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Bellafonte leads list of Caymanians excelling in US collegiate athletics

Caymanian Jorel Bellafonte leads the list of Caymanians who continue to excel late in the US college track and field season.

Bellafonte recently anchored Clemson University’s 4×400-metre relay team to a third-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Individually, he’s made the transition from middle distance runner to hurdler and took fifth in the men’s 400-metre hurdles event.

He’ll run the 4×400 and the 400 hurdles this week at the NCAA Division I East Regional Preliminaries meet. If he or his relay team performs well enough, they could earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.

University of Missouri sophomore Alex Pascal finished sixth in the javelin at the Southeastern Conference outdoor championships. He’s expected to miss this week’s NCAA west preliminaries due to personal reasons.

Another NCAA Division I athlete — Akron junior Ashleigh Nalty — finished ninth in the high jump at the Mid-American Conference championships.

At the NCAA Division II level, Wingate University sophomore Nathanael Patterson earned All-Southeast Region honours in the triple jump.

At the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level, Wayland Bapstist sophomore Troy Long has qualified for nationals in both the 100 and 200.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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