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A&M's Shavez Hart wins Bahamas title, earns Commonwealth Games berth

June 27, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NASSAU, Bahamas – Texas A&M junior Shavez Hart won the 100 meters at the Bahamas national championships on Friday evening with a career best time of 10.11 seconds (0.7 wind). The victory earns a berth for Hart on the Bahamas team that will compete at the Commonwealth Games, which will be contested this July in Glasgow, Scotland.

“It’s great to set a new PR, all the hard workouts are still paying off,” noted Hart. “I’ve always been close to winning the national title, but never did before tonight.”

Hart claimed the national title over Warren Fraser (10.14) and Adrian Griffith (10.18) at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. In the prelims Fraser posted the top time of 10.22 with Griffith second best at 10.28 as each won separate heats. Hart finished second to Fraser in the same heat, also with a 10.28 (1.8 wind) clocking.

The time in the final by Hart is equal to the No. 5 mark on the Aggie all-time list, matching times by Rod Richardson in 1981 and current teammate Prezel Hardy, Jr. in 2012.

In the prelims of the men’s 400 meters Demetrius Pinder, an NCAA Indoor champion with the Aggies in 2011, led the qualifiers to the final with a time of 45.64 seconds. Pinder dominated his heat as the runner-up, Wesley Neymour, ran 46.55. The other heat had Latoy Williams running 45.82 over a 45.99 for Michael Mathieu.

Hart will compete in the 200 prelims on Sunday, where he is scheduled to run in the first heat from lane 4 with Pinder in lane 1.

Beard advances to 400m final at USATF Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Placing third in her semifinal heat of the 400 meters on Friday evening earned Jessica Beard a berth into the final of the USATF Championships held at Sacramento State University.

Beard ran a time of 51.46 seconds in finishing behind Dee Dee Trotter (50.98) and Phyllis Francis (50.99). The fourth runner to advance from the second semifinal was Taylor Ellis-Watson (51.92). A faster first semifinal was claimed by Sanya Richards-Ross in 50.03 ahead of Francena McCorory (50.05), Natasha Hastings (50.68) and Briana Nelson (51.05).

Those eight sprinters will line up for the final of the women’s 400m on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (CT). Coverage of the race will be available on NBC.

Also competing on Saturday in the prelims of the 200 meters are Aggies Ashton Purvis, Jeneba Tarmoh, Curtis Mitchell and Ameer Webb. The men’s 200m prelim starts at 1:20 p.m. while the women’s 200m prelim begins at 2:20 p.m. Coverage of the prelim races will be available online at USATF.tv.

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