, Nickisha Pryce ran a personal best 23.61 seconds, Garriel White ran a season best 24.24 seconds.

Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde, was second overall in the men’s invitational 200m after winning his section in 21.40 seconds.

Another hurdler, Andrenette Knight, was fourth in the women’s invitational 200m in 23.99 seconds while Kimisha Chambers was seventh in 24.51 seconds.

Meanwhile, Marie Forbes moved up to second place on the Clemson University all-time list after she threw a personal best 21.94m for second place in the women’s weight throw at the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson on Friday.

Her big throw came in the first round but she was eventually overtaken by Alabama’s Chelsea Igberaese who set a facility record 23.56m.

Daniel Cope, also of Clemson was also second in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 21.85m.

Danielle Williams, Rosealee Cooper of Mississippi State and Oneka Wilson of Clemson, all qualified for the finals of the women’s 60m hurdles to be run on Saturday.

Williams led the way with a time of 8.07 seconds, Cooper was third with 8.20 seconds while Wilson who is in her first season, ran 8.25 seconds, the eighth best time ever in Clemson history.

Shaquille Lowe of Ohio State jumped an indoor best 7.35m to place fourth at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas, beating his previous best of 6.31m.

Paul Reid

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