Wed | Apr 1, 2020

Ja athletes perform well at US indoor meets

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:30 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Akeem Bloomfield
Akeem Bloomfield

SEVERAL overseas-based athletes performed well at indoor meets in the United States last weekend.

Sprint hurdler Philip Lemonious, quarter-miler Shian Salmon along with a male MVP International 4x400 metres quartet had second-place finishes in their respective events.

Lemonious, a Jamaica College past student who now attends Barton County Community College, was just edged out of the top spot in the men’s 60 metres hurdles final at the Texas Sports Performance Center at Texas Tech University. He was second in 7.80 seconds, the same time awarded to winner, Carl Elliot III who represented the University of Arkansas. At the same meet, former Queen’s High hurdler, Daszay Freeman, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, was third in the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.28 as Taliyah Brooks representing ASICS club won in 8.10.

World Championships 400m hurdles semi-finalist Shian Salmon, competing for adidas, had a second-place finish in the 400 metres at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet on the campus of the University of Kentucky. She clocked 53.80 seconds as Paris Peoples, representing the University of Kentucky, captured the event in 53.69.

The Henry Rolle-coached MVP International team, which included three Jamaicans – Martin Manley, Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen, clocked 3:09.27 behind the hosts at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet. University of Kentucky clocked 3:09.06. Former Kingston College quarter-miler, Dashawn Morris, competing for the University of Maryland, finished third in the men’s 400m in 47.21 seconds as Wayne Lawrence of the University of Iowa won in 47.16.

Doha World Athletics Championships 100m hurdles finalist Janeek Brown had a third-place finish in the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.00 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Meet in Boston. World Championships gold medallist Nia Ali of the United States won the event in 7.94 ahead of her countrywoman Christina Clemons who was ­second in 7.98. Former Vere Technical standout Britany Anderson ­produced a personal best of 8.07 for fourth in the event.