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South Plains duo continue to blaze a trail

Hart, Mackey making their cases for inclusion into sprint relay team
  • Bahamians Shavez Hart (pictured) and Trevorvano Mackey finished first and second respectively, at the 2013 Texas Tech Red Raider Open. They ran wind-aided times of 10.09 and 10.10 seconds. Bahamian Johnathan Farquharson, representing Abilene Christian University, was third in that race, in 10.33 seconds. FILE

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: May 01, 2013

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This past weekend, Shavez Hart and Trevorvano Mackey ran the two fastest times by any Bahamian, under any conditions, in the men’s 100 meters (m).

Hart finished in a blazing 10.09 seconds, and Mackey was just one hundredth of a second behind him, in 10.10 seconds. They finished first and second respectively, in a wind-aided timed final at the Texas Tech Red Raider Open in Lubbock, Texas. The wind guage measured the tailwind at 3.7 meters per second (mps), over the allowable 2.0 for a legal race, but there was no doubt that the duo are rapidly rising up the chart of the top Bahamian sprinters in terms of time.

Hart has a personal best time of 10.28 seconds, done last year, and Mackey did 10.31 seconds, also last year, to finish first and second respectively, again at the Red Raider Open. The latter also represented The Bahamas in the 200m at the London Olympic Games.

Hart and Mackey are both sophomores at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and both have signed commitment letters for next year. Hart is set to join the Texas A&M Aggies, while Mackey is committed to Florida State for the fall.

As for the Texas Tech Red Raider Open last weekend, Hart and Mackey weren’t the only Bahamians in that very fast race. Abilene Christian freshman Johnathan Farquharson ran 10.33 seconds for third, and Western Texas College freshman Blake Bartlett was sixth, in 10.59 seconds. All four could very well be in the conversation as far as the Bahamian men’s 4x100m relay team is concerned, and its quest to qualify for the 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships, from August 10-18, in Moscow, Russia. Hart and Mackey definitely should be.

In the 200m at the Red Raider Open, Mackey ran a winded 20.78 seconds for second behind his South Plains teammate Lestrod Roland, and Farquharson won his heat, in 21.34 seconds. Roland was first overall, in 20.70 seconds.

Hart doesn’t have a legal 100m time this year, but does have a season’s best time of 20.80 seconds in the 200m, while Mackey has a season’s best time of 10.41 seconds in the century, and 20.88 seconds in the 200m.

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