Bahamian sprinter Brianne Bethel was one of the most impressive performers at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on the weekend.
The University of Houston sophomore was named the Most Valuable Performer of the Meet after breaking two conference meet records en route to taking the sprint double and helping the Lady Cougars win the championships title with a total of four gold medals.
After lowering her personal best from 11.32 to 11.31 with the fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries, the Freeport, Bahamas native clocked 11.20 seconds (NWI) to break the conference record and win her first title of the championships, finishing well ahead of Latessa Johnson (11.36).
In the 200m, Bethel again defeated Johnson, the defending champion, and set her second meet record of the championships clocking a new personal best of 22.74 (-0.1m/s).
The mark is a significant improvement on her previous best of 23.47 set last year and ranks No.15 in the NCAA season rankings.
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However, Bethel was not finished as she performed dual relay duties as well.
She helped the Lady Cougars take home their first 4x100m relay title with a powerful anchor leg to dethrone last year’s champions University of Cincinnati (44.66) setting a stadium-record time of 44.46.
Bethel returned to the track to bring home another victory (3:36.51) for the Lady Cougars in the 4x400m ahead of the University of Connecticut.
These add to the 60m gold and 200m silver she won at the indoor conference championships in February.