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New national records for Shaunae and Ryan

Both easily win their events at 5th Annual Fritz Grant Invitational
  • Bahamian Ryan Ingraham set a new junior national record in the high jump, clearing a height of 2.28m (7’ 5-3/4”) this past weekend. FILE PHOTOS

  • Bahamian speedster Shaunae Miller, pictured, ran a new junior national record in the 400m this past weekend, posting a stunning time of 51.44 seconds.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 14, 2012

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Running the open 400 meters (m), on Saturday, at the 5th Annual Fritz Grant Invitational, young Shaunae Miller qualified with the ‘A’ standard for the Olympic Games.

She crossed the finish line, in 51.44 seconds, shattering her own junior national record of 51.84 seconds, which she set last year at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France. The ‘A’ standard for the quadrennial games, is 51.55 seconds and the ‘B’ standard is 52.35 seconds.

The qualifying time for Miller is one of the top marks in the world this year. So far, she is the only Bahamian female to qualify in the 400m for the Olympics, set for July 27-August 12. She has also qualified for all the remaining junior and senior meets scheduled for the rest of the year.

Andretti Bain was looking to dip below the qualifying mark for the Olympic Games as well, but fell short in his quest. He ran the 400m at the meet, clocking 47.32 seconds. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ qualifying standards for the meet are 45.30 seconds and 45.90 seconds respectively. Booking an early ticket to the World Junior Championships was Ryan Ingraham, as he easily won the high jump event.

Ingraham soared a personal best leap of 2.28m (7’ 5-3/4”) for the win. The qualifying standard for the International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Junior Championships which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 10-15, is 2.15m (7’ 0-1/2”). The winning height is also a new junior national record. Ingraham is the old record holder, setting a mark of 2.23m (7’ 3-3/4”) last year. Ingraham’s winning jump on Saturday also matched the ‘B’ qualifying standard for the Olympics.

Having already qualified for the World Junior Championships, Lathone Collie-Minns was going after the junior national record in the triple jump. However, he fell short of the 16.58m (54’ 4-3/4”) mark which belongs to Allen Mortimer. Collie-Minns had a best jump of 16.01m (52’ 6-1/2”) on the day.

Pulling off the sprint double victory in the under-18 girls division was Carmiesha Cox with Makeya White trailing in second in both events. Cox too, has qualified for the World Junior Championships. She won the 100m in 11.82 seconds, the junior qualifying time is 11.96 seconds. In the 200m, Cox needed to run below the qualifying time of 24.56 seconds if she planned to take part in the 200m, at the World Junior Championships. On Saturday, she stopped the clock in 24.20 seconds. White's time in the 100m and 200m were 11.99 seconds and 25.19 seconds respectively.

The blazing time of 13.82 seconds will give Devynne Charlton a spot on the World Junior Championship squad. Charlton won the 100m hurdles and qualified for the World Junior Championships with that time.

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