Akeem Bloomfield and Clayton Brown made their way to the top of the podium on Sunday at the South Eastern Conference Indoor Championships held at College Station in Texas. Bloomfield gave Auburn University the 400 metre title with a fine run, while Brown rescued the gold medal in the triple jump in the last round. Competing in the same meet, six other Jamaican athletes earned individual medals.
Bloomfield, who twice won the Class One 400 metres for Kingston College at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, continued his fine season at Auburn with a commanding win in 45.22 seconds, with 2017 World Championship finalist Nathon Allen giving Auburn third overall. That's the second fastest time by a Jamaican over the distance indoors after Bloomfield's recent rum of 45.02 seconds.
The victory fortified the tall Jamaican as one of the favourites for the NCAA Indoor Championships which take place in the same venue between March 9 and 10.
Allen set an indoor lifetime best of 46.07 seconds to triumph in another timed section of the 400m. Brown saved his best jump of the meet - 16.08 metres - for last to win.
Janeek Brown, the Wolmer's hurdler, who is now at the University of Arkansas, couldn't quite hold on to Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of the University of Kentucky in the 60 metre hurdles. Camacho-Quinn, the 2016 Puerto Rico Olympian, won in 7.98 seconds, with Brown clocking a personal best time of 8.04. Fray completed a one-two for host Texas A&M University in the 800 metres. The winner was World Under-18 champion Sammy Watson, with Fray next in 2:05.42.
The other Jamaican medal winners were Bloomfield's Auburn colleagues Raheem Chambers and Jonelle Smith, and Damion Thomas, the Louisiana State University hurdler. Chambers and Smith finished third in their respective 60 metre finals with times of 6.63 and 7.18 seconds. Natalliah Whyte, another of the Jamaicans at Auburn, was just behind Smith at 7.19 seconds.