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Big Weekend For Bahamian Connection In Indiana Track Meet

IT was another big weekend for the Bahamian connection at their dual meet against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. But, this time, it was sprinter Carmiesha Cox and Kinard Rolle who starred.

Cox, a senior, won the 60m dash with a time of 7.52 seconds as freshman Sekayi Bracey got a personal record and a new spot on the programme top 10 list. Bracey finished runner-up with a time of 7.56 seconds, which gives her the No. 8 time on the Purdue lists. With the addition of Bracey, six of the top eight fastest 60-metre dashers in programme history have come since 2015.

Devynne Charlton, coming off her Purdue record breaking performance in the event the weekend before, finished third in the race with a time of 7.56 seconds to complete the Purdue sweep.

Cox also won the 200m dash with a meet record. She posted a time of 23.88 seconds to break the meet record of 24.09 seconds that she set in 2015 and Charlton took the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.39 seconds to lead another sweep for the Boilermakers, coached by Bahamians Lonnie Greene and Norbert Elliott.

Meanwhile Kinard Rolle won the men’s 400m dash with a meet record. He continued the hot start to his sophomore indoor season with a winning time of 47.63 seconds, which broke a 17-year old meet record. Shawndail McLaren was runner-up with a time of 48.45 seconds. Obokhare Ikpefan and Kyle Webb were fourth and fifth, respectively, both turning in times of 49.24 seconds.

The same four men who competed in the 400m dash teamed to win the 4x400m relay. Webb led off and gave Purdue a slight lead before Rolle took the stick. He maintained approximately the same margin, before handing to Ikpefan. Ikpefan wheeled around and handed off to McLaren with Indiana in the lead by about five meters. McLaren used the final 100 meters to catch and pass the Hoosiers with a winning time of 3:11.02. That time broke Purdue’s previous meet record, set in 2015, by 2.01 seconds.

The Boilermakers are back in action next week with a trip to Kentucky for the two-day Rod McCravy Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

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