VICTORIOUS: Ayanna Alexander

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Alexander, Daniel golden in US

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Ayanna Alexander struck gold in the women's long jump, at the Patriot Games, in Virginia, USA, on Saturday. The Trinidad and Tobago athlete disturbed the sand at 5.93 metres to secure the top spot.

Alexander opened her 2013 campaign on January 4 with victory in the Delaware Invitational women's triple jump. She jumped 13.35m.

Alexander is the 2011 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championship women's triple jump gold medallist, and was also a silver medallist in the triple jump at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, India. Also on Saturday, Coppin State University's Deandra Daniel cleared the bar at 1.70m to take the top spot in the women's high jump at the Thomson Invitational, in Delaware. Another T&T athlete, University of Delaware student Chelsi Campbell finished fourth in the women's 400 metres in one minute, 00.91 seconds.

At the Jimmy Carnes College Invitational, in Florida, Akeela Bravo copped fourth spot in the women's shot put. The Jacksonville University student threw the iron ball 13.27 metres. Bravo also competed in the weight throw, finishing sixth with a 16.01m effort.

Kiersten La Roche accumulated 3,522 points to earn fourth spot in the women's pentathlon, at the Penn State National Invitational, in Pennsylvania. Her highest placing in the five-discipline event came in the long jump, the Temple University sophomore finishing second with a 5.72m leap.

La Roche was third in the high jump with a 1.56m clearance, third in the 800m in two minutes, 33.45 seconds, fourth in the 60m hurdles in 9.06 seconds, and fourth in the shot put with a 9.87m throw.

St Augustine's College junior, Jameel Walcott returned a time of 1:53.25 to finish fourth in the men's 800m.

Shippensburg University sophomore, Steve Waithe secured fifth spot in the men's triple jump with a 15.24m effort. Coppin State's Kareem Crawford was 19th overall in the men's 60m hurdles in 8.23 seconds. And in the 200m event, Crawford clocked 23.14 to finish 21st.

At the Terrier Invitational, in Boston, Jeanelle Ovid cleared the bar at 1.65m for ninth spot in the women's high jump. Her Morgan State University teammate, Emmanuel Stewart threw 14.85m to finish 14th in the men's shot put.

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