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Top Bahamian athletes in NCAA Championships

  • MARVELOUS MILLER: Shaunae Miller runs in the women’s 400m at this week’s NCAA Championships. She comes into the event with the third fastest time. TNG FILE PHOTO

  • GOING FOR GOLD: Bahamian Jeffery Gibson poses with his gold medal from the men’s 400m hurdles which was won at the NACAC Under-23 Championships last year. Gibson is the top seed in that event at this weekend’s NCAA Championships. Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 06, 2013

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Seven Bahamians are among a long list of student-athletes competing for top honors in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, currently going on in Eugene, Oregon.

Running in the semifinals of the men’s 400 meters (m) hurdles was Jeffery Gibson, a senior at Oral Roberts University. Gibson ran out of the third heat, lane four last night, but the result, along with the results of the 100m and 400m in all divisions, which also had Bahamian athletes in them, were not available up to press time. Time in Eugene is three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST) in The Bahamas.

Gibson headed into the event with the leading time of 49.80 seconds. In the women’s 400m, Shaunae Miller ran out of lane four, in the first of three heats. Miller, who attends the University of Georgia, had the fastest seed time in that heat, 51.72 seconds. She has the third fastest time overall.

The final of the men’s hurdles is the second event scheduled for Friday. That will be followed by the finals of the men and women’s 100m and the final of the women’s 400m.

Miller’s teammate Tynia Gaither will represent the Georgia Bulldogs in the 200m. She will be in heat one, lane eight, and has a seed time of 23.51 seconds.

Warren Fraser, a junior at Clemson University, lined up in the first heat of the men’s 100m last night. Fraser is in lane seven and has a seed time of 10.29 seconds. Next to Fraser was his teammate Tevin Hester, who has a time of 10.26 seconds.

In the triple jump event, Tamara Myers will be the seventh athlete down the runway in the first flight of 12 athletes. Myers, who is competing for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, is the sole Bahamian to be competing in this event that will take place on Friday.

The men’s long jump event that will be held later today will feature Bahamian Raymond Higgs who also competes for the Razorbacks. Higgs will appear in the first flight of the event. He is the eighth person in the line-up.

Cameron Parker is the 11th jumper, in the first flight of the men’s triple jump event, that will take place on Saturday.

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