Nugent makes impressive collegiate debut

January 19, 2021
Ackera Nugent
Ackera Nugent

A number of Jamaican athletes had success over the past weekend at indoor track and field meets in the United States, as Ackera Nugent, Chanice Porter, Kemar Mowatt and Delano Dunkley came out on top in their respective events.

The former Excelsior High School sprint hurdler Nugent was the best of the lot as a freshman competing for Baylor University. She was an impressive winner in the women's 60m hurdles at the Texas Technical Corkey Classics. Nugent, who in 2019 set the under-18 world record in the 100 metres hurdles at the Youngster Goldsmith Meet, where she clocked 12.89 seconds, won her event in 8.22 seconds. She turned back former Edwin Allen High School standout Gabrielle McDonald, who finished third in 8.52 seconds, competing for Texas Technical University.

Porter, who represented Jamaica at the 2019 Athletics World Athletics Championships, captured her pet event, the long jump, at the Clemson Invitational Meet. Competing unattached, she leaped to 6.51 metres, while Jasmine Moore of the University of Georgia finished second with 6.28 metres, with her teammate Titiona Marsh taking third in 6.15 metres.

Mowatt, the 2019 400m hurdle national champion, clocked 33.54 to capture the men's 300m, while Dunkley, formerly of Jamaica College and now representing the University of Georgia, won the men's 200m in 21.76 seconds. Roje Stona, formerly of St Jago High School had a third-place finish in the men's shot put with a heave of 16.88 metres.

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