Bahamian sprinter sets new school record in men’s 60m

Sprinter Deneko Brown could not have asked for a better start to his indoor season, being named track athlete of the week after recording two personal best times in the opener.

The senior attending Southwest Baptist University competed at the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Southern Invitational over the weekend. 

In the 60 meters (m) dash, Brown stopped the clock at 6.70 seconds for the win. The time is the fastest in the conference so far this season. 

It is also under the automatic qualifying standard set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Championships, and it is a new school record.

The Southwest Baptist University Bearcats compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). 

The school is ranked at number 18 on the season.

The second personal best time recorded by Brown was in the 200m, 21.88 seconds, which is the third fastest time in the division. 

It is also a provisional marker for the divisional championships, which will take place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, North Carolina, March 14-15.

The full rankings for the MIAA conference were released on Tuesday, January 14. 

The NCAA Division II rankings will be updated on Friday, January 17.

The International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) recently updated its indoor list and Bahamian Shavez Hart is listed fourth in the world in the 200m indoors, with a time of 21.03 seconds. 

Hart, who attends Texas A&M University, posted the time at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational in December. 

Hart will look to lower his personal best time on the weekend, when he competes at the Texas A&M 12-team invitational.

Sheniqua Ferguson has a season’s best time of 7.38 seconds in the 60m indoors, recorded this past weekend in the Birmingham Crossplex Arena.

A number of Bahamians are expected to open their indoor seasons this weekend, competing at meets around the United States of America.

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