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BAAA ratifies 27-member team for Sr. CAC

A number of Bahamians still looking to qualify for worlds
  • Bahamian Derrick Atkins is hoping to lead The Bahamas men’s 4x100m relay team to an IAAF World Championships qualifying spot at the Sr. CAC Championships next weekend. The men’s sprint relay team is the only Bahamian relay squad yet to qualify for the world championships. TNG FILE PHOTO

Published: Jul 01, 2013

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The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) has ratified 27 athletes to the Senior Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championship team, which will travel to Michoacan, Mexico, for the championships to be held from July 5-7, 2013. The team consists of 12 women and 15 men.

This will be the second of four national track and field teams to represent The Bahamas this summer. The women named to the team are Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Cache Armbrister, defending half-lap champion Nivea Smith, Lanece Clarke, Amara Jones, Teshon Adderley, defending long jump champion Bianca Stuart, Tamara Myers, Taylar Carter, and 4x400m runners Shakeitha Henfield, Miriam Byfield and Cottrell Martin. Quarter-miler Christine Amertil, who was a part of the 4x400m relay team from the Penn Relays which qualified for the International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships, has announced that she will not be competing for the remainder of the 2013 season.

On the men’s side, the team members are Shavez Hart, Warren Fraser, Trevorvano Mackey, Jamial Rolle, LaToy Williams, Wesley Neymour, Jeffery Gibson, Raymond Higgs, Rudon Bastian, Cameron Parker, Donald Thomas, Jamal Wilson, Derrick Atkins, Stephen Newbold and O’Jay Ferguson.

Despite having the best performance of any Bahamian in the 100 meters (m) this year, Atkins will only run relay duty at the championships. This might be the final opportunity for The Bahamas to qualify a men’s 4x100m relay team for the IAAF World Championships.

As for Thomas who lost to Ryan Ingraham at the BTC Open National Track and Field Championships, he will compete in the men’s high jump at the Sr. CAC Championships, looking to obtain the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the world championships.

As of today, three Bahamians have the “B” standard in the men’s high jump. Only one Bahamian can represent the Bahamas with the “B” standard at the IAAF World Championships. However, the overall winner from the Sr. CAC championships has an automatic bid to the World Championships, to be held August 10-18, in Moscow, Russia.

In 2011, The Bahamas won 10 medals at the Sr. CAC Championships - five golds, two silver and three bronze. The team will leave on July 3, 2013 for Mexico.

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