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LENDORE WINS AGAIN

...tops field in New York Invitational

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Trinidad and Tobago's Deon Lendore was in fine form at the Armory Collegiate Invitational indoor track and field meet, in New York, USA, yesterday. The 20-year-old Texas A&M University student clocked 46.49 seconds to capture the Championship men's 400 metres title. On Friday, he produced a 47.07 run to qualify fourth fastest for the finals.

Lendore, who anchored T&T to men's 4x400m bronze at the London Olympics, is the 2013 world leader in the indoor 400m. On January 19, he won at a meet in Texas in an indoor best 45.91 seconds to claim top spot on the performance list. He is still the only athlete on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2013 list with a sub-46 clocking.

Meanwhile, Shippensburg University's Steve Waithe secured silver in the Championship men's triple jump when he disturbed the sand at 15.38 metres.

Portland State University sprinter, Geronne Black clocked a personal best 7.30 seconds to bag bronze in the Championship women's 60m dash. In the qualifying round, Black was third fastest at 7.35, while Abilene Christian University (ACU) student Reyare Thomas finished 22nd overall with a 7.55 run.

Thomas was ninth in the Championship women's 200m finals in an indoor best 23.98 seconds. She clocked 24.33 in the preliminary round.

Jamol James secured fifth spot in the Championship men's 60m finals in 6.72 seconds, equalling his personal best. In the preliminaries, the University of Tennessee sprinter was 12th fastest at 6.81. Louisiana State University (LSU) student, Shermund Allsop (6.94) was 34th overall.

In the Championship men's 200m, James (21.97) and Allsop (22.04) were 21st and 24th, respectively. Texas A&M's Wayne Davis II was fifth in the Championship men's 60m hurdles finals in 7.86 seconds. His preliminary round clocking was 7.96.

Another Texas A&M student, Janeil Bellille finished ninth overall in the Championship women's 400m finals. She clocked 55.12 seconds--slower than her 54.48 run in the preliminaries. Bellille was 10th in the qualifying round, while University of Arkansas athlete, Sparkle McKnight was 11th fastest at 54.52.

Temple University's Kiersten LaRoche produced a 5.52m leap to secure 15th spot in the College women's long jump. University of Delaware freshman, Chelsi Campbell was 41st in the College women's 400m in 57.85 seconds. And in the College men's 400m, Coppin State University's Kareem Crawford finished 91st overall in 51.84.

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