Jamaican and Auburn sprinters Jonielle Smith, Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen impressed at the weekend’s Texas Invitational.
Freshman Allen, formerly of St. Jago, won the men’s 400 meters for the second time this season, finishing in 45.79. His mark currently ranks fourth in the SEC and also joins teammate Akeem Bloomfield as the only two freshmen in the top-20 for the event.
Senior Smith, who previously ran for Wolmer’s, ran a wind-aided (2.6m/s) 11.08secs to win the women’s 100 meters ahead of Teahna Daniels of Texas.
Former St. Jago athlete Raheem Chambers, 10.30secs, took second in the men’s 100m for Auburn behind Cordero Gray, 10.23.
KC past student Bloomfield won the men’s 200m with a 20.29 ahead of Auburn’s Aldrich Bailey Jr. of Texas, 2040. Bloomfield’s time currently ranks third in the nation.
Sashel Brown, formerly of Alpha, finished third in the women’s 400 meters with personal best time of 53.41, which stands as the No. 8 mark in Auburn history. Zola Golden of Texas won the event in 52.28
“We had a huge competition this weekend, with a lot of strong marks,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said.
“This was exactly the kind of meet we needed at this point of the season. We lined up against a strong field this weekend and really competed hard.”