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Bajans seek NCAA glory


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Several Barbadians will be in action over the next three days as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regionals get underway today at two different locations in the United States.
The West Regionals will be held in Austin, Texas and East Regionals in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will conclude on Saturday.
The top 48 athletes in individual events advance to regionals seeking a coveted space at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 5 to 8.
Only two Barbadians will compete in the East Regionals.
Sprint hurdler Kierre Beckles is in her final year the University of South Carolina and is ranked sixth in the East with a season’s best time of 13.09 seconds.
Olympian Greggmar Swift, who is ranked fourth in the 110 metres hurdles, equalled his personal best time of 13.52 seconds earlier this year, but is still hunting for the time which would qualify him for the World Championships in Moscow in August.
The majority of Barbadians will be competing in the West Regionals.
Among them are University of Houston’s Sade-Mariah Greenidge, who is ranked tenth in the 100 metres hurdles with a personal best 13.16 seconds and 26th in the 400 metres hurdles, also with a personal best 59.30.
Kansas State’s Richelle Farley is ranked 37th overall in the hurdles with a time of 13.62 seconds.
Illinois State’s Sade Sealy is fourth-ranked in the 400 metres with her personal best time of 52.01 seconds and schoolmate Shandel Ellis is 43rd overall with 54.20.
Nebraska’s Mara Weekes is ranked 45th in the 100 metres with 11.66 seconds and Missouri State’s Shavonne Husbands made the cut, 19th overall, with 23.53 in the 200 metres.
Althia Maximilien, also of Missouri State, will line up alongside Sealy and Ellis with a time of 53.25 seconds, ranked 19th overall.
Kansas State freshman Sonia Gaskin advanced in the 800 metres with a personal best time of 2 minutes 07.50 seconds, as did Texas Tech sprint hurdler Tramaine Maloney with his best time of 13.94 seconds.
Akela Jones, of Oklahoma Baptist University, will also be competing at national championships starting today in Marion, Indiana.
Meanwhile, two other Barbadians have claimed national championship honours.
At the National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, Kenrisha Brathwaite, of Vincennes University, won the 100 metres hurdles in a wind-aided 3.65 seconds.
Keenan Davis, of South Plains, was second in 13.67 and Central Arizona’s Elexis Fuller-Stewart third in 13.71.
Leah Bannister, of Neosho County Community College, won the discus with a personal best 48.11 metres to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships. The throw was almost three metres better than second place. She was seventh in the hammer with 44.41 metres.
Central Arizona’s Ashanna Hodge was fifth in the 400 metres hurdles in 1:02.68.
Anthonio Mascoll did not compete.


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