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BAAA Names Two National Teams
With the local Track and Field season soon to come to a close, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has named two National teams to represent the Bahamas in summer competitions. BAAA president Mike Sands indicated to members that because qualification standards are in place, the selection committe did not take long in producing recommendations to the Executive board. About 5:30pm on Sunday 24th June, the teams were officially ratified with the first one being the World Junior squad. The team is as follows: Teray Smith- 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Anthony Farrington- 100m, 4x100m, Blake Bartlett- 200m, 4x100m , Elroy McBride- 400m, 4x400m, O'Jay Ferguson- 400m, 4x400m, Moriel Pitt- 110m Hurdles, Tre Adderley- 110m Hurdles, Ryan Ingraham- High Jump, Latario Collie-Minns- Triple Jump, Lathone Collie Minns- Triple Jump, Shane Jones- 4x100m, Julian Munroe- 4x400m, Janeko Cartwright- 4x400m, Johnathan Farquharson*-4x100m and Stephen Newbold- 4x100m and 4x400m.
On the women side, Carmiesha Cox- 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Anthonique Strachan*- 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Tayla Carter- 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Rashan Brown- 400m, 4x100m, Shaunae Miller*- 400m, Te'shon Adderley- 800m, Devynne Charlton- 100m Hurdles, 4x100m, Devinn Cartwright- 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, Pedrya Seymour- 400m Hurdles and Makeya White-4x100m.
President Sands indicated that four athletes of this squad will undergo a fitness test on Saturday 30th June forgoing the CAC Junior Championships and those athletes are Stephen Newbold, Johnathan Farquharson, Anthonique Strachan and Shaunae Miller. The fitness test will be determined by the coaching staff along with the speed time. The team will depart on July 2nd, in route to Spain for a training camp. Foster Dorsett- Manager, Carolyn Young- Assistant Manager, Rudolph Ferguson- Head Coach, Everette Fraser- Sprints, James Rolle- Vertical Jumps, Antonio Saunders- Horizontal Jumps, Tonique Williams- Darling- Chaperone, Medical Staff- Dr. Kier Miller and Physiotherapist Khalid Hanna.
The second team named was the NACAC Under 23 comprising of 30 members with 21 athletes and 9 officials. V'Alonee Robinson - 100m, 4x100m, Long Jump, Amara Jones- 200m, 400m, 4x100m, Ivanique Kemp- 100m Hurdles, 4x100m, Krystal Bodie- 100m Hurdles, 4x100m, Kenya Culmer- High Jump, Juliana Duncanson- Shot Put, Shelleyeka Rolle- 800m.
On the men's side, Trevorvano Mackey- 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Warren Fraser- 100m, 4x100m, Marcus Thompson- 200m, 4x100m, Cerio Rolle- 800m, Nathan Arnett- 110mH, 400mH, Dennis Bain- 110m Hurdles, 4x100m, Jeffery Gibson- 400m Hurdles, 4x400m, Raymond Higgs- Long Jump, J'Vente Deveaux- Triple Jump, Alfred Higgs*- 4x100m, 4x400m, Ulysses Hinsey- 4x100m, 4x400m, Shavez Hart*- 4x100m, 4x400m, Alonzo Russell- 4x400m, and Danzell Forston- 4x400m.
Two athletes will undergo fitness test Alfred Higgs and Shavez Hart. The team Manager - Linda Thompson, Assistant Manager- Debbie Smith, Head Coach- Bradley Cooper, Coaches- Patrick Adderley, Rodger Charlton, Ravanno Ferguson, Medical Staff- Dr. Cindy Dorsett and Physiotherapist- Simone Graham.
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations is all set and ready for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games trials to be held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June at the old Thomas A Robinson Stadium. The meet will not only serve as the trials for the Olympics but also for the IAAF World Junior Championships and the NACAC Under 23 Championships. Athletes must register using the countdown link above by June 18th, 2012 at 4:00pm.
Raymond Higgs, Ivanique Kemp and Warren Fraser Tops NCAA Championships for Bahamians
With the NCAA Division One Championships ending on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, Raymond Higgs, Ivanique Kemp and Warren Fraser topped the Bahamian 10 athletes competing at the Championships. Higgs a sophmore at the University of Arkansas placed third in the men's long jump with a best leap of 26-5 (8.05m) with a legal wind performance. He followed up with a second best leap of 26-4.5 (8.04m).
Also performing for the University of Arkansas in her senior year, Ivanique Kemp established a new National Record in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a best 13.13 seconds erasing her old marks of 13.20 seconds which she ran a total four times. Twice in 2011 and again in 2012 prior to the NCAA Championships. Although Kemp did not advanced into the finals, she was able to achieve the Olympic 'B' standard of 13.15 seconds becoming the first Bahamian female to do so in this event.
In his Junior year for Clemson University, Warren Fraser achieved the Olympic 'A' standard in the men's 100 meters posting 10.18 seconds. Fraser will join Derrick Atkins who also posted an Olympic 'A' standard at the NTC Star Athletics meet in Clermont, Florida. Fraser and Atkins are the only two male sprinters to achieve the 'A' standard.
Joining Higgs, Kemp, and Fraser at the NCAA Championships were Nathan Arnett a Junior at Mississippi State University posting 50.53 seconds in the men's 400 meter hurdles along with Oral Roberts University Junior, Jeffery Gibson running 50.72 seconds in the same event not advancing to the finals.
Junior at Texas Christian University Cameron Parker popped a best 50-5.5 (15.38m) in the men's triple jump. Along side him was Sophmore Douglas Palacious representing Southern Illinois University with a best 49-11.75 (15.23m). They did not advanced into the finals.
In her final year at Savannah State University, Amara Jones was unable to advance to the finals, but was able to complete the one lap 400 meter race in 52.59 seconds while Auburn University Sophmore V'Alonee Robinson anchored her team in the women's 4x100 meter relay. The lady tigers would miss out on a spot in the finals placing ninth in 44.01 seconds.
Completing his Freshman year for Florida State University, 2011 IAAF World Youth Champion Stephen Newbold would anchor his team 4x100 meter relay in the prelims to a 38.81 second clocking for a spot in the finals. FSU would finish second in the finals in 38.57 seconds, with Newbold on the anchor leg.