Kiara Grant sets facility record as Jamaicans shine at NCAA indoor meets

By January 17, 2021

Emerging sprinter Kiara Grant of Norfolk State University and Ackera Nugent of Baylor were among several Jamaicans who produced top NCAA performances between Friday and Saturday as the collegiate indoor circuit unfolded in earnest in the United States.

Also among those delivering outstanding performances was Trishauna Hemmings of Clemson University and Owayne Owens of the University of Virginia.

The 20-year-old junior, who boasts a personal best of 7.20s over 60m, raced to a facility record 7.35 while winning the final at the Gamecock Opener in South Carolina on Saturday.

The former Jamaica national 100m junior record holder, beat back the challenge of Melissa Jefferson of South Carolina (7.49) and Mia D’Ambrosio of North Carolina State (7.70).

Meanwhile, Nugent, who holds the 100m hurdles World U18 record, got her collegiate career off to a winning start when she took gold in the 60m hurdles in 8.22s at the Corky Classic in Texas. Her teammate Kennedy Bailey was second in 8.33 while her compatriot Gabrielle McDonald, a senior at Texas Tech was third in 8.52.

At the Clemson Invitational, Hemmings, a senior at Clemson, ran a personal best 8.18 seconds to win her heat in the 60mh. However, she did not start in the finals.

Owens, who attends the University of Virginia, set a personal best 16.35m while winning the triple jump, at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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