BAAA ratifies three teams for regional meets
It is expected to be a busy July for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) as they will send three teams to regional track and field meets.
This week, an under-18 and under-23 team will be traveling to Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico, for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-18 (U18) and Under-23 (U23) Athletics Championships. That meet is set for July 5-7.
Representing The Bahamas in Mexico are: under-18 girls Anthaya Charlton (100 meters (m), long jump), Jaida Knowles (100m, 200m), Megan Moss (400m), Rhema Otabor (javelin) and Jasmine Knowles (800m); under-18 boys Terrence Jones (400m), Keyshawn Strachan (javelin) and Tarajh Hudson (discus); under-23 women Alexis Gray (100m, 200m), Celine Thompson (high jump), Daejha Moss (high jump), Charisma Taylor (triple jump) and Dreshanae Rolle (400m hurdles); and under-23 men Holland Martin (long jump), Kyle Alcine (high jump), Jyles Etienne (high jump), Samson Colebrooke (100m, 200m), Tamar Greene (triple jump) and Shakeem Hall-Smith (400m hurdles).
The team’s head coach is Jason Edwards and he will be assisted by Kennard Mackey. The team manager is Laura Pratt-Charlton and she will be assisted by Laketah Charlton. The team doctor is Dr. Cindy Dorsett and the physiotherapist is Bernique Hanna. Other coaches on the team are Corrington Maycock, Tito Moss and James Rolle.
After that team returns, the BAAA will send a team to the Pan American Under-20 (U20) Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica, set for July 18-21.
The male members of that team are Adrian Curry (100m, 4x100m), Rico Moultrie (100m, 4x100m), Terrence Jones (200m, 400m, 4x100m), Denvaughn Whyms (110m hurdles, long jump, 4x100m), Shaun Miller (high jump, 4x100m), Travis Joseph (high jump), Gabriel Curtis (5000m) and Hudson (discus). The female members of that team are Charlton (100m, long jump, 4x100m, 4x400m), Knowles (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Kayvon Stubbs (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Doneisha Anderson (400m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Megan Moss (400m, 4x100m, 4x400m) and Jasmine Knowles (800m, 4x400m).
The management team includes Dereck Wells as the head coach, Claudel McNabb as the assistant head coach and other coaches Ronald Cartwright and Antonio Saunders. The team manager is Kim Hanna and Emmitt Higgins will be the assistant. The team doctor is Rodean Wallace and the physiotherapist is Shakeitha Henfield. Mae Miller is the delegate. A couple of translators who will travel with the team are sisters Dunnia and Ivannia Vega-Smith.
Some of the athletes are on both teams. Knowles said they are prepared for the workload, and are looking for positive results. She said they have trained for these kind of meets.
The final team to travel in the region this July is the under-13 and under-15 boys and girls on the NACAC Age Group Championships team. They will be travelling to San Salvador, El Salvador, for the NACAC Age Group Championships, a biennial meet, from July 26-27. The track meet will be held at the Jorge “Magico” Gonzalez Stadium.
It is a multi-event meet where the 11-12 athletes will compete in a pentathlon and the 13-14 athletes will take part in a heptathlon.
Representing The Bahamas are Tristan King and Tyrone Conliffe Jr. (11-12 boys), Phoebe Thompson and Rajae Saunders (11-12 girls), Lynden Johnson and Kamron Rolle (13-14 boys) and G’Shan Brown and Kendrea Munroe (13-14 girls).
Sherry Francis is the head coach of the team.
This is Brown’s second time making the team. She said she is looking to win her age group this year.
All three teams are expected to perform very well and bring back some medals.
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