Harrigan victorious at Drake
Relays; Youth team 3rd in Leewards
weekend in BVI track and field this season, saw sprinter Tahesia Harrigan
winning the Drake Relays 100 meter title in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday; the
Leeward Islands Youth team placing third in Anguilla; personal and seasons best
performances in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. collegiate scene in California and
Texas, as well as the start of the Dasani Community Spring Series. In all, more
than 50 participants were in action.
University of Alabama Jr., became the second BVI athlete and first woman to win
an individual title at Drake in the last 25 years—behind Dean Greenaway who won
the 400 meters in 1980— when she ran 11.43 seconds to grab the 100 meter crown.
“I had a great
start,” Harrigan said. “I felt really comfortable coming out of the blocks, and
I really focused on my execution, like my leg turnover and everything. I ran
really well today, I’ve been improving each week, and today I was very close to
my PR. I love it here at the relays, it is a great atmosphere and I look forward
to coming back next year.”
up another Drake Relays title, when she teamed with Majik Reed, Beau Walker and
Kou Lougon to anchor the victorious 4 x 100 meter relay that ran 44.17 seconds,
after winning their heat in 44.90. Harrigan led off the Crimson Tide’s 4 x 400
meter that went on to a third place heat finish, in 3 minutes, 44.51 seconds.
at the Steve Scott Invitational in Riverside, sprinter Keita Cline won the 100
meters Cline with the day’s fastest time and seasonal best of 10.50 seconds. He
had another season’s best in 21.19 seconds the 200 meters. Further up the road
in San Luis Obispo, Cal State Northridge Jr., Kevin Fahie was third in the Cal
Poly 5 way meet 200 meters, covering the half lap in a wind aided 21.45 seconds.
He contributed a leg to the team’s 4 x 400 meter relay third place 3 minutes
18.91 seconds finish.
At the Rice
Invitational in Houston, Texas, University of Texas-Pan American sprinter
Adriana Herbert had a career best 12.29 seconds in the 100 meters to place
fourth overall. Teammate Deon Marquis was seventh in 12.39. Herbert recorded a
time of 25.58 for fourth in her 200 meter heat and finished eight overall.
was 12th in the Florida State High School Class 2 A championships in the 400
meters, with a time of 51.19 seconds.
At the Sr.
National Circuit in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Sanya Penn had career best performances
in three events. She won the 100 meters in 12.30, was second in the 200 in
25.44, then in the Long Jump leaped 5.46 meters (17’11”). Steina Fleming was
fourth in the 100 meters in 12.58, just ahead of Leniece Lewis’ personal best
12.64 in fifth. Fleming was fifth in the 200 meters in 26.55, while Lewis won
her 400 meters heat in 1:00.84, to place fourth overall.
On the men’s
side, Aliston Potter had a fourth place finish in the 100 meters, which he ran
in 11.00 seconds, and was sixth in the 200 in 22.06. Shaun Williams ran his 200
meters in 23.75, after recording a season’s best 52.57 in the 400 meters with a
fifth place finish. Linden Peters followed in 55.38, following his 2 minutes
11.27 seconds run in the 800 meters.
had a fourth round Long Jump measuring 7.22 meters (23’8¼”) to win the event.
At the Webster
Park in Anguilla, a strong second day showing on Sunday—with seven firsts, three
seconds and five thirds—vaulted the BVI from fifth position and into third
place, in the weekend Leeward Islands Youth Athletics Championships.
BVI bagged 10 gold, three silver and 16 bronze medals, to finish behind winner
St. Kitts, who amassed 451 points, followed by Nevis with 259. The BVI tallied
236. Host Anguilla had 208. Antigua finished with 158, St. Martin 29 and the
USVI, 9. At the end of Saturday’s competition, the BVI had 3 gold, no silver and
11 bronze medals.
to the meet, Coach Angelita Bernard did not expect the BVI to be among the top
three. “I’m glad I’m able to eat my words, it’s a very good feeling,” Bernard
said, noting that there were some unexpected performances. “Some people rose
above what we expected which is very good, because that is what training is all
about,” she added. “At the right time you peak and perform as you should.”
After day one,
the BVI had 97 points in what Bernard described as a ‘disappointing fifth
place.’ When they returned to the hotel, the coaches had a discussion with the
athletes and she said they got excited and didn’t want to go home in fifth
place, behind teams the BVI has beaten in the past.
Stepping up on
Sunday, Kayvon Solomon won the Under 11 boys Long Jump and High Jump. Carifta
Games bronze medalist Chantel Malone was victorious in the U-15 Long and High
Jumps along with the 400 meters. The Under 15 girls 4 x 100 meter relay team of
Britney Wattley, Malone, Ashley Kelly and Shanice Hazel, had a three seconds
victory with a time of 51.06 seconds. Tashara King won the Under 11 Girls High
Jump, and Darnesha Robinson, the U-13 girls Cricket Ball Throw. Wattley won the
200 meters on Saturday. “All in all, we had a lot of good performances and most
of the athletes contributed—all contributed but some more than others, because
it was on a points system,” Bernard explained.
there was a bit of disappointment in the scheduling regarding Malone. The High
Jump started on Saturday but wasn’t completed until Sunday. “She had the Long
Jump, immediately followed by the High Jump, the 400 meters then the relays,”
Bernard noted. “When we realized she had won, we had to pull her, for fear of
re-injuring an ankle she was very tentative about, so she didn’t actually had a
chance to go for the record. She had not finish jumping, just winning, but we
had to have better sense rule.”
some of the youths are likely to compete in the Leeward Islands Jr.
