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Gold for Borel, Baptiste

Published: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
T&T’s Cleopatra Borel, second from left, with her training partners in Chile, yesterday.

T&T's Cleopatra Borel wrapped up another fine performance in Chile, dominating the women's shot put event once again to win her second straight gold.

Borel's best throw came on her third try, measuring 18.60 metres at the Launch Meeting Circuit at the Central Coliseum - National Stadium.

She opened with a 17.90 metres throw, improving in the second attempt at 18.14, her fourth reached 18.22, then 18.34 in the fifth and her final try got to 18.00.

Borel improved on performance on the weekend when she won the event at the International Launch Meeting in Temuco. Her toss of 17.93m earned her the top spot.

On Friday, Kelly-Ann Baptiste sprinted to gold in the women’s 60 metres final at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Bayou Bengal meet in Louisiana, USA.

The 31-year-old sprinter and former national 100m women's champion got to the line in 7.27 seconds, the same time she locked in winning her qualifying heat.

In the College version of the race, T&T's Jeunice Maxime, a sophomore at Grambling State University, crossed second in heat four in 8.07, to place 21st overall, not quick enough to get into the final. In the women's 200m, she was again second in section three in a time of 26.39 to have the 10th fastest time.

Maxime also ran the third leg for Grambling in the 4x400m relay event and her team's 4:12.29-clocking placed them second in section two to finish sixth overall.

Maxime will be looking to improve tomorrow when she competes at the Samford Open at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama. She will face the starter in the 200m dash.

Also active that day at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson University in South Carolina, are University of Alabama's (UA) T&T's hurdler Ruebin Walters, shot putter Portious Warren and quartermiler Mauricia Prieto.

Walters, the reigning national 110m champion, will seek to remain flaw when he lines up in the men's 60m preliminaries early afternoon attempting to reach the final later on in the evening.

He has won the 60m hurdles at the New Mexico Classic with a time of 7.64, running a 7.71 in the preliminaries to give him the fourth- and sixth-fastest times in UA history. He also won the event at the Bob Pollock Invitational with a time of 7.70, now the fifth-best time in school history, was victorious at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a personal best time of 7.63, which ranks No 3 all-time at Alabama and won the race at the season-opening UAB Blazer Invitational in a time of 7.76.

Warren will tackle the shot put event with Prieto seeing action in the women's 400m and the 4x400m relay events.

At the Music City Challenge this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, Sarah Wollaston of the University of Central Florida will also be back on the track competing in the women's 60m and 200m dash.

More local athletes will also be competing this weekend at a number of indoor Collegiate track and field meets including the Don Kirby Invitational, Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic.

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