Cayman team does well in Tampa

In May 2006 the Mustang Track Club (MTC) travelled to Tampa to take part in the Baytaf Track and Field Championship. At the end of the 3 day meet the club had amassed a total of 11 medals: 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.

The team also set 2 records. The record-breaking performances came from Jon-Mikol Rankin and Chantelle Morrison. In the 11 yr old boys high jump, Rankin leapt 4 foot 7 ½ inches erasing the previous mark of 4ft 4in. In the 12 yr old girls 100m, Morrison won with a time of 12.48 seconds erasing the previous mark of 12.52s that was set in 2003 by Tiana Fisher of the Florida Elite Club.

Other athletes had memorable performances. Ashleigh Nalty and Travis Webb both won gold medals and had personal bests. Nalty jumped 4ft 9 ½in in the 12 yr old girls high jump, just ½in short of the record. Webb leapt 5ft 7 3/4in in the 14 yr old boys high jump.

Mauricio Terry and Peter Grant also secured silver medal in their respective age groups in the high jump. Mauricio leapt 4ft 7 3/4in and Peter did 4ft 5 ½in.

Justin Nalty was the most successful athlete in terms of medals. He earned 3 bronze medals from the 10 yr old boys 100m, 200m and the boys 4x100m relays. The relay team consisted of Nalty, Joshwea Fredrick, Dejain Solomon, and Kheon Robinson, who ran a time of 57.11s.

Avryl Myers also did well. She gained a third place finish in the girls 14 yr old shot putt with a personal best throw of 10.14m.

The 12 yr old girl quartet of Melinda McLean, Ashleigh Nalty, Kristen Dixon and Chantelle Morrison secured the silver medal in the 4x100m relay in a time of 53.14s.

Other athletes to reach the finals are as follows: Dejain Solomon in seventh in a time of 14.82s and Joshewa Fredrick in fourth in a time of 14.17s for the 9yr old boys 100m.

Melinda McLean was another athlete worthy of note. McLean placed forth in both the 11yr old girls 100m and 200m with times of 13.85s and 28.58s.

A host of athletes had relatively good events as well. Jordan Bell-White placed eighth in the 11yrs old boys 100M with a time of 14.08s. Gizelle Wright was very impressive with a fifth place finish in the 13 yrs old girl 100m in a time of 12.96s. Ashleigh Nalty had a seventh place finish in the 12 yrs old girl 200m with time of 27.80s.

Neville Marstons was very unlucky because when he was leading the boys 13 yr old 100m heats he stepped on the side railing and nearly fell. Nevertheless Marstons still managed a 3rd place finish in his heat but did not advance. In the 200m finals he had much better luck as he finished in fifth spot with a very impressive time of 25.96s.

At the end of the meet there was a lot of athlete who did not make it to the medal podium but managed personal bests. They are: Vashti Morris with a time of 1.06.42s in the 400m, Dean Paul-Wallace with a time of 1.03.94s in the 400m, Kadeen Foster with a time of 2.30s in the 800m and Jorel Bellafonte with a time of 1.06.73s in the 400m.

Jahzenia Thomas and Anissa Owen also performed creditably coming off injuries. Both athletes ran the 100m and 200m but did not advance. Shadwick Greene, Christopher Dixon, Jada Wright, and Deniliz Thomas all performed admirably even though they were the youngest of the team at ages 6-7 yrs old but competed with determination and pride.

Other athletes of interest who did not win a medal or make it to the finals, but showed good fighting qualities are as follows: Shanique Yen in the 400m, Dee-Ann Foster in the 1500m, Dean Paul-Wallace in the 400m, David Holness in the 100m & 200m, Megan Anderson in the 200m, Wesley Robinson in the 200m and Vashti Morris in the 400m.

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