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After a year's absence, the country's top junior athletics meet is back, and is expected to be truly exciting as more than 100 athletes will be vying for spots on the 2012 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships team.
The BAAA Atlantis National Junior Track and Field Championships are set for this weekend, Friday starting at 6 p.m. and Saturday starting at 1 p.m., at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. It will serve as the final trials for the CAC Junior Championships, set for June 29 - July 1, in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Last year, the junior nationals were held in conjunction with the senior nationals, but with the Atlantis Resort coming on board as a major sponsor this year, the championships were once again separated, and as a result, the competition is expected to be that more intense. Four divisions will be contested, under-17 girls and boys, and under-20 girls and boys.
"Atlantis has partnered with us in the past, and most recently, they were the title partner for the 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships," said BAAA Public Relations Officer Alpheus 'Hawk' Finlayson yesterday. "We look forward to quite a competitive meet with great performances so that our athletes can head to San Salvador, El Salvador with high hopes and aspirations. We encourage the public to come out and support our athletes in this weekend's championships. This is a great time for track and field. We are going into the real track and field season and we expect a number of great results."
Two years ago, the BAAA Junior Championships were named in honor of the late Hywel Jones, who was a major contributor to the BAAA junior program. This year, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) has garnered the country's largest private employer to come on board as the title sponsor. A statement from Atlantis reads as follows: "Atlantis is happy to sponsor such an event. It focusses on the development of our younger athletes who lay the foundation for the future. Atlantis hopes it can continue to play a role in this regard."
At the CARIFTA level, 25 countries from the Caribbean took part. All seven from Central America, along with Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia are expected to be added for the CAC Junior Track and Field Championships. The Bahamas placed second at the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships with its biggest medal haul in 28 years, 40 total medals - 14 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze.
"While we might have done extremely well at CARIFTA, placing second, going down to El Salvador, we have certain sports powers like Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia who will be very tough," said long-time supporter of the BAAA, Harrison Petty. "This will be no walk in the park for our athletes. The competition is going to be very stiff because there are only two persons in each category who are going to be chosen. There are a number of qualifiers so head-to-head competition is really going to determine who will be on the Jr. CAC team. In order for us to continue to have Olympic and World Champions, we need to continue to have Jr. CAC, CARIFTA, and Jr. World medalists. That's where we are headed with our program and the junior nationals is a big part of that."
Over 35 young Bahamians have already qualified for the CAC Junior Championships. A number of them are listed high on the International Association of Athletic
Federations' (IAAF) top performance list for 2012 for junior athletes. Anthonique Strachan is listed as the number one junior female athlete in the 100 meters (m) - 11.22 seconds, and the number two junior female athlete in the 200 meters (22.75 seconds) behind fellow Bahamian Shaunae Miller (22.70 seconds). Miller is also listed as the number two junior female athlete in the 400m (51.44 seconds), and the number six junior female athlete in the 100m (11.41 seconds). In the junior male category, Ryan Ingraham is tied with the top mark in the high jump (2.28m - 7' 5-3/4"), Latario Collie-Minns is listed with the second best leap in the triple jump (16.47m - 54' 0-1/2"), and his twin brother Lathone is listed as the 10th best triple jumper with a distance of (15.79m - 51' 9-3/4"). O'Jay Ferguson is listed as the number eight quarter-miler with a time of 46.14 seconds in the one-lap event.
"This promises to be one of the best junior nationals that we have had for a very long time - one of the reasons being that at least five of our junior athletes are highly ranked in the world," said Tonique Williams-Darling yesterday. The former World and Olympic Champion has been named as one of the coaches for the World Junior Championships team, and will be accompanying Team Bahamas to the CAC Junior Track and Field Championships in El Salvador.
"We expect to see fierce competition between a lot of our CARIFTA medalists," she said. "This is definitely the place to be this weekend. We are encouraging all Bahamians to come out and support our young athletes because they are our future Olympians and we really want the Bahamian public to see them in action."
