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Quartet to represent The Bahamas in Colombia

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Aug 23, 2013

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The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) is only sending four persons to represent the country at one of the biggest junior meets in the region.

Andre Colebrooke, Tayla Carter, Ashley Oembler and Gerrard Burrows are scheduled to compete for The Bahamas at the Junior Pan American Championships, which will get underway today in Medellin, Colombia. In the past, the governing body for the sport in the country, the BAAA fielded much larger squads to compete at the junior Pan Ams. In 2011, when the meet was held in Miramar, Florida, a team of more than 20 athletes competed for The Bahamas. The country won 10 medals in total – three gold, two silver and five bronze. Anthonique Strachan set a new meet record that year, clocking 22.70 seconds in the 200 meters (m). At that time, it was a new junior national record. Since then, Shaunae Miller has lowered the junior national mark to 22.45 seconds.

Strachan was third in the 100m, which was won by Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago. Keilah Tyson was second in the event, stopping the clock at 11.39 seconds. Ahye and Strachan’s times were 11.25 seconds and 11.46 seconds respectively.

Picking up a gold medal in the 400m hurdles was Katrina Seymour. Seymour ran 57.87 seconds for the win over Danielle Dowie and Deborah Rodriguez who turned in times of 58.55 seconds and 59.10 seconds respectively. The team of Devynne Charlton, Carmeisha Cox, V’Alonee Robinson and Strachan ran 45.04 seconds to win the sprint relay event. A time of 40.26 seconds, turned in by the boys’ sprint relay team, and placed them third overall. The quartet included Blake Bartlett, Shavez Hart, Delano Davis and Trevorvano Mackey.

The silver in the men’s high jump event, at the 2011 meet, went to Ryan Ingraham, and Tamara Myers got a silver medal in the triple jump event.

The Junior Pan American Championships is the final international meet on the BAAA’s calendar this year.

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