PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A pair of Aggie sprinters, Janeil Bellille and Carlyle Roudette, advanced from the first round of the 400 meters during the first day of action at the national meet for Trinidad & Tobago held at Hasely Crawford Stadium. Finals in their respective events will be held Saturday evening.
Bellille posted the top qualifying time in the women’s 400 with a career best time of 52.63 seconds, which is equal sixth on the A&M all-time list. The time bettered Bellille’s previous outdoor PR of 53.43 set in 2007 when she was a runner-up at the Trinidad & Tobago junior nationals. Indoors, Bellille posted a best of 52.58 this season at the SEC Indoor meet.
The time by Bellille from the prelim also bettered the qualifying standard of 53.00 seconds for both the Commonwealth Games later this summer as well as the CAC Games. Bellille dominated her heat by nearly a full second (53.59) while the second best qualifying time was 53.22.
Competing in the 400 hurdles during the outdoor season with the Aggies, Bellille finished second at the SEC Championships and third at the NCAA Championships. She also ran a leg on the A&M 4x400 that placed first at the SEC meet and finished second in a school record at the NCAA meet.
Roudette recorded the second fastest prelim time in the men’s 400 as he won his heat in 46.93 seconds over a 47.90 as runner-up. The leading time from the prelim race was a 46.13 by Jarrin Solomon. With a career best of 45.66 this season, Roudette has bettered the 45.90 qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games and CAC Games.
Roudette placed sixth in the SEC 400 final this spring and reached the semifinals in the NCAA Championships. In relay action this season Roudette was a member of the Aggie 4x400 squad that set a collegiate record indoors and came close to claiming the outdoor collegiate record with a 2:59.60 NCAA victory, just missing the 2:59.59 mark set in 2005.
Also scheduled to compete on Saturday in the 110 hurdles is Wayne Davis II, who will face the national record holder in Mikel Thomas. A time of 13.19 by Thomas set the Trinidad & Tobago national record in 2013. Davis improved his Aggie school record when he clocked 13.20 during the NCAA West preliminary rounds in Fayetteville this season.