St Hillaire sizzles | Local sports
Dwight St Hillaire produced a scorching run in his first outdoor 400 meter race this year. The University of Kentucky athlete stopped the clock at 44.74 seconds for the gold in a Pepsi Florida Relays men’s round in the United States on Saturday.
St Hillaire’s scorer earned him second place on the 2021 global outdoor performances list, behind American Bryce Deadmon, the world leader in 44.62 seconds. St Hillaire is also on the 2021 best 200m list. The athlete from Trinidad and Tobago currently sits in fifth place with the personal best 20.25 he produced on March 27.
St Hillaire’s 44.74 was the second fastest 400m time of his career, improved only by a run of 44.55 in 2018.
Another quarter mile T&T, Joshua Jacob St Clair finished 14th overall in the Florida Relays men’s 400m in 47.35 seconds. The University of Alabama student finished 13th to 200th in 21.25.
Cherisse Murray threw 16.41 meters for the victory in the women’s shot put. The Alabama field athlete opened the competition at 15.10m and improved to 15.35 in the second round. Murray produced the pitch of 16.41 in the third round, fouled his next effort, threw 16.04 in the fifth round, then finished at 16.16.
Tyriq Horsford won bronze in the men’s javelin. The second Mississippi State University student landed the spear at 72.43m.
Rae-Anne Serville finished fifth in the second section and 12th overall in the women’s 400m. The University of Southern California (USC) rookie completed his lap in 53.67 seconds. In his two previous 400-meter outdoor races this year, Serville clocked 53.45 and 53.22.
In the Texas vs Texas A&M double meet, Tyra Gittens won the women’s high jump with a best outside clearance of 1.90m. Gittens’ fine effort is a new national outdoor record, surpassing Natasha Alleyne-Gibson’s standard of 1.89m, set in 1997. Gittens and Alleyne-Gibson share the T&T women’s overall high jump record, both athletes having climbed 1.93 m indoors.
Gittens was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.07m. And in the 100m hurdles, the Texas A&M University student finished first in her section and sixth overall in 13.63 seconds.
In Florida, Jereem “The Dream” Richards took bronze in the Men’s Pure Athletics Spring Invitational 200m in 20.37 seconds. Machel Cedenio finished sixth overall with a personal best 20.84, while Kyle Greaux clocked 20.90 for eighth place. Richards was third fastest in the 100m prelims in windy 10.27 seconds, but opted out of the finals.
Khalifa St Fort was second in her section and seventh in the women’s 100m in 11.76 seconds. Competing for the first time since his split from coach Ato Boldon in 2019, St Fort finished 11th in the preliminary round in 11.90. Kai Selvon was eighth in 11.77, but skipped the final.
St Fort is now part of the Florida-based Pure Athletics camp, training alongside fellow T&T athletes Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Keston Bledman, Richards, Cedenio and Greaux.
At the Sprint Summit competition in Texas, Sparkle McKnight was fourth in the women’s 400 hurdles in 57.40 seconds. Asa Guevara was eighth in the overall men’s 400m in 47.27.
University of Minnesota sprinter Kion Benjamin clocked a personal best 21.10 seconds to place seventh overall in the men’s 200m invitational Big North Florida Invitational. University of Illinois sophomore Kashief King was 14th in the men’s invitational 400m clocking 49.44.
Benjamin and his Minnesota teammate Jaydon Antoine finished 10th and 13th, respectively, in the men’s 100m, with wind-assisted times of 10.65 and 10.74. In the men’s 200m, Antoine finished 18th with a personal best of 21.86.
University of Iowa field athlete Ianna Roach threw 13.77m to finish ninth in the women’s shot put. In the hammer throw, Roach was 10th at 47 meters flat. Naomi Campbell of Purdue University was 18th in the women’s 100m and 200m events. She managed a windy time of 11.94 seconds in the 100 and 24.81 in the 200.
At the Hilltopper Relays, Kentucky, Anya Akili finished 10th in the women’s javelin with a throw of 24.66m. The Tennessee Tech University student was 12th in the long jump at 4.82m. Akili was 14th in the 200m in windy weather of 25.74 seconds and 17th in the high jump with a clearance of 1.40m.