T&T's Asa Guevara opened his season with a victory in the men's 300 metres at the fourth instalment of the American Track League indoor series in Fayetteville, Arizona, USA on Sunday.
Guevara, a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), clocked 33.11 seconds to comfortably beat USA's Jamiel Trimble to the line. The American ran a personal best (pb) 33.38 to place second. The other runner in the final, Nigerian Charles Okeze, was disqualified.
Ruebin Walters was the other T&T athlete getting success at the meet, as finished as the runner-up in the men's 60m hurdles final. The former University of Alabama (UA) student crossed in 7.66, behind American Michael Dickson with 7.53. Wellington Zaza of Liberia was third with 7.71.
In the preliminary heats, Walters, running in lane four won heat two with a 7.71-clocking, to advance to the final.
T&T had two other athletes compete at the Fayetteville meet including quartermiler Sparkle McKnight and field athlete Portious Warren. Both placed fifth in their respective events.
McKnight ran a season's best (sb) 54.14 in the women's 400m to respectively follow to the line, winner USA's Shamier Little (50.57), Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica (52.06), Mexican Paola Moran (52.78) and American Mariah Kuykendoll (53.61). Little, Moran and Kuykendoll each ran a pb.
In the women's shot put, Warren, another UA graduate, also threw a personal best with 17.53m. It came on her second attempt. She also had throws of 17.16, 17.06, 16.83 and 17.43, respectively. She fouled the fourth attempt.
The Americans swept the event with winner Raven Saunders tossing a pb of 19.57m, second was Maggie Ewen (19.54m-pb), third was Jessica Ramsey (19.50m-pb) and in fourth spot Chase Ealey (17.61m).
On the Junior Collegiate (JC) circuit, T&T had two athletes feature this weekend at the NJCAA Region VI Indoor Championships at the Robert W Plaster Centre in Pittsburgh, Kansas including Jerod Elcock and Judah Taylor, both of Butler Community College (CC).
Elcock, a sophomore, placed eighth in the men's 60m final with 7.03 after advancing with the eighth fastest time. He won heat four with 6.84 in the preliminaries to advance to the medal race.
He also competed in the 200m and reached the timed final. He lined up in section one but did not finish. He advanced out of the preliminaries with the seventh-fastest time of 21.82 after placing second in heat one.
Elcock and Taylor, who is also in his second year, met up in the men's 4x400m relay final. Competing in section three of the timed final, Taylor running the third leg, handed off to Elcock, who ran a brilliant anchor leg to see Butler CC to second spot with a time of 3:13.81, to place second overall.
Taylor also competed in the 400m but did not finish.