Some of the athletes on the CAC Junior Track and Field Championships could be headed from El Salvador straight to Barcelona, Spain for the IAAF World Junior Championships. The World Juniors are set for July 5-10 in Barcelona.
Once again, Shaunae Miller has lowered her junior national record.
The latest feat came at the Golden Eagles Track and Field Classic in Freeport, Grand Bahama over the weekend.
The University of Georgia bound sprinter ran 51.25 seconds to win the women's 400 meters (m), lowering her previous personal best time and former junior national record of 51.44 seconds which was done at the Fritz Grant Invitational a little over two weeks ago. Earlier this year, Miller tied the junior national record in the 200m, running 22.70 seconds at the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Championships. Both are Olympic 'A' qualifying times.
Still, it's almost a certainty that she would contest just one at both the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Junior Championships and the Olympic Games.
"Well, the main thing is trying to keep her healthy - we are watching that very closely," said her coach and father Shaun Miller yesterday. "When you look at the schedule for the World Juniors, the time frame is very close between the 200 and the 400, so it would be almost impossible to do both back-to-back. We are leaning more toward the 400m so she will have an opportunity to defend her title, but we are being very cautious as far as her health is concerned. We are nearing the end of a heavy work load. She is a little sore right now but nothing much to be concerned about."
Reigning World Youth and World Junior Champion Shaunae Miller said that she was very pleased with the race and is looking forward to defending her world junior title this summer. The 14th IAAF World Junior Championships are set for July 10-15, in Barcelona, Spain, and the Summer Olympic Games are set for July 27 to August 12, in London, England.
"I just want to thank God for my performance," said Shaunae yesterday. "It didn't come as a big surprise because I ran 51.44 at the Fritz Grant meet. I just want to stay healthy and do as best as I can. Training has gotten tougher and the dedication has definitely paid off. I'm looking forward to running at nationals and defending my title at the world juniors."
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Association (BAAA) National Championships, otherwise known as the 2012 Scotiabank Olympic Trials, are set for June 22-23 at the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. As it looks now, Miller will only be competing in the 400m. Probably the biggest surprise coming out of Grand Bahama over the weekend though, were the times turned in by the runners behind her.
Miller's training partners Lanece Clarke and Cotrell Martin ran 52.71 and 53.84 seconds respectively, to complete a 1-2-3 sweep for Bahamas Speed Dynamics. It also sets up a favorable look for The Bahamas in terms of fielding a women's 4x400m team that can qualify for the Olympics. That potential team would have to run around three and a half minutes, on two separate occasions, to qualify for the Olympics. As of the last relay ranking for the Olympics, Brazil is in the 16th and final qualifying spot with an average time of 3:30.09 over two races. The Bahamas' national record is 3:29.53, done by the team of Christine Amertil, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Sasha Rolle and Shakeitha Henfield, at the Penn Relays three years ago.
As for the impressive performances in Grand Bahama, Bahamas Speed Dynamics coach Shaun Miller said that he was very pleased with the times turned in by his athletes, and would love to see them run together on a 4x4 team.
"Those girls ran excellent - I was expecting those times from earlier in the season, but I'm happy that they were able to produce them now," said Miller. "I would love to see us field a 4x4 team for the Olympics, but I don't know if that would happen because we would have to run a qualifying time twice. From what I understand, they take an average of the two fastest times and getting all of the girls together on two separate occasions might be difficult. They are looking forward to the nationals though. They are ecstatic about the times that they are running and are looking forward to continuing their progression."
In terms of a potential women's 1,600m relay team for the Olympics, The Bahamas has in tow Shaunae Miller who has now ran 51.25 seconds, collegian Amara Jones who has a season's best time of 52.43 seconds, Lanece Clarke who has now done 52.71 seconds, CARIFTA Champion Rashan Brown who has a season's best of 53.56 seconds and Cotrell Martin who did 53.84 seconds in Grand Bahama, not to mention former Olympic finalist Christine Amertil who appears to be making a comeback in the sport.
