Jamaican sprinter Kemba Nelson was on fire at last weekend’s (13 March) NCAA Indoor Championships in Arkansas, USA.
The former Jamaican junior representative and Oregon junior left only one record standing on her way to a stunning 60m victory.
Nelson’s time of 7.05 is a massive personal best, but most importantly, it shattered the meet and collegiate records. Aleia Hobbes’ name was attached to both records. The collegiate mark also had H Cunliffe as the joint record holder.
Kiara Grant, the other Jamaican in the final, finished third in 7.16. USC’s Terry Twanisha, who entered as the favourites, finished second in 7.14.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Joella Lloyd finished sixth in 7.23s.
Jamaicans stood tall in the women’s 60m hurdles. Ackera Nugent, representing Baylor, pulled off a shocker to win in 7.92. Daszay Freeman dipped under 8 seconds for the first time to take second in 7.99.
Chanel Brissett of Texas Longhorns, the pre-race favourite, finished third in 8.01.
Trishauna Hemmings, the third Jamaican in the final, finished eighth in 8.16.
Damion Thomas was the other Jamaican winner on the day. He ran a personal best and collegiate lead 7.51 to edge out Jamal Britt of Iowa, 7.52.
Phillip Lemonious of Arkansas was fourth in 7.54s.
Charokee Young, representing Texas A&M, ran a personal best 51.41 for fourth in the women’s 400m. Kaelin Roberts of USC, 50.84 (PB), won the event.
Young’s Texas A&M teammate and pre-race favourites Athing Mu ended second in 51.03.
Mu and Young later helped Texas A&M to win the women’s 4x400m in 3:26.68.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Shafiqua Maloney picked up bronze in the women’s 800m. She ran a personal best 2:01.22 to finish behind Aaliyah Miller of Baylor, 2:00.69 and Laurie Barton of Clemson, 2:01.21.
Carey McLeod of Tennessee picked up third in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 16.93m. Emmanuel Ihemeje of Oregon won the event with 17.26m over Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU 16.95m.
Abby Steiner of Kentucky produced a world-class run of 22.38, a personal best, collegiate, meet and facility records.
Tamara Clark of Alabama finished second in 22.45 and Kynnedy Flannel of Texas third in 22.64.
Noah Williams of LSU won the men’s 400m in a new personal best and collegiate lead 44.71.
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