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Roberts wins Heptathlon at Panamerican Combined Events Championships

Jason Pompey, Coppin State Sports Information Director | 6/21/2016, 11 a.m.
Coppin State women's track and field student-athlete Khemani Roberts competed last weekend for her native country of Trinidad & Tobago ...
Coppin State women's track and field student-athlete Khemani Roberts competed last weekend for her native country of Trinidad & Tobago at the Panamerican Combined Events Cup/Canadian Combined Events Championships on June 17-19 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility (Courtesy photo/Coppin State University)

Coppin State women's track and field student-athlete Khemani Roberts competed last weekend for her native country of Trinidad & Tobago at the Panamerican Combined Events Cup/Canadian Combined Events Championships on June 17-19 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

The freshman multi-athlete set a pair of personal best records while placing first overall in the women's heptathlon. Roberts finished with 4,841 total points breaking her national junior record in the heptathlon including strong outings in both the shot put and 200 meter dash events.

Roberts, a biology major at Coppin State, measured in with a personal best throw in the shot put competition at 11.34 meters and ran a personal top-time of 24.95 in the 200 meter dash. "I was thrilled about finally achieving a personal record," Roberts stated. "As a part of the Trinidadian squad, we all came out last weekend focused and ready to conquer our goals. We came out and got some good results as a whole."

"When I return to Coppin State, I see myself going over 5,000 points in the heptathlon. I have the ability to push and go further in track and field. I also know that I need to work harder and the CSU track and field coaching staff will push me to the next level. Next season I plan to break records at Coppin in the heptathlon."

At the conclusion of her freshman season Roberts earned women's outdoor All-MEAC second team honors in the high jump event after finishing as the runner-up behind teammate Deandra Daniel. She was also an indoor All-MEAC second team performer in the pentathlon.

Next, Roberts will compete at the Trinidad Senior Nationals for an opportunity to represent her country in the 2016 Rio Olympics.