|Dynamic duo rising up the charts!|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 21, 2012
Sprinters Shavez Hart and Trevorvano Mackey made winning on the collegiate level look so easy.
In their first year of competition for the South Plains College Texans in Levelland, Texas, both Hart and Mackey got a taste of conference glory. While Hart pulled off a sprint double, Mackey followed it up with an All-American award. The accomplishments were done at the annual National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Hart won the 100 meters (m) in 10.28 seconds and Mackey placed third in 10.35 seconds. Bahamian Alfred Higgs was seventh in 10.57 seconds. Higgs attends Iowa Central Community College. In the 200m, Hart stopped the clock at 21.02 seconds. Mackey would settle for fifth, this time around, crossing the line in 21.27 seconds. Higgs did not advance as he had the 10th best time of 21.41 seconds.
The annual meet, which was held at South Plains College in Levelland, also saw Gortia Ferguson line up in the women’s 100m. The Bahamian native attends Colby Community College. She advanced to the final after posting the seventh fastest time in the preliminary rounds. In the final, she clocked 11.95 seconds which was the eighth best time. Teammate and fellow Bahamian Gabriell McIntosh was 14th overall in 12.33 seconds. She did not advance to the final.
Both Ferguson and McIntosh moved over to the 200m and ran 24.95 seconds and 25.72 seconds respectively. While Ferguson’s time got her a spot in the final, McIntosh placed 16th overall. Ferguson would opt not to run in the final, clearing the way for Reyare Thomas, who won in 23.67 seconds.
Katarina Smith, of Essex County College, ran a personal best time in the 400m. She was 11th overall in 56.61 seconds. Winning the event was Amoy Blake in 53.49 seconds and Sparkle McKnight was second in 53.56 seconds. Both Blake and McKnight are members of South Plains track and field team. In the men’s one lap affair, O’Jay Ferguson qualified for the final, in a time of 46.84 seconds. Ferguson is in his freshman year at Western Texas College. Joining Ferguson in the race was Alonzo Russell who attends Essex County College. Both quarter-milers advanced to the final where Ferguson finished fifth in 46.97 seconds and Russell sixth in 48.21 seconds.
Te’Shon Adderley contributed to the final score for Iowa Central Community College when she advanced to the final of the 800m for women. Her qualifying time was 2:17.44. Even though she shaved a few seconds off that time in the final, she settled for fourth in 2:13.74. Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won in 2:09.54. Goule attends South Plains College.
The 800m was the first of two titles for Goule. She also won the 1,500m. Adderley improved on her qualifying time for the 1,500m as well, after she came into the final with the 11th fastest time. In the preliminary rounds she ran 5:03.73 and in the final, she ran 4:57.66. It was hard for Patrick Bodie, of Cowley County Community College, to sit and watch the final of the 110m hurdles from the stands. His time of 14.97 seconds ranked him at number 12 overall.
Mackey and Hart made sure that their team would be in the medal hunt, in the men’s 4x100m. The team picked up a second place finish, trailing Barton County Community College to the tape, in 39.94 seconds. Mackey ran the lead leg, passing it over to Hart, then it was on to Tyler Daniel Harper and Bralon Taplin anchored. Barton County Community College turned in a time of 39.80 seconds for the win, and Rend Lake was third in 40.77 seconds.
Higgs teamed up with Chris Williams, Dan-Neil Telesford and Garfield Powell but they did not move on. Their time was 41.09 seconds.
Iowa Central Community College posted the fourth fastest time in the 4x400m heading into the final. Adderley ran the anchor leg for the squad which finished second in 3:44.88. Ferguson was the third runner for his team in the 4x400m. They moved on with the fastest time 3:10.62, but settled for second in the final, in 3:06.52. The other team members were Joshua Helom, Omar Johnson and Troy Faulkner.
On the field, Troy Bullard bowed out of the high jump event without clearing any height. Bullard also attends Iowa Central Community College.