Aggies Compete On The International Stage

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International competition for Texas A&M’s Clora Williams resulted in a double silver-medal effort in the 400 meters and 1,600-meter relay during the NACAC Championships held in San Salvador, El Salvador this weekend. The North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Championships is an event held for under-23-year-old athletes.

Williams, the 2006 NCAA 400 Champion, ran a time of 53.27 seconds to finish second to the 52.68 run by Debbie Dunn of the United States. Iowa’s Kineke Alexander, running for St. Vincent, placed third in 53.52.

During the semifinals Williams recorded a time of 52.69 to win her heat over the 53.02 produced by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Nathandra John. The other semi was won in 52.23 by Dunn, who was followed by Alexander’s 52.56.

At the close of the meet on Sunday, Williams anchored the Jamaican 4 x 400 relay to a silver medal behind the United States. Jamaica ran 3:30.16 with the foursome of Ronetta Smith, Carlene Robinson, Rose Whyte and Williams. The U.S. squad recorded a winning time of 3:29.16 with the quartet of Latosha Wallace, Shareese Woods, Latonia Wilson and Debbie Dunn.

Amid inclement weather at the Canadian Championships, held in Windsor this weekend, Aggie sprinter Richard Adu-Bobie raced to fourth place in both the 100 and 200-meter finals.

Adu-Bobie will next represent Canada at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with his first competition slated for July 23.

A time of 10.39 left Adu-Bobie just 0.01 of a second off a bronze-medal position in the 100-meter final and only 0.04 outside of the winning time. Nicolas Macrozonaris won the Canadian 100 title in 10.35 while Anson Henry claimed silver with a 10.37. Just edging out Adu-Bobie for third was Neville Wright, who ran 10.38.

During the 100 semifinal Adu-Bobie won his heat with a wind-aided 10.42 over Wright’s 10.43. In the opening round Adu-Bobie ran 10.56 into a -0.7 headwind for second place to Henry’s 10.49.

Running into a headwind of -0.9, Adu-Bobie produced a career best of 20.93 seconds in the 200-meter race. Brian Barnett won the final in 20.52 seconds, followed by Gavin Smellie in 20.75 while Jared Connaughton claimed third in 20.90.

The previous best by Adu-Bobie in the 200 was a 20.95 he set back in April during the Miami Elite Invitational in Coral Gables, Florida. During the rounds of the 200 in Windsor, Adu-Bobie placed second in his first round heat with a 21.42 and was third in the semi with a 21.29.

Former student Tyrone Edgar placed fourth in the 100 meters during the Norwich Union Grand Prix held in Sheffield, England, on Sunday. Competing against an elite field on a rainy day Edgar clocked a time of 10.29 seconds.

Current world leader Tyson Gay won the race in 10.13 seconds ahead of a 10.23 by Marlon Devonish of Great Britain while Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu took third in 10.24.