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Twilight track classic deemed a success

Over 600 athletes participated in the Roadrunners Track Club’s inaugural Twilight Track Classic which was held at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium over the weekend. There were divisions from under-7 to the open divisions and the meet featured both track and field events.

Dexter Bodie, Head Coach of Roadrunners Track Club, said: “The meet was very successful. We had over 600 athletes taking part, and we give God thanks for the weather. There was no rain.”

Bodie hopes that going forward, the meet would finish earlier. “Between each race you have to wait three or four minutes before you start the next heat and that sort of kill the event. If we could correct that, we wouldn’t be in the stadium this long,” said Bodie.

Bodie is looking to bring in The Bahamas’ top athletes next year. “We will look to see if we can bring in some of our top-class athletes, professional athletes along with one or two other athletes who we are looking at. We really want to go big,” he said.

Bodie said they will also look at making the event a two-day meet, hopefully making it run smoother.

The overall winner of the meet was X-Treme Athletics which amassed a total of 318 points. Second went to Kids Athletics with 294 points, and rounding out the top three was Swift Athletics with 252 points.

In the under-7 girls division, the Beginners Track Club won with 20 points. The Striders finished second with 14 points and X-Treme Athletics finished third with 14 points. Arie Thompson of the Beginners Track Club won the 50 meters (m) and the 100m in the under-7 girls division. Kids Athletics won the under-7 boys division with 20 points. Kingsway Academy Elementary came second with 14 points, and the Striders placed third with 13 points.

In the under-9 girls division, Kids Athletics came away with the win, finishing with 32 points. In second place was Star Trackers with 30 points and rounding out the top three was Fast Forward Athletics with 20 points. Zara Frazer of Fast Forward won the under-9 girls 100 and 200m. Kids Athletics won the under-9 boys division with 50 points. The Star Trackers and the T-Bird Flyers obtained 21 and 18 points for second and third respectively.

In the under-11 girls division, Kids Athletics came away with a team score of 55 points. Finishing second was 4D Stallions Athletic Club with 24.50 points. X-Treme Athletics finished third with 19 points. Darvinique Dean from Kids Athletics won the sprint double. In the under-11 boys division, X-Treme Athletics finished first with 52 points. In second was the T-Bird Flyers with 32 points, and Beginners Track Club finished third with 20 points.

Fast Forward won the under-13 female division with a score of 66 points. X-Treme Athletics finished second with 33 points. In third was the Roadrunners with 18 points. Sarah Hepburn from Fast Forward won the sprint double for that age division. On the male side, Hurray Murray Athletics edged Swift Athletics with 31 points compared to 28 for Swift. Right behind Swift was Kids Athletics with 26 points.

X-Treme Athletics Track Club won the under-15 girls division with 100 points. The T-Bird Flyers came in second with 47 points. In third place was 4D Stallions with 36 points. For the boys, Kids Athletics secured first place with 58 points as Swift Athletics came in a close second with 52 points. Club Monica finished third with 41 points.

X-Treme Athletics also won the under-17 girls division, totaling 63 points. Star Trackers got 58 points to finish second and Club Monica finished third with 54 points. CARIFTA, Star Trackers and St. Augustine’s College (SAC) teammates Anthaya Charlton (11.83 seconds) and Jaida Knowles (11.96 seconds) finished first and second respectively in the 100m. Indea Cartwright finished third in 12.34 seconds. On the boys’ side, Swift Athletics won with 57 points and 4D Stallions Athletic Club finished second with 43 points. The Roadrunners settled for third with 40 points.

Blue Chip Athletics obtained 46 points to win the under-20 girls division. Alliance Track Club and Leap of Faith Jumps Club finished second and third with 36 and 24 points respectively. CARIFTA gold medalist Doneisha Anderson of TWD Athletics won the sprint double. She ran 12.01 seconds in the 100m and 24.23 seconds in the 200m. Bahamas High Performance won the under-20 boys division with 34 points. Second place went to SAC with 20 points and third place went to the University of The Bahamas with 18 points. Antoine Cooper of Power Athletics won the 100m in 10.78 seconds and Lavardo Handfield Jr. won the 200m in 22.17 seconds.

Only two teams competed in the open women’s division. Power Athletics was first and Bahamas High Performance finished second. Power Athletics finished with 20 points and High Performance finished with 10 points. For the men, Power Athletics won with 42 points. Phoenix Track Club finished with 30 points for second, and 4D Stallions Athletic Club finished with 26 points for third.
Bodie thanked BTC, his main sponsor, along with all those who made the first edition of the meet successful.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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