Caymanian track and field stars turn in big performances in USA

This past weekend, Cayman’s track and field collegians turned in some quality performances.

At the Georgia Tech Invitational, Tyrell Cuffy of King College continued his consistent high-powered sprint performances, despite rainy conditions.His 10.58 for 100 meters placed him 16th among the 67 collegiate and post-collegiate competitors.At 200 meters, 21.10 was the 10th quickest mark of the 41 finishers.His efforts on the second leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay helped the Tornado quartet lower their season’s best again-this time to 41.23.

In Houston, at Rice University in the Conference USA Championships, Omar Wright engaged in an expected battle with crosstown rivals Tristian Whitley and Ivan Diggs of the University of Houston.All successfully cleared 2.10m/6’10 3/4″, the Midwest Regional qualifying standard, and Whitley and Diggs each made 2.15 on the second attempt.After two misses at that height, Omar opted to try 2.18 for a final shot.He was unsuccessful, but still gained third-place honors.The two Cougars passed 2.18, and both went out at 2.21, with Whitley taking the victory on fewer misses.

At the Sun Belt Conference Championships, Middle Tennessee went into the final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay, needing a victory to defend its title, and they came through with flying colors.Carlos Morgan played a big part in the action,scoring 17 points for the Blue Raiders in the horizontal jumps and the javelin throw.
Carlos and teammate Juan Walker shared second place in the long jump, as each recorded a best mark of
7.78m/25’6 1/4″, which surpassed the Mid East Regional qualifying standard, and Carlos’ second and third best jumps both topped Walker’s second best leap.This event was perhaps the most competitive of the entire meet, as nine participants bettered the regional qualifying mark.
Carlos was entered in the triple jump and the javelin throw on Sunday, which were both scheduled to begin at the same time.He overcame the challenges presented to score a windy 14.96m/49’1″ in the triple jump, a personal best, as was his long jump on the previous day.His mark was good for fourth place points, and was a mere 1 1/2″ short of the regional requirement.He matched that placement in the javelin throw with a last round toss of 61.23m/200’11”, and in this event as well came close to the necessary regional measurement-falling only a foot short.

Coach Dean Hayes of Middle Tennessee was selected as Coach of the Year as the Middle Tennessee women’s team finished fourth.

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