T&T’s Tyriq Horsford of Mississippi State, Kion Benjamin and Carlon Hosten of Minnesota missed out on qualifying for the finals in their events on the first day of the 2023 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, USA on Wednesday.
Horsford was the first local in action when he lined up in the men’s javelin qualifying round. The Zenith club member finished down the field in position 24th with an effort of 61.44 metres which was the only legal throw achieved on his first effort. The five-time Carifta champion fouled his next two attempts and missed on placing among the top nine to advance to the finals which were contested right after.
LSU’s Tzuriel Pedigo won the gold (79.79m) ahead of Ethan Dabbs of Virginia (79.27m) and Chinecherem Prosper Nnamdi of Baylor (78.36m)
The Parlatuvier resident won bronze in the event at the 2019 NCAA Championships as a 19-year-old.
Meanwhile, T&T athletes runners Benjamin, Hosten and Devin Augustine were members of Minnesota’s team in the men’s 4x100m semifinals. Despite setting a school record of 38.70 seconds, Minnesota’s time was only good enough 14th place. LSU was the quickest (38.06 seconds), followed by Texas Tech (38.20) and Florida (38.22).
Benjamin was back on the track for the 100m semifinals. The Memphis Pioneers sprinter sped to a season’s best of 10.09 seconds to finish in heat one and 14th overall. The top nine advanced to the final to be contested today. PJ Austin of Florida was the top qualifier with a personal best clocking of 9.89 seconds as the top five finishers all dipped under the 10-second barrier.
Hosten was hoping for better luck in the 200m semifinals but he was beaten in 20th place after he was seventh in heat one n 20.55 seconds. Udodi Onwuzurike of Stanford blazed to a PB of 19.76 seconds to top the event.
The next five runners behind him also ran under 20 seconds.
Shakeem McKay and his LSU teammates were 12th in the men’s 4x400m semifinals in 3:02.38 seconds. Florida led the way (2:58.62) with top five teams clocked sub-3 minute times.
The medal hopes for T&T will now rest on the shoulders of Leah Bertrand, Akilah Lewis and Cherisse Murray all of whom were in action late yesterday.
Bertrand represented Ohio State in the women’s 100m and 4x100m semifinals. Lewis was a member of Minnesota’s lineup in the 4x100m semifinals. Cherisse Murray (Alabama) was among the starters in the women’s shot put qualifiers.
The finals of the women’s events are set for tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Jamaican athletes took the top three spots in the men’s long jump finals on Wednesday as Carey McLeod and Wayne Pinnock, both of Arkansas, were first and second with distances of 8.26m and 8.13m respectively. Jordan Turner, representing Kentucky copped the bronze (8.12).
The NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships will conclude tomorrow.
NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Wednesday’s Men’s Javelin
Finals: 1st Tzuriel Pedigo (LSU) 79.79m; 2nd Ethan Dabbs (Virginia) 79.27m; 3rd Chinecherem Prosper Nnamdi (Baylor) 78.36m
Qualifying: 24th Tyriq Horsford (Mississippi State/Zenith) 61.44m (61.44, X, X)
4x100m semis: 10th (4h1) Minnesota (Carlon Hosten/Abilene Wildcats, Kion Benjamin/Memphis Pioneers, Devin Augustine/Pt. Fortin New Jets) 38.70 (school record)
100m semis : 14th (4h1) Benjamin (10.09 sb
200m semis: 20th Hosten (7h1) 20,55
4x400m semis: 12th Lousiana State (Shakeem McKay/Abilene Wildcats) :02.38