First National Record broken for 2016

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First National Record broken for 2016

925651f8-d947-4c4c-9dc0-375f2eb8b30b2015 was a banner year for the 200m dash in Saint Lucia. Four of the six recognised National Records at that distance were lowered, including three by collegians based in the United States.

And now, the first National Record to go in 2016 is also in the half lap.

Corneil Lionel broke the outdoor men’s 200m record in April 2015, running 20.63 at the John Jacobs Invitational in Oklahoma. Rosen Daniel ran 21.20 to reset the indoor mark in February 2015 at the New Mexico Classic.

A year later, the two competed as teammates for the Abilene Christian University Wildcats, at the Charlie Thomas Invitational. The meet was hosted Saturday by Texas A&M in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the College Station campus.

The two Saint Lucian lads combined for four top-five finishes between the 60m dash, the 200m dash, and the 400m.

Corneil was fourth in the 200, crossing in 21.19. He beat Rosen’s previous time by a hundredth of a second. The Entrepot Secondary alumnus also moved up to 40th in the world, and second-best all-time in ACU history, behind Desmond Jackson’s 21.03 in 2011.

Corneil’s performance was also second in the Southland Conference, a week ahead of conference championships.Meanwhile, Rosen won his heat for fifth overall in 21.31, fourth best in the Southland this season.

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Corneil added new personal-best in the 60, finishing fourth in 6.75 and moving up to second in the Southland rankings, edging closer to Ronald Promesse’s 4.66 NR. Rosen would add a fourth-place finish in the 400, with a season’s best time of 47.49.

The men’s team finished eighth with 41 points, despite not running a 4x400m relay. The total was the team’s best ever showing at a meet hosted by Texas A&M.

“We knew coming into this meet that we were not going to score the most wins competing against the likes of Clemson, Arkansas and Texas A&M,” said head coach Keith Barnier, “but we left here with many season and lifetime bests, and I think we feel good going into next week’s conference championships.”

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