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Byfield left off women's 4x400m relay team

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 17, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – Despite not getting the opportunity to run here in Moscow, Russia, quarter-miler Miriam Byfield said that she is content knowing that The Bahamas had the opportunity to compete in a women’s 4x400 meter (m) relay for just the second time at the world championships level.

The Bahamian quartet of Amara Jones, Lanece Clarke, Shakeitha Henfield and Cottrell Martin ran 3:32.91 yesterday four fourth in their semi-final heat, and 13th overall at these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships.

Byfield finished fourth at the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships behind Clarke, Jones and Henfield, and ahead of Martin.  She ran a time of 53.83 seconds at the nationals compared to 54.10 for Martin.

Still, it was Martin who got the nod yesterday.  Byfield said she was a bit disappointed, but at the end of the day they are at the world championships and she fully throws her support behind Team Bahamas.

“Well, it was a coach’s decision.  I don’t know what determining factor was used.  That wasn’t relayed to me.  I’m just accepting it for what it is.  I’m always supportive because at the end of the day, it’s a team effort and that’s what matters,” she said.

As for how she thought the team performed without her, Byfield said that it was a strong run and they validated their right to be there.

“They gave it their all, and that’s all that matters.  I would have liked to be out there on the track, but that’s okay.  At the end of the day, we all worked hard to get to this point and I’m just happy that we were able to perform,” she said.

“I had a great experience here in Moscow.”

Byfield’s 53.83 seconds time at the nationals was a season’s and personal best.  She went to the Sr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships with the other girls, but only for relay duty.

The team of Henfield, Clarke, Byfield and Jones, in that order, ran 3:36.41 for the bronze medal at those Sr. CAC Championships in Morelia, Mexico.  With Martin in for Byfield at these world championships the squad ran 3:32.91, three and a half seconds faster.

Byfield said she will continue to focus on her individual race and is already looking forward to next year.

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