Bajans excel at college meets
Barbadian athletes continue to produce lifetime best performances on the United States’ collegiate circuit.
Long jumper Charles Greaves leapt into the record books with a new national mark of 7.88 metres at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) D2 Finals last weekend to qualify for the NACAC Championships.
The effort erased former CARIFTA Games’ gold medallist Shamar Rock’s mark of 7.84 metres which he had established in 2014.
This leap by Greaves, a former Ellerslie student, who holds the Under-20 Boys’ long jump record at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC), also earned him a silver medal and All American Honours at the NCAA D2 Finals.
Meanwhile, former Lodge School head boy and athlete, Anderson Devonish, ran a personal best 45.97 seconds in the 400 metres at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Western Regionals hosted by Sacramento State, in California, last weekend.
Second in 400 m
Devonish, 24, finished second in his heat to indoor 400-metre world record-holder Michael Norman to secure an automatic qualifying spot for the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 6-9.
It was the first time Devonish, who recently graduated from the Illinois State University, achieved a sub-46 seconds clocking following his season’s best 46.38 run at the Sun Angel Classic last month.
“Anderson has persevered to the fullest extent. After having an injury-riddled fourth year and red-shirting, he was determined to get back to where he was, and he has returned even stronger than before,” said director of Track & Field and Cross Country Jeff Bovee.
“He is having an incredible season, and it could not possibly be more well-deserved,” added Bovee.
7th fastest NCAA time
Devonish’s mark not only ranks second in ISU track and field history, but is also the seventh-fastest NCAA qualifying time in the West region.
This will be Devonish’s second appearance on the national stage, as he also competed in the 400 metres at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Earlier this month, he also logged a personal best time of 20.55 seconds in the 200 metres while setting a meet, facility and university record at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships at the Gibson Track & Field Complex. (EZS)