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Sade Sealy’s record-breaking performance last weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) outdoor track and field championships means she has joined an elite group of athletes qualified for the August 10 to 18 World Championships in Moscow.
Sealy, who is in her final year at Illinois State University where she is coached by Barbadian Elvis Forde, clocked a personal best 52.01 seconds to win the women’s 400 metres. In the process, she shattered the meet record of 52.96 seconds and the all-time record of 52.21.
The World Championships’ “B” standard is 52.35 and Sealy was also within that mark, joining Ryan Brathwaite, Shane Brathwaite and Kierre Beckles as the only Barbadian qualifiers.
She also became only the second female in MVC history to win the outdoor 400m for four straight years.
Barbados swept the top three places, with Missouri State’s Althia Maximilien and Illinois State’s Shandel Ellis second and third, respectively, in 53.25 and 54.20 seconds.
She was given the award (female) for performance of the meet, while the men’s award went to Barbadian Greggmar Swift, of Indiana State, who successfully defended his title in the 110m hurdles, equalling his personal best of 13.52 seconds.
Southern Illinois’ Kemar Jones was seventh, also with a personal best of 14.45.
Missouri State’s Shavonne Husbands led a Barbadian sweep in the 200 metres. She was first in 23.56 seconds (wind 1.8m/s), followed by Ellis (23.63) and Sealy (23.80), while Maximilien was sixth in 23.99.
Husbands was third in a wind-aided 11.66 seconds in the 100 metres.
Southern Illinois’ Nikolai Gall was also crowned MVC champion in the men’s 400 metres. After clocking a personal best 47.55 in the heats, he returned with 47.59 to comfortably take the final.
Narrowly missing World Championships qualifying was Houston’s Sade-Mariah Greenidge who had two personal best performances at the Conference-USA outdoor championships in Texas.
Greenidge shattered her personal best of 13.35, lowering it to 13.16 seconds (wind 0.1) in the 100m hurdles, just outside the “B” standard of 13.10, placing second behind Texas El Paso’s Janice Jackson (13.11). She also lowered her time in the 400m hurdles to 59.30, fourth overall.
At the Southeastern Conference Championships in Missouri, Kierre Beckles, of South Carolina, was runner-up in the 100m hurdles in 13.11 (wind +0.5) behind Texas’ Donique’ Fleming, who clocked 13.03.
Unfortunately, Beckles seemed to have aggravated a hamstring injury. She fell to the track, clutching high on the right leg after the race.
Barbados also claimed another conference champion in Northwest Nazarene’s Rimar Christie. The triple Great Northwest Athletic Conference champ easily won the 100m (10.85) and 200m (21.75), both slower than his qualifying times, as well as the 4x100m relay.
Also setting a personal best last weekend was Oklahoma Baptist’s Akela Jones with 11.73 seconds in the 100 metres at the OBU Last Chance. She also won the long jump and 100m hurdles with 6.10 metres and 14.16 seconds, respectively.

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