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Seven Bahamians qualify for NCAA Championships

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 27, 2013

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Shaunae Miller is one step closer to accomplishing another goal which is winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Outdoor title in her specialty, the women’s 400 meters (m).

The freshman at the University of Georgia heads into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, set for June 6-8 in Eugene, Oregon, with the third fastest time from the NCAA east and west preliminaries. Over the weekend, Miller ran 51.72 seconds for the fastest time in the semi-finals of the East Preliminary Rounds, and 51.84 seconds in the opening round of that event. Those east regionals were held at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. The other two top times came out of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, 50.88 seconds ran by Ashley Spencer and 51 seconds flat by Regina George. Miller defeated both of them for the NCAA Indoor title in the event earlier this year.

Georgia teammate and fellow countrywoman Tynia Gaither is also through to the NCAA Championships, securing a spot in the 200m. Gaither, a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, missed out on qualifying in the 100m. She qualified in the 200m with a time of 23.51 seconds, which was good enough for ninth overall. The top 12 in each event qualified. Gaither, Miller and Rashan Brown were hoping to contest the 4x100m for the Georgia Bulldogs at the event. However, the trio, joined by Briana Vaughn, were unable to finish the race on Saturday.

Warren Fraser, a senior at Clemson, has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the men’s 100m, but not in the 200m. He qualified seventh out of the east regionals, in 10.29 seconds, after running 10.24 seconds in the opening round. The fastest time, from this preliminary round, was 10.01 seconds, ran by Isiah Young.

Over in the west, Jeffery Gibson, a senior at Oral Roberts University, leads the charge in the men’s 400m hurdles. He has the top qualifying time coming out of the west regionals, a personal best time of 49.80 seconds. Raymond Higgs will join the Bahamian contingent at the championships. Higgs has qualified in the men’s long jump, with a distance of 7.78m (25’ 6-1/4”). Bahamian Cameron Parker, a senior at Texas Christian University (TCU), qualified fourth in the men’s triple jump, with a best leap of 15.98m (52’ 5-1/4”). Also taking part in the men’s triple jump was Douglas Palacious, who finished 29th overall with a distance of 15.01m (49’ 3”), and Trevor Ferguson, who was 43th with a distance of 13.98m (45’ 10-1/2”). Palacious is a junior at Southern Illinois University, and Ferguson is a sophomore at Oregon.

After posting the seventh fastest time in the preliminary rounds of the 100m hurdles, Arkansas junior Ivanique Kemp had to settle for 17th overall. She ran 13.57 seconds in the semi-finals and failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Southern Illinois junior Kenya Culmer cleared 1.70m (5’ 6-3/4”) and finished tied for 15th overall in the women’s high jump event. She was 24th overall in the triple jump with a jump of 12.54m (41’ 1-3/4”). Arkansas sophomore Tamara Myers is off to Oregon, placing seventh in the women’s triple jump event with a personal best jump of 13.04m (42’ 9-1/2”).

In the women’s 800m, Te’Shon Adderley, a junior at Minnesota, ran a personal best time of 2:06.38, but finished out of the top 12 as she was 16th overall.

Only the top 12 finishers from each event from the East and West Preliminary Rounds advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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