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In-form Dill claims another victory for St Augustine’s

Fine form: Shaquille Dill

Shaquille Dill continued his fine form at the Weems Baskin Invitational at Cregger Track in Raleigh, North Carolina, winning the 800 metres to add another impressive chapter to his collegiate career last weekend.

The Saint Augustine’s University senior claimed victory in 1min 48.62sec just two weeks after his stunning triumph in the same event at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dill was ranked eighth going into the final but upset the form guide to put another feather in his cap.

Also competing last weekend was Tiara DeRosa, the Shaw University freshman, who claimed victory in the discus at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Virginia.

DeRosa warmed up for the Carifta Games in Curaçao next month by placing first among the Division II schools and fifth overall with a throw of 42.19 at the E. Claiborne Robins Stadium. Lamont Marshall also impressed at the weekend after breaking his own national record in the 5,000 at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bermuda Day Half-marathon champion finished 28th in a field of 99 runners, crossing the line in 14:23 to slash four seconds off of his previous record he achieved at the 2011 Duke Invitational also in Raleigh.

“Lamont is pleased to get the new record but also somewhat disappointed because he didn’t make the Commonwealth Games standard of 14:20,” said Larry Marshall Sr, Marshall’s father and coach.

“The pace was really fast and the first half he was able to hang just off the lead pack but then as the race progressed he slowed down, which is expected because it was a little bit too quick for him.

“But he still managed to break his record by four seconds and whenever you break a Bermuda record it has to be viewed as a tremendous success.”

Marshall’s record-breaking exploits follow his performance at last month’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University where he shattered his own record in the 3,000.

The 32-year-old’s goal is to qualify for the World Championships in London in August in the 3,000 steeplechase. He has a personal best in the steeplechase of 8:58, with the qualifying mark at 8:32.