By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
HURDLERS Jahmaal Wilson and Denisha Cartwright took the spotlight s they led an array of Bahamians in action over the weekend in their various season-ending championship or conference championships collegiate track and field meets over the weekend throughout the United States of America.
Wilson record-breaking performance in Texas
At the West Texas Last Chance Meet in Canyon, Texas, West Texas A&M’s freshman Jahmaal Wilson broke a 28-year-old NCAA Division II record and a 13-year-old Bahamian national record on Sunday at the WT Last Chance meet in Canyon.
The RM Bailey graduate majoring in marketing is now the NCAA DII record holder in the 110-meter hurdles as the freshman ran a wind-legal (1.7) 13.35 to break Brian Amos’ record of 13.37 set back on May 12, 1994, the Lone Star Conference record and school record, tying him 25th among all collegiate levels.
In the process, Wilson also shattered Shamar Sands’ Bahamian national record of 13.38 that he posted on June 17, 2009 at the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic. But he just missed the qualifying standard of 13.32 for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July.
Finishing second in the race in 13.55 was fellow Bahamian Tyrin Lewis, who competed unattached.
Cartwright starred for Minnesota
At the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Northern State University, Denisha Cartwright had an impressive showing for Minnesota State as they easily won the women’s team title with 191 points.
The sophomore did her team in their success as she established a meet record of 13.28 seconds in winning the women’s 100-meter hurdles to erase the old mark of 13.40 that was set by Danielle Kohley of Minnesota-Din 2019. She led the preliminaries with the fastest qualifying time of 13.75.
Cartwright was also the runner-up in the women’s 100m in 11.68 behind teammate Makayla Jackson, who won in a meet record of 11.43. Cartwright had the second-fastest time in the qualifying rounds of 11.69 with Jackson taking the top spot in 11.57.
Cartwright (23.80) again trailed Jackson (meet record of 23.56) in the 200m, only this time, Cartwright had the fastest qualifying time of 23.70, which would have matched her previous meet record, while Jackson did 23.96 for the second-fastest.
Before she was done, Cartwright ran the pop-off leg for Minnesota State’s 4 x 100m relay team that included Ja’Cey Simmons, Rose Cramer and Makayla Jackson tat won in 45.48.
Gibson paced Oral Roberts University
At the Summit League Outdoor Championships, hosted by the Oral Roberts University at their Sports Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Gabrielle Gibson led the way with her victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.57, the only event title won by the Golden Eagles. India Cartwright, a sophomore, came in second in 13.59 to complete a 1-2 sweep.
Gibson, now in her senior year, was also the runner-up in the 200m, while Lakelle Kinteh, a junior, was fifth in the 100m in 12.17.
In relay action, Gibson ran the second leg of ORU’s 4 x 100m team of Lakelle Kinteh, Judith Bediako and India Cartwright, which placed second in 45.09. And in the 4 x 400m relay, Chanice Forbes, Gibson, Nikki Victorious and Adrene Mazzei were fifth in 3:52.83.
Also at the meet, Bradley Dormeus picked up a second-place finish in the men’s 400m in 46.20.
Both of ORU men’s and women’s teams finished fifth.
Miller Jr soared for Ohio State
Ohio State track and field team won both the men’s (124 points) and women’s (185.5 points) titles at the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Minneapolis on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio where Shaun Miller Jr was one of the top performers.
Sophomore Miller Jr was the runner-up in the men’s high jump with a leap of 7-feet, 1 1/2-inches or 2.17m. Fellow Bahamian Jules Etienne, a senior at Indiana, got fourth with a leap of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m). The winning height was 7-2 1/2 (2.20m) by Mayson Conner, a junior at Nebraska.
Also in the 110m hurdles, sophomore Oscar Smith finished fourth to rank third in program history with his time of 13.59. Joshua Zeller, a junior at Michigan, set a meet record of 13.19 to win the race.
Wells topped the list for Florida
At the Southeastern Conference Championships, Sasha Wells, a senior who transferred from Oral Roberts to the University of Florida, was seventh in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.75. The first three finishers in the race all surpassed the World Championship qualifying time of 12.84.
Olympian Megan Moss just missed out on a spot in the final of the women’s 400m for the University of Kentucky with hr 10th place in the preliminaries in 52.70. Fellow Bahamian Doneisha Anderson, a junior at Florida, was 189th overall in 53.66.
While Moss didn’t run on the Wildcats’ winning 4 x 400m relay team that established the facility, meet and collegiate records, Anderson ran the third leg for Florida as they finished fifth in 3:26.85.