With the CARIFTA Swimming championships being held here, president of the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) Algernon Cargill is making sure that this year's team is as strong as it could possibly be.
Locked in a closed ratification meeting for more than three hours with the executives and council members yesterday, the BSF selected the best junior swimmers to compete in the April 12-15 championships. The Bahamas will play host to more than 20 countries from around the Caribbean during this time. The CARIFTA Swimming Championships will take place at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Aquatics Center, and the CARIFTA Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming Championships will be held in Jamaica, April 5-10. That team will be ratified and released today.
"The overall goal is to field the best team to represent The Bahamas at the CARIFTA Championships," said Cargill. "We have some very strong swimmers coming from overseas and that is going to help boast the team.
"It will be a challenge for the team because this year's team will be filled with a lot of young swimmers who are first time CARIFTA athletes, so we are hopeful that we will represent The Bahamas well, but it will be a big challenge going forward."
A 36-member squad for swimming was selected hours after the CARIFTA Swimming Trials concluded. That meet was held over the weekend. The prospects for the water polo team practice every day at the national aquatics center, and people will be chosen based on their performances at those sessions.
"That is a very young team so we expect that team to do well also," said Cargill, about the water polo squad. "They are young and will be competing with some of the best in the Caribbean. Water polo is a growing sport.
"It is not as popular as swimming but nonetheless, we were able to get some young persons out and give them an opportunity to represent The Bahamas in another discipline."
The Bahamas will not be competing in the synchronized swimming segment in Jamaica.
At last year's CARIFTA Swimming Championships, which was held in Barbados, The Bahamas collected 41 medals; 12 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze. As a team, they placed third overall with 610 points. Guadeloupe had a combined team score of 736.50 points, and Trinidad and Tobago scored 679 points, for the first and second spots respectively.
Cargill is confident that this year's team will do well. He said that the squad selected is well rounded and all divisions are strong. Returning swimmers such as Bria Deveaux, Taryn Smith, T'Auren Moss and Evante Gibson are expected to lead their respective divisions.
Moss qualified in the 100 meters (m) butterfly. He swam 58.51 seconds for the win over Peter Farquharson at the CARIFTA Trials this past weekend. Farquharson touched the wall in 1:05.52. In the 100m backstroke, Moss' time was 1:05.83 and he swam 54.89 seconds in the 100m free. He clocked 25.57 seconds in the 50m free for the win on Saturday. The time of 25.56 seconds was all Moss needed to win the 50m butterfly. Four of the five swimmers that dove into the pool in this event swam below the standard set, but only the top two times will be considered. The second fastest time was 27.51 seconds turned in by Perez Moss. Donovan Higgs and Laron Morley had times of 27.81 and 28.36 seconds respectively. The BSF had set 29.20 seconds as the qualifying time.
Simone Sturrup is expected to lead the charge in the girls 13-14 division at CARIFTA. Over the two-day meet, she swam below the standard set by the BSF in three events.
She recorded 1:10.93 in the 100m butterfly and 32.22 seconds in the 50m butterfly. In the 50m free, she touched the wall and stopped the clock in 28.87 seconds for the win over Doran Reed and Andreas Weech, who were also under the standard time.
Reed's time was 28.98 seconds and Weech swam 29.66 seconds. While Sturrup used her speed, Joanna Evans showed her endurance in the 800m freestyle race. Evans clocked 9:22.88 for the win in the 13-14 division. She also won the 200m breaststroke in 3:03.59. Evans recorded a time of 2:13.55, in the 200m freestyle and Reed swam 2:23.87. Both times were below the standard set.
Taryn Smith turned a few heads with her time in the 100m butterfly, of 1:08.84. She moved on to win the 200m butterfly in 2:30.64 and the 50m free in 28.09 seconds.
