Year off to an ‘Odd’start!
Bahamian youngster Branson Rolle has gotten off to a fast start this track season. He won all three of the events he contested in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations(BAAA)Annual Odd Distance Classic, on Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
The under-13 boys 75 meters(m)was won by Rolle in 10.06 seconds and he also took the 300m in 43.81 seconds. In the long jump event, Rolle soared 4.22m to get the win over Temiko Smith, who had a best jump of 3.72m while Michael Bodie’s 3.64m gave him third place. Coren Alcime, Avery Adderley and Blaze Darling II were double winners in their respective categories. Alcime captured the under-9 girls 75m in 9.20 seconds, D’Arjha was second in 9.59 seconds and Anthaya Charlton finished third in 9.69 seconds.
The winning time in the 150m was 24.28 seconds posted by Alcime. Charlton crossed the finish line in 24.38 seconds and Shaunece Miller finished third in 24.94 seconds. The under-9 boys 75m was won by Adderley in 12.57 seconds, Malcolm Williams placed second in 12.63 seconds and Pharel Phillip finished in 12.97 seconds for third. Adderley got the win over Williams again, in the 150m event. He ran 24.23 seconds while Williams turned in 24.72 seconds. Ethan Simmons finished third in 25.55 seconds.
Running away with the under-11 boys sprint titles was Darling II. He crossed the finish line in 10.88 seconds to win the 75m and 20.81 seconds to win the 150m. Oscar Smith got second in both races. Asia Butler ran away from the field in the under-15 girls 150m. The winning time was 18.87 seconds. Clocking 19.13 seconds was Jenae Ambrose, and Taj Dorsett crossed the finish line in 19.26 seconds. Ambrose and Dorsett had to settle for second and third once again, in the 300m. Leading the pack in 42.41 seconds was Dreshanae Rolle, and Ambrose and Dorsett posted times of 43.02 seconds and 44.66 seconds respectively.
Winning the under-17 girls 150m dash was Danielle Gibson, who also won the long jump event in that division. Gibson clocked 18.34 seconds to win the 150m and soared 5.18m for the long jump title. Ian Kerr had to settle for second in both the 150m and 300m events, in the under-17 boys. Lewis got the best of Kerr in the 150m, clocking 16.61 seconds. Kerr trailed in 16.75 seconds. Over in the 300m, Janeko Cartwright ran 30.66 seconds while Kerr stopped the clock in 36.91 seconds.
The 600m, in the under-17 boys division, was won by Ashley Riley in 1:24.43. Keric Rolle and Daron Young followed in times of 1:25.81 and 1:30.15 respectively. Winning the open women’s 75m was Anthonique Strachan in 9.14 seconds. Sara Mackey was second in 9.73 seconds and Nasia Adderley finished third in 9.74 seconds. Strachan also captured the 250m in 30.56 seconds. Fellow CARIFTA teammates Katrina Seymour and Printassia Johnson were second and third. Seymour’s time was 31.06 seconds and Johnson finished in 33.47 seconds.
Seymour bounced back to win the 150m event in 17.25 seconds, Tamara Rigby marked her return with a time of 17.31 seconds, and Gregia Higgs finished third in 18.03 seconds. Over in the open men’s division, club teammates Javon Rolle and O’Jay Ferguson of the Roadrunners Track Club won the 75m and 250m respectively. Rolle turned in a time of 8.50 seconds in his race and Ferguson ran a time of 27.75 seconds. Stopping the clock at 41.16 seconds in the 350m was Wesley Neymour of Silver Lighting. Ulysses Hinsey, who also trains with the club, was second in 42.28 seconds and Giovanni Culmer ran third in 44.20 seconds. Ryan Ingraham won the first high jump event of the season with a clearance of 2.16m. Also winning the hugh jump event for open women was Kenya Culmer with a best leap of 1.70m.
Ashley Oembler and Brashae Wood switched positions in the women’s shot putt and discuss events. Wood won the shot putt with a throw of 9.95m leaving Oembler to take second with a best throw of 8.30m. In the discuss event, Oembler threw 31.32m for the win and Wood followed with a best throw of 30.16m. Melissa Clyde placed third in both the javelin and shot putt event with distances of 6.93m and 16.44m respectively.