Jamaica’s Leford Green, a senior at Johnson C. Smith University, captured the men’s 400m title in 46.38 at the NCAA Division II Championships at Albuquerque, New Mexico over the weekend. Green, the former Kingston College graduate, later joined fellow countrymen Winston Brown and Akino Ming, along with Jamille Callum, to take the 4x4 relays in 3:09.17. Green, who ran 48.50 in the 400m hurdles to win the 2010 Jamaican National Trials, now sets his sights on the outdoor season.
Pinder: Div 1 400m champ
Green is coached by Lennox Graham, a former Jamaican high school coach who has made his presence felt on the international circuit, having coached teams in several Championships.
In the NCAA Division I Championships held in College Station, Texas, Bahamian Demetrius Pinder of Texas A&M won the 400m in 45.33secs ahead of University of Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence 45.96. Grenada’s Kirani James of the University of Alabama, who had a world-leading 44.80 in the 400m entering the event, entangled with another runner, went crashing to the turf and was unable to finish the event. Pinder later joined Tabarie Henry (US Virgin Islands), Tran Howell and Bryan Miller to capture the men’s 4x4 in 3.04.24. Pinder, an Essex County College (NJ) graduate and the reigning Bahamian 400m champion, will now focus on the outdoor season.
Jamaica’s Andrew Riley of the University of Illinois took the men’s 60m hurdles in a personal best 7.58secs. Riley, a past student of Calabar High School in Kingston, is a four-time All-American. University of Texas’ Keiron Stewart, one of the favorite to win the event, finished in 4th place behind Riley in 7.68.
Other Caribbean winners included University of Florida’s Kim Williams who defended her title in the triple jump with a leap of 13.96m (45’-93/4”). April Sinker of Clemson University was with 13.46 (44’-2”), and Chantel Malone of British Virgin Islands and representing the University of Texas finished 3rd 13.45m (44’-1”). Williams also took 2nd place in the long jump with a leap of 6.40m (21’-0”) behind winner Tori Bowie of Southern Mississippi who jumped 6.52m (21’-43/4”).