Cargill made a plea for more assistance with the hosting of the championships. He said: "We also want to continue to plead to corporate Bahamas. The support for CARIFTA Swimming has been very slow. We've surprisingly received a lot of no's from a lot of big companies and that is disappointing. We want to encourage corporate Bahamas to support CARIFTA Swimming and the young athletes."
Both teams will train today at the national aquatics center.
At the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month, Demetrius Pinder of Grand Bahama and Chris Brown of Eleuthera made history on the senior level when they won silver and bronze medals in the 400 meters (m). This was the first time in senior world competition that The Bahamas won more than one medal in a single event. Additionally, with this medal, Brown became the athlete with the most medals won in the 400m. The Bahamas did not always have top quarter-milers but developed them over time.
Start of international competition
The first time that The Bahamas competed in international competition was in 1954 in Vancouver, Canada at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games when Cyril "Peepsight" Johnson participated in the 440 yards. He finished his heat in 51.8 seconds. This was the best performance of all Bahamians at the games.
At the Mexico City Pan American Games in 1955, Johnson ran 51.5 seconds in the 400m. Six years later it was Hugh Bullard, a St. Augustine's College student, who ran 51.20 seconds at the Rome Olympics, placing sixth in the third heat.
A classical race at SAC
At the Bahamas Association of Independent Schools Championships in 1961, a year later, there was a classic battle of the sprinter versus the longer distance runner. This was a classic, remembered by many fans who were there. Versatile Julian Brown from St. John's College and Bimini challenged Bullard in the 400m. At the end, it was the fastest 400m race ever run in The Bahamas with Brown winning in 49.9 seconds. Bullard would crawl across the line for second place. The third place finisher was Government High's Philip Russell who had spent some time in high school in Jamaica.
Breaking the barrier
By 1968, The Bahamas' best performance in the 400m had dropped to 46.99 seconds when Leslie Miller, who had attended high school in Florida and the University of Texas at El Paso, placed seventh in heat seven in the Mexico City Olympic Games.
The versatile sprinter
Seven years later, Mike Sands, who had attended high school in New York City, and college at Penn State University, ran 45.28 seconds at the NCAA Championships in Provo, Utah. That record would last 21 years. That same year, Sands became the first Bahamian to capture a Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships crown when he ran 46.6 seconds in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Sands was undoubtedly the most versatile sprinter The Bahamas has ever seen. He held national records in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the same time.
The influence of Frank 'Pancho' Rahming
At home in The Bahamas, coach Frank "Pancho" Rahming started to direct his efforts to developing quarter-milers in the late seventies. Rahming had attended Florida Memorial College and participated in the Munich Olympics in 1972. He placed fifth in the seventh heat in 48.30 seconds. Rahming encouraged sprinters to move up to the 400m.
Who would believe The Bahamas could defeat 400m powerhouse Jamaica in the 4x400m relay their hometown in 1979. At the finish, it was Grand Bahama's David Charlton who ran from a 40-meter deficit to overtake and defeat Jamaica comfortably. The team included Anthony Smith, Craig Frazier and Allan Ingraham.
By 1990, Grand Bahama's Marcus Knowles would become the first Bahamian to win a CARIFTA Under-20 400m crown running 47.30 seconds in Kingston, Jamaica.
The contribution of Sidney Cartwright
Sidney Cartwright saw an opportunity in the early nineties to smash The Bahamas 4x400m relay record and had athletes like Troy McIntosh, Dennis Darling and Tim Munnings.
McIntosh steps up to the plate
In June of 1996, McIntosh broke Sand's 21-year long record with a 44.73 seconds run in Mexico City. That summer at the Atlanta Olympic Games, McIntosh ran 46.42 seconds in his heat. The 4x400m relay team, made up of Carl Oliver, Dennis Darling, McIntosh and Tim Munnings, finished seventh in the final in a time of 3:02.71.