Championships in Antigua at the end of the month, including Britley Wattley,
Chantel Malone, Ashley Kelly, Shanice Haze, Naheem Stevens.
Islands Youth championships results:
200 Meters U-11
Girls: 9. Michelle Smith, BVI 31.8. 10. Ashley-Marie McCall, BVI 31.98.Boys: 3.
Kayvon Solomom, BVI 28.9. 6. Tyler Lewis, BVI 29.8. U-13 Girls: 4 Kalisha Todman,
BVI 28.28. 8 Shenella Samuel, BVI 29.22. U-13 Boys: 3. Donald Lettsome, BVI
27.58. 8. Chevorn Henley, BVI 29.03. U-15 Girls: 1. Britney Wattley, BVI 26.08.
8. Shanice Hazel, BVI 27.39. U-15 Boys: 4. Naheem Stevens, BVI 24.45.
800 Meters U-11
Boys: 5.Larry Hendrickson, BVI 2 minutes 53.0 seconds. U-15 Girls: 3. Kanishque
Todman, BVI 2:31.5. 5. Brittany Wilson, BVI 2:41.2.
4 x 100 Meter
Relay; U-11 Girls: 4. BVI 1:04.7. Boys: 3. BVI 58.47. U-13 Girls: 3. BVI 55.76.
Boys: 5. BVI 58.28. U-15; Girls: BVI 51.06. Boys: 3. BVI 51.37.
Throw: U-11 Girls: 6 Tashara King BVI 30.44. 8. Matasha McGlore, BVI 23.63.
Boys:5. Tyler Lewis, BVI 45.44. U-13 Girls: 1. Darnetia Robinson ,BVI 44.95. 8.
Tarikah Warner, BVI 30.75. Boys: 5. Clinton Walters, BVI 54.66. 8. Joseph Smith
Jr., BVI 50.74.
High Jump U11
Boys: 1. Larry Hendrickson, BVI 1.30. 6. Yohance Smith, BVI 1.10.
U-13 Girls: 3.
Kalisha Todman, BVI 1.22. 8. Kenisha Stoutt, BVI 1.10. Boys: 3. Donald Lettsome,
BVI 1.31. 6. Joseph Smith Jr., BVI 1.17. High Jump U-15 Girls: 1.Chantel Malone,
BVI 1.57. 3. Shanice Hazel, BVI 1.42. Boys: 4 Akimo Williams, BVI 1.54. 7. Dion
Blyden, BVI 1.40.
Long Jump U-11
Girls: 2. Natasha McGlore, BVI 3.82. 7. Jonel Lacey, BVI 3.10.
Boys: 1 Kayvon
Solomom, BVI 4.36. 7. Yohance Smith, BVI 3.75. U-13 Girls: 6. Kalisha Todman,
BVI 3.99. 8. Kenisha Stoutt, BVI 3.84. U-15 Girls: 1. Chantel Malone, BVI 5.14.
3. Shanice Hazel, BVI 4.65. Boys: 3. Akimo Williams, BVI 5.70. 4. Naheem
Stevens, BVI 5.60. Shot Put U-15 Girls: 3. Ashley Kelly, BVI 7.50. 5. Kanishque
Todman, BVI 6.42.
1500 Meter Open
Girls: 6. Brittany Wilson, BVI 5 minutes 31.50 seconds. Boys: 3. Shervon
Anthony, BVI 5:09.12.
400 Meters U-11
Girls: 9.Tashara King, BVI 1:23.88. 10. Michelle Smith, BVI 1:24.31.
Boys: 7. Larry
Hendrickson, BVI 1:17.29. Yohance Smith, BVI dnf. U-13 Girls: 5. Kalisha Todman,
BVI 1:05.39. 11. Tarikah Warner, BVI 1:14.31. U-13 Boys: 8. Clinton Walters, BVI
1:10.16. 11 Joseph Smith Jr. BVI 1:14.94. 12. A'Kim Frett, USVI 1:17.15. U-15
Girls: 1. Chantel Malone, BVI 1:00.40. 4. Britney Wattley, BVI 1:01.62. Boys: 9.
Dion Blyden, BVI 1:02.31. 10. Shervon Anthony, BVI 1:04.13.
100 Meters U-11
Girls: 7. Ashley-Marie McCall, BVI 15.17. 8 Natasha McGlore, BVI 15.22. Boys: 8.
Rondell Calliste, BVI 14.85. 9. Kayvon Solomom, BVI 15.68.
U-13 Girls: 3.
Darnetia Robinson, BVI 13.84. 9. Shenella Samuel, BVI 14.37. Boys: 3. Donald
Lettsome, BVI 13.67. 9. Chevorn Henley, BVI 14.61.
U15 Girls: 2
Shanice Hazel, BVI 13.07. 12. Ashley Kelly, 13.81. Boys: 4. Naheem Stevens, BVI
12.38. 11. Akimo Williams, BVI.
4 x 400 Meters
Open Girls: 1. BVI 4:14.22. Boys: 4.BVI 4:29.78
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