Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
FORMER World Youth 200-metre bronze medallist, Latoya King, captured the sprint double for Lincoln University, which is coached by former Jamaican Victor 'Poppy' Thomas, at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, which ended on Saturday in Colorado State, Pueblo.
A junior at Lincoln, King, who also represented St Jago High, captured the 100 and 200 metres. Aided by a positive wind reading of 4.4 metres per second (mps), she first won the 100 metres in 11.23 seconds to get the better of former Mount Alvernia High athlete, Shavine Hodges, who finished second in 11.37 seconds for Grand Canyon University. King returned later to close her double by winning the 200m in 22.80 seconds in a positive 4.7 mps wind. Hodges again had to settle for the runner-up spot in 23.04 seconds, with former Vere Technical athlete, Jillisa Grant, representing New Mexico Heights, ending third in 23.20 seconds and in the process making up for her false start in the 100 metres final.
Victory for spence
National senior 100 metres hurdles female champion, Indira Spence, was also victorious at the meet as the Adams State University senior won the event in 12.80 seconds with a positive wind of 5.5 meres per second. Former Immaculate Conception High and national junior hurdler, Samantha Elliot, representing Johnson C. Smith, was third in 13.12 seconds. Former Kingston College head coach, Lennox Graham, coaches the Johnson C. Smith team.
Former Holmwood Technical High jumper, Nickeisha Beaumont, and former Vere athlete, Kayon Robinson, also won individual gold medals. Beaumont, had a winning leap of 6.20m for Lincoln University in the women's long jump in the process getting the better of former Edwin Allen jumper, Ann Marie Duffus, who was second with 6.05m.
Robinson, competing for Adams State University, stopped the clock at 52.53 seconds for her win in the women's 400m.
In the 400m hurdles final, former St Jago athlete, Yanique Haye, was pipped on the line. Representing Lincoln University, Haye, who clocked 57.32 seconds, just lost out to teammate, Michelle Cumberbatch, who won in 57.25. Elliot placed third again, in 59.10 seconds.
Lincoln University, which finished second overall behind Grand Canyon, also had success in the women's 4x400m and a second-place finish in the 4x100m. In the 4x4, the team, which included Haye, was second in 3:37.11, while the 4x100m team which included four Jamaicans in King, Ladonna Richards, formerly of St Catherine High, Beaumont, and Ann Kay James, formerly of St Jago, was second in 45.11 seconds. Adams State, with Spence and Robinson, won in 44.96 seconds.
Former Holmwood Technical athlete, Romel Lewis, and Sabiel Anderson, formerly of Camperdown, captured individual gold for Lincoln in the men's category. Lewis with a 5.7 mps wind reading, took the men's 100m in 10.16 seconds. In the men's 400m hurdles, Anderson won in 50.60 seconds, while Lewis was second in 50.63.
Former Kingston College quarter-miler, Akino Ming, competing for Johnscon C. Smith University, won the 400m in 46.14.
In the relay events, Lincoln University's 4x100 team, which included Gray and Lewis, won in 39.89 seconds. In the 4x400, Johnson C. Smith, which included three former Kingston College athletes in Ming, Winston Brown and Rolando Berch, was second in 3:07.32.