CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
SEC / CONFERENCE USA / SUN BELT / WAC
Results & Pics posted
Already posted: 195 Photos from Sun Belt Champs (& FIU) &
182 Photos from Conference USA Champs (& Southern Miss)
A more detailed report item on this weekend performances (to include excerpts from exclusive interviews) will be posted soon.
Tanika Liburd, Kevon Pierre, Desarie Walywn (of Nevis) and Nathandra John and Delwayne Delaney (of St. Kitts) competed in the exciting Conference Championships over the weekend.
Tanika Liburd captured 3 medals (Silver in Long Jump and 100m and Bronze in the 4x100m) at Conference USA meet, held at the University of Houston. Her performance was particularly stellar in the 100m (11.67s), coming from behind with a late rush to take the unexpected silver medal on the line. While her Long Jump effort fell short of her expectations (20' 3.75" or 6.19m), she was unfortunate to have her best jump nullified by a phantom Foul in her final effort. Her response to that "mistake" was her scintillating 100m. She also ran a dramatic final leg for the 4x100m relay in a NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 44.75s, to snatch a Bronze medal for her team, University of Southern Mississippi.
Kevon Pierre also won 3 medals, double silver in the 100m and 200m sprints in the Sun Belt Conference Championships. He was very unfortunate in the 100m, which was run in the reverse direction, resulting in him dipping at the wrong line, but still managing to run an excellent time of 10.33s. Given his easy 10.32s preliminary time, Pierre was expected to run sub 10.2s. The winning time was 10.22s. Pierre also ran the 200m in a new Personal Best and new Florida International University Record time of 20.82s (49th best time in the World). He also won Bronze in the 4x100m and ran the final leg in the 4x400m relay.
Desarie Walywn placed 4th in the 200m (24.15s) and 5th in the 100m (11.76) in the WAC Conference Championships held in Oklahoma. She also helped her Rice teammates to capture a Silver medal in the 4x100m (44.83), in a Regional Qualifying time. Desarie earlier ran a 23.85s 200m in the semifinals.
Nathandra John stunned her teammates and the crowd with a new Personal best of 52.91s in the 400m (a new Texas Christian Univ. Record) and 44th best in the World. Her 3rd place finish was not what she wanted however, and she will be attempting to improve her performance at the Regional Championships in 2 weeks. She also assisted in capturing Gold in the 4x100m (44.59s) and 4x400m (3:34.82s) - with a scorching 52.6s last leg without any competition, for a new Meet and Conference Record. Both relay times in the Houston hosted Conference USA Championsips, qualifying TCU for the Regional meet.
Delwayne Delaney ran a superb leg in the 4x100m for TCU, capturing a bronze medal in 40.10s, at the Conference USA Championships. Earlier, Delaney ran a season best 10.37s in the 100m, but was unable to repeat the performance in the finals, clocking 10.64s. He was unable to qualify for the 200m final with 21.17s, but it was again a season best performance. Unfortunately, Delaney will not be able to compete in the upcoming NCAA Regional Championship, due to a suspension of the TCU male team, for post season competition.
Sun Belt Conference Meet Results
(Article from SunBelt website on Florida Int'l University athletes)
195 PICS FROM THE SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIPS posted
1st 100m Prelims Pierre, Kevon FIU 10.32Q w1.9 - Currently Ranked 59th in the WORLD
2nd 100m Finals Pierre, Kevon FIU 10.33 REGL w1.5
2nd 200m Prelims Pierre, Kevon FIU 21.00Q w0.4
2nd 200m Finals Pierre, Kevon FIU 20.82 REGL w-0.3 - Currently Ranked 69th in the WORLD & new FIU Record
2nd 4x100m FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 40.43 REGL & new FIU Record (FIU team-mates to be named soon)
Kevon Pierre captures Silver in the 100m event
(L-R) Ronald Forbes, Kevon Pierre, Ronnie Alphonse, Jarod Wins & Larry Blash - relay teammates
Sherri-Ann Brooks FIU & JA (Outstanding Athlete of the Meet)
Whew! - close 4x100m finish (FIU 2nd)
Kevon 2nd in new 200m Personal Best - 20.82s
Conference USA Championships Results
Click here for 83 Photos from Day 1
Click here for 99 Photos from Day 2
Click the link below for the May 11th article on Tanika from clarionledger.com
USM star [Tanika Liburd] jumps from tiny island to national spotlight
Just a note from the Site Manager on the article: Tanika is now ranked 9th in the WORLD in the Long Jump and has already represented Nevis & St. Kitts in International competition, and should be doing so later this year as well.
- 2nd Long Jump Finals - Southern Miss 6.19m 1.4 20-03.75
- Series: 5.90m(3.6) 5.85m(-1.0) 6.08m(2.3) 6.19m(1.4) 6.11m(0.4) FOUL(1.1)
- 6th 100m Prelims Tanika Liburd 11.71q 1.4 (2nd Heat 1)
- 2nd 100m Finals Tanika Liburd 11.67 w0.2
- 3rd 4x100m Southern Miss 44.75
- 1st 400m Prelims Nathandra John TCU 54.06Q (1st Heat 5)
- 3rd 400m Finals Nathandra John 52.91 PB - Ranked 44th in the WORLD - new TCU Record - new Meet and Conference Record
- 1st 4x100m TCU 44.59
- 1st 4x400m TCU 3:34.82
- 1st 100m Prelims Delwayne Delaney TCU 10.37 Q w2.9
- 4th 100m Finals Delwayne Delaney 10.64 w-0.3
- 9th 200m Prelims Delwayne Delaney 21.17 w2.3 (did not advance)
- 3rd 4x100m TCU 40.10
Tanika Liburd at Conference USA Meet
Tanika wins Silver in the 100m
Nathandra, Delwayne & Tanika
Tanika with Head Coach Wayne Williams (left) & Dad (Andy Liburd - right)
Nathandra John in 400m
Delwayne Delaney in the 100m
WAC Championships Results
5th 100m Prelims Walwyn, Desarie Fr Rice 11.76q w+0.0
5th 100m Finals Walwyn, Desarie 11.76 w0.9
5th 200m Prelims Walwyn, Desarie R 23.85q w 0.4
4th 200m Finals Walwyn, Desarie 24.15 w0.5
2nd 4x100m Rice 44.83R 1) Jimoh, Funmi Jr 2) Walwyn, Desarie Fr 3) Umeh, Yvonne Sr 4) Mayes, Nina Jr
SEC Championships Results
Tiandra Ponteen did not compete in her Conference Championships.