Jamaica's Ackera Nugent Takes First Place at Arkansas Invitational

Arkansas University’s Ackera Nugent has made a big impression at the John McDonnell Invitational by breaking the meet record for the women’s 100 metres.


The Jamaican sprinter crossed the finish line in a blazing 11.13 seconds, leaving her competition in the dust. Nugent’s victory was followed by USA’s Jayda Baylark, who finished in 11.24 seconds, and her own teammate Ariane Linton, who came in third with a time of 11.31 seconds.

Jamaica's Ackera Nugent Takes First Place at Arkansas Invitational
Ackera Nugent is a former World U20 champion and record holder in the 100m hurdles. She is a sophomore at Arkansas and took first place in the women’s 60m hurdles at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 28, 2023.

Nugent’s performance was not the only one that stood out from the Arkansas University team. Her fellow Jamaican teammate, Phillip Lemonious, dominated in the men’s 110 metres hurdles, finishing with a time of 13.77 seconds to take home the victory.

With both Nugent and Lemonious displaying such impressive skills, it’s clear that Arkansas University has some serious talent in its track and field program. Fans and competitors alike will be eagerly watching to see what they will do next.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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