July 1, 2008
AUBURN - Seven former members of the Auburn track and field teams qualified for their respective Olympic teams during recent national competitions in the Caribbean. The group includes three athletes from Jamaica, two from the Bahamas and two from Trinidad and Tobago.
At the Jamaican national championships, former Tiger Kerron Stewart qualified in impressive fashion in the 100 and 200 meters. She won the 100 with a time of 10.80 and finished a close second in the 200 in 21.99. She will also likely run on the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team.
Two other former Tigers finished third in their events at the Jamaican championships while earning qualifying spots. Sanjay Ayre was third in the 400 meters in 45.24 seconds, while Vonette Dixon was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.71.
Jovanee Jarrett was second at the Jamaican championships in the long jump with a leap of 6.52 meters but has not met the Olympic "A" qualifying standard.
Meanwhile at the Bahamas national meet, former Tiger Shamar Sands set a Bahamian record of 13.44 seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles, and also placed third in the 100 in 10.28.
Leevan Sands won the triple jump with a wind-aided 17.45-meter mark, and his previous wind-legal mark of 17.25 meters meets the "A" standard, earning him a spot.
Donald Thomas, the reigning world champion in the high jump, finished a disappointing fourth at the Bahamian meet, but could still be selected to the national team.
Finally, at the Trinidad and Tobago national championships, Marc Burns won the 100 meter title in 10.01 seconds to qualify for the Olympic team. In addition, former Tiger Josanne Lucas won the 400-meter hurdles while qualifying in that event.
Four current and former Tigers are still competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Cory Martin and Jacob Dunkleberger have qualified for the finals of the men's hammer throw, while Raevan Harris has reached the finals of the women's high jump. Both finals take place on Friday. Ty Akins will compete in the men's 110-meter hurdles beginning Saturday.