Some of the top Bahamian senior track and field athletes kept themselves busy with competition this past weekend.
Grand Bahamian Jeffery Gibson opened his outdoor season at the Grenada Invitational this past Saturday, April 13 at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium.
Gibson set the tone for what he expects to be a ‘rebound season’ with a first place finish of 50.17 seconds in the men’s 400-meter Hurdles. He bested the United States’ Quincy Downing who clocked 50.31 seconds to take second place and Jamaica’s Javarn Gallimore who rounded out the top three with a time of 50.69 seconds.
Also, at that meet, dynamo sprinter Tynia Gaither ran away with the women’s 200m championship. Gaither locked up first place in the time of 23.07 seconds. She finished ahead of Jamaica’s Anastacia Leroy who finished second with a time of 23.22 seconds and the Dominican Republic’s Marliedy Paulino who finished in third in the time of 23.39 seconds.
At the recently held Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational that took place at the University of Miami on April 12-13, over 10 athletes from The Bahamas looked to build momentum in preparing for the upcoming Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations: Senior Track and Field Nationals set for July 26-27 here in Grand Bahama.
Steven Gardiner returned to form in the men’s 200 meters this past Saturday. The rangy quarter-miler cruised to a first place finish while clocking 20.04 seconds. Ecuador’s Quinonez trailed behind to finish in second place and finished with a time of 20.53 seconds. Nike athlete Dedric Dukes rounded out the top three in that event with a time of 20.66 seconds.
That 200m dash also featured the likes of Grand Bahamians Michal Mathieu and Shavez Hart, along with fellow Bahamians Anthony Adderley, Yurick Dean, Verdell McIntosh and Clyde McKinney.
Mathieu finished ninth overall with a time of 21.13 seconds. Adderley was right behind Mathieu ranking 10th in the standings with a time of 21.16 seconds. Hart trailed to finish 11th in those standings with a time of 21.22 seconds.
Dean was ranked 36th overall with a time of 22.28 seconds, while Mcintosh ranked 38th with a time of 22.37 seconds. McKinney placed 46th in standings with a time of 23.07 seconds.
Grand Bahamian Alonzo Russell managed to snag a second place finish over in Miami in the men’s 400m final. Russell turned in the second best time of 45.87 seconds. He trailed Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano who clocked the top time of 45.52 seconds.
Bahamian Ojay Ferguson finished in the top ten with a seventh place finish in the time of 46.89 seconds. Stephen Newbold’s time of 47.59 seconds in that event was good enough to land him in 12th place, while Grand Bahamian Kendrick Thompson finished in 13th with a time of 47.60 seconds.
In the women’s 400m Makayla Lewis, a student and athlete at St. George’s High School competed among some of the best senior talent there is. The Neymour’s Athletics athlete finished 10th in the standings while recording a time of one minute and 00.03 seconds (1:00.03).
The Bahamas was also represented in the men’s 4x100m relay. The quartet finished with the 11th best time of 41.67 seconds. The Dominican Republic finished at the top of the standings with a time of 39.09 seconds. Louisiana State University (LSU) got the stick around the track to finish with the second best time of 39.40 seconds. Thailand Athletics finished with the third best time of 39.41 seconds.