Takes The Double
Sheniqua Ferguson of The Bahamas was on fire at the 2009 JUCO (Junior College) Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas the weekend of May 23. She took the sprint double, clocking 11.48 secs. and 23.54 secs. in the 100m and 200m, respectively, as well as anchored the 4x100m relay stopping the clock at 44.43 secs. Her efforts contributed 30 of the 56 points for Southwest Mississippi Community College. At last year's championships, at South Plains College, Texas, Ferguson actually ran faster; she took both events in 11.39 secs. and 23.32 secs.
The Auburn University-bound Ferguson was named the Track Athlete of the Meet and now the reigning 200m
World Junior Champion and Olympic rep.
will focus on qualifying for the World Championships in Berlin later this summer.
Taneisha Baker, Ferguson's teammate and Jamaican sprinter, finished 3
rd in the 200m in 23.93 secs.
Braithwaite Defends Title
Barton County's Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados also defended his 2008 title, winning the 110m hurdles in 13.61 secs. to cap-off an excellent outdoor season. Ryan is expected to vie for a spot on the Barbados World Championship team.
Victorious Jamaican Duo Texas A&M-bound
Essex County College scored victories by Jamaicans Natasha Ruddock and Sasha-Kay Matthias. Ruddock was able to defend her 100m hurdles title in 13.45 secs., while Matthias continued her dominance in the long jump, winning with a leap of 20'-2.5". Both Ruddock and Matthias, former St Jago High School teammates, are Texas A&M-bound in the Fall. Matthias had a superb outdoor season, winning the long jump eastern championship
(19'-9.75") at the Penn's Relay on April 23.
Riker Hylton Dips Under 46
Jamaican and former St. Jago High School athlete Riker Hylton of Essex County College placed 3
rd in the 400m (45.92 secs.).