GLASGOW, Scotland – Track and field action begins this weekend at the 20th Commonwealth Games inside Hampden Park with seven Aggies representing five countries as events will be held from Sunday, July 27 to Saturday, August 2.
The line-up of Texas A&M track and field athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games includes Fabrice Lapierre, long jump (Australia); Shavez Hart, 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay (Bahamas); Kanika Beckles, 200m, 400m (Grenada); Bralon Taplin, 400m, 4x400 relay (Grenada); Dominique Duncan, 200m, 4x100 relay (Nigeria); Janeil Bellille, 400 hurdles, 4x400 relay (Trinidad & Tobago); and Wayne Davis II, 110 hurdles (Trinidad & Tobago).
The first Aggie in competition on Sunday at the track and field venue is Hart, who set a career best of 10.11 seconds to win the Bahamas 100m national title this summer. Hart competes in the last of nine prelims heats for the opening round of the 100m from lane one. Also in the ninth heat are Keston Bledman of Trinidad (10.00) and Brijesh Lawrence of St. Kitts (10.16).
Beckles, who has recorded a 53.65 this season and sports a career best of 51.72, will run from lane two in the fourth heat of six for the 400m prelims. Competitors in the same heat with Beckles include Stephane-Ann McPherson of Jamaica (50.54), Omolara Omotosho of Nigeria (51.82), and Trinidad’s Domonique Williams (52.95).
Taplin, who set a 400m career best of 45.18 this season, will have a first round race in the 400m on Monday. Tuesday’s action includes qualifying in the long jump for Lapierre along with opening round heats for Davis in the 110 hurdles and Bellille in the 400 hurdles.
Davis improved his A&M school record in the 110 hurdles to 13.20 during his senior campaign while Bellille improved her 400 hurdles career best to 55.41 and also set a PR of 51.83 in the 400 meters in her senior season with the Aggies.
The men’s 200 prelims have Hart in action on Wednesday while the women’s 200 prelims will include Duncan and Beckles. Relay prelims will be held next Friday with finals contested on Saturday. Bellille and Taplin are scheduled to be in their respective 4x400 relay teams while Duncan and Hart are scheduled for the 4x100 relays.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCHEDULE
Glasgow, Scotland – Hampden Stadium
TIME LOCAL EVENT ROUND ATHLETE
SUNDAY, July 27
2:37 pm 8:37 am M 100 Heats Shavez Hart, Bahamas
4:55 pm 10:55 am W 400 Heats Kanika Beckles, Grenada
MONDAY, July 28
11:25 am 5:25 am M 400 Heats Bralon Taplin, Grenada
7:35 pm 1:35 pm M 100 Semifinal (Shavez Hart)
8:15 pm 2:15 pm W 400 Semifinal (Kanika Beckles)
9:50 pm 3:50 pm M 100 FINAL (Shavez Hart)
TUESDAY, July 29
10:05 am 4:05 am M Long Jump Qualifying Fabrice Lapierre, Australia
10:55 am 4:55 am M 110H Heats Wayne Davis II, Trinidad & Tobago
12:50 pm 6:50 am W 400H Heats Janeil Bellille, Trinidad & Tobago
8:05 pm 2:05 pm M 400 Semifinal (Bralon Taplin)
8:30 pm 2:30 pm W 400 FINAL (Kanika Beckles)
WEDNESDAY, July 30
10:02 am 4:02 am M 200 Heats Shavez Hart, Bahamas
6:37 pm 12:37 pm W 200 Heats Dominique Duncan, Nigeria
Kanika Beckles, Grenada
6:45 pm 12:35 pm M Long Jump FINAL (Fabrice Lapierre)
8:30 pm 2:30 pm M 400 FINAL (Bralon Taplin)
9:40 pm 3:40 pm W 400H Semifinal (Janeil Bellille)
THURSDAY, July 31
6:07 pm 12:07 pm W 200 Semifinal (Dominique Duncan, Kanika Beckles)
6:25 pm 12:25 pm M 200 Semifinal (Shavez Hart)
8:25 pm 2:25 pm W 400H FINAL (Janeil Bellille)
8:45 pm 2:45 pm W 200 FINAL (Duncan, Beckles)
9:10 pm 3:10 pm M 200 FINAL (Hart)
FRIDAY, August 1
6:35 pm 12:35 pm W 4x400 Heats Janeil Bellille, Trinidad & Tobago
7:10 pm 1:10 pm M 4x400 Heats Bralon Taplin, Grenada
9:10 pm 3:10 pm W 4x100 Heats Dominique Duncan, Nigeria
9:35 pm 3:35 pm M 4x100 Heats Shavez Hart, Bahamas
SATURDAY, August 2
7:50 pm 1:50 pm W 4x400 FINAL (Janeil Bellille)
8:10 pm 2:10 pm M 4x400 FINAL (Bralon Taplin)
8:50 pm 2:50 pm W 4x100 FINAL (Dominique Duncan)
9:15 pm 3:15 pm M 4x100 FINAL (Shavez Hart)