By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Coming off qualifying for her fifth straight International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships after winning the US Track and Field Club Championships 100m in New York on July 11 with a time of 11.14 seconds, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott confirmed her fitness with a Pan Am Games semifinal berth in her pet event on Tuesday.
Harigan-Scott—a 2007 Pan Am Games finalist—was fourth in her prelim in 11.19 seconds to automatically qualify for the semis.
“The race felt good up until the last part because I had to change my shoes (before the race) because the one I had prior was breaking at the spike base so it was a little tight and I had some circulation problems towards the end of the race,” she explained. “I felt like I didn’t push through at the end like I normally do and kind of backed off because of that, but it’s a learning experience so next round will be different.”
The USA Barbara Pierre used a personal best so 10.92 seconds to win the heat. Harrigan-Scott said the competition is intense. “But, I think I’m ready and prepared to compete, so it’s just to go out there, execute my race, make sure that I drive out, transition, hold and stay aggressive through the line. I think once I do that, I will be in the finals.”
With her ticket already punched to Beijing, China for the Aug 22-30 World Championships, this year however, was the latest in her career, that she has met the standard dating back to 2005.
“I’m very relieved that I’ve qualified for worlds,” she said. “It was tough. But now, it’s one less stress to think about and to go out and qualify with the time I did, I’m very relieved. But, to be really honest, I was feeling okay at the beginning of this season, then I had some downfalls with injuries or slight issues with recurring injuries, so that kind of set me back a little bit.”
Harrigan-Scott said the road was a little tougher, because in practices she felt like she ran okay, but when she went to a meet, she ran terrible times. “That was playing on my mind a little bit,” she noted. “I knew it was always there and it was just making some corrections. Once they fell into place, I knew there’d be a big drip in my time. It was being patient and trusting in the process.”
With a season’s best of 11.40 before the 11.14 which is .01 off her best and 11.19 on Tuesday, times she hadn’t been close to since 2011, Harrigan-Scott said it’s a confidence boost and feels that her body is finally in synch with her mind and everything seems easier. If she’s not doing something right, he body tells her she said. “It is a confidence booster and I’ll try to come out and win a medal,” she said. “That’s the goal and to continue to drop my times and execute the race that I know I’m capable of doing.”
Since injuring her quads two years ago, Harrigan-Scott said she has developed some bad habits she and her husband-coach have been trying to correct, including kicking back, which is less than what it was before. She said she thought her body how to run without the pain but in the process it caused poor race execution and resulted in slower times.
“Everything seem to be coming into place at the right time,” she said. “Yes, it would have been good to qualify for worlds earlier in the season, but it’s falling into place at the right time and it’s a blessing in disguise.”
Eldred Henry had his worst competition of the year in the Shot Put. He opened with 16.47m then fouled his remaining throws and placed 12th.
Thursday was the busiest day at the Pan Am Games for the BVI’s athletes. Chantel Malone contested the Long Jump; Karene King the 200m and Henry the Discus Throw.
On her first European tour, Ashely Kelly had times of 23.68 and 54.14 seconds in the 200 and 400m.