Fabian Hewitt, Owayne Owens and Trishauna Hemmings were Jamaican winners at Saturday’s (27 Feb) ACC Indoor Championships in Clemson, South Carolina.
Hewitt, representing Clemson, produced a personal-best run of 6.65 to take the gold in the men’s 60m. He beat Florida State’s Don’drea Swint 6.68 and Sterling Warner-Savage of Louisville, also 6.68.
Hewitt, who ran for Calabar at Champs, missed out on Christian Coleman’s facility record of 6.37. The meet record is 6.51 by Jacoby Ford, who attended Clemson.
Hewitt returned to finish sixth in the 200m with 21.33. Jacory Patterson of Virginia Tech won the event in a personal-best 20.62.
Hemmings, formerly of Hydel, topped the women’s 200m for Clemson in 23.12. She beat Anna Keefer of North Carolina, 23.56 and Jada Seaman of Virginia, 23.60 for the gold medal.
Hemmings also took bronze in the women’s 60m hurdles. Her personal-best effort of 8.09 placed her behind Miami’s Tiara McMinn, 8.00 and Erin Marsh of Duke, 8.06.
The pair of spectacular performances on Saturday made Hemmings the ACC Women’s Track Most Valuable Performer of the meet. Hemmings is the first Tiger to receive the honour indoors since Dezerea Bryant in 2012 and 2013.
“This is all part of the transition that we’re seeing from Trishauna, from when we recruited her out of Hinds CC until now,” said Mark Elliott, Clemson’s Director of Track & Field. “Coach Lennox [Graham] has done an awesome job with her, and you can see there’s still room to grow… To see her do that and now be track MVP in the ACC, it’s a tall task, and she’s deserving of it all.”
Owens of Virginia produced a personal-best effort of 16.48m to take the top spot in the men’s triple jump.
Owens, formerly of Cornwall College, beat his teammate Chauncey Chambers, 15.92 and Chris Alexander of NC State, 15.69m.
Kayla Bonnick, formerly of St. Jago but now representing Virginia Tech, was sixth in the women’s 60m final. She ran 7.47 in the race won by Florida State’s Jayla Kirkland with 7.23 ahead of Alfreda Steele of Miami, 6.25.
Bonnick also ran 24.44 in the women’s 200m for eighth.
Former Vere standout Andrenette Knight was fifth in the women’s 400m, running a season-best 54.56. Knight’s teammate Caitlan Tate won the event in 53.32.
Roje Stona of Clemson threw 18.21m for fifth in the men’s shot put, won by Daniel McArthur of North Carolina, 20.69m. Zico Campbell, also of Clemson, threw 16.80m for 11th.
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