Jamaican sprinter Andre Ewers destroyed the field to claim top spot in the men’s 200 dash at the Orange and Purple Elite meet on Friday.

The Jamaican powered to the line to stop the clock at 20.94, well clear second place compatriot and former Calabar High School standout Jermaine Brown who was second in 21.37.  Shannon Patterson was third in 21.41.  The mark was not only an early NCCA but world lead.

The start is a good one for the sprinter who was named to the prestigious Bowerman preseason watch list.  The Bowerman is collegiate track & field’s highest honour and has been awarded annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) since 2009.

Ewers finished the year ranked No. 7 in the world with outdoor season-bests of 9.98 in the 100-metre dash and 20.28 in the 200m.

 

Haitian sprinter Bryand Rincher seemed to expect even more on debut for Florida State University (FSU), despite breaking the Haitian national 60m record at the Orange and Purple Elite meet on Friday.

Rincher, who was making his college debut, stopped the clock in a time of 6.60 seconds, which was good enough for second behind North Carolina States University’s Cravont Charleston who clocked 6.59 for first spot.  Rincher’s teammate Kasaun James was given an identical time for third spot.  The time puts the athlete’s third in the early season NCAA rankings.

The mark lowered the national record previously held by Virginia Tech’s Darrell Wesh who set the time of 6.62 in 2016 at the Virginia Tech Challenge. 

Rincher came close to breaking the record in the heats clocking 6.64 to win heat one, good enough to take over the NCAA lead.  The former Piper High athlete, was, however, far from entirely pleased with the performance.

“I had very high expectations for myself, but that didn’t really go as I planned. I had to play catch-up [in the final] because my block start was horrible" Rincher said.

 

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