Bahamian collegiate hurdler Jahmaal Wilson had the performance of a lifetime on Sunday, and he is being rewarded with a trip to the 2022 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Outdoor Championships, set for May 26-28, at Grand Valley State University Track & Field Stadium in Allendale, Michigan.
Wilson, 21, a sophomore for the West Texas A&M University Buffs, had a record-breaking performance on Sunday, breaking the school, conference, and national division two record in the men’s 110 meters (m) hurdles. Wilson ran a blazing 13.35 seconds in a positive 1.7 meters per second (mps) tailwind to win the men’s 110m hurdles title at the West Texas A&M Last Chance Meet 2022 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, on Sunday.
In setting his personal best, by more than four-tenths of a second, Wilson also went under the Bahamian national record of 13.38 seconds that was set by Shamar Sands at the Golden Spike Ostrava Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 2009.
Additionally, Wilson is now just three one-hundredths of a second off the qualifying standard for the World Athletics (WA) Championships, set for July 15-24, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene,
Oregon, USA. If successful, he will join Sands as the only Bahamians to compete in the men’s 110m hurdles at the world championships.
Prior to this past weekend, Wilson’s previous personal best in the 110m hurdles was 13.76 seconds.
The run on Sunday broke Abilene Christian’s Brian Amos’ NCAA Division II record of 13.37, which was set back on May 12, 1994, and moves Wilson to number one in the NCAA Division II rankings. Amos also held the Lone Star Conference record prior to Sunday, and the West Texas A&M school record was 13.58 seconds, set by Tyrin Lewis last year.
Running unattached, Lewis finished second in 13.55 seconds on Sunday, and Cameron Macon, a sophomore at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was third in 14.05 seconds.
Wilson’s stunning run on Sunday tied him for 25th among all collegiate levels, and it led to him being named as the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week.
He was one of 29 student-athletes of West Texas A&M University – 17 men and 12 women – who qualified for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. Grand Valley State University and the West Michigan Sports Commission will co-host the championships which will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
A total of 754 participants – 377 men and 377 women – will compete in the championships.
In division one, the east preliminaries is set for May 25-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana, and the west preliminaries is set for that same time at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Indiana University at Bloomington will host the east preliminaries while the University of Arkansas will host the west preliminaries.
The 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships is set for June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.