Seven Jamaicans shine at US indoor college championships

March 16, 2017
Bailey in his St Jago High School running days.

Seven Jamaicans won titles at the recently staged US Junior College Indoor Championships in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Sean Bailey, who previously was a student-athlete at St Jago High School and was part of the bronze medal-winning 4x400 quartet at the 2016 World Under-20 Championships, blazed to victory in the individual 400 metres in the national junior college record clocking of 45.59 seconds. He was wearing the colours of Western Texas College.

That time is nearly one second faster than his outdoor personal best of 46.51 seconds.

The other Jamaican winners were Okeen Williams, Sanjay Lawrence, Anatascia Forrester, Latavia Coombs, Odaine Lewis and Ayesha Champagnie.

 

Versatile jumper

 

Champagnie, the former St Andrew Technical High School do-everything-dynamo, defended her pentathlon title for Barton County Community College with a score of 3945 points. Second was Coombs, the versatile ex-Holmwood Technical jumper. Coombs, who now attends New Mexico Junior College, won the triple jump with a distance of 12.82 metres. The men's triple jump also went to a Jamaican, as Lewis, a Cornwall College graduate, spanned 15.70 metres.

Lewis' Iowa Central teammates had a fine time at the meet. Ex-Manchester High School Champs gold medal winner Anatascia Forrester bounded 6.22 metres to win the long jump.

Lawrence led a Barton County 1-2 with his former Petersfield High School teammate, Stevon Crooks, in the shot put. Lawrence banged his shot out to a winning mark of 17.65 metres to get his collegiate career off to a great start. Crooks' best was 17.22.

Williams, the former standout at St Elizabeth Technical, took the 600-metre run in 1 minute 17.98 seconds.

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