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22-member IAAF World Junior team named

Athletes set to compete in Eugene, Oregon
RANDY SMITH
Guardian Sports Reporter
randy@nasguard.com

Published: Jul 12, 2014

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The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) yesterday announced the members of Team Bahamas for the 2014 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships. This year's championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon at the University of Oregon, July 22-27.

Statistician Tyrone Burrows, General Secretary of the BAAA Carl Oliver and the team’s assistant manager, Doris Wood, accompanied BAAA President Mike Sands at the briefing, which took place at the British Colonial Center of Commerce.

In the past, The Bahamas has had success at the world juniors, and those responsible for putting together this year’s team are confident that they will have a good showing at the meet.

“It’s a very solid team. If you look at the individual performances of the athletes that qualified they stack up nicely against those not only in the region but in the world as well. With the right synergy, focus and mindset we expect this team to make us proud,” said Sands.

“The kids, coaches and athletes were all focused on qualifying for this event, and once they have found out that they have qualified it is like a new adrenaline they get which allows them to come ready for the meet.”

Earlier in the month, most of the members of this IAAF team traveled to Morelia, Mexico, where they competed in the CAC Junior Championships. The Bahamas finished with 20 medals in total and delivered several strong performances that will be used as building blocks headed to Oregon, which is widely renowned as the track and field capital of the United States.

Hayward Field is one of the world’s most famous track and field venues and is the centerpiece of ‘Track town, USA’; it is one of the only track and field facilities in the country and was named after legendary coach Bill Hayward. Hayward guided the University of Oregon’s men’s team from 1904-1947.

“Anyone who knows anything about track and field knows that Eugene, Oregon is the place to be. The community and environment is one of the most beautiful that you will ever come across, but one thing to remember is that it has one of the highest polling counts so it is important that those traveling to Eugene be mindful of that. The athletes’ village will be set up at the University of Oregon. The school, I think, is home to more than 20,000 students and is already built as an athlete friendly environment,” said Sands.

“It is pleasure not to have to go way to Europe and have to take four, five flights and arrive 24 or 48 hours later. This trip will be an easier trip also because of the three-hour time zone difference as opposed to a 12-hour difference, so finances permitting, we will be heading to Eugene in the next eight to 10 days.”

Several names have been identified and added for relay duty due to the fact that the schedule at the championships is not favorable for those athletes who are participating in both relays and individual events.

The members of this year’s IAAF World Junior Championships are as follows:

 

Girls

• Keinna Albury

• Brianna Bethel

• Janae Ambrose

• Sheniqua Dosett

• Talia Thompson

• Daniel Gibson

• Carmiesha Cox

• Devin Charlton

• Mesha Newbold

 

Boys:

• Xavier Coakley

• Keanu Pennerman

• Cliff Reesis

• Ian Kerr

• Stephen Gardiner

• Janeko Cartwright

• Laquan Nairn

• Sampson Colebrook

• Henry Delouse

• Kinard Rolle

• Kurt Lewis

• Deadro Clarke

• Ashley Riley

• Javaan Martin

 


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