McIntosh won the 400m at the CAC Games in 1998 in 44.84 seconds and won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Cup in Johannesburg that year in a time of 45.45 seconds. The next year he finished fourth in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan, in 46.05 seconds, just three hundredths of a second from the bronze medal.
Avard Moncur won the 400m in the NCAA Championships for Auburn University in 2000 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Moncur set a new Bahamian national record in the 400m with a 44.72 seconds clocking. That next summer in Madrid, Spain, Moncur improved his national record to 44.45 seconds on the way to capturing the 400m at the Edmonton IAAF World Championships. He became the second Bahamian to win an IAAF individual World Championships title.
Brown takes over
In 2005, Eleutheran Chris Brown stepped up to the plate and broke Moncur's national record with a 44.40 seconds run in Oslo, Norway. Brown finished fourth in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships 400m, but led The Bahamas' 4x400m relay team to second place finishes in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, and the 2008 Olympic Games.
Another NCAA champ
In 2008, Andretti Bain won the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the 400m for Oral Roberts University, clocking 44.62 seconds outdoors.
In 2010, Grand Bahama's Demetrius Pinder attending Texas A&M University ran 44.93 seconds. He defeated Chris Brown at the National 'Open' Track and Field Championships. Last year, Pinder brought his personal best down to 44.78 seconds while defeating Chris Brown once again, at the BTC Jr. and Sr. National 'Open' Track & Field Championships.
The Bahamas has definitely had a colorful history in the men's 400m. The performances of Pinder and Brown in Istanbul will go down in history for Bahamian sports.
The Bahamas is usually picked to win a medal in either the World Championships or Olympic Games 4x400m running because of our great crop of 400m runners.
Would any Bahamian quarter-miler win a medal in London? There are numerous 400m runners on the junior scene in The Bahamas now and we anticipate that more athletes will turn to this event because of our success and rich tradition.
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The BAAA ratified a 70-member strong CARIFTA team on Sunday, and The Nassau Guardian will continue to feature the young talented athletes of the country leading up to the championships. The 41st CARIFTA Track and Field Championships will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda over the Easter holiday weekend. Colina Insurance Limited was title sponsor of the 2012 Bahamas CARIFTA Trials, which occurred this past weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Despite his nationality issues, in terms of official Bahamian citizenship, O'Jay Ferguson continues to represent this country at a very high level. The 18-year-old quarter-miler is the current National High School record holder in the 400 meters (m) with a time of 47.65 seconds for Galilee Academy last year. Since then, he has taken more than a second off that time. In fact, he won the gold medal in the under-20 boys 400m at last year's CARIFTA Championships in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with a stunning personal best time of 46.49 seconds. That finishing time was four tenths of a second faster than the silver medalist, Javiere Bell, of Jamaica.
It only gets better for Ferguson. This past weekend, he lowered his personal best time to 46.14 seconds in finishing second to American Vernon Norwood at the UTEP Springtime Invitational. Ferguson, who now attends Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, first cracked the 47-second barrier as a 16-year-old at C.R. Walker High School here in New Providence. That year, he ran 46.93 seconds at the BAAA Jr. National Track and Field Championships.
At CARIFTA last year, Ferguson also anchored the under-20 boys 4x400m team to a gold medal run. That team was initially disqualified, but was later re-instated as the gold medalists, securing The Bahamas'second place finish in the regional championships. With his stunning run in El Paso, Texas, this past weekend, Ferguson is unquestionably the best junior quarter-miler in the country. Great things are expected from him at this year's CARIFTA Championships.
HAMILTON, Bermuda - There was unexpected joy and pain for The Bahamas in the long hurdles at these 41st CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in Hamilton, Bermuda on Sunday night.
