Jamaicans Grant, Barrett, Lowe among NCAA winners
GRANT...set an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Clemson University record 7.09 seconds to win the women's 60m final at the Red Raider Open at Texas Tech University on Friday (Photos: Observer file)

Jamaicans Kiara Grant, Warren Barrett and Shaquille Lowe were among the winners on last weekend's slate of indoor track and field meets on the United States college circuit, with all three recording personal best marks.

Grant, the former Alpha Academy standout, set an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Clemson University record 7.09 seconds to win the women's 60m final at the Red Raider Open at Texas Tech University on Friday.

Grant, who transferred to Clemson from Norfolk State last year, tied Juliet Cuthbert for ninth best all time by a Jamaican woman over the distance. Her time was the world lead for about 24 hours before former St Catherine High runner Julien Alfred broke her own US collegiate record with 7.04 seconds on Saturday at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Collegiate Invitational at the University of New Mexico.

Barrett improved on his Liberty University record and personal best for the second-straight meet when he won the men's shot put at the Bryan Tolsma Invitational at Liberty with 19.54m, the fifth best all time by a Jamaican. He had thrown 18.95m two weeks ago.

Kevin Nedrick, also of Liberty, was second with 18.37m.

Lowe, who transferred from Mississippi State to Ohio State, won the men's long jump at the Simmonds-Harvey Invitational at the University of Michigan with 7.24m after he ran a personal best 6.91 seconds in the men's 60m.

Antonio Hanson, who also left Kansas State for Ohio State, won the men's 600m in 1:17.60 minutes.

There were also wins for Aliesha Shaw of Kent State and former Pembroke Hall High runner Noxroy Wright.

Shaw won back-to-back women's shot put after she threw 15.30m to win the event at the Akron/Kent State Dual after registering 15.40m at the previous meet.

Wright, who also attended Highland Community College and is now at Coppin State, won the men's 60m at the Carolina Challenge in South Carolina with a time of 6.79, the fourth all time at Coppin State.

Demisha Roswell of Texas Tech was second in the 60m hurdles in a personal best 7.98 at the Red Raider Open. She beat the 7.99 seconds lifetime best she had set at the same venue last week.

Masai Russell of the University of Kentucky won with 7.75, the fastest in the world so far.

Wayne Lawrence Jr, formerly of Iowa, placed fifth in the men's 600 yards in 1:10.96, while 400m hurdles specialist Garriel White of Louisiana State University was ninth in the women's 200m in 24.49.

Another 400m hurdles specialist, Lashanna Graham of Clemson University, was eighth in the women's 400m, running 55.07, while her teammate Kayan Green ran 2:14.88 for seventh in the women's 800m.

At the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, Daniel Cope of Clemson University was second in the men's weight throw with a season's best 21.76m.

World Under-20 high jump champion Brandon Pottinger of the University of Tennessee was second in the men's high jump with an indoor personal best of 2.10m at the Carolina Challenge, while former Girls' Championships double gold medallist Aalliyah Francis ran an indoor 200m best of 23.99 for fourth overall.

— Paul A Reid

BARRETT...improved on his Liberty University record and personal best for the second-straight meet.

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