Stubbs twins set records for their respective schools

Continuing to perform well on the collegiate scene is a pair of twins who have found their niche in different aspects of athletics.

Kenisha Stubbs excels in the hurdles and twin sister Kellee Stubbs has performed well in the throws. The Bahamian twins, 21, were both in action this past weekend, opening their outdoor seasons as seniors for their respective schools. They both set school records.

Kenisha, who competes for the Tusculum University Pioneers in Tusculum, Tennessee, won a pair of medals at the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Open at the Moretz Athletic Complex in Hickory, North Carolina. She was third in the 100 meters (m) hurdles in 15.56 seconds, and third again in the 400m hurdles in 1:07.12 – both school records.

Aniya Seward, a freshman for the University of Lynchburg, won the 100m hurdles in 14.86 seconds. Her teammate Maya Lacy, a senior, finished second in 14.90.

In the 400m hurdles, Lizzie Davis, a junior at Lynchburg, crossed the finish line first in 1:06.82. Davis’ teammate Allison Bobst, a freshman, finished second in 1:06.86.

Kenisha also ran in the women’s 4x400m relay for the Pioneers ‘A’ team and helped them to a second-place finish in 4:05.40, the fifth-best time in school history. She ran the lead-off leg for that team that included Faith Bostick, a sophomore, Destini Wilson, a junior, and Earthaiza Watkins, another junior. The Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears won the gold in that event in 3:58.25.

The Pioneers set five school records at the meet, and Kenisha had two of them. The Pioneers will return to action at the two-day Montreat Invitational at Pulliam Stadium in Black Mountain, North Carolina, on Friday and Saturday. The Pioneers compete out of the South Atlantic Conference in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletics.

Twin sister Kellee continues to make history for her school in a different sphere. She was the first female athlete in school history to compete in the weight throw event, as a junior, and now as a senior, she is the first female athlete in school history to compete in the hammer throw. Kellee competes for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) Drovers women’s track and field team in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Kellee finished eighth in the hammer throw at the Richard Martin Invitational at the Bill Stephens Complex in Conway, Arkansas, with a distance of 37.24m (122’ 2”), beating her previous best by more than 10 feet. The winning throw was a massive heave of 51.19m (167’ 11”) turned in by Mia Dunning, a freshman for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans in Little Rock, Arkansas. The meet was hosted by the University of Central Arkansas.

The USAO Drovers compete out of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). They will return to action at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational at the Eddie Hurt Jr. Memorial Track Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma, this coming Friday and Saturday.

Kenisha and Kellee Stubbs, both graduates of St. John’s College, are also excelling in academics. They both major in Business Administration. Kellee is a 4.0 student, and Kenisha has a 3.5 grade point average (GPA).

“They have been doing pretty good and I’m very proud of them,” said father Kemuel. “Kenisha was an All-American and she is showing improvement and Kellee is coming into her own as a thrower. Also, they are both excelling in the classroom. I’m very proud of them and what they are doing.” 

Locally, the twin sisters are coached by Fritz Grant, the head coach of the Ambassadors Track and Field Club.