Jamaicans Omar McLeod and Remona Burchell win NCAA 60m titles

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Sporting Alert) — Arkansas freshman Omar McLeod won the men’s 60m hurdles at the NCAA Division 1 2014 Indoor Track and Field Championship here at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday.

McLeod, one of Jamaica’s young bright talents, clocked 7.58 seconds, the same time as Florida’s Eddie Lovett, to win the event after he out-leaned the UFL senior on the line.

Wayne Davis II from Texas A&M was third in 7.61.

The women’s race was equally as close, with Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State winning the title, after a photo finish separated her and Baylor senior Tiffani McReynolds, with the pair both running 7.93.

Third place went to Jasmin Stowers of LSU, although she and fourth place finisher, Kendra Harrison of Kentucky, ran 7.94.

McLeod fellow Jamaican countrywoman Remona Burchell of Alabama surprised the field to win the women’s 60m title in a new personal best of 7.11secs, the fastest time by a collegiate female sprinter this season.

She got the better of favourites Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky, who ran 7.12 for second and Oregon’s Jasmine Todd, who was third in 7.16.

The men’s event went to Dentarius Locke of Florida State in 6.52.

The senior finished ahead of Arizona State’s Ryan Milus (6.57) and Alabama’s Diondre Batson (6.58).

In other results, UTEP’s Anthony Rotich ran a 27.95 last lap on his way to winning the men’s mile in 4:02.54, and in the process handed Arizona’s Lawi Lalang a second defeat in back-to-back finals at these championships.

Lalang, who was hoping to win an historic 1600, 3000m and 5000m triple indoor crown, was second in 4:02.81. The Arizona senior was also beaten in the 5,000m on Friday night.

Mac Fleet of Oregon took third in the mile with 4:02.96.

Men 60 Meter Hurdles
Name Year School Finals Points
1 Omar McLeod FR Arkansas 7.58 10 7.576
2 Eddie Lovett SR Florida 7.58 8 7.578
3 Wayne Davis II SR Texas A&M 7.61 6
4 Johnathan Cabral JR Oregon 7.65 5
5 Aleec Harris SR USC 7.67 4
6 Milan Ristic SR California 7.68 3
7 Donovan Robertson FR Ohio State 7.69 2
8 Greggmar Swift SR Indiana State 7.85 1

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