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Athletes set to get on track at NCAA preliminaries

  • National record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles, Ivanique Kemp, is one of several Bahamian athletes set to compete for their respective schools at the NCAA Division I East and West Preliminary Rounds this weekend. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 24, 2013

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Finishing at the top of the field in their respective events is the main focus for the Bahamian collegiate track and field athletes competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I East and West Preliminary Rounds which got underway yesterday.

The west preliminaries are being held at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and the east preliminaries are being held at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The top three times, plus the next three fastest in the track events will move on to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held June 6-8, in Eugene, Oregon. Over in the field, the top 12 in each event will move on.

Ivanique Kemp, who is competing in the west preliminaries, will run out of lane eight, in heat three of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The top three from five heats plus the next six fastest times will advance to the next round. Only the top three from the semi-final round and the next three best times will move on to the NCAA Championships.

In the women’s high jump event, Kenya Culmer will represent Southern Illinois University. She is in the first flight. Culmer will also contest the triple jump event. This time around she will be in flight two. Tamara Myers will be in flight four of the event.

Jeffery Gibson is in lane one, heat six of the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Gibson attends Oral Roberts University. Up first in the third flight of the men’s triple jump is Douglas Palacious who has a qualifying mark of 15.64 meters (m) - 51’ 3-3/4”. Palacious is also at Southern Illinois University.

In the East Preliminary Championships, Tynia Gaither will settle into the blocks in the fifth heat of the 100m. Her qualifying time is 11.51 seconds. Gaither, a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, is in heat six, lane two in the 200m. Teammate and fellow countrywoman Shaunae Miller is in heat six, lane four in the 400m. Her qualifying time is 53.04 seconds.

The men’s 100m has Warren Fraser in heat three, lane six and heat four, lane five in the 200m. Nathan Arnett is in heat five, lane one in the 400m hurdles. The Mississippi State University athlete has a qualifying time of 51.19 seconds.

The NCAA Division II Championships will be held at Colorado State, in the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl Stadium. Michelle Cumberbatch sits in third in the women’s 400m hurdles with a qualifying time of 58.08 seconds. She will also run a leg on her school’s 4x400m relay team. Johnathan Farquharson of Abilene Christian University comes into the championships with the eighth fastest time in the men’s 100m.

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