Trinidad & Tobago thrower Portious Warren captured a bronze medal in the women’s shot put at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The University of Alabama senior left her best for last when she uncorked a throw of 17.41 metres on her final attempt. The mark broke her own school record and ranks as the ninth best throw in the NCAA this season.
Arizona State’s Samantha Noening won the title with a best of 17.91m, also on her final attempt.
The Matura, Trinidad & Tobago native was in seventh place before her last gasp attempt hitting 17m only once in her previous five attempts.
It is a significant improvement on her 11th place finish at last year’s championships and adds to her SEC Indoor Championship title she won two weeks ago.
Warren’s performance was easily the highlight of the day for Caribbean athletes who were competing for their various schools on the first day of the two-day championships.
Women 60m hurdles
Jamaican Janeek Brown (University of Arkansas) continued her impressive season form, dipping under 8.00 seconds for the second time this season when she clocked 7.98 to finish second in heat 3. She advanced to tomorrow’s final.
However, her compatriot Jeanine Williams (Georgia Tech University) will not be joining her as she finished eighth (8.22) in heat one.
Men 60m hurdles
There won’t be a Caribbean athlete in the men equivalent as Jamaican Damion Thomas (LSU) could only manage fifth in heat two (7.80).
Both Mario Burke (University of Houston) and Bryand Rincher (Florida State University) advanced to the final. The Barbadian Burke won heat one in 6.57, while the Haitian Rincher finished second (6.60) in heat two.
Jamaican Kiara Grant’s (Norfolk State University) breakout indoor season ended in the first round after finishing sixth (7.35) in heat one.
Jamaican Karayme Bartley (University of Iowa) advanced to the final after clocking 20.75 to finish third in heat one.
Barbadian Brianne Bethel finished third in heat 4 (23.30) and did not advance.
After breaking the Barbadian national record on multiple occasions, Jonathan Jones’ fantastic first indoor season came to a disappointing end as he struggled to finish second in heat one in 47.46. Guyana’s Arinze Chance, who also broke his national record multiple times this season, also failed to advance after finishing second in heat 3 in 47.54.
Jamaican Sharrika Barnett (University of Florida) qualified for her second consecutive national indoor championships final after finishing second in heat four in 53.10. Haitian Wadeline Jonathas (University of South Carolina) finished right behind her in 53.22 but that time was only 11th fastest on the day.
Jamaican Marleena Eubanks did not repeat her season magic, finishing eight in her heat and 16th overall in 2:15.36. However, compatriot Jazmine Fray finished third in heat one in 2:06.94 and advanced to tomorrow’s final.
Action resumes tomorrow at 1 pm eastern time with Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief (University of South Carolina) in the men’s high jump
*Photo Credit: University of Alabama Track & Field