Miller, Alcine to compete today in the men’s high jump; Taylor jumps tomorrow in the women’s triple jump
A couple of Bahamians were in action as the 2022 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway on Wednesday, but none were able to advance out of the national semifinals.
The four-day meet, featuring the best collegiate athletes in the United States, wraps up on Saturday at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Up first for The Bahamas was Terrence Jones competing in the men’s 100 meters (m). Jones, a sophomore for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, finished fifth in his semifinal heat and was tied for 12th overall in 10.23 seconds. Just the top two finishers in each heat and the next two fastest times advanced to Friday’s final, and Jones found himself stuck in what turned out to be the fastest heat.
Despite not advancing to the final, Jones concluded a fantastic second season in college athletics in which he tied the NCAA record in the men’s 60m indoors, ran personal best times in the men’s 100m twice outdoors, qualified for the World Athletics (WA) World Championships and solidified himself as the third-fastest Bahamian of all-time.
Jones, who has a personal best run of 10.03 seconds, will return to Eugene for the world championships later this summer, representing The Bahamas in the men’s 100m.
In the men’s 200m, Wanya McCoy, a freshman at Clemson University, was fourth in his semifinal heat and finished 15th overall in 20.54 seconds – just six one hundredths of a second off his personal best time of 20.48 seconds which was done in the NCAA East Preliminaries at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana, at the end of May.
McCoy finished just two tenths of a second short of qualifying for the final.
McCoy came back late Wednesday and ran the opening leg of the men’s 4x400m for the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers finished fourth in their semifinal heat in 3:03.97 and failed to qualify for Friday’s final.
Megan Moss, a sophomore at Kentucky, was set to compete in the semifinals of the women’s 400m last night, but the result was unavailable up to press time. Moss ran out of lane four in the first of three semi final heats. Just the top two finishers and the next two fastest times qualified for Saturday’s final. Moss went into last night’s race with the seventh-fastest seed time – a personal best run of 52.07 seconds.
Moss was also set to run in the women’s 4x400m relay for Kentucky last night. The result of that race was unavailable up to press time. The Kentucky Wildcats went into that race as the favorite, having a set a NCAA record of 3:21.93 this year.
Another Bahamian set to compete last night was Rhema Otabor in the final of the women’s javelin. Otabor, a sophomore at Florida International University (FIU), was the second thrower in flight two. She went into the competition with season and personal best throw of 56.25m (184’ 6”). The result of that competition was unavailable up to press time.
In action today for The Bahamas will be Shaun Miller Jr. and Kyle Alcine in the final of the men’s high jump, and in action tomorrow for The Bahamas will be Charisma Taylor in the final of the women’s triple jump, and Moss should she advance to the final of the women’s 400m.
Miller is a freshman at Ohio State University, Alcine is a senior at Kansas State University and Taylor is a junior for the Tennessee Volunteers.