WINNING WAYS: Deon Lendore

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Lendore wins in Louisiana

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore continued his winning ways with gold at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Alumni Gold meet, in Louisiana, USA, last Saturday. The Texas A&M University student topped the men’s 400 metres field in 45.47 seconds. Another T&T/Texas A&M athlete, Carlyle Roudette clocked 46.34 to finish third.

Lendore is at the top of the 2014 world outdoor performance list at 44.90 seconds. There was victory too at the Alumni Gold meet for Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II. The T&T athlete won the men’s 110m hurdles in a wind-assisted 13.46 seconds.

Richard “Torpedo” Thompson ran his 2014 100m outdoor opener at the meet, getting home in 10.16 seconds to finish second, behind Zimbabwe’s Gabriel Mvumvure (10.07) and ahead of Bahamian Adrian Griffith (10.24). In the men’s 100m “B” race, T&T/LSU sprinter Shermund Allsop emerged victorious in 10.30.

Robert Collingwood threw 18.04 metres—a new personal best—to finish third in the men’s shot put. His twin brother and University of Southern Mississippi teammate, Richard Collingwood was sixth in the discus with a 50.91m effort.

Kyron Blaise jumped a wind-aided 7.72m to secure fourth spot in the men’s long jump. He also had a legal leap of 7.02m. Texas A&M’s Janeil Bellille was fourth in the women’s 400m hurdles in 57.58 seconds.And Thompson finished sixth in the men’s 200m in a windy 20.63.

At the Mt SAC Relays, in California, Ayanna Alexander topped the women’s invitational triple jump field with a big 13.86m effort. Josanne Lucas won the Olympic Development women’s 400m hurdles in 57.84 seconds. Deborah John clocked 13.54 for second spot in the women’s 100m hurdles.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student, Durell Busby was fifth in the men’s invitational 110m hurdles “B” race in a windy 13.99. And in the women’s long jump, University of Iowa’s Carisa Leacock finished ninth with a 5.93m leap.

At the Beach Invitational, in California, John won the women’s 100m hurdles “B” race in 13.50 seconds. At the Bryan Clay Invitational, also in California, Busby clocked 14.27 for fifth spot in the men’s 110m hurdles, while in Oklahoma, Reyare Thomas grabbed John Jacobs Invitational women’s 100m gold in 11.36 seconds.

At the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Invitational, Jereem Richards won the men’s 200m in a wind-assisted 20.99 seconds. His South Plains College teammate, Elton Walcott triumphed in the men’s triple jump with a wind-aided 15.81m effort. Another T&T/South Plains athlete, Domonique Williams finished second in the women’s 200m in 24.23.

In Florida, Mikel Thomas clocked 13.54 seconds to bag bronze in the Tom Jones Memorial men’s invitational 110m hurdles. Rondel Sorrillo finished third in the men’s 100m dash in 10.27 seconds.

Lalonde Gordon was second in the men’s 100m “D” race in 10.61. Gordon also competed in the men’s 200m event, finishing third in 21.01. And in the women’s 400m, University of Minnesota’s Alena Brooks got home in 54.21 seconds to finish fifth.

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