2nd in 6.33 seconds: Michelle-Lee Ahye

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Ahye in record run

Gold for Fermin, Daniel

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Michelle-Lee Ahye was in record-breaking form in her 2013 opener at the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games in Canada last Thursday.

The 20-year-old sprinter seized silver in the women's 50 metres final in 6.33 seconds—a new Trinidad and Tobago standard.

Reigning Olympic, world and world indoor long jump champion, American Brittney Reese topped the field in 6.30.

Ahye's 6.33 run was an improvement on the 6.36 T&T record she had established in the preliminary round. With the 6.36 dash, she erased Hydianne Harper's 6.47 national standard from the books. Harper had produced that clocking way back in 1998.

Ahye was back on the track on Saturday, competing in the women's 60m dash. She picked up another silver, getting to the line in a personal best 7.34 seconds, behind Reese (7.32). Ahye clocked 7.42 in the qualifying round.

Another T&T athlete, Mikel Thomas finished second in the men's 60m hurdles in 7.80 seconds.

At the Armory Collegiate Invitational, in New York, USA, Morgan State University's Emmanuel Stewart broke his own national record in the men's weight throw. He finished fifth with an 18.86m effort, improving on the 18.40m standard he had established last year.

At the Vandal Indoor meet, in Idaho, Shawna Fermin struck gold in the women's 400m. The Washington State University student stopped the clock at 55.35 seconds. In Illinois, Arkansas State University's Kashef Daniel cleared the bar at 1.99 metres to capture the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Invitational men's high jump title. He was 11th in the long jump with a 6.55m leap.

At the Meyo Invitational, in Indiana, University of Minnesota athlete, Alena Brooks finished second in the women's 800m in a personal best two minutes, 06.24 seconds.

University of Southern Mississippi student Robert Colling-wood threw 17.43m to cop fourth spot in the men's shot put. His twin brother and Southern Miss teammate Richard Colling-wood finished sixth with a 16.91m effort.

University of Iowa's Carisa Leacock was seventh in the women's long jump with a 5.86m leap, and 17th in the triple jump (11.70m). And in the men's 800m, Baylor University's Gavyn Nero finished 42nd in 1:55.47.

South Plains College student, Elton Walcott jumped an indoor best 15.71m to earn men's triple jump silver at the Texas Tech Red Raider Open. He was 13th in the long jump (6.66m). Western Texas College athlete, Kernesha Spann finished seventh in the women's 400m in 57.81 seconds.

At the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) student Kyron Joseph clocked 21.84 seconds to cop fourth spot in the men's 200m. His UTEP teammate Aeisha McDavid was seventh in the women's 60m hurdles finals in 9.23. She had clocked 8.84 in the qualifying round.

And in the men's 400m, double Olympic medallist Emmanuel Callender finished eighth overall in 49.13.

In Nebraska, University of Florida athlete Jovon Toppin clocked 22.32 seconds to cop seventh spot in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational men's 200m consolation final. He was 16th in the preliminaries in 22.14.

Aleesha Barber finished eighth in the women's 60m hurdles at the New Balance Boston Indoor Games. She got home in 8.36 seconds.

And at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, in Pennsylvania, Jacksonville University student, Akeela Bravo was eighth in the women's shot put (13.39m) and ninth in the weight throw (16.45m).

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