Caymanian jumper Louis Gordon was named Most Outstanding Men’s Rookie after his winning performance in the high jump event at the 2020 America East indoor men’s track and field championships. Gordon, a freshman at the University of Albany, jumped a personal best of 2.19 metres, besting his previous best of 2.13m. That matches Omar Wright’s Cayman Islands national record, according to an unofficial list of the country’s athletics records on Wikipedia.
“This was my second official indoor meet,” said Gordon. “I’m coming off an ankle injury for like three to four weeks. I just needed to know I was healthy because I had been putting in the work to get back. I feel like my performance was good enough for the moment. I was happy I achieved it, but it’s not what I wanted. [A mark of] 2.23 is what I need to qualify for NCAA indoors, so, that’s what I’m going for [next].”
Caymanian Rasheem Brown took gold in both the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Milligan College sophomore took the honour of AAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week following his performance. Brown set a new meet record after running the 60m hurdles in 7.86 seconds in his prelim race. Then he went on to win the finals in 8 seconds. In the 60m, he clocked 6.89 seconds to win his preliminary race and bested that in the finals to win his second gold at the meet with a time of 8.84.
“This weekend was a real eye-opener for me,” said Brown. “Going into nationals two weeks from now I’m ready to go as fast as I can and I know what I need to do to get it done. I am humbled to be this far in my career, it’s time for me to go and showcase my best abilities and have fun.”
“I am humbled to be this far in my career, it’s time for me to go and showcase my best abilities.” Rasheem Brown
Since the start of the track season, Brown has won every race he has competed in. His season’s best for the 60m hurdles remains at 7.78, which he set at the Camel City Invitational earlier this month and it’s the fastest time in the country for this season. Brown is expected to make an appearance at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in South Dakota next month. Full results here: Brown/Gordon.