SAU Graduate Ellis Qualifies For World Championships With Belle and Gittens

by Falcons Sports Information Department 

Raleigh, NC (June 26) – Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) graduate Burkheart Ellis, Jr. secured a spot on the Barbados Track and Field World Team by winning the men’s 200-meter title in a qualifying time at the Barbados National Championships on Sunday, June 25 in St. Michaels, Barbados. Ellis joins SAU senior Tia-Adana Belle (St. George, Barbados) and SAU graduate Ramon Gittens on Team Barbados that is heading to the IAAF World Championships in August 2017. All three competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Ellis captured the 200 crown in 20.37 seconds at Barbados National Stadium. The winning time is a Barbados championship record and is 0.01 seconds off his personal best.

Belle qualified for the World Championships in May 2017 when she blazed to a NCAA Division II record time of 55.42 seconds in winning her third consecutive women’s 400 hurdles title. She sat out the Barbados national meet as well as Gittens, who was placed on the men’s 4x100 relay team.

The IAAF World Championships will be held Aug. 4-13 in London. The venue is London Stadium.