Rondel Sorillo sprinted to impressive victory in the men’s 200m at the Ponce Grand Prix at the Franciso Montaner Stadium in Ponce, Puerto Rico on Saturday night. The two-time national champion got to the line in 20.46 seconds to finish ahead of an outstanding field. Sorillo defeated the 2009 World championships silver medallist Alonso Edwards of Panama (20.60) and compatriot Keston Bledman (20.91). The La Brea resident improved his 2011 best time from 20.57. Jamaica’a World championship medallist Marvin Anderson, Antigua and Barbuda’s Pan American Games champion Brendan Christian and Zimbabwe’s Olympic finalist Brian Dzingai all were left in Sorillo’s shadow.
Bledman’s bronze was his second for the evening after he was third in the men’s 100m in a season’s best time of 10.09. The 2005 World Youth bronze medallist edged Sorillo into fourth (10.18). Taking the gold was Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade who crossed the line in 10.05 seconds just ahead of 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin (USA) 10.06. Jehue Gordon and Renny Quow were listed to compete but Gordon did not run in the men’s 400m hurdles neither did Quow in the men’s 400m flat. Afiya Walker copped gold in the women’s 400m at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Colorado, US Walker (Wyoming) was first to the line in 53.65 to add the outdoor title to the indoor crown she captured earlier in the year and improved on her second place in 2010.
Walker also anchored Wyoming’s 4x400m team to silver in 3:39:69. She missed out on a third medal as her school’s 4x100m squad was fourth (46.32). At the Missouri Valley Championships Scarla Nero (Wichita State) was fifth in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 10:56:97. At the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Tennessee, Darnel Greig (North Texas) booked a lane in the men’s 400m finals when he clocked the third fastest time of 48.08 in the heats on Saturday. The finals were contested late yesterday. T’Keyah Dumoh (Florida International) and Kendal Bacchus (Middle Tennessee) also advanced to the finals. Dumoy was seventh quickest in the women’s 100m and 200m heats with 11.94 and 24.51 while Bacchus was fifth in the men’s 100m prelims in 10.63 and eighth in the 200m in 21.78. In action at the South Eastern Conference Championships in Georgia, Kentucky’s Kyron Joseph was 17th in the men’s 100m heats in 10.66.