By “Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Nelda Huggins of Top Notch Track Club—a two times Carifta Games U17 Girls 100m silver medalist—won her fourth straight BVIAA-LIME National Jr. Track and Field Championships sprint double to highlight the weekend competition.
The meet attracted athletes from St. Croix’s Hounds and Foxes, St. Thomas’ Cheetahs Track Club, and UVI athletes, who competed against athletes on BVI track clubs from Top Notch, Fast Lane, Sprint Tech and Virgin Gorda’s Raw Skillz.
Huggins ran 12.05 seconds in the U18 Girls 100m semis and 11.96 in Friday’s final. She ran 25.05 seconds in Saturday morning’s 200m semis, then returned during the evening to complete her fourth straight Jr. Championships sprint double in 24.65 seconds.
“I’m not happy with that 11.96, because I was looking for something like 11.80 today,” Huggins said. “I’m feeling good in my training. I want to run in the 11.5s in the 100m and 23.90s in the 200m. For the Carifta Games, I want to get the gold because I’ve been coming back with silvers,” she added. “I want gold this time.”
Kyron McMaster of Fast Lane Track Club easily strode to an U18 Boys 200/400m double in 22.79 and 50.67 seconds respectively, after running 22.80 and 49.42 in the prelims.
A week after establishing a National Youth Record in the U18 Boys Shot Put, Fast Lane’s Kadeon Potter came within 3 cms of equaling the mark with a toss of 15.07m.
Top Notch’s Kala Penn had an U18 Girls 5.52/11.26m Long and Triple Jump double.
Although she was the only competitor, sprint Tech’s Arriana Hayde attempted her first Heptathlon to record a score of 3477 points. She competed in the 2013 CAC Age Group Championships in the multi event discipline.
Shot Put National Records fall
Central Arizona College freshman Eldred Henry improved on his Shot Put National Record during the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. He upped his mark of 16.56m from last week to 17.07m on his third attempt. In the Discus Throw, Henry moved his best from 52.02m in his last outing to 54.34m on his opening throw and 54.84m on his fifth attempt. His mark is just outside Eric “Shaq” Matthias’ national standard of 55.20m.