Track & Field Duo Qualifies for Commonwealth Finals
BATON ROUGE – Sophomore All-American 400-meter hurdler Chanice Chase and LSU’s former SEC and NCAA long jump champion Damar Forbes each earned their place in championship finals during Tuesday’s action at the 20th Commonwealth Games as they will now look to earn their place on the medal podium in the event being held this week in Glasgow, Scotland.
Forbes, a Jamaican international as a 2012 Olympian and former World Championships finalist, wasted no time in securing his spot in the men’s long jump final as he opened the second flight of qualifying with a mark of 25 feet, 11 inches to take third place in the flight and fifth place overall in the preliminary round of the event.
Forbes, who owns a lifetime personal best of 27-0 ¾ in the event, will look to earn his first career international medal for Jamaica in Wednesday’s long jump final that is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m. CT.
The 2013 SEC Outdoor and NCAA Outdoor long jump champion has now secured a spot in an international final for the second time in his prolific career after earning an eighth-place finish overall at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Moscow, Russia, a year ago. Forbes made his international debut at the World Championships in 2011 before also competing at the Olympic Games in 2012.
A Canadian international, Chase will continue her outstanding sophomore season into the Commonwealth Games final in the women’s 400-meter hurdles as she earned an automatic qualifying spot into the finals with her runner-up finish to Scotland’s Eilidh Child (55.56) in the first of three qualifying heats. Fellow Lady Tiger All-American and graduating senior Nikita Tracey followed Chase across the finish line in third place in the heat with her qualifying run of 57.63 that just missed earning her a spot in the final.
Chase’s run of 57.23 in the first heat stood as the eighth-fastest performance among the 22 competitors lining up in the qualifying round as she will next line up in lane No. 8 in the championship final that will be held at 2:25 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon. Tracey finished in 10th place overall with her preliminary time of 57.63 while competing for Jamaica.
It continues a breakout sophomore season in which Chase earned her first career All-American honor in the 400 hurdles with a fifth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Along with Child, Chase will next line up alongside the likes of Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer (55.45), Australia’s Lauren Wales (55.79), Jamaica’s Janieve Russell (56.18), South Africa’s Wenda Theron (56.38), Canada’s Noelle Montcalm (56.72) and Nigeria’s Amaka Ogoegbunam (56.85) in the Commonwealth Games final of the 400-meter hurdles.