Mesha Newbold won a stunning gold medal in the first event on the track of Sunday's evening session - the under-17 girls 300-meter (m) hurdles. She powered home in 43.98 seconds, Jeminise Parris, from Trinidad & Tobago, secured the silver medal, in 44.69 seconds, and Jamaican Andrenette Knight claimed the bronze medal, in 44,76 seconds.
"I feel awesome!" said an excited Newbold. " I knew that I could do it. I saw when the girl from Trinidad got out, but I just maintained my pace. I wasn't worried at all. I pushed and pushed and got the gold. It's an awesome feeling. I'm just so happy that I made my country proud."
There was literally pain for The Bahamas' Katrina Seymour. The junior national record holder was reportedly taken to the local hospital here in Hamilton after her race. Apparently, she had been suffering from a heart condition all season long, but still went out there and represented her country to the best of her ability.
Seymour was fourth in the 400m hurdle final in 1:00.70, and fellow Bahamian Pedrya Seymour brought up the rear in 1:04.07. Jamaican Janieve Russell won the gold medal, in 58.80 seconds, Kernesha Spann, from Trinidad & Tobago, secured the silver medal, in 1:00.23, and Jamaican Terrian Williams won the bronze medal, in 1:00.49
For Bahamians here Bermuda, the main concern was the health of Katrina Seymour. She had to be taken off on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. Up until that time, she was expected to be a part of the 4x400m relay pool for The Bahamas.
"I hope that she is okay, but it looks like she was hurt pretty bad," said her teammate Pedrya Seymour. "With me, the wind was hard but I just tried to get out there and give a good account of myself. I'm a little disappointed but I'll bounce back."
In the under-17 boys 400m hurdles, The Bahamas finished third and fourth in the persons of D'Mitry Charlton and Xavier Coakley. Charlton was third, in 54.99 seconds and Coakley finished fourth, in 55.05 seconds. Jamaicans Okeen and Marvin Williams finished first and second, in times of 53.15 and 54.96 seconds respectively.
"I was right there and just let it get away," said Charlton. "The second to last hurdle, I hit that and that cost me. Thank God that I was able to win a medal. I wanted to improve on my personal best time - that was the main thing for me."
As Charlton mentioned, he stumbled over the penultimate hurdle. Coakley finished very strong but just couldn't catch the first three runners.
"I gave it my all - it just wasn't good enough," said Coakley. "I'm a lil disappointed but that's how it goes sometimes."
In the under-20 boys 400m hurdles, Bahamian Jermaine Smith simply appeared to be out-classed by the other runners in the field.
Jamaican Omar McLeod won the event in 52.35 seconds, his teammate Shavon Barnes was second, in 52.75 seconds, and Tramaine Maloney, from Barbados, won the bronze medal, in 53.83 seconds. Smith settled for sixth, in 55.66 seconds.
"A lot of my steps were off today," he explained. "I tried to maintain my form and my composure, but it was difficult to keep up with those guys. A lack of practice might have cost me, but they'll see me again."
Up until late Sunday night, Bahamians were still awaiting word on the health status of Katrina Seymour.
Other than the men's 4x400 meters (m), which appears to be as solid as ever, the remainder of Team Bahamas could be experiencing some serious challenges going into the inaugural International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships.
The deadline for submission of names to the IAAF office in Monaco was yesterday, and up to the 11th hour, team officials were still tight-lipped in relation to the final make-up of the team, despite a festive world relays promotion last Friday in which the team was officially announced.
A 38-member team was initially named, but according to sources yesterday, that number had to be reduced. The IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014 is just a dozen days away, set for May 24-25 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The men's sprint relay team, in particular, will apparently suffer some losses. That seems to be the unit hit the hardest. National record holder in the men's 100m, Derrick Atkins, is no longer in the picture, and two of the fastest Bahamian sprinters this year, Shavez Hart and Trevorvano Mackey, apparently have school commitments.
"No one has heard from Derrick. We don't know if he is dead or alive," said Mike Sands, president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), yesterday. "It's unfortunate but that's just how it is."
