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National records broken at NCAA Championships

Gibson breaks 30-year-old mark in 400m hurdles; Miller erases own mark
  • POWERFUL RUN: Bahamian Jeffery Gibson, right, broke a 30-year-old senior national record in the men’s 400m hurdles this past weekend. He finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, in 49.39 seconds. TNG FILE PHOTO

  • SENSATIONAL SHAUNAE: Bahamian Shaunae Miller finished second in the women’s 400m at the NCAA Championships this past weekend. She ran a new junior national record time of 50.70 seconds. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 10, 2013

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In a 400 meters (m) race that Shaunae Miller didn’t even win, she still was able to set a new Bahamian junior national record, and qualify at the ‘A’ standard for this year’s International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

The University of Georgia Bulldogs freshman finished second at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon this past weekend, in a stunning time of 50.70 seconds, erasing the old junior national mark of 51.25 seconds, which she set last year. The ‘A’ standard for the IAAF World Championships, which is set for August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia, is 51.55 seconds and the ‘B’ standard is 52.35 seconds.

Also dipping below the ‘A’ standard for the Moscow World Championships was Jeffery Gibson, in the men’s 400m hurdles. Gibson, a senior at Oral Roberts University, finished fifth in a time of 49.39 seconds, breaking a 30-year-old senior national record in the process.

The ‘A’ standard for the Moscow World Championships in the men’s 400m hurdles is 49.40 seconds, and the ‘B’ standard is 49.60 seconds. The old national record was one of the longest standing records in The Bahamas. It was originally set by Greg Rolle in 1983.

“The performances by all Bahamians competing in the NCAA Championships were all remarkable, and we must

commend all the athletes for a job well done,” said Mike Sands, president of the BAAA. “I always knew Jeffrey would have broken the national record, looking at him compete at one of the championships last year. He was poised to do so from then. Shaunae is a champion and a world-class athlete. She has represented the country and will continue to represent the country at a high level. I am not surprised that they both qualified for the world championships. In fact, I am looking forward to having more of our collegiate athletes compete at this high level, and you should expect to see a number of them qualify when they return home.”

At the collegiate meet, Reggie Wyatt emerged victorious in the 400m hurdles in a time of 48.58 seconds. Finishing second was Michael Stigler in 49.19 seconds and Steven White came in third in 49.32 seconds.

Raymond Higgs, who competes for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, finished second in the men’s long jump with a wind-aided leap of 8.03m (26’ 4-1/4”). His Arkansas teammate Tamara Myers was ninth overall in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 13.28m (43’ 7”), a new personal record.

Bahamian Cameron Parker finished fifth overall, in the men’s triple jump, with a wind-aided distance of 15.95m (52’ 4”), recorded on his third attempt. The winning jump was recorded by Omar Craddock, a distance of 16.92m (55’ 6-1/4”).

Back on the track, Warren Fraser was 21st overall in the men’s 100m in a time of 10.34 seconds. Fraser, who attends Clemson University, failed to advance to the final. Tynia Gaither, from Freeport, Grand Bahama, also failed to advance to the final of the women’s 200m. She stopped the clock in a wind-aided time of 23.23 seconds and placed 12th overall.

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