Jamaicans make good start at US Indoor season

Published: Wednesday | December 9, 2009

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

THE 2009-10 United States Collegiate Indoor Track and Field season got under way on the weekend and several Jamaicans got off to good starts.

Leading the way was former Edwin Allen and the University of Technology athlete, Francine Simpson, who had a double win. Competing for Lindenwood University at the Saluki Fast Start Meet on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Simpson, the one-time national junior representative, captured the 60 metres in 7.58 seconds and returned later to cop the long jump, launching an impressive 6.32 metres.

Former St Jago High athletes did well

At the same meet, two former St Jago High athletes did well. Yoneice Martin, who was a finalist at the 2009 Boys and Girls' Championships in the Girls' Class 1 200 metres, was victorious in the half-lap event as she won in 25.39 seconds. Also competing unattached, Roshane Boreland, who was a silver medallist in the Girls' Open 3000 metres at the 2008 Champs, was a second-place finisher in the 800 metres in 2:23.31.

The Victor 'Poppy' Thomas-coached Lincoln University also made a good start at the Illinois State Early Bird Meet in Illinois, as several of them finished among the top three. Former G.C. Foster College standout Gerald Bascoe was a winner in the men's 200 metres as he cruised to a 22.33-second clocking to beat teammate Gavin Terrelonge, also a past student of G.C. Foster College, who clocked 22.37 seconds for the runner-up spot. Earlier, Terrelonge was third in the 60 metres in 6.90 seconds, with former Camperdown High school sprinter Dwain Bryden placing second in 6.89.

In the reckoning

After a low-keyed season last year, 2007 Osaka World Championship 4x400 metre silver medallist, Davita Prendergast, made it clear that she will be in the reckoning in the upcoming season. The former Lincoln Universty athlete, who competed unattached, had a convincing win in the women's 400 metres where she clocked 54.64 seconds. Former Holmwood Technical star Nyoka Cole, competing for Lincoln, was second in 57.16 seconds. Cole also had a top-three finish in the 60 metres, clocking 7.70.

Former World Youth representative, Theo Bennett, also showed good early form. Competing for Coppin States University at the Navy Invitational Meet in Maryland, Bennett, who competed for Jamaica College at Champs, clocked 21.67 to win the men's 200 metres and 6.88 seconds for third in the 60 metres.

At this same meet, former Campion College middle-distance athlete, Theo O'Connor, ran the third leg for the successful Georgetown University 4x400 metres Universty team, which clocked 3:14.27 for the win.

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