Olympian Pedrya Seymour had qualified for, and was prepared to represent The Bahamas at this weekend’s International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Indoor Championships, but it would have been a quick turnaround for her, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Division I Track and Field Championships is the following weekend at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA.
The 17th IAAF World Indoors is set for this coming weekend in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and The Bahamas is represented by a five-member team which left the country on Sunday night.
This past weekend, Seymour competed in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa.
Seymour is gradually getting back to form, winning her first conference title in taking the 60 meters (m) hurdles in Ames. The redshirt senior at Texas won in 8.09 seconds after qualifying in 8.14. She also competed in the 60m, but failed to qualify for the final, finishing 13th overall in 7.58 seconds. She false started in the women’s 200m. It was a 1-2-3 sweep for Texas in the women’s 60m hurdles with sophomore Rushelle Burton finishing second in 8.13 seconds and senior Ariel Jones finishing third in 8.25 seconds.
Seymour and the Texas Longhorns won the meet with 117 points, Kansas was second with 112 points and Oklahoma rounded out the top three with 98.5 points.
Over at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Carmiesha Cox and Kaiwan Culmer won indoor titles.
Cox, a redshirt senior at Purdue, won the women’s 60m in 7.36 seconds after qualifying in 7.40 seconds. In the final, she was just a hundredth of a second off her personal best time. The other Bahamian in the race, Penn State junior Keianna Albury, finished ninth in 7.58 seconds after qualifying in 7.50.
Cox also qualified for the 200m final, and was fourth overall in 23.59 seconds, just out-leaning her teammate sophomore Chloe Abbott. Cox qualified fifth overall in 23.67 seconds, and Albury failed to make the final, finishing 13th overall in 24.39 seconds. Cox’s performance helped the Purdue Boilermakers finish second overall in the chase for the team title, finishing with 80 points. The Minnesota Golden Gophers won the overall title with 91.50 points. Albury and the Penn State Nittany Lions finished sixth with 70 points.
Culmer, a senior at Nebraska, took the indoor men’s triple jump title with a winning leap of 16.08m (52’ 9-1/4”). His teammate, sophomore Isaiah Griffith was second with a leap of 15.83m (51’ 11-1/4”), and Ohio State junior DaJuan Seward finished third with a leap of 15.77m (51’ 9”). The other Bahamian in the competition, Purdue freshman Tamar Greene, was ninth overall with a leap of 14.92m (48’ 11-1/2”).
Ohio State freshman Tavonte Mott was 13th overall in the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.05 seconds.
Mott and the Ohio State Buckeyes won the meet with 101.50 points, while Culmer and the Nebraska Cornhuskers were second overall with 93.50 points, and Greene and the Boilermakers finished 10th with 32 points.
Brianne Bethel was sensational at The American Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Metro CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Houston sophomore won the conference title in the women’s 60m in a personal best run of 7.31 seconds after qualifying in 7.42 seconds. She recorded another personal best in the 200m, running 23.47 seconds for second after qualifying in 23.93 seconds. Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Latessa Johnson, a sophomore, won the women’s 200m in 23.17 seconds.
Bethel and her teammates Jazmyn Tilford-Rutherf, Nikesha Keith and Ariele Adams finished third in the women’s 4x400m in 3:43.26. Connecticut won in 3:41.12 and the Cincinnati Bearcats were second in 3:42.13.
Over at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Bahamian Jenae Ambrose, a junior at Auburn, was 28th overall in the women’s 60m in 7.50 seconds and 17th overall in the 200m in 23.48 seconds. Their distance medley team of Ambrose, Presley Weems, Frances Patrick and Brenda Kigen finished ninth overall in 11:45.47.
Auburn junior, Xavier Coakley made the final of the men’s 60m hurdles, and finished eighth in 7.95 seconds.
At the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Southeastern Louisiana freshman Kendesha Ingraham finished third in the women’s 200m in 24.33 seconds after qualifying in 24.47 seconds. She was 23rd overall in the women’s 60m in 7.78 seconds.
At the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in Clemson, South Carolina, senior Kirk Lewis finished third on his home track in 7.79 seconds. He ran 7.81 seconds in the heats. Florida State junior Shaquania Dorsett finished a disappointing 31st overall in the women’s 400m in 59.12 seconds. In the women’s 4x400m, Dorsett and her teammates Janae Caldwell, Kimmie Cunningham and Ginelle Demone were 12th overall in 3:46.16.