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Athletes turned in fantastic performances at the BAAA nationals

  • Derrick Atkins is the only Bahamian male sprinter who has attained the ‘A’ or ‘B’ qualifying time for the Moscow World Championships in the men’s 100m. He has a season’s best time of 10.06 seconds, and won the national title this past weekend in a modest 10.20 seconds. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 25, 2013

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In the head-to-head showdown with fellow countrywoman Shaunae Miller, Anthonique Strachan proved that right now, she is the better of the two in the half-lap event, and Ramon Miller stopped Chris ‘The Fireman’ Brown’s bid to capture another national title in the men’s 400 meters (m).

Those are just some of the highlights from this past weekend’s BTC National Open Track and Field Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The winning time in the women’s 200 meters (m) was a stunning 22.32 seconds, a personal best for Strachan and at the time, it was the second fastest time in the world. However, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a new world-leading time of 22.13 seconds at the Jamaican National Championships on Sunday, pushing Strachan down to third. It was the second time that Strachan ran under the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships this year. Those world championships are set for August 10-18, in Moscow, Russia.

As for Miller, her blazing time of 22.45 seconds was also well under the Moscow World Championships ‘A’ qualifying time of 23.05 seconds, and a new junior national record erasing the 22.53 seconds mark that Strachan established at the World Junior Championships last year. The ‘B’ qualifying time for the world championships is 23.30 seconds, and Nivea Smith, who finished third at the nationals in 23.17 seconds, was under that qualifying mark.

Sheniqua Ferguson, who opted out of the 200m event at this year’s nationals, settled into the blocks for the 100m. She had already dipped under the ‘A’ qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships in the 100m, and she did so again this past weekend, winning the event in 11.18 seconds. Cache Armbrister was second in 11.44 seconds, and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie rounded out the top three in 11.50 seconds. Freeport native Smith ran 11.71 seconds for fourth. The ‘A’ qualifying time for the world championships is 11.28 seconds, and the ‘B’ qualifying time is 11.36 seconds. Both Armbrister and Ferguson-McKenzie’s times were under the Senior Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships qualifying time of 11.55 seconds.

The BTC National Track and Field Championships was also used as a qualifier for athletes looking to be named to the CAC team.

Ramon Miller proved that the times ran in the preliminary rounds, or the lane placement for the final doesn’t really matter. He entered the final of the men’s 400m with the third fastest time, but ran away with his first national title. Miller ran 44.93 seconds for the win over LaToy Williams and Brown who settled for second and third respectively.

Williams, a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about when he crossed the finish line in 45.26 seconds for second, and Brown was third in 45.29 seconds. The IAAF World Championships ‘A’ standard is 45.28 seconds and the ‘B’ standard is set at 45.60 seconds.

Derrick Atkins was the national winner in the men’s 100m, stopping the clock at 10.20 seconds. Shavez Hart finished second in 10.24 seconds and Trevorvano Mackey was third in 10.25 seconds, personal best times for both. Warren Fraser clocked 10.28 seconds for fourth, and Adrian Griffith was fifth in 10.38 seconds. Winning the women’s 400m was Lanece Clarke in 53.03 seconds, and Krystal Bodie took the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.57 seconds.

Cameron Parker qualified for the CAC team with a leap of 15.75m (51’ 8-1/4”) in the triple jump. Bianca Stuart won the long jump event with a best leap of 6.61m (21’ 8-1/4”). She has already attained the ‘B’ standard for the world championships. Tamara Myers soared over the qualifying standard for the CAC championships in the long jump, but was short in her pursuit of the IAAF World Championships qualifying mark. Myers finished second to Stuart in the long jump with a leap of 6.22m (20’ 5”). The CAC qualifying mark is set at 6.15m (20’ 2-1/4”).

Over in the field, Ryan Ingraham won the men’s high jump event with a clearance of 2.28m (7’ 5-3/4”). Donald Thomas was second, clearing the same height, and Jamaal Wilson finished third with a best height of 2.20m (7’ 2-1/2”). All three jumpers have attained the ‘B’ qualifying height of 2.28m for the world championships, but IAAF rules state that only one athlete at the ‘B’ standard can compete in any individual event.

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