Harrigan runs 11.37 to equal 100
meter National Record
another banner weekend for BVI track and field athletes as no less then three
levels of national records were either broken or equaled. The territory’s top
female sprinter Tahesia Harrigan, equaled her BVI 100 meter national record by
winning her semi-final heat at the South Eastern Conference Championships in
Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, then placed fourth overall on Sunday, as she
scored in three events—100, 200 meters and Long Jump.
the third heat, Harrigan, an Alabama Crimson Tide Jr., was timed in 11.37
seconds, equaling the mark she established at the Big 10 Conference
Championships in Madison, Wis., on May 19, 2002. She had an 11.44 seconds time
in Sunday’s final.
“I more or
less give the race up,” Harrigan said. “My start was brilliant and I was ahead
of the pack. After 60 meters where I should have just kept my form, relax and
let it go, I more or less pressed and that caused me the victory,” she
100 meter final, Harrigan was eight in the Long Jump with a wind aided leap of
6.06 meters (19’10¾”)—the same distance she had at the April 16 Mt. Sac Relays
in California. Harrigan who ran a 200 meter season’s best of 23.60, the second
fastest time in her career on Friday—the seventh best time overall going in and
finished seventh in the finals after running 24.09. “The 200 meters was a lost
case, because my mind was already shot from the 100,” she pointed out.
said she was depressed with what happened, but, will use her performance as a
motivator for the NCAA Regional, where she’s eyeing an NCAA Championships berth.
“At regional, I’m looking for 11.20 or low 11.30s or top three at least, but
hopefully going home with the victory,” she pointed out. “I’m not thinking about
the 200 meters though. I don’t think that is one of my strongest events.”
will also contest the Long Jump at regional and is encouraged by her weekend
performance, where she said on one of her jumps she fouled by what she described
as ‘the size of a needle.’
“My jump was
a little over 21’, so with that, I think I will be successful,” she noted. “I’ll
just run the 100 and long jump, if I get my wish.” Harrigan competes in the Mid
East Region in Bloomington, Indiana on May 27-28. In the region, she is
currently ranked third in the 100 meters; 10th in the 200 and 21st in the Long
At the Big
West Conference Championships in Irvine, Calif. Kevin Fahie advanced to the
finals of the 200 and 400 meters on Friday, after third and second place
finishes in his heat respectively. The Cal State Northridge Jr. posted times of
21.66 and 48.21 seconds. He was fourth in Saturday’s 200 meter final in 21.67,
but had a disappointing 49.00 fifth place time in the 400 meters. “I was really
tired,” Fahie said. “My legs were not having it but, I recovered for the team in
the 200 that clinched the championship for us.”
of New Orleans Jr. Ludence Smith failed to advance to the 800 meter finals of
the Sun Belt Conference, after recording a time of 1 minute, 58.02 seconds, for
fifth in his heat and 15th overall.
weekend Austin Sealy Classic in Barbados, a BVI national Youth Long Jump record
and a Jr. Women’s and Youth 4 x 400 meter relay records were broken.
Sanya Penn walked off with the meet’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete award. She
placed second while breaking Tahesia Harrigan’s eight year old Youth Long Jump
mark of 5.62 meters (18’5¼”) for athletes under 18 years, when she cut the sand
at 5.85 meters (19’2¼”). The jump was a personal best effort and eclipsed the
5.46 (17’11”) established two weeks ago. Penn was also second in the 200 meters
in 12.36 seconds after running a career best 12.35 in the semis then added
another personal best 25.15 in the 200 meters, to surpass last week’s 25.44 mark
in Puerto Rico. She qualified for the July, World Youth Championships in Canada,
in all three events.
of Samantha John, Britney Wattley, Chantel Malone and Bianca Dougan, shattered
the national Jr. 4 x 400 meter record of 4 minutes 5 seconds, set at last year’s
St. Croix’s Crippiani Sprint Classic, by piercing the four minute barrier for
the first time with a winning time of 3:59.41.
Samuels said besides the records, several athletes had season and personal best
performances. “The kids really performed to their optimal level,” Samuels noted.
“They need competition week in week out in order to be able to bring out the
best in our athletes.”
Games bronze medalist Chantel Malone won the Under 15 division Long Jump and 400
meters before placing second to teammate Britney Wattley in the 200 meters.
group all in all did very well,” Samuels said.
performances. 100 Meters, Under 17 Girls. 5. Shamora Penn. Boys: 1. Michael
Butler, 11.51. Open: 2. Sanya Penn, 12.36. 3. Steina Fleming, 12.45. 4. Jackhel
King, 12.86. Male: Ralston Henry, 11.31. Dwight Brookes, 11.54. Keone Maduro,
U-17 Girls: 1. Chantel Malone, 59.3. 2. Bianca Dougan, 59.8. 6. Samantha John,
67.6. (Heats) Britney Wattley, 61.84. Kanishque Todman, 62.31. Open, Male: Shaun
Williams, 51.50. Mitch Christopher, 52.44.
U-15. 1. Britney Wattley, 25.94. 2. Chantel Malone, 26.54. 8. Keita Maduro,
28.36. 11. Threcia Phillips, 28.85. U-17 Boys; 2. Michael Butler, 23.46. Open
Girls: 1. Sanya Penn, 25.15. 4. Jackhel King, 26.11. 5. Steina Flemming, 26.17.
12. Mitch Christopher, 23.44. Keone Maduro, 23.51.
Open: 2. Bianca Dougan, 2 minutes 25.9. 4. Samantha John, 2:27.8. Male: Linden
U-15: 1. Chantel Malone, 5.16 meters (16’11”). 3. Kanishque Todman, 4.55
(14’11”). Open Male: 2. Ralston Henry, 7.08 (23’2¾”). 3. Michael Butler, 6.23
Throw; Open: 1. Omar Jones 49.98 meters, (164’0”). 2. Cliff Williams, 41.89
(137’5”). 3. Kyle Francis, 22.98 (75’4”).
Open: 2. Cliff Williams, 11.93 meters (39’1½”). 3. Kyle Francis, 11.58 (38’0”).
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