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Ackera Nugent, Kemba Nelson score impressive sprint indoor victories

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World U20 sprint hurdles champion Ackera Nugent.


World U20 sprint hurdles champion Ackera Nugent picked up a pair of gold medals at the Corky Classic at Texas Tech University over the weekend.

Nugent, a sophomore at Baylor University won the 60m dash in 7.27 seconds as her school swept all three podium spots. Sydney Washington won the silver medal in 7.33s and Caira Pettway took the bronze in 7.38s.

The three ladies had the fastest times going into the finals with Nugent clocking 7.30s, Pettway with 7.37s and Washington 7.42s.

Running the third leg, Nugent picked up a second gold medal as a member of Baylor’s mile-relay team that won in in 3:39.49 ahead of Texas Technique 3:39.83 and Arizona 3:43.42.

Kavia Francis, formerly of Holmwood Technical High, ran the leadoff leg for Baylor.

At the Cougar Classic on Saturday, Kemba Nelson, the 2021 NCAA Division 1 60m champion ran an NCAA-leading 7.19s to win the 60m dash ahead of Jadyn Mays (7.27s) and Jasmine Montgomery who ran a personal best of 7.35s.

Nelson ran 7.25s in the semis, the fastest time going into the finals.

Meanwhile, at the Clemson Invitational, Olympic bronze medalist Stacey-Ann Williams of the University of Texas ran a time of 36.95s to finish third in the 300m won by Talitha Diggs of Florida in 36.37s. Rhasidat Adeleke of Texas was second in 36.87s.

In the field, Roje Stona, formerly of St Jago but now at Clemson, finished second in the men’s shot put with a mark of 18.95m.

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