Serville wins again | Local sports
Rae-Anne Serville’s fine career start in her American college career continued with gold at the Aztec Invitational in California, United States on Saturday. Serville won the women’s 400-meter event, with the University of Southern California (USC) rookie stopping the clock at 53.22 seconds.
In February, Serville clocked a time of 54.18 in a competition in Colorado to set a new 400m indoor record for juniors (under 20) from Trinidad and Tobago. And when opening outdoors in California two Saturdays ago, the talented teenager took the win in 53.45.
In the Florida Pro Addition international competition, Asa Guevara dominated the men’s 400m peloton. Quartermiler T&T, 25, completed his lap in 47.13 seconds.
Sparkle McKnight clocked 57.27 seconds for the gold in the Texas Relays women’s invitational 400m hurdles. Louisiana State University (LSU) sprinter Akanni Hislop was eighth in the men’s 200m in 21.01 but opted out of the final.
Athlete Safiya John of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff accumulated 5,243 points for ninth place in the women’s heptathlon.
Talena Murray of Angelo State University threw 44.41m for 12th place in a women’s javelin event. University of Colorado student Tamia Badal was 32nd overall in the women’s 400m hurdles in one minute, 03.25 seconds and 35th in the 100m hurdles in 14.20 seconds.
At the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) USA Meet of Champions in South Carolina, Taejha Badal won two silver medals. The Concordia Lutheran High School student finished second in the Women’s 100m Championship in a personal best of 11.57 seconds and second in the 200 in 23.69 – also a new personal best. Millbrook high school athlete Dillon Leacock won silver in the Championship men’s 400 hurdles in 54.52.
At the Bulldog Relays Al Schmidt, Mississippi, Tyriq Horsford landed the spear at 74.77 yards to finish fourth in the men’s javelin. Reigning world champion Grenada Anderson Peters took the gold with 80.54.
In Texas, Alisha St Louis finished sixth in the Bobcat Invitational women’s triple jump with an effort of 12.06m. The University of Eastern Michigan senior jumped 5.43m for 13th place in the long jump.
And in the relays in Emporia State, Kansas, Iowa Western Community College student Justen O’Brien was tenth in the men’s 400 in 49.80 seconds.