AMES, Iowa – Caribbean rising stars Julien Alfred and O’Brien Wasome, both representing the University of Texas (UT), were double winners here at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
St.Lucian Alfred became the first woman to complete the Big 12 Indoor Championship sprint double since Marshevet Hooker in 2006, as she won the 60-meter dash in 7.15 (meet record) and later the 200-meter dash in 23.02. They were the first two indoor conference titles of Alfred’s young collegiate career.
Kynnedy Flannel, Alfred’s teammate, was second in the 200m with 23.19s.
Aaliyah Birmingham of Oklahoma with 7.22 was second to Alfred in the women’s 60m.
Alfred, Jaworski and Simon also earned another gold medal as members of UT’s winning 4×400-meter relay team. That group – made up by Brooke Jaworski, Stacey-Ann Williams, Alfred and Kennedy Simon – clocked a Big 12-leading 3:32.64 en route to victory. It was the third title for Alfred and Jaworski, pulling them level with Gillespie for the team lead.
Meanwhile, Jamaican Wasome led the way for UT, becoming just the second Longhorn ever (Chris Hercules, 1999) to sweep the men’s long and triple jump events at the conference meet.
Wasome won the long jump Friday night in dramatic fashion, launching himself a personal-best 8.00m/26-3 on the final jump of the day to claim the crown. He won the triple jump Saturday by clearing 16.12m/52-10.75 on his fifth attempt.
Former STETHS student Stacey-Ann Williams finished second in the women’s 400m in 52.40. Her University of Texas teammate Kennedy Simon won the event in 51.81.