Jamaican Carey McLeod won bronze in the men’s long jump on Friday’s (12 March) second day of the NCAA Indoor Championships in Arkansas, USA.
McLeod, formerly of Kingston College (KC), reached a personal-best mark of 8.26 meters for his podium finish position.
JuVaughn Harrison of LSU won with a massive 8.45, a personal best, collegiate lead and facility record. Harrison, whose mother is Jamaican, also won the high jump with 2.30m to become the first man ever in NCAA indoors history to sweep long jump and high jump national titles at the same meet.
Meanwhile, fireworks will be in the women’s 60m final as three Caribbean women enter among the title’s favourites on Saturday.
Jamaicans Kiara Grant, representing Norfolk State and Kemba Nelson of Oregon, ran personal best times of 7.11 and 7.13, respectively, to qualify for the final.
The final will also have Antigua and Barbuda’s Joella Lloyd, Tennessee’s SEC champion, with 7.17.
USC’s Terry Twanisha, who came into the championships as the fastest with 7.14, lowered her personal best to 7.09 and is the one to beat in the final.
Kevona Davis out of NCAA 60m and 200m finals
St. Lucian Julien Alfred did not start, while her University of Texas’ teammate Kevona Davis failed in her bid to qualify with 7.36. Davis is also out of the 200m as the finished as the ninth-fastest in the heats with 23.22.
In the women’s 60m hurdles, three Jamaicans, Daszay Freeman, Ackera Nugent and Trishauna Hemmings, advanced to the final.
Freeman ran a personal best 8.05 to win her heat ahead of Milan Young of LSU 8.06 and Nugent, also 8.06.
Hemmings was third in heat 1 with 8.09, also a personal best, behind University of Texas’ Chanel Brissett, who leads the field into the final with 8.04.
Jamaica’s World U20 champion Damion Thomas leads the men’s 60m hurdles qualifiers into the final with 7.56, a personal best.
Fellow Jamaicans Phillip Lemonious, representing Arkansas, is the fourth fastest with 7.60.
Charokee Young, who missed regionals, returned with a personal best 51.64 to qualify for the final with the second-best time of the day. Young’s Texas A&M teammate Athing Mu leads the field with 51.02.
Stacey-Ann Williams, the Big 12 winner, ran 54.95 for fourth in her heat and didn’t make the final.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Shafiqua MALONEY, representing Arkansas, ran 2:04.50 to qualify for the women’s 800m final.
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