Promising Caribbean American student athlete dies at 22 in U.S.

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Jamaican track athlete Daeshon Gordon, a 22-year-old university student in the United States, died last month. Gordon, an undergraduate at Northwestern State (NSU) whose parents Miranda and Deron Gordon live in Pompano Beach, Florida, died Oct. 21.

Up to press time the exact cause her death was still unknown. Gordon formerly attended Louisiana State University, where she twice earned All-America honors as a hurdler. She competed for Northwestern State the last two seasons, where she won Southland Conference hurdles titles four times and ran on the  school’s winning 4x100 meters conference relay team.

In June, Gordon, an education major, was named honorable mention All-America for her performances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

‘FIERCE’

“Our hearts go out to Daeshon’s family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time,” Greg Burke, NSU’s director of athletics, was quoted as saying on the school’s website. “There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time. “Daeshon was a fierce competitor and a great teammate.” Gordon won a bronze medal in the 100 meters hurdles for Jamaica at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Games.

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