Gale, Williamson Advance at Commonwealth Games

Manhattan, Kan. – Aspiring senior Kyle Gale (men’s 4x400m relay) and former Wildcat Kimberly Williamson (women’s high jump) each advanced to the finals of their respective events as action continued at the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England.

Gale helped Barbados advance to the men’s 4x400m relay final on Friday (August 5) with a time of 3:07.23 to take fourth place in heat two of round one and earn the final spot in qualifying to back up. On Sunday (August 7th) the relay will compete in the final.

Gale failed to repeat the feat in the men’s 400 meters as he finished fifth in the first semifinal on Friday (Aug. 5) with a time of 48.78. He secured a spot in the semifinals with a time of 46.66 and finished fourth in heat 3 of round one on Wednesday (3 August).

Williamson, representing Jamaica, advanced to the women’s high jump final by taking first place in the qualifying round on Thursday (August 4) with a height of 1.81m/5-11.25. She will now be one of 12 jumpers fighting for a medal in the final on Saturday (6 August).

Williamson, who competed for the Wildcats from 2014-16, recently made the IAAF World Championships final in the women’s high jump, finishing 11th with a height of 1.89m/6-2.25.

Another former wildcat – Wurrie Njadoe (Gambia) – made it to the semi-finals of the women’s 200 meters on Thursday (4 August) with a time of 24.12 and finished fourth in the first heat of the first round. Njadoe then finished seventh in the semifinals on Friday (August 5) with a time of 23.95. Njadoe also competed in the women’s 100m at the Games.

Earlier this week, former Wildcat Tejasvin Shankar won the bronze medal in the men’s high jump at the Commonwealth Games. Two-time NCAA champion Shankar claimed his first medal in international competition, measuring 2.22m/7-3.25 in his first attempt to win India’s first medal in track and field at the Commonwealth Games.

The Games is an international multisport event covering 72 nations that are or were part of the English Commonwealth and includes Australia, Canada, India and many countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

More information about the Commonwealth Games can be found here.

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