Bowie State University athletes continued their solid outdoor track and field campaign at the Winston Salem State University Collegiate Invitational to open the month of April.

The Bulldogs won three events combined as junior William Bailey won the men’s Long Jump, sophomore Brelyn Finley won the women’s Shot Put and the team of Alonzo Williams, Dana Smothers, Johnathan Harper and Bailey won the men’s 400 Meter Relay.

Bailey won the men’s Long Jump with a leap of 7.29 meters while also finishing third in the 200 Meter Dash (21.59 seconds).

Finley captured the women’s Shot Put with a throw of 12.79 meters.
Williams, Bailey, Smothers and Harper teamed to win the 400 relay with a time of 41.49 seconds.

In one of the more impressive women’s performances, sophomore Vernesse Thomas-Quickley finished second in the women’s Heptathlon (a combined seven events) with 4,366 points. Thomas-Quickley won the High Jump (1.62 meters) while finishing second in four other segments of the Heptathlon.

Senior Collin Cumberbatch finished second in the men’s Shot Put with a throw of 14.53 meters while Williams finished second in the men’s 110 Hurdles (14.45 seconds).

Harper finished second to Bailey in the men’s Long Jump with a 7.02-meter performance.

The team of Wendell Felder, Bailey, Williams and Smothers finished second in the men’s 4 X 400 Meter Relay with a time of 3:13.94, just three-hundredths of a second off the winning time.

Sophomore Oluwatobi Owolabi finished third in the men’s Decathlon (10 combined events) with 4,509 points including victories in the 400 meters segment (52.22 seconds) and the 1,500-meter segment (5:03.51).

Smothers finished third in the 400 meters (48.42 seconds) and senior Demetrius Barkley finished third in the 400 hurdles (55.64 seconds).

On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Watson finished third in the long jump (5.38 meters).

BSU will get back on the track on the April 13 in an invitational hosted by Norfolk State University.

Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO