T&F: USCB duo excels in final tuneup before TSC Championships

In their final tuneup meet before the Sun Conference Championships, Shamar Deacon and Mel Obadiah Jr. picked up top-3 finishes to lead USCB’s indoor track and field contingent Sunday at the KMS Open in Birmingham, Alabama. 

It’s the time of the season when you want to be at your very best, and Deacon was in absolute top form. The Jamaican started the day with a bang, smoking his competition and capturing gold in the men’s  600m with a sizzling time of 1:21.58, a new personal record by nearly a second. Deacon followed up the victory with another strong showing in the 400m, placing sixth in 49.24 and coming within a second of the winning time. 

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Obadiah took home the Sand Sharks’ second medal, earning bronze in the men’s 800m. The Wichita State transfer crossed the line at an even 1:55.00, crushing his previous record by over four seconds. Kadari Mitchell also scored a top-10 finish, placing sixth in the men’s 200m at 22.08, just two hundredths away from cracking the top five.

The Sand Sharks finished the day with a sixth-place finish in the men’s 4x400m relay, posting a mark of 3:26.89.  Maisonne Jones led USCB in the field events, converting a jump of 1.50m in the women’s high jump to finish in a tie for 13th.

The Sand Sharks will make their way to Thomasville, Ga., on Saturday for the inaugural Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Written by Wes Kerr

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