Nalty leaps up rankings

A local track club has some of its members positioned high in world athletics rankings.

Following a successful 2007 track season, the Mustang Track Club now has another success. Six club members are listed in the national elite youth ranking system for 2008.

Leading the way is Carifta bronze medallist Travis Webb. Webb is listed as number three in the boys 15-16 yrs old high jump with a best leap of six feet four inches. He is also seventh in the same age group in the long jump with a leap of 21ft three and three quarter inches.

Ashleigh Nalty is ranked third in the 13-14 yrs old girls high jump with a best of five feet four inches. That leap happened at the Baytaf meet in Tampa earlier last month.

Justin Nalty is ranked fourth in the 12-13 yrs old boys’ high jump with a best of five feet two inches. That mark earned him gold at the Baytaf meet in May.

Chantelle Morrison is ranked 19th in the girls 13-14 100m with a time of 12.33s while Avril Myers is ranked 18th in the girls 15-16 yr old shot putt. Myers best throw of 32ft earned her a silver medal at the Baytaf track meet earlier last month.

Finally Jahzenia Thomas is ranked 18th in the 17-18 yr old girls long jump with a best of 16ft five inches. That leap earned her a silver medal at the Baytaf meet in May.

The Ranking System is a database of performances by thousands of athletes during the outdoor track and field season. Some of the events monitored include USA Track and Field, Amateur Athletic Union Association, Regional and National Championships; Catholic Youth Organization meets and large invitational meets across the United States.

Having ranked club members is nothing new to the Mustangs. Each year, for the past three years, Mustang athletes have featured in the All-American listing as well as the elite category.

Among the criteria for those designations include having performances being continually listed in the top 20 each week and being listed as having a top 20 performance at the end of the track season. In addition the top 100 athletes will be placed in the national elite category.

In addition to the rankings of the individual athletes, the Mustangs have a high-ranked team. This year the girls 4x100m listed in the All-American category.

The squad is ranked 17th after they earned a bronze medal at the Baytaf track meet last month.

The Mustangs expressed in a press release that their athletes did Cayman proud. The release also said that the club was grateful for the role their sponsors played in their success.