Ackera Nugent, Andrenette Knight, and Lamara Distin were Jamaican medals winners on Saturday’s (12 June) final day of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Texas A&M’s Distin, formerly of Vere Technical and Hydel, was the best-placed Jamaican. She cleared a personal-best height of 1.90m for second place in women’s high jump.
Distin’s teammate Tyra Gittens, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, finished third with 1.87m. Rachel Glenn of South Carolina won the event with a jump of 1.93m, also a personal best.
Nugent’s bronze medal effort came in the women’s 100m hurdles. The NCAA 60m indoor champion ran12.84 seconds to finish behind University of Southern California (USC) senior Anna Cockrell (12.58) and University of Central Florida (UCF) freshman Rayniah Jones (12.82).
Knight, who ran for Vere Technical at Champs, was also a third-place finisher. She crossed the line in 55.81 in the event won by Cockrell, 54.68.
In the women’s 100m final, Kemba Nelson finished fourth in 10.90 (+2.2m/s wind). Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T won the event in 10.74 ahead of Twanisha Terry of USC, 10.79 and Tamara Clark of Alabama, 10.88.
Nugent, who ran 11.09 in the NCAA West Regionals, finished ninth in 11.37.
Kevona Davis, in the women’s 200m, finished eighth in 22.78. Sturgis, again was on fire, running 22.12 to beat Clark, 22.17 and Anavia Battle of Ohio State, 22.42.
Two Jamaicans, Charokee Young of Texas A&M, ran 51.13, and Stacey-Ann Williams of Texas, 51.34, finished fifth and sixth in the women’s 400m final. American teenage sensation Athing Mu of Texas A&M again stamped her class on the event, winning in a personal best, meet and collegiate record, 49.57.