May 29, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Mervin Swaby and Seth Billy wrapped uptheir 2002 outdoor track and field seasons, on Wednesday at the NCAAOutdoor Track and Field Championships, in Baton Rouge, La.
Billy, who competed in the 400-meter hurdles, ran a time of 51.11. Hisfinish didn't place him among the qualifiers to move on to the finals onFriday. Bennie Brazell of LSU had the top time of the day running a49.57.
A junior from Christ City, Barbados, he entered the event seeded 16thwith a time of 50.07. It was a personal best and a new school recordthat he set earlier this month at the MWC Championships.
"Seth was disappointed that he didn't make the finals," said head trackand field coach Don Yentes. "But overall, we were pleased with how heran and felt he had a very good year."
Swaby, from Kingston, Jaimaca, finished the championships with a markof 24' 4 1/4" in the long jump. He entered the event ranked 19th with aqualifying mark of 25' 4 3/4", which was a personal best and new schoolrecord set earlier this month. Walter Davis of Louisiana State won theevent with a jump of 26' 6 1/4".
"Mervin struggled a bit and was disappointed he didn't make thefinals," said Yentes. "It was definitely within his reach, he just cameup a little short."
"Overall, I'm very pleased and the two young men had a good year,"added Yentes. "It's good when you can be finish in the Top 15 in thenation in your event. We're excited to have them both back next year andhopefully we can do better the next time around."