Entornointeligente.com / T&T’s Deon Lendore running unattached was made to battle in the men’s 400 metres at the Michael Johnson Invitational at the Baylor-Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium in Waco, Texas in the United States but he did just enough to emerge the winner.
The T&T quarter-miler crossed in a time of 46.27 seconds on Friday to edge Baylor Junior Howard Fields III (46.28) at the line in section six, the fastest of the six heats in the time finals. In a far-off third place was Arizona junior Maj Williams with 46.58.
Also competing at the Michael Johnson Invitational meet were T&T’s Sparkle McKnight and Tyra Gittens of the University of Texas A&M.
McKnight, also running unattached, placed 11th in the women’s 400m hurdles in 1:01.55, after crossing the line fifth in section four.
NCAA heptathlon women’s champion Gittens competed in two events but did not reach the podium in either. The Texas A&M junior placed eighth in the javelin throw with 39.24m and ended in 10th spot in the shot put event with a 12.22m-throw.
Another T&T pro athlete active on the weekend was Emmanuel Callender who raced in the men’s 100m dash at the Velocity Fest No 9 at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica. The former national sprint champion of Swept Track Club crossed third in section six of six in the timed final with 10.80 seconds to place 16th overall.
Back in the US, at the Arkansas State University (ASU) Red Wolf Open, Arkansas-Pine Bluff sophomore Safiya John picked up two gold medals and a silver while her schoolmate sophomore Franklyn Stanislaus just missed out on podium finishes in the two events he competed in.
John topped the women’s long jump event with her best leap measuring 5.86m. Her other two medals came on the track with her placing second in the 100m hurdles with a wind-assisted (3.3) 13.74. She was among the Arkansas-Pine Bluff quartet that won the 4x100m relay with 46.25.
In the men’s version of the sprint relay, Stanislaus and his teammates placed fourth with 42.95. He also competed in the high jump event and cleared the bar at 1.87m to finish sixth.
On Sunday, Fairleigh Dickinson sophomore Ako Hislop competed in three track events and got success in the team events at the Monmouth Spring Invitational in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He helped the 4x100m relay team to second place with 41.70 and finished fifth in both sprint events – 100m with 11.08 (0.8w) and 200m with 22.39 (0.5w).
At the Running Eagles Open in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, Iantha Wright of Life University picked up three gold medals. The freshman sprinted to victory in the women’s 100m dash with a 12.04-clocking (-0.2w) and then helped her team to victory in the relay events – 4x100m (46.93) and 4x400m (3:59.45).
University of Southern California (USC) freshman Rae-Ann Serville was also a fifth-place finisher in the women’s 400m with 53.02 at the Long Beach Invitational in California which took place Friday and Saturday.
Naomi Campbell of Purdue also competed on the weekend at the Husker Big 10 Invite in Prairie View, Texas and the freshman placed 25th in the 100m with 12.30 (-1.6w), 17th in the 200m with 25.12 (3.3w) and her unit was fourth in the 4x100m with 45.79.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian