Sub-50 clocking for Mowatt
While a large contingent of Jamaican athletes converged last weekend in Philadelphia for the Penn Relays, another crew shifted into gear at the University of Arkansas, for the inaugural National Relay Championships. Among them was 2017 World Championships 400 metre hurdles finalist Kemar Mowatt, who won his event and showed his sprinting versatility. Sharrika Barnett, Janeek Brown and Rushelle Burton were the other Jamaicans who had notable results at the April 28-29 meet.
Mowatt, now in his final year of eligibility at the University of Arkansas, crossed the 50-second threshold for the first time this season.
The former Munro College man beat last year's NCAA champion Eric Futch with a time of 49.80 seconds. Arkansas head coach Chris Buckham said: "Kemar really took it out the first seven or eight hurdles and he looked strong, that was outstanding."
He had run 50.49 seconds earlier in the season.
He contributed to a Arkansas win in the 4x100m, clocked in 38.59 seconds, and a runner-up run in the 4x400m, timed in 3 minutes 03.26 seconds.
His efforts gave Arkansas a boost. The home team won the men's team title, 52 points to 43, over the University of Florida.
Barnett, who competes for the University of Florida, circled 400 metres in 51.50 seconds to win.
Brown and Burton, the 2016 World Under-20 Championships silver medallist, lost to former NCAA 100 metre hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of the University of Kentucky in a fast wind-assisted race.
Camacho-Quinn won in 12.53 seconds, with the Jamaican pair getting the same time, 12.73 seconds. The aiding wind was measured at 2.6 metres per second, 0.6 over the allowable limit. Had the wind been under two metres per second, the result would have provided seasonal bests for Brown, who is a teammate of Mowatt at Arkansas, and for Burton, who is a student-athlete at the University of Texas.