Banks, Fisher Lead B-CU Performers at UNF Invitational
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Significant advances in personal records for a pair of athletes highlighted Bethune-Cookman’s weekend of competition at the UNF Spring Break Invitational, which stretched across Friday and Saturday at Hodges Stadium.
Reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Track Performer of the Week Tremayne Banks sliced yet another .16 seconds off his career best in the 110m hurdles with a wind-aided 13.96 seconds in Friday’s preliminary. He went on to earn gold in Saturday’s final with a time of 14.01; turning in the two fastest times in the conference this season. Nnamdi Davis also finished 10th in the preliminary with a time of 15.98.
Banks also topped the field in the 100m, again chopping time, .18 seconds to be exact, off his career best to lead the preliminary. The junior went on to run a 10.85 in Saturday’s final to finish first overall. Angelo Cabrera (11.12) and Nicholas Williams (11.21) joined Banks in the event final, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.
Freshman Kenneth Fisher continued his stellar rookie campaign in Jacksonville, proving his worth as the current MEAC Fielder Performer of the Week with top-tier finishes in the triple and long jump. In the triple jump, Fisher finished first with a jump of 14.35m (47-01.00 ft.), beating out teammates La’Quan Howard (14.09m / 46-02.75 ft.) and Jimel Wright (14.08m / 46-02.50 ft.) in second and third. Newcomer Dario Delieces finished ninth at 11.61m (38-01.25 ft.).
In the long jump, Fisher didn’t claim victory, but did add .17m to his personal best for a career mark of 7.52m (24-08.25 ft.), finishing third in the event. Also finishing high for the Wildcats, Demetrius Rooks was fifth at 7.01m (23-00.00 ft.), Williams was sixth at 6.92m (22-08.50 ft.), Wright was seventh at 6.86m (22-06.25 ft.) and Delieces was ninth at 6.67m (21-10.75 ft.)
Junior Ricy Brown topped all B-CU distance runners with a second-place finish in the 800m with a time of 1:54.26. Running in the rain, Nyajock Pan (18:34.66) and Kirsten Taylor (19:35.43) both set career marks in the women's 5,000m at 13th and 24th, respectively.
Junior Juliette Hyppolite tied for third place in the women’s high jump with a height of 1.52m (4-11.75 ft.)
Junior Barry Kimbrough led the B-CU throwers with a fourth-place finish in the discus, hitting a mark of 43.49m (142-08 ft.). On the women’s side, Catoria Sirmon finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.71m (41-08.50 ft.). In the men’s javelin, Chris Collins threw a career-best 43.98m (144-03 ft.) to earn seventh place.
Also ranking in the top 10 in field events, Terrell Campbell was seventh in the men's high jump at 1.88m (6-02.00 ft.) and Rayanna Johnson was 10th in the women’s triple jump at 11.22m (36-09.75 ft.).
On the track, other top-10 finishers included Tristie Johnson at seventh in the 400m at 57.42, and Keyona Thomas was 10th in the 200m at 25.08.
The Wildcats will have a busy week upcoming, with a recently-added Tiger Twilight on the slate for Wednesday (April 2) in Savannah, Ga., while on the weekend, the Wildcats’ elite performers will head to the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.
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