UB Mingoes Multi-Event Specialist Kendrick Thompson Breaks National Record at Easter Classic

UB Mingoes Multi-Event Specialist Kendrick Thompson Breaks National Record at Easter Classic

April 5, 2021

 

 

NASSAU– UB Mingoes multi-event specialist Kendrick Thompson shattered the national record in the open men’s decathlon at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAAs) Easter Classic over the weekend at The Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

Thompson amassed 7,644 points to eclipse the national record previously set by Ken Mullings Jr. (7,555 – Lima Peru 2019). The performance was also a UB record.

Mullings—a former Mingoes athlete—also broke the record but finished second just two points off Thompson’s record-setting performance with 7,642 points.

Thompson had personal best performances in four events—javelin, 1500m, 110m hurdles, and long jump—over the two-day competition.

“I felt good over the two days especially with all those PRs,” Thompson said. “I didn’t quite get to 8,000 points but it shows me that I can get there as I’m constantly improving.”

Head coach Ednald Rolle was excited by the performance as well.

“This shows we have a great multi-event programme along with an overall great programme,” he said. “It shows we have a broad range of coaches that helps to develop all of our athletes and we are excited to continue to grow this programme here at UB.”

The UB Mingoes also had strong performances overall on the track.

Romica Josey won the open women’s 200m event in 26.39 seconds and finished second in the open women’s 400m events in 1:01.74.

“I tried something new with my 400m with going stronger in the second half of the race but I wasn’t able to pick up speed fast enough at the 200m mark.  It cost me in the long run so I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

Donya Roberts picked up two second place finishes in the open men’s 200m event (22.62 seconds) and open men’s 400m event (49.96 seconds).

“The plan in the 400m was to get out fast and come home with everything I could,” he said. “The meet wasn’t as successful as I wanted especially with the weather not being ideal.”

Keianno Rolle leaped to a second place finish in the open men’s triple jump with a best jump of 14.15m (46 feet, 5 inches).

Edward Gayle finished third in the open men’s 200m event in 22.93 seconds.

Paige Stuart took seventh spot in the under-20 girls 200m in 26.31 seconds.

 

Contact: Christopher Saunders, Sports Information Officer

 

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