BAAA executives were lodged in a meeting late last night; up until press time, there was still no word on the official presentation of the team to the IAAF.
The coaches for the squad are Rupert Gardiner and Fritz Grant. Gardiner said yesterday that they remain optimistic, despite the challenges they might be facing.
"When you look at this team, the men's 4x400m in particular, to have three of the guys running 45-point over the weekend, and Michael ran 45.34 about a week ago, that shows that our guys are ready to run a pretty strong 4x400 for the world relays. Also, when you factor in LaToy running a 45.5 recently, we have the legs to do some good things in the men's 4x400m. Overall, that's five guys who have run 45, so I expect the 'Golden Knights' to go out there and put on a show for the Bahamian people," said Gardiner. "For the other relays, we still have a number of our top athletes coming in with the exception of the college kids. Shavez Hart and Trevorvano Mackey are on the borderline not to come because of school commitments, but we still have athletes like Adrian Griffith, Warren Fraser, Blake Bartlett and Jamial Rolle. It might not be as strong as we would have liked it to be, but it still has the potential to be a very strong team. With the 4x200m, we might have to use some of the guys from the 4x400m and the 4x100m, but I still expect them to perform well," he added.
In relation to national record holder Atkins, Gardiner reiterated the sentiments of Sands.
"We tried to contact Derrick over and over, and he hasn't responded to us. I think that's a slap in the face. For someone who holds the national record, he should have responded, and he hasn't."
As mentioned, The Bahamas still has the services of Griffith, Fraser, Bartlett, Rolle and Johnathon Farquharson in the men's sprint relay. Rolle, Stephen Newbold, Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell and Kendrick Hanna are listed for the men's 4x200m; Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Ramon Miller, Michael Mathieu, LaToy Williams, Wesley Neymour, Andretti Bain and Jeffery Gibson are listed in the relay pool for the men's 4x400m.
Brown, Pinder and Miller all ran in the men's 400m at the Guadeloupe International Athletics Meet over the weekend, and all three turned in respectable times.
Miller was second, in 45.21 seconds; Brown finished third, in 45.23 seconds and Pinder was fourth, in 45.59 seconds. Trinidadian Lalonde Gordon won the race, in 44.91 seconds. Over at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Tokyo, Japan, Mathieu ran in the 100m and 200m events. He was fourth in the 100m, in 10.41 seconds, behind Americans Justin Gatlin (10.02) and Mike Rodgers (10.11) and Frenchman Christopher Lemaitre (10.31). Mathieu was second in the men's 200m in 20.64 seconds, behind Grenadian Kirani James (20.63).
As far as the women for Team Bahamas are concerned, for the World Relays, initially named for the 4x100m relay pool were Sheniqua Ferguson, Shaunae Miller, Cache Armbrister, Anthonique Strachan, V'Alonee Robinson, Tynia Gaither and Tayla Carter. For the women's 4x200m, the athletes named were Nivea Smith, Tayla Carter, Keianna Albury, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Lanece Clarke and Rashan Brown, although national record holder in that event, Ferguson-McKenzie, has reportedly said that she will not compete.
Finally, named to compete in the women's 4x400m are Shaunae Miller, Rashan Brown, Miriam Byfield, Amara Jones, Shakeitha Henfield, Cottrell Martin, Shaquania Dorsett and Christine Amertil.
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
FOR the first time in the history of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, two Bahamians will clash in the final of the men’s 400 metres.
On Friday, at the conclusion of the first of three days of competitions in Istanbul, Turkey, Grand Bahamian Demetrius Pinder and Eleutherian Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown earned their spots in the final.
Pinder, in his first appearance at the championships, opened the semi-final by winning the first of three heats in a time of 45.94 seconds. The British Virgin Islands’ Tabarie Henry finished in a season’s best of 46.01s.
Brown, the defending champion from the 20 ...
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