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Hackett, Marcano golden on the weekend

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 18.02.2019

T&T's Se­moy Hack­ett and An­dre Mar­cano had suc­cess­ful runs on the week­end at Na­tion­al Col­le­giate Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­a­tion's (NCAA) meets in the Unit­ed States.

On Sat­ur­day evening, Hack­ett sped to gold in the women's 300 me­tres at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Car­oli­na (USC) Open. The Em­pire Ath­let­ics sprint­er clocked 38.46 sec­onds to win sec­tion two of the timed fi­nals and be the over­all win­ner, beat­ing out Kris­ten Williams (Un­at­tached) with 39.05 in­to sec­ond and third was Saman­tha Dirks, al­so of Em­pire Ath­let­ics (39.35) in the 

Hack­ett al­so raced in the 60m and had qual­i­fied for the fi­nal with the sec­ond fastest time of 7.44 but opt­ed out the dash, be­ing re­placed by her Em­pire Ath­let­ics club mate Gabrielle Far­quhar­son in the fi­nal.

Al­so com­pet­ing at the meet was Cop­pin State ju­nior Aaron Lewis of T&T, who missed out on a medal af­ter cross­ing fourth in the men's 60m hur­dles in 7.90. He had the sev­enth-fastest qual­i­fy­ing time of 7.96 in the pre­lim­i­nary round.

On that same night at the Texas A&M Ag­gie Twi­light, Asa Gue­vara bagged a bronze medal in the men's 400m. He was sec­ond in sec­tion two of the timed fi­nal with a time of 46.47, fol­low­ing sec­ond-place over­all Ja­mal Wal­ton (Un­at­tached) with 46.26. Tak­ing gold was Grena­di­an Bralon Ta­plin of Puma Ath­let­ics in 45.26.

The day be­fore at the Ocean Breeze Ath­let­ic Com­plex in Stat­en Is­land, New York, An­dre Mar­cano sprint­ed to gold in the men's 60m dash at the Fas­track Last Chance.

The Cen­tral Park Track Club (CPTC) New Bal­ance run­ner won sec­tion one in 6.75, to be bet­ter than DC In­ter­na­tion­al's John Lundy (6.87) and Mon­roe Col­lege fresh­man Gi­ano Roberts (6.93). Mar­cano al­so had the fastest qual­i­fy­ing time of 6.79 in the pre­lim­i­nary round.

On that night as well at the Carl Mad­dox Field House in Louisiana, T&T's Akan­ni His­lop ran one of the fastest time in the his­to­ry of the Louisiana State Uni­ver­si­ty (LSU) pro­gramme, in cop­ping a sil­ver medal in the men's 60 me­tres at the LSU Twi­light meet.

Ac­cord­ing to the LSU web­site, His­lop used a per­son­al best clock­ing of 6.660 to claim sec­ond-place fin­ish be­hind Mic­ah Larkins (6.656) of North­west­ern State. The best read­out of His­lop's ca­reer in the 60 me­ters is tied for the sev­enth fastest in LSU his­to­ry along­side Rynell Par­son (2012) and Kel­ly Willie (2006). It al­so cit­ed that the LSU ju­nior ath­lete showed that he is ready to com­pete on the con­fer­ence and na­tion­al stage in the com­ing weeks. 

An­oth­er lo­cal sprint­er, ju­nior Xavier Mu­lu­ga­ta al­so of LSU, just missed out on reach­ing the fi­nal, plac­ing ninth with a 6.87-clock­ing in the pre­lim­i­nary round.

In the women's ver­sion of the race, LSU se­nior Za­kiya De­noon placed sev­enth cross­ing the line in a time of 7.61. This af­ter book­ing a spot in the fi­nal af­ter plac­ing eighth with 7.54 in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies.

At the North­east­ern Con­fer­ence (NEC) In­door Track & Field Cham­pi­onships, Fair­leigh Dick­in­son fresh­man Ako His­lop com­pet­ed in the men's 60m event and was 25th over­all with a time of 7.46.

At the Na­tion­al Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­a­tion (NJ­CAA lev­el), Cherisse Mur­ray con­tin­ues to shine se­cur­ing a sil­ver in the women's shot put at the North­ern Ari­zona Uni­ver­si­ty (NAU) Tune Up in Flagstaff.

The Cen­tral Ari­zona sopho­more placed sec­ond with a best throw of 16.28m. Mur­ray al­so com­pet­ed in the weight throw but failed to reg­is­ter a mark.


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