By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE she didn’t make it in an individual event, sprinter Carmiesha Cox capped off her collegiate career by running the third leg of Purdue University women’s 4 x 400 metre relay to help the Boilermakers pull off a second place finish at the NCAA Division One Indoor Championships on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
At the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, the other three Bahamians competing didn’t fear as well in their individual events.
Cox, on the third leg, got the baton in first place, but coming off the final curve on the last of the two laps each competitor had to run, the University of South Carolina runner took the lead and they held on for the win on the anchor leg in 3:27.45. Purdue got second in 3:29.92, both season best performances.
It was Cox’s final appearance for the Boilermakers as she is not eligible to compete outdoors. She closed out her four-year sting at Purdue University in grand style, running a split of 52.07 as she teamed up with sophomore Choloe Abbott and seniors Brionna Thomas and Jahneya Mitchell for just the second time.
Cox ended up with her fourth first-team All-America honours and the ninth overall of her career, including the outdoors.
On the field, Kaiwan Culmer, in his senior year for the Nebraska Huskies, had to settle for 10th place in the final of the men’s triple jump on Saturday with his leap of 15.97 metres of 52-feet, 4 3/4-inches. O’Brian Wasome, a sophomore at Texas, won the competition with a leap of 16.82m (55-2 1/4).
LaQuan Nairn, in his junior year at Texas, soared 7.52m (24-8 1/4) for 11th place in the final of the men’s long jump on Friday. Will Williams, a senior at Texas A&M, was the winner with a best of 8.19m (26-10 1/2).
Also on Friday on the track, Pedrya Seymour, a senior at Texas, finished two spots outside of qualifying for the final in her preliminary round of the women’s 60m hurdles.
Seymour’s time of 8.13 seconds was sixth in her heat for 10th place overall. The top qualifier was Payton Chadwick, a junior at Arkansas, in a lifetime achievement of 7.93. The eighth and final qualifier was Kayla White, a junior at North Carolina A&T, who did 8.12.
In the final on Saturday, Chadwick led three other women with lifetime personal best performances as she stopped the clock in 7.93 to duplicate her time of 7.93 in the preliminaries for the win.
With the indoor season now complete, the focus of attention will switch to the outdoors, which will start this weekend.