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BAAA ratifies 19-member team following exciting junior nationals

  • Keanu Pennerman ran a new personal best time of 10.64 seconds in the 100m this past weekend. He is a part of a 19-member team which will represent The Bahamas at the IAAF World Youth Championships, from July 10-14, in Donetsk, Ukraine. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 10, 2013

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While much attention was placed on Bahamians competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, a number of local junior athletes were “tearing up” the track right here at home. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) hosted its junior national championships at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The meet was used as a qualifier for the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships, set to take place in Donetsk, Ukraine, July 10-14.

The qualifying times and distances for all events were set by the world governing body for the sport, the IAAF. In addition to making standards, it was mandatory for all athletes wishing to represent the country to compete in the BAAA junior nationals and place in the top two in their respective events.

At the conclusion of the junior nationals, the BAAA ratified a 19-member team for the World Youth Championships which will depart for the Ukraine on July 2. Nine team officials will travel with that team.

The team members are: Under-18 Girls Janae Ambrose (100m), Makeya White (100m), Loushanya Neymour (200m), Kadiesha Heild (200m, 400m), Shaquania Dorsette (400m), Talia Thompson (400m hurdles), Mesha Newbold (400m hurdles) and Brashae Wood (shot put); and Under-18 Boys Keanu Pennerman (100m), Ian Kerr (100m, 200m), Janeko Cartwright (200m, 400m), Kinard Rolle (400m), Claudius Russell (800m), Xavier Coakley (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles), D’Mitry Charlton (400m hurdles), LaQuan Nairn (long jump, high jump), Kaiwan Culmer (triple jump), Denzel Pratt (javelin) and Drexel Maycock (discus).

The coaches selected to the team are head coach Diane Woodside, and assistant coaches Stephen Murray, Patrick Adderley, Laverne Eve and James Rolle. Also traveling with the team will be a physiotherapist, a team doctor, a chaperone and a manager.

A time of 12.45 seconds was in place for the under-18 girls wanting to compete in the 100 meters (m). On Saturday, Ambrose ran 12.12 seconds for the win over White and Brianne Bethel, who clocked 12.25 seconds and 12.31 seconds respectively.

The under-18 boys’ title went to Pennerman, who stopped the clock in a personal best time of 10.64 seconds. Kerr was second in 10.75 seconds and Deedro Clarke finished third in 10.87 seconds. The qualifying standard was set at 11.15 seconds. The winning time in the girls 200m was 24.44 seconds, ran by Neymour. That mark was well below the qualifying standard of 25.55 seconds. Coming in second was Hield in 24.51 seconds and Doneisha Anderson finished third in 24.95 seconds.

Crossing the finish line in a time of 21.30 seconds for the boys’ title was Kerr. He was closely followed by Cartwright, in 21.31 seconds, and Theotis Johnson is 21.86 seconds.

The top four runners in the 400m for girls all dipped

below the qualifying standard of 57.60 seconds. Winning the event was Anderson in 55.64 seconds, but at just 12 years old, she doesn’t meet the minimum qualifying age for the World Youth Championships.

Hield was second in 56.33 seconds, and Dorsette finished third in 57.04 seconds. Dreshanae Rolle stopped the clock at 57.06 seconds for fourth.

Cartwright came back in the 400m and clocked 47.26 seconds for the win over Rolle and Henri Delauze. The IAAF standard was 49.95 seconds.

Thompson crossed the finish line in 1:02.35 to win the girls 400m hurdles. Trailing Thompson was Newbold, in 1:02.46. Both times were below the qualifying standard of 1:02.80. Coakley qualified in both the short and long hurdles. He won the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.84 seconds and the 400m hurdles in 53.06 seconds.

Winning the girls shot putt was Wood. Wood along with Serena Brown qualified for the World Youth Championships with distances of 13.76m (45’ 1-3/4”) and 13.53m (44’ 4-3/4”) respectively. Keianna Albury had a best distance of 12.51m (41’ 0-1/2”).

In the high jump event, Nairn soared 2.10m (6’ 10-1/2”) for the win while Culmer took the triple jump event with a best distance of 14.65m (48’ 0-3/4”). The sole competitor in the javelin was Pratt, who had a best of 63.01m (206’ 8”).

The meet was also used as a qualifier for the Pan American Junior Championships. That team will be announced in short order.

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