There were some standout performances at the DTSP (Development of Technique, Speed and Power) Wolfpack/Ronald Cartwright Track Classic on Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, including a pair of CARIFTA qualifying times.
President and head coach for the Wolfpack Larry Clarke said he was glad the athletes had an opportunity to compete on Saturday.
“Today (Saturday) was an exciting day. We had a smooth and well-rounded meet. As a matter of fact, we were able to finish earlier than expected. It was an awesome day for track and field. I am thankful to God that we were able to afford our youngsters an opportunity to qualify for CARIFTA and university,” Clarke said.
Known for the 400 meters (m) and the 400m hurdles, Swift Athletics athlete Wendell Miller changed it up a bit on Saturday as he ran the under-20 boys 100m and 200m races.
The St. John’s College student-athlete was masterful in the 200m as he won heat nine with a time of 21.11 seconds. He used his length to pull away from the field, running like his goal was to qualify for the CARIFTA Games.
“I was trying my hardest to qualify in the 400m but I only made ‘B’ standard, so I just went out there and qualify in the 200m,” said Miller. The qualifying standard for the 200m is 21.15 seconds.
The host club’s Lamond Moss came in second place with a time of 21.85 seconds. Fast Forward’s Zachary Evans placed third as he clocked 22.06 seconds.
Miller was able to match the CARIFTA ‘B’ standard in the 100m as he ran out of heat six and clocked 10.71 seconds. He won his age group and was the only competitor to go under 11 seconds.
The closest competitor was Evans. He clocked 11.01 seconds. Finishing tied for third was Red-Line Athletics’ Joshua Miller and DTSP Wolfpack’s Moss who were both timed in 11.14 seconds.
In the second to last event of the day, the under-20 boys 4x400m relay, Miller showed why he is one of the best young quarter-mile runners in The Bahamas. He ran the anchor leg for Swift Athletics who was in sixth place and behind the first-place team by just over 50 meters. He closed the gap on the back stretch before using the final 200 meters to make his move for the front. At the 80-meter mark, he was in third place. From there, he took the outside lane and let his stride and
determination take him across the finish line first, bringing his team to victory in 3:20.13.
“My leg was very hard because I came from the back, so I just had to push my team. I knew I could do it and I know people had faith in me and was watching me. It was hard because I ran earlier but I still ran and executed my race very well to the best of my ability,” Miller said.
Red-Line Athletics had to settle for second place as they sported a time of 3:21.01. Fast Forward was a close third place with a time of 3:21.27.
In the under-20 boys 400m, it was Fast Forward Athletics’ Wanya McCoy who came out on top when he posted a season’s best of 48.30 seconds. He was the only runner to go under 49 seconds.
S.P.I.A Athletics’ Omar Kelly clocked 49.44 seconds to finish second. Bain was third overall after he recorded a time of 50.21 seconds.
It was a double victory for Blue Chip Athletics Cailyn Johnson in the field. The 15-year-old won the under-17 girls discus and shot put events. In the shot put, she edged out second place Teneil Ferguson who competes for the Road Runners Track Club. Johnson threw for a winning distance of 9.77m (32’ 0-3/4”). Ferguson threw 9.74m (31’ 11-1/2”). Finishing third was the T Bird Flyers’ Jayann Joseph with a distance of 8.80m (28’ 10-1/2”). The trio finished in the exact order in the discus. Johnson convincingly won this event with a throw of 28.42m (93’ 3”). Ferguson threw a distance of 22.27m (73’ 1”) and Joseph threw 21.08m (69’ 2”).
Bahamas Speed Dynamics’ Shaunece Miller came away with a victory in the under-20 girls long jump and 100m hurdles events. In the 100m hurdles, she comfortably won with a time of 15.40 seconds. Red-Line’s Shanai Sweeting placed second after she crossed the finish line in 16.40 seconds. Filling the final podium position was Power Athletics’ Keianna Cambridge who clocked 16.55 seconds.
Miller leapt 5.08m (16’ 8”) to win the long jump event. Recording the same distance as her but settling for second as a result of a shorter second-best jump was Fast Forward’s Destiny Greenslade. Tonnice Stubbs, who jumped unattached, posted a distance of 4.38m (14’ 4-1/2”).
Red-Line came out as the victors in both the under-17 and under-20 4x100m mixed relay races. In the under-20 category, they clocked 44.51 seconds to win that race. Finishing second was the Red-Line’s ‘B’ team after they crossed the finish line in 45.44 seconds. The Wolfpack finished third with a time of 45.56 seconds.
In the under-17 race, Red-Line was able to hold off Star Trackers to win that event in 46.02 seconds. Star Trackers finished in 46.41 seconds. Like in the under-20 mixed relay, the Wolfpack settled for third, finishing in 47.45 seconds.
The Wolfpack finished first and second in the under-17 boys 400m. Jeremiah Adderley won that race,
running 51.23 seconds. Philip Gray Jr. was second, recording a time of 52 seconds flat. Fast Forward’s Matthew Chandler was third, crossing the finish line in 52.50 seconds.
The trophies for the mixed relays were donated and presented by Olympic gold medalist ‘Golden Girl’, Eldece Clarke.
The meet honored veteran field events coach Ronald Cartwright for his contribution to athletics over the years.
Clarke thanked meet director Dave Charlton, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), the Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO), volunteers, technical personnel, the entire Wolfpack club, coaches and athletes for a successful meet.
He also thanked the title sponsor Oaktree Medical Center along with other sponsors National Health Insurance (NHI), Thompson Trading Co., Caribbean Bottling Co. and Aetos Holdings Ltd. for making the meet possible.