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Star Trackers athletes take part in Atlanta Georgia Relays

In preparation for the youth and junior nationals next month, a five-member team from the Star Trackers Track & Field Club travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend to compete in the Atlanta Georgia Relays.

One of the top female junior sprinters in the country, Anthaya Charlton, led by example, winning the 15-16 girls’ 100 meters (m) and placing second in the long jump. Charlton was just off her personal best in the 100m, winning that event in 11.92 seconds. American youngster Ahmaya Jackson, representing Track Dynamite, finished second in 12.07 seconds, and fellow American Chanice Spicer, running unattached, finished third in 12.15 seconds.

In the long jump, Charlton had to settle for second with a leap of 17’ 6”. Jamaican youngster Valissa Brown, representing Wolmer’s Schools in Kingston, Jamaica, had a winning leap of 18’ 9-1/2”. Charlton finished second, and, competing unattached, Camille Trotman finished third with a best leap of 17’ 4”. Another Bahamian in that event, Tanisha Floyd, was fifth with a best leap of 17’ 0-1/4”. Finishing just ahead of her was Ashantae Graham, of Falcon Athletics, with a leap of 17’ 1-1/4”. Floyd also took part in the 15-16 girls’ high jump. She was second in that event, clearing 4’ 8”. Kendall McDaniel, representing Jackrabbit Track and Running Club, won with a clearance of 5’ 0”. Floyd was second and Zhoria Brown finished third with a clearance of 4’ 4”.

Hurdler Jahmaal Wilson took part in the 17-18 boys’ 110m and 400m hurdles. He finished second in the 110m in a blazing personal best time of 13.86 seconds, just coming up short to Jamaican double sprint star Dejour Russell, of Calabar High School. Russell ran 13.75 seconds. Wilson was second, and American Joshua Brockman, running unattached, finished third. Brockman finished in an identical time as Wilson, but was out-leaned at the finish line.

Wilson won the 400m hurdles in 55.38 seconds. Antaures Jackson, of Eagles Landing Athletic Club, was second in 56.48 seconds. Brockman settled for third once again, finishing in 56.69 seconds.

Zaria Stapleton finished 12th overall in the 11-12 girls’ 100m in 14.39 seconds, and was 24th overall in the 200m in 31.43 seconds. She was eighth overall in the 11-12 girls’ long jump with a leap of 12’ 2-3/4”. Josiah Lockhart took part in the same events in the 11-12 boys’ division. Lockhart was 11th overall in the 100m in 14.05 seconds, 13th overall in the 200m in 28.84, and finished fourth in the long jump with a best leap of 13’ 6-3/4”.

Jackrabbit Track teammates Devin Williams and Sean Ferguson finished first and second with leaps of 16’ 5-1/4” and 13’ 10-3/4”, respectively. Braylon Jakes, representing the West Georgia Jets, finished third with a leap of 13’ 9-1/4”.

The five athletes from Star Trackers are eligible to compete in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) Youth and Junior National Championships June 15-16 at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. A number of youth and junior athletes from around the country are expected